While the League of Legends European Championships (LEC) is gearing up for Playoffs, the top teams from the European Regional Leagues (ERLs) are also working hard for their big opportunity with the fourth edition of the European Masters which returns in September with Summer 2019.
There’s plenty to be excited about as 20 of Europe’s strongest teams containing some of the continent’s greatest prospects will compete with the winner taking home a lion’s share of the €150,000 prize pool.
But more importantly than the money at stake, this is a huge opportunity for young players to leave their mark and take the next step in their professional gaming careers. EU Masters Summer 2019 could very well be a glimpse into the future as a staggering 21 players with previous EU Masters experience have competed in the LEC so far this season.
That’s including Rogue’s full Summer Split line-up (when playing Paweł "Woolite" Pruski), six different players from Misfits whose academy team are the reigning EUM champions and other superstars such as former teammates turned rivals Oskar "Selfmade" Boderek of SK Gaming and Tim "Nemesis" Lipovšek of Fnatic.
Just like the rookies battling for a chance to prove themselves on a bigger stage, the format of EUM tournaments itself is also always improving. The Group Stages will be formed of 13 regional champions and three triumphant Play-in teams and for the first time, the groups will be seeded based on ERLs’ previous finishes in EUM. That way, we can provide and ensure more competitive and entertaining games throughout the entire competition.
And if you thought that was exciting, just wait for the Live Finals as the four best teams of Summer 2019 will compete in best-of-fives for the first time in both the Semi-Finals and the Grand Final as we look to crown another EUM champion.
Whether you’re looking to cheer on your favourite team competing for regional pride, scout Europe’s next superstars or simply just want to watch some intense and exciting games of League of Legends, you won’t want to miss the next edition of EUM.
When to watch
The tournament kicks off with the Play-ins stage on September 9th with seven teams fighting for the final three spots.
From there, we will move into the Group Stages which place take place over four days from September 16th to September 19th as the 16 teams try to finish in the top two of their respective groups.
Those 16 teams will then become eight as the Playoffs commence on September with four single-elimination best-of-three series to decide our top four teams.
Then it’s time for the event everyone is waiting for, the Live Finals. Fans will be treated to three best-of-five series with the Semi-Finals and the Grand-Final taking place over September 28-29th.
Check it on Twitch
You can tune in and catch all the explosive action and amazing games live on Twitch at www.twitch.tv/riotgames.
Don’t forget YouTube
Or alternatively, you can watch some of the world’s brightest talents put their skills to the test either live or at a later date on ESL’s YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/esltv.
EU Masters promises to be an exciting tournament with teams from across the continent bringing their own regional flair. You won’t want to miss any of it so see you next month.