VRL Turkey: Birlik's GSL closed qualifier is now over and several top Turkish teams are now confirmed in the regional league.
The Turkish VRL qualifier was made up of three stages. Two open qualifiers led into a four-group GSL qualifier that pitted 12 qualified teams—eight from the first qualifier, four from the second—against four invited teams from the VCT Turkey Stage 1: Challengers 2 closed qualifier. These four were FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #7 , Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #19 , Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Inactive and Galatasaray Esports Galatasaray Esports Europe Rank #67 .
The open qualifiers saw several known names within the scene put into the limelight. Galakticos Galakticos Europe Rank #108 , Kafalar eSports Kafalar eSports Inactive , Thunderbolts Gaming Thunderbolts Gaming Europe Rank #47 , and Beşiktaş Esports Beşiktaş Esports Inactive were drafted in from the first qualifier. Team Aurora Team Aurora Inactive , Zero Zone Zero Zone Inactive , and Fenerbahçe Esports Fenerbahçe Esports Europe Rank #27 joined in from the second open qualifier.
In the closed qualifier, every group contained one invited team, two from the first qualifier and one team from the second qualifier. Out of the four invited squads, only Fire Flux Esports and Galatasaray Esports managed to reach the VRL without dropping a match.
In Group A, both Fenerbahçe and Futbolist won their opening matches. In the winner's match between these two, Fenerbahçe managed to punch their way to qualification in a tight 2-0 win. Futbolist were relegated into the decider match. They faced Karagümrük Esports Karagümrük Esports Inactive , who had previously eliminated 3 Gün Yeter 3 Gün Yeter Inactive , and managed to come out on top 2-0, after two 13-6 wins on Ascent and Haven.
In Group C, Surreal Esports and Thunderbolts Gaming reached the winner's match after respective 2-0 and 2-1 victories over Regnum Carya Esports Regnum Carya Esports Europe Rank #80 and Weda Esports Weda Esports Inactive . Thunderbolts managed to prevent a reverse sweep in the qualifying match and secured a 2-1 victory over the invited Surreal Esports squad, who went on to play the decider against Weda Esports. There, Surreal Esports managed to secure their group's final spot with two 13-7 wins on Icebox and Split.
VRL Turkey: Birlik is scheduled to be played between February 14 and March 20. Its exact format has not yet been announced. The full team list is:
- Fenerbahçe Esports Fenerbahçe Esports Europe Rank #27
- FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #7
- Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #19
- Galakticos Galakticos Europe Rank #108
- Thunderbolts Gaming Thunderbolts Gaming Europe Rank #47
- Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Inactive
- Galatasaray Esports Galatasaray Esports Europe Rank #67
- Team Lixa Team Lixa Europe Rank #139