The ESL Pro Tour is a circuit that connects all ESL and DreamHack tournaments.
It has created an open ecosystem that provides opportunities for players all over the world to compete at the biggest tournaments across the WC3 calendar.
Throughout the year, players compete and earn ESL Pro Tour points which determine their position within the ESL Pro Tour Race in order to qualify for the EPT Championship at the end of the yearly season which crowns the official World Champion.
The ESL Pro Tour Championship takes place once a year where the best performing players come together to compete for $100,000 and the title of ‘World Champion’.
The top performing 16 players from the ESL Pro Tour Race are invited into the Group Stages.
The ESL Open Cups are a series of weekly online cups. In 2021, these will now expand from Europe into North America & Asia as the grassroots of the ESL Pro Tour. Operating every week, the cups will provide all players an opportunity to compete within the ESL Pro Tour structure offering EPT Points.
ESL Open Cups will provide EPT points from April 5th.
In 2021 there are three competitive seasons, Summer, Fall, & Winter. Each season will have open online qualification which leads into online regionalized tournaments. The regionalized tournaments will work identically to the 2020 system, providing the best players the platform to earn EPT Points in order to qualify for the EPT Championship at the end of the year.
EPT Points: ESL Pro Tour points are distributed at all our competitions.
Throughout the year, each season will begin with Open Qualifiers which will lead into Closed Qualifiers to fight for spots in the regionalized main event. The first season of the year will have players from the 2020-21 season invited based on final EPT standings, and the later seasons will have the top half of each regional event automatically qualify for the next season, while the bottom half are placed into Closed Qualifiers where they will play against players from the open portion.