The ESL Pro League Season Finals are the highlight of every season. The Premier CSGO tournament takes place over six days between the 18th until 23rd June In Montpellier, France. The competition will gather the top 16 CS teams to compete for their chance to win their share from a prize pool of $750K at the Sud de France Arena.
What is the ESL Pro League?
The ESL Pro League is one of the longest-running professional gaming tournaments organized in the world. Following several CSGO majors that take place during the year, the competition is fierce, especially in the most popular esports game, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The teams’ passion and sacrifice to train for such a prominent league mean more pressure and competition in the hopes of winning as many matches to rank at the top as well as claiming the cash prize.
ESL Pro League Season 9 Tournament Format
The ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals is the highlight that many Counter-Strike fans follow through online streams. There will be two groups of eight facing off each other in the Group stages. The top teams with the highest points will directly advance to the Semifinals, while the second-best teams and the stronger unit from the lower brackets get to progress towards the Quarterfinals.
The winning squads from the quarters will proceed as the semifinalists who face the top teams in the Group stages. The lucky two finalists will play a best of five games in the hopes of winning the ESL Pro League Season 9 title and take home the highest prize of $250K.
Sixteen Counter-Strike teams will be taking part in the ESL Pro League 2019 Finals. Thirteen CS units have confirmed their participation while three more still have to be announced. For more information and esports news, you can check out the Road to the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals.
Top Teams at ESL Pro League Season 9
The Ukrainian team are widely known to raise hell in Counter-Strike, especially against their opponents. The Hellraisers active roster accepted loWel after a week on trial as well as nukkye while Hobbit moved to the backbench. The CS unit tends to perform well in several minors; however, in premiers and major events, Hellraisers tend to struggle against top Counter-Strike teams, even though they have the competitive experience. Their highest achievements so far were at the V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest back in March 2018 finishing in fourth place, claiming $61K. Do you think Hellraisers will go through to the Playoffs?
The French esports team have had quite a few successes over the past few months. G2 esports finished in third at the Charleroi Esports 2019, World Electronic Sports Games 2018 and fourth place at DreamHack Tours 2019. The fact that the esports tournament will be taking place in France is another boost for them, as the French CS fans will support their favourites. G2 esports generally reaches the Semi-Finals; do you think they have what it takes?
The CSGO fanatics have had quite a good season in 2019 so far. Although Fnatic did not win any tournaments, they did place second at the IEM Sydney and the Starseries & iLeague Season 7. Add to these, ranking in fourth place at the WESG 2018 and iBuypower Masters IV. These results show that they can easily reach the SemiFinals in their recently improved gaming performances.
As the second best team in the world’s CSGO scene, Team Liquid have upped their game. Their latest incredible wins were the IEM Sydney 2019 and the iBuypower Masters IV. Other notable achievements are the Blast Pro Series Miami and in Sao Paulo, showing their consistency in matches. Their performances have shown that they can potentially reach the Grand Finals.
The top CSGO team in the world are Astralis favourites in the esports scene. They have proven themselves the best, holding up several championship trophies over the past year and a half. However lately, Astralis seem to have relaxed too much, giving a chance for other teams like Liquid and Ence to win tournaments. Even though they hold first place as the world top CSGO squad, other units are catching up with them. Will Astralis show the world who are the masters of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive once again or disappoint their fans?