ESL Pro League Season 12

esports at its purest - returns on September 2, 2020

After a record-breaking season in March, ESL Pro League is looking to return on September 2nd for its 12th season. The world's 24 best teams will fight for the Pro League Championship in another 4-week long season this fall!

Special Qualifier

As announced earlier this year, the teams that have been moved from ESL Pro League to Mountain Dew League as part of developing Pro League into a more exciting and competitive format will get their chance to re-qualify into Season 12 through a special qualifier. They will be joined by all non-partner teams from Season 11 to give everyone a chance to earn their slot back.

The European, Asian and Oceanian qualifiers will be played as BO3 double-elimination brackets only the finals are BO5. The South American qualifier only consists of one BO5 series, given it only has two teams. In North America, the three teams will play a round-robin format to keep the chances more equal. The qualifiers consist of:

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South America



Season Qualification

Season 12

Partner teams

  • 100 Thieves
    100 Thieves
  • Astralis
  • Complexity
  • Ence
  • Crest White
    Evil Geniuses
  • FaZe Clan
    Faze Clan
  • Fnatic
  • G2 Esports
    G2 ESPorts
  • Mousesports
  • Natus Vincere
    Natus Vincere
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
    Ninjas in pyjamas
  • Team Liquid
    Team Liquid
  • Team Vitality
    Team Vitality


  • Renegades
  • Sharks Esports
  • BOOM
These teams were part of Season 11 but were unable to participate due to travel restrictions and moving the league online. They are now re-invited for Season 12.

Special Qualifier

  • Big
    Big (EU)
  • team-spirit
    Team Spirit (EU)
  • Furia Esports
    Furia (NA)
  • isurus-gaming
    Isurus (SA)
  • Tyloo
    Tyloo (CN)
  • order
    Order (OCE)

Mountain Dew league

The remaining slots will be filled up with the best teams from Mountain Dew League.
Should travels not be possible, we will take ESL Pro League online again and divide it into regional online leagues covering all five regions: Europe, North America, Asia, Oceania, and South America. More details on that will follow soon.

the format

In the light of the fast developing global health situation, we want to provide clarity around the different format options at hand. In case players can travel safely without larger restrictions again, ESL Pro League will be hosted in a studio environment with the originally announced format as per the graphic below.

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What is a partner team of ESL Pro League?
Currently, 13 teams jointly govern and participate in revenue for ESL Pro League. They also have long-term participation slots which protect them from getting relegated.
Can non-partner teams take part in the league?
Yes, ESL Pro League is open for everyone to play in regardless of partner status. We believe in an open ecosystem, where every new talent has a direct path to play on the world’s biggest stages.
Do partner teams get preferential seeding in the league?

Seeding for the groups of ESL Pro League is done based on the ESL World Ranking and independent of partner status.

Do partner teams get automatic invites to ESL Pro Tour events?

The partner teams get a number of slots in ESL Pro Tour events if they are ranked top 20 in the world. A 16 team event for example has 6 slots for partner teams.

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