ESL and DreamHack to launch CS:GO circuit in 2020 with over $5 million in prize pool

ESL and DreamHack announced on Tuesday the ESL Pro Tour, a global CS:GO circuit to launch in 2020 with over $5 million in aggregate prize pool.

The ESL Pro Tour will combine over 20 ESL and DreamHack tournaments into "one narrative that builds towards two grand championships each year". With this new system, ESL and DreamHack aim to "create a more complete path from zero to hero for aspiring players, a more compelling story to follow for existing CS:GO fans, and a more transparent structure for new esports fans."

The ESL Pro Tour competitions will be split into two levels: Challenger and Masters. The first includes the DreamHack Open stops, ESEA MDL and the ESL National Championships, and will serve as a platform for teams to reach the Masters-level arena tournaments with $250,000 or more in prize money. These include the ESL One, IEM and DreamHack Masters events, and the ESL Pro League itself.

The ESL Pro Tour will culminate with two Masters Championships, one of which in Cologne

By competing in the ESL Pro Tour competitions, teams will win points towards a circuit ranking, with the best sides earning spots at the two Masters Championship finals, which will be held at IEM Katowice and ESL One Cologne.

“ESL’s growth in recent years has led us to rethink what we are doing," ESL CEO Ralf Reichert said in a statement. "We have built some of the world’s most impressive esports tournaments, and it was the time to connect the dots where the outcome is a bigger picture that fits better with our vision for esports.

"This partnership between ESL and DreamHack will give youths a clearer and more complete path to becoming somebody, and a structure that is more welcoming and digestible for new esports fans."

According to a press release, the ESL Pro Tour "will feature an aggregate prize pool of more than $5 million (USD)", with more details to be announced on September 28 during a media briefing at ESL One New York.

It is currently unclear whether this initiative will mean that more prize money will be injected into the tournament landscape. Just by combining the prize pool from all IEM, ESL One, DreamHack Open, DreamHack Masters and ESL Pro League events that have already been held in 2019 or are confirmed for the final months of the year, we get $4.950 million - a figure that obviously includes the $1 million from the Major that ESL held in Katowice, which had an extra $500,000 when compared to the IEM event that the Polish city hosted the year before.

#2
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United States duckmaster45 
cr4zy man
2019-09-03 16:01
POG CHAMP EDIT: HI MOM
2019-09-03 16:04
#16
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Sweden Unluko 
HILY FUCK
2019-09-03 16:03
#27
smooya | 
Austria shaakeh 
INSANE
2019-09-03 16:04
#33
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Brazil Karl_Tanner 
So much ez money for mibr with KNG 😎💪
2019-09-03 16:05
#46
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Finland gl1tchz 
cool
2019-09-03 16:09
this is gonna fuck the scene up
2019-09-03 16:20
No? This is gonna be great. I wish they would cut ProLeague for it though.
2019-09-03 16:36
#131
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Myanmar xdcc 
yea its already looking like it will be hilarious hltv.org/events/4093/dreamhack-open-rott..
2019-09-03 17:35
#152
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United Kingdom h4m 
I'm part of history
2019-09-03 18:36
MAJOR WHO ???
