With a new ESL Pro League season, new excitement awaits us. ESL Pro League Season 16 begins on August 31. Like everyone else, we are already excited for this competition of 24 teams, which will last more than a month.
In this article, we have compiled what you need to know before the ESL Pro League Season 16 starts.
ESL Pro League Season 16 format
ESL Pro League Season 16 features 24 teams, as we mentioned in the introduction. These 24 teams are divided into four groups. The format of these groups is single round-robin. Teams face off against other teams with each match being Bo3. As a result of the group stage, the winners of the groups advance to the quarterfinals, and the second and third places advance to the Round of 12.