ESL announce Pro Tour changes and 2022 calendar; Rio Major under consideration

ESL has announced an expansion of ESL Pro League and a new qualifying structure for the prestigious league.

ESL has revealed the tournament calendar for the remainder of 2021 and for 2022 and announced significant changes to the ESL Pro Tour structure, mainly revolving around the expansion of ESL Pro League and the way teams qualify for the event.

The organizers have also shared that the IEM Rio Major is under consideration with Valve for 2022 after the plans for the 2020 Rio Major were scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic.

From 2022 on, every tournament in the Pro Tour structure has been brought under the ESL brand, with DreamHack Open renamed to ESL Challenger and ESEA Premier called the ESL Challenger League.

While DreamHack Opens previously offered spots in other Masters-level events and had no direct connection to ESL Pro League, in the future the league will become the destination for all winners of the three types of EPT Challenger-level competitions including the ESL Challenger events, ESL Challenger Leagues, and the National Championships.

To facilitate the new structure, ESL has introduced an "EPL Conference" stage, which will garner the EPT Challenger winners and lead into the main Pro League seasons. The first such stage will take place this year already, on November 23-28, leading into ESL Pro League Season 15.

In other news, it's clear that the tournament organizer has abolished the DreamHack Masters competition, as it no longer features in the calendar after the last iteration took place in April-May. Another change involves this year's IEM Winter, which looks set to be played in Europe after it was originally planned to take place in Asia, with the organizers still aiming to hold the tournament on LAN.

Six EPT Masters tournaments are listed in the calendar for 2022, including four IEM stops in Katowice, the United States, Cologne, and China, and two Pro League seasons. EPT Challenger events include stops in the United States, Spain, Australia, and the Netherlands, four Challenger League seasons, and a variety of National Championships.

You can see the full schedule below:

EPT Masters and Championship events

Other IEM Fall — September 29-October 10
Other EPL S15 Conference — November 23-28
Europe IEM Winter — December 2-12
Poland IEM Katowice — February 16-27
Europe ESL Pro League Season 15 — March 9-April 10
United States IEM US — May 31-June 5
Europe EPL S16 Conference — June 14-19
Germany IEM Cologne — July 5-17
Europe ESL Pro League Season 16 — August 31-October 2
Europe EPL S17 Conference — November 22-27
China IEM China — December 6-11
Poland IEM Katowice — February 2023

Brazil IEM Rio Major — under consideration for 2022

EPT Challenger events

Other DreamHack Open September — September 22-26
Europe DreamHack Open November — November 10-14
Other ESL National Championships — January-May
United States ESL Challenger #48 — February 11-13
Other ESL Challenger League S40 — January 18-April 3
Other ESL Challenger League S41 — April 26-June 26
Spain ESL Challenger #49 — July 1-3
Other ESL National Championships — August-October
Other ESL Challenger League S42 — August 16-October 23
Australia ESL Challenger #50 — September 2-4
Netherlands ESL Challenger #51 — October 14-16
Other ESL Challenger League S43 — October 25-December 18

