ESL National Championships to grant path into ESL Pro Tour
ESL has improved its qualifying model to provide a more direct path into the ESL Pro Tour in promotion of the brand's purpose to build teams "from zero to hero".
The updated process will make it more achievable for lower-tier teams to advance to the ESL Pro Tour Masters events through the Challenger level tournaments, with the ESL Pro European Championships (EPEC) holding the key to progression.
The winning EPEC teams will now directly receive an invitation to a closed qualifier for a Master event, which will pave the way to Masters Championships such as ESL One Cologne and IEM Katowice. These national champions will also have a shot at reaching the ESL Pro League through MDL Relegation leading to the Mountain Dew League.
Moreover, national champions will receive direct slots at specific DreamHack Open stops, where they will be able to continue their climb up the ranks. The winners of DreamHack Open events will now directly qualify for ESL Pro Tour Masters events such as DreamHack Masters, ESL One and IEM tournaments.
To kick off the new qualifying model from ESL and DreamHack, the German and British 2019 Champions will earn a direct invite to DreamHack Open Leipzig and Anaheim, respectively, with the winners of these two tournaments qualifying for DreamHack Masters Jönköping, from June 9-14. After this, the winners of other ESL National Championships in 2020 will earn direct slots at further DreamHack Open stops and a chance to qualify for a Masters event in 2020.
"The general goal is to connect all levels at all open ends, all tournaments in various ways," said Ana Oliveras, Head of National Championships.
"National teams should be able to make a clear way to the top without getting stones in the way. The ESL Pro Tour embodies exactly that: In order to compete in elite CS:GO gameplay at a Masters level, the way leads teams either via the DreamHack journey or via LAN Qualifiers slots paving the way to ESL and DreamHack mega tournaments".
The attending teams at every tournament which is part of the ESL Pro Tour will have the opportunity to collect points from their performances, with the best teams earning invitations to the Masters Championships.