After a lengthy and troubled Split, seven of the eight Regional League teams have locked in their slot for the VCT Promotion tournament.
CIS' league was officially canceled on March 25, a month and a day after being paused, reducing the number of teams in the Promotion tournament to just nine.
In the East, NOM Esports NOM Esports Inactive topped the regular season, with AWARIA AWARIA Inactive , Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Anorthosis Famagusta Esports Europe Rank #41 and Anonymo Mentos Anonymo Mentos Inactive all finishing the season with a 4-3-0 record. In spite of this, NOM were the first team to be eliminated, suffering two 2-1 losses at the hands of Anonymo Mentos and Anorthosis Famagusta.
AWARIA and Anonymo Mentos moved to the upper bracket final, where the former took a comfortable 2-0 win. Anonymo bounced back in the lower bracket final after a 2-0 sweep over Anorthosis Famagusta. In the grand final rematch against AWARIA, Anonymo got revenge and secured a 3-2 win that granted them a slot in the VCT Promotion.
In the DACH region, MOUZ MOUZ Europe Rank #39 dominated the regular season, with a 5-1-1 record. FOKUS FOKUS Europe Rank #14 and Angry Titans Angry Titans Europe Rank #158 held the same 3-1-3 record, qualifying in second and third respectively, while Wave Esports Wave Esports Europe Rank #43 qualified with a 2-1-4 record.
Wave's match against MOUZ was handed to the latter, due to the former being late. Still, Wave bounced back and took 2-0 wins over Angry Titans and MOUZ in the lower bracket. FOKUS bested the same teams in the upper bracket with 2-1 results. In the grand final, FOKUS took a comfortable 2-0 win to become Regional League DACH champions, qualifying for the VCT Promotion.
France's regular season was dominated by Team BDS Team BDS Europe Rank #83 and Sector One Sector One Europe Rank #45 , who both held 3-1-3 records coming into the playoffs. beGenius ESC beGenius ESC Europe Rank #202 and OG OG Inactive followed with 3-2-2 and 2-1-4 records, respectively, leaving Team Vitality Team Vitality Europe Rank #10 out of the playoffs.
Sector One took down beGenius 3-1 in the semifinals, while BDS moved past OG with the same result. In the grand final, Sector One scored a monumental reverse sweep, recovering from 2-0 down to a 3-2 win that gave them the VCT Promotion slot and the Regional League France: Revolution trophy.
In Northern Europe, Alliance Alliance Europe Rank #191 showed incredible form, suffering just one loss against Tundra Esports Tundra Esports Inactive in their seven regular season games. Tundra, EXCEL EXCEL Inactive , and TENSTAR TENSTAR Inactive all finished the regular season with the same 5-2 record, separated only by tiebreaker rules.
Despite a promising regular season, Alliance crumbled in the playoffs and were eliminated 2-1 by EXCEL, after losing to Tundra in the opening match by the same result. EXCEL advanced to the lower bracket final, where they reverse swept Tundra. In the grand finals, TENSTAR — who had previously beat EXCEL 2-1 — started with a map advantage and took advantage of it by going 2-0. EXCEL bounced back in the series, conquering the NE title with a 3-2 reverse sweep that placed them in the VCT Promotion tournament.
Over in Spain, Giants Gaming Giants Gaming Europe Rank #29 dominated the regular season, dropping just two matches across nine played. KOI KOI Europe Rank #28 , Case Esports Case Esports Europe Rank #86 , Rebels Gaming Rebels Gaming Europe Rank #14 and Team Queso Team Queso Europe Rank #36 occupied the next four slots with a 6-3 record. UCAM Tokiers UCAM Tokiers Europe Rank #119 qualified in fifth, winning five matches and losing four.
UCAM and Queso were the first to be eliminated, at the hands of Case and Rebels. These teams would go on to advance to the grand finals, the former finding a blowout 3-0 against Giants and the latter coming out on top 3-2 in a long series against KOI. In the final match of the Spanish Regional League, Rebels just edged out Case 3-2, becoming the league's champions after three hard-fought matches and representing the country in the VCT Promotion tournament.
Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Europe Rank #13 topped the Turkish league, losing only to Thunderbolts Gaming Thunderbolts Gaming Europe Rank #60 . Fire Flux Esports Fire Flux Esports Europe Rank #16 placed the regular season in second with the same 6-1 record, losing to Surreal. FUT Esports FUT Esports Europe Rank #8 qualified in third with a 5-2 record, while Galatasaray Esports Galatasaray Esports Europe Rank #64 and Thunderbolts both won three matches and lost four. Team Lixa Team Lixa Europe Rank #164 advanced to the playoffs over Fenerbahçe Esports Fenerbahçe Esports Europe Rank #35 , despite both holding a 2-5 record.
Thunderbolts and Team Lixa won their opener matches, but Surreal and Fire Flux reasserted their superiority in the semifinals with 3-1 and 3-0 results, respectively, against the two squads. In the grand final, Fire Flux managed to win Haven 13-8, but lost the next three maps. Surreal reached the VCT Promotion with a 3-1 result that made them Regional League Turkey champions.
In GCC and Iraq, one of the two subregions of Regional League MENA, Team Falcons Team Falcons MENA Rank #2 were the undisputed best team. Finishing the regular season with a 15-1 record, the team dropped just one map in the playoffs to reach the MENA Grand Final. In Levant and North Africa, Team Team RA'AD Team RA'AD MENA Rank #1 ended their regular season with the same record, but won the subregion's playoffs without losing a single map.
In the MENA Grand Final, played offline in Dubai, Falcons and RA'AD initially kept it tight, tying the series at 1-1 with 13-7 and 13-10 wins on Fracture and Breeze, respectively. Falcons ran away with the game on Split and Ascent, which they took 13-6 and 14-12 to crown themselves the MENA Champions, earning the final available VCT Promotion slot.
To adjust to the absence of the CIS Regional League, Riot has changed the format of the VCT Promotion tournament. Running from April 1 to 10, Group A will retain the previously-announced GSL format, while Group B will turn to a round-robin format. The two best teams from each group will face BIG BIG Inactive and SuperMassive Blaze SuperMassive Blaze Europe Rank #24 in a six-team seeded double-elimination bracket with no grand final.
The VCT EMEA Promotion Group A is:
- Sector One Sector One Europe Rank #45
- EXCEL EXCEL Inactive
- Rebels Gaming Rebels Gaming Europe Rank #14
- Surreal Esports Surreal Esports Europe Rank #13
The VCT EMEA Promotion Group B is: