Both ESL SEC and A1 Adria League are entering playoff stage in the upcoming days. The best regional teams will be battling it out for the prize money, prestige titles, and opportunities to advance further in the competitions.
But, before we head into the playoffs, we have important news to share with all of you. ESL SEC and A1 Adria League are proud to announce the Pre-Climber Cup, the new competition which will be the stepping stone between ESL SEC and A1 Adria League and ESEA Premier Relegations, also known as the MTNDEW League.
The Pre-Climber Cup
The new competition will consist out of four teams - Top 3 finishers from the ESL SEC, and the A1 Adria League Season 3 champions. They will fight in the double-elimination bracket across the span of 2 days for a spot that leads to the Climber Cup. Winner of the ESL SEC Season IX will get the first seed, while the second one will go to the best team in the A1 Adria League. That means that they will face the 2nd best team in the ESL SEC in the first match of the Pre-Climber Cup. The competition will be held during the last week of June and you’ll be able to follow all the actions on the Croatian and English streams.
The Climber Cup
Team that comes out on top in the Pre-Climber Cup will advance to the Climber Cup, that will take place right before the Relegations. The Climber Cup leads its Top 4 teams to the ESEA Premier Relegations, also known as the MTNDEW League. Each European country running an ESL National Championship will be represented at the Climber Cup.
A1 Adria League Season 3 playoffs are scheduled on the 15th and 16th of June, with 8 teams competing in the double-eliminations bracket. While the playoffs for the ESL SEC will be held on the 17th and 20th of the June.
With the new competition we are hoping to bring even more structure to the regional CS:GO scene, and give the teams more opportunities to advance in the ESL competition system.