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
Brazil Luminosity  Sweden NiP
Denmark Astralis United States Cloud9
Canada OpTic Sweden fnatic
France G2 United States Liquid

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
14:00 Canada OpTic vs. Denmark Astralis  BO1
15:10 Brazil Luminosity  vs. France G2 BO1
16:20 Sweden fnatic vs. United States Cloud9 BO1
17:30 Sweden NiP vs. United States Liquid BO1
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
16:00 Showmatch  
18:00 Grand final BO5

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.

#2
Aleksib | 
Bangladesh 696969 
nice
2016-04-29 17:17
ez for ENCE
2016-04-29 17:18
NiP top1
2016-04-29 17:17
Stfu tokmakhead
2016-04-29 17:26
x)
2016-04-29 17:26
#6
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Germany maNiPul8 
das
2016-04-29 17:17
7
2016-04-29 17:17
fr
2016-04-29 17:17
#9
Netherlands EmreA 
lel
2016-04-29 17:17
fd
2016-04-29 17:17
#11
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Sweden yayer 
EZ 4 S1MPLE oh WAIT KappaRoss
2016-04-29 17:17
EZ 4 GODREN PogChamp
2016-04-29 21:13
øpl
2016-04-29 17:17
n1
2016-04-29 17:17
#14
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United Kingdom Tr0pecs 
ghj
2016-04-29 17:17
n1
2016-04-29 17:17
n1
2016-04-29 17:17
asas
2016-04-29 17:17
#18
Czech Republic jF. 
cool
2016-04-29 17:17
#19
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United States AshKetchum 
ez for LG!!!
2016-04-29 17:17
#20
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Turkey Taylannnnn 
nip ez
2016-04-29 17:17
#21
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CIS (net) 
EZ NIP
2016-04-29 17:17
#22
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Brazil Cobalsky 
G2 RIP hahahahha
2016-04-29 17:17
first
2016-04-29 17:17
#24
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Italy ciliatus 
Astralis Luminosity NiP Fnatic
2016-04-29 17:17
Rip G2
2016-04-29 17:17
easy 3rd EPL title for fnatic
2016-04-29 17:18
NiP fnatic = same group ??? Both will be in the grand final
2016-04-29 17:18
let's hope so
2016-04-29 17:18
it seems thats the plan
2016-04-29 19:48
guarantee of 300K+ views
2016-04-29 19:51
#28
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Brazil prob0t 
gogo lg BR loyal
2016-04-29 17:18
LG vs G2? They have played before?
2016-04-29 17:18
#82
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Spain Alser 
2016-04-29 17:31
Only with different lineups and when G2 was titan.
2016-04-29 17:33
#31
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Germany 1criT 
Easiest playoffs of NiP's life against Fnatic :X
2016-04-29 17:18
ez for vp
2016-04-29 17:18
4-18
2016-04-29 17:21
RIP C9 and Liquid
2016-04-29 17:18
#34
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Serbia Suckleus 
Rigged af, g2 hardest group fnatic easiest. Again
2016-04-29 17:18
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 read the article next time
2016-04-29 17:20
#79
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Serbia Suckleus 
its just a prank bro. but its just that it happens every single time
2016-04-29 17:28
braindead
2016-04-29 17:25
#69
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Serbia Suckleus 
shhhh favelboy
2016-04-29 17:25
RIP c9
2016-04-29 17:19
#38
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Brazil Nobuga 
EZ LG
2016-04-29 17:19
#39
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Brazil mth^ 
Omg group b is insane
2016-04-29 17:19
They gave a chance to c9 if fnatic plays shitty
2016-04-29 17:19
GROUP 1: LG&Astralis GROUP 2: NiP&FNC(FNC if all players show up)
2016-04-29 17:19
#43
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr 
Must be great to be in Leicester when they are champions of PL by that time
2016-04-29 17:19
Rip OpTic lmao
2016-04-29 17:19
#45
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CIS STAboss 
Why got Na 4 Slots? Why? Na Cs is a fucking joke!! Rip Navi :((((
2016-04-29 17:23
5 slots? wtf are you talking about
2016-04-29 17:20
G2 sucks like a NA team so it confused the poor fellow for a second.
2016-04-29 17:21
#62
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CIS STAboss 
4, sorry
2016-04-29 17:24
#56
Sweden SkG 
Actually its 3 teams from NA.
2016-04-29 17:22
if we're being fussy it's actually 4 teams from NA but 3 NA teams
2016-04-29 17:23
#65
Sweden SkG 
How do you mean? Like NA owned?
2016-04-29 17:25
Luminosity players reside in NA therefore they're coming from NA but not North-Americans
2016-04-29 17:27
#80
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
NA based.
2016-04-29 17:28
#48
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Holy shit! what a group..... Good luck my country <3 #LGLOYAL! LETS GO BOYSSSS!! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2016-04-29 17:20
#50
Sweden SkG 
Nip vs LG in the final.
2016-04-29 17:21
Ez optic
2016-04-29 17:21
rip c9 and liquid lets go optic
2016-04-29 17:21
rip olof
2016-04-29 17:22
ez NiP <3
2016-04-29 17:22
#58
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France kennySsSsS 
lg vs astralis on final mark my words
2016-04-29 17:23
Rest in peace na
2016-04-29 17:23
nip against easy group to at least get as 2nd
2016-04-29 17:23
#63
byali | 
Poland vezz. 
Semis: Astralis - Fnatic, NiP - Luminosity Final: Astralis - Luminosity Won by: Astralis
2016-04-29 17:24
#96
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Poland Mannix 
chokers gonna choke ;)
2016-04-29 17:39
#108
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Brazil romp  
imao
2016-04-29 18:15
cevo has the same amount of teams and yet they've managed to make all group matches bo3 esl pls it's 2016
2016-04-29 17:25
#170
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United States jaeger_steam 
yeah i really don't get why with only 8 teams its not all bo3. i can understand with 16 teams there just isnt enough time, but with 8 cevo even had bo5 semis along with the final.
2016-05-05 20:12
Maybe C9 can upset Fnatic like Liquid did at Columbus?
2016-04-29 17:25
nobody on that team other than ska or shroud is going to drop 30+ to keep up with fnatic, even without olof. 4 Liquid players had to drop 30+ frags just to win in overtime. Their best shot I think is getting NiP in a bo1 in the loser's match (meaning Liquid beats NiP), then playing Liquid in a bo3 (meaning Fnatic beats Liquid in the winner's match) since they're both NA and anything can happen in NA vs NA lol
2016-04-29 17:31
#144
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France t3r4byt3 
NiP have been in great form recently, they'd be the most favoured to take the top seed C9 will more than likely face liquid in the losers' match
2016-04-29 20:11
ez for LG and NiP
2016-04-29 17:25
8 teams, still bo1
2016-04-29 17:26
Rip Optic/G2/Liquuid & Cloud9
2016-04-29 17:27
Can Slemmy play in this?
2016-04-29 17:27
Are wenton and Slemmy able to play?
2016-04-29 17:27
Kinda fucked that they put the two american teams and two swedish teams in the same group. But you gotta expect NiP and Fnatic to get out of them. But I'm still hoping for NA. I want to see the new, s1mple-less lineup of Liquid prove that they can keep up with the promise they showed us at Columbus, and as much as I dislike c9 fans, I want to see c9 be very tactically sound because I'm rooting for Slemmy. Just sad seeing how far c9 has fallen off in the last 8 months.
2016-04-29 17:28
#84
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
C9 and Liquid both have a chance if they are really on form. Fnatic are obviously not at their best at the mo and NiP are always beatable imo although they are playing great recently. Would love to see some upsets but I agree that Nip/fnatic progressing is the most likely.
2016-04-29 17:31
They both have opportunities to win the first match since it's a bo1. C9's best chance for me is #83 above, and for Liquid, it's to beat NiP and then fnatic in the two bo1s that would happen. I think Liquid would be a lot more confident vs Fnatic after Columbus in a bo1 then they would be in a bo3 vs C9 since they're NA and anything can happen in NA vs. NA.
2016-04-29 17:33
Based off online results. Group A has rank 1 and 3 from NA, 2 and 4 from EU. Group B has rank 2 and 4 from NA, 1 and 3 from EU.
2016-04-29 17:32
#88
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Spain Alser 
Groups are seeded so that 1st and 3rd from a continent plays vs 2nd and 4th of the other continent
2016-04-29 17:33
ah thank you. unfortunate seeding for american teams then :P
2016-04-29 17:34
So ez for nip
2016-04-29 17:32
Group A. 1. Astralis 2. Luminosity 3. G2 4. Optic Group B. 1. NiP 2. Fnatic 3./4. NA Trash Semifinal Nip Wins over LG . Fnatic looses to astralis Grandfinal Nip wins over Astralis Mark my words
2016-04-29 17:33
#94
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Canada Ayton 
+++++++++++
2016-04-29 17:37
3 NA Teams? Its gonna be boring
2016-04-29 17:37
I really hate this format! It's not group play, it's double elimination. Why not stick to it then. This format is an abomination imo.
2016-04-29 17:40
Biggest problem with round robin is time constraints and random results. There is a degree of randomness in GSL format, due to bo1s, but overall it gives a better end result, because of the bo3 decider imo.
2016-04-29 18:43
Nice, almost a hundred comments and no one cares about the bo5 final that you guys keep crying about everytime a tournament format is released.
2016-04-29 17:42
people on hltv is only about crying and whining you know
2016-04-29 18:08
Astralis Luminosity OpTic G2 NiP Cloud9 Fnatic Liquid Cloud9 > Astralis 3-2 NiP > Luminosity 3-1 NiP > Cloud9 3-1 C9 HYYYYPPPEEEEEEE
2016-04-29 17:44
cloud 9, yeah ok mate
2016-04-29 17:44
This in best realistic scenario
2016-04-29 17:45
even if by some kind of miracle they manage to get out of groups, they would get raped by either astralis or luminosity right afterwards anyways
2016-04-29 17:46
Group Stage Cloud9 can't beat LANgods NiP, but Liquid with 5k decoy should be easy for Cloud9. Also, Fnatic is shit without wristmeister. Playoffs Cloud9 has been successful vs LG in the past, and ASStralis chokes.
