Three regions are about to embark into a new online tournament journey this coming week. Beyond Epic kicks off Monday, June 15 with 12 teams starting in the Europe and CIS group stage, while the Chinese regional competition is set to begin next Sunday, June 21st, with eight squads fighting for the glory.
Beyond EPIC is a collaboration between the EPICENTER organizers, Epic Esports Events, the North American studio, Beyond the Summit and the Russian broadcast studio RuHub. The event offers $250,000, the largest portion going to the Europe and CIS leg, $200,000. A total of 10 teams received direct invites for the EU and CIS leg, with two more slots being up for grabs via closed qualifiers.
Empire Hope and Viking.gg conquered the qualifier battle to join the finest teams the CIS and Europe regions have to offer and each got seed in different groups.
Beyond Epic Europe and CIS groups
|Group A||Group B|
|Team Nigma||Team Liquid|
|Natus Vincere||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
Interestingly enough, the top three teams from BLAST Bounty Hunt, Team Secret, OG and Team Nigma are placed in the same group at Beyond Epic, but the rematch the OG fans are waiting for, OG versus Team Secret will come only on the last day of the group play, on June 24. While Group A has the most dominant team of the season, Group B features the CIS juggernaut, Virtus.pro, joined by two more CIS squads fighting for a spot to the playoff stage.
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Each group has six teams and will be played in a round-robin format, best of three series. Top two teams from each group will secure an upper bracket slot in the playoffs, third and fourth placed teams will start in the lower bracket, while the bottom two teams from each group will be eliminated. Each game of a series matters towards the total game score of each team as a 2-0 victory is rewarded with 3 points, a 2-1 win grants 2 points and 1-2 loss is worth 1 point for the losing side.
The group stage matches are slated to commence Monday, June 15 at 14:00 CET, with Alliance taking on Empire Hope, followed by the Unique vs Vikin.gg series. The first day of group play will end with Team Liquid up against NIP.
Beyond Epic China participants
The Chinese competition will start only next Sunday, on June 21. Seven squads got directly invited to the event and will be joined by one more team coming from closed qualifiers. The battle for the last slot will be held June 18-19. Until then, the seven teams confirmed to fight for a share of the $50,000 prize pool are:
- Invictus Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Royal Never Give Up
- CDEC Gaming
- Team Aster
- Sparking Arrow Gaming
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