Come to brazil
2021-09-15 14:04
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#74
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Brazil NotGayGuy
finally its real!
2021-09-15 15:42
#81
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Mexico rauni90001
Or BRAZIL comes to you
2021-09-15 16:11
#2
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Finland Cucumber))
Pog
2021-09-15 14:04
Rio major 2020 -> 2022? Kekw
2021-09-15 14:05
COME TO BRAZIL MEME IS REAL
2021-09-15 14:05
#6
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Russia INESSOR
Man i need this major in brazil
2021-09-15 14:05
1 reply
we all need it
2021-09-15 17:39
#8
NikoM | 
Argentina Ra88it
lul
2021-09-15 14:05
#9
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Turkey SplattXy
BRAZIL
2021-09-15 14:06
COME TO BRAZIL LOL
2021-09-15 14:07
Good news
2021-09-15 14:07
#12
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Brazil GuGa62
BRASIL SIL SIL SIL
2021-09-15 14:07
#13
allu | 
Europe JUNlOR
Having a major in Brazil would probably be really cool, the crowd would be the best.
2021-09-15 14:07
#16
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Brazil hugoooo
Rio Major crowd will be epic
2021-09-15 14:08
COME TO BRAZIL
2021-09-15 14:11
Brazil major Pog
2021-09-15 14:12
ESL BIG FAN HERE. COME TO BRAZIL.
2021-09-15 14:14
Brazil major Pog
2021-09-15 14:14
#27
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Ireland koapz
liquipedia admins sweating rn reading this
2021-09-15 14:15
IEM Rio sounds terrible ESL One much better Also green theme fits for Brazil way better than blue
2021-09-15 14:16
7 replies
#33
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Greece RedWinter
+1
2021-09-15 14:20
+1
2021-09-15 14:27
#60
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Czech Republic manik999
+1
2021-09-15 14:51
+1111111
2021-09-15 15:04
#79
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Switzerland zaViM
there is no ESL One anymore. ESL is trying to reduce simplify things by reducing the number of different tournament names it had. Now you only have IEMs + EPLs at the top level (which are named differently because they are two different things).
2021-09-15 16:08
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#95
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Peru tosta
also intel gives money for them to use IEM so it makes sense
2021-09-15 16:55
Simply the major will come to the place with the largest fan base in the world!
2021-09-15 20:37
#29
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United Kingdom tomtom94
I've been thinking for a while if you were going to get rid of a tournament, Dreamhack Masters would be the one to get rid of. Interested to know more about the Pro League qualification process, I assume the Conference is kind of a replacement for Global Challenge?
2021-09-15 14:17
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#112
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Brazil Anarchybr
But DreamHack is a fucking cool and traditional name :/ RIP
2021-09-15 18:52
Why there is a EU flag on EPL? They play them in Malta atleast in 2020-2021 (which didn't happen)
2021-09-15 14:18
1 reply
Just following flags they used in the graphic. I'd expect them to still be on LAN, maybe they just didn't use a specific flag because it spans multiple countries (like it was originally supposed to, with Malta for groups and an arena for playoffs, e.g.)
2021-09-15 14:49
#31
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India FosFate
RIP DREAMHACK and dreamhackcs Twitch channel :`)
2021-09-15 14:18
1 reply
too much iem
2021-09-15 14:35
#32
saffee | 
Brazil uezu
LET'S FUCKING GOOOOOOOOO
2021-09-15 14:19
Nice
2021-09-15 14:21
Another year, another ESL Calendar monopoly.
2021-09-15 14:27
Hyped ESL is coming back to the US. Hopefully by next May the US is letting people in. I imagine we will be. Their is a pandemic still amongst the unvaccinated but the vast majority of tthe country has gotten the vaccine and the mandates coming down should make that number even higher by then.
2021-09-15 14:27
#44
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Brazil Motoca8000
THE GIANT WOKE UP
2021-09-15 14:30
NAVI IS BRAZIL
2021-09-15 14:31
Who gives the ESL's keys to Infantino? Pro League Conference? xD
2021-09-15 14:32
pog
2021-09-15 14:35
#51
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Brazil caionadson
COME TO BRAZIL OR BRAZIL WILL COME TO YOU!!!
2021-09-15 14:39
phew navi won the last DHM POGU. major in brazil would be lit
2021-09-15 14:40
#53
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Sweden sn1pie
cool
2021-09-15 14:41
I have always been amazed by the controllability of ESL on the CSGO circuit
2021-09-15 14:44
1 reply
well they own the biggest events and then lower tier events so no wonder
2021-09-15 14:58
#61
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Brazil jmario
pog
2021-09-15 14:52
