Not solely will US Quidditch Cup be held this weekend, April 23–24, but additionally European Quidditch Cup (EQC) Division Two. The Muggle Quidditch match is being held in Brescia, Italy, as we’ve beforehand reported.
EQC is the most important and most prestigious match for groups in Europe. Via 2018, it was just one match, however in 2019, it was divided into two divisions due to the bigger variety of groups in Europe. The primary division had 32 groups, and the second division had 16 groups in 2019. Earlier than this 12 months, 2019 was additionally the one 12 months during which each divisions have been held.
One other EQC Division Two match ought to have occurred in Brescia, Italy, on March 28–29, but it surely was postponed and later canceled. Despite the fact that it was solely the start of the pandemic state of affairs, Brescia is in Lombardy, which was a coronavirus epicenter at the moment. For a lot of gamers, it was an issue as a result of that they had already paid for his or her lodging and journey. Fortunately for a few of them, they could have been in a position to alter their plans as a result of the placement of the match didn’t change. Moreover, the Quidditch Europe “keep & play” coverage requiring individuals to remain at designated companion lodges was annulled.
After Quidditch Europe determined who would get the spots in each divisions of EQC, the group labored on the gameplay format. The second division will embody 16 groups.
These 16 groups have been divided into three pots, a few of them as ranked and a few of them as unranked primarily based on the rankings from EQC 2019. Then, there was a group draw, and groups have been drawn into six teams of 4 groups. Not one of the groups was positioned in the identical group as one other staff from the identical nationwide governing physique (NGB).
After that, the schedule of play for Saturday, April 23, was determined. Groups should play in opposition to different groups of their group. After that, it will likely be determined who will proceed into the higher or decrease brackets on Sunday, April 24. There isn’t any info on if any of the video games can be streamed.