The seventh season of ESL Pro League will kick off on Tuesday, featuring 26 teams across two divisions.
The EPL action will continue where it left off last season, which came to an end at the Sparekassen Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark, where SK beat FaZe in a thrilling final to be crowned champions. A change from the sixth season will be the official streaming platform as Facebook will be the new go-to place to watch all matches.
Fourteen teams in Europe and 12 in North America will compete in a round-robin league using a home-and-away match system as they try to qualify for the Season 7 Finals, which will take place from May 14-20 at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, Texas.
It is not yet known how the season finals spots will be distributed between the two regions after the North American division was reduced by two teams, with ESL expected to make an announcement on this matter in the upcoming weeks.
The European division will kick off on Tuesday with 12 sides in action, including AGO, one of the two teams making their first appearance at this level (the other being Space Soldiers). Astralis will be playing their first match since signing Emil "Magisk" Reif, with teams such as North and Envy also out to prove their worth after undergoing roster changes.
The full team list for EPL Season 7 Europe can be found below:
Below is the full schedule for Tuesday's European matches (teams will play each other twice):
|19:15||Natus Vincere||vs. HellRaisers|
Across the Atlantic, only 12 squads will partake in the league after Misfits and CLG didn't renew their licenses. OpTic's new roster, which includes three Danish players, will be one of the teams competing in the league.
EPL Season 7 North America will have the following teams: