ESL Pro League S4 viewer's guide

ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals kicks off tomorrow with OpTic facing Liquid in the initial match of Group A. Here's all you need to know about the 11-team, $600,000 event taking place in São Paulo, Brazil.

Brazil's most populous city, São Paulo, will host Season 4's ESL Pro League Finals, taking place from October 26-30.

The first two days will be played behind closed doors at the ESL studios, while Ginásio do Ibirapuera arena will play host to the last group stage day and playoffs.


dignitas set to attempt to get their third title in a row

Originally 12 teams were supposed to attend the event, however fnatic announced their withdrawal in the last minute due to personal reasons.

ESL were unable to find a replacement in such short notice, as numerous European teams below the regular season's top six declined the invitation.

The teams were split into two best-of-one, round-robin groups according to their placement in the online part:

Group A Group B
Brazil Immortals Sweden NiP
Europe mousesports Brazil SK
North America OpTic Europe FaZe
France Envy Denmark Dignitas
United States Liquid United States Cloud9
  Europe NRG

Teams who place first in their group will advance directly to semi-finals, while second placed teams will play third placed teams from the other group in the quarter-finals.

Here's the full schedule of the five-day tournament:

Wednesday, October 26th
16:00 North America OpTic vs. United States Liquid
17:10 Brazil Immortals vs. France Envy
18:20 Europe mousesports vs. United States Liquid
19:30 United States Cloud9 vs. Europe FaZe
20:40 Europe NRG vs. Denmark Dignitas
21:50 Brazil SK vs. Sweden NiP
23:00 United States Cloud9 vs. Europe NRG
00:10 Sweden NiP vs. Denmark Dignitas
     
Thursday, October 27th
16:00 Brazil Immortals vs. North America OpTic
17:10 France Envy vs. United States Liquid
18:20 Europe mousesports vs. North America OpTic
19:30 Brazil SK vs. Europe FaZe
20:40 Sweden NiP vs. Europe NRG
21:50 Europe FaZe vs. Denmark Dignitas
23:00 Brazil SK vs. United States Cloud9
     
Friday, October 28th
16:00 Brazil Immortals vs. Europe mousesports
17:30 North America OpTic vs. France Envy
19:00 Brazil Immortals vs. United States Liquid
19:00 Europe mousesports vs. France Envy
20:30 Europe FaZe vs. Europe NRG
22:00 Brazil SK vs. Denmark Dignitas
23:30 Sweden NiP vs. United States Cloud9
01:00 Brazil SK vs. Europe NRG
01:00 United States Cloud9 vs. Denmark Dignitas
01:00 Sweden NiP vs. Europe FaZe
     
Saturday, October 29th
19:00 Quarter-final #1  
22:30 Quarter-final #2  
     
Sunday, October 30th
14:30 Semi-final #1  
19:00 Semi-final #2  
22:30 Grand final  

And here's the broadcast team for the official English stream:

Brazil Beatriz "Bia" Bauer - Host

United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk host
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst 

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett  - Commentator
United States John "Blu" Mullen - Commentator
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole

United States Heather "sapphiRe" Garozzo - Observer
United States DJ "Prius" Kuntz - Observer

The $600,000 prizepool will be distributed as follows:

1. $200,000
2. $90,000
3-4. $45,000
5-6. $35,000
7-8. $30,000
9-10. $25,000
11. $20,000

If you'd like to know more about the attending teams, make sure to check out Zvonimir "Professeur" Burazin's preview of the ESL Pro League Season 4 Finals.

