A guide to the Summer Break Collegiate Invitational

By Riot Bro

Everything you need to know about the tournament!

The upcoming Summer Break Collegiate Invitational is the first tournament to pit collegiate teams from different countries against each other. We’re expecting two days of intense action as student teams fight to bring glory and European bragging rights to their academic institutions where, who knows, you may even have studied yourself. You might be there now. You might even share the same desk! See if you can borrow a pencil. But the point is: we’re finally going to find out who has neglected their studies the most. (Just kidding. Hopefully.)

The four competing European university teams are:

Format

The format for the inaugural Summer Break Collegiate Invitational is pretty easy to follow. There’s a best-of-one round-robin group stage, followed by a best-of-three single-elimination bracket. After six matches in the groups (plus any necessary tiebreakers), all four teams will be seeded for the bracket. The winner of the bracket… wins the event! Look, we’ve drawn you a picture.

Reward

In addition to proving they are the best student team in Europe, the Summer Break Collegiate Invitational winners will also be whisked away on an all-expenses-paid trip to the World Championship Finals taking place on 31st October in Berlin, Germany. Travel, hotel and event attendance will be covered, although we probably won’t pay for that sweet Teemo hat.

Schedule

The Summer Break Collegiate Invitational starts on Tuesday 14th July and runs for two days. The group stage broadcast will run for around six hours and the bracket for nine hours, so bring some snacks.

  • July 14 — Group Stage — 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST
  • July 15 — Bracket Stage — 13:00 BST / 14:00 CEST

You can watch the action live on our RiotGamesEU Twitch channel in English or, in Portuguese, on E-University League's Azubu channel.

Participants

Unless you spend a lot of time touring European universities (and fair enough if you do), you probably won’t be familiar with the teams taking part in the Summer Break Collegiate Invitational. Let’s remedy that. And remember, if these players are nailing it at collegiate level then they may have a bright future ahead of them on the pro scene, so don’t forget to look them up on Twitter and show your support.

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See you on the broadcast and may the best team win!


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