ESL has revealed additional details regarding the European closed qualifier for ESL One Cologne 2017 that will take place on May 20-21.
However, lesser known teams will also have a chance to qualify for the tournament through a series of qualifiers, starting with the European open qualifiers that will be held on April 22-23 and 28-29. Sign ups are available here and here.
More importantly, new details about the European closed qualifier have been revealed. The qualifier will feature 12 teams: nine invited ones, the team that wins ESL Meisterschaft and the two best teams from the open qualifier cups.
The 12 teams will battle it out in a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket that will take place on May 20-21.
The full European closed qualifier schedule is as follows:
Saturday, May 20th
15:00 Round of 12
Sunday, May 21st
12:00 Quarterfinal one and two
15:00 Quarterfinal three and four
18:00 Semifinal one
21:00 Semifinal two
The winners of each semifinal will qualify for ESL One Cologne 2017.
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