We are fast approaching the start of ESL One: Road to Rio. Since our initial announcement of this competition that will help teams qualify for the Rio Major in November, we’ve had to make a few adjustments to the final structure. These are the main updates:
1- Full Schedule
We initially only announced the starting dates for every region and our targeted finishing date for the competition as a whole. We can now confirm the exact dates for every region:
EU: 22nd April - 17th May
NA: 22nd April - 10th May
CIS: 30th April - 17th May
SA: 22nd April - 26th April
Asia: 6th May - 10th May
OCE: 6th May - 10th May
2- Revised Major Slot Distribution
The initial regional slot distribution was made to correspond with how each region would have been represented in Rio originally, but one of the participating teams has changed their home region, making a small adjustment necessary.
North America will lose a Challenger slot and Europe will gain one. This change will also affect regional prize pool distribution, with Europe’s rising to $115,000 (from $105,000) and North America’s decreasing to $60,000 (from $70,000).
All other regions are unaffected and slot distribution stands as follows:
Europe: 3 Legends, 6 Challenger, 2 Contenders (previously 3-5-2)
North America: 3 Legends, 1 Challenger, 1 Contender (previously 3-2-1)
CIS: 2 Legends, 1 Challenger, 2 Contenders
SA, Oceania, Asia: 1 Contender each.
3 - ESL One: Road to Rio Team List
We have now finalized the list of teams that will participate in our various regional divisions. Our first priority was to invite all teams that would have played in the Rio Majors and Minors. Afterwards, we still needed to fill some slots to make sure each region would have a viable tournament schedule with a sufficient and even number of participants.
For most regions we used rankings from the Minor Closed Qualifiers. In cases where multiple teams were on the same ranking within the last round of the Closed Qualifiers, tiebreaker matches will be played. We will announce more details about these tiebreaker matches shortly.
The following teams will participate in ESL One: Road to Rio:
Ninjas in Pyjamas
North America Division
Bad News Bears
Hard Legion Esports
South America Division
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