2021 Tournament Calendar
Ranking Update & Standings
EPT Masters & Championship
EPT Challenger
Outro

EPT CS:GO Product Team Update - February 2021

February has been a busy month for the team with IEM Katowice completing and tons of plans coming to light around our other CS:GO products. As last month, we’ll touch on each product and what we’ve done in the last four weeks.
ESL World Ranking Update & ESL Pro Tour Standing

Firstly, here is the February ESL World Ranking (all teams, all competitions) & EPT Standings update (performance strictly inside the EPT & CS:GO Majors).

 

ESL World Ranking

Team
Rank (New)
Move
Rank (Old)
Astralis
1
±0
1
Gambit Esports
2
+9
11
Team Vitality
3
-1
2
Natus Vincere
4
-1
3
Virtus.pro
5
+4
9
Team Liquid
6
+2
8
BIG
7
-3
4
Team Spirit
8
+10
18
G2 Esports
9
-2
7
FURIA Esports
10
-4
6
FaZe Clan
11
+5
16
mousesports
12
-2
10
Heroic
13
-8
5
Complexity
14
-2
12
OG
15
-2
13
Evil Geniuses
16
+2
18

ESL Pro Tour Standing

Team
Rank (New)
Move
Rank (Old)
Gambit Esports
1
+22
23
Virtus.pro
2
+15
17
Astralis
3
-2
1
Team Spirit
4
+5
9
Natus Vincere
5
±0
5
Team Liquid
6
+20
26
FURIA Esports
7
-3
4
G2 Esports
8
+13
21
Team Vitality
9
-7
2
FaZe Clan
10
+3
13
Heroic
11
-8
3
Evil Geniuses
12
-1
11
BIG
13
-7
6
mousesports
14
±0
14
Complexity
15
-7
8
Renegades
16
-9
7

All data above from March 1st, 2021

Biggest contributing factors to the ESL WR:
    • IEM Katowice 2021 completion
    • DHO43, Snow Sweet Snot & Redragon Summer Finals completion
    • ESEA Cash Cups added.
For a full breakdown of rules & points - please see here.
Product Updates: EPT Masters & Championships

Intel Extreme Masters: Katowice

The rise of the CIS region.

Gambit Esports took the Championship title after battling through 5 different elimination matches and now shoot to #1 in the EPT Standing and #2 in our ESL World Ranking. This puts them in a prime position for invitations for our upcoming competitions as well solidifying themselves to compete at ESL One Cologne in the Summer.

A few areas we want to touch upon:

  • Content content content. We focused a lot on content across two core pillars.
    • Entertainment: Surf Maps & CS:GO Hub Challenges were a big focus for when matches were one sided and we had time to fill.
    • Narratives: In 2021 we want to put more emphasis on the bigger picture, more on the stories of players and teams to give them the spotlight within our circuit.
  • B/C streams
    • We did not meet expectations. This was difficult to fix when live but changes are in place already for EPL & our other premium competitions.
    • Despite the above, we are super happy with the casters we worked with. EternalJay, Dweg, DarfMike and Dean took on a huge task in casting teams throughout the tournament, their commitment to the game and the product narrative throughout was second to none.
  • New tournament schedule & format
    • This was the first time we’ve run the ‘Play-in Stage’ which we feel really elevated our product. It felt grand and reminiscent of the Minors ahead of the CS:GO Majors.
    • This was also the first time we split our ‘Group Stages’ away from the ‘Playoffs’. We understand there is a learning curve with this change of viewing habit but are excited for how this can improve our product. We are currently going through an evaluation to understand how to refine this more and will touch more upon this at a later time.
  • ESL Pro Tour Manager Manager Update
    • Prior to IEM Katowice starting, our Tournament Manager team released an update to how in the online world we are looking to improve our abilities to ensure competitive integrity as well as provide an update to our rules. The full article can be found here, and includes the following;
      • Competitive integrity
      • Rules
      • Valve Coach Ruling

ESL Pro League: Season 13

The biggest CS:GO League returns March 8.

24 teams from around the world are in Europe and will be going head to head in a 4x Round Robin Groups of 6.

    • We’ve spent the month of Feb evaluating if and how we can execute the Playoffs on LAN. The COVID-19 trend in Europe is challenging and we’ll make a separate post to talk about this soon.
    • With IEM Katowice complete, our team has fully adjusted their focus to publish all remaining tournament specifics.
    • We’ve been applying fixes and learnings from IEM Katowice into EPL (HUD improvements, B/C stream quality improvements etc.)

All tournament details are HERE.

DreamHack Masters Spring

On February 26th (here) - we announced all qualification details for the upcoming competition. DHM Spring will take place across April 29th - May 9th. We’ll be working on releasing more detailed tournament information through March i.e. full tournament lineup, detailed scheduling, broadcast talent etc. Make sure to follow the DH & ESL twitter accounts for updates.

ESL One Cologne

No updates. We are still evaluating the possibilities for how to run this tournament, we’ll revisit next month.

IEM Summer, Fall & Winter

We are currently working on creating websites to host all relevant tournament information. With these competitions taking place starting from the 2nd half of the year, this hasn’t been prioritized yet.

Additionally, the IEM Fall clash with the CS:GO Major is being worked on. We’ll likely have this resolved in March.

Product Updates: EPT Challenger

DreamHack Open

Publicly, the month of February has been a quiet one however we’re in full swing behind the scenes preparing the next edition of DreamHack Open taking place Mar 10 - 14. It’ll feature some of the best teams in North and South America.

    • NA: You will be seeing Team Liquid, paiN Gaming, and Triumph amongst others.
      Full team list can be found here.
    • SA: 9z, Havan Liberty, Imperial Esports, and Sharks Esports are fighting for the crown.

DHO43 EU winners Team Spirit surpassed expectations at IEM Katowice 2021 and we hope that DHO44 competitors will do similar in future competitions! Winners of DHO44 will be invited to compete at IEM Summer taking place across June 3-13.

ESEA Premier

What a month, we are in the middle of our first season and are already making refinements to the product. We began the year with wanting to have ESEA Premier broadcast every Tuesday on twitch.tv/esl_csgo and after community feedback we’ve decided to add a second broadcast day each Wednesday on twitch.tv/esl_csgob.

We are also continuing to work on the ESEA Premier website HERE. It’s not where it needs to be but we are working to improve and implement new features. Few key touch points on features:

    • Easier to navigate platform
    • Direct connection to the ESEA platform
    • Enhanced schedule overview
    • Match recaps, highlights & more etc.

Our final point is that we are working on creating a platform to improve our team relations at this level to allow teams and players an easier voice into ESL.

National Championships

We are pretty hyped for the first season of the year. We are focusing on aligning our tournament calendar to avoid as much overlap between products as possible. We’ve focused on having Monday as the official “National Championship Match Day” which compliments our ESEA Premier Tues/Weds approach leaving the extended weekend for our other products.

    • Our entire NC competition portfolio can be found HERE under the ‘The official CS:GO 2021 Calendar’ and under ‘EPT Challenger’.

We are currently in the middle of defining our recently announced National Championship Global Play Off (details in our January update here if you missed it). We are working on the final format, deadlines for participation with the final product look & feel together to make this truly feel global.

Be ready for more details and information next month.

Outro

As mentioned in January, we’ll remain committed to publish these updates to provide more insight into the work being done behind the scenes. If you have any feedback or questions, always feel free to reach out to us on social media under @eslcs.