United States Heather 'sapphiRe' Garozzo
Heather 'sapphiRe' Garozzo
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
15
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.17
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
26
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
108
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.98
Maps played:
16
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.77
Maps played:
13
KPR:
0.50
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Australia Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Chad 'SPUNJ' Burchill
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
155
KPR:
0.62
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.18
gl dignitas
2016-10-25 20:29
#50
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Germany Bier 
i thought it's a 750k$ tournament
2016-10-25 20:56
It is kind of, they give some cash for placing high online before the lan
2016-10-25 21:16
or maybe they already gave for who didnt qualify for the lan finals
2016-10-25 21:37
Civilised conversation on HLTV. I aren't think that
2016-10-25 21:43
i arent take that b8, m8
2016-10-25 21:50
#64
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Europe duke` 
ikr. what year is this?
2016-10-25 22:35
#2
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Finland kAlluYT 
Hoping to see great things from Dignitas! Also will be great to see GODAllu at lan for the first time in a while
2016-10-25 20:30
DH bucharest
2016-10-25 20:37
He played like 2 days ago
2016-10-25 20:39
#80
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United Kingdom XNL 
Yeah, against C9.
2016-10-26 10:59
ez for NiP
2016-10-25 20:30
#4
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Finland lulxd1337 
adad
2016-10-25 20:29
#5
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
Faze to win it all Kappa
2016-10-25 20:29
#46
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Poland Astoner55 
They actually have a slight chances to fight
2016-10-25 20:50
#47
MEZi | 
Finland Sukrami 
No chance in Group B lol gj ESL with the Group draws 4Head
2016-10-25 20:51
How do you figure? Dignitas and sk are the only two teams they have a low chance of beating. NIP, C9 and NRG are all winnable matches.
2016-10-26 05:55
#6
Netherlands adrbb 
W00T
2016-10-25 20:29
im slow :(
2016-10-25 20:29
n1
2016-10-25 20:29
#9
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Lithuania Tomekas85 
Pls Dignitas atleast make it to the semis
2016-10-25 20:30
WHY NEVER FIRST
2016-10-25 20:29
SeemsGood
2016-10-25 20:30
goof
2016-10-25 20:29
#13
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Sweden FZX 
ez for DJ Kuntz
2016-10-25 20:30
#14
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Finland Tom_Hanks 
cant wait to faze beat c9 again
2016-10-25 20:30
#15
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Turkey mrsocta 
LUL
2016-10-25 20:29
NICE GROUPS LUL
2016-10-25 20:29
Good luck Na'Vi Kappa
2016-10-25 20:30
Ez smithzz
2016-10-25 20:30
ResidentSleeper
2016-10-25 20:30
#20
Snax | 
Poland dediw3e4 
Digni 4 second win in a row, cmon !
2016-10-25 20:30
#21
shox | 
Finland luxu 
ez for faze kapa
2016-10-25 20:31
#22
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Poland furleppe 
gogo dignitas top1
2016-10-25 20:31
Those are local times?
2016-10-25 20:31
It must be your region time
2016-10-25 20:33
Jesus, games starting at 12:00, that thing is gonna turn into a giant oven
2016-10-25 20:34
did you change your timezone? what do you mean with "giant oven"?
2016-10-25 20:36
No, it still the same. It might be hot as hell by that time, gonna have to put my NiP hoodie back on the wardrobe ahahahaha
2016-10-25 20:38
so?
2016-10-25 20:39
whats your point? im just saying that it might be warm, thats it
2016-10-25 20:40
Dont you have conditioners in Brazil?
2016-10-25 20:37
Yeah, but i dont think theres such a thing inside the gymnasium
2016-10-25 20:39
#63
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Brazil Dark182 
Hahahahaha omg dude of course there is...
2016-10-25 22:34
I dont even live in São Paulo so i dont have any idea about how the gymnasium is
2016-10-25 23:22
#24
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Brazil DileBani 
Stupid people still hunting for top comments, your dreams are gonna be crushed when admins delete your comments.... <3 OT: This is gonna be FaZe+SK event :)
2016-10-25 20:31
#25
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France StickyRice 
The prizepool is 580k$, not 600k$(when you add the prizes for spots from 1st to 11th), the 20k$ from 12th need to be added to the prizepool or given to charity.
2016-10-25 20:31
#26
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Russia rainsjer 
....
2016-10-25 20:31
Dignitas' road to top1 go get 'em Rubino and Danes... !
2016-10-25 20:32
Hoping for a Dignitas vs SK final =)
2016-10-25 20:35
