How it Works
The ESL Pro Tour
The ESL Pro Tour is a circuit that connects all ESL and DreamHack tournaments, creating an open ecosystem that provides opportunities for players and teams all over the world to compete at the biggest tournaments across the CS:GO calendar.
Throughout the circuit, teams compete to earn ESL Pro Tour points which determine their ESL Pro Tour Race. The teams on the top positions will qualify for the EPT Championships (IEM Katowice, ESL One Cologne powered by Intel) which serve to determine the best teams in the ESL Pro Tour.
ESL Pro Tour
ESL Pro Tour Race Points are allocated to every competition within the EPT. Leading into each EPT Championship, the best 8 teams are invited directly into its Final 16. Teams 9-16 in the standings are flown into the Play-In Stage of the EPT Championship.
Another eight slots in the Play-In are reserved for two teams from the EPT Challenger National Competitions and six teams with the highest ESL World Ranking that missed out on a top 16 EPT Race position.
EPT Masters Championship
9 - 16 EPT
ESL World ranking
1 - 8 EPT
What is the difference between the ESL World Ranking and the EPT Race?
There is a simple decay, where “old results” are counted at 50% of their value and more recent results are counted at 100%.
The ESL World Ranking measures performance by all teams in all tournaments regardless. Its aim is to accurately describe which lineups are currently the best. The ranking is used for the purposes of seeding tournaments and non-ESL partnered team EPT invitations.
The ESL WR is more sophisticated than the ESL Pro Tour point system and has a much more gradual decay and is primarily player-based (meaning that new lineups can be ranked immediately). For the purposes of seeding in CS:GO, this is optimal. Show FAQs.
Any changes to the ESL World Ranking need to take into account that they have to very accurately reflect how good lineups are expected to be, otherwise it will ruin seeding and could potentially put very strong teams into already strong groups.
Challenger Level Competitions
ESL Pro Tour
Offline Event Allocation
ESL Pro League
Online Event Allocation
ESL Pro League XI
Missing online event allocation will be updated soon
If a player joins a new team, their points will only be counted towards the ESL Pro Tour Race again after they have competed in a Masters or Challenger event under their new organisation.
Until then, the new player’s points will be NO HIGHER THAN the points of the player he/she has replaced in the team.
This is done to prevent tampering with the standings in order to qualify for the Masters Championships (“buying a ranking position”).
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 an EPT Championship level event. Otherwise, teams require 6 tournament victories during a window of ten events to collect the Intel Grand Slam prize.
Events in 2021
EPT point allocation
The point value mechanic ensures that EPT Masters Championship participants represent the current best performing teams in the world.
Points will count 100% towards the nearest EPT Masters Championship and 50% towards the subsequent edition. Points from one EPT Masters Championship to the next one will count as 100% their value, however count as 0% to the next edition of the same EPT Masters Championship one year later.