ESL National Champions set to compete for IEM spots in Global Playoffs Spring

The bracket for the tournament that will see eight winners of domestic competitions face off on May 27-30 has been drawn.

ESL has announced details regarding the ESL National Championship Global Playoffs (NCGP), a stepping-stone event that will "give local teams the opportunity to compete and climb the ESL Pro Tour structure", the company announced. The upcoming ESL NCGP Spring 2021 will be held online and feature only European squads, but ESL's plans are to scale up to a global LAN event for 2022.

The first edition of ESL NCGP, scheduled for May 27-30, will feature eight winners of ESL's domestic competitions such as the German Meisterschaft and British Premiership. Teams including Movistar Riders and Endpoint will compete in a single-elimination bracket with hopes of securing a spot either at IEM Summer or the IEM Cologne Play-in.

ESL is putting more importance on National Championships with NCGP

ESL's national championships have already provided paths into the ESL Pro Tour circuit, with Sprout earning a IEM Cologne Play-in spot by winning the ESL Meisterschaft and Wisla Krakow qualifying for the IEM Katowice Play-in through the ESL Polish Championship. However, the addition of the ESL NCGP is "an effort to make the EPT even more accessible and clearer for teams at this base layer", the tournament organizer says.

The full team list for the upcoming ESL NCGP Spring is as follows:

*HONORIS was handed the ESL Poland slot after a stream-sniping incident involving winners AGO.

The bracket draw sees Endpoint take on Rigon "⁠rigoN⁠" Gashi's GAIJIN in the first round of the playoffs, while LDLC will be looking to upset Movistar Riders. Sprout, who defeated FaZe in Flashpoint 3, are favored to take down Turkish representatives Sangal, while EC Brugge's task has been made easier as they will take on HONORIS instead of AGO.

The ESL NCGP bracket looks as follows:

United Kingdom Endpoint vs. Switzerland GAIJIN (BO3)
Europe Movistar Riders vs. France LDLC (BO3)
Germany Sprout vs. Turkey Sangal (BO3)
Belgium EC Brugge vs. Poland HONORIS (BO3)

The eight teams will face off in a single-elimination BO3 bracket with a BO5 grand final, where the two finalists will secure slots at upcoming ESL Pro Tour Masters or Masters Championships events. The winner of the tournament will be given the choice to pick between taking part in IEM Summer 2021 on June 3-13 or the IEM Cologne Play-in — set to be held as a studio LAN event at the start of July —, while the runners-up will be given the remaining spot.

Switzerland Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Rigon 'rigoN' Gashi
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
165
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.74
#1
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United Kingdom MilkEnjoyer
Ez 4 ENDPOINT
2021-05-25 18:05
2 replies
+1
2021-05-25 18:07
1 reply
+1
2021-05-25 18:21
Let's goooo riders!
2021-05-25 18:05
2 replies
ez4 riders and goat steel
2021-05-25 19:26
1 reply
*smooya
2021-05-25 20:11
#3
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Portugal PurTu
this is sad mens
2021-05-25 18:05
#4
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Poland xMBTx
ez4ago
2021-05-25 18:06
1 reply
*HONORIS was handed the ESL Poland slot after a stream-sniping incident involving winners AGO.
2021-05-25 18:17
Literal clash of trash?
2021-05-25 18:06
3 replies
clash of clans
2021-05-25 18:07
2 replies
+1
2021-05-25 18:45
#33
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Serbia XD___
coc good game
2021-05-25 18:50
#7
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Germany TrustMeMens
H OMEGALUL N OMEGALUL RIS .. yikes
2021-05-25 18:07
Should be ez for endpoint, movistar or sprout
2021-05-25 18:07
excuse me, but what the hell is national in this tournament?
2021-05-25 18:07
2 replies
#13
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Poland Mimaaacz
Each of these teams is the winner of National ESL Leagues
2021-05-25 18:09
1 reply
Alright
2021-05-25 18:23
ez for rigoN
2021-05-25 18:07
#12
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
"The winner of the tournament will be given the choice to pick between taking part in IEM Summer 2021 on June 3-13 or the IEM Cologne Play-in — set to be held as a studio LAN event at the start of July —, while the runners-up will be given the remaining spot." This is quite interesting...
2021-05-25 18:08
2 replies
#24
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United Kingdom tomtom94
it was meant to be winner got Cologne and runner-up got Summer but I guess it was fairer this way round Plus Sprout already have a spot in Cologne so if they won it would get awkward as both teams would end up throwing to get 2nd place and the IEM Summer spot
2021-05-25 18:27
1 reply
#26
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United Kingdom Jonty04l32
Yeah, good point.
2021-05-25 18:32
GL
2021-05-25 18:11
#15
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Spain lukasgc15
Vamos Riders, now is the time to get serious
2021-05-25 18:12
#16
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Switzerland x676
ez4Riders
2021-05-25 18:12
#17
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Poland Roxin
Why HONORIS? They dont stand a chance against a y of those teams
2021-05-25 18:13
2 replies
nt roxa
2021-05-25 18:23
1 reply
#23
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Poland Roxin
Nt taz
2021-05-25 18:24
nice job esl let's go
2021-05-25 18:15
#25
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Poland morosek
Why it was 404 for a while? Btw, ez 4 honoris
2021-05-25 18:29
EZ4HNRS
2021-05-25 18:38
The Beginning of a future CS World Cup
2021-05-25 18:42
Let’s go CRUCIAL and endpoint!
2021-05-25 18:43
ez4s1mple
2021-05-25 18:48
1 reply
+1
2021-05-25 19:06
DALE RIDERS!!
2021-05-25 18:49
very nice
2021-05-25 19:06
Lets go sangal!
2021-05-25 19:09
EZ4SANGAL
2021-05-25 19:10
#BelieveInSangal #GiveUsTheSignal #PrepareTheMangal #FeedTheKangal #ThenWatchTheDangal #BelieveTheMyth #paz_top1_2021 #WOLF_IMORR_SNEAKY_ATTACK #Sangal_1_Maj3r_S1mple_and_ZywOo_0_Major #ngintheteaman #l0gicman_l0godman #S3NSEY_good_gameS3NSEY
2021-05-25 19:16
Who made the bracket watafak
2021-05-25 19:37
#41
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Turkey Yasino
Sprout?! Wtf m8, unfair :/
2021-05-25 20:00
#42
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Norway TheDEA
Couldn't be any easier for Endpoint
2021-05-25 20:02
Global playoffs: Europe and Turkey
2021-05-25 20:02
#45
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Senegal soli22
As usual most difficult draw for Riders, but ez if we show our best version. Also congrats Sprout for qualifing to IEM Summer. GO RIDERS
2021-05-25 20:20
#46
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Hungary szia
EZ jERMAMS
2021-05-25 20:34
So ez for major winners
2021-05-25 20:37
I really dig this format
2021-05-25 21:43
I think Endpoint is going to win this one, I really do feel like Movistar Riders will not win this tournament.
2021-05-25 22:36
ez 4 sixer
2021-05-26 00:00
#51
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Czech Republic PaYaB
Why is there a belgian league and swiss league ? I would like to see Sinners there :/
2021-05-26 13:39
#52
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Turkey bvki
Lets Go Sangal!
2021-05-26 15:29
imoRR Diff
2021-05-27 12:58
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