ESL unveils South American league; winner to secure Pro League Finals spot

MIRAA
March 14th, 2018 15:11

ESL has announced that it will host a South American league to determine the final team for the Pro League Season 7 Finals.

The tournament, called ESL LA LEAGUE, will begin on March 24 with the first of two open qualifiers, featuring teams from all over South America.

The leading teams of these two open qualifiers - four per qualifier - will join eight invited sides in the closed qualifier, which will run from March 30 to April 1.

ESL announces South American spot for Pro League S7 Finals

The top eight teams of the closed qualifier will progress to the main stage, which will culminate with the grand final on May 5. The winner of the LA League will earn a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals, scheduled for May 14-20, joining seven teams from the European division, six from the North American division and the top two sides of the Asia-Pacific event that will be held in Sydney.

To prevent last-minute replacements, ESL will make it mandatory for the eight teams competing in the main stage to have US visas ready.

"We are really happy to announce the LA League," ESL Brasil CEO Leo De Biase said in a statement. "It is another victory for esports and, with it, ESL strengthens its commitment to helping the players trying to find their space among the professionals.

"We are trying to encourage them, from the bottom to the top, step by step, from zero to hero."

The eight invited teams will be announced in the days leading up to the closed qualifier on ESL Brasil's social media channels.

South American teams interested in signing up for the open qualifiers can do so by clicking the links below:

