l3wandowski are a recently formed squad comprising ex- Anonymo Esports Anonymo Esports Europe Rank #72 players and several other European free agents. Despite being freshly-formed, the team upset several squads in this qualifier, including ownage ownage Inactive , Team Finest and iPon Esport iPon Esport Inactive . l3wandowski did not lose a single map on their way to qualification.
Anonymo's recently overhauled roster also found success in this qualifier, reaching the league without dropping a map. Anonymo went through lesser-known teams than l3wandowski, but had no trouble knocking down NOM Esports NOM Esports Europe Rank #243 and XYZ XYZ Inactive on their way to qualification.
The final slot came down to a match between iPon Esport and Team Finest, two teams that had been relegated to the lower bracket by l3wandowski. This was Team Finest's fourth lower bracket game and iPon Esport's second, fresh off a win against NOM Esports. The win ultimately went to Team Finest 2-0, who secured the final VRL East: Surge slot.
The league's regular season is scheduled to begin on February 16 and will be played until March 10.
The full VRL East: Surge team list is:
- AWARIA AWARIA Inactive
- Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Europe Rank #58
- Straight Outta Retirement Straight Outta Retirement Inactive
- need more DM need more DM Inactive
- KTRL KTRL Inactive
- l3wandowski l3wandowski Inactive
- Anonymo Esports Anonymo Esports Europe Rank #72
- Finest Finest Inactive