ESL unveil 2024 calendar; Pro League shortened

Two groups will play out simultaneously to make room for the reduction to ESL Pro League's running time.

ESL Pro League Season 19 is scheduled for April 23-May 12

ESL has revealed the ESL Pro Tour 2024 schedule, with the tournament organizer set to host seven Masters and Championship events alongside six Challenger tournaments across the upcoming calendar year.

ESL will once again host their flagship LAN tournaments, IEM Katowice and IEM Cologne, as ESL Pro Tour Championship-level events in the Spring Season, with fans set to descend on the iconic Spodek and Lanxess arenas once more as teams fight for the two $1 million prize pools.

While IEM Katowice will play out on a similar date to the 2023 edition, January 31 - February 11, it does, however, leave just three days for teams to prepare for the PGL CS2 Major Copenhagen Europe RMR, which kicks off on February 14 and will likely be one of the most important events of the year.

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IEM Cologne's date range, meanwhile, has been pushed forward by two weeks. Now, teams will make their way to the city in west Germany on August 7-18 instead, with best-of-five grand finals still being employed for the two Championship events.

ESL Pro Tour 2024 schedule (picture courtesy of ESL)

There is a notable reduction in the number of events hosted when compared to ESL's Pro Tour for 2023. The tournament organizer scheduled over 40 competitions throughout the year, a vast majority of which consisted of ESL National Championships, which were recently axed.

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Another noteworthy change is the change to ESL Pro League's tournament duration. ESL has slashed its running time from five weeks at present — ESL Pro League Season 18 plays out on August 31-October 1 — to just three weeks, with Season 19 taking place on April 23-May 12 and Season 20 on September 3-22.

To accommodate the substantial change, ESL has revealed that two groups will play out simultaneously moving forward, as opposed to one week per group currently.

The remaining ESL Pro Tour Masters events include IEM China, playing out on April 8-14 in a yet-to-be-announced city; IEM Dallas, which returns for another iteration on May 27 - June 2 after ENCE triumphed in Texas back in May; and IEM Fall, scheduled to begin on October 7, with its city of choice also yet to be decided.

ESL will also host four Challenger tournaments on LAN throughout 2024, two of which are confirmed to be in Europe, though again the exact location hasn't yet been decided.

North America will hold their own Challenger event in Atlanta, Georgia, on October 4-6, in what will be ESL's return to the state as ESL Challenger Atlanta 2023 is due to take place in a few months' time on December 15-17. The location of the fourth Challenger competition is still yet to be finalized, but it will go live on April 26-28.

The remaining two Challenger tournaments are editions of ESL Challenger League, which returns to the Pro Tour calendar. The online competitions, which will serve Europe, North America, South America, Asia, and Australia and New Zealand, encompass a large amount of the year, playing out across February-June for Season 47 and July-November for Season 48.

The ESL Pro Tour 2024 calendar is as follows:

EPT Masters and Championship events

Poland IEM Katowice — January 31 - February 11
China IEM China — April 8-14
Malta ESL Pro League Season 19 — April 23 - May 12
United States IEM Dallas — May 27 - June 2
Germany IEM Cologne — August 7-18
Malta ESL Pro League Season 20 — September 3-22
Other IEM Fall — October 7-13 (location TBA)

*Events in bold denote a Championship-level tournament

EPT Challenger events

Other ESL Challenger League Season 47 — February - June
Other ESL Challenger #56 — April 26-28 (location TBA)
Europe ESL Challenger #57 — June 14-16 (location TBA)
Other ESL Challenger League Season 48 — July - November
United States ESL Challenger Atlanta — October 4-6
Europe ESL Challenger #59 — November 22-24 (location TBA)