Qualifier #1 (March 24) - Register
Qualifier #2 (March 25) - Register

I made it bois
2018-03-14 15:12
hi mom
2018-03-14 15:13
Ez4bravados
2018-03-14 15:16
There is no discussion about that
2018-03-14 15:25
#54
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Brazil junera 
EZ 4 kNg!!! Finally we'll see such a good player get a chance on a tier 1 international event!
2018-03-14 15:39
one more wasted spot
2018-03-14 15:38
nt! kng cant get his VISA ready :/
2018-03-14 19:24
#67
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Australia BohemianJerry 
Wast
2018-03-14 15:42
congratulations!
2018-03-14 16:58
So basically ex immortals shouldn't even try to play mdl and just go straight for this along with ex gale force?
2018-03-14 19:16
#142
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
ex gale force is dead brother. Leggo Isurus.
2018-03-14 19:47
isururs sucks
2018-03-14 19:55
#150
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
It's the only hope for Argentina tho. But ye, they succ. They online af.
2018-03-14 20:21
They've got some pretty good aimers like nikoM and 1962 and such, I feel like if they replaced zote with jony then they'd have a real scary SA team
2018-03-14 22:51
#167
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
-zote +darkaren n1 team SA. jk, they need a young skilled fella, but here our best players are too busy trying to get a life instead of playing the game.
2018-03-14 23:14
Gratz
2018-03-14 19:22
Good for SA!
2018-03-14 15:11
#3
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Mongolia Tendies 
Where is South Africa Pro League
2018-03-14 15:12
Bravado moved to NA, so its useless
2018-03-14 15:34
#70
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Australia VeryNoiceGuy 
You still got energy a team which can take maps from bravado
2018-03-14 15:48
#124
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Mongolia Tendies 
Yeah plus blackpoison, the african fallen, is still in africa
2018-03-14 17:46
#4
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India Cow_Worshipper 
First
2018-03-14 15:11
#7
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India Cow_Worshipper 
Fak
2018-03-14 15:12
#9
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United States Cherryyy 
Nt friendo
2018-03-14 15:12
#5
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Uruguay Wannakkin 
Lol
2018-03-14 15:12
#6
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United Arab Emirates thatboi5ky 
Nice
2018-03-14 15:12
#8
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Canada Number1F1fan 
Neat
2018-03-14 15:12
#10
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Greenland ilikeshrooms 
Good thing its not a vp reserved spot
2018-03-14 15:12
Wasted spot
2018-03-14 15:12
#99
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United States destrossive 
Cyprus topkek
2018-03-14 16:27
Niiice
2018-03-14 15:12
1
2018-03-14 15:12
#14
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Malta hurgurhut 
This is nice because SK won't be attending, so at least a second SA representative will.
2018-03-14 15:12
lg was in odense and in cancun
2018-03-14 15:16
#82
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United States Shadow272 
team one is playing in NA as well now
2018-03-14 16:09
#100
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United States destrossive 
Isurus confirmed
2018-03-14 16:27
Virtue is better( kng,khtex,destiny,Lula and s1)
2018-03-14 17:12
#120
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United States destrossive 
They're in the same level. But I would cheer for Isurus. Nothing against Br, I love to watch TeamOne's matches and a big fan of SK here.
2018-03-14 17:34
I Will cheer for isurus too, for Br we have sk, for arg they have isurus, and they deserve
2018-03-14 17:36
#123
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United States destrossive 
You're a good men. Glad to read these kind of behaviour.
2018-03-14 17:39
I will cheer for Virtue or ex-Tempo
2018-03-14 18:01
#171
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Brazil junera 
What if I told Virtue might not be able to play this because kNg might still not have a visa?
2018-03-15 00:01
They will get the visa soon, I guess
2018-03-15 00:08
#174
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Brazil junera 
How soon? Shit begins in 10 days and they have to register before that
2018-03-15 00:10
Problably they got a invite
2018-03-15 00:11
#158
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Argentina CrayZ 
<3
2018-03-14 21:53
#128
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Brazil junera 
If I'm TeamOne I'd be moving back to Brazil rn, they failed to get that ECS spot and are still on ESEA Main so why not fight for a EPL spot against teams they have always beaten here in Brazil and go back to NA after EPL? Current season finals are just 2 months away
2018-03-14 18:18
#168
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Argentina Joaqqo1 
Well, that would be a stupid decision xd, they just got their pc's and they will come back to BR for only one tournament? when they can participate in some Dreamhack Qualifiers xd, and also practice against some better teams
2018-03-14 23:42
#170
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Brazil junera 
It's not only 1 tournament, it's huge chance they can get to EPL finals which will happen in 2 months. Like I said, they missed the chance of getting to ECS S5 and are currently playing on ESEA main, I guess coming back to brazil for 2 months to play and try tp qualify for EPL is way better for them right now than just staying there in NA playing no tournaments. It's notblike they would forget how to play cs for coming back to Brazil for 2 months, they learned everything they know here and were doing a pretty good job against lesder NA teams, just my opinion though
2018-03-14 23:59
#176
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Argentina Joaqqo1 
And the money for the tickets? lol. Its better to stay in NA, the tournaments for T1 will come. They are a great team
