The groups, format and schedule of the ESL Pro League Finals

With barely two weeks to go until the finals of ESL Pro League are going down in Leicester and London, we would like to present the groups as well as the format and schedule of the four day event. Who will be able to make it out of the groups and play on the big stage in London? Take a look at the groups with us and find out which teams are going to clash on the first days.

The format

Once more the top four from both regions of ESL Pro League will be mixed for the double elimination group stage. Only the top two from each group will advance after the group stage in the ESL Studio in Leicester to play in the indigo at The O2, London.

  • Group A: Luminosity Gaming, Astralis, OpTic Gaming, G2 Esports
  • Group B: Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, Fnatic, Team Liquid

While the opening matches, as well as the winner’s match, are being played in best-of-one, the elimination and decider match will each be a best-of-three series, to determine who will drop out and advance to the next stage. The playoffs will be held in single elimination, having best-of-three semi finals, followed by a best-of-five series in the grand final.

The schedule

Over a total of four days, one team will rise above the rest to claim the ESL Pro League title.
Wednesday, 11th of May

  • 13:00 BST: Group A - OpTic Gaming vs. Astralis
  • ~14:10 BST: Group A - Luminosity Gaming vs. G2 Esports
  • ~15:20 BST: Group B - Fnatic vs. Cloud9
  • ~16:30 BST: Group B - Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Team Liquid
  • ~17:40 BST: Group A - Winner’s Match
  • ~18:50 BST: Group B - Winner’s Match
  • ~ 20:00 BST: Group A - Elimination Match

Thursday, 12th of May

  • 13:00 BST: Group B - Elimination Match
  • ~16:15 BST: Group A - Decider Match
  • ~19:30 BST: Group B - Decider Match

Friday, 13th of May

  • Travel day

Saturday, 14th of May

  • 13:00 BST: Open doors
  • 14:20 BST: Pre-show
  • 15:00 BST: Semifinal #1 - 2nd of Group A vs. 1st of Group B
  • ~18:40 BST: Semifinal #2 - 1st of Group A vs. 2nd of Group B

Sunday, 15th of May

  • 14:00 BST: Open doors
  • 15:00 BST: Showmatch*
  • ~17:00 BST: Grand Final

    *Further details will be announced soon

Join us in London!

While the days at the ESL Studio in Leicester are closed to the public, you’ll be able to join us for the final matches in the indigo at The O2, London. Tickets are available at £34.99, granting access to both days of the playoffs. Join us in this unique location to see which team and which region can claim the ESL Pro League title this time!
Make sure to follow ESL CS on Twitter and Facebook, for updates, highlights and more details in the lead up to the event!

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