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 (which again is split into sub regions) 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, split into the sub regions
- Europe (Europe & Africa)
- North America (USA and Canada)
- Latin America (Rest of the Americas)
- China (Mainland China)
- Taiwan (Taiwan, Hongkong, Macau, Japan)
- Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Oceania, and all unassigned Asian countries)
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:
- 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 semifinalists of season 1 and season 2 are seeded into the next season's second Code S group stage.
- The finalists of season 3 are seeded into Super Tournament 2.
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.
- Super Tournament 2 awards EPT Korea points.
- The semifinalists of Super Tournament 1 are seeded into the first GSL season's second Code S group stage.
Three SC2 Masters Seasons split into regional Divisions (Europe, North America, Latin America, China, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau/Japan and Oceania/Rest of Asia (except Korea)) awarding EPT Circuit points.
Each Division has a different prize pool and format. The Divisions are region locked.
Online Weekly tournaments provide additional points every Sunday (in the time from May 18th 2020 until January 18th 2021 every Monday).
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 TBD.
- The winners of the three GSL seasons.
- With EPT points:
- EPT Korea: 6 seeds from the standings (+1 for every GSL winner that already has a slot)
- EPT Circuit: 9 seeds from the standings
- 5 for Europe, 2 for North America, 1 for China and 1 for Latin America.
- The Top 4 from the offline Play-In Stage at the event.
- 8 players from Korean Standings and 8 players from Circuit Standings 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 2 players from Europe that are not yet qualified for Ro24
- Top 2 players from Taiwan that are not yet qualified for Ro24
- Top 1 players from North America that are not yet qualified for Ro24
- Top 1 players from Latin America that are not yet qualified for Ro24
- Top 1 players from China that are not yet qualified for Ro24
- Top 1 players from Oceania that are not yet qualified for Ro24
- Top 4 qualify for the Ro24
- Format TBA
Premier ESL Pro Tour 2020/2021 Events
|IEM Katowice 2021||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|IEM Katowice 2020||2020-02-24 - 2020-03-01||Rogue||Zest||4-1|
|SC2 Masters: Summer||2020-07-16 - 2020-07-19||Serral||Trap||4-2|
|SC2 Masters: Fall||2020-09-17 - 2020-09-20||TBD||TBD|
|SC2 Masters: Winter||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|TBD||TBD - TBD||TBD||TBD|
|GSL 2020 Season 1||2020-04-11 - 2020-06-06||TY||Cure||4-0|
|GSL 2020 Season 2||2020-06-20 - 2020-08-15||TBD||TBD|
|GSL 2020 Season 3||August - October 2020||TBD||TBD|
|EPT Korea Events|
|Super Tournament 1||2020-03-18 - 2020-03-28||Maru||Dark||4-3|
|Super Tournament 2||December 2020||TBD||TBD|
|EPT Circuit Events|
|SC2 Masters Summer: Europe Division||2020-06-24 - 2020-07-12||Reynor||Serral||4-2|
|SC2 Masters Summer: North America Division||2020-06-30 - 2020-07-12||Neeb||Astrea||4-1|
|SC2 Masters Fall: Europe Division||2020-08-26 - 2020-09-13||TBD||TBD|
|SC2 Masters Fall: North America Division||2020-09-01 - 2020-09-13||TBD||TBD|
|SC2 Masters Winter: Europe Division||TBA||TBD||TBD|
|SC2 Masters Winter: North America Division||TBA||TBD||TBD|