As the LEC playoffs head to Rotterdam for the finals, another European League of Legends competition is starting in the next few days. The EU Masters, a competition meant for teams from regional leagues, saw massive success in its inaugural season. It gave semi-professional players a chance to showcase their skill and get themselves scouted. They also earned some money if they went far in the tournament. With the play-in stage already underway, let’s take a look at the competing teams.
To earn a spot in the spring play-in, teams qualified through their regional leagues. ESL allowed each league to send at most one team into play-ins. MAD Lions E.C. and Diabolus Esports qualified after first place regular split finishes, although they later lost in the playoffs. Crvena zvezda, Misfits Premier, and NYYRIKKI White didn’t do that well in the regular split but still managed to claim a playoff seed. In the playoffs, the teams managed to get all the way to the finals. Unfortunately for them, they weren’t able to win, but they still booked themselves a ticket to the EU Masters play-in stage.
Unlike those teams, devils.one did good in the regular split but also fell short in the finals to the heavily favored Rogue Esports Club. Last but not least, SK Gaming Prime qualified through the Premier Tour after collecting enough points to place second overall after the four stages.
The seven participating teams in the EU Masters Play-In stage will be placed in a single round-robin group stage. The team finishing first in the group stage will advance to the main event, while the teams placing second to fifth will advance to the knockout stage. Whichever team places second will play against the fifth place team, while the third place team will play against the fourth place team. These teams will play a best-of-three series, with the winners advancing to the main event.
If you think the play-in stage isn’t worthy of your time, I’d recommend you still give it a shot. The tournament combines great production and casting talent along with good teams eager to prove themselves. Besides, there isn’t much competitive League of Legends until the next weekend anyway, so what’s there to lose?
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Vince Koyle is an esports writer, tech nerd and future CompSci student. He often likes to compare traditional sports to esports, showing his love for both kinds. Also tends to sometimes try too hard with explaining what esports is and how it isn’t any different than traditional sports. He mainly covers the League of Legends scene, with an emphasis on European and Asian leagues.