If the major really happen I am 100% going to the event, I hate rio but don't see it happenning ever again so I'm assuming is one of a lifetime chance
2021-09-15 14:55
3 replies
Me too
2021-09-15 17:43
#108
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Argentina WaSTe_D
It Is really if it happens. First csgo major there. Just in case, i recommend you to be ready to buy the ticket entrances IF it is announced quickly cuz last time they run out in the first 2 hours i think.
2021-09-15 18:17
1 reply
Daaamn, thanks bro I had no ideia.
2021-09-15 18:21
tf do the conferences for epl do?
2021-09-15 14:57
1 reply
probably replacing ESEA as the path for the last few EPL spots
2021-09-15 19:35
Cool
2021-09-15 14:57
Nice!! New year, new big challenges
2021-09-15 15:23
Looks okayish, but gonna miss the Dreamhack Masters events very much
2021-09-15 15:32
IEM US???
2021-09-15 15:33
1 reply
Yes? IEM New York probably?
2021-09-15 15:40
"RIO MAJOR UNDER CONSIDERATION" No... please...
2021-09-15 15:39
7 replies
There wont be anyone from UK there, dont worry,
2021-09-15 16:53
4 replies
Ez Fnatic.
2021-09-15 16:55
3 replies
Swedes majority gtfo
2021-09-15 19:31
2 replies
Nt. "Fnatic (often abbreviated to FNC) is a professional esports organization based in the United Kingdom" 2/5 + coach = UK
2021-09-15 19:47
1 reply
And achieved everything due to Swedes. It's like Premier League, english players sucks ass but foreigners carry
2021-09-15 23:49
Would prob be the best major ever.
2021-09-15 17:44
1 reply
xD Bad bait.
2021-09-15 17:58
PLEASE COME TO BRAZIL
2021-09-15 15:43
We need Beijing or Seoul major
2021-09-15 15:54
#78
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Australia Skycap
So does this mean no IEM Sydney? Bruh
2021-09-15 16:00
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#80
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Australia owne
or melbourne :'c
2021-09-15 16:10
#82
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Mexico rauni90001
Come to BRAZIL or BRAZIL comes to you!!
2021-09-15 16:11
#83
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Italy rafoleiro
RIP Dreamhack :| Looking forward to the Rio Major :DD
2021-09-15 16:12
a year before another tournamnet in netherlands(
2021-09-15 16:12
So all events will be branded as IEM and no more ESL One?
2021-09-15 16:19
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#90
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India magizhchi
Yeap, looks like it. No more ESL One as well as DreamHack Masters.
2021-09-15 16:32
#96
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Australia Rezonact
Having no IEM Sydney/Melbourne is a kick in the guts after having Melbourne be cancelled entirely. Having an 'ESL Challenger' aka Dreamhack Open tournament is massively disappointing in comparison. Seems some what pointless when you consider half the tournament is the crowd, which without big teams/players is going to be non-existant.
2021-09-15 17:05
should i come to brazil?
2021-09-15 17:28
2 replies
As far as I know, we either go there, or they will come to us
2021-09-15 18:49
1 reply
and one is decidedly more pleasant than the other
2021-09-15 22:14
I just hope that this new system isn't too complex.
2021-09-15 17:32
Lets go to Brazil
2021-09-15 17:33
#102
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Poland Jevilek
COME TO BRA71L!
2021-09-15 17:41
Come to Brazil Major <3
2021-09-15 17:45
F Brazil
2021-09-15 17:52
POG
2021-09-15 18:50
#113
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Brazil Anarchybr
Let’s go Rio Major!!! I hate Rio as a city to live but you can’t deny it’s one of the most fun cities on the country to travel on vacations. If the Major is really going to be there I will have to go at least twice in the same year: to Rock in Rio 2022 and the Rio Major.
2021-09-15 18:56
Come to Singapore :)
2021-09-15 19:31
1 reply
+1 asian major give asian opportunity singapore is good city + country, ive been there twice. or maybe korea/japan major would be good too.
2021-09-16 01:55
An interesting major in Brazil! I would like to visit the favelas btw
2021-09-15 19:32
rio major gonna be as bad as the rio Olympics
2021-09-15 22:55
1 reply
Rio olympics were goated. Worst one Ive seen was japan this year but that was prolly because they lost so much money on wuhan virus that they had to cut back on production etc. At least on eurosport player - mby it was better on other broadcasters.
2021-09-16 14:03
does that mean GenG gonna comeback?
2021-09-16 01:52
It is time to come to Brazil mens))
2021-09-16 02:01
Rip Dreamhack(((
2021-09-16 07:03
Am I the only one old fuck who misses CPL and WCG?
2021-09-16 10:01
what about the swedish major?
2021-09-16 11:23
3 replies
this year
2021-09-16 11:28
2 replies
is it with crowd or no?
2021-09-16 11:44
1 reply
idk but seems like no due to covid
2021-09-16 11:47
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