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.

Challenger teams now have a straighter path to Masters Championships

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.

2019-12-12 23:17
hope they do a dreamhack open in portugal
2019-12-12 23:19
Spain Granjero 
Dreamhack events were already announced, none in Portugal tho
2019-12-12 23:20
i saw somewhere that there was still a date left to announce
2019-12-12 23:25
Germany H4xxFl3isch 
sorry to tell, but don't think theres one
2019-12-13 14:19
Indonesia LontongChigga 
Yeah, give Portugal more CS tournaments, sick crowds.
2019-12-12 23:50
Portugal Roafel 
2019-12-12 23:52
Portugal chicosar 
Thanks men, that really makes me glad.
2019-12-12 23:54
cheers we always try to deliver a good show :)
2019-12-13 02:49
Finland 0lter 
Why would you have tournament in a country with no scene
2019-12-13 10:29
they're hosting tournaments in NA tho
2019-12-13 10:52
Finland 0lter 
2019-12-13 11:41
ropz | 
United States VadeCS 
Lmao finnish scene
2019-12-13 13:18
Finland 0lter 
Bigger scene than PT and i dont think they should have tournament here either
2019-12-13 13:18
ropz | 
United States VadeCS 
Kinda fax but the crowds are sick
2019-12-13 23:54
Finland 0lter 
Sure but that just makes it exhibition tournament like blast not legit feeling
2019-12-14 06:32
That doesn't make any sense. In that way why is blast hosting a tournament in bahrain, or in istanbul, etc...
2019-12-13 14:34
Netherlands bringithome 
2019-12-13 16:43
Finland 0lter 
Yeah why are they lmao imagine taking side of blast :DD
2019-12-14 06:31
Spain Granjero 
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Portugal MSANTOS 
2019-12-12 23:19
United States jmarcelo 
2019-12-12 23:20
Poland KubelakK 
this is very nice!
2019-12-12 23:20
Australia gEFFx 
2019-12-12 23:21
2019-12-12 23:21
oh shit i understand now, very cool
2019-12-12 23:21
Germany sc0g3r 
This is a really nice improvement for more unknown teams to show their talent. Why does the Britisch Winner get to go to Anaheim tho? Anaheim is in California not Britain or not?
2019-12-12 23:21
The ESL National Championships won't necessarily connect to a DreamHack Open in the corresponding country/region, as the case is with UK connecting Anaheim. Instead they will connect and align with corresponding DreamHack Open events from a calendar and timing.
2019-12-13 10:41
Japan Fanta_machine 
Ty esl very cool
2019-12-12 23:22
dycha | 
Poland kayzan 
2019-12-12 23:23
United States Raptorial 
2019-12-12 23:23
Denmark Ch4nz9 
2019-12-12 23:23
jks | 
North America Neshie 
Seems exciting. Best luck to all teams.
2019-12-12 23:25
France LeDiplomate 
National Champions going to MDL Relegation is the absolute same as now lmao.
2019-12-12 23:29
Sweden Trkmag 
Nice change, makes DH Opens more important
2019-12-12 23:31
Very important step, limits the possibility of franchising
2019-12-12 23:38
oh yes, this is good point
2019-12-12 23:40
Pls invite forZe on IEM Katowice for their victory on DH Open Winter(((((
2019-12-12 23:39
No scene team
2019-12-12 23:45
2019-12-12 23:48
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
not marketable enough for americans
2019-12-13 00:06
Just dreaming(((
2019-12-13 10:05
Shara | 
China |REM1| 
2019-12-12 23:48
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
add zimbambwe national tour plzz more handicapped scene free slots plzz and add female too and dont increase open slots from scenes who have good teams but not enough chances for tier 3/2 teams who dont get invites but bad na & asia teams who do
2019-12-13 00:06
United States sorcrcrc 
2019-12-13 01:51
Poland Lukovsky 
it seems like a good system, especially the rewards from Open stops
2019-12-13 00:17
China SwooksarV2 
Damn. Hype HYPE
2019-12-13 00:58
Finland Empuito 
2019-12-13 02:13
India Noobdian 
No spots for esl India? RiP mens
2019-12-13 05:06
What about asia
2019-12-13 06:21
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India FosFate 
Will winner of esl India get some place in DHO? I'm not expecting but let's see but Pog overall
2019-12-13 08:45
2019-12-13 08:47
India Wise_Indian 
Yes mens)) he proved that valve anti cheat succs
2019-12-13 08:52
IKR best tester He should be given money, not banned
2019-12-13 08:52
Finland spurku 
I hope the Dreamhack open is in Finland.
2019-12-13 09:13
ESL Turkey C. Winner Dreamhack open Spot?
2019-12-13 14:31
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