ESL Pro League Season 11 set to start
The 11th edition of the ESL Pro League will kick off this Monday, with all matches being held online amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Initially supposed to be played on LAN, with a group stage in Malta and season finals in Denver, the ESL Pro League has been moved to an online setting in an effort to reduce travel for teams due to the ongoing global health emergency.
The league has been split into two divisions, one European and one North American, with three groups and one group, respectively, with both regions effectively having their own champion this season.
Renegades, Sharks and BOOM all decided to withdraw from the tournament to return to their respective countries, while Heroic pulled out following the transfer of their team to FunPlus Phoenix, who are competing in Flashpoint. BIG, Spirit and Swole Patrol were all invited to fill the gaps, with one spot in the North American division still available as ESL is searching for a last-minute replacement.
Below you can find the groups:
The league will begin with a round-robin stage across all four groups. In Europe, the group winners will automatically progress to a second group stage, in which they will be joined by the winners of a decider stage, featuring the second and third-placed teams. The winner of the second group will qualify for the title match, with the other team coming from a decider match between the runner-up and the third-placed side.
In North America, the round-robin group will lead to a four-team double-elimination bracket, with only the top two finishers being placed in the upper bracket.
Below you can find the complete schedule for the first group stage:
Monday, March 16:
Tuesday, March 17:
Wednesday, March 18:
Thursday, March 19:
Friday, March 20:
Saturday, March 21:
Sunday, March 22:
Monday, March 23:
Tuesday, March 24:
Thursday, March 26:
Friday, March 27:
Saturday, March 28:
Sunday, March 29:
Monday, March 30:
Tuesday, March 31:
Wednesday, April 1:
Thursday, April 2:
Friday, April 3:
ESL will be running production for Pro League out of its studio in Cologne, where the following on-air team will be guiding viewers through the action during the coming weeks:
Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host
For users looking to test their knowledge and prediction skills, Fantasy games for ESL Pro League Season 11 group A & B are open: