ESL LA League Season 3 Brazil set to start
The Brazilian division of the third season of ESL LA League will kick off this Monday, with eight teams vying for two spots at the offline finals.
Running from Monday through Friday this week, the tournament will begin with a double-elimination group stage, featuring a best-of-one format only in the opening round, with the top two sides from both groups progressing to the semi-finals.
The two teams coming out of the semi-finals will earn spots at the offline finals, to be held in São Paulo in early March, where they will be joined by the winners of the other LA League divisions, called 'Northern Cone' and 'Southern Cone', featuring teams from other South American countries.
The top two sides of the ESL LA League finals will qualify for the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 9 Americas, which will be played exclusively on LAN following the recent overhaul of the league's format with a view to alleviating the problem of oversaturation in the scene.
Sharks, the winners of the first two seasons and the highest-ranked side in attendance, are highly favoured to finish in the top two, with Imperial - who were in attendance at the recent Americas Minor, Isurus and paiN also among the favourites.
Below you can find the group draw in full: