ESL Pro League stage two Group A set to start
The second and third-placed teams from every round one group have punched their ticket to the second stage, which will have a best-of-three, round-robin format.
Teams will have to top their groups in the Americas in order to qualify for the Season 9 Finals, while a top-two placement will be enough to secure qualification in Europe.
The Group A action in the European division will take place in Leicester, United Kingdom on May 14-16. fnatic will be joined by OpTic, HellRaisers, and Aristocracy to claim one of the two spots on offer.
The schedule in Europe looks as follows:
Across the Atlantic, MIBR, Complexity, Renegades, and Isurus will duke it out in Burbank, California on May 15-17. This group will be highlighted by the round three game between Renegades and MIBR, which could decide the team that advances to the Season 9 Finals.
The schedule for the Americas is below:
Group B in Europe and the Americas will be played next week, on May 21-23, and will also hand out three spots at the LAN finals, two in Europe and one in the Americas.
These six teams from stage two will be joined by eight sides from the first stage at the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals, which will be held in Montpellier, France on June 21-23. The team list for the $750,000 event will be rounded out by one Oceanic and one Asian team from the APAC division.
The current team list for ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals is below: