With the various ERLs entering the second part of the spring split, Riot announced the details for the upcoming EMEA Masters Spring 2023.
EMEA Masters Spring 2023 – 13 regions, 1 winner
The EMEA Masters 2023 Spring is the eleventh edition of Europe’s competition that includes the 13 LoL European Regional Leagues (ERLs), and it’s the best competition below the LEC. Previously known as EU Masters, this is the first edition of the tournament that sees TR, CIS, and MENA added as ERLs, thus becoming EMEA.
After the end of the spring splits from each ERLs, the best teams will participate at the EMEA Masters, representing their country and fighting for glory. Below is the list of the 13 regional leagues:
- Arabian League 2023 (Middle East & North Africa)
- Elite Series (Benelux)
- Esports Balkan League (Balkans)
- Greek Legends League (Greece & Cyprus)
- Hitpoint Masters (Czech Republic & Slovakia)
- La Ligue Française (France)
- Liga Portuguesa de League Of Legends (Portugal)
- Northern League Of Legends Championship (UK & Nordics)
- PG Nationals (Italy)
- Prime League (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
- Superliga (Spain)
- TCL (Turkey)
- Ultraliga (Poland & Baltics)
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EMEA Spring 2023 Tournament Format and Schedule
EMEA Masters Spring 2023 will feature a total of 28 teams that will compete against each other over the course of four weeks. 12 teams will qualify directly to the group stage, while the remaining 16 will go through play-ins.
The play-ins stage starts on Apr. 4th, where the 16 teams will be split into four groups in a double round-robin. The top two from each group go to Knockouts, where the best four qualify for the second phase (matches will be Bo3).
Depending on the strength and importance, each region will get either three or two seeds, with some regions getting one or two seeds to group stage, and others getting both teams in play-ins. The play-in schedule is:
At this point, the 16 teams left will go at it once again in a double round-robin, with the top two of each group advancing to the next stage. Group Stage will begin on Apr. 11 and it will be Bo1 matches.
- April 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th
The knockout stage sees the eight best teams competing in a Bo5 single elimination bracket. Starting with the Quarterfinals on Apr. 18, the winner will be declared on Apr. 29th. Below is the schedule for the Knockout Stage:
- Quarterfinals: April 18th, 19th, 20th
- Semifinals: April 25th, 26th
- Grand Final: April 29th
If you want to watch all the EMEA Masters, you will be able to watch the action on the official Twitch channel. But before that, we’ll have to wait for all the ERLs and find out which are going to be the 28 participants.
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