Ireland's Keane Barry was one of three teenagers to find their flow on the banks of the Danube, with Bradley Brooks and Luke Humphries also advancing to the second round at the Hungarian Darts Trophy on Friday night.
The £140,000 event is the first of two European Tour events being held this year, with Budapest's Papp Laszlo Sportarena hosting the PDC's first visit to Hungary.
Barry finished six doubles from 12 attempts, including a 108 checkout, as he defeated Thomas Lovely 6-3 to move through to a tie with Dirk van Duijvenbode.
A very impressive debut on the European Tour from Keane Barry as he beats Thomas Lovely 6-3 to reach the Second Round.— PDC Darts (@OfficialPDC) September 3, 2021
He will face Dirk Van Duijvenbode, tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/b0l5HTP2Vl
World youth was amongst the most impressive winners on the day, edging out two-time world champion Adrian Lewis in a thrilling tie on a 6-5 scoreline.
Brooks wired 152 as he was first to a finish in the decider, but Lewis missed four darts for victory of his own across two visits to give the youngster a reprieve which he finally took on double one.
UK Open finalist Humphries defied finishes of 111 and 124 from Latvia's Madars Razma, setting up a tasty second round tie with Devon Petersen – a European Tour winner in 2020.
Czech prospect Adam Gawlas produced a superb finale to his tie with Boris Krcmar, who led 5-4 before the teenager took the last two legs in 14 and 13 darts to progress.
Welsh youngster Lewis Williams also impressed with a 6-3 defeat of Host Nation Qualifier Gabor Jagicza to set up a tie with Krzysztof Ratajski.
Ross Smith impressed with a 100 average as he whitewashed Hungarian qualifier Peter Strbik 6-0, finishing six doubles from 10 attempts which included a 109 checkout.
Alan Soutar ended home hopes with a 6-1 defeat of Jozsef Rucska, winning the opening four legs without reply before finishing 112 to complete a strong performance.
Daryl Gurney will meet Michael van Gerwen after seeing off another Dutchman, Vincent van der Voort, 6-2 with a superb first-round display.
The former World Grand Prix and Players Championship Finals winner averaged almost 100 and sealed victory with a 12-darter as he began his bid to win a second European Tour title.
John Michael came from 4-2 down and averaged 99 in his narrow 6-5 win over Steve Beaton, who landed a 180 to leave 28 in the deciding leg only to see the Greek ace finish double 10 for a 14-darter.
Simon Whitlock finished six doubles from 11 attempts and produced legs of 11 and 12 darts during his 6-4 win over Darren Webster, setting up an all-Australian contest with Damon Heta on Saturday.
Germany's Florian Hempel survived four missed match darts from Jake Jones in the deciding leg of their see-saw contest. Jones led 3-1 and 4-3 but found himself 5-4 down, only for his opponent to miss three match darts in leg 10 - but it was the Englishman's turn to miss in a dramatic finale as Hempel moved into a second round meeting with world number two Peter Wright.
Richard Veenstra enjoyed a winning European Tour debut by seeing off former World Youth Champion Keegan Brown 6-4.
Belgium's Geert de Vos also enjoyed a winning European Tour debut, hitting a 161 finish in a 6-2 defeat of Geert Nentjes, while William Borland overcame Sweden's Johan Engström 6-4.
Following the withdrawal of Danny Noppert, Ireland's William O'Connor received a first round bye and will enter the event against UK Open champion James Wade in the last 32.
Saturday's double session sees the 16 seeded players enter the action in the second round.