ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals expanded to 16 teams

MIRAA
February 20th, 2018 18:08

ESL has announced that the seventh edition of the Pro League will culminate with a 16-team offline event.

The news means that the competition has been expanded to include four more teams, with ESL having yet to reveal the number of qualification slots allocated to the two regions, Europe and North America.

The online portion of the league continues to feature 14 teams in Europe but only 12 in North America following the withdrawals of Misfits and CLG before the start of the current season.

Pro League Finals will return to the Verizon Theatre

Kicking off on May 14, the Season 7 Finals will culminate with the main event, live from the Verizon Theatre, in Dallas, from May 18-20. The prestigious concert hall will stage two quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the title decider, which will determine the team taking home the lion's share of the season's $1 million prize pool.

"With a couple of interesting new lineups forming and the superstars returning, this season will be very exciting to watch," said ESL Senior Vice-President of Product Ulrich Schulze.

"Building off of the record-breaking year in Season Six, we aim to create the best CS:GO experience for Pro League fans both in attendance and online."

The Verizon Theatre already hosted the Season 5 Finals, last year, where G2 won the title after beating North in the final.

Tickets to the event will go on sale on Friday, February 23, at 17:00. The competition will be streamed exclusively in both English and Portuguese via Facebook.

The schedule for the main event is the following:

Friday, May 18
19:00 Quarter-final #1
22:55 Quarter-final #2
Saturday, May 19  
19:00 Semi-final #1
22:55 Semi-final #2
Sunday, May 20  
20:00 Grand final

