ESL polls teams on mid-EPL playoffs switch to CS2

The tournament organizer could switch to the new title as early as the semi-finals of their league in Malta.

ESL are polling teams on a possible early switch to the new title

ESL has polled teams at ESL Pro League Season 18 on a possible early switch to Counter-Strike 2, asking them of their preferences in the event that the new title releases mid-playoffs. ESL confirmed they had questioned teams regarding an early transition in a statement to Dust2.us.

The release of Counter-Strike 2 is expected on Wednesday after repeated teases from Valve last week, which means that rollout would coincide with the middle of Pro League's bracket stage.

The game's release would not force ESL to immediately transition to the new title as Valve are providing support to allow for ongoing tournaments to conclude on CS:GO, but the tournament organizer has polled teams present in the playoffs of their league in Malta if they would consider an early switch to the new title, possibly as early as the semi-finals or grand finals.

"Generally, we survey teams and players participating in our competitions to get an understanding of their opinions on a variety of topics," ESL told Dust2.us.

"Now, we are indeed in discussions with the EPL Playoffs teams to understand their preferences in the event that Valve's tease for tomorrow holds true and CS2 releases to replace CS:GO. Once any final decisions come out of this we'll update you as soon as possible."

A potential end-of-event switch raises a number of concerns as 66 matches of Pro League have already played out on CS:GO, almost making a joke of the large majority of the event, and potential bugs and issues with the full release of CS2 could hinder the final games of the tournament.

Some teams have already started practicing CS2, but a mid-event transition is hard to imagine coming to fruition, despite ESL's poll. In the event that the change doesn't happen in Pro League, IEM Sydney could well serve as the first top-tier event in the new game.

