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ESL Pro League Season 11 is all set to return to North America after three of its previous seasons were held in Europe. Denver has been announced as the location where the tournament will be hosted from 10th-12th April at the 1STBANK Center with a prizepool of $750,000.
With the new format of the ESL Pro League set to kick-in from this season onward, the reduced 24 team tournament will start from 16th March onwards with the best-of-three round-robin group stage.
The 4 groups with 6 teams each will witness the winners of the respective groups go up against each other in the ‘Play-In’ stage, the winners of the match-up will get a direct slot in the semifinals while the losers reserve a berth for themselves in the quarters.
The 2nd and 3rd placed teams from each group will proceed to the playoffs, facing each other in a best-of-three single-elimination bracket. Starting from the quarterfinals the matches will be played at the arena through to the best-of-five grand finals.
After three back-to-back seasons of the Pro League were held in Odense (2) and Montpellier (1) respectively, the tournament has made its way back to the States, and to add to all the action even the finals of the MDL Global Challenge will be taking place on the main stage right before the grand finals as announced by ESL earlier.
With mousesports being the current champions, it will be a real test in Denver for the German organization as they go up against some of the best teams out there once again. Let’s see which teams are able to make it to the playoffs and who goes on to lift the trophy this season.