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European Masters is back for Summer 2019: Here’s how it works

Who will be crowned the Masters of Europe this time? We don’t know just yet, but we do know that this is the gauntlet they’ll have to run.

The European Masters is back for its fourth season with Summer 2019. The top 20 teams from Europe’s Regional Leagues clash in a three week long battle royale as they vie for the crown of European Masters and their share of the €150,000 prize pool. 

EU Masters isn’t just about bragging rights or national pride, however. The tournament is about uncovering the LEC stars of tomorrow. You only have to look at the trajectory of EU Masters Springs competitors Rogue Esports Club and their roster, several of whom were called up from Rogue’s academy team to the LEC, or the stars of EUM champions Misfits Premier called upon by their parent club to compete in the LEC Summer Split 2019, such as promising jungler Thomas “Kirei” Yuen and midlaner Adam “LIDER” Ilyasov.

In fact a full third of this season’s LEC players having played in the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) within the past 12 months, meaning all eyes will be on the event as we watch the LEC stars of the future battle it out on the rift.

The format

 

Those all important dates

Those all important dates

So which teams will be in attendance this time? Here’s how it works. Seven ERLs will send their runner-ups to the Play-in stage starting on September 9th as they battle for one of three spots in the Group Stage, looking to join the 13 champions from across Europe in the continent’s toughest competition outside of the LEC.

Play-ins provide runners up with a lifeline to attend

Play-ins provide runners up with a lifeline to attend

We’ve tweaked how those groups are sorted for the latest edition of EUM. For the first time the Group Stage will be seeded based off of previous finishes by each region in past European Masters events, as we look to level up the competition and ensure high quality gameplay throughout the tournament. 

The Group Stage will take place over four days from September 16th to September 19th and feature four best-of-one round robin groups with the top two teams from each group proceeding to the Knockouts on the weekend of September 21st and 22nd. 

How the pools look for online group stages

How the pools look for online group stages

A victory in a high intensity best-of-three meanwhile will land you in the live finals, in a soon to be announced location, where teams will battle it out in a best-of-five semi finals for the first time in EU Masters history on Saturday September 28th before the finals on Sunday 29th September. 

The bracket for those that survive groups

The bracket for those that survive groups

Who will you be rooting for? Which league will come out on top? Grab your flags, don your team jerseys, and fire up your national pride as we follow the future stars of the LEC on the next step of their path to pro.

For more information, check out the EU Masters website and lolesports.com, then dive in below with your predictions. Which ERL is the best IRL?