ESL updates Pro League qualification process with changes to ESEA Global Challenge

ESL have made changes to the format of ESEA's MDL Global Challenge event by removing direct Pro League qualification for the Europe and North America MDL winners, now offering teams from Asia and Australia the chance to qualify.

The Global Challenge event historically has taken place after the offline MDL grand finals for Europe and North America played out, with the champions of each division earning direct qualification to ESL Pro League.

The changes to the event's format does away with those direct promotions and instead combines the process with the Global Challenge tournament itself, offering the top two teams from the event a spot in ESL's league. Additionally, North America has seen its overall number of slots at the event reduced from four to three, matching the number of European teams that can qualify.

ESEA MDL Global Challenge will now offer promotion to ESL Pro League

To fill the gap, the remaining spot at the event will be distributed to the winner of the Asia-Pacific Open ESEA division, offering teams from the APAC region and the winner of Australia MDL the opportunity to also earn promotion to ESL Pro League, a chance that previously did not exist as a result of the direct promotion process for Europe and North America. The tournament format will also be tweaked to allow for more best-of-three matches as a result of the increased prestige.

The eight spots at the event will now be distributed as follows:

North America North America - 3 spots
Europe Europe – 3 spots
Australia Australia - 1 spot
Asia Asia-Pacific - 1 spot

Notably, the change to the ESL Pro League qualification process by use of the Global Challenge event addresses an issue that arose during Global Challenge Season 31, where Vitality took a laid-back approach to the tournament as a result of already having earned promotion through the MDL grand finals and their impending attendance at IEM Chicago 2019 the following weekend.

