Virtus.pro pictured here winning the inaugural edition of ELEAGUE.
ELEAGUE has revealed details for its upcoming second season along with a provisional schedule for the tournament.
The number of teams competing in the Counter Strike: Global Offensive tournament has been cut down to 16 from 24, with the top eight sides from the debut season receiving direct invites into the group stage.
The remaining eight spots will be taken by teams from the Europe and North America who made it through their regional preliminary qualifiers. All teams who finished outside the top eight in Season 1 have been invited to the preliminary round, where they will be joined by the leading teams from open qualifiers.
The teams entering the tournament in its various stages are:
|Group Stage||Virtus.pro, fnatic, mousesports, Na’Vi, EnVyUs, Cloud9, Astralis, NiP|
|Preliminary round EU||FaZe, Flipsid3, Gambit, G2, Dignitas, X|
|Preliminary round NA||Renegades, CLG, OpTic, Liquid, Selfless, NRG, TSM, Echo Fox, compLexity, SK|
A format change in the main event will also feature a double-elimination group stage instead of a two-step group stage with a round robin system that determined the seeding in a bracket.
The top two teams from each group will then progress to the single-elimination playoffs which culminate in the grand final on December 3.
- Europe: September 3-5
- North America: September 10-12
- Europe: September 7-8
- North America: September 14-15
- Format: 16 teams per region / single elimination / four teams per region advance to group stage
- Group A: October 21-22
- Group B: November 4-5
- Group C: November 11-12
- Group D: November 18-19
- Format: four teams per group / double elimination / top two teams per group advance to playoffs
- Quarterfinals: November 29-30
- Semifinals: December 2
- Grand Finals: December 3
- Format: eight teams / single elimination
Once again, TBS will provide live coverage of ELEAGUE, televising a weekly Friday night showcase throughout the group stage along with one semi-final match and the grand finale.