What is the ESL Open League?

The ESL Open League is open to each and every team. All you need to participate is to sign up and play. Get your competitive career started and build up a reputation for your team through a season consisting of group stages and playoffs. The best teams from our ESL Open League will make it into the ESL Major League at the end of the season.

Current Season

Frequently Asked Questions

Dates

  • Check-In: Please remember to check in into the ESL Open League so we know that you still want to play. Check-In starts at Friday, 18 May 2018 12:00 CET.
  • Late Sign-Up: Missed the signup but still want to participate? Late Sign-Up starts at Saturday, 19 May 2018 12:00 CET.
  • Sign-Up End: We will close signup at Monday, 21 May 2018 12:00 CET to prepare the league and seed all teams. After that, it's not possible to join the Winter Season of ESL Open League anymore.
  • Start Date: The ESL Open League starts at Wednesday, 23 May 2018. From then on you have one week to schedule your first match. The first default matchdate will be Tuesday, 29 May 2018 20:00 CET.

Planned schedule

  • Groupstage - Matchday #1: 29 May 2018 20:00 CET
  • Groupstage - Matchday #2: 5 June 2018 20:00 CET
  • Groupstage - Matchday #3: 12 June 2018 20:00 CET
  • Groupstage - Matchday #4: 19 June 2018 20:00 CET
  • Groupstage - Matchday #5: 26 June 2018 20:00 CET
  • Playoffs - Round of 256: 9 July 2018 20:00 CET
  • Playoffs - Round of 128: 16 July 2018 20:00 CET
  • Playoffs - Round of 64: 23 July 2018 20:00 CET
  • Playoffs - Round of 32: 30 July 2018 20:00 CEST
  • Playoffs - Round of 16: 6 Aug 2018 20:00 CEST
  • Playoffs - Quarter Finals: 13 Aug 2018 20:00 CEST
  • Playoffs - Semi Finals: 20 Aug 2018 20:00 CEST
  • Playoffs - Grand Finals: 28 Aug 2018 20:00 CEST

Eligibility

Teams that are already playing in ESEA Main or above leagues can't participate in the ESL Open 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 Open League.

Groupsystem
All participants will be split up into groups of 6, so we will have 5 matchdays for the complete season and playoffs after that. We try to seed the groups country-wise, so communication with your opponent is easier. The best 4 teams of each group advance to the playoffs.

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

Matchdays
There will be one match per week. We are fine, if you and your opponent find a date on your own, where it fits best. However, we will have a default matchday, where the match has to be played at last. This will be a Tuesday evening.

ESL Anticheat
ESL Anticheat is required for all matches in the ESL Open League. ESL Anticheat supports Windows 7, 8.1 & 10 in 32 and 64 bit. If you are using Windows 8, you can upgrade to 8.1 for free.
Playing without ESL Anticheat will result in a default loss.

Servers
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.

Matchmedia
Please remember to record your POV demo for each map.

Support
If you have any questions about ESL Open League, don't hesitate to ask us and open a support ticket.

Prizes

The best 4 teams of each group make it into the ESL Open League Playoffs. The top 16 teams of the ESL Open League Playoffs qualify for the next season of the ESL Major League.

Playoffs prizes

medal_gold_3.png 1. Slot for Major League
Open League Winner Award
3 months ESL Premium
medal_gold_3.png 2. Slot for Major League
2 months ESL Premium
medal_gold_3.png 3-4. Slot for Major League
1 month ESL Premium
medal_gold_3.png 5-16. Slot for Major League

History

Season Groupstage Playoffs Winner
Winter 2017 Rankings Bracket
KLIM eSports
Summer 2017 Rankings Bracket
Dream.gg eSports
Spring 2017 Rankings Bracket
Giants Gaming
Winter 2016 Rankings Bracket
Team NeXtGen
Summer 2016 Rankings Bracket
ATB Gaming
Spring 2016 Rankings Bracket
PIXEL
Winter 2015 Rankings Bracket
Paranoia-eSports
Summer 2015 Rankings Bracket
VOLGARE
Winter 2014 Rankings Bracket
Mon Calamari