EU should get 5 spots
2020-01-04 02:59
Spain Granjero
2020-01-04 02:59
NAF | 
Canada Dash_
-1 give other places a chance
2020-01-04 03:00
Spain Granjero
2 slots for na and 1 slot for AU/Asia should be enough
2020-01-04 03:03
neato mode
2020-01-04 03:04
you want shit teams? -1 NA +1EU spot
2020-01-04 03:04
Eu has shit teams as well
2020-01-04 06:24
But more good teams than any other region.
2020-01-04 06:52
Brazil zezaoo
more good
2020-01-04 07:45
Yes, that’s correct, more good teams.
2020-01-04 08:10
Brazil guilds
In Portuguese we can't use (more good (mais bom)), we have to use melhor (better) It's confusing sometimes
2020-01-04 09:35
The sentence isn't about how good team is (better) but about that in EU there is more top tier teams than in other regions, that's why "more good teams" not "better teams". I hope you understand
2020-01-04 09:38
He means that there are a multitude of good teams, not better teams, just a bigger amount.
2020-01-04 09:38
He's talking about quantity, not quality
2020-01-04 10:54
You can't think in Portuguese when you're speaking English...
2020-01-04 14:41
Its gonna be ok: NA 1 spot Au 1 spot Asia 1 spot EU 5 spots This is how Global Challenge will get more views and interest
2020-01-04 03:06
United States Frotha
2020-01-04 03:11
Denmark EggplantxD
Nah, EU 8 spots better
2020-01-04 09:53
+ Reply needs to have actual content
2020-01-04 10:34
Europe Krychaaaa
2020-01-04 11:11
Portugal joaosenra
2020-01-04 14:44
2020-01-04 03:15
How about there shouldn't be any "spots" and all teams should go through one qualifier
2020-01-04 04:13
So you support eu having 5/6 spots then?
2020-01-04 04:18
If they are legitimately better than the other teams, then yeah. I'd rather see 6 EU teams qualify than having paycheck stealing NA players be able to abuse how low tier the scene is and how easy it is to rise if you are already at the semi-pro level here so it would actually encourage people to work hard and get good.
2020-01-04 04:36
Couldn't agree more.
2020-01-04 06:54
Australia vamped
+1 Best teams in the regions all play and top teams qualify
2020-01-04 11:56
Ivory Coast tyndlort
Eu has 7 teams in top 10. And 14 in top 20. Thats says all
2020-01-04 15:47
Ok and your point is?
2020-01-04 17:23
Ivory Coast tyndlort
if you dont get my point, wtf are you doing here?
2020-01-04 17:23
If anyone doesn't get something, it's you. What did I say that contradicts anything you said? Please tell me where I said NA teams are better than EU teams.
2020-01-04 17:29
Ivory Coast tyndlort
my point was exactly what you wrote you twat...was not contradicting you
2020-01-04 18:08
mate chill out. You're taking this way too personally. Its ok to be wrong sometimes.
2020-01-04 18:42
That would take a lot of time for one tournament and hell a lot of games to stream simultaneously.
2020-01-04 07:22
yes it would, but it would guarantee a team like tyloo wont make it unless they are actually good enough.
2020-01-05 00:40
As a viewer i wouldn't like that much of confusion just for play offs keep it simple. Blast is good in its own way and in fairness you need to support every region cause for the growth of the game look what china did for the CSGO player base no. still rising.
2020-01-05 09:46
It should be all 2-2-2-2
2020-01-04 06:21
2020-01-04 14:55
Why? It's literally the most fair way.
2020-01-04 22:26
No way because you have to take into account the fact that every single EU MDL team would destroy the australian or NA or Asia team (at least until top 4 for NA and Grayhound in AU).
2020-01-04 22:48
Yea, most likely but that doesn't mean EU and NA should get 3 slots. And remember Grayhound > Liquid
2020-01-04 23:00
Grayhound > liquid > g2 + vita so Eu - france: 4 slots Au - 2 slots Na - 1 slot Cis - 1 slot France - 0 slots
2020-01-05 08:56
EU-France- 4 slots? then carrys on saying France-0 slots? tf
2020-01-05 09:04
Are you in favor of all types of quotation? Women 50% of all manager/board positions, even if the company has 95% male employees? Free jobs for immigrants just because they should get representation even if others have better qualifications?
2020-01-05 09:30
Yes, everyone/every country should be treated equal. if you think otherwise you're a dick
2020-01-05 10:02
So equality = same result to you? I would argue that equality = same starting point. Everyone should have an equal and fair chance, but the best should be rewarded. If that mean 90% men or 90% women, so what? Why should you receive any benefits based purely on who/what you are? That is discrimination against others who have worked hard to be more successful. If the EU teams are better and have results to back this up, then it’s fair that they have more spots. We want the best teams, not some amateur team from Egypt just because they happen to be the best(only) Egypt team.
2020-01-05 17:24
Oh, no I agree with that, but im saying the everyone should have the right to be there, like Men don't start from the top while women start from the bottem, vise versa
2020-01-05 19:25
Well that's the entire point. It's not about FORCING equality, it's about treating them equally. AU and Asia are all worse, so why should they get preferential treatment and have more representation when there are less teams and they aren't as good? If they were better then it would be adjusted, like it has been for NA since a few years ago.
2020-01-06 20:20
Because it's about equality, why should American and Na teams have 3 slots just because they are better. The only reason new Zealand and Australia doesn't really have a scene is because they don't have enough qualifiers, they don't get enough time practising with the top 20. You say you support equality yetz here you are.
2020-01-06 21:39
EU & NA - 2 slots each ANZ & Asia - 2 slots each
2020-01-04 08:02
I can agree to that
2020-01-06 21:39
They do that in R6 Pro League even if Europe are so much more powerful than the rest of the world...
2020-01-07 13:12
2020-01-07 19:04
+1 EU 5x NA 1x
2020-01-04 13:11
France Il_padrino
