What is the ESL Major League?

The ESL Major League is part of the ESL eco-system that qualifies teams into the ESL Pro League. The ESL Major League offers a €500 prize pool to its participants. A maximum of 64 teams will be participating every season consisting of group stages and playoffs. At the end of the season the best teams from the league will get the chance to play in the ESEA Intermediate Division.

ESL Major League Group Stage Summer 2018

ESL Major League Playoffs


Groupstage - 8 Groups of 6 Teams

  • Thursday, May 24th 2018 20:00 CEST - Matchday 1
  • Thursday, May 31th 2018 20:00 CEST - Matchday 2
  • Thursday, June 7th 2018 20:00 CEST - Matchday 3
  • Thursday, June 14th 2018 20:00 CEST - Matchday 4
  • Thursday, June 21st 2018 20:00 CEST - Matchday 5


  • Thursday, July 12th 2018 20:00 CET - Ro32
  • Thursday, July 19th 2018 20:00 CET - Ro16
  • Thursday, July 26th 2018 20:00 CET - Quarter Finals
  • Thursday, Aug 2nd 2018 20:00 CET - Semi Finals
  • Thursday, Aug 9th 2018 20:00 CET - Grand Final
All dates are the default dates, teams are able to agree on a different match date before the default date.

Frequently Asked Questions


Teams that are already playing in ESEA Main or above leagues can't participate in the ESL Major League.
For this season (Summer 2018) - Teams that are part of the ESEA Intermediate league can choose to participate in both.
For next season (Winter 2018) - Teams that are part of the ESEA Intermediate league can't participate anymore in the ESL Major League.

Group stage

Teams are randomly divided into 8 groups of 8 teams. All groups are played in round robin format and everyone plays vs everyone once. The best 4 teams of each group advance to the playoffs.

Ranking is determined by points, score difference and if necessary direct comparison.


All matches will be played as Best-of-Three (Bo3) and the maps will be decided by mapveto.

Match days

The match days are pre selected and can be found above in the schedule. However, it's possible to move matches before the default date, otherwise the default date is the mandatory date to play. Not showing up will result in a default loss.

Adding new players

During the group stage teams are allowed to add two new players. During the playoffs teams are allowed to add one more player. The start of the group stage and playoffs is defined by the first default match date. Teams will be locked one day prior to the first default match date. As of then this rule is effective. Every new player must be announed via support ticket. It's recommended to announce new players in a timely manner because the team needs to be unlocked and locked again. It's also recommended to start the season with enough players since it's not possible to add more players than defined above. If a team is not able to play with 5 players this will be handled as a no show. If one player wants to leave a Major League team this needs to be announced via support ticket as well.

ESL Anticheat

ESL Anticheat is mandatory and has to be used during all matches - playing without ESL Anticheat will result in a default loss. ESL Anticheat supports both Windows 7, 8.1 & 10 in 32 and 64 bit. If you are using Windows 8, you can upgrade to 8.1 for free.


The ESL provides 128 tick high quality servers to play on. It's allowed to play on another server if one party wishes to do so (e.g. due to ping problems). If you do not want to play on the ESL server, you need to have your own server. If both players/teams should have a 128 tick server available, the match is going to be split over two servers. The server of the player/team which is on the left side in the match sheet will be used for the first half of the match. The other server for the second half of the match.


Each and every member who is playing in a match has to record a POV demo for each map.

Help & Support

Do you have any questions, feedback or need help? Please open a support ticket to contact the admin team. In case there is a conflict in a match, please open a protest ticket.


Place Prizes
medal_gold_3.png 1. 500€
Slot for ESEA Intermediate division
Major League Winner Award
3 months ESL Premium
medal_silver_3.png 2. Slot for ESEA Intermediate division
2 months ESL Premium
medal_bronze_3.png 3./4. 1 month ESL Premium


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Spring 2018 Rankings Bracket
Winter 2017 Rankings Bracket
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Winter 2016 Rankings Bracket
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Winter 2015 Rankings Bracket
Summer 2015 Rankings Bracket
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