Quick Rules

ESL Anticheat
ESL Anticheat is mandatory for all players to use for the full duration of all matches without exception. If a player can not run Anticheat then he's not allowed to take a part in a match.

Gameserver addons/plugins
Latest version of Zonemod must be installed on the gameservers. If both teams agree, vanilla servers can be used.

  • Single Elimination
  • One map per match, map is stated in the matchpage
  • Following map pool is used:
    • Dark Carnival
    • Death Toll
    • Detour Ahead
    • Hard Rain
    • Dead Center
    • Diescraper Redeux
    • The Parish
Teams have up to 15 minutes to show up for their first match. If there is no full lineup presented in the gameserver after 15 minutes, please open a protest and attach the screenshot of noshow. Staff will take necessary actions.

Reporting Scores
To report your score enter the result in the match on ESL Play website or ESL Play App. Both teams are expected to report/confirm the result.

In the event of a disputes, be prepared to provide screenshots or video evidence from the match.


PlacePremiumSpecial Award
cup_1st.gif 1st place section-premium_small.gif ESL Premium - 90 days*Opening Cup Winner Award**
cup_2nd.png 2nd place section-premium_small.gif ESL Premium 60 days*Opening Cup Winner Award**
cup_3rd.png 3rd place section-premium_small.gif ESL Premium 30 days*Opening Cup Winner Award**

*If at least 8 contestants
**If at least 16 contestants

In order to get your prize you must write a support ticket with tournament brackets link and your contacts.


discordicon2.pngLooking for your opponents or need help? During the cup join ESL Left4Dead on Discord, use the ESL Play App to chat with your opponent or open a support ticket.

Match related issues must be handled via match protest

ESL Play App


Is this your first time? Here are the important steps:

  • Follow the instructions on the right to sign up and check in
  • If check in is enabled, make sure to check in on time
  • Wait for your first match to show up on the right
  • Get in contact with your opponent and play the match
  • Enter the result and ask your opponent to confirm
  • Wait for your next match

Still need help? During the cup, use chat if it is available, otherwise please contact support.