The road to Berlin is on in Europe, as eight teams line up for Stage 3's first Challengers Main Event in Europe after the bracket narrowed in the closed qualifier.

The Fnatic squad fist bump each other after winning a match in Reykjavik Although G2 sent them to the lower bracket, Fnatic are still here to fight for Berlin (Photo credit: Colin Young-Wolff for Riot Games)

The Champions Tour recommenced on June 28, as over 300 teams were slowly whittled down to just eight. Three intense days of qualifying saw the abrupt exit of Team Heretics Team Heretics Europe Rank #10 MONSTEERR Ondřej Petrů ardiis Ardis Svarenieks inactive paTiTek Patryk Fabrowski al0rante Felix Brandl lowel Christian Garcia Antoran Amilwa Amine Saidi and Megastitut Megastitut Europe Rank #44 Goaster Tony Richard SHIN Ryad Ensaad beyAz Beyazit Körpe iDex Sammy Van de Weghe , falling at the hands of BK ROG Esports BK ROG Esports Europe Rank #62 b2kk Sofian Delimi Kinguyen Nguyen Thach NeskaaS Sohan Bessassa Aegis Nguyen Thien dathuaaN Nguyen Thuan and Team Sampi Team Sampi Inactive Ayyzicle Maximilián Végh MACHYY1 Daniel Machalíček Nemám vlasy Radim Haša Ambi Štěpán Beránek Pjotr Petr Janiš Rias René Pitrun in the top 64 and top 32, respectively. OG OG Europe Rank #43 trexx Nikita Cherednichenko Destrian Tomas Linikas DPS Harry MacGill uNKOE Benjamin Chevasson TviQ Kevyn Lindström were also knocked out in the top 32, by Team Finest Team Finest Europe Rank #15 Foxie Tyler Lowton 10K Théo Navaro ALIVE Gilad Hakim RECIDENT Ben Battash ponkt Daniel Punkt .

More surprises came in the Closed Qualifier. Although most teams that were expected to win their opening games did so, two games stood out. Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #19 Fearoth Enzo Mestari luckeRRR Niels Jasiek kAdavraa Thomas Johner hype Tautvydas Paldavicius managed to send Ninjas in Pyjamas Ninjas in Pyjamas Europe Rank #16 ec1s Adam Eccles chiwawa Egor Stepanyuk CREA Charles Beauvois Jady Yaroslav Nikolaev rhyme Emir Muminovic to the lower bracket in a 70-round marathon across three maps. The renewed G2 Esports G2 Esports Europe Rank #3 keloqz Cista Wassim Mixwell Oscar Cañellas koldamenta Jose Luis Aranguren AvovA Auni Chahade nukkye Žygimantas Chmieliauskas also defeated Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #14 LoWkii Théo Téchené JESMUND Jesse Terävä inactive bramz Bayram Ben Redjeb vakk Vakaris Bebravičius ceNder Jokūbas Labutis in a similarly long series that saw G2 come out on top.

The first teams qualified on the second day, in which there were three major upsets across the board. After losing their two previous matches, Guild Esports Guild Esports Europe Rank #7 Sayf Saif Jibraeel Yacine Yacine Laghmari bonkar Malkolm Rench Leo Leo Jannesson draken William Sundin managed to finally secure a win over FunPlus Phoenix FunPlus Phoenix Europe Rank #4 Zyppan Pontus Eek ANGE1 Kyrylo Karasov Shao Andrey Kiprsky ShadoW Tobias Flodström dimasick Dmitriy Matvienko on the third map. G2, who had a very distinct Stage 2 run when compared to Fnatic Fnatic Europe Rank #6 MAGNUM Martin Penkov Derke Nikita Sirmitev Boaster Jake Howlett Mistic James Orfila doma Domagoj Fancev , scored a major upset against the current #3 team in Europe, taking them in a 2-0 victory. Moving to the lower bracket, it was Team Finest Team Finest Europe Rank #15 Foxie Tyler Lowton 10K Théo Navaro ALIVE Gilad Hakim RECIDENT Ben Battash ponkt Daniel Punkt 's turn to score an upset, sweeping NiP in a match where the ninjas only managed 15 rounds across two maps.

The last day of the closed qualifier saw four more teams secure slots in the Main Event. Fnatic outlasted Wave Esports Wave Esports Europe Rank #22 Carcass Robertas Mikuckis Zik Sigurd Jensen nico Nico Neumann murii Murat Korkmaz SEIDER Mathias Seider in a match that went the distance that begun with a 13-1 for the orange side on Icebox. All the while, Rix.GG Thunder Rix.GG Thunder Europe Rank #21 Mickebwoy Mikołaj Chojnacki LATEKS Oliwer Fahlander rCk Richard Kanerva inactive otom Tom Hart frei Aaron Frei Luzuh Joseph Loose were busy scoring a major upset against Alliance. They stole the first map 14-12 and then lost Bind, but the Englishmen were unstoppable on their way to 13-4 win on Haven, sealing their slot in the Main Event.

BDS then followed up in earning their spot, redeeming their 2-0 loss at the hands of Acend Acend Europe Rank #1 zeek Aleksander Zygmunt cNed Mehmet Yağız İpek starxo Patryk Kopczynski BONECOLD Santeri Sassi Kiles Vlad Shvets in the upper bracket. The Frenchmen showed up strong against Finest, just stopping a comeback on Icebox to snatch their spot in the Main Event. Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #14 LoWkii Théo Téchené JESMUND Jesse Terävä inactive bramz Bayram Ben Redjeb vakk Vakaris Bebravičius ceNder Jokūbas Labutis put up a tough fight facing FPX, but fell in Icebox on overtime, knocking them out of contention for the Main Event.

The Stage 3: Challengers 1 Main Event has its first games scheduled for July 7, yet to be revealed. The top four teams will earn a spot at the Stage 3: EMEA Challengers Playoffs, where they'll fight for one of four slots at Masters Berlin.

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