The next season of ESL’s CS:GO league, ESL Pro League season 11, will feature a different format, combining teams from different regions in one 24-team league, according to a report by Jarek “DeKay” Lewis.
In the last edition of the ESL Pro League, the tournament was initially split between each region, with Europe gaining eight slots to the finals, six for North America, and two slots for Asia and Oceania. The ESL Pro League had a total of 48 CS:GO teams, which will now be cut in half, according to DeKay.
These are the teams expected to have a spot in ESL Pro League season 11, if they choose to play in it.
- Natus Vincere
- FaZe Clan
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Virtus Pro
- Team Liquid
- Evil Geniuses
- 100 Thieves
It’s unclear, however, exactly how ESL figured out the list of participants. The tournament organizer used a combination of teams who agreed to the LANXESS agreement, several clauses that teams will have to abide by if they want to participate in the ESL Pro League, finalists from the ESL Pro League season 10 playoffs, the two last winners of ESEA MDL, and ESL’s world rankings, according to DeKay’s report. If a team doesn’t make the cut for the 11th season, they’ll earn a spot in the next ESEA MDL season.
Teams such as MIBR and Cloud9 will reportedly withdraw from the ESL Pro League to play in B Site Inc.’s league, the newest CS:GO league that will be operated by FACEIT, who ceased operation of its own league, the Esports Championship Series (ECS).