ESL Pro League consists of 3 stages: Stage 1, Stage 2 and the Playoffs.
The group stage is divided into 4 separate groups with 6 teams in each, where every match is a Bo3.
The best teams from all groups go forward into Stage 2:
After Stage 2 the best team goes directly to the Grand Final
The 2nd and 3rd ranked team go to the Semi-Finals
The playoffs are played in a Single-Elimination bracket format, while the Quarterfinals and Semifinals are played as the Bo3.
The Grand Final carries the most exciting moments – so it is played as the Bo5.
Sometimes the organizer will test out new concepts and formats. Therefore always check the tournament page if you would like to study a specific tournament.
Whats special in ESL Pro League
ESL Pro League is in the S-Tier of CS:GO competition that requires a lot of hard work and talent to get to. It is one of the indicators that a player’s career is going in the right direction – if you are playing in such a tournament, you are obviously doing something right.
Every season brings together only the highest quality of competitors who fight for the trophy. ESL Pro League is known to have one of the highest prize pools in Counter-Strike.
It is worth mentioning that the organizers have been raising the prize pool whenever the circumstances allowed them to. For instance, the First Season was awarded a total of $250,000 while the prize pools for Season 11 and 12 are $750,000!
ESL Pro League's first event
The very first season of the ESL Pro League happened back in 2015 when ESL and ESEA joined forces to create a unique and amazing league that would bring together millions of fans and grow into a serious and respected tournament.
The European league had 12 teams involved with one goal in mind – to qualify for ESL ESEA Pro League Season 1 finals that took place in the city of Cologne, Germany.