Days after Bren qualifying for Berlin with the #1 Southeast Asia seed, rumors began circulating of the team's difficulties in having their travel visas accepted by the authorities. Germany's country list classified the Philippines as 'high risk', meaning the players would have to follow strict guidelines imposed by the Federal Ministry of Health in Germany.
Riot today confirmed Bren will not be making Berlin, despite "[Riot's] global mobility teams in North America, Europe and Asia" having tried to collaborate with "relevant government agencies" in both countries. However, the deadline for Bren to travel and attend Masters 3 has passed. Riot will proceed with a 15-team event, instead of finding a replacement.
Group D will now pivot to a double round robin format. This means the three remaining teams in the group - Sentinels Sentinels North America Rank #1 , G2 Esports G2 Esports Europe Rank #5 and F4Q F4Q Korea Rank #4 - will play each other twice. Whichever two teams come out on top make it to playoffs.
The single-elimination eight-team bracket will continue. Bren will be awarded 175 VCT points, the minimum possible in Berlin, as well as the corresponding monetary prize.
This also means X10 Esports X10 Esports Asia-Pacific Rank #2 are locked into Champions, the end-of-year event, through Circuit Points. Paper Rex Paper Rex Asia-Pacific Rank #5 , who will make Berlin, can still dethrone X10 as the top points holder, but X10 can never drop below second.