ESL Pro Tour - Warcraft III updates

The ESL Pro Tour for Warcraft III is set to start July 22nd with qualifiers as we head towards the WC3 Championship for 2021. After listening to feedback from the community, players, and fans we've decided to make some changes to the EPT since our last communication on 13/5.

The Season finals

We've been​ closely investigating conditions regarding our planned season finals. Our evaluation concluded that despite the intention behind them, we are unable to maintain optimal conditions for a competitive environment and therefore have decided to remove global online competition. Our competitions will remain regional until the Championship in Katowice of 2021. We are going to be reallocating the $30,000 in prize money to the Championship event, which is now:

Online Season 2020

Prize Money
Points
1.
$2,400
450
2.
$1,200
300
3. - 4.
$800
190
5. - 8.
$600
90
9. - 12.
$400
45
13. - 16.
$200
25
The next 6 from qualification earn 10 points

Championship 2021

Player
Prize Money
1.
1
$50,000
2.
1
$20,000
3. - 4.
2
$12,000
5. - 8.
4
$5,000
9. - 12.
4
$3,000
13. - 16.
4
$1,000

Division updates

Asian Division

We’ve increased the size of the division from 8 to 16 and have added open qualification. For the first season of the ESL Pro Tour, we will be inviting the top 4 from the ongoing WGL competition which concludes on July 19th.

European Division

Invited players to Season 1 are Happy, Foggy, Thorzain & Hawk. Invites are through the EPT ranking.

American Division

Hitman is the only invited player directly into the first season. Both n3m0n1c & Ark are tied on EPT points from DH Anaheim and will be required to play a tie-breaker for the final invitation, more information coming soon.
Following seasons will be invited based on the result of the previous season.
Asia
Invites
Qualifier Spots
Season 1
4
12
Season 2
8
8
Season 3
8
8
Europe
Invites
Qualifier Spots
Season 1
4
12
Season 2
8
8
Season 3
8
8
America
Invites
Qualifier Spots
Season 1
2
6
Season 2
4
4
Season 3
4
4

Qualifier Scheduling

Here is the full schedule for all divisions. Sign up within your region & attempt to compete within the ESL Pro Tour.
Dates
Slots
Sign up
Asia Open Qualifier #1
Friday 24th July
8
Start now
Asia Open Qualifier #2
Saturday 25th July
8
Start now
Asia Open Qualifier #3
Sunday 26th July
8
Start now
Asia Closed Qualifier
Saturday 1st August
Asia Closed Qualifier
Sunday 2nd August
Europe Open Qualifier #1
Friday 24th July
8
Start now
Europe Open Qualifier #2
Saturday 25th July
8
Start now
Europe Open Qualifier #3
Sunday 26th July
4*
Start now
Europe Last Chance Qualifier
Friday 31st July
2
Start now
Europe Closed Qualifier
Saturday 1st August
Europe Closed Qualifier
Sunday 2nd August
The winning players of Season 1 from the French & Spanish ESL National Championships will be invited to the closed qualifier of EPT Season 1.
* last round losers continue on 31st July for a last chance
America Open Qualifier #1
Friday 24th July
4
Start now
America Open Qualifier #2
Saturday 25th July
4
Start now
America Open Qualifier #3
Sunday 26th July
2*
Start now
America Closed Qualifier
Saturday 1st August
America Closed Qualifier
Sunday 2nd August
The winning players of Season 1 and Season 2 from the Australian ESL National Championship will be invited to the closed qualifier for EPT Season 1.
* if the same player wins the Australian NC seasons 1&2, a 3rd slot will be awarded here

Main Season Scheduling

There have been a few tweaks to our scheduling based on the updates above, the season schedules are as follows:
Asia

Week 1

August 12-16th

Week 2

August 22-23th
Europe

Week 1

August 5-9th

Week 2

August 13-16th
America

Week 1

August 5-9th

Week 2

August 14-16th

​Division formatting

Asia

Open Qualifier:

Open participation (single elimination bracket, depending on size the first rounds might be bo1)

Closed qualifiers:

Swiss system of 24, 2 wins for qualification, 2 losses for elimination

Regular season:

4x4 GSL Groups (bo3) into 8 player SE Bracket (bo5)
Europe

Open Qualifier:

Open participation (single elimination bracket, depending on size the first rounds might be bo1)

Closed qualifiers:

Swiss system of 24, 2 wins for qualification, 2 losses for elimination

Regular season:

4x4 GSL Groups (bo3) into 8 player SE Bracket (bo5)
America

Open Qualifier:

Open participation (single elimination bracket, depending on size the first rounds might be bo1)

Closed qualifiers:

Swiss system of 12, 2 wins for qualification, 2 losses for elimination

Regular season:

2x4 GSL Groups (bo3) into 4 player SE Bracket (bo5)

We are currently working on publishing our rulebook & regulations for the upcoming season which will hold all detailed information for the ESL Pro Tour. Make sure to follow us on social media to leave feedback or simply for all the latest news and updates!

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