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ESL Pro League moves offline for Season 9
Having looked for a solution to the fixture congestion the league causes, ESL are set to move games to a studio environment.
Written by: DuckMoriarty    December 18th 2018 11:00 am    #ESL #ESLProLeague #EPL #EPLS8 #Americas  

Big changes are on the horizon for the ESL Pro League

ESL have announced a format change to the ESL Pro League before the start of Season 9. The main change, for Europe and the Americas, is that the league is being brought offline to a studio environment with no more online matches.

The changes will see 16 teams take part in all divisions, split into four groups. For the Americas division, North America will make up three groups, 12 teams, with the last group filled by four teams from South America. The Americas will receive six spaces at the ESL Pro League finals, down from last season's combined seven spots, Europe will receive eight, up one, and APAC will remain the same at two, one from Oceania and one for the rest of Asia. 

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Qualification for the finals will be done in two group stages. The top placing team from each of the four groups will head straight to the LAN event, with the second place and third place teams from each group heading to another group stage. From there, the top placed teams from the two groups in the Americas and APAC divison will secure spots at LAN, where as in Europe qualification can be secured from the top two places. The seeding for the initial group stage will be done based off ESL's world ranking.

The group matches for Europe and Americas are set to be played at the ESL UK Studio in Leicester, UK, and a to be announced additional studio in the USA. Season 9 of the ESL Pro League is set to commence on April 12th, 2019. The venue for the finals is to be announced.

ESL and FACEIT announce scheduling cooperation for 2019

The decision to move offline was part of the announced co-operation between ESL and FACEIT regarding the fixture congestion that their online leagues had been producing. The announcement on ECS's format changes would be expected soon.

#1 DuckMoriarty
2018-12-18 11:49
#2 Idle
2018-12-18 12:21
We league now bois?
#3 Joe
2018-12-18 12:35

Wonder what teams will sit in the LA slots for the league now that they go directly to Americas finals. I feel like it would be in Furia and Team One's best interests to try and compete there rather than in NA Advanced/MDL.
#4 Bingobangobongotv
2018-12-18 14:39
Great change... but its still on facebook for another season 😔
#5 verizon
2018-12-18 16:59
[*] marke lul
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