ESL Pro League Season 13 playoffs to be held online

The tournament organizer canceled their plans to bring the playoff teams to Malta.

ESL Pro League Season 13 will be played fully online, contrary to original plans, ESL has announced, citing "travel restrictions and quarantine regulations" in Europe as the reason it will be unable to bring the playoff teams to Malta for a studio LAN event.

The league will begin on March 8 with the group stage, with the playoffs slated to start on April 2. A three-day break will follow after the Round of 8, with the final matches taking place between April 8 and 11.

The winner of the Pro League trophy will be decided online

When ESL unveiled its tournament calendar for 2021 in January, the playoffs of Pro League were outlined as the transition from online play to studio events held on LAN.

With the plans to bring the 12 best teams to Malta now scrapped, question marks arise about DreamHack Masters Spring (April 29 - 9 May), the next big tournament in line for the tournament organizer which was also announced as a studio event.

FFS!
2021-03-05 16:59
30 replies
Even PUBG now has lans in arena KEKW CSGO is a joke. You can expect LANS from 2023. PS: Not watching this online shitshow
2021-03-05 17:01
24 replies
#18
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Turkey Rheniel
Easy for FaZe
2021-03-05 17:00
5 replies
+1
2021-03-05 17:01
1 reply
#25
RUSH | 
United States ShawnM
Sadge
2021-03-05 17:02
#98
OK | 
Peru TheJuan
+1 biggest onliners
2021-03-05 17:53
+1
2021-03-05 18:33
#147
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-03-05 19:43
This is news?
2021-03-05 17:01
+1 just rent a venue and test 50 people, every team is bootcamping in EU anyway. Also viewership x10 instantly cause it's 1st lan in a year, doesn't matter if there's a crowd or not. pathetic.
2021-03-05 17:23
9 replies
+1 m8 I cant withstand watching this online CS hoping one day LANS will be back. It has to come now or never
2021-03-05 17:26
2 replies
why now or never? thats bullshit!
2021-03-05 17:31
"Now or Never" Um, why?
2021-03-05 23:29
its not that easy...
2021-03-05 17:31
5 replies
Yeh, it’s not that easy but multiple games are planning LANs in like 2 months. So, with some preparation, and organizing it’s very possible.
2021-03-05 17:38
i just can't imagine that organizing a regular lan tournament with a crowd and stuff is more challenging in any way than doing that.
2021-03-05 17:52
3 replies
covid restriction are in nearly all eu countries so you cant have gatherings like that with multiple teams and its waaay more than 50 people if you include production crew and staff
2021-03-05 18:01
2 replies
yeah I get your point and I agree it's not the smartest thing to do right now, but on the other hand there is professionall (contact) sports going on all the time and considering this it just seems weird that lans in esports are not possible.
2021-03-05 18:14
1 reply
correction: LANs in csgo is not possible, everyone else is holding LAN events
2021-03-05 19:30
its better watch cs online than putting the lives of most of our idols at risk
2021-03-05 18:32
1 reply
Is there actually a risk though?
2021-03-05 19:18
Riot plan to hold MSI AND Valorant Masters 2 on LAN in Iceland... Dota 2 plan to have one major in Singapore at the end of the month. ESL just needs a better management team immediately.
2021-03-05 18:36
3 replies
#146
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United States Shr3y
Only if csgo was riot game....
2021-03-05 19:39
2 replies
Are you serious? Thank god it's not a riot game xd
2021-03-05 23:27
carton riot games thank GOD cs is not riot otherwise csgo would be like cartoon like valo
2021-03-07 13:06
PS: who car again?
2021-03-05 20:57
expected :'(
2021-03-05 17:00
#66
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Brazil Lostty
another final with teams we didn't expect kkkk
2021-03-05 17:26
3 replies
#92
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Argentina BlanKsT
1+
2021-03-05 17:51
#115
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Reunion Esquinox
as if upsets were an online exclusive
2021-03-05 18:20
1 reply
#166
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Brazil Lostty
great part yes
2021-03-05 23:21
no way
2021-03-05 16:59
#3
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Bulgaria goshyy
Wow! Unexpected!
2021-03-05 17:00
2 replies
+1 literally shaking rn
2021-03-05 17:17
#60
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Brazil Necro_Spa
+1 ResidentSleeper
