Esports organiser ESL has revealed that it will run the new League of Legends European Masters tournament, which launches this April with the first Spring Split in the UK, seeing 26 teams compete for a prize pool of €150,000.
This new tournament will be the leading competition for semi-professional playes in the regional, meaning it's the height that grassroots players can reach before moving onto the big leagues of the EU League of Legends Championship Series (LCS). The Summer Split finals, if you're interested, will take place in Poland, and further details will be revealed soon.
The Spring Split, though, will run in three stages. Play-ins have already started, wrapping up today, and now there's a group stage between April 14 and 17, with knockouts following from April 19 to 22. The grand finals will then wrap things up on April 28 and 29 in the Haymarket Theatre in Leicester, where fans can watch the action live.
"We're thrilled to continue our partnership with Riot Games by powering the League of Legends European Masters," said James Dean, UK Managing Director at ESL. "From our time running the ESL Premiership for League of Legends, we know how incredible the level of play in these competitions can be! The Spring split is a great opportunity for fans to see some of the most impressive rising stars in the European League of Legends scene. Our aim is to offer an even better competition experience for fans, and even more opportunities for talented European players to raise their game in esports."
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