Eternal Academy Eternal Academy Europe Rank #0 have announced their return to Contenders Europe. The Paris Eternal Paris Eternal OWL Rank #15 disbanded their academy team in May after they failed to qualify for Contenders 2019 Season 2.
Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer que l’Eternal Academy participera à la prochaine saison Contenders!— Eternal Academy (@EternalAcademy) December 13, 2019
We're pleased to announce that the Eternal Academy will be competing in the upcoming Contenders season! #FiatLux pic.twitter.com/wMGPxAesbN
Earlier this week, Skwal announced he would be the academy team's new general manager. Skwal was previously the general manager of Angry Titans. His time as general manager of Angry Titans includes a title in Contenders 2019 Europe: Season 1.
Eternal Academy participated in Contenders as the academy team of the Paris Eternal in Contenders 2019 Europe: Season 1. They missed the playoffs with a seventh place finish that season and were relegated to Contenders Trials. They failed to make it back into Contenders from Trials.
Given that Contenders Season 2 was the last Contenders season of 2019, Eternal Academy disbanded their roster. They have not built a new roster since.
The team will now be looking to rejoin Contenders as the second academy team in Europe. Europe's other academy team is the British Hurricane, the academy team of the London Spitfire.
In the 2019 Contenders ruleset, academy teams were given an automatic invite into Contenders at the start of the new year. That rule was not mentioned in the latest news reveal regarding the 2020 season. It is unknown if Eternal Academy will have to qualify through Open Division and Trials or if they will get an automatic invite back into Contenders for the first season of 2020.
The seeding tournament for the 2020 Contenders season begins January 6.