Recognised as the best CS:GO team in the world, Astralis has released a statement explaining how a number of top teams are in talks with ESL to discuss the new Pro League format.
In a statement, Astralis CEO Anders Horsholt states: “ESL and a number of the world’s top CS:GO teams including Astralis have met in Paris to discuss the transformation of the ESL Pro League.
“ESL and the teams are looking to secure a long-term agreement. Negotiations regarding the final team sheet are still ongoing and are expected to be signed in the near future.
“Further announcements will be published when the circumstances require it.”
Astralis are one of the 24 teams invited to the ESL Pro League season 11, which kicks off in March. None of them, however, have officially stated they’ll be taking part.
ESL recently announced changes to the format of Pro League, which includes cutting the number of teams in half and swapping out regional divisions for a new group system.
The ESL Pro League this year is in direct competition with FACEIT’s replacement for ECS, which is still known under the name “B Site”.
Finally ready to share this with all of you: Our all-new, truly global #ESLProLeague. Featuring the best teams and players invited and qualified to a pure and raw Season 11.— ESL Counter-Strike (@ESLCS) January 24, 2020
All details at https://t.co/C1Ho59MmSypic.twitter.com/wcLZmetcxS
Any talent or teams competing in competing in ESL Pro League will be unable to play in B Site due to time conflicts, with Christopher “Montecristo” Mykles and a bunch of other casters now tied to the latter.
The ESL Pro League will contribute to the ESL World Ranking system, which will be used to determine invites to future tourneys.
Astralis has also recently announced they’re launching a soft drinks line with Danish brewery Royal Unibrew, which will come under the brand CULT.