ESL PRo Tour SC2 PRESEASON UPDATE As we head into the Easter weekend, we wanted to provide an update as the first competitions are set to begin. Upcoming: DH SC2 ...
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This is our vision for esports. This is the ESL Pro Tour for StarCraft II, a yearly competition that combines the past legacies of Blizzard, DreamHack, and ESL. Now in our second year we're building upon our system to ensure that anyone can sign up and play anywhere in the world. Our end goal is simple:
Create a world where everybody can be somebody.
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StarCraft® II & Warcraft® III competitions are set to return in May 2021, with qualifiers starting in April, for the lead up to the next ESL Pro Tour Championship of 2022. Today’s announcement confirms the full calendar for both titles, an advanced planning for combating the dynamic COVID-19 status as well as the removal of region lock which will see South Korean players able to compete on a regular basis in international SC2 tournaments since 2016.
The 2021 edition of Intel Extreme Masters Katowice hosting the Championship events for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and Warcraft III: Reforged will not take place in Spodek due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We are almost done with our main portion of 2020 for the ESL Pro Tour, but there are points yet to be decided for our EPT Championship: IEM Katowice event. On January 12-17th players have the last chance for this season to compete and get ESL Pro Tour points to join the EPT Championship.
The official pathway for all players to make their journey to the Masters Championship starting this winter, October 10th, 2020.
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.
While the ESL Pro Tour was created with DreamHack and ESL being two distinct organizations, on October 1, 2020 a merger combined the two into a single company.
The official press release can be found here.