ESL Pro Tour 2020/21
The ESL Pro Tour 2020/21 (EPT) is a series of events organized by or in cooperation with ESL. They are designed to include three major StarCraft II broadcasters, AfreecaTV, DreamHack and ESL with Blizzard providing a prize pool of over 1.9 million USD, that will be spread out among multiple events throughout the season. ESL Pro Tour will be essentially split between the EPT Circuit and EPT Korea, only reunited in Global Events and in the Global Finals at IEM Katowice 2021 that conclude the season.
Thirty-six spots in the Masters Championship 2021 (Global Finals) will be available, either by winning specific events, or by being one of the top-ranked players of the EPT Circuit or EPT Korea.
The ESL Pro Tour 2020/21 system is split in two: EPT Circuit or EPT Korea. Both systems have their standings, with points earned at various events.
For EPT, the world is divided into two regions:
- South Korea
- Rest of the World
Participation in non-Global non-Korean competitions (e.g. DHM) is prohibited for South Korean citizens that are not also citizens of another country nor have permanent residency in such country (i.e. being legally qualified for permanent residency in such country and having lived in such country for at least one year at the time of the first match of the competition). If a player not fulfilling these requirements can clearly prove their permanent residency in an eligible country otherwise, ESL may grant an exception.
Throughout the year
Three seasons of Global StarCraft II League (GSL) and two seasons of Super Tournament awarding points.
The Global StarCraft II League is organized by AfreecaTV, and operates as follows:
- Code S has TBD format.
- Three GSL seasons in the EPT 2020/21, as in WCS 2019.
- The events award EPT Korea points and seed the winner directly into the Global Finals.
The AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournaments organized by AfreecaTV, and operates as follows:
- Super Tournament consits of a 16 player single-elimination bracket.
- Two events in the EPT 2020/21.
- The events award EPT Korea points.
Four DH SC2 Masters events awarding points.
Regional Qualifier tournaments seed into the DH SC2 Masters events.
Online Weekly tournaments provide additional points every Sunday.
Masters Championship 2021
At the end of the year, thirty-six players qualify to the Masters Championship 2021.
- The winner of the global events IEM Katowice 2020 and IEM China 2020.
- If a player should win both IEM events then there will be one more seed from the Play-In stage.
- The winners of the three GSL seasons and the four DH SC2 Masters events.
- With EPT points:
- EPT Korea: 6 seeds from the standings (+1 for every GSL winner that already has a slot)
- EPT Circuit: 5 seeds from the standings (+1 for every DH SC2 Masters winner that already has a slot)
- The Top 4 from the offline Play-In Stage at the event.
- 8 players from Korean Standings (Top 8 that are not yet qualified for Ro24) and 8 players from Circuit Standings (Top 8 that are not yet qualified for Ro24) qualify for the Play-In Stage.
- Play-In stage (Ro36):
- Format TBA
- 8 players from Korean Standings (Top 8 that are not yet qualified for Ro24)
- 8 players from Circuit Standings (Top 8 that are not yet qualified for Ro24)
- Top 4 qualify for the Ro24
- Format TBA
ESL Pro Tour 2020/2021 Events
|IEM Katowice 2021||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|IEM Katowice 2020||2020-02-24 - 2020-03-01||TBD||TBD|
|IEM China 2020||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|GSL 2020 Season 1||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|GSL 2020 Season 2||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|GSL 2020 Season 3||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|EPT Korea Events|
|Super Tournament 1||2020-03-?? - 2020-03-??||TBD||TBD|
|Super Tournament 2||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|EPT Circuit Events|
|DH SC2 Masters Dallas||2020-05-22 - 2020-05-24||TBD||TBD|
|DH SC2 Masters Valencia||2020-07-02 - 2020-07-04||TBD||TBD|
|DH SC2 Masters Montreal||2020-09-11 - 2020-09-13||TBD||TBD|
|DH SC2 Masters Leipzig||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|