ESL Pro League Season 11 will have 24 CS:GO teams from around the world competing across four weeks in a studio before concluding in a three-day arena finals.
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/C1Ho59MmSy pic.twitter.com/wcLZmetcxS
The teams confirmed as invited to ESL Pro League Season 11 are:
- Evil Geniuses
- FaZe Clan
- G2 Esports
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- 100 Thieves
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
With BLAST Premier getting underway with just under half of the same teams, we can expect the two leagues to run at different times during the 2020 season.
The same cannot be said for FACEIT's replacement for ECS, still known under the name "B Site" that will be starting in March.
Talent for the B Site League will be unable to participate in ESL Pro League broadcasts due to conflicting time schedules, meaning that the FACEIT circuit will be the only place that features Christopher "MonteCristo" Mykles following his depature from the Overwatch League.
I would like to announce that today is the last day of my @overwatchleague contract and I will not be returning next year. Although I had a great time helping to develop and launch the league in the first two seasons, I am leaving to pursue further career growth. (1/12) pic.twitter.com/FyGGskC1tN— MonteCristo (@MonteCristo) December 31, 2019
With this in mind, teams are unofficially exclusively tied to whichever league they are participating in, avoiding breaches of the exclusivity rules expressed by Valve last year.
Cloud9 has spoken publicly to confirm its involvement with the new league while MIBR has been long-rumoured to be one of organisations involved.
Astralis and its spokespeople have stated that they have not yet made a decision as to which league they will participate in, raising questions as to why ESL would be using them in an announcement for preliminary teams if there is a possibility one or more teams decline the opportunity.
If any of those teams do not end up being signed to participate, though, then I'd suggest players might want to ask why their new business partner is using them for advertising purposes for a league they do not plan to play in and will not receive revenue from.— Thorin (@Thooorin) January 24, 2020
The ESL Pro League will contribute to the controversial ESL World Ranking that will be used to determine invites to future tourneys. Valve itself also has plans for a ranking system to be used from the Fall Major 2020 involving separate LAN tournaments between Majors in future.