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The 2021 summer European Masters tournament starts on Aug. 16 as the final European Regional leagues lock in their representatives. The 28 team event will crown the best team of the regional leagues in the EU Masters final on Sep. 19.

In between, the qualified squads will battle for a shot at the title through the play-in stage and the main event. This edition of the EU Masters event will also feature more best-of-five series, specifically in the quarter and semifinal matchups.

Here is everything you need to know about the 2021 summer EU Masters event.

EU Masters starts with play-ins on Aug. 16

While 12 of the 28 teams have received a bye to the Group Phase, the remaining 16 teams will kick off the event by battling it out in the play-in stage. To begin with, the 16 play-in teams will be divided into four groups of four teams each. The four groups will then play out their group stage over the course of Aug. 16 and 17. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the play-in knockout stage. The remaining eight teams will then play each other in a single best-of-three series on Aug. 19, with the four losing teams being eliminated. The broadcast for each day will begin at 4:30 p.m. CEST.

The current play-in groups are:

Group A

  • Sector One
  • Team Phantasma
  • White Dragons

Group B

  • Fnatic Rising
  • Iron Wolves
  • mCon esports Rotterdam
  • Movistar Riders

Group C

  • Crvena zvezda Esports
  • Karma Clan Esports
  • Outplayed
  • SINNERS Esports

Group D

  • eSuba
  • mousesports
  • Vitality.Bee

EU Masters Group Phase starts Aug. 30

The EU Masters main event will begin with the four play-in winners and the other 12 teams being seeded into a new Group Phase. Group Phase matches will run from Aug. 30 to Sep.2 and, after a two-day break, will resume again for the period of Sep. 4 through Sep. 7. Broadcasts during the Group Phase will begin at 4:30 p.m. CEST on each day of the event.

After the final day of the Group Phase, the top two teams from each group will be seeded into the playoff bracket. The quarterfinals of the bracket will play out Sep. 9 through Sep. 12, with the semifinals following two days later, on Sep. 14 and 15. EU Masters will conclude with the finals matchup on Sep. 19.

Broadcasts for the entire bracket stage will begin at 6:00 p.m. CEST each day.