2016-04-29 18:30
(y)
2016-04-29 18:44
#103
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Iceland PrTz1 
RIP NA
2016-04-29 18:00
Rip c9
2016-04-29 18:03
#105
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Hong Kong eldoodaks 
ez 4 nip
2016-04-29 18:07
Let see who's gonna cheat the most?!
2016-04-29 18:13
ez nip
2016-04-29 18:26
dat group B omfg
2016-04-29 18:28
if there were 12 teams here, this tournament would be far more exciting. 8 EU and 4 NA teams would be the perfect balance of teams for a tournament like this.
2016-04-29 18:30
bullshit, 4 NA teams? Which?
2016-04-29 18:46
not sure, just saying it'd be fairer that way and more exciting imo.
2016-04-29 19:04
LG vs NiP final #GLHF
2016-04-29 18:31
LG vs NiP final and NiP will take it imho.
2016-04-29 18:43
#119
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Austria Faguette 
2na teams in one group still none of em will pass
2016-04-29 18:46
#121
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United States Zebruh 
Ez cloud9
2016-04-29 18:47
#fuckesl nobody wants to see this tournament anyway
2016-04-29 18:50
NiP vs LG final. fnatic going to esl without olof = fnatic lose.
2016-04-29 18:56
These groups sweden get are amazing. Maybe thats why they always place so high :/
2016-04-29 18:59
cloud9's last shot to prove they r a good team internationally.
2016-04-29 19:05
#129
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United States r0seCS 
Easy, Liquid > fnatic w/ wenton
2016-04-29 19:13
Group A : 1) Luminosity 2) Astralis 3) G2 4)Optic Group B : 1) NiP 2) Liquid 3) Fnatic without olof 4) C9
2016-04-29 19:19
#145
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France t3r4byt3 
2) fnatic without olof have some faith
2016-04-29 20:14
#132
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Turkey OdinA 
Olof not playing so; Group A: 1- LG 2- Astralis Group B: 1-NiP 2-Fnatic Final NiP vs LG 2-0 LG
2016-04-29 19:29
2-0 LG? I think 2-0 NiP win this tournament
2016-04-29 19:33
#143
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Thailand KillerBee157 
lg tear nip any time
2016-04-29 20:06
#146
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France t3r4byt3 
Pff no LG lost to motherfuckin tyloo, while NiP won the tournament and beat na'vi and astralis on the way
2016-04-29 20:15
#147
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Thailand KillerBee157 
and lg rekt nip when they face?
2016-04-29 20:16
#152
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France t3r4byt3 
last time NiP faced LG with a full lineup, NiP won and MLG Columbus doesnt count because THREAT was playing for NiP so stfu
2016-04-29 21:06
#156
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Thailand KillerBee157 
LG rekt course everyone in your group and guaranteed 1st place
2016-04-29 21:43
I love all the butthurt Germans in here lmao
2016-04-29 19:35
grand final bo3?
2016-04-29 19:43
RIP Cloud9 RIP Liquid
2016-04-29 19:46
#138
allu | 
Finland MiiKo 
I was having high hopes for NiP but now that the groups are out they're 100% in the final and will win the tournament ez
2016-04-29 19:49
No NaVi? No FNC with Olof? No TyLoo? 2ez4LG
2016-04-29 19:51
ez for premier league champ foxes
2016-04-29 20:17
2many NA teams
2016-04-29 20:21
3-0 NiP will win this tournament maybe 3-1
2016-04-29 20:27
group A is tougher in my opinion LG>NIP Astralis>C9 OpTic<fnatic G2=Liquid
2016-04-29 21:25
this tournament should be won by LG or NiP LG 2-0 NiP 2-0 Ast 2-1 Fnt 2-1 G2 1-2 C9 1-2 Optic 0-2 Liq 0-2 only upset i see that could happen is G2 advancing 2-0 ez nip
2016-04-29 21:32
#158
NiKo | 
Poland Jaruzel 
OLOF where are u?!
2016-04-29 22:40
lol rip optic GOOO G2 ! <3
2016-04-30 00:22
nip astralis final. nip will win their second tournemant in a row. easy comeback easy dynasty.
2016-04-30 00:36
semi lumi vs fn as vs nip final lumi vs nip and nip will win
2016-04-30 07:59
#163
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Hong Kong korean 
EZ FOR ENCE
2016-04-30 08:57
Dammmmmm stackeddd it up
2016-04-30 09:20
I bought fucking tickets for this expecting navi to be there. Me? Mad
2016-04-30 11:28
Go G2 you guys can do this!
2016-05-01 01:19
body will rekt favelas ...
2016-05-07 13:40
lmfao, easiest $512k for NiP ever
2016-05-09 13:27
#173
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Brazil R_ananias 
This is gonna be great to watch. And I really liked the schedule.
2016-05-09 18:27
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