ESL Pro League Finals viewer's guide

We are merely one day away from the start of the ESL Pro League Season 5 Finals, so we have prepared our viewer's guide, where you will find the full schedule, the groups, the talent line-up and the prize breakdown.

The fifth iteration of the ESL Pro League will come to a close this week as the 12 best teams from the online portion of the league will duke it out at the Verizon Theatre, in Dallas, for the grand prize of $225,000.

The tournament, which will run from Tuesday to Sunday, will kick off with a best-of-one round-robin group stage, with the participating teams having been drawn into two groups.

The EPL finals return to the US after events in London and São Paulo

The group winners will automatically secure spots in the semi-finals, while the runners-up and the third-placed teams will square off for the final spots in the last-four stage.

Below you can find the group draw in full:

Group A Group B
United States Cloud9 United States Liquid
France Envy Europe mousesports
Sweden fnatic CIS Natus Vincere
France G2 Denmark North
Brazil Immortals United States NRG
Brazil SK North America OpTic

The first two days of the event will be packed tightly as they will be taken up by the group matches. The quarter-finals will be held on Thursday, while the semi-finals and the title decider will be played over the weekend after a day's break.

The full schedule for the tournament can be found below:

Tuesday, May 30
18:30 Brazil SK vs. United States Cloud9
18:30 France G2 vs. France Envy
19:45 France G2 vs. United States Cloud9
19:45 Sweden fnatic vs. Brazil Immortals
21:00 Sweden fnatic vs. France Envy
21:00 Brazil SK vs. Brazil Immortals
22:15 Sweden fnatic vs. Brazil SK
22:15 France Envy vs. United States Cloud9
00:00 United States Liquid vs. CIS Natus Vincere
00:00 Europe mousesports vs. Denmark North
01:15 United States NRG vs. North America OpTic
01:15 Europe mousesports vs. CIS Natus Vincere
02:30 United States Liquid vs. North America OpTic
02:30 United States NRG vs. Denmark North
03:45 Denmark North vs. CIS Natus Vincere
03:45 United States NRG vs. United States Liquid

Wednesday, May 31
18:30 France G2 vs. Brazil Immortals
18:30 Sweden fnatic vs. United States Cloud9
19:45 France G2 vs. Brazil SK
19:45 France Envy vs. Brazil Immortals
21:00 Brazil Immortals vs. United States Cloud9
21:00 Brazil SK vs. France Envy
21:00 Sweden fnatic vs. France G2
22:45 Europe mousesports vs. North America OpTic
22:45 United States NRG vs. CIS Natus Vincere
00:00 Europe mousesports vs. United States Liquid
00:00 Denmark North vs. North America OpTic
01:15 North America OpTic vs. CIS Natus Vincere
01:15 United States Liquid vs. Denmark North
01:15 United States NRG vs. Europe mousesports
Thursday, June 1
19:00 Quarter-final #1
22:50 Quarter-final #2
Saturday, June 3
19:00 Semi-final #1
22:50 Semi-final #2

Sunday, June 4
20:00 Grand Final

Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez will be the host, while four casters and four experts will do play-by-play commentary and break down the action. The full talent line-up for the tournament looks as follows:

United States Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez - Host

United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Desk Host
Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill  - Analyst
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović  - Analyst
Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Analyst 

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United States Sam "DaZeD" Marine  - Commentator
United States John "BLU" Mullen - Commentator

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

Finally, the event's $750,000 prize pool will be distributed between the competing teams as follows:

1. $225,000
2. $100,000
3-4. $60,000 
5-6. $45,000
7-8. $40,000
9-10. $35,000
11-12. $32,500

Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
is this happens
2017-05-29 20:47
where is Anders? is it because Semmler is now with gamerz? :/
2017-05-29 20:54
Who cares.. they suck now
2017-05-29 20:55
bro they are the best casting duo.. sadokist & henryG good but not best
2017-05-29 21:08
Semmler casting: 90% giggling, 8% nonsense, 2% ok cast Anders: 90% not paying attention(wrong names etc), 10% HIKOOOO EYYY R U KIDDING ME boring
2017-05-29 21:11
Brazil jebson 
i laugh at "HIKOOOO EYYY R U KIDDING ME" but you guys want to criticize everything. It won't change your life if Sadokist/HenryG or Semmler/Anders cast this.
2017-05-29 21:44
2017-05-29 22:08
yeah semmler is extremely annoying, he's saying the same things over and over again and hypes up the biggest trash plays. anders is okay tho. HenryG & Sado are my favorites at the moment, but Dan & James are great also. i'm even starting to like pansy, she has pretty good knowledge in the game. anders should team up with pansy and let semmler host T5 shows with 20 viewers
2017-05-30 14:21
JamesBardolph & DDK bestest
2017-05-30 13:38
what is Gamerz?
2017-05-29 21:07
dont tell me you didnt see it on hltv :O
2017-05-29 21:09
I only saw anything about that Gamerz picked up a team because a team one their tournament or something but I have no idea beside of that what even Gamerz is etc.
2017-05-29 21:10
it was reality show where nordic players tried their best to get pro contracts.. one team won it so they have 6 months long contract but they dont have any tournaments to play :/ no invites tho
2017-05-29 21:11
yes thats what I have seen but what does Semmler have to do with that etc?
2017-05-29 21:11
he was like host there
2017-05-29 21:12
2017-05-29 21:13
rofl these groups are so retarded
2017-05-29 20:55
2017-05-29 20:47
Germany No_Kappa 
where is Virtus Pro?
2017-05-30 01:01
United States awesome1025 
2017-05-30 05:49
Taiwan Gpoint 
Virtus.Premier bruh
2017-05-30 09:03
2017-05-29 20:47
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
ez SK
2017-05-29 20:47
Malaysia gkshiang 
Go G2
2017-05-29 20:47
Friis | 
Poland Austinn 
2017-05-29 20:47
s1mple | 
Bulgaria Critias 
2017-05-29 20:47
SaufS | 
Switzerland zulecsgo 
what a tier2 tourney :(
2017-05-29 20:47
no, those were the teams that were copetent enough to qualify, its a tier1 tornament, how can u call the others supposedly "tier 1" (kek) teams if they cant even beat theses not so brilliant ones present here.
2017-05-29 23:09
It's not the fault of the event if the top 2 teams didn't manage to qualify
2017-05-30 18:20
ez for SK
2017-05-29 20:48
Poland trancemeister 
In my opinion SK will win, but I support C9 :)
2017-05-29 20:49
India transformer 
is the finals bo5??
2017-05-29 20:49
NIP Should not be allowed to attend!
2017-05-29 20:50
Your name suggests u are sarcastic
2017-05-29 21:28
hippien | 
New Zealand TEEZY 
They are not even attending wtf are you talking
2017-05-29 23:41
izi for envyus
2017-05-29 20:50
Argentina roulettesoad 
g2 vs envyus on LAN omg
2017-05-29 20:51
Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Who is goldenBoy?
2017-05-29 20:55
So many games, yummy
2017-05-29 20:57
World Caiubii 
group b is like a shit, wtf
2017-05-29 20:58
Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez 4 jw
2017-05-29 20:59
Armenia KKegham 
finally SK vs Fnatic.
2017-05-29 20:59
if SK can´t win a tier3 lan like this they are officially trash
2017-05-29 21:05
France t3r4byt3 
They won IEM Sydney, what's your problem?
2017-05-29 21:15
t3? without astralis and faze but have tier 1 teams lol
2017-05-29 22:48
The only tier 1 team here is SK lol.
2017-05-29 23:12
G2 and fnatic are contenders though. They might surprise, and maybe north and c9(summer)...
2017-05-29 23:28
2017-05-29 23:29
If FaZe, VP and Astralis couldnt qualify against tier3 teams then they are tier4 right?
2017-05-29 23:24
African Union hdlmb 
2017-05-30 09:44
cuz online cs is not cs, hmmmmmmm..... makes sense.
2017-05-30 23:18
Denmark Yung_Leann 
WTF why are the groups so unbalanced? 3 NA teams on group B and then SK,G2 and Fnatic on group A , i mean what
2017-05-29 21:06
United States morkmodkip 
3 NA/SA teams in both groups, and 3 EU teams in both groups. The seeding is based on how good you did during the season.
2017-05-29 21:08
Denmark Yung_Leann 
Group B is a joke compared to A, not only group A has the best NA teams C9,IMM and SK but G2 and Fnatic are there too.
2017-05-29 21:18
North is better than fnatic though and if their only bo3 matters so is navi
2017-05-30 01:13
pls think b4 u type
2017-05-29 21:18
Denmark Yung_Leann 
please, look at group A and B and tell me that it isn't unblanced
