A place in the VBL Grand Final by Bevestor if up for grabs this weekend! - © Virtual Bundesliga
A place in the VBL Grand Final by Bevestor if up for grabs this weekend! - © Virtual Bundesliga
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Virtual Bundesliga Open by Bevestor: Play-offs weekend

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A total of 128 qualifiers will compete in the Virtual Bundesliga Open by Bevestor play-offs over the weekend of 7-8 May for the right to play in the Grand Final. We explain the tournament format and how you can follow the action live...

Format

Split between PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, the field will face each other in the VBL Open Playoffs in the so-called 'Swiss mode'. The first of the five rounds will be drawn at random, after which players will face off round after round against participants with the same win/loss record.

A round consists of a first and second leg with the aggregate score being decisive. In the event of a tie, extra time will decide the outcome. If the teams still cannot be separated – a penalty shootout decides the winner. As soon as a player has lost for a third time, they are eliminated.

After five rounds, the 64 top players (32 per console) will go through to the Double Elimination round. The top eight will then go into the VBL Grand Final on 4-5 June in Cologne.

- DFL

Schedule (all times CEST)

Saturday, 7 May (PS5)

1. Swiss Round - 2.00pm

2. Swiss Round - 3.00pm

3. Swiss Round - 3.55pm

4. Swiss Round - 4.50pm

Saturday, 7 May (Xbox Series X/S)

1. Swiss Round - 6.00pm

2. Swiss Round - 7.00pm

3. Swiss Round - 7.55pm

4. Swiss Round - 8.50pm

Sunday, 8 May (PS5 & Xbox Series X/S)

5. Swiss Round - 4.00pm

Double Elimination Round - 5.15pm - 9.45pm

VBL-Show and Watchparty

Umut 'RBLZ_Umut' Gültekin, who is already through to the Grand Final, will host the first Playoff-Day Watchparty from Leipzig on Saturday. If you want to watch the Play-offs unfold, search 'VBL-Show' on Twitch, YouTube or TikTok.

Long-time VBL presenter Moritz Ladwig will commentate alongside 'RBLZ_Umut' and Luigi 'Lauwarmekaba' Indrieri. Tone 'IamTabak' will also take part in the VBL-Show.