A new online league featuring 14 rising European teams and a $150,000 prize pool, United Masters League, will kick off today.
The tournament is supported by ChallengeMe.GG and Unikrn, with the teams in competition receiving a sign-on bonus as well as becoming co-owners of the league.
Action starts today, with the round-robin best-of-two group stage running until February 8. The eight best-placed teams will progress to the playoffs after which the four best teams will punch their ticket for the LAN finals, which will take place in Osnabrück, Germany, from March 29-31.
The following teams are participating in the league:
The first set of matches will be played today, with the Balkan derby Windigo - Valiance starting off the action at 17:00. Following that, two French squads will square off, LDLC and 3DMAX, with Windigo vs. x6tence Galaxy finishing off the day.
The schedule for this week's United Masters League games is as follows:
The matches will be broadcasted on UML's Twitch channel with Edona "DonaSpock" Musliu, Vincent "Zescht" Talmon-Gros and Sinisa "XqzR" Mihajlovic bringing the action.