2021-03-05 17:19
fuck covid
2021-03-05 17:00
#5
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Finland zalupa337
Ok gg +depression
2021-03-05 17:00
Zywoo #1
2021-03-05 17:00
#7
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Argentina Lukem_Fan
so sad but expected
2021-03-05 17:00
Never would’ve guessed
2021-03-05 17:00
CIS teams must be very happy rn
2021-03-05 17:00
11 replies
+1
2021-03-05 17:02
Now they can win.
2021-03-05 17:04
+1
2021-03-05 17:15
#75
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China HEIDASHUAi
+1
2021-03-05 17:37
Maybe not NaVi. But yeah definitely overall
2021-03-05 17:45
+1, EU still can use that "online" excuse :)
2021-03-05 17:46
#94
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Russia Kalacia
Yeah, more people cry and try to find excuses now
2021-03-05 17:52
+1
2021-03-05 17:53
LANs will not give skill to EU and NA teams, cry here
2021-03-05 18:07
#116
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Reunion Esquinox
cry more pls
2021-03-05 18:21
Cryyyyyy Fallen
2021-03-05 18:30
expectado
2021-03-05 17:00
1 reply
portuguese?
2021-03-05 19:20
#13
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Korea tsoyisback
sad
2021-03-05 17:00
Corona will maybe be gone at the end of 2021 so expected
2021-03-05 17:00
2 replies
corona will never be gone it will be part of our daily lives as the flu is rn ..
2021-03-05 18:47
1 reply
Nooooooooooo ☹️☹️☹️☹️
2021-03-05 18:51
CIS teams let's go
2021-03-05 17:00
Expected but :(
2021-03-05 17:00
#17
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Romania SanitySP
EPL -LAN +depression
2021-03-05 17:00
#19
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Russia vynn
I hate this
2021-03-05 17:01
What a bummer
2021-03-05 17:01
noooooooo
2021-03-05 17:02
#24
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Denmark BadTakes
so much for hope
2021-03-05 17:02
who would have thought?:D
2021-03-05 17:02
1 reply
unexpected as fuck
2021-03-05 17:03
nooooo :(
2021-03-05 17:02
#29
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United States weaboo
Rip faze top 1 though
2021-03-05 17:02
rip
2021-03-05 17:03
So ez for any onliner like Bug, gambit, spirit and VP.
2021-03-05 17:03
1 reply
Cry more
2021-03-05 18:30
csgo has been boring as fuck online.
2021-03-05 17:04
8 replies
even valo is having lan. Even tho its in may but very sure valo will have lan before csgo :D
2021-03-05 17:09
7 replies
R6: Siege has there big LAN invitational planned before that lol. So, it’s possible.
2021-03-05 17:39
6 replies
only in NA or international tournament?
2021-03-05 17:41
5 replies
International LAN held in Paris. Date was originally in February but, moved to May. liquipedia.net/rainbowsix/Six_Invitation..
2021-03-05 17:52
4 replies
dude it will never happen if it's in Paris. Valorant tournament seems to be more possible to happen
2021-03-05 19:10
1 reply
They might move the location then... According to what Im reading they're pretty adamant about a LAN.
2021-03-05 20:02
And will move again to september. Then canceled and go online. Just like any other tourney dude
2021-03-06 09:05
1 reply
Lol. Look, just cause Valve isn’t doing LANs doesn’t mean everyone else is cancelling lol. Ubisoft & Riot are both adamant about doing international competition. So we’ll see.
2021-03-06 09:36
Come to Malta... fuck
2021-03-05 17:05
Here we go again :( BLAST>ESL
2021-03-05 17:10
6 replies
blast didn't even try to make it all online
2021-03-05 17:06
5 replies
Still BLAST>ESL
2021-03-05 17:10
4 replies
+1 but ESL got better casters imo
2021-03-05 17:36
3 replies
#90
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Pakistan LoOuU2
anyone compared to Launders and (especially) Scrawny is better
2021-03-05 17:48
2 replies
What's wrong with Launders?
2021-03-05 18:48
1 reply
#155
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Pakistan LoOuU2
Idk, I just don't like his voice and he takes alot of pauses while trying to pass his point which is annoying to me, but he is still bearable compared to who casts besides him, Scrawny makes him look and sound even badder, at least to me.
2021-03-05 20:15
#37
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Russia ADisAsstah
Rip i was really hoping
2021-03-05 17:06
NOOO MENS(((
2021-03-05 17:06
#40
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Poland IDIEYOUNG
piece of shits
2021-03-05 17:06
#41
ropz | 
India icle
rip Xd
2021-03-05 17:07
#42
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Finland EdiEz