2017-05-29 21:19
It's done on a seeding basis. You're also just thinking Group A is good because of 'legendary team' names who have done stuff in the past. Immortals, Cloud9, Envy and Fnatic aren't good teams anymore. Mouz, North and Optic have contemporary success, you need to move on from 2014 and come into 2017.
2017-05-29 21:20
Denmark Yung_Leann 
LMAO dude, group B is filled with onliners and the worst NA teams are there too, even C9 has better results on lans than the NA teams on group B, even Na'vi has been shit on lans lately.
2017-05-29 21:40
What a retarded argument, you just compared the worst teams in Group A with the best in Group B. SK and C9 are the best teams in NA atm, G2 looking really strong, fnatic has shown good progress, IMT always puts up a decent fight. Meanwhile Group B has absolute trash tier teams like NRG, OpTic has looked weak recently, as has Liquid. Mouz first LAN together, Na'VI idk what the fuck they're up to nowadays except sucking ass, North overrated as fuck losing to teams like Chiefs and CLG on LAN. Like how can you even say that these groups even remotely compare, you're either trolling or stupid.
2017-05-29 22:27
totally agree +1
2017-05-30 00:29
France msirp 
RIP na'vi fanboys
2017-05-30 04:18
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Fnatic haven't been a top team for months. Mouz are better right nowas are Na'Vi and North. Goup b is a tiny bit weaker maybe but I think Liquid, NRG and optic could all pull of upsets vs anyone
2017-05-29 21:30
Denmark Yung_Leann 
tiny bit? cmon m8, group B has 3 NA teams, Mouz that never accomplished anything on lan, Na'vi that is in a huge slump, i think that the only consistent team on group B is North. idk how is that a tiny bit, most of the teams on group A did better than the teams on group B this year at lans.
2017-05-29 21:53
Puls3 | 
World bigb1rd 
Mouz have taken maps of FaZe, G2, Na'vi, Heroic etc on LAn already this year. I'm not saying they're going to win but the ONLY team there I'd definitely put above them is SK. Anyway, I still disagree. There are too many slumping unproven teams around at the moment that i think makes judging groups right now difficult. I accept NRG being nobodies but optTic and Liquid both have on/off histories and really good players, who knows how well they'll do? Plus IMT have swapped a player again, Envy have lost every LAN game they've played etc. If you ignore NRG i don't think they're that uneven. But we'll see I guess.
2017-05-30 15:46
Ez 4 FalleN
2017-05-29 21:08
2017-05-29 21:09
DaZeD Casting PogChamp
2017-05-29 21:10
fnatic, sk, g2 north, mouz, navi
2017-05-29 21:12
Spain akproxx 
Group B is a joke
2017-05-29 21:12
Yeah i thought the same too they did the easiest for americans. Probanly they wont see liquid in quarterfinals
2017-05-29 23:36
No Pansy? PogChamp Btw VP rank #7 LUL
2017-05-29 21:12
She'll be casting at the be stream tho
2017-05-29 21:21
Brazil romp  
Group B so izi
2017-05-29 21:18
Czech Republic kuole 
This NA events, it should start atleast at like 16:00 and you should let play EU teams first and NA later, but i guess why the fuck care about viewers
2017-05-29 21:21
nex | 
Germany Vikernes 
2017-05-29 21:27
B lul
2017-05-29 21:23
WHERE IS ANDERS? ;/////////
2017-05-29 21:24
2017-05-29 21:27
Bangladesh irisviel 
kick blu ffs
2017-05-29 21:31
+1 Sounds and acts like a girl, can't cast for shit and even with dazed carrying him during casts he knows nothing of the game and makes an idiot out of himself.
2017-05-30 06:27
2017-05-29 21:33
shox | 
Denmark Bagsy 
2017-05-29 21:33
no faze no party
2017-05-29 21:44
Goalie | 
United Kingdom LaoG 
lol cloud9 got fucked
2017-05-29 21:44
Group B is shit -_- Navi and north are lucky
2017-05-29 21:45
North was the highest seed in the eu league they earned their ez group navi didn't
2017-05-30 01:15
Australia legesex 
Starts at 00:30 fuck
2017-05-29 21:45
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
I have to watch 3:00 AM matches when happens in Australia .-.
2017-05-29 23:09
Australia legesex 
And how often is that??
2017-05-30 02:03
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
almost all australian leg when watching surf ^^
2017-05-30 02:52
Australia legesex 
Lol nice b8. I fell for it 5/8
2017-05-30 07:14
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
no bait Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast - March 14 - 25 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro - March 29 - April 9 Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach - April 12 - 24
2017-05-30 12:21
Most tournaments are at around that time for us to watch as viewers. Get over IEM Sydney already.
