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ESL Pro League Season 14 teams and groups revealed

ESL Pro League Season 14 teams and groups revealed

The 24 teams that will participate in ESL Pro League Season 14 and their groups announced.

The 24 teams and their groups that will take part in ESL Pro League Season 14, originally planned to be held in Malta and decided to be held online due to the Delta variant of Covid, have been revealed. Of the 24 teams participating in the tournament, 18 will be from Europe, 5 from North America, and one from Oceania. 

Some of the significant teams in the tournament are, of course, starting with Natus Vincere and Gambit Esports, World’s number 1 and 2 respectively. While IEM Cologne runner-up G2 Esports and Danish powerhouse Astralis are on the line-up, teams like Team Vitality,, Heroic is also joining the fight to regain their former glory.

IEM Cologne champion NAVI and finalist G2 will also play at ESL Pro League

The groups and the dates of the matches will be as follows:

Group A: 16-20 August

  • Heroic
  • Astralis
  • Team Vitality
  • Team Spirit
  • ENCE
  • Bad News Bears

Group B: 21-26 August

  • G2 Esports
  • Complexity
  • OG
  • Renegades
  • Sinners Esports

Group C: 27-31 August

  • Natus Vincere
  • FaZe Clan
  • BIG
  • mousesports
  • Evil Geniuses
  • Fnatic

Group D: 1-5 September

  • Gambit Esports
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas
  • Team Liquid
  • Entropiq
  • Team One

The playoff format of the tournament has changed

ESL announced that the playoff format used until Season 13 will also change. ESL changed the format because group winners had a huge advantage in the old format, and they could directly start from semifinals after groups.

ESL released the new format with an explanatory image.

In the new format, group winners will start from the quarter-finals. In the meantime, second and third-place finishers will continue their competition in Round of 12, and fight for a place in the quarter-finals.

ESL Pro League Season 14, will be held online

As we all know, there’s a worldwide pandemic going on right now: Covid. With the increase in the Delta variant in Europe and the number of countries bringing travel restrictions, it has been decided to organize ESL Pro League Season 14 online instead of LAN in Malta, unlike IEM Cologne 2021. Counter Strike fans will have to support their team from home.

ESL made the following official statement on the subject:

“We would have loved to continue on LAN, but with the first playday kicking off in four weeks, the ever-changing challenges are simply too great to overcome as we are facing different conditions compared to IEM Cologne 2021. Especially with the drastic rise of the Delta variant of COVID-19 across Europe, undergoing similar if not tighter safety restrictions without local governing support is not sustainable for players, teams, talent, and our crew as ESL Pro League is twice as long as IEM Cologne. Going online is the safest option to make sure all teams will still be able to compete in Season 14 while not risking anyone getting stuck with travel complications.”

With favorites being Natus Vincere and Gambit Esports, ESL Pro League Season 14 will start on August 16, 2021, and end on September 12, 2021. 24 team tournament will have a prize pool of $750,000.

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