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ESL confirms Pro League invited teams for Season 11

24 teams have been invited to participate in the upcoming ESL Pro League Season 11, but two teams declined due to obligations to a different upcoming league.
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.

The teams confirmed as invited to ESL Pro League Season 11 are:

  • Astralis
  • Complexity
  • ENCE
  • Evil Geniuses
  • FaZe Clan
  • Fnatic
  • forZe
  • FURIA
  • G2 Esports
  • GODSENT
  • Heroic
  • INTZ
  • mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • North
  • OG
  • Renegades
  • Sharks
  • 100 Thieves
  • Team Liquid
  • TYLOO
  • Team Vitality
  • Virtus.pro

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.

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.

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.