#1
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Sweden Lemo2K 
Wtf im first?!?!? how Btw its really nice that it is 16 teams, now we will see more underrated NA Teams
2018-02-20 18:11
you clicked "post" button before someone else did
2018-02-20 18:10
which is commendable.
2018-02-20 18:11
#29
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Turkey katikat 
expected
2018-02-20 18:12
sick bro
2018-02-20 18:10
#30
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Denmark MeToxi 
Who says it wont be 10 eu and 6 na teams?
2018-02-20 18:12
#55
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Spain lapotensia 
I do!! joking. 10-6 sounds to me like too much, but I dont see why not 9-7 considering more teams compete at EU EPL,
2018-02-20 18:24
Too much ? well there are 2 teams from NA and 17 EU in the top 22
2018-02-20 18:35
well, optic is on of the teams which already has 3 people who are from europe aswell haha
2018-02-20 18:36
More underrated NA teams? Who in NA is underrated? Maybe some underrated EU teams like AGO.
2018-02-20 18:35
Ago is shit
2018-02-20 20:25
They could be the number one PL team
2018-02-20 20:36
so?
2018-02-20 20:45
that doesnt change the fact that they are shit
2018-02-20 21:12
PL cs is shit
2018-02-20 22:26
Okay and? GameAgents are #1 Bulgaria team, doesn't change fact that they are shit.
2018-02-21 01:36
#95
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United States EwanMcC 
GameAgents are Hungarian.
2018-02-21 08:54
#69
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United States Staffan1 
yes of course
2018-02-20 18:47
Very good idea !
2018-02-20 18:09
gypsy
2018-02-20 18:10
#32
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Brazil lopanBR 
Reported
2018-02-20 18:12
stfu Delusional about your country
2018-02-20 18:32
Okok
2018-02-20 18:08
#4
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Europe treyhard 
cool
2018-02-20 18:08
Nice
2018-02-20 18:09
#27
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Europe tacomex 
+1
2018-02-20 18:11
nice
2018-02-20 18:09
noise
2018-02-20 18:09
#8
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Poland Marcines 
ez vp
2018-02-20 18:09
#9
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Israel TheLoveGuy 
YESSSSSSSSSS
2018-02-20 18:09
#11
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India sizzlinorc 
Ok
2018-02-20 18:09
#12
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Denmark JustYes 
LOL "Building off of the record-breaking year in Season Six, we aim to create the best CS:GO experience for Pro League fans both in attendance and online." NICE JOKE E$L
2018-02-20 18:10
meanwhile they are still using facebook
2018-02-20 18:17
By using facebook yes
2018-02-20 20:50
#13
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Turkey Alptekin43 
WUT
2018-02-20 18:09
ez
2018-02-20 18:09
neat
2018-02-20 18:10
#17
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China HLTV_VIP_FFS 
smart
2018-02-20 18:10
#18
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Brazil metzu 
good
2018-02-20 18:10
#19
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Brazil Charizaldo 
nooo
2018-02-20 18:10
1st
2018-02-20 18:10
Inb4 8 NA teams...
2018-02-20 18:10
They are downgrading so many good events now Major,EPL,SLI....
2018-02-20 18:10
#25
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France noctisS 
good
2018-02-20 18:10
please give more spots to eu
2018-02-20 18:12
8/12 teams from na?????
2018-02-20 18:12
10-6 split pls thanks
2018-02-20 18:13
+1111111111
2018-02-20 18:24
more wasted spots great
2018-02-20 18:13
#35
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Russia Nikosimus 
Wtf? 26 teams overall, 16 advance? ESL how are you doing there?
2018-02-20 18:14
#93
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North America KingCole14 
AU/OCE ?
2018-02-21 03:22
#36
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Brazil Drezim1 
great, more na shit teams
2018-02-20 18:14
#63
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United States drobotgamer 
I mean NRG beat NIP and North last playoffs
2018-02-20 18:35
#76
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Brazil Drezim1 
north?? NIP???????????????????????????????? kkkkkkkkkkkk NT
2018-02-20 19:12
#37
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Brazil edivan1987 
Yeah!
2018-02-20 18:15
Fb stream still smh LUL
2018-02-20 18:15
#39
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Germany grabke 
Why have a league ? When everybody gets to the playoffs pretty pointless. 16 of 26 Teams ? And we only have 12 NA Teams
2018-02-20 18:17
Was about to say, this only devalues the online portion of the league. ... Which is already borderline ignorable.
2018-02-20 18:18
#43
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Germany grabke 
+1 yes strange decision !
2018-02-20 18:20
#49
NiKo | 
Croatia AzorAhai 
+1
2018-02-20 18:22
#42
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Denmark oskarsports 
Shit
2018-02-20 18:19
#44
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Hopefully 9 or 10 EU teams then
2018-02-20 18:20
#45
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United States Dr1GeR 
8 teams from NA and 8 from EU :)
2018-02-20 18:22
#57
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
2/3 of the NA league going to LAN seems ridiculous, but whatever
2018-02-20 18:25
#77
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United States Dr1GeR 
Some teams in NA region are really good and some are really bad but yeah you hate to see that.
2018-02-20 19:16
#46
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France p2l 
I hope it won't be 8 NA teams lel
2018-02-20 18:22
ez NiP
2018-02-20 18:22
#48
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
Again stupid swiss system lmao 8/12 from na megalul
2018-02-20 18:22
#66
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United States drobotgamer 
I legit just noticed the correlation for 16 teams being taken...
2018-02-20 18:36
"we aim to create the best CS:GO experience for Pro League fans both in attendance and online." Yeah right with stream on facebook
2018-02-20 18:22
In before Aus and other regions get the rest of the spots. Yes the teams would get destroyed but would add more exposure for these teams. I mean if they have Facebook for the games who knows
2018-02-20 18:22
#53
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Turkey W10 
nice for SS
2018-02-20 18:24
ez navi
2018-02-20 18:24
#56
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North America PsychoLogical 
Great, now please add soundproof booths this time cause of the stupid ghosting that happened in season 5 in the shithole of Texas
2018-02-20 18:24
lets hope for 9/10 for eu but its actually stupid to give 10 slots to 14 teams
2018-02-20 18:25
#73
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Poland Hell2k 
9 eu 7 na would be better than 8/8
2018-02-20 18:52
yep, i also think we should have 16 teams in eu online season
2018-02-20 18:53
Ez facebook money
2018-02-20 18:31
#61
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Norway billson 
Anything more than 6 slots to NA would be criminal
2018-02-20 18:32
#67
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Oh
2018-02-20 18:36
#68
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United States drobotgamer 
16 teams = +Swiss System
2018-02-20 18:36
#70
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Germany Gloin 
8 of 14 teams make playoffs???
2018-02-20 18:47
#71
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
wow! That's awesome! Good luck my team, we smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-02-20 18:51
Nice <3
2018-02-20 18:51
#75
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Brazil Nickzim 
HORRIBLE TROPHY
2018-02-20 18:53
#78
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
Too many teams for a Pro League Finals, unless they have 10+ EU teams, and even then there will be a bunch of poor and average teams who will qualify; there’s only three good teams in the NA region for a kickoff.
2018-02-20 19:26
#79
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Germany VeryMouzGuy 
if its is 50/50 NA EU, it is stupip
2018-02-20 19:30
so confused
2018-02-20 19:37
Please get real quarter-finals, there's still time.
2018-02-20 19:47
It is obvious that ESL plans to introduce teams from Asia, Australia, South American and maybe even Africa in the future. I would bet that ESL Season 8 or 9 finals will have: 6 EU, 6 NA, 2 Asia, 1 Australia, 1 South America/Brasil. Maybe they will extend the online leagues to 16 or even 18 teams in EU, while they can reduce the amount of Teams in NA to 12. Then they can go to 6 EU teams, 4 NA teams, 2 Asian teams, 1 Australian team, 1 south american team + 2 last chance spots with teams from EU, Asia, NA, Australia and south america
2018-02-20 19:53
good idea
2018-02-21 02:25
First
2018-02-20 20:01
#90
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Canada DiiSCO 
Facebook LUL
2018-02-20 22:32
#94
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United States Freakmode 
+1 for 16 teams -1 for Facebook
2018-02-21 06:00
#96
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CIS Jacob99 
Introduce more teams from china pakistan india region. There are a few good teams here
2018-02-22 09:49
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