EPL Season 15 Conference set to begin

The three best teams from the Conference tournament will secure spots at the group stage of ESL Pro League Season 15.

The ESL Pro League Season 15 Conference is set to start on Tuesday, November 23, marking the beginning of a new qualifying stage for the event that features 16 teams. The tournament will last through the 28th, and the attending teams earned their spots through a multitude of different ESL events.

The champions of DreamHack tournaments in June, September, and November, the 2nd (or next highest placing) teams from ESEA Premier Season 38, and the winners of eight different ESL National Championships were all awarded spots in the stage that is reminiscent of the Play-Ins that were added for IEM Katowice and Cologne.

Movistar will look to qualify for EPL after avoiding relegation in Premier

For the Season 15 version of the Conference, only three of the 16 teams will advance to the main stage of ESL Pro League, but starting in Season 16, six teams will be able to snag spots in the 24-team group stage. The teams will compete in a double elimination bracket, which will see two teams advance from the upper bracket and one from the lower bracket.

Here is a list of the teams set to compete at the EPL Conference along with how they qualified:

In the case of MAD Lions, they were awarded the spot despite placing third at DreamHack November due to first and second place being occupied by EPL Partner teams fnatic and BIG. For RBG, they received the spot for ESEA Premier Season 38 North America despite placing third as a result of the second place team, Extra Salt, already having a spot at the Conference.

ORDER earned the spot for the ESL Australia & New Zealand Championships despite placing second due to the winners, LookingForOrg, already being qualified for the EPL main event by winning Premier.

GODSENT defeated Extra Salt in a thrilling BO5 to win DH September

Overall, most of the teams who will play at the Conference are fairly well known within the tier two levels of Counter-Strike. The two teams which are likely the least known at the top level are RBG and EC Brugge. The North American side have been competing within Premier for a couple of seasons now, and have featured in many a closed qualifier for larger events.

EC Brugge have quite an interesting composition, as along with their two standard Belgian players, the team features Richard "⁠ritchiEE⁠" Mestdagh instead of Italian Alex "⁠FUSiON⁠" Dincof to meet the Benelux requirements, as well as two Poles, including the Valve-banned Mateusz "⁠matty⁠" Kołodziejczyk.

Here are the initial matchups for the bracket:

Europe MAD Lions vs Europe EC Brugge
France LDLC vs Brazil Sharks
North America Extra Salt vs Germany Sprout
Mongolia Renewal vs Australia Renegades
Brazil GODSENT vs Poland Wisla Krakow
Europe Endpoint vs Turkey Eternal Fire
Australia ORDER vs Poland Anonymo
United States RBG vs Spain Movistar Riders

The event actually has a quite strong parity among teams, with no massive names who are locked to advance nor any teams you can completely count out. The three highest ranked teams playing on Tuesday are Movistar Riders, MAD Lions, and GODSENT, with Extra Salt and Renegades also falling within the global Top 30. These teams serve as the primary favorites, as, aside from Anonymo, all other teams don't even break the Top 50.

There is still a strong potential for upsets, especially from the likes of Sprout, who recently added Kamil "⁠KEi⁠" Pietkun, Anonymo who picked up Michał "⁠snatchie⁠" Rudzki and Karol "⁠rallen⁠" Rodowicz, or Sharks, who have been consistently at the top in South America.

Aside from the three slots that will be decided via Conference, four more are left to be filled at ESL Pro League Season 15, all of which will be awarded to teams based on the ESL World Ranking. Heroic and Gambit are favorites to claim two of them, leaving few spots for teams outside of EPL S15 Conference to qualify for the tournament organizer's premier competition.

The ESL Pro League Season 15 team list looks as follows:

