ESL Pro League Season 11 would have been a big tournament anyway. But under the current conditions, it is absolutely huge. It’s practically one of the few CS:GO leagues that are still viable in this pandemic, and that’s because it has always taken place online. Of course, we will most likely lose the LAN Finals, but at least we can watch some high-quality esports action. And, of course, as you might have guessed, ESL Pro League Season 11 offers plenty of esports betting opportunities as well, in case you like to bet on CS:GO.
ESL Pro League Season 11 Europe Update
The European competition for ESL Pro League Season 11 is currently taking place. Matches started on March 16th and will play on through April 12th. All matches will be played in an online format. Its total prize pool is $531,000 and the number of participants is 18. Last time we wrote about Pro League the groups and teams were divided in a different way. Due to recent events, several teams backed out and were replaced by others. The updated list of participants can be seen below.
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Team Vitality
- Complexity Gaming
- Natus Vincere
- FaZe Clan
- G2 Esports
The league started with 3 groups of 6 teams each. All matches are to be played online and in a Bo3 format. The new online format features between two and three matches daily, except for the 24th of March which features six.
All matches on the 24th determine the final group seeding for Groups A & B.
The winner of each of these groups will advance to Stage 2. The 2nd and 3rd place competitors will play decider matches in order to determine who else advances to the next stage.
The 2nd stage of ESL Pro League Season 11 consists of just one group of 6 teams. These teams will play against each other. The winner of the group goes to the Grand Final of the Playoffs. The 2nd and 3rd place teams go to the Semifinal. Every match is Bo3, just like in Stage 1. Throughout the event, the only Bo5 match is the Grand Final.
ESL Pro League Season 11 Favorites
These are the tournament’s most important teams. This evaluation is based on what has happened so far. We have already taken stab at the favorites before the ESL Pro League commenced. Our previous picks are still standing although there is minor changes we must take note of.
In this group, the big battle takes place between Vitality, NiP and Astralis. All 3 of them are currently 3 W – 1 L and could win their group. Regardless of who the winner will be, the other 2 competitors will probably advance to the decider matches for Stage 2.
In Group B, Fnatic, BIG and Na’Vi are expected to qualify. So far, Fnatic (3 W – 1 L) and BIG (2 W – 2 L) have been doing well but Na’Vi’s been struggling (2 W – 2 L). However, in their last two matches, s1mple’s team could turn the tide and secure a spot in the decider matches for Stage 2.
In Group C we haven’t had any matches so far. The big favorites here are FaZe Clan, G2 Esports and mousesports. OG is also a bit of a threat to some of these competitors. The matches for this group will start on March 26th.
Upcoming Matches (March 24th)
On March 24th, we will have 6 matches in total, all of them Bo3. These are our predictions for each individual match-up.
- Astralis vs. Vitality: 1
- NiP vs. ENCE: 1
- GOD vs. Team Spirit: 2
- Natus Vincere vs. Fnatic: 2
- BIG vs. forZe: 1
- North vs. Complexity: 1
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