2017-05-30 06:28
Brazil hunte[R] 
Can't see a world where SK don't win this. North, Navi or G2 should fight against then in finals.
2017-05-29 21:49
Faze or astralis are the uniques team who can beat they and anyway the match would be very close
2017-05-29 23:38
Best of 5 FINAL AGAIN OWWWWWWW YEEEEEAAAAAAHHHH!!! I'm VERY glad to see that more and more events are doing this!
2017-05-29 22:02
Bo5 bestest
2017-05-30 06:29
Netherlands HetIsPatat 
Finally an NA event with OK times for most of the games. And a grand final at 8 pm to boot? Yes please! :) Too bad though that I'm going to have to skip almost every NA team's games, lol. Would have preferred for it to start at 4 pm.
2017-05-29 22:02
What is this shit lmao Group A is stacked and Group B is mostly shitters currently This is some rigged draw by ESL cos they don't get majors for being too shit with production or smth
2017-05-29 22:02
Learn seeding pls
2017-05-31 05:44
2017-05-31 09:38
Good luck to all! Hoping Immortals makes it far ^_^
2017-05-29 22:08
I Hope optic will do a great performance
2017-05-29 22:10
I was in coma for a half year Where is NiP?
2017-05-29 22:35
Badly designed groups.
2017-05-29 22:42
Brunei dmf 
Nice group balance ESL.
2017-05-29 22:56
Belgium siger- 
It depends on the ranking
2017-05-29 23:01
Brunei dmf 
I know, but why do they decide that before hand? just do the seeding after all the teams have qualified based on hltv ranking or something.. not before... so you don't get these kind of groups.
2017-05-29 23:04
No SPACE SOLDIERS No FUN wont watch... ^^
2017-05-29 22:56
g0d | 
Brazil L4x @.@ 
2017-05-29 23:10
more like #coldzerathebrazilianxantares
2017-05-29 23:18
XANTARES = (2x coldzera) + fallen #lantares #vactares
2017-05-29 23:52
its so nice of them to put all the shitty NA team matches in the end of the day since us EU viewers have to be asleep by then and then we won't miss any high quality CS <3
2017-05-29 23:18
Hahahahahahaha. Well played.
2017-05-30 06:31
DaZeD a.k.a best caster in the world
2017-05-29 23:23
Group A: SK, G2 and C9 Group B: North, Optic and NaVi
2017-05-29 23:25
Argentina juanme555RIP 
1 - SK 2 - Immortals 3 4 - G2 4 3 - Fnatic 5 6 - nV 6 5 - NaVi 7 8 - Liquid 8 7 - clown9 9 10 - NRG 10 9 - OpTic 11 12 - NRG 12 11 - Mouz 13 - NiP You heard it here first, in HLTV.ORG.JUANME555
2017-05-29 23:35
top 5 from group A, seems possible
2017-05-29 23:39
Mouz 12 lul and immortals 2 you never saw any csgo match?
2017-05-29 23:44
Prius as observer, ez tournament
2017-05-29 23:38
2017-05-29 23:52
ez c9
2017-05-30 00:00
why god why we gotta have blu in that roster
2017-05-30 00:42
I know. :(
2017-05-30 06:31
Brazil admbl 
2017-05-30 00:45
Brazil hugoooo 
LOL Shitty groups, really. B is way weaker.
2017-05-30 01:16
Wow, that Group A is way tougher than Group B, What the hell
2017-05-30 01:18
Its always Liquid vs Na'Vi, Cloud9 vs SK lol
2017-05-30 01:29
Brazil hugoooo 
Prius better be awake this time, he made some bad moves this year, that pissed me off so hard. Sapphire is way more consistent.
2017-05-30 02:20
Taiwan SCVready 
lol as a c9 fan I must say "rip c9"
2017-05-30 04:56
United States dr_schlubz 
Are there any youtube channels streaming this?
2017-05-30 05:19
John "BLU" Mullen - Commentator XD
2017-05-30 05:39
-Ynk +adreN -Blu +Megaman -HenryG/Sadokist +DDK/Bardolph
2017-05-30 05:52
Indonesia FinZzz 
Sk vs G2 finals. Ez prediction.
2017-05-30 07:49
United States Globebuster 
its too late dumb eurocentric event
2017-05-30 09:25
Faroe Islands shubaNN 
Worst fucking timezone for Asia.
2017-05-30 09:57
For EU not better, 1/2 games after 24-00
2017-05-30 14:26
-SPUNJ -YNk -vENdetta -DaZeD
2017-05-30 10:14
mir | 
El Salvador NotHotMan 
ez Vp
2017-05-30 13:24
English stream isn't on the list of streams yet it's been hosted and cast in English? Or will they be put up at the time? Hopefully it's on twitch................................................................................................................................................................
2017-05-30 14:55
Brazil lekk1 
SK x G2 Final expected LuL
2017-05-30 16:41
SKEEE YEEE fuck school im gonna watch this
2017-05-30 17:03
Belgium KenshinS 
G2 gonna win this tourney boys mark my words!
2017-05-30 17:40
World Sins 
Machine and Pansy? nice! but, this is not here! XD
2017-05-30 19:38
Romania Syu777 
What happened with Anders? :(
2017-06-01 01:10
I had to go to google and search for viewers guide there to find this page as i couldnt find it via the event page, i dont know whybitsmissing, cant find the same stuuf i was able to find before the update of the site
2017-06-02 13:56
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