2019-09-03 16:05
Hi Son
2019-09-03 16:46
ResidentSleeper
2019-09-03 16:03
#3
World yjen 
Gfg
2019-09-03 16:01
#118
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India Nightwing___ 
Geeks for Geeks!!! Cool choice men)))
2019-09-03 17:14
interesting
2019-09-03 16:02
#104
s1mple | 
Other zj2 
pffft LOOTbet still bigger
2019-09-03 16:51
#5
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Nice. Let’s go liquid
2019-09-03 16:02
4 MAJORS A YEAR OH BOY
2019-09-03 16:36
ez many for Astralis
2019-09-03 16:03
#8
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Liechtenstein FadE_xanny 
blyat
2019-09-03 16:02
#9
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United States Raptorial 
Gg
2019-09-03 16:02
Wow
2019-09-03 16:02
#11
china | 
Asia Ace_Y 
lol this is now more important than the major
2019-09-03 16:03
It isnt It is important as major It looks like 1.6 majors i guess
2019-09-03 16:09
#48
china | 
Asia Ace_Y 
yea it is more important before that, everyone viewed cologne as something like a major but with lower prize pool and now it has big prize pool and is basically a major, but better
2019-09-03 16:10
Swiss stages killing cs go Bcs too long No rival matches where you go toe-to-toe No crowd Thats why cologne or iem seems better than majors
2019-09-03 16:11
#81
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
Swiss was fine until people started to cry about seeding and wanted BO3 for everything, BO1 group stage should be enough and maybe only BO3 for the 2-2 matches.
2019-09-03 16:33
No man It should 1 week double elimination playoff games on scene like in dota Why we should play group stage with 16 teams Which goes 5 days to make 8 of 16? We can play Swiss to determine new challengers, its ok. But why they kill cs go with 2nd swiss stage
2019-09-03 16:39
5 millions overall Basically they will have 20 events with this prizepool, no? Which means that they will have maximum 1 million per 1 of 2 biggest events?
2019-09-03 16:13
#66
china | 
Asia Ace_Y 
yea but 1 million for cologne would still make it really good also, there will be tournaments without any prize pool now which qualifies for the masters tournaments so it probably won't be 20 events, more like 10
2019-09-03 16:20
There are 15, I think.
2019-09-03 16:29
#84
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Ukraine ksay 
it's not majors have stickers and legend status
2019-09-03 16:36
#92
china | 
Asia Ace_Y 
who cares about stickers tho I had much more fun watching Cologne than the major
2019-09-03 16:40
#114
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Ukraine ksay 
there are plenty of events that were better than majors i thought we were talking about prestige and value in it for players/org
2019-09-03 17:07
major = stickers money + prize pool this is a major tournament but not A major :D it's a difference:D
2019-09-03 23:29
#12
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Denmark JustYes 
epic
2019-09-03 16:03
#13
fer | 
Brazil arthuro 
ez for fer and co.
2019-09-03 16:03
#44
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Slovakia Fortal 
Dude, why are Brazilian fans such delusional apes?
2019-09-03 16:09
#64
fer | 
Brazil arthuro 
2019-09-03 16:18
#141
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United States CaliNinja 
2019-09-03 18:01
#14
Jame | 
Russia SANRAIZ 
Wowww
2019-09-03 16:03
#15
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Sweden godname 
nice
2019-09-03 16:03
OMG
2019-09-03 16:03
#19
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Germany VeryNaizGuy 
pog
2019-09-03 16:03
#20
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France Jeanabdel 
overwatch league Global offensive wait
2019-09-03 16:03
#21
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United States fatburger 
pog
2019-09-03 16:03
#22
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Croatia ItsViperr 
ok now that is low key epic
2019-09-03 16:03
#23
ZywOo | 
Europe Noway1 
Same shit different names
2019-09-03 16:03
#24
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Finland EdiEz 
Cool
2019-09-03 16:03
they are franchising fuck
2019-09-03 16:03
No they're not lmao
2019-09-03 16:07
#82
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Canada Michaelides 
2 iq
2019-09-03 16:33
America brain
2019-09-03 17:35
POG
2019-09-03 16:04
#28
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Norway billson 
Where is BLAST?
2019-09-03 16:04
#36
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Luxembourg alex24 
dead in 2020
2019-09-03 16:06
#29
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Ukraine d1pal 
Holy shit
2019-09-03 16:05
HOLY SHIT
2019-09-03 16:05
FINALLY
2019-09-03 16:05
#32
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Brazil bernog 
EZ G2
2019-09-03 16:05
#105
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France Il_padrino 
Yeah boiii
2019-09-03 16:54
Wow
2019-09-03 16:06
Damn bro, Astralis going to take the win home, ngl its either them or Nabi or Cr4zy
2019-09-03 16:06
#38
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Sweden pontus767 
Awesome! Hopefully this means BLAST tournaments will disappear.
