ESL Pro League Finals groups, format
ESL have revealed the groups, format and schedule for the $512,000 Pro League Season 3 Finals, taking place in Leicester and London, United Kingdom from May 11-15.
ESL Studio in Leicester, United Kingdom, will play host to the Pro League Season 3 Finals group stage, which will be played in the classic GSL-style format with best-of-one's in the opening round and winners' matches, while elimination and decider matches will feature best-of-three's.
Top four teams from each region, Europe and North America, have been split into the two following groups, seemingly according to their placing in the regular season:
|Group A||Group B|
For playoffs the competition will move to London's The O2 state-of-the-art arena after a travel day on Friday, May 13. Semi-finals will feature best-of-three's, while the grand final will come down to a best-of-five series.
ESL have also released a full schedule for the $512,000 event. As usual with ESL events, matches will start shortly after previous ones end, the schedule is only approximate:
|Wednesday, May 11th|
|18:40||Group A winners' match||BO1|
|19:50||Group B winners' match||BO1|
|21:00||Group A elimination match||BO3|
|Thursday, May 12th|
|14:00||Group B elimination match||BO3|
|17:15||Group A decider||BO3|
|20:30||Group B decider||BO3|
|Saturday, May 14th|
|16:00||Semi-final #1 (B1 vs. A2)||BO3|
|19:40||Semi-final #2 (A1 vs. B2)||BO3|
|Sunday, May 15th|
ESL have yet to reveal the nature of the showmatch, which has in the past been a showdown of casters' and analysts' skills, for example at IEM San José.