2018-03-15 00:13
Yeah are pretty good as well
2018-03-14 19:02
#15
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Sweden aer1aL 
Who?
2018-03-14 15:12
NICEE
2018-03-14 15:13
#17
TACO | 
Brazil gabriezz1 
FINALLLLLLLLY
2018-03-14 15:13
#19
gAuLeS | 
Brazil Blazzze 
Izzi for Virtue
2018-03-14 15:13
They can't participate because 3 of their players have VISA issues
2018-03-14 16:19
#98
gAuLeS | 
Brazil Blazzze 
shit
2018-03-14 16:24
EZ for Keyd Stars. (Female)
2018-03-14 16:59
+1
2018-03-14 17:00
NTC won't have to play with 100 ping anymore?
2018-03-14 15:13
They will problably move to NA and play MDL, so no
2018-03-14 15:33
They won't participate because they are in Germany
2018-03-14 16:20
#23
mixwell | 
Spain Alser 
Cool gl
2018-03-14 15:15
#24
forsaken | 
Other jotto 
Isurus to LAN confirmed.
2018-03-14 15:15
#26
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Brazil RyannLP 
Nicee Now back to Twitch
2018-03-14 15:16
I hope so
2018-03-14 15:17
#36
forsaken | 
Other jotto 
There are more chances, because Team One has now established in NA.
2018-03-14 15:22
YA its true That isnt mean that the will qualyfi very easly
2018-03-14 15:23
#39
forsaken | 
Other jotto 
No, obviously.
2018-03-14 15:23
Im too exited bro
2018-03-14 15:24
yo tambien tengo el pito re duro con esta noticia
2018-03-14 17:10
JAJAJAJJA A litlle bit Inappropriate
2018-03-14 17:29
The kng's team looks a bit scarry. KNg+destiny, better than every single SA player, Lul4 and S1, good players and a Lot of xp from 1.6 and KHTEX, good support/entry that comes to a recent stop in EU.
2018-03-14 16:11
Kng is a beast Whatever people talk, cursed or bully him
2018-03-14 16:42
Nice englando
2018-03-14 19:00
#45
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
who?
2018-03-14 15:24
Isurus lul
2018-03-14 15:33
ISURUS seems pretty strong lately but YeaH is a threat.
2018-03-14 15:57
#78
forsaken | 
Other jotto 
zqkGOD carrying YeaH
2018-03-14 15:58
#91
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World nakTriceps 
Virtue gaming (kNgV-) is a big threat too, if they could get visa. hahaha
2018-03-14 16:17
Kng's team will be the best in SA soon.
2018-03-14 16:12
but he cant go to USA cuz of visa issues
2018-03-14 16:15
Its nice... but... the esea league gave two or three oportunities to SA teams at MDL Global and the did anything, now they jump in to pro league..
2018-03-14 15:16
Same applies to the Aussies. ... MDL already tried this, and the results were poor. It is even worse in Brazil because much of the talent has left, and the games I have watched are incredibly low quality.
2018-03-14 15:26
#49
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Brazil wittyusername 
MDL Global challenge was just for Brazilian open teams right? Now it's a chance for the continent.
2018-03-14 15:26
well the idea is by giving them more to play for, hopefully the scene will develop. I think it's a great idea.
2018-03-14 16:10
Yes bro! Now organizations knows that they will have atleast 4 tournaments, 2 minors and 2 EPL finals, that can bring more professional stuff for the players.
2018-03-14 16:19
Yes it is, I hope the get better results.
2018-03-14 17:19
This I can't comprehend how a spot is reserved for the continent when a small sample size couldn't even beat teams at global lan.. Nhow do they expect them to compete at pro finals and do they keep the global lan invite or do they get rid of it for this? It's a slap in the face really to mdl teams
2018-03-14 19:19
#29
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Malta ECSBOX 
Ez isurus
2018-03-14 15:17
Maybe SK should play in this and they might win something LUL
2018-03-14 15:17
#33
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Europe MpK_ 
no still tired
2018-03-14 15:18
#153
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Spain VIKTORAL 
From major 2 games in 1 day
2018-03-14 20:45
It finaly hapened
2018-03-14 15:17
Good I'll bet the ex immortals guys are happy
2018-03-14 15:22
They won't participate because they are in Germany
2018-03-14 16:20
Sounds like a missed opportunity What are they preparing for?
2018-03-14 16:52
IEM sidney qualifs
2018-03-14 17:24
Ok ty
2018-03-14 17:25
Theoretically they aren't preparing for anything. They'll just bootcamp there to keep their level higher and prepare to move to USA when they get their P1 Visas (They are Bootcamping in Germany because they were hired by SK Gaming, but the announcement is coming just in June so they'll play with NTC name until there)
2018-03-14 22:22
Really good for SA scene but I feel like it won’t work in the long term. Good SA players & teams are going to move to NA whenever they get good.
2018-03-14 15:22
#40
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Brazil Sp4rkes 
They go to NA because in SA don't have qualifiers for the big LANs
2018-03-14 15:24
Because here is dificult to live from csgo :,(
2018-03-14 15:24
Yeah. But this is still really good for SA.
2018-03-14 15:55
Of course; its oa very usefull chance for the region
2018-03-14 17:27
#38
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Brazil Sp4rkes 
ez for DETONA
2018-03-14 15:23
#101
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Brazil vini_champss 
+1
2018-03-14 16:31
#42
s1mple | 
Poland Hell2k 
only 1 spot ?
2018-03-14 15:24
#47
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Brazil Sp4rkes 
yes
2018-03-14 15:25
#50
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
The fuck? They already play in NA
2018-03-14 15:27
So do sk and luminosity move to this one or what? Seems weird that na is the one that need to share their spots with all the rest of the world (optic, sk, luminosity, rng)
2018-03-14 15:29
In other events there isnt SA qualifier
2018-03-14 15:30
I really like the Idea for an 4-region league with regions rules. Like SK, LG and T1 playing in Brazil (with 2 slots in Lan, at least). This could bring a lot of views to domestic leagues.
2018-03-14 16:21
W a s t e d S p o t
2018-03-14 15:29