Italy Alex 'FUSiON' Dincof
Alex 'FUSiON' Dincof
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
62
KPR:
0.65
DPR:
0.73
Poland Karol 'rallen' Rodowicz
Karol 'rallen' Rodowicz
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.05
Maps played:
1700
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Poland Kamil 'KEi' Pietkun
Kamil 'KEi' Pietkun
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
566
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.71
Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
1409
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
Poland Mateusz 'matty' Kołodziejczyk
Mateusz 'matty' Kołodziejczyk
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
461
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.70
Belgium Richard 'ritchiEE' Mestdagh
Richard 'ritchiEE' Mestdagh
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
242
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.66
#1
NAF | 
United States theoriez
Cool
2021-11-22 13:57
1 reply
Fantasy league when??
2021-11-22 14:08
nice
2021-11-22 13:57
glall
2021-11-22 13:57
SHEESHH
2021-11-22 13:57
this ok I think
2021-11-22 13:57
Alistair to go batshit crazy for Renegades in this event and carry them to the qualification, confirming himself a place in the new Complexity lineup. YTB
2021-11-22 13:58
2 replies
alistair, dexter, jks, jkaem, hunden new complexity lineup
2021-11-23 03:38
1 reply
i can get behind that
2021-11-23 14:05
wow
2021-11-22 13:59
#forEF
2021-11-22 13:59
#forEF
2021-11-22 14:01
3 EPL spots for this LOL
2021-11-22 14:01
#11
B1T | 
Switzerland C01N
Will be cheering for MAD Lions, GODSENT and Eternal Fire. Hope these are the three that make it to EPL.
2021-11-22 14:01
2 replies
#13
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Greece RedWinter
+1 also hope LDLC and ES do well
2021-11-22 14:05
1 reply
why does ldlc still keep sixer though
2021-11-22 17:50
Renegades, eternal fire/extra salt, Madlions
2021-11-22 14:05
#15
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Turkey CHEAFOOT
Mad Lions / Eternal Fire / Movistar Riders
2021-11-22 14:10
I cheer for EF, renegades and sprout
2021-11-22 14:11
3 replies
+1
2021-11-22 14:57
#49
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Turkey Holmes1
+1
2021-11-22 20:48
#52
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Turkey razendd_
<3
2021-11-23 11:01
EZ FOR RENEWAL
2021-11-22 14:13
#18
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France niouke
LAN? Online?
2021-11-22 14:14
No fantasy ?
2021-11-22 14:18
Why no fantasy? 🙂
2021-11-22 14:20
1 reply
#25
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India zeel_007
because It is technically a qualifier and the prize pool is so low just 27,000$. also there are so many teams from different region that they won't be able to put a prize on each player comparing it to europe is going to be very difficult.
2021-11-22 14:35
#21
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Mongolia TengisG
Ez4 Renewal
2021-11-22 14:30
#22
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Brazil Vicmar
Let's go Riders!
2021-11-22 14:30
Mad Lions 2-0 win LDLC win Extra Salt win Renegades 2-0 win GODSENT win Enernal Fire 2-0 win Anonymo win Movistar Riders win
2021-11-22 14:32
lets go ec brugge 👍
2021-11-22 14:33
#26
NAF | 
United States dyragu
fantasy
2021-11-22 14:41
#27
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Estonia rokuomi
EZ for GODTACO
2021-11-22 14:41
it's nice to be a global tournament! But it needed more spoots to SA and Asia.... 3 spots for NA in EPL + 3 sport for NA in Conference.. it's to much!
2021-11-22 14:49
2 replies
#32
RpK | 
Spain Gronk22
Also 0 CIS spoots its a joke
2021-11-22 15:00
1 reply
#43
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Greece RedWinter
bruh what, DH opens and ESEA Premier are EU + CIS so it technically has many CIS spots lol. Forze, had they beaten MAD Lions, would have been here.
2021-11-22 19:32
lets go turks!!
2021-11-22 14:53
#30
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Romania reXPixieS
Ez #forEF
2021-11-22 14:55
#33
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Poland Wojtekoo
anoWIN
2021-11-22 15:03
Ef - movistar - madlions.
2021-11-22 15:05
Go Movistar!
2021-11-22 15:11
#36
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United Kingdom CharlieeUK
The whole bracket is out so this is my predictions for all of the conference. 1st Round: Madlions > EC Brugge LDLC > Sharks Sprout > ES Renegadages > Renewal Godsent > Wisla Krawow Eternal FIre > Endpoint Anomyno > Order Movistar > RGB Upper Bracket QF: MADLions > LDLC Renegades > Sprout EF > Godsent Movistar > Anomyno Upper Bracket SF: Renegades > MadLions Movistar > EF Final spot from LB claimed by madlions
2021-11-22 15:24
3 replies
aint liking the extra salt hatred
2021-11-23 14:07
2 replies
#55
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United Kingdom CharlieeUK
bro i like the team theyve just been awful in recent months
2021-11-23 14:23
1 reply
theyve been choking a lot, but floppy carried them for 2 years and now hes back. Fang also did very well in eu so theyll do well for sure
2021-11-23 14:24
Let's go Eternal Fire. #forEF
2021-11-22 16:01
#38
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Turkey mefe
EZ for Eternal Fire. Time to show the Turkish power in EPL.
2021-11-22 16:46
1 reply
#39
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Turkey mefe
Eternal Fire - Movistar Riders - MAD Lions
2021-11-22 16:50
actually very ez for Renegades, Movistar and Mad lions, and EZ 14-16th place for Sprout
2021-11-22 17:01
Why only one cis team? Is this some tier3 event?
2021-11-22 17:34
2 replies
#44
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Greece RedWinter
CIS teams could qualify through DH open and ESEA Premier but they obviously failed.
2021-11-22 19:32
1-3 CIS teams will probably qualify for the actual EPL via rankings, so it's improbable NaVi will be the only one
2021-11-22 20:26
I wonder if Complexity has a lineup by then
2021-11-22 20:23
1 reply
#47
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United Kingdom Jerry2805
They have about 3 months or so, so probably
2021-11-22 20:28
EG
2021-11-22 20:29
Cool
2021-11-23 02:40
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