The Russian majority roster of Team Empire climbed back up from the losers bracket to win the Euro Cup at the Milan Games Week this weekend.
The Euro Cup is the first tournament of its kind, and it was held in Italy this weekend. The winners, runners-up or leaders of the national cups of France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Poland, Germany, and the Benelux region were invited to compete for their slice of a €10,000 prize pool.
As the only Pro League team in attendance, PENTA Sports were the obvious favourites going into the cup, however, with significant experience and expectations behind them, both Giants Gaming and Team Empire were keen contenders for the title.
The Friday matches saw just two games be streamed from the main stage which saw both the home teams fall at the first hurdle. The Italian Challenger League team of EnD Gaming fell against the surprisingly impressive German team of Team Prismatic who, despite limited experience and multiple recent roster changes, won their match 6-4 to book a place into the semi-finals. Here they were met by PENTA Sports, who had just defeated SLAVGENT, the Polish Champions, while Giants Gaming would play Team Empire in the other semi-final.
Team Empire vs Giants Gaming drew in a massive audience as two of the biggest up-and-coming teams in Siege faced off. Excluding a forfeit against EnD Gaming in the Challenger League, Team Empire had yet to lose a single game since their Paris Major loser’s bracket final against “i don’t know” (now Team Secret) back in July, whereas Giants Gaming had not played a single game against international opponents since their reformation a few months ago.