ESL Pro League NA reaches end
All 12 participating teams for the ESL Pro League Season 5 finals have been determined following the end of the North American regular season.
Albeit not quite exciting as in Europe, where the last two spots at the finals were decided by head-to-head record in a four-way tie, the final week of the North American Pro League division saw several teams fight tooth and nail for a top-six finish.
SK Gaming finished at the summit of the table with an 18-6 record, with two of those defeats coming on the very last matchday of the season, when there was nothing at stake for them anymore.
Immortals and Team Liquid ended the season level on points, but it was the North Americans who placed second due to having a better head-to-head record. Renegades, who were recently in action at IEM Sydney, finished just outside of the top six, along with Luminosity and CLG.
ESL Pro League Season 5 North America final standings:
1. SK - spot at Pro League finals 2. Liquid - spot at Pro League finals 3. Immortals - spot at Pro League finals 4. NRG - spot at Pro League finals 5. Cloud9 - spot at Pro League finals 6. OpTic - spot at Pro League finals 7. Luminosity - $27,000 8. CLG - $23,000 9. Renegades - $19,000 10. Misfits - $17,500 11. Complexity - $15,000 12. Rush - $11,500 (Relegation stage) 13. The Foundation - $8,000 (Relegation stage) 14. Animal Squad - Disqualified
Animal Squad have been disqualified from the ESL Pro League after forfeiting their spot in the league, and will not even get demoted to the Premier division.
Rush and The Foundation will fight for survival in the league in the relegation stage, in which they will be joined by the second and third-placed Premier teams, Enigma6 and Ghost, respectively. Splyce are the 12th team confirmed for Season 6 of the ESL Pro League after winning the Premier division.
The Season 5 offline finals will run from May 31 to June 4 at the Verizon Theatre, in Dallas. The following 12 teams will fight for the lion's share of a $750,000 prize pool: