esl pro tour ranking

The ESL Pro Tour Ranking is the connective tissue between all tournaments under the ESL Pro Tour and is the core mechanic behind the Road To Katowice. As in 2019, the ranking will cover Korean tournaments, the ESL Pro Tour as well as global tournaments. Players throughout the year will collect  points from their region as they look to qualify to the Masters Championship at IEM Katowice .

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road to mechanic

All points gathered on the Road To Katowice will count towards the IEM Katowice Masters Championship of 2021. Winners of each tournament will be directly invited to the championship event.

Point system

From Zero to Hero 

ESL OPEN Cups

The ESL Open Cups will allow all aspiring professionals and talented players, based in Europe, Korea and North America, to participate in weekly tournaments. These will contribute 10 points towards the ESL Pro Tour ranking and $100 in prize money, each tournament, each region, each week.

These tournaments are open for all players, there are no regional restrictions.

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Masters Qualification

Formerly known as Challenger, the next level within our structure is the Masters Qualification which will act as the qualifying stage for upcoming Masters competitions. These series of regional tournaments offer prize money along with free travel and accommodation to high finishing players. Regional prize money distribution will be announced soon.

masters

The Masters level comprises of IEM and Dreamhack competitions ran throughout the whole year, ranging from 16 to 80 player tournaments. These are split into two, ESL Pro Tour and ESL Pro Tour global events (featuring players from the ESL Pro Tour and Korean leagues at the same time). Winners of all Masters events will directly qualify to the IEM Katowice Masters Championship. 

The tournament structure for the majority of ESL Pro Tour competitions will be identical to the 2019 system. Triple group stage into the knockout bracket and finally into the playoffs. Global tournaments will have their own unique formats.

masters championship

The Masters Championship takes place once per year, with a prize pool of $400,000+ in 2020 and $500,000 in 2021. Starting in 2021, the Championship will be a week long tournament, with Masters winners and highly ranked ESL Pro Tour players, as well as league winners and highly ranked players from Korea.

The Masters Championship will take place at IEM Katowice where 36 of the best players compete for the crown of World Champion.

10 Year Anniversary

To celebrate the 10 year anniversary of SC2 and the release of the new ESL Pro Tour system, all tournaments will see a significant prize pool boost totalling an additional $325,000. Happy birthday SC2!

Masters Championship

Bigger & Better! The new “Global Playoffs” moves from BlizzCon to Katowice. Formally it was 8 circuit players vs 8 from Korea. Now it’s expected to be about 18 vs 18. The tournament now has 36 of the best players compete for the crown of World Champion.

3 YEAR COMMITMENT

ESL & Blizzard have created a partnership that will see the ESL Pro Tour for SC2 run through 2020, 2021, 2022 and into the start of 2023.

pRIZE POOL & POINTS

Both the prize pools and point system have been reworked and rebalanced to a more detailed flatter system.

RegionAL COMPETITION

Regional competition ruling for 2020 rules will continue as in 2019 however we are very open to discuss this ruling for 2021. We have rebalanced regional qualifiers into each Masters tournament.

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Masters Championship

The Masters Championships in Katowice in the winter will mark the 10th anniversary of StarCraft II as a leading title in IEM and will again invite the world’s best SC2 players to compete in Poland for their share of a US $400,000 prize pool.

Katowice 2020

SPODEK ARENA | $400,000
Feb 28 - March 1
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Points for Dreamhack Masters

5332 points in total

1

700 points

2

500 points

3 - 4

350 points

5 - 8

250 points

9 - 16

130 points

17 - 24

70 points

25 - 32

40 points

33 - 44

24 points

45 - 48

16 points

49 - 56

12 points

57 - 64

8 points

Points for Katowice 2020

9000 points in total

1

1200 points

2

840 points

3 - 4

600 points

5 - 8

420 points

9 - 12

300 points

13 - 16

192 points

17 - 20

144 points

21 - 24

120 points

25 - 28

72 points

29 - 36

48 points

37 - 44

24 points

45 - 60

12 points

Points for Anaheim 2020

5274 points in total

1

900 points

2

630 points

3 - 4

450 points

5 - 8

315 points

9 - 12

225 points

13 - 16

144 points

Best not qualified will be awarded 72 points and the next best not qualified will be awarded 36 points. 

Points for Rotterdam 2020

5274 points in total

1

900 points

2

630 points

3 - 4

450 points

5 - 8

315 points

9 - 12

225 points

13 - 16

144 points

Best not qualified will be awarded 72 points and the next best not qualified will be awarded 36 points. 

Points for Jönköping 2020

5274 points in total

1

900 points

2

630 points

3 - 4

450 points

5 - 8

315 points

9 - 12

225 points

13 - 16

144 points

Best not qualified will be awarded 72 points and the next best not qualified will be awarded 36 points. 

Points for Montreal 2020

5332 points in total

1

700 points

2

500 points

3 - 4

350 points

5 - 8

250 points

9 - 16

130 points

17 - 24

70 points

25 - 32

40 points

33 - 44

24 points

45 - 48

16 points

49 - 56

12 points

57 - 64

8 points

Points for Valencia 2020

5332 points in total

1

700 points

2

500 points

3 - 4

350 points

5 - 8

250 points

9 - 16

130 points

17 - 24

70 points

25 - 32

40 points

33 - 44

24 points

45 - 48

16 points

49 - 56

12 points

57 - 64

8 points

Points for Dallas 2020

5332 points in total

1

700 points

2

500 points

3 - 4

350 points

5 - 8

250 points

9 - 16

130 points

17 - 24

70 points

25 - 32

40 points

33 - 44

24 points

45 - 48

16 points

49 - 56

12 points

57 - 64

8 points

Points for Katowice 2020

9000 points in total

1

1200 points

2

840 points

3 - 4

600 points

5 - 8

420 points

9 - 12

300 points

13 - 16

192 points

17 - 20

144 points

21 - 24

120 points

25 - 28

72 points

29 - 36

48 points

37 - 44

24 points

45 - 60

12 points

61 - 128

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