The draw for the first round of the European SL i-League StarSeries division has taken place, with the teams having been drawn into four groups.
Sixteen teams from across Europe will be competing in the European division of StarSeries XIV, which will give away five spots at the season finals, in Minsk.
The opening stage sees the 16 participants split into four groups of four teams, who will face each other in best-of-three matches. The top two sides from each group move on to the next stage, while the bottom two are eliminated.
The second group stage, featuring two groups of four teams, will also feature a round-robin, best-of-three format. The two strongest sides from each group automatically qualify for the offline finals, while the third and fourth-placed teams will fight for the final European spot at the finals via a last-chance tournament, which will be played in a single-elimination bracket format.
Below you can find the group draw in full for the first stage, which kicks off on Wednesday:
|Group A||Group B|
|Group C||Group D|