ESL Pro League Season 8 set to start
The eighth season of the ESL Pro League is about to start, featuring 26 teams across two divisions.
Fourteen teams from Europe and 12 in North America will clash in the round-robin league, which will use a home-and-away match system to determine the majority of the teams attending the offline finals, in Odense, Denmark, from December 4-9.
The top seven teams from Europe and six from North America will make up 13 of the 16 teams who will be in attendance at the Danish event, with two spots reserved for the Asia-Pacific region and one for South America.
The European division sees the return of BIG after the German side topped ESEA Premier Season 27, while Windigo will make their first appearance following a top-two finish at the most recent Pro League relegation tournament.
The full team list for EPL Season 8 Europe can be found below:
Below you can find the full schedule for Tuesday's European matches (teams will play each other twice):
Across the pond, 12 teams will partake in the North American division, with Vito "kNgV-" Giuseppe's INTZ inheriting SK's spot, MIBR replacing OpTic, and Envy making their CS:GO return after signing the core of the old boxr line-up.
The competition will mark the debut of the new Renegades roster, featuring Sean "Gratisfaction" Kaiwai and Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas, with Robin "flusha" Rönnquist set to play his first online tournament for Cloud9. FACEIT Major participants Rogue have yet to find a new fifth after losing in-game leader Casper "cadiaN" Møller to North.
The EPL Season 8 North America team list looks as follows:
Later in the day, the North American division will get things started with matches starting at 00:10. Below you can find the full schedule for the first day in NA: