The official pathway for all players to make their journey to the Masters Championship starting this summer, June 13th, 2020.
One tour. One story
This is our vision for esports. Introducing the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II, the place that combines the legacies of ESL, DreamHack and WCS tournaments in a 3 years' partnership. Starting with its first season, it will offer more than US $1.8 Million across the tour and it will crown the official StarCraft II World Champion. And one very good reason to do it:
Create a world where everybody can be somebody.
FROM ZERO TO HERO
Players and fans: In partnership with DreamHack we’re creating the path to glory. ESL Open Cups, Intel® Extreme Masters, DreamHack SC2 Masters & Korean tournaments now form one, united world under the ESL Pro Tour. Starting in 2020, all competitions will be aligned within new tier levels: ESL Open Cups, Masters Qualifiers and Masters that lead to the Masters Championship each winter; IEM Katowice in Poland.
The ESL Pro Tour is a circuit combining ESL and DreamHack tournaments which will be connected by a ranking system into one narrative that builds towards the Masters Championships each winter; Intel Extreme Masters Katowice. The Masters Championship will include the best players from the ESL Pro Tour and Korean leagues.
With this change we will have a more complete and simpler path from zero to hero for aspiring players, a more compelling story to follow for existing StarCraft II fans and a continued transparent structure for new esports fans. This will be the ultimate expression of our purpose: to create a world where everybody can be somebody.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and WarCraft III also have their ESL Pro Tours.
Please visit the "How it works" section within the menu for a more detailed explanation.
No, though ESL and DreamHack belong to the MTG Group. The ESL Pro Tour is a collaboration between the two organisations. Our tournaments are operated by their own respective teams.
The official press release can be found here.