ESL Pro League
The biggest yearly tournament is called ESL Pro League and it has a huge prize pool of 2 million dollars!
ESL Pro League is a Counter-Strike league for professional teams. The league is divided into Europe, North and Latin America and Asia-Pacific region, where they each compete to have a spot in the yearly big tournament with a huge prize pool of 2 million dollars.
It’s one of the toughest CS:GO competition to win and it can be compared to the world cup in football, where you first have to qualify through regions and then attend the big tournament for the grand reward.
ESL Pro League tournaments
What is special
What’s special about the ESL Pro League is that it is not just one tournament you attend and then win.
It is divided into many weeks that are played in the group stages and then either qualify or play another round of group stage to qualify for the season finals.
In the seasons’ finals, it is then the 16 best teams in the world who compete and to win the Pro League trophy, which is more special because of the “long” process and the many matches each team has to go through to be the ultimate champions.
Also, for this year’s ESL Pro League all matches in the group stages are now offline – which means that teams will play in Studios in the UK and US (Asia are still playing online qualifiers).
As mentioned in the introduction, teams are divided into three separate regions: Europe, North/Latin America, and Asia-Pacific.
There, the teams will be divided into 4 groups of 4 teams, based on their ESL World Ranking, also known as Round 1.
The winner of each group qualifies directly for the season finals, while the 2nd and 3rd of the group must play Round 2, which is 2 new groups of 4 – where winners and second place also then qualify for the finals.
The format for the Season Finale is also group stages with the double-elimination format.
Top 3 teams from each group advance to the play-offs where: Winner qualify directly to semi-finals, runners-up qualify for the quarterfinals (High seeds) and 3rd place qualify for the quarterfinals (Low seeds).