With day 1 of the EU Masters play-ins finalized, two LEC academy teams – Misfits Premier and SK Gaming Prime, managed to top the table, opening the play-ins with the perfect 2-0 record. Aside from them, Polish devils.one have also found their spot in the undefeated column, winning the only match they played. EBL representative, Crvena Zvezda, finished the day with a 1-1 record. Zvezda lost the opener to Misfits Premier but managed to get even by beating Finnish NYYRIKKI White to close out the day. Diabolus is also in the 1-1 column, which is a decent result, given their schedule. The biggest surprise of the first day was certainly the horrid performance of MAD Lions, who've found themselves in a bit of a predicament, losing all 3 of their matches, which nailed them to the last spot. NYYRIKKI White also wait on their first W, losing both of their matches.
As for the format of the play-ins, it looks like this:
On the second day, SK Gaming Prime kept grabbing full steam ahead. First, they had an easier task in beating NYYRIKKI White, then they’ve gone into a “LEC” duel, where they’ve beaten Misfits Premier, which put them ahead of the rest of the pack as the only undefeated team of the play-ins. Devils.one managed to add two more wins in the column, beating Misfits Premier and Crvena Zvezda, but dropping one to MAD Lions. With this win, Lions managed to, after a catastrophic day one, put themselves in a decent position to secure a spot in the knockout phase, given the easy schedule they have on the final day. Diabolus capitalized on the light schedule (CZV & NYY), securing two wins, which propelled them to the second place. With their stellar performances on Day 2, SK Gaming Prime, devils.one and Diabolus Esports have, at the minimum, secured a knockout phase spot.
Third and final day brings some exciting match-ups:
CZV – SKP (with the win here, SKP would secure 1st place if devils.one drop the game to Diabolus, for CZV’s chances of advancing, this match is not crucial)