2019-09-03 16:06
blast series are awesome why all the hate?
2019-09-03 16:32
agree. they are short and fun. should probably be organized in countries that dont get that much esport attention (not in usa, Denmark and sweeden like every other tournament)
2019-09-03 16:51
#168
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Sweden pontus767 
Go and listen to the last 20 by the numbers episode and enjoy all the shit about RFRSH, the company behind BLAST.
2019-09-03 21:27
#184
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Greece knk74 
Fuck Rlewis and fuck thorin
2019-09-04 12:16
#187
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Sweden pontus767 
I'd rather not, I'm not attracted to men. Maybe you should try explore your own sexual preferences?
2019-09-04 22:40
#188
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Greece knk74 
Still thorin and rlewis are scum, worse than leeds
2019-09-05 10:45
terrible format, killing the competitiveness of the scene by forcing teams to skip events (astralis) bad production, bad on air talent "awesome" ????????????????????????????? braindead
2019-09-03 16:51
you stupid fuck accusing $250k prize pool event with killing competitiveness
2019-09-03 17:40
you absolute degenerate for not realizing very few events this year had most top 5 teams attend due to BLAST cluttering the calendar with dog shit events you moron/blast employee
2019-09-03 18:00
#181
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New Zealand YaBoiBunsen 
Retarded but not surprised as I've never met a smart Moroccan.
2019-09-04 05:29
yes ofcourse because your are fuckin dumbshit and smart ppl doesnt meet ppl like you
2019-09-04 21:35
#189
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New Zealand YaBoiBunsen 
Another high IQ Moroccan comment lmao
2019-09-05 17:51
#134
k0nfig | 
Germany Trax_ 
0/8
2019-09-03 17:38
#39
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Sweden Trkmag 
Cogchamp
2019-09-03 16:06
#40
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Spain elskio 
wut
2019-09-03 16:07
Very cool. Let's make cs great again.
2019-09-03 16:08
cool.
2019-09-03 16:09
#47
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World LeviathaNz 
This is exactly what Valve should have come up with...
2019-09-03 16:09
if anyone is able to explain me the revolutionairy change to the system now, im listening. its basically the same shit to be honest xD ... just called ''pro tour'' the open tournaments like dreamhack are still tier 3 events, chicago, newyork and those tournaments are still big events and katowice and cologne are still the big dogs with huge prestige.... nothing really changed to be honest xD
2019-09-03 17:44
#163
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World LeviathaNz 
Not really. As I understand it, there will be a circuit divided in three categories of event : - DH Open / MDL / ESL National Chp (lower) - DH Masters / ESL One / IEM / Pro League (medium) - Master Championship (high) Each lower and medium tournaments will give points depending on your placings. This is great for lower tier teams because at the moment for example the ESL National champ. doesn't land anything than prizemoney. The winner of DH Opens did not automaticly land a spot for DH Masters (they changed that recently which is cool) and if you fail in the MDL finals you would not get the chance to play against the top until the next MDL finals (and try to qualify for EPL). Now this will give you points on a ranking and depending on your ranking you will get invited to Masters, ESL One, IEM... And these events will also give points. And then the teams at the top of the ranking at the end of the season will battle in a new tournament to decide a winner. This is cool and this has been what ESWC/Cyberleague was doing early in 1.6. It gives more exposure and more chances to every teams trying to reach the top. This will increase the competitiveness of the game for sure. I'm really excited about that.
2019-09-03 20:30
#49
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France J0riS 
Cool So it's like the dota pro circuit right ?
2019-09-03 16:10
#164
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World LeviathaNz 
It does sound the same indeed. I'm just sad that it was not made by Valve.
