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 UltimateWC3 Competition
One tour. One story
This is our vision for esports. This is the ESL Pro Tour for Warcraft III, 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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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.
Our final season online for the DreamHack Warcraft 3 Open is nearly among us, and starting November 14th with Open Qualifiers we will know who will join us in Katowice to crown a world champion.
The ESL Pro Tour for Warcraft III is set to continue September 12th with qualifiers as we head towards the WC3 Championship for 2021. Read more...
The ESL Pro Tour for Warcraft III is set to start July 22nd with qualifiers as we head towards the WC3 Championship for 2021.
New To the pro tour?
If you already are familiar with the Pro Tour and want to learn more about our plans and ideas for competitive Warcraft III please check out our explanation video linked above.
New to the Pro Tour?
The ESL Pro Tour is a circuit combining ESL and DreamHack Warcraft III tournaments which will be connected by a ranking system into one narrative that builds towards the WC3 Championship. With this change to our offering we will have a more complete and simpler path from zero to hero for aspiring players, a more compelling story to follow for existing WarCraft III fans and a much more transparent structure for new esports fans. This will be the ultimate expression of our purpose: to create a world where everybody can be somebody.
Currently, CS:GO and StarCraft II have their ESL Pro Tours as well.
Please check out our explanation video for more news on the format of the WarCraft III ESL Pro Tour. More news will follow soon.
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.