Get ready for the new round of epic League of Legends when Esports Balkan League returns Monday, June 24 at 19:00 CEST!
As usual, you’ll be able to follow the action live on Mondays and Thursdays at 19:00 CEST via our YouTube channel, but starting from this season you’ll be able to follow it live through Sport Klub Esports TV channel (details coming soon).
Last EBL season was home to the fairy tale that was Random 5, who managed to go all the way from open qualifiers to EBL finals and earn their championship title and their rightful place in Europe. On their way there they had to go through EBL’s veterans such as ASUS ROG Elite, Red Star Esports, WILD, X25 Esports and Level.UP, but the Bulgarian squad managed to beat all the heavyweights of Balkan League of Legends and take their seat on the throne.
As far as you guys go, EBL fans, much like every season you showed up bigger then ever. Almost 250.000 unique viewers and over 180.000 hours watched are a good metric that LoL Esports is still growing. One of our favorite stats is that an average EBL fan watches 45 minutes of each broadcast, which is why we want to say thank you to everyone cheering for their favorite teams, players, casters, and a special thank you to people still spamming “when does KlikTech play”.
Summer season will see some changes, most of them concern the way teams qualify for EBL. The league will still be a double round robin, Bo1, while the playoff is Best-of-5 all the way. Eight best teams will start their journey towards Europe and their share of the 20.000 euros prize pool on June 24 with the finals taking place on August 24.
But, before we dive into a new EBL season, there are a couple of things we need to do. First thing first – EBL Season 5 Qualifiers!
In short, this is our schedule for the next 3 months:
Nerotec and Rift Esports will have to battle it out against the two challenging teams that fought their way through the open and closed qualifiers, and starting from this season National Esports Leagues as well.
Our new NEL system was created to help organize a larger number of amateur teams, incite smaller tournament organizers and talents throughout the region and give less experienced players a chance to start their League career on their home field.
At this moment, we already know the champions of North Macedonia, Slovenia and Montenegro: Evolution Online, Upper Echelon and KUMOVI MNE.
Playoff for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia is scheduled for the upcoming weekend on May 25-26, and you’ll be able to follow them live of Fortuna Esports channels or GameBarHR Twitch channel for the Croatian league.
Same as every season, EBL will host a hybrid qualifying system that entails:
Open Qualifiers that are open too any regional team;
Closed Qualifiers that will host 6 national champions, 2 directly invited teams and two best from the Open Qualifiers;
Promotional tournament or qualifier finals, with two best teams from the closed stage battling it out against seeds #7 and #8 from EBL Season 4.
EBL OQ will feature an unlimited amount of teams in a Best-of-1 single elimination format, up until the semifinals. Semifinals, will be played out in a Best-of-3 set. These matches will determine 2 teams that will advance into the next phase.
Sign ups for the EBL Open Qualifiers are open until June 1 and you can find them on Challengermode or by clicking on this button:
Previously invited teams, NEL champions and two open qualifier teams will form the two groups of 5 teams each, that will battle it out for top two spots in the groups. Closed qualifiers are schedule to happen on June 4-6.
Best two teams from each group will play an additional Bo3 match on June 7 that will determine which two teams advance into the final stage.
After we have our two EBL spot contenders, #7 seed from regular season (Nerotec) will have a slight upper hand by picking which of the 2 teams from the qualifying phase they want to meet in the double elimination bracket. Winners of first round will face-off in a Best of 5 finals that will decide the first team officially qualified for EBL season 5, but the losers will get one more chance. Loser bracket finals will also feature a Best of 5 format.
These teams will complete our Summer Split 2019 EBL roster, so starting from June 24 up until the big finals scheduled for August 24 we’ll host close to 60 League of Legends live matches worth of action for you guys to enjoy!
Important rules (complete rule book will be available at a later date):
- All players have to be 16 years of age or older before June 24;
- Each team has to have a minimum of 3 Locally Trained Representatives;
- Locally-Trained Representatives (LTR) are defined as players who have fulfilled one or more of the following criteria:
The player has legally resided and been primarily present the competitive area of the ERL for no less than 36 out of the last 60 months immediately prior to their participation in the first game of the application tournament.
The player has played the majority of applicable matches in an ERL in no less than two of the last three ERL splits immediately prior to their participation in the first game of the application tournament. Additionally, a split will count towards the LTR requirement for a player who has been on an ERL Team’s Roster for the majority of the split, even if the player has not been actively participating in the respective ERL, as long as they have not been participating in any other ERL.
- Each team has to keep a minimum of 3 players from their final series that qualified them to proceed into the next round. Practically, if players A, B, C, D, E win the Open Qualifier, they have to feature at least players A, B and C in each of the following rounds as well as in the first eight rounds of EBL.
- Each player that manages to qualify into EBL Season 5 will have to prove his or her residency and sign a Player Service Agreement.
- Each team that is qualified into EBL Season 5 will have to sign a Participation Agreement with EBL’s organizers (Fortuna Esports).
- This contract is key for establishing prize-pool payouts and teams legal rights, which is why we underline the importance of having a legal entity as the team owner.
- Organizations and owners that already own a spot in EBL are forbidden from entering any stage of the qualifiers.
- If a player listed in season 4 roster decides to leave their respective team and joins the qualifiers, they will not be able to play for the same team again for a duration of 6 EBL matches.
- Players promoted into EBL via the promotion tournament will not be able to join any other EBL teams for a duration of 1 EBL season.
- Teams and players that successfully qualify to EBL will not be able to sell or otherwise trade their EBL spots. If the team is unable to fulfil any of the criteria needed for joining EBL, their spot will be forfeited back to the organizers.
That’s it for now guys, feel free to ask anything you wish through our social media: