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European Qualifiers for the Teamfight Tactics Fates: Championship

Find out how you could represent Europe in the second-ever TFT World Championships with qualifiers starting soon.

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Updated 26/01/21: The recent patch 11.2 change to the challenger count on EUNE servers will not affect the distribution of slots for this event.

It’s time again for all of Europe to come together and prepare to take on the rest of the world as the Teamfight Tactics Fates Championship is on the horizon.

An extraordinary amount of you took part in and interacted with our first iteration of the global tournament and we’re incredibly excited to welcome players old and new to the European qualifiers. But be warned, French player KCDouble61 was crowned World Champion earlier this year so the bar for our region has been set extremely high.

The second TFT Worlds will start in January so we want to share with you all the details on how players can compete in the tournament qualifiers. After our three European players all had excellent showings at the previous Worlds tournament, we want to continue with a similar qualification process albeit with a few small tweaks.

The Qualifiers

So what’s new? In our first change, we’re delighted to reveal that Turkish players will be able to compete in the European Qualifiers this time around as the TR server joins the EUW, EUNE, and CIS servers in the competition.

We want to give opportunities to as many players as possible so competitors of all four servers will be able to qualify. We will be rewarding players based on their performances on the ranked ladders but to make it to Worlds, players will also need to show up with a strong performance, when it matters most, during the final event.

The top 64 players in Europe will make their way into the final phase with 40 players from EUW, 10 players from EUNE, 10 players from TR and 4 players from CIS competing in the Qualifier Finals to earn a place at Worlds.

And fortunately for all our hopefuls, the second change is that there are more places available at Worlds this year. The Galaxies Championship is expanding from 16 to 24 players and because Europe is one of the strongest regions, our number of seeds has doubled. Of our top 64 players, 6 will get a chance to prove themselves against the best players on the planet.

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The Qualification process will begin following the patch on January 21st which will include a soft rank reset. Then, the competitive cycle will begin on Tuesday, January 26th at 00:01 CET time.

The cycle will last for four weeks and will feature three snapshots of the ranked ladder which showcase the highest-ranked players from that week. The snapshots will be taken on Monday 8th, 15th, and 22nd of February at 23:59 CET with each one showcasing the week’s top 150 from EUW, the top 100 on both TR and EUNE respectively, and the top 64 on CIS. These results will then be posted online to leagueoflegends.com though it may take up to five days for these to be published.

The top players will earn points based on their performances with a maximum of 60 points going to those who finish in the top 10. Though in order to score, players must play a minimum of 10 games every week.

A full breakdown of how points will be delegated can be seen in the table below. In the event of a draw, we will look at players’ ladder placement from the last cycle to act as a tiebreaker. Non-eligible players such as secondary accounts or those from other regions will be factored into point totals but will be removed from the final ranking.

Placement

1-10

11-25

26-50

51-100

101-200

Points

60

50

40

25

10

The best 4 CIS players will be define through 4 rounds of TFT CIS circuit starting Feb 13, details are coming soon.

Final phase

Then, once we have our 64 qualified players, the final phase will begin.

The finals will start with the First Round which takes place over two days. Both days will feature 6 rounds with no point reset in between which ensures our most consistently strong competitors rise to the top.

Each round, players will earn points based on their standing in the game. The first round pairing will be based on players’ performances on their respective servers and then for each round following that, lobby assignment will be based on the amount of points gained by players.

Placement

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

Points

10

8

7

6

4

3

2

1

The top half of the finalists from each day will advance to the next round, reducing our finalists to 16 ahead of Round 2. And as a reminder, players’ points tallies will not be reset between Day 1 and 2.

In any instance of a tie, points will be broken by the SOS score (Total points scored by all opponents in your previous lobbies / Total games played by all opponents in your previous lobbies). The SOS score will be used for each round’s matchmaking as well as deciding the final cut. In the rare case that two players have the same points and same SOS score, the tie will be broken at random.

From there we’ll move into the Round 2 on March 13th with the final 16 players being split into two fixed lobbies of 8 that are seeded based on the results from the previous weekend. All points will be reset so our finalists will have to start from scratch on their journey to Worlds qualification.

Each lobby will see four matches see players accumulate points over four games apiece and from there, the top four players of each lobby will advance to form our final eight. However, there will be a second chance for those that finish in fifth and sixth place as they will qualify for the Last Chance Group.

Then on March 14th, it will be judgment day. All points will be reset and the eight finalists will compete across three matches to acquire as many points as possible. The four best performing players will secure their place at the TFT Fates World Championship.

Meanwhile, the bottom four will move into the Last Chance Group along with those that finished fifth and sixth on the previous. Following another point reset, those eight players will then compete for one last chance of Worlds qualification but only the top two will advance to complete Europe’s six representatives.

In both instances on the final day, any ties in rankings will be decided by whoever placed highest in the last lobby.

Placement

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

7th

8th

Points

10

8

7

5

4

3

2

1

The overall winner will also take home a lion’s share of the 30,000 euros prize pool with the rest being allocated across the finalists accordingly:

  • Winner: 15k
  • 2nd: 5k
  • 3rd: 3k
  • 4th: 2k
  • 5th: 1.5k
  • 6th: 1.5k
  • 7th: 1k
  • 8th: 1k

Should one of the players be unable to attend the World Championships, the player with the next highest score will take their place.

As last year’s qualifiers proved, you won’t want to miss any of the action. So it is important to note that the Round 1 will only be viewable through players’ own streams while the Finals will receive an official broadcast.

The official rulebook of the Finals will be distributed around late March as we open our tournament platform dedicated to the competition. The 64 qualified players will have to register on this platform to be able to participate and our group of admins will update the results there.

As we continue to adapt our esports scene, we hope to deliver a captivating tournament and will once again be open to taking on your feedback. And after such a fantastic showing from Europe at the previous Worlds, we can’t wait to see what our incredible playerbase is able to accomplish this time around.

Eligibility to participate in the European Qualifier is subject to the TFT Global Player Policy.

FAQ

What are the main differences with the previous qualifiers?

  • Players on TR servers are now part of the competition
  • 24 players will be playing at Worlds instead of 16 previously. 6 players from Europe will qualify for Worlds instead of 3
  • Format changes: 64 players from 4 different servers qualify for the Finals. Finals take place in 2 rounds. 64 players will be reduced to 16 in the first round. In the second round we’ll find out who will represent Europe in TFT Fates World Championship
  • Cash prize pool of 30,000 euros. Sorry, you won’t receive any Little Legend Eggs this time.

Does this mean that the EU Finals will take place along 2 weeks?

Yes that’s right. Round 1will take place on the 6th and 7th of March before the Round 2 on the 13th and 14th of March.

Where can I find the rules?

The official rulebook of the Finals will be distributed late March as we open our Tournament hub dedicated to the competition.

When are the qualifiers going to start?

Qualifiers start on the 23rd of January at 00:01 am CET, the new patch will be released on the 21st January. From then until the 22nd January 23:59 CET, we are going to give players a “warm up period” to get used to the new patch. We strongly recommend players to play at least 2 ranked games during the warm up period in order to bound their account with our system to track your performance. You will need to play at least 10 games per competitive period in order to be eligible to win points in said period.

Do I have to apply to participate?

You don't need to apply to participate in the Qualifiers. One of the reasons behind the decision to deploy a ladder qualification process is to automatically invite all our community to participate in the event. However, the top players of the General Leaderboard at the end of the 4 weeks period will have to register to the tournament platform to confirm their participation in the finals. If they don’t, we will then take the next players in the rankings.

When exactly are the ladder snapshots taken?

Snapshots are going to be taken on the following dates:

Snapshot #1 - 8th February at 23:59 CET

Snapshot #2 - 15th February at 23:59 CET

Snapshot #3 - 22nd February at 23:59 CET

Last game of the day: each week we are including games starting until 23:58 CET. For example, if a game starts at 23:50 on the 7th February and ends on the following day (8th of February at 00:32 for example), this game will be taken into account for Snapshot #1.

You can take public ladder-tracking platforms as a reference, but only the Riot Games data will be considered official, and used in order to build the Weekly Rank Table and populate the General Leaderboard. The Weekly Rank Table will be available, between 3-5 days after the snapshot, on the Discord Server dedicated to this competition. The General Leaderboard will then be published at the end of the 5-week period.

Do I automatically qualify for the finals if I end in the top players of the server after week 4?

Leading the server by the end of week 4 does not guarantee access to the final phase. Admins of the competition will update the Weekly Rank Table and allocate points based on your weekly performance when we do snapshots. If you suddenly end your adventure leading the EUW servers in week 4, that doesn’t necessarily mean you will be qualified. The General Leaderboard is based on the weekly performance of the players.

Can I try to qualify on several servers?

RU CIS > for people in the region, based on residency

TR > for people in the country, based on residency

For other players: you can try to qualify in both EUW and EUNE servers. However, as slots are limited by servers you will have to decide between playing on multiple servers and risk not qualifying, or spend more time on one server to have your best shot at qualifying. Moreover, points are allocated on a weekly basis which means you will need to maintain all your accounts on the top of the server to qualify after the 4 weeks period and play 10 or more games per week on each account. If a player qualifies on both servers with different accounts, we will take the higher account into consideration and remove the others from the ranking.

It is very important to address at this point that the TFT Global Player Policy is the governing body for this competition. In this document Riot Games limits the participation per server according to Residency rules.

Can I change my Summoner name during the qualifier?

You must keep your Summoner name throughout the qualifier period. If you change it, we won’t associate the new name with the old name and points will not be aggregated.

What are you going to do with Smurf accounts and Secondary Accounts?

During the 4-week qualification period, we are going to distribute points based on data extracted from our platform. Then, we will monitor the top 64 players of each ladder in order to detect and flag secondary accounts. By the end of the ladder period, we will remove secondary accounts. Obviously, if you have more than one account, points are not accumulated.

Does this mean that in the snapshot we will see accounts which are not eligible to play the finals?

Yes, in the weekly snapshot you will see the rankings exactly as extracted from our platform. It might include secondary accounts, non-eligible or toxic players. An official and definitive General Leaderboard will be delivered by the end of the 4-week period.

Moreover, do not take each weekly snapshot as the definitive list or any other tentative list of players that Riot or the Community could publish, as we will remove players who don't match the eligibility rules, secondary accounts, players who fail to contact Riot Games in order to confirm participation, or fail behavioural tests. The official list of the 64 players qualified for the finals will be published at the end of February.



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