We recently announced the return of the European Regional Leagues for the 2019 season, and with it comes one of the most explosive tournaments in Europe, the European Masters. Last year we saw Origen re-assert their dominance in the Spring season of EU Masters, setting the stage for their entry to the LEC. In Summer, MAD Lions clawed their way to victory at the Finals in Katowice, Poland, giving the majority of their winning roster - Nemesis, Selfmade, Werlyb, and Crownshot - the exposure they needed to move to the premiere stage in the LEC.
This year another factor will be thrown into the mix. Each of the ten LEC teams have a second team competing in a designated regional league, meaning for the first time an organization has the chance not only to claim victory on the international stage in the LEC, but also potentially the European stage in EU Masters should they qualify through their ERL. The regional leagues that the LEC teams are competing in are as follows:
UK League Championship: Fnatic Rising and Excel UK
Superliga Orange: Origen BCN, Splyce Vipers, and G2 Heretics
Premier Tour: SK Prime and FC Schalke 04 Evolution
Ligue Française: Vitality.Bee and Misfits Premier
Ultraliga: Rogue Esports Club
The competition is fiercer than ever. Who will defy the odds and rise to the top, and who will be left in the dust?
European Masters will begin with the Play-In stage from April 8th to 11th, where the 2nd place teams from Spain, France, UK, German, Balkans, Nordics, and Poland will compete in a single round robin bracket for three available spots in the Group Stage. The top team will move directly to Groups, while the teams coming in 2nd and 5th will compete for a spot, as will the teams coming in 3rd and 4th.
The Group Stage will begin on April 15th and last until the 18th. The three qualifying teams from Play-Ins will join the 13 first place teams from each Regional League, and will be divided into four groups of four teams via a group draw. Once in their groups they will compete in a single round robin competition, with the top two teams from each group moving on to the Knockout Stage.
Knockout Stage and Finals
The eight teams competing in the Knockout Stage will fight in a single elimination Best of 3 (Bo3) bracket, with the top 2 teams competing in the live Finals on April 28th.
- April 8th - 11th: Play-Ins
- April 15th - 18th: Groups
- April 20th - 21st: Quarter Finals
- April 27th: Semi Finals
- April 28th: Finals