In line with the brand new format, we’re updating the relegation system for Pro League Season 9.
With the start of Season 9, Pro League features a brand new format. The best 16 teams in each of the regions - Europe, Americas and Asia-Pacific - compete for their shot at the season finals. However, the teams coming last in their groups will need to fight for their spot in Pro League through the new relegation system. Here’s how it works:
All fourth-placed teams from Pro League groups round 1 get put into a double elimination group. The winner stays in Pro League, the last-placed team is relegated and second as well as third place need to go into relegation where they will meet up with the second and third placed teams from MDL season 31.
Relegation is played in a double-elimination best of three format online. The top two teams from relegation qualify for the next season of Pro League.
The winner of MDL season 31 moves up to Pro League as the final spot for the new season.
In North America, the Champion of the respective MDL season is also awarded with a slot in Pro League as it was before.
The three 4th placed Pro League teams from round 1 get put into a double elimination group together with the second place of MDL season 31. The winner of that group keeps their spot in Pro League. However, the other three teams continue their journey in an online relegation together with the third-placed MDL team for the one remaining position in Pro League.
The 4th placed team from Pro League round 1 plays against the winner of the respective La League season in a Best of Three matchup for the spot in Pro League.
Australia New Zealand
The two 4th placed teams from the Australian round 1 groups play a double elimination group together with top two from qualifiers in Australia / New Zealand. The top two make it to the next season, the other two teams are relegated.
The 4th placed team in Pro League round 1 plays against the winner of a new qualifier in the region.
Rest of Asia
The 4th placed team plays a double-elimination group with the top 2 from a new SEA qualifier and the winner of the respective Indian Premiership season. Only the winner qualifies for the next season of Pro League.