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#1
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Poland f0rtunee
dats crazy
2023-09-26 18:40
1 reply
this is cringe
2023-09-27 21:39
whoa
2023-09-26 18:41
lol
2023-09-26 18:41
NO PLZ
2023-09-26 18:41
Not a chance lmao
2023-09-26 18:41
Tomorrow is the open beta, not full release
2023-09-26 18:42
12 replies
#12
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Germany Germen
Why would they tease an open beta when already 99% of players have access
2023-09-26 18:44
8 replies
m8, I don't think China has access and they make up a massive chunk of the playerbase lmao.
2023-09-26 18:44
5 replies
#17
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Germany Germen
China also doesn't have access to twitter so why are they teasing a playerbase on a platform that they don't use?
2023-09-26 18:46
3 replies
#55
magixx | 
Poland _Lx_
vpn bro, ever heard of that?
2023-09-26 20:38
1 reply
virtus pro norb3r7
2023-09-26 23:11
#91
Aleksib | 
Finland nzj
No one does anymore. They X
2023-09-27 12:56
china does have access, there a a lot of asian players in the cs2 leaderboards
2023-09-27 21:59
its not 99
2023-09-26 19:25
i always say that lmfao , but it's 60% not 99% still a valid point tho theres no way they r gonna hype the beta this much while already most of players have the access
2023-09-26 20:45
The game will release tomorrow along with the new season system that was predicted a couple months ago.
2023-09-26 18:47
#58
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Argentina fribergoat
?? Tomorrow new case with kit music
2023-09-26 21:01
1 reply
Some Deathcore music like Signs of the Swarm and i'm in KEKW
2023-09-27 08:12
#7
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World Tenshi_R
This will be entertaining
2023-09-26 18:42
WHAT????!!?
2023-09-26 18:43
#9
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Brazil KhT
ESL has been proven unreliable before,I wouldnt surprise if they change the games mid tournament.
2023-09-26 18:43
That would be funny
2023-09-26 18:44
Is this a joke?
2023-09-26 18:44
2 replies
#19
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Brazil KhT
it isnt of course,are you really surprised after they abandoned the small scenes to save more money? They want the sweet views as soon as possible,if they really did care about viewer experience this tournament wouldnt have been 5 week long.
2023-09-26 18:47
1 reply
they care about the viewers which is why its 5 weeks of cs content pretty much non stop.. they even called it CSTV lol. I agree it's too long of a tournament but its definitely more detrimental to the players and not the viewers
2023-09-26 23:30
Most stupid desicion on planet ever
2023-09-26 18:44
3 replies
Expected from ESL.
2023-09-26 18:49
+1
2023-09-26 18:53
What decision? They just pooled teams if they would like to switch to cs2 mid tournament they made no decision.
2023-09-28 08:38
#15
siuhy | 
Poland Sangu
legit, it is the only way to make things worse than they already are
2023-09-26 18:45
Honestly nutty that the first IEM Sydney post covid is gonna be the first full tournament on cs2
2023-09-26 18:45
Would be surprised if it went through, but then, weirder stuff has happened... would hope they'll close it out in CSGO.
2023-09-26 18:47
what?? -1
2023-09-26 18:48
That would be stupid and hilarious at the same time
2023-09-26 18:48
#24
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Brazil ZerongBr
YEEEES
2023-09-26 18:50
hahahha this has to be a joke!!
2023-09-26 18:51
#26
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Sweden Hasklon
finally another ropz mvp then
2023-09-26 18:53
bullsh*t
2023-09-26 18:53
if that happens its just one more reason to not watch playoffs
2023-09-26 18:54
Please don't, it would probably become a glitch fest with people getting boosted off the map and shit
2023-09-26 19:01
1 reply
Please yes, we have seen over 10 years of this boring csgo shit already.
2023-09-26 20:05
#31
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Russia moskva
lol this is total bullshit why is this even being discussed?
2023-09-26 19:09
1 reply
#94
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Hungary Mitomen20
ESL wants views.
2023-09-27 21:12
Most of the teams on the tournament aren't even playing it yet, it'd be so unfair and stupid
2023-09-26 19:11
5 replies
it'd be fun to watch fr tho. There'd be so many upsets and stupid plays.
2023-09-26 19:15
3 replies
#78
donk | 
Ukraine lua_
This is not a show match though. It's an S tier tournament. The fact ESL even considered the option just goes to show they're a fucking joke of a TO, with no regard to esports integrity.
2023-09-27 06:21
2 replies
S tier lmfao. EPL is a 7 week waste of time snooze fest with 3x lose brackets.
2023-09-27 08:38
1 reply
#92
donk | 
Ukraine lua_
Brother, it is officially classified as an S tier tournament and has always been, whether you like it or not.
2023-09-27 17:23
if MOST teams on the tournament don't play it then they won't vote for it, genius
2023-09-26 20:26
EPL is already a joke lmao, at least this would make it fun to watch.
2023-09-26 19:15
1 reply
+1
2023-09-26 20:18
#35
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Brazil nipeahBR
???????? lol
2023-09-26 19:20
This is fucking poggers
2023-09-26 19:20