Sweden HusbyJesus
2023-09-21 17:22
10 replies
Too many dull tournaments
2023-09-21 18:31
9 replies needs to be scrapped
2023-09-21 18:55
8 replies
WHEN DO WE GET ESL PRO LEAGUE PLAYOFFS ON FUCKING STAGE..... with big crowds--- thats what makes it lit
2023-09-21 21:32
7 replies
we should go back to LAN group stage split into different regions like that one season, and then they qualify for the finals in like odense with a crowd and S tier format
2023-09-22 03:17
sadly it wont happend till after season 20 because of the deal with malta
2023-09-22 03:45
5 replies
Are there no fucking 5k+ venues/arenas/convention centers in malta???
2023-09-23 16:01
4 replies
malta isnt really that populated so i dont think so
2023-09-24 19:09
3 replies
Apparently there's a new convention centre which can seat 10k, so I see no reason not to do it
2023-09-24 20:18
2 replies
I mean I wish they did do it there if they could but you know esl I think someone said something about this on a hltv confirmed on why but I don’t remember
2023-09-25 07:14
The 300 seat arena is never full, there's no way a 10,000 seat venue would even sell 10% of the seats.
2023-09-26 09:39
2023-09-21 17:23
1 reply
2023-09-21 19:11
2023-09-21 17:23
Serbia nnikolaS
2023-09-21 17:23
budget cuts?
2023-09-21 17:24
2 replies
bro ? they're making money from events, they are a company
2023-09-21 18:58
1 reply
hence #5
2023-09-21 19:38
change shit format pls - only 8 team or 16 team playoffs - No 3 chance groups.
2023-09-21 17:24
2 replies
Agreed, 3 chances is way to few. It should be like at least 5.
2023-09-21 20:29
I was so happy to learn there was double elims going forward until I learnt about Last-Chance bracket -_-
2023-09-21 20:41
EPL shorter = good. I will see you in China April !
2023-09-21 17:25
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Poland ScR1337
shit idea with short epl
2023-09-21 17:26
1 reply
Why? the current one is so boring
2023-09-21 17:29
2023-09-21 17:27
Europe justsavage
bring back ESL NEW YORK
2023-09-21 17:28
1 reply
Samoa nuuuuucky
No more ESL ONE tournaments, but IEM NEW YORK maybe
2023-09-21 19:37
Czech Republic manik999
ESL pro League playoffs in Malta kills the joy from EPL for me. Should be held in a country with a scene
2023-09-21 17:31
3 replies
Czech Republic sajmonzii
So for sure not in Czech Republic :(
2023-09-21 17:56
2 replies
Yes, should be in slovakia
2023-09-21 20:45
Czech Republic manik999
Sinners, dynamo eclot and sampi would probably play the worst in their history trying to qualify to Prague O2 arena because of being under preassure. Just joking. But our pro scene Is way too weak in comparison to how much CS players we have
2023-09-22 11:17
wish we had 3 iem events per season
2023-09-21 17:34
Australia jerrry
good idea to make epl shorter. Just please remove the shit triple lifeline for epl, just make it double elim.
2023-09-21 17:35
Can we also get rid of the 5 chances to qualify BS. I want there to be actual stakes behind games.
2023-09-21 17:35
1 reply
That's what makes it a league tho, every team gets to play at least 3 games. Make it DE, it's just another IEM Whatever just with more teams
2023-09-23 16:04
United States MrNorwood
SA and ANZ getting ECL is huge.
2023-09-21 17:37
4 replies
Not really, it's just their national championships that got axed this year, renamed and maybe with a changed format
2023-09-23 16:05
3 replies
United States MrNorwood
No, the prizepool, format, promotion/relegation, lower league levels, longer season, number of teams, etc. should all be different if it's in line with the other ECLs.
2023-09-24 04:29
2 replies
I can guarantee you it's not gonna be in line with the other ECLs, since not even the already existing ECLs are consistent in most of the things you listed
2023-09-24 13:44
1 reply
United States MrNorwood
I mean you are probably right to a certain extent. but big points like the season length will not match the existing National Championships, so you can't just say it's renamed. Europe is the biggest outlier between the 2 regions right now, but the prize pool between Asian and NA is also different. So you are correct there are differences between the regions as it stands.
2023-09-24 23:39
United States ViperXZ
good decision by esl to condense the EPL.
2023-09-21 17:46
Real good change from ESL to reduce the tournament to 3 weeks. With CS2 the matches will be shorter as well and with 2 groups being played simultaneously we can choose which matches/groups to watch or not
2023-09-21 17:59
How about change the format instead? Double last chance and 4th place team having to play 2 more matches is awful.
2023-09-21 18:00
Old EPL matches with nothing on line (team with 0-4 or 1-3 record that can't qualify for playoffs): > people complain. New EPL with 3 chances, which is like having a X-3 record in the old group stage format: > people complain.
2023-09-21 18:24
2 replies
Samoa nuuuuucky
IEM Busan When?
2023-09-21 19:35
1 reply
Koreans do no longer play CS.
2023-09-22 03:04
Uruguay exesium
I liked the current pro league format. A whole month of games, different teams every week, twice a year. I found it quite interesting, there was always something to see.
2023-09-21 18:45
2 replies
It also makes impossible for other TOs to schedule an event i.e. Hussar Cup
2023-09-23 14:52
1 reply
Uruguay exesium
I agree, that's a good point
2023-09-23 16:49
Finland RPGWiZaRD
I'm not against it tbh, leaves room for at least another tournament in the schedule, while the EPL is a nice change from the usual it does drag on about for quite a while and I feel bad for the talents that have to come up with these constant "minigames" in-between matches for like a month's time (feels like even their mentality is at stake despite the "casual" format). Even with 2 groups simultaneously it will be on the longer side of things, as it was currently it's quite nuts when it came to length of it all and it's also filled with some less interesting matchups.
2023-09-21 18:58
>Pro League shortened W
2023-09-21 19:06
Brazil Tygrrrrr
I love Valorant, I play Valorant, i love the competitive scene on Valorant. But CS Shows AGAIN why they´re so consistent on their fan base AND their competitive scene, looks OBVIUS have tournaments for the whole year right ? Keeping your players and fans warmed by your game, WELL.... For Riot it seems NOT. Congrats to Valve/ESL/Blast/CCT/ Organizers in general. This game is for those who love competion, who should be respected for everyone.
2023-09-21 19:31
2023-09-21 19:47
Kazakhstan Antomatic
good news
2023-09-21 20:06
Scotland TWGKofi
Huge W
2023-09-21 20:25
I want IEM Oakland so that REZ can keep on stealing paychecks forever in NiP
2023-09-21 20:42
2023-09-21 21:57
IEM china... i like that. All out war against r*ot for chinas market
2023-09-21 22:58
1 reply
Samoa nuuuuucky
Big Events come to China next year, IEM China, Shanghai Major and CAC Valorant Shanghai Masters Wow, its a war
2023-09-21 23:29
ESL Challenger SA, niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
2023-09-21 23:02
2023-09-22 00:53
make esl pro league a real league again
2023-09-22 03:17
Armenia VirtusNo
only 3 weeks locked inside Spunjs basement instead of 5
2023-09-22 03:21
2023-09-23 14:56
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Estonia Kukkel
Hopefully it's CS:GO not CS2
2023-09-24 19:20
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