ESL PRo Tour WC3 PRESEASON UPDATE
As we head into the Easter weekend, we wanted to provide an update as the first competitions are set to begin.
Updates to 2021 Schedule
We’ve adjusted the seasonal schedules for Summer, Fall and Winter. All dates can be found HERE.
Upcoming: DH WC3 Open Summer (Full 2021 schedule here)
- ESL Open Cups: April 5th (EPT Points introduced)
- Qualifiers: Apr 17 - 25
- Main tournament: May 5 - 23
Seeding Rules for the Upcoming Seasons
The seeding process for DH WC3 Open Summer will be based on the completed EPT 2020 Standings.
Once DH WC3 Open Summer is complete, we will transition the seeding to be based on the 2021 EPT Standings.
All competitions will use 2021 ESL Open Cup performances to decide any tiebreaker situations.
PLAYER INVITES FOR DH WC3 OPEN SUMMER
Each regional competition will have half of the group stage re-invited from the 2020 EPT Standings.
- Europe - 8x Players (Division size: 16)
- Asia - 8x Players (Division size: 16)
- Americas - 4x Players (Division size: 8)
To populate groups, there will be Open and Closed Qualifiers. The Closed Qualifier will have returning players from 2020 Standings invited.
- Europe - 8x Players
- Asia - 8x Players
- Americas - 4x Players
All player invitations will be issued in the coming weeks ahead of qualifiers starting. More information on DH WC3 Open Fall & Winter to be announced later.
Zoom Feature introduced
As a key feedback to the EPT program in 2020, we've decided to introduce the zoom feature in all of our competitions.
This will be introduce for our DH WC3 Open Qualifiers in April. With that said, we will aim to bring these into the ESL Open Cups earlier but have not concluded on when. We will announce more details ahead of implementation.
The Competitive Map Pool
As we begin the 2021 ESL Pro Tour, we've listened to feedback and have updated the existing map pool featuring two new maps.
2021 Competitive Season:
- Echo Isles
- Last Refuge
- Northern Isles
- Tidehunters (New)
- Autumn Leaves (New)
- Concealed Hill
Maps removed from the competitive map pool:
- Terenas Stand LV
- Twisted Meadows
We’ll be looking to refresh maps throughout 2021, more to come.