Would be funny but probably won't happen since it's LAN. The online tournaments like CCT however...
2023-09-26 19:27
This is bullsh1t
2023-09-26 19:41
lmao this made my day, glad to see ESL is still as blind as ever
2023-09-26 19:54
#43
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Scotland TWGKofi
Just wait till Sydney lol, we aren't that desperate
2023-09-26 20:00
3 replies
Agreed. I also think they need to wait pst Sydney as well. The game is no where close to being ready for a full release. Months away at the current state. Let alone ready to actually be introduced in the pro scene. If the game isn’t 1:1 with csgo in terms of gameplay and mechanics and isn’t polished. It shouldn’t be released and rushed out to the public.
2023-09-26 20:07
2 replies
#87
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Australia Pennings
Dumb take, it will take cs2 to be in beta for 11 years to be a 1-1 with CS:GO
2023-09-27 12:05
1 reply
Then the game will fail and lose players.
2023-09-27 12:09
If the release build of tonight is significantly better than the current beta, yes please
2023-09-26 20:02
Who’s bright idea is it to maybe force pros to play on a game that is no where close to being ready for competitive play let alone a full release.
2023-09-26 20:06
????????? Reply needs to have actual content
2023-09-26 20:08
it would be weird to switch mid-tournament from a competitive integrity standpoint. but that's why they are polling the teams i guess. imo it would be a bad idea to switch before the tournament is over.
2023-09-26 20:18
322 decision
2023-09-26 20:23
wtfffffffffffffffffffffff
2023-09-26 20:29
Guys it's a poll for the players relax lmao
2023-09-26 20:38
#57
KEi | 
Poland woib3s
what would be crazy xd
2023-09-26 20:53
mickey mouse championship tournament if they swap midway.
2023-09-26 21:36
so the matches would switch to MR12 too ? no way, ridiculous of ESL to even propose it
2023-09-26 21:38
1 reply
+1 this is actually insane
2023-09-26 23:06
why would anyone want to finish the event in cs2? makes no sense
2023-09-26 21:40
#62
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Luxembourg 2000
take your meds ESL
2023-09-26 21:43
#63
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Germany X5ander
think a switch in the tournament is not fair, because the teams can't prepare CS2, so i think this won't happen. But it looks like the EPL is the last CSGO Event.
2023-09-26 21:47
#64
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Poland ARTEScs
If they do the switch, the current Fantasy should be cancelled, or at least not contribute to seasonal leaderboards.
2023-09-26 22:06
Competitive integrity getting thrown right out the window I see. Who thought this was a good idea?
2023-09-26 23:06
#69
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Germany Jonaah
I do not think that a version change would be acceptable in terms of fair play. All of the teams qualified for playoffs based on multiple matches in CS:GO and not all teams have already started to learn the new game. I certainly hope that ESL only considers this idea if every single team approves it
2023-09-26 23:47
lol, if they switch midway it's going to be a shitshow. If it happens it'd be a classic valve moment, caring more about their bottom line than anything else
2023-09-27 00:28
1 reply
#79
donk | 
Ukraine lua_
Valve is not the one hosting the event you dumbass. They've always given TOs the previous version of the game, so the tournaments could resume and keep the integrity intact. If they switch games, it'll be 100% on ESL.
2023-09-27 06:25
Yeah do it so we can see valve is a failure cs2 is fucking garbage csgo shits over this
2023-09-27 00:57
LMAO this would be hilarious
2023-09-27 02:03
#73
donk | 
Brazil kantzz
This has to be a joke srsly HAHAHAHA
2023-09-27 02:11
#74
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United States zovint
Is this actually real? Kkkkkkkkkkk I’m curious to see the results of the poll now
2023-09-27 02:15
its a meme nobody would actually do that
2023-09-27 05:58
#76
donk | 
Ukraine lua_
What in the fuck is that? This is something you'd expect from a reddit thread, not an actual proposition from a TO. So they're willing to throw the integrity of this tournament in the trash, just because a new game is coming out? This is absurd.
2023-09-27 06:14
No way its real
2023-09-27 06:16
Would love Volvo to put the update out earlier than usual so ESL even can debate if they want to switch from CSGO to CS2 in the mid of an ongoing series lul But seriously: no, don't change the game, conclude this as the last CSGO Pro League.
2023-09-27 08:18
maybe the grand final if both teams agree it will bring the views
2023-09-27 08:22
#84
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Singapore 2200DPI
Things like asking for using bus to the passengers almost reaching the final destination with train...
2023-09-27 09:07
please don't. if the community already understimate EPL importance, imagine after that...
2023-09-27 09:13
IEM Sydney you say???!?!?!!!
2023-09-27 10:45
1 reply
#88
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Australia Pennings
MAC with an inside source!?!?!?!
2023-09-27 12:06
????????????????????????????????????????????? W T F
2023-09-27 12:37
lmfaoo
2023-09-27 17:33
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