2019-09-03 20:32
ESL Istanbul 2020 please
2019-09-03 16:10
#51
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid and Trump in 2020. What a amazing year it will be.
2019-09-03 16:11
an* fakeflagger
2019-09-03 16:18
#68
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United States Trump2020KAG 
? Huh ?
2019-09-03 16:20
What AN amazing year it will be.
2019-09-03 16:21
#74
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Holy shit. WOW dude. Thanks man. I said and instead of an. Holy fuck good catch good correction. Holy shit. AMAZING
2019-09-03 16:24
fkin fakeflagger
2019-09-03 16:27
#161
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Norway SlimeThug 
No
2019-09-03 19:48
#156
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
+1
2019-09-03 18:43
#53
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United States jmarcelo 
Actually sick
2019-09-03 16:12
banger
2019-09-03 16:13
#56
NEO | 
Poland NoToRacism 
Pog
2019-09-03 16:14
nice
2019-09-03 16:14
Pog but why isnt valve doing this?
2019-09-03 16:15
so they just rebrand their "circuit" smash together all the events and announce the 5million$ that is already the budget? lol or is this an additional 5 millions, that would be interesting
2019-09-03 16:16
#100
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Europe Dan Zero 
Not additional. But like the post said, withouth the IEM Major Prizepool of 1M, ESL would have had only 4,2M(if IEM Kato would be 250k) in prizemoney this year. So over 5M will be much more.
2019-09-03 16:49
#135
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Poland LiquidWater 
IEM Kato is 500k without major.
2019-09-03 17:38
#172
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Europe Dan Zero 
then it would be 4,450M, still less then more than 5M
2019-09-03 21:39
#174
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Poland Chiirs 
You are right. They announced nothing. What is good thing I guess. I would hate to see another blast like circuit.
2019-09-03 23:17
Ez for God olof
2019-09-03 16:16
Just like DPC in Dota 2 and hopefully to a TI- like tourney in a year, but this isn't valve sponsored so... okay. This is still a forward step, yey!
2019-09-03 16:18
#63
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
CSGO Ti plz
2019-09-03 16:19
Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiice Edit: this actually doesn't change anything and is just an attempt by esl and dh to monopolize the circuit
2019-09-03 16:24
#192
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
If they don't do it someone will. I'd rather it be the staples of the CS scene doing it than Blast or Turner.
2019-09-16 20:20
#70
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African Union remiska 
pog
2019-09-03 16:22
#71
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
Dreamhack Major please
2019-09-03 16:22
#72
Dev1 | 
Slovakia Trav1s 
very very nice
2019-09-03 16:22
#73
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United States @FyreCS 
Wtf
2019-09-03 16:23
What did they even change other than just grouping it togther and giving it a name lol and somw points system
2019-09-03 16:25
not much at all it seems
2019-09-03 18:16
#76
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Brazil Charizaldo 
still not much moneyrino
2019-09-03 16:26
#77
allu | 
Indonesia KAKKIKU 
Valve major prize increase????
2019-09-03 16:27
#83
kennyS | 
Germany striXSy 
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES
2019-09-03 16:34
#85
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Canada Canada_ 
majors need increased prize pool now
2019-09-03 16:36
Not untill the game is dead.
2019-09-03 16:44
#88
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United States TheReelMVP 
They better host a tournament in Michigan
2019-09-03 16:38
Pog
2019-09-03 16:39
#91
GuardiaN | 
Other Darge 
It's not even an increase on the money they're giving right now, it just adds another fucked up system that we will need to follow to keep up to date. No thanks.
2019-09-03 16:40
oh for fucks sake
2019-09-03 16:43
#94
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Finland niklaSjj 
over 1,5 mil in prize money REAL SHIT
2019-09-03 16:43
Fuck.. this means the game is dying. at least my opinion.