2020-01-04 15:33
2020-01-05 18:01
NAF | 
Canada Dash_
good to know
2020-01-04 02:59
u didn't read
2020-01-04 03:01
2020-01-04 03:00
well eu should get more spots, instead of giving Asia and Australia spots
2020-01-04 03:02
Maybe do something like the majors where they get 4 teams that just barely missed out on qualifying and put em up against eachother, but only one qualifies
2020-01-04 03:07
agreed make a Asia/Oceania spot and add 1 for EU. Plus isn't 100T competing in NA now
2020-01-04 03:11
well they always have. even as renegades they were competing in NA
2020-01-04 03:15
Won’t matter as they do not play esea
2020-01-04 04:27
They are already in Pro League NA.
2020-01-04 14:56
SEETHING EU AN NA FANS COMMENT BELOW wait 3 na spots? lmfao.
2020-01-04 03:06
United States notawaffle
3 NA spots > 1 AU spot
2020-01-04 03:21
obviously. i just find it funny how much people foam at the mouth that other reigons get a spot
2020-01-04 03:22
United States notawaffle
tru, its funny how eu gets salty
2020-01-04 04:30
100t going for na anyway, so for them this is negative
2020-01-04 03:24
this is mdl slots right?
2020-01-04 03:25
EPL right? Edit: oh my bad lmao
2020-01-04 03:26
United States sorcrcrc
very cool, thank you esl
2020-01-04 03:02
God bless forZe still will take part in next EPL season
2020-01-04 03:03
Btw, when it is going to be?
2020-01-04 03:04
obviously not biggest forze fan doesn’t even know when his team is playing
2020-01-04 03:17
0/8 Even ESL doesn't know when its going to be
2020-01-04 03:19
Australia Albatrauz
Imo 4 eu - more big teams and fan base 3 na - still pretty strong 1 Oceania and Asia combined - much weaker but u get one team with potential to do the crazy stuff GRAYHOUND did
2020-01-04 04:17
0 spots for NA cuz they getting drafted soon
2020-01-04 04:26
NA mdl teams equal EU ESEA Advanced division teams lol and same amount of spots
2020-01-04 04:32
No SA spots?
2020-01-04 04:50
NA spot is for the whole Americas
2020-01-04 11:36
2020-01-09 04:53
I think SA teams have open qualifiers for Pro League.
2020-01-04 14:59
Poland gerald500
asia vs australia vs usa (north america ) best got 1 spot evrything else eu :D that should be good
2020-01-04 05:00
People saying eu needs more spots lol you guys have short term memory or smth ? Didnt eu lost to cis teams easily on last major ? Only good team from eu is astralis rest are same
2020-01-04 05:09
France CocoBiceps
They maybe lost To CIS but the tier 2 scene is way bigger and better in eu than in NA And btw CIS team are in eu mdl so your logic is shit
2020-01-04 10:35
CIS kryto203
There are no cis spots, cis teams play for eu spots
2020-01-04 14:06
IS teams play in EU lmao stop commenting on smth when you Don't know shit about it.
2020-01-04 15:00
EU had less spots than NA? WTF was ESL thinking? Don't they know that high tier/esports CS basically has always been at the center of EU?
2020-01-04 05:58
United States xiquo
cool. hope this opportunity will make the other regions better.
2020-01-04 06:20
Turkey nghtmr_71
2 spot na 1 spot sa 5 spot eu 1 spot au 2 spot asia 👍
2020-01-04 07:01
You are dumb 👍
2020-01-04 07:28
Turkey nghtmr_71
You are shit 👍
2020-01-04 16:30
2+1+5+1+2=8 Nice logic kabab.
2020-01-04 15:02
Turkey nghtmr_71
İ didnt say 8 team
2020-01-04 16:29
A tournament with11 teams doesn't exist.
2020-01-04 16:41
Turkey nghtmr_71
One more asia and make 12 and eliminate one team in every group. I think more teams more viewers
2020-01-04 16:47
Denmark Engus
The idea is heading the right direction. But as meny have started, its should be: Eu=4 Na=2 Asia=1 Aus=1
2020-01-04 08:00
Na is EU or Asia anyways, look at GenG "NA" Team, 3 asians, 1 argentinian 1 Poland. Complexity, 2 dansk, 1 bulgarian, 1 Virgin, or EG 1 poland, 1 turk, 1 Philippines, 1 bulgarian. What is NA? Seriously cmon, give Asia more spots than NA, they are EU anyways
2020-01-04 08:08
France CocoBiceps
It s not because someone of your family is from an other country that you can t be what you want Stop with your logic it s not the real life
2020-01-04 10:40
imagine unironically calling bntet polish lmao
2020-01-04 11:18
NA includes also south america, or not? EU is CIS included, right? 2 slots are more than enough for NA as lower tier teams in NA are lolbad compared to EU tier2.
2020-01-04 08:25
Australia Albatrauz
Na includes SA. This means teams like furia and mibr are part of NA qualifying processes. Other than that I agree, there’s not much to the NA scene other than Liquid, EG and 100T
2020-01-04 09:43
EU includes CIS and NA includes SA (not totally sure about this one) And yes +EU -NA pls
2020-01-04 10:47
Myanmar xdcc
So they remove direct spots and 2 top teams qualify. So what if spots get taken by teams from same region then the other region doesn't get a team added to their EPL? Why even have this combined thing if EPL teams don't even face off till Finals.
2020-01-04 10:34
Spain ZephyrBruh
So is this basically saying that eu na and apac pro league will be combining into one pro league? Because if not what is the point of qualifying through global finals? And why only two slots instead of more???
2020-01-04 10:40
NA 3 spots. Lol, what a joke. There's no decent teams except EG and Liquid.
2020-01-04 11:08
2020-01-04 19:32
Poland Kobel_
Cool, but what about the current season? 7 days until the star of MDL and Pro League Relegations are not yet played out. Not sure about NA, but in EU they might not even be played with 4 teams and 3 slots as of now + Astralis supposedly withdrawing from EPL. What about 3 empty MDL slots then? What a mess
2020-01-04 16:13
Free spot in Pro League for my boys Alpha Red.
2020-01-04 16:42
2020-01-04 21:21
3 NA Spots name 3 nameworthy NA teams bet you cant
2020-01-05 02:23
China Yao_Ming
says Germany LUL
2020-01-05 06:58
I propose WCG few years ago to return CS:GO!
2020-01-05 08:22
Europe should get all spots
2020-01-05 04:06
Give Baltic’s a spot, like in 1.6.
2020-01-05 06:02
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