#34
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Serbia whoa!! 
grand final is a bo5, isn't it? How the hell are they supposed to play a bo3 and bo5 on the same fking day?
2016-10-25 20:38
#36
byali | 
Poland BYALl 
no vp no viewers xD
2016-10-25 20:38
#66
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Europe duke` 
that's not true, like at all.
2016-10-25 22:36
#40
 | 
Brazil mth^ 
I want Dig vs SK on finals or semis but in my prediction they wont reach semis :( sad
2016-10-25 20:40
WHY THE FUCK YNK AGAIN?? Why does he have to ATTEND every fucking event. jesus christ. also group b is so fucking rigged. mouse again so fucking lucky with the easiest group ever.
2016-10-25 20:40
hope the crowd will be loud and not act like retards with dabbing etc.
2016-10-25 20:42
#45
Brazil uRKT 
There will be dab, thats for sure ...
2016-10-25 20:50
it gives me a cancer, but i hope cameraman will find some hot chicks in the crowd xd
2016-10-25 20:55
In brazil they dunno what is dab.
2016-10-25 21:20
#73
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Japan PARAFAL 
in brazil dab is called tey
2016-10-26 00:18
#44
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Azerbaijan Talley 
Great times, I'm surprised actually.
2016-10-25 20:48
Go go NiP, out of groups this time
2016-10-25 20:55
two highest ranked teams placed in same group they should have adjusted groups after fnatic exit
2016-10-25 20:58
#52
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Germany grabke 
Because fanatic was so good lately ??? They had one more win than the 3rd and 4th placed Team in Eu and the same total as NIP.
2016-10-25 21:03
Group A: 1 MOUSZ , 2 imortals, 3 Liquid/Optik Group B: 1 Dig , 2 Sk , 3 Nip/Faze Btw group a its A joke compared with group B..
2016-10-25 21:03
poor Jason "moses" O'Toole he is nothing LUL
2016-10-25 21:03
#57
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African Union pepejerky 
ez 4 Nip
2016-10-25 21:35
#61
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Brazil skfanboyhue 
Host girl is nice =p instagram.com/beatrizbauer1/
2016-10-25 21:50
group A is a real joke btw. and again semis and grand final in the same day :/ also, talent is really poor... not even a "budget anders"
2016-10-25 22:15
#65
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Brazil Dark182 
You guys will be impressed how cheerful brazilian crowd can be :)
2016-10-25 22:36
#67
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Europe duke` 
i hope so! it's pretty cool to hear a loud crowd on the stream. although i do hope you will cheer for everyone, not just your home team. :)
2016-10-25 22:38
#76
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Brazil Dark182 
I'm pretty sure they will, not when the teams are playing against brazil ofc but that's a normal thing... like we see in Poland when VP is playing. But they will cheer every game, especially for popular teams like Nip and envyus
2016-10-26 03:42
Invite g3x problem fixed
2016-10-25 23:07
Eh I just like a loud packed crowd
2016-10-25 23:13
#71
jleh | 
Finland jleh 
thanks for the good articles like this. it's amazing that you convert timezones and list every match.
2016-10-26 00:03
ez virtus pro edit: top 1
2016-10-26 00:04
21:50 sk vs nip 00:10 nip vs dignitas 2x matches on higl lvl rest full tier2 clown fiesta get rekt ESL i want belive for less than 20k ppl on stream btw forgot menition this 4x teams will be play in final gogog dignitas or nip
2016-10-26 00:25
Friday, October 28th 21:00 SK vs. NRG 21:00 Cloud9 vs. dignitas 21:00 NiP vs. FaZe lol
2016-10-26 00:28
WHERE IS PANSY?!???????????????????? ................... WE NEED HER !!! SHE IS THE BEST !!!
2016-10-26 09:37
why are all events using the round-robin system? this sucks. this is why i don't watch group stages anymore
2016-10-26 10:24
#81
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Luxembourg alex24 
one tier1 team (dignitas) two tier2 teams (nip and sk) and all tier5 teams = tier5 team event i`m gonna pass on watching any match. tchuss
2016-10-26 11:03
#82
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Australia Mr.Sinister 
Inb4 pro cs players get robbed at gunpoint.
2016-10-26 11:20
no vp so not gonna waste my time with this low event
2016-10-26 15:08
Ez VP Oh wait... Ez Na'Vi! Kappa
2016-10-26 15:44
#85
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Poland Mannix 
This ain't even worth watching LUL
2016-10-26 15:56
How can there be only 2 quarterfinals ?
2016-10-28 14:25
#87
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Turkey annttiigs 
How come Norway has no reading sessions in schools "Teams who place first in their group will advance directly to semi-finals, while second placed teams will play third placed teams from the other group in the quarter-finals"
2016-10-28 18:55
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