Expected, but would have been nice to see lan cs finally.
2021-03-05 17:09
sad but expected
2021-03-05 17:09
#46
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Portugal Surya
Joke end this retard lockdowns . Whoever has fear of getting Covid (the flu) stay at home pls
2021-03-05 17:10
9 replies
Lol people actually think it is a flu
2021-03-05 18:32
8 replies
#132
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Portugal Surya
Well thats cause it is.
2021-03-05 18:44
7 replies
0/8
2021-03-05 19:15
6 replies
#149
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
+1
2021-03-05 19:46
#156
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Portugal Surya
Ok then stay at home forever let the others who arent pussy like u live ty
2021-03-05 20:17
4 replies
If your family member dies from it you will cry then
2021-03-05 20:40
3 replies
#160
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Portugal Surya
lmao average age is 81 in my country , if i had an 80 yo family member i mean u dont expect them to go into the 100's
2021-03-05 20:41
2 replies
#167
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Brazil Anarchybr
Whoa, average age is 81 in Portugal? Interesting, the oldest people over there must’ve been living more than 150 years
2021-03-05 23:26
1 reply
#172
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Portugal Surya
average age of death from COvid obvious , stop pretending u are retarded
2021-03-05 23:42
#47
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Norway Dogebro42
more online... yes.... lets go....
2021-03-05 17:10
Someone said earlier : ESL was right to make an online statement in recent days.
2021-03-05 17:11
RIP CSGO
2021-03-05 17:11
L O L
2021-03-05 17:13
#51
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United Kingdom ChuMatrix
now G2 -kenny makes sense :(
2021-03-05 17:13
sad
2021-03-05 17:14
D:
2021-03-05 17:15
How hard can it be for them to setup a bubble in Serbia, it's becoming a joke now when all other physical sports are playing, and most other eSports are back to LAN.
2021-03-05 17:16
#56
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Lebanon Dogman69
expected
2021-03-05 17:16
TY CHINA AND COVERRATEDRONAVIRUS PANICERS!
2021-03-05 17:17
Kekw
2021-03-05 17:18
now vitality has chance.............
2021-03-05 17:20
Expected
2021-03-05 17:20
#64
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Brazil Lostty
another final with teams we didn't expect kkkk
2021-03-05 17:25
Another letdown
2021-03-05 17:28
Gambit will wash away all tier1 LAN teams) FUCK SKYRIM! ALL HAIL FOR TALLOS!
2021-03-05 17:29
#71
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United Kingdom Tnk11
I'm sick of this now, all around Europe cases are at their lowest what a joke
2021-03-05 17:31
#72
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United Arab Emirates DynamicAWM
Fuck this man... wtf.
2021-03-05 17:35
We already knew that
2021-03-05 17:35
expected
2021-03-05 17:38
Oh no - back to LAN now pls - it's safe enough
2021-03-05 17:39
expected but unexpected to corona deniers lol
2021-03-05 17:40
Csgo is worst managed top esports and nothing comes close.
2021-03-05 17:40
FUCK CHINA VIRUS
2021-03-05 17:40
#83
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France Uexo
expected
2021-03-05 17:41
Garbage decision you have to test everyone anyways at the airports cases are as low as they can be atm
2021-03-05 17:41
#87
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Denmark twinseN
Well thats just anoying but ohh well Lan back in 2050 maybe
2021-03-05 17:46
expected
2021-03-05 17:47
#91
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Pakistan LoOuU2
*surprised Pikachu face*
2021-03-05 17:49
#95
ZywOo | 
India aR__
Expected lmao
2021-03-05 17:52
Shit
2021-03-05 17:55
What a joke Why did you announce this if you can't fulfil your plans?
2021-03-05 17:56
fucking sad
2021-03-05 17:56
move event to texas pls
2021-03-05 17:57
hobbit already smiling xd
2021-03-05 17:57
Lol valorant and pubg could make it happen but cs cant. Joke tbh
2021-03-05 17:57
Who woulde've thought lmao
2021-03-05 18:01
#107
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Argentina fxzo
ffs fucking idiots valorant and EVEN PUBG WILL HAVE LAN AND CSGO NOT? fucking joke
2021-03-05 18:04
#108
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Poland IG0R2115
Expected
2021-03-05 18:06
Fuck off
2021-03-05 18:08
Oh just fuck off, ESL stop announcing LAN shit if you know the situations can be volatile, and then play the blame game again. Some many times this has to happen for you dumb guys to realise. Can't wait for Major getting online or even cancelled.