2019-09-03 16:44
uhhhhhhhh wat
2019-09-03 16:47
Cant see anything possitive with this. All i think about is price pool ads for games like, Fortnite LoL Whatever that dead after one week game blizzard made, it was a fps If you need more then 3-5k$ salary and more then 100-1000k$ price pools... Its just not fun Edit my bad.... I need to learn to read before i comment
2019-09-03 16:59
#153
autist | 
Romania Xyst 
Not really, but in a few years esl will take control over the whole cs go scene which is not necessarily a bad thing but could be.
2019-09-03 18:38
#98
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Brazil NiceBrazlian 
Alright
2019-09-03 16:47
#101
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Spain nabyou97 
booom baby csgo back in the top again !!
2019-09-03 16:50
Good idea actually
2019-09-03 16:56
Lol
2019-09-03 16:56
#109
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Hungary raffai 
finally!!!!
2019-09-03 16:58
Nice, german dominance will be expanded even further
2019-09-03 16:59
MTG (a swedish company) owns 82 percent of ESL and 100 percent of Dreamhack lol
2019-09-03 17:07
#111
oskar | 
Czech Republic PaYaB 
POGGERS!!!
2019-09-03 16:59
who cars
2019-09-03 17:01
MAJOR WHEN?
2019-09-03 17:11
20 million prizepool on major incoming!!!
2019-09-03 17:11
imagine speding 20M on csgo lmao.
2019-09-03 17:27
Valve gets 414M on csgo in 2018 lol
2019-09-04 03:28
#117
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United States MATT_HARDY 
i have negative IQ please someone tell me if thats good or not
2019-09-03 17:13
#133
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Myanmar xdcc 
2019-09-03 17:37
#119
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Canada rdss 
RIP cs go
2019-09-03 17:16
Ez
2019-09-03 17:16
#121
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United Kingdom Cujoishere 
Actually not a bad thing to start doing.
2019-09-03 17:18
see? this is how you do a circuit, learn how to do it properly, BLAST
2019-09-03 17:20
#123
Korea pgg 
woooow 5000000$ nice)
2019-09-03 17:22
#124
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United States keebler 
How does this make it easier for new viewers to understand what’s happening in the scene, it’ll make it harder for all of us to understand how invites to other events work
2019-09-03 17:25
tldr: group all the esl and dh events together, it's a "circuit" now, they can say that they're hosting an event with 5 mil in prizes even tho those events' prize pools were already almost that much
2019-09-03 17:30
#128
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Finland Tusku 
oo-ee
2019-09-03 17:30
#129
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Argentina Chief02 
Nice
2019-09-03 17:35
Can ESL please franchise CS:GO? Tired of worthless circuits, this is way more fun
2019-09-03 17:35
no thanks
2019-09-03 18:17
loooooooool
2019-09-03 17:54
wow :D
2019-09-03 18:02
#143
s1mple | 
Europe Sam2k 
Expected
2019-09-03 18:10
#144
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Brazil Karlogaria 
Now this is some big time stuff, nice way to prompt teams to be more competitive
2019-09-03 18:11
#147
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Portugal dracø 
So, what changes really? 20 tournaments, 5M prize pool.. which gives 250k tournaments, as it is already.. they just named it a "tour". Am i looking at this wrong?
2019-09-03 18:23
#149
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Poland ruhoks 
2 tournaments with 5m pool each one
2019-09-03 18:24
Totally not. The total amount of prize money for 2020 will be 5M+ Thats the same money like this year.
2019-09-03 18:39
Its more organized. There is a qualification path from small tour events (like the 8 team dreamhacks) to master events (250k 16 team events) Branding Nothing else. For the big teams, almost nothing changes, other then some online qualifiers will lose slots for master level events (250k, 16 teams) and smaller events get the qualification slots.
2019-09-03 18:26
#191
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
Also way more prioritization on top tier events and therefore no excuses. If you need the points you better prep well.
2019-09-16 20:19
#148
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Poland ruhoks 
finally
2019-09-03 18:23
#151
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Turkey Thunderball 
20 tourney 5 million OMEGALUL nt ESL
2019-09-03 18:30
#154
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
DREAM HACK RIO, ESL OPEN BELO HORIZONTE, ESL OPEN SAO PAULO,ESL OPEN PORTUGAL, PLEASE !!
2019-09-03 18:38
#170
tiziaN | 
Germany FREIER 
*cleans spat from face* will not happen. educate and control your 1% lunatics first.
2019-09-03 21:32
#176
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
reported GERMAN racist ! 0/8 for you
2019-09-03 23:51
#183
tiziaN | 
Germany FREIER 
1. statement *cleans spat from face* refers to an incidient at BELO HORIZONTE 2018 youtube.com/watch?v=X3_DgW0bZh4 where at least one brasilian fan spat a player. If you have another case like this around the world, please link me the source. 2. statement "will not happen" refers to your demand of many more tournaments in brasil. I did simply answered that clearly I think this will not happen. 3. statement refers to the death threats many people get explicit from brasilian fans. I did not put you all together and said you are ALL lunatics, just a tiny minority. Tell me where did you found racism. I wrote 1. about facts. 2. about my opinion that you will not get many more tournaments if things like (1) happen and 3. that there is a minority in your fanbase which are lunatics by western standarts. reported for unprovable accusation of racism. while I differ lunatics from normal fans and even implied that the big majority (99%) are not lunatics, you just pulled the racism card. I do not like this behavior. You are not resonable.
2019-09-04 11:47
#157
Estonia rYm 
RIP BLAST finally
2019-09-03 19:11
This might mean that cologne or katowice will be less stacked
2019-09-03 19:18
#159
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Latvia tibr0 
xdd
2019-09-03 19:39
#160
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Latvia tibr0 
finally
2019-09-03 19:39
I dont think i understand, will some1 try to explain it to me? This means 4 majors? I mean 2 majors and these 2 bigbig tournaments? And is i just like the major systems, with a lot of qualifiers to get a spot?
2019-09-03 20:01
Nice
2019-09-03 20:40
#166
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Poland Arrow_1337 
ok good
2019-09-03 21:21
The important think to mention is that cs has way too many tournaments happening and it is correct step to make tier1 and tier2 tournaments (where best teams wont be invited as it pretty much spoils competition). The thing about two big tournaments is super wierd because it can very well happen that well end up with prerty much 4 majors per year wich (i imagine) is NOT what valve and even me as viewer want. Whos got time for that? 2 majors already are too much to be honest, especially 3 weeks long with half of the games in bo1 shitty fluke-happy swiss system (but thats another topic i guess). So as i like the merge i am afraid a lot that it will actually hurt cs, depends how they set all variables. Edit: with this kind of evolution it would make sense for valve to finally announce csgo TI and dump second major, which they already announced they wont do in 2020 (again two dates estimated for two majors). So where is the hype? *facepalm*
2019-09-03 21:27
#169
tiziaN | 
Germany FREIER 
Nice, lets go ESL and Dreamhack! Fook Em Blast. But RIP Cologne Major. Lets go to better times!
2019-09-03 21:31
#171
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
Fuck, I thought it would be one tournament with a prize pool of 5000000$.
2019-09-03 21:36
Katowice best major and tournaments
2019-09-03 21:42
I want an amateur circuit with prizes! Next level esports!
2019-09-04 00:55
I want Dreamhack major :D
2019-09-04 00:58
RIP Blast Pro Series League lmao
2019-09-04 04:30
sounds interesting
2019-09-04 07:27
so basically doing what they doing now but with the punishments to tell teams to not play ECS (best CS)
2019-09-04 18:49
#190
frozen | 
South Africa nimmaJ 
ESL has always been a step ahead of other organizers when it comes to hosting tournaments and this is no exception.
2019-09-16 20:18
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