The European Masters competition
This year, the competitive scene in Europe is getting a brand new competition – the European Masters. The European Masters represents a pan-European tournament in which the best teams from the regional leagues across Europe will compete against each other for a share of the 150,000 EUR prize pool.
The first edition of the European Masters (EM) features teams from every European Regional League announced earlier this year, Open Qualifier winners from EUW and EUNE and a few teams you might recognise from Challenger Series. In addition, 6 ERL winners from summer 2017 are also included. That brings to a total of 26 teams heading into the tournament.
The 26 teams participating in the spring EM are split as follows:
- 12 teams in EM Play-in. Top 2 teams advance to the Group Stage
- 16 teams in Group stage – 12 teams advance to the Knockout stage
In the group stage, teams will play a single round robin Bo1 within each group to determine the top two teams. These teams will then advance to an 8-team single elimination bracket to see how they stack up against other groups and to find the two best teams in the Play-in, which will then advance to the second stage of the European Masters. The first round of the bracket will be Bo1, while the second round will be Bo3.
Similarly to the Play-in stage, in the Knockout stage, teams will play a single round robin Bo1 in their groups, to determine the top 3 teams that will move to the Knockout Stage. The top team of each group will receive a bye to the quarterfinals, while the second and third place teams will play each other to determine who advances. All rounds of the Knockout Stage are Bo3, and the finals are Bo5.
The European lolesports page said that information of the timings and where to watch the games will be announced soon . The EM Play-in will begin Monday, April 9 and continue as follows:
- Play-in – April 9 – 12
- Group stage – April 14 – 17
- Playoffs – April 19 – 22
- Semi-finals – Saturday April 28
- Finals – Sunday April 29
Earlier today, lolesports officially published the outcome of the draw on their twitter profile.
— LoL Esports (@lolesports) April 6, 2018
We are hoping for a thrilling spectacular games in the European Masters competition.