NICE EZ 4 VIRTUE
2018-03-14 15:29
Wasted spot
2018-03-14 15:31
#57
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Bulgaria bUHALOVIC 
can we see EU teams moving to SA now xaxaxaxaxa
2018-03-14 15:31
#58
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World smash143 
Virtue's toughest opponent will be the USA VISA.
2018-03-14 15:32
Was waiting since 2016 that ESL or FACEIT adds more scenes other than EU and NA. Sadly FACEIT stopped hosting their OCE league in 2015 when they made ECS. Seems like finally one of them is doing it slowly but surely globally now. great day for cs imo
2018-03-14 15:33
Unless you're in EU, where you have to play out months & months of shitty Bo1's only to find out at least three (and many of the NA teams) wouldn't even make it past premier in EU.
2018-03-14 15:40
True, but I am a believer in this case. I think one day teams from other regions can be good enough to compete. Also this is just one tournament. There are enough tournaments and qualifiers out there.
2018-03-14 15:42
And I think CS being an open circuit is a blessing... but for an actual league (which these are nothing but open qualifiers, compared to the actual league structure in place in EU/NA and MDL elsewhere), this only devalues it. (Edit: especially with how fucking terrible the current Brazil scene is) With the Facebook deal (especially pertaining to Brazil), I'm not surprised ESL are trying to expand.
2018-03-14 15:49
+1 althought I agree with Jermain about the league structure
2018-03-14 20:02
ez 4 isurus
2018-03-14 15:33
another wasted spot ;)
2018-03-14 15:40
#71
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Netherlands C9ROPZZ 
+1
2018-03-14 15:50
Good for SA, but IMO it's a bit of a shame they didn't also award a spot to the African scene. Happy to see that they are prepared Visa-wise tho, learning from the past :)
2018-03-14 15:51
African CS haven't done anything close to Brazilian CS have
2018-03-14 22:18
permament ESL Pro Series South America leaue or only a qualifier?
2018-03-14 15:51
#74
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Argentina luchinade 
Easy for Isurus!
2018-03-14 15:54
#75
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India BJH 
indian league please esl there are a lot of amazing players in india but esports has not boomed here people are less open-minded about anything related to esports please give us a chance to prove them wrong
2018-03-14 15:55
ez 4 MTX GAMEGOD WOLF
2018-03-14 16:10
#143
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India BJH 
wow u still remember them?
2018-03-14 19:50
#79
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United States MAY0 
Sk and NTC could move back to Brazil for easy pro league spots Probably won't though
2018-03-14 15:59
#83
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Brazil mth^ 
They wont do it I guess.
2018-03-14 16:10
#80
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Argentina FrPromp 
Wooow GO ISURUS #GOSHARK
2018-03-14 16:02
#81
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Brazil mth^ 
Finally
2018-03-14 16:03
kNg caught blackmailing ESL heads - Report
2018-03-14 16:13
#89
NAF | 
Bangladesh Ligma_ 
Nice!
2018-03-14 16:13
#97
f0rest | 
Argentina Nawll 
Nice finally some movement in SA cs eSports after fucking 20 years LUL
2018-03-14 16:21
kng team, zqk team, ex-tempo storm or isurus!
2018-03-14 16:35
Cool, now all the brazilians and argentinians can go back home instead of having to play in NA.
2018-03-14 16:42
#105
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Argentina Cushiion 
it can be the revenge of isurus after the disappointment of the wesg, but the kng's team is looking great
2018-03-14 16:47
To be part of the 8 teams, they will need to present visas before the camp... hope kng can get his
2018-03-14 17:25
#110
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Argentina DxRama 
ESPAÑOL:Por fin!!! ya era hora de que le presten mas atención a la escena de SA INGLES:At last!!! it was time to pay more attention to the SA scene
2018-03-14 17:05
So much possible to Virtue, Yeah, Isurus, Keyd Stars (female), W7M or C4.
2018-03-14 17:06
As if Keyd Stars Female could do more than 1 round against these teams Low quality bait
2018-03-14 22:16
Kappa
2018-03-14 22:17
ANOTHER WASTED SPOT
2018-03-14 17:38
#125
f0rest | 
Estonia Rebae 
WTF
2018-03-14 17:58
#127
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Turkey Aeon6002 
Ok
2018-03-14 18:10
Happy for them
2018-03-14 18:51
<3
2018-03-14 19:28
Ez af 4 isurus
2018-03-14 19:08
#133
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2018-03-14 19:09
NICEEEE! Thanks ESL!
2018-03-14 19:27
Waste
2018-03-14 19:30
nice, now africa and ez
2018-03-14 19:52
stupid league qualifiying method, why don't they do a league like the NA and EU EPL?
2018-03-14 20:04
yes...
2018-03-14 20:14
#149
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Canada gritabit 
That's good and all, but this doesn't apply to SK because they play in the NA region, right? Are there any teams aside from maybe NTC that would get at least one map win in the EPL FInals?
2018-03-14 20:16
VAMOOO CONCHATUMARE
2018-03-14 20:21
#154
fer | 
Argentina MAXEE|SDM 
Wasted spot
2018-03-14 20:55
SK should play in this :D fagget team
2018-03-14 20:56
#156
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Kazakhstan Spurdo 
true
2018-03-14 21:12
#157
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New Zealand Glyanyeet 
wow ez for ex 100t and new sk
2018-03-14 21:41
niceeee
2018-03-14 22:10
#164
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Europe trey_ 
wasted spot
2018-03-14 22:26
lmaoo
2018-03-14 22:52
NÃO TEM COMO
2018-03-14 23:45
They won't play, they are bootcamping in Germany
2018-03-15 18:21
#172
NikoM | 
Argentina alvaDz 
very nice
2018-03-15 00:07
ez 4 Kngvito team
2018-03-15 00:35
VERY NICE ESL
2018-03-15 02:15
#179
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Kazakhstan ezBORAT 
nice move! ESL best org
2018-03-15 02:16
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