The ESL Pro League has announced a new format and presented the list of invited teams for the 11th season of CS:GO.
The new format of the ESL Pro League extends over a total of four weeks. During this time 24 teams will play against each other. With the exception of the final event, all matches will be played offline in the studio.
The final is a three-day event, the exact location of the event has not yet been announced. During the course of the ESL Pro League, no further ESL Pro Tour tournaments will take place.
The league is expected to start on 16 March.
Finally ready to share this with all of you: Our all-new, truly global #ESLProLeague. Featuring the best teams and players invited and qualified to a pure and raw Season 11.
— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) January 24, 2020
The teams are divided into four groups of six teams each. The group stage is played in a best-of-three format. The group winners play in the late playoff rounds, the runners-up and third-placed teams play in the early ones.
The top six teams will be allowed to take part in the three-day live event and play for victory. Unlike the preliminary round, the final will be played in a best-of-five format.
All the teams that were among the best 16 of the 10th season were invited for the 11th season. MIBR and Cloud9 seem to have either declined or not responded.
All other teams in Season 10 have received invitations to the Mountain Dew League, where they can directly secure seats for the ESL Pro League Season 12.
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