The VRL Northern Europe: Polaris closed qualifier has come to a close. The eight teams that qualified for Northern Europe's regional league include some of the region's highest-profile squads.
Nearly 120 teams signed up for the open qualifier, but all the notable squads made it into the final rounds without much hassle. Among several known organizations like EXCEL EXCEL Europe Rank #10 , Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #179 , and TENSTAR TENSTAR Inactive were also names like KOVA KOVA Inactive , Yacine "Yacine" Laghmari and Malkolm "bonkar" Rench's new team YONK YONK Inactive , and Vexed Gaming Vexed Gaming Inactive . G2 Gozen G2 Gozen Europe Unranked , the organization's female team, also reached the final round of the qualifier but were eliminated by English mix zyzz zyzz Inactive .
In the closed qualifier, the first four names listed above easily found themselves in VRL Northern Europe. Between TENSTAR, Alliance, EXCEL, and KOVA, only the latter dropped a map in the two upper bracket matches each team played. KOVA lost a map in their first match against GiefKalash GiefKalash Inactive , but brought it back to take the series 2-1 and, later, qualify into the VRL.
In the lower bracket, GOODFOR1 GOODFOR1 Inactive , HEET HEET Europe Rank #29 , GiefKalash, and zyzz were the first teams to be eliminated, at the hand of who cars? who cars? Europe Rank #37 , dogsafari dogsafari Inactive , YONK, and JOKERS JOKERS Europe Rank #135 , respectively. The last four teams faced off against Vexed Gaming, H2O H2O Inactive , The Goose House The Goose House Europe Rank #156 , and Human Tripwires Human Tripwires Europe Rank #47 in the final rounds.
Three out of the four qualifying matches were 2-0 sweeps. H2O were the only team able to secure qualification without a map going into overtime. YONK, on the other hand, had to force two 15-13 victories to qualify. The only match to go the distance pitted Human Tripwires against JOKERS and ultimately favored the former, who were the final team to qualify into the regional league.
VRL Northern Europe: Polaris' regular season is scheduled to begin on February 14 and conclude on March 9. The full VRL's team list is: