In the last three editions of European Masters we watched the same format. The struggle was divided into two stages — in the first of them seven runners-up of the leading European regional leagues fought, and the three best formations advanced to the main tournament, where thirteen champions of all the regional cups were waiting. Next year, however, a change in this system awaits us — both in terms of placement and the number of participants.
First of all, in the next installment of the EU Masters, each of the regional leagues will send at least two representatives. At least, because in two ERLs (European Regional Leagues) the fight will be fought by three slots, but we will come back to it in a moment. However, a wider representation has a price — most of the regions that previously had only one team on EM lost their place in the main stage of the tournament. The exception is the Italian competition, because their champion will continue to fight in the main stage, but also the vice-champion of PG Nationals will perform at EU Masters.
As we have already mentioned, from now on two regions will now send as many as three participants to the European Masters. Those lucky are Spain and DACH, which is the area covering Germany, Austria and Switzerland. In the next EU Masters, the two best teams from these ERLs will have a place in the group stage, and the bronze medalists will play in the play-in stage. The selection of these two leagues could have been influenced by the results of previous tournaments so far — the participants of LVP SuperLiga Orange in each installment reached at least the semi-finals, while the best Premier Tour teams did the same outside the first EM (but in the last tournament they both advanced to the semi-final).
In short, nothing has changed for the Polish Ultraliga. They will still send the two best formations of the leading Polish games to EM, and their winner will go straight to the group stage. The same applies to the struggles of the Nordic countries and the Balkans, and the aforementioned Italy also joined the group.
This is the deployment of teams from individual regions in EU Masters 2020 (and compared to the previous edition):
|EU Masters in the 2020 season||EU Masters 2019 Summer|
|Main tournament||Play-in||Main tournament||Play-in|
|Germany, Austria, Switzerland||2||1||1||1|
|UK. Britain, Ireland||2||0||1||1|
|Czech Republic Slovakia||0||2||1||0|
Looking at the sum of the teams, you may have already noticed that the total number of teams in each stage, as well as the entire European Masters, will change. Next year, twelve formations will be promoted to the main stage, and not seven as before, but as many as sixteen teams will fight for the remaining places. We will have to wait until January 1 for more information on the new EU Masters format.