ESL Pro League (EPL) has announced changes to its CS:GO league ahead of 2023, such as a new format and an increase in participating teams.
ESL Pro League (EPL) has announced changes to its CS:GO league ahead of 2023, such as a new format and an increase in participating teams. All the changes will be effective in February 2023 when EPL season 17 starts. As in previous editions, the ESL Pro League will continue to have two seasons per competitive year.In the first change, the EPL has introduced a new format designed to offer ‘more meaningful matches’, according to the ESL FACEIT Group.If you need more information about ESL Pro League Announces Format Change For 2023 then read carefully and don’t forget to share with your friends.
With the first round robin format, the ESL stated that its main concern was that many matches had little impact on the tournament. However, the new format sees the group stage as a combination of a double-elimination and last-chance bracket. The four groups of eight teams will now have a total of three chances to avoid elimination, being the Upper Bracket, Lower Bracket and Last Chance Bracket.
This also means that the total number of group stage teams has increased from 24 to 32.In total, 15 partner teams, three ESL World Ranking teams, three ESL Challenger teams and 11 EPL Conference teams make up the group stage teams. In a release, the ESL explained: “This change was made to accommodate a larger, more global representation of the teams at the core of the tournament.”
Secondly, the EPL Conference – which was not organized for season 17 – will no longer exist for future seasons. Earlier, the EPL conference had qualified 11 teams. Now, it will be played online over a period of one week and will see three European teams, two North American teams, two South American teams, two Asian teams and two Oceanian teams qualify.The ESL stated that this change was implemented to ‘best serve all of these teams’, as a large number of teams had earned the right to qualify.
Third, these changes will affect the time allocation of tournaments. Season 17 will run from February 22 to March 26, one week less than originally planned. Finally, matches will now only be streamed on two separate broadcasts. Earlier, ESL had A, B and C streams. Now, it will be A and B only. These changes come with a re-evaluation of the ‘broadcast philosophy’, which ESL promises will ‘enhance the experience for all’.