2021-03-05 18:17
#113
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Finland Hei456
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2021-03-05 18:18
IEM Global Challenge planned to be a LAN - cancelled IEM Katowice planned to be a LAN - cancelled ESL Pro League 13 Play-Offs planned to be a LAN - cancelled Here's a fucking idea ESL, instead of making half-assed promises that you're not even certain about, stop fucking promising or teasing the possibility of LANs if it's not set in stone. Even BLAST isn't planning out LANs because they're still unsure if they can do it or not.
2021-03-05 18:23
2 replies
ESL management is truly a fucking joke, no shit every good journalist criticises them for being incompetent and fucking liars. They have so many resources and funding still loses money at the end of the year while having all events ONLINE !!!! And they even reduced so many Pro League Spots by fucking over so many domestic teams, ESL truly a dreadful TO. And now they keep lying about having LAN events all the time, don't make promises if you can't keep them.
2021-03-05 19:47
+1 so fucking disappointing
2021-03-06 01:05
xD
2021-03-05 18:26
Well wadya know
2021-03-05 18:29
What a surprise
2021-03-05 18:29
fuck u
2021-03-05 18:30
1 reply
#150
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Brazil ghcnvbkn
no u
2021-03-05 19:47
I understand why can be problems, but come on. This is getting ridiculous. So many sports, and even esports tournaments are being organized in live arenas with thousands of people. It's not that these people can't do it. It's probably just that they don't wanna do it.
2021-03-05 18:33
1 reply
+1
2021-03-06 01:03
why do i KNOW that there'll be no major this year either? girlllllll honestly just DON'T MAKE PROMISES YOU CAN'T KEEP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2021-03-05 18:33
just host it in serbia LUL
2021-03-05 18:35
1 reply
no men
2021-03-05 18:45
#130
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Brazil hugoooo
CIS sronk
2021-03-05 18:42
pretends to be shocked
2021-03-05 18:44
2 replies
zap
2021-03-05 19:54
1 reply
zap spam zap this zap static zap to zap help zap fnatic zap
2021-03-05 20:00
ResidentSleeper
2021-03-05 18:45
So another CIS Win
2021-03-05 19:13
They played us like a damn fiddle!
2021-03-05 19:31
AHAHAHAHAHA
2021-03-05 19:34
no surprise... we probably wont see a LAN this year
2021-03-05 19:56
fuck esl
2021-03-05 20:35
#158
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India Bobbobob
All these morons saying keep lan with no crowds lol. You can't get teams out of their countries cause travel restrictions
2021-03-05 20:37
4 replies
#163
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Finland Hei456
You actually can. If it's possible in traditional sports it's possible in cs too
2021-03-05 21:27
3 replies
+1 they are not trying
2021-03-06 01:03
They just changed a bunch of Champions/Europa League games because of travel restrictions (and Euros will probably scratch a lot of cities), so it's not as easy. Plus trad sports have exceptions that I don't believe are available for esports - and quarantining every time they change countries is not practical.
2021-03-06 16:19
#181
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Austria doMK0
Short answer: sadly, no.
2021-03-06 17:37
#162
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Belarus slpng
ffs...
2021-03-05 21:05
meanwhile literally every other esport has lans planned
2021-03-05 21:30
the organizers are too cowardly. do not want to take risks plus extra costs
2021-03-05 22:48
#169
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Brazil Anarchybr
Thank you China
2021-03-05 23:28
#170
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Poland SebL
Sad, but expected, fucking virus.
2021-03-05 23:29
Sadge
2021-03-06 02:01
EZ FOR CIS CS
2021-03-06 11:30
#182
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Brazil mrk15
group A 1. heroic 2. big 3. col group B 1. vitality 2. nip 3. g2 group C 1. navi 2. gambit 3. furia group D 1. virtus pro 2. astralis 3. liquid round 1 big x g2 nip x furia gambit x liquid astralis x col playin heroic x virtus pro vitality x navi round 2 g2 x nip gambit x astralis round 3 heroic x nip astralis x vitality semis virtus pro x heroic navi x astralis grand final virtus pro x navi
2021-03-06 20:03
Gg
2021-03-07 04:47
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