Announcing the Pro League Season 9 Groups

ESL are excited to announce the Groups for Season 9 of the Pro League, using the new format and LAN play. The new seeding system is based on the ESL World Ranking, which assigns points to teams based on their performance at events by also considering various factors of the event itself (number of teams, quality of teams, online and offline performance, and more).


The Groups:

Based off of this, the following groups were determined.


Group A Group B Group C Group D
mousesports FaZe Clan Natus Vincere Astralis
North Ninjas In Pyjamas fnatic BIG
OpTic Gaming Heroic G2 Esports HellRaisers
ex Space Soldiers Windigo Gaming 3DMAX



Group A Group B Group C Group D
NRG Esports Team Liquid MIBR Isurus Gaming
Renegades Ghost Gaming Cloud9 Team FullSend
eUnited compLexity Gaming Team Envy Team Jaguar
INTZ eSports Swole Patrol Rogue Detona Gaming


The teams were placed in the four different groups per region based on their ESL World Rank on January 9th. This date was chosen so as to give teams enough time before the season start to plan around any other events they'd want to attend. The next possible date to take the World Ranking as a basis, after the conclusion of the IEM Katowice Major, would have left the teams with only a month before the start of the season, and thus no chance to properly plan their schedule. 

The ESL World Ranking (by January 9th)

#1 Astralis
#2 Team Liquid
#4 Natus Vincere
#5 mousesports
#6 NRG Esports
#7 FaZe Clan
#8 Ninjas in Pyjamas
#9 North
#10 fnatic
#11 BIG Clan
#12 Renegades
#13 HellRaisers
#14 Cloud9
#15 G2 Esports
#16 Ghost Gaming
#17 ENCE (not in Pro League)
#18 compLexity
#19 OpTic Gaming
#20 Team Envy
#21 Sharks Esports (not in Pro League)
#22 Team LDLC (not in Pro League)
#23 Luminosity (not in Pro League)
#24 Vega Squadron (not in Pro League)
#25 (not in Pro League)
#26 eUnited
#27 Heroic
#28 Team Vitality (not in Pro League)
#29 Gambit Esports (not in Pro League)
#30 INTZ eSports
#31 TyLoo
#32 Avangar (not in Pro League)
#33 Rogue
#34 Vici Gaming
#35 ORDER (not in Pro League)
#36 Bravado Gaming (not in Pro League)
#38 ex Space Soldiers
#39 x6tence (not in Pro League)
#40 forZe (not in Pro League)
#41 Windigo Gaming
#42 Swole Patrol

More details on the group format will be announced next week.

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