ESEA have announced the dates for their Season 31 qualification cups. Like the last two seasons, these cups will give teams the chance to promote themselves to higher divisions without having to go through the full league system.
Last season, slashLEVEL notably used the Advanced qualification cup to earn a spot in Advanced and eventually earn promotion to the MDL after fighting their way through relegation.
Unlike last season, due to the impending start of Season 31, Advanced, Main and Intermediate will each only have one cup, as opposed to the two that were offered previously. Additionally, ESEA have added a new rule that states that teams need to register their roster both on the qualifier page and on a league team, thus forcing teams to use their exact qualifier roster for the start of the league. As such new roster rules have also been added for qualifier cup teams:
- Teams must use 4/5 players from the qualifying match in at least 3 out of the first 4 matches of the season
- Teams must use 5/5 players from the qualifying match in at least 1 of the first 4 matches of the season
The dates, and registration links, for each of the qualifier cups are below: