Riot Games and ESL have revealed that the League of Legends European Masters is back for its third iteration, and it all kicks off on April 8th.
The news was confirmed via an official blog post which was also shared over on twitter.
The EU Masters will see all the top teams from Europe competing across a three week tournament for a share of the €150,000 prize pool. There are 13 regional leagues, and the teams which place top in each one will automatically receive invites to the event.
Those who place second from Spain, France, UK, Germany, the Balkans, Nordics and Poland will need to fight for a spot via the Play-In Stage, which runs from April 8-11th.
The Group Stage begins on April 15-18th and it’ll feature all 16 teams split into four groups. It’ll be a single round robin format, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the Knockout Stage.
The Knockout Stage begins on April 20th and it’ll all culminate live in the Leicester Haymarket Theatre on April 27-28th.
While it’s easy to pass off the European Masters as “not quite the LEC”, let’s not forget that LEC team Origen burst back onto the competitive scene after winning this event back in 2018, and many top prospects will be competing too.