Elisa Masters to return to Espoo in November
The tournament organizer has once again made the Finnish city their location of choice for a $200,000 event on November 29-December 3.
Elisa has announced Elisa Masters Espoo 2023, a LAN event set to take place on November 29-December 3 with a $200,000 prize pool up for grabs.
The announcement marks Elisa's return to the Finnish city after the tournament organizer previously hosted Elisa Masters Espoo 2022, where fnatic prevailed over BIG in the grand final to earn their first LAN trophy in three years.
The upcoming tournament will differ slightly from its 2022 counterpart in that the team list has been reduced to just eight teams, down from the 12 squads that competed at the event last November.
The eight rosters will be seeded into two groups in the inaugural Studio Phase, where a double-elimination bracket will be employed to decide the four playoff-bound teams. The ensuing knockout stage, which will run a single-elimination format, and the group stage's decider games will be played in front of the crowd at the Espoo Metro Arena on December 1-3.
GamerLegion, who raised eyebrows with a runners-up finish at the BLAST.tv Paris Major, are so far the only team confirmed to be attending the event in Espoo, Finland, following their win in the Elisa Invitational Winter 2023 back in March. The remaining seven spots will be filled through the victors of two Elisa-hosted competitions — the ongoing Elisa Invitational Spring and the Finnish Elisa Esports eSM LAN — as well as five invites handed out at the tournament organizer's discretion.
"Elisa Masters succeeded in establishing its position as one of the flagship events in the Counter-Strike competitive calendar," Mika Lepistö, Director of New Business Development and Partnerships at Elisa, said in a press release. "We are excited to be able to expand our partnership with the City of Espoo and continue to strengthen the esports culture. The event offers an exceptional opportunity for Finnish talent to shine on a global level."
The team list for Elisa Masters Espoo 2023 is as follows:
Elisa Esports eSM