It means the RaboDirect PRO12 has produced the champions of Europe in four of the last five seasons, with the Top 14 filling in the gap year in 2010 with Toulouse. It is now time for the English Premiership clubs to step up to the plate and this weekend they provide three of the last eight.
Saracens, the current leaders of the Premiership, and Harlequins, the reigning English champions and the No 1 seeds from the Pool stages, both have home advantage, while the prize for emerging as top dogs from the 'Pool of Death' is a trip to Toulon for two-time champions Leicester Tigers.
The Tigers, along with Bath, Northampton Saints and London Wasps, have helped the English clubs plunder six titles down the years - the same number as the Irish provinces and one more than their Top 14 counterparts in France.
With two home quarter-finalists, and the guarantee of a game at Twickenham Stadium in the last four for Saracens if they win through, this season represents one of their best chances to break the now six-year wait for another Heineken Cup final victory. A Saracens victory could set-up an all-English affair at Twickenham if Tigers can beat Toulon.
Harlequins also have home advantage against Munster on Sunday, but they will have to go to France to face the winners of the game between ASM Clermont Auvergne and Montpellier if they reach the semi-finals.
Only one English club, Saracens, qualified for the last eight last season, so this season's return to form in Europe by the Premiership sides - they also had three teams through to the last eight in the Amlin Challenge Cup - has rekindled the nation's love affair with the Heineken Cup.