esl pro tour ranking

The ESL Pro Tour Ranking is the mechanic behind the Road to Katowice and the Road to Cologne, the qualification process for the Masters Championships. Teams will collect points based on their performance in ESL Pro Tour tournaments and CS:GO Majors.

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Fixed Point Values
There will be Masters tournament and Challenger tournament categories with fixed point values.
Masters Championships and Major Championships will reward players with the most points.


  • IEM Katowice
  • ESL One Cologne
  • CS:GO Major in May **
  • CS:GO Major in November **

ESL Pro League:

  • Season 11
  • Season 12

16 Team | 8 Team

  • Intel® Extreme Masters
  • ESL One
  • DreamHack Masters

Masters Tournament

ChampionshipESL Pro League16 Team8 Team
1st1800 points1300 points1000 points800 points
2nd1400 points1000 points750 points550 points
3rd - 4th1100 points775 points525 points350 points
5th - 6th825 points575 points350 points175 points
7th - 8th575 points400 points200 points0 points
9th - 12th325 points250 points100 points
13th - 16th125 points100 points0 points
17TH - 20TH*60 points50 points
21st - 24th*0 points0 points

* These ranks do not exist and will not be considered for IEM Katowice 2020 | ** Points for Major events have a slightly different point distribution

Challenger Tournaments

DreamHack OpenMountain Dew LeagueEPECESL National
Championships *
ESL National
1st100 points80 points60 points25 points15 points
2nd80 points60 points40 points16 points10 points
3rd - 4th40 points40 points25 points7 points5 points
5th - 6th20 points25 points15 points0 points0 points
7th - 8th0 points0 points0 points0 points
EPEC = ESL Pro European Championship  |  *National Championships with a team in the ESL Pro League or several teams in ESEA Premier/Advanced
road to mechanic

Points from all Masters and Challenger tournaments will count towards both Masters Championships, Katowice and Cologne. Tournaments will provide 100% points value in the road to the nearest Masters Championship and 50% of their points value to the ranking towards the subsequent Masters Championship.

The purpose of this mechanic is to ensure that the best current teams reach the two Masters Championships.

From Zero to Hero 


ESL National Championship winners will have an opportunity to play in DreamHack Open tournaments and DreamHack Open winners will be guaranteed one slot at a subsequent Masters tournament, excluding Masters Championships and Major Championships.

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Masters tournaments will feature a pool of invitation and qualification slots. Invitations will be merit and geography-based. Qualification slots will be awarded to different regions, with the largest number always going to the home region. Each Masters tournament, except ESL Pro League, will also see champions from previous DreamHack Open tournaments invited directly.

The detailed slot distribution for each event depends on field size, geography and timing. To ensure that the CS:GO ecosystem is kept open to all teams, each Masters event will host Masters Qualifiers that are made up of open and closed qualifiers.

masters championships

Starting with ESL One Cologne 2020, all Masters Championships feature $1,000,000 in prize money and 16 teams participating in the group stage with 6 teams advancing to the playoffs. The first 8 teams come from the ESL Pro Tour Ranking (1-8) and receive a direct invitation based on their performance in ESL Pro Tour events throughout the year. The other 8 teams come from a 16 team LAN qualifier.

The LAN Qualifier is made up of 16 teams in total; Teams ranked 9-16 from the ESL Pro Tour Ranking and 8 selected applicants taking into account their ESL CS:GO World Ranking and their region of origin as well as two teams from the ESL Pro Tour Challenger system.

Player Transfer

If a player joins a new team, their points will only be counted towards the ESL Pro Tour Ranking again after they have competed in a Masters or Challenger event under their new organisation.

Until then, the new player’s ranking will have NO MORE THAN the value of the player he/she has replaced in the team.

This is done to prevent tampering with the ranking in order to qualify for the Masters Championships.

intel grand slam

Teams will claim the $1 million prize if they win 4 ESL Pro Tour Masters events inside a span of ten competitions as long as at least 1 of those trophies was won at a Masters Championship level event.

 For 2020 the Masters Championships will be IEM Katowice 2020 on Feb 28 - March 1 and ESL One Cologne 2020 on July 10 -12.

 Otherwise, teams require 6 tournament victories during a window of ten events to collect the Intel Grand Slam prize.

events in 2019

DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, IEM Beijing-Haidian 2019 and ESL Pro League Odense 2019 will grant each winner a direct invitation to IEM Katowice 2020.

All three events in 2019 will also count towards the Road to ESL One Cologne 2020 with a 50% point value for teams.

point value

The point value mechanic ensures that Masters Championship participants represent the current best performing teams in the world. 

Points will count 100% towards the road to the nearest Masters Championship and 50% towards the subsequent edition.

valve majors

If a Masters event is awarded Major status, it becomes a Major Championship within the ESL Pro Tour and grant the same points as Masters Championships. 

Furthermore, all VALVE CS:GO Majors will count towards the ESL Pro Tour Ranking, regardless of the company hosting them.

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Masters Championships

The two Masters Championships IEM Katowice in Winter and ESL One Cologne in Summer are the largest events
 in the ESL Pro Tour, serving as the culmination of a year's worth of work for participating teams.

Katowice 2020

16 TEAMS | SPODEK ARENA | $500,000
Including DreamHack Masters Malmö 2019, IEM Beijing-Haidan 2019 and ESL Pro League Odense 2019.
Feb 28 - March 1


16 TEAMS | LANXESS ARENA | $ 1,000,000
All teams are qualified through the Road to Cologne, Top 8 of the ESL Pro Tour ranking and the LAN qualifier.
July 10 -12