Leinster's fourth European title in five seasons, and a first Amlin Challenge Cup triumph, put a smile on the faces of Connacht and their new coach, Pat Lam, as the Irish province are guaranteed a Heineken Cup spot for a third year in a row.
Since the 2009/10 season, both the Heineken Cup and Amlin Challenge Cup winners qualify automatically for the following season's Heineken Cup and each winner earns an extra place for their countries over and above the guaranteed allocations of six clubs for France and England, three for Ireland and Wales, and two for Scotland and Italy.
France are represented by the same six clubs who secured their places from the Top 14 standings as last season, plus Perpignan, while in England, Gloucester Rugby return to the top-flight after a one-year absence, and Exeter Chiefs have qualified for a second successive season.
Meanwhile, both the 2013 champions, Toulon, and Clermont and have secured Tier 1 status in the ERC European rankings for the first time, along with Toulouse and three Irish clubs, Leinster, Munster and Ulster in advance of next month's Pool Draw for the 2013/14 tournament.
FRANCE (Six automatic places, maximum of seven)
ASM Clermont Auvergne Toulon Toulouse Castres Olympique Montpellier Racing Metro 92 Perpignan
Once two French clubs qualified for the Heineken Cup final, France were guaranteed seven places in the 2013/14 tournament.
Leinster Rugby's Amlin Challenge Cup final victory means that Perpignan qualify as the seventh French club.
ENGLAND (Six automatic places, maximum of seven)
Saracens Leicester Tigers Harlequins Northampton Saints Gloucester Rugby Exeter Chiefs
IRELAND (Three automatic places, maximum of four)
Ulster Rugby Leinster Rugby Munster Rugby Connacht Rugby
Leinster Rugby's win in the Amlin Challenge Cup final means that Connacht Rugby qualify for the 2013/14 Heineken Cup.
WALES (Three automatic places, maximum of four)
Scarlets Ospreys Cardiff Blues
SCOTLAND (Two places)
Glasgow Warriors Edinburgh Rugby
ITALY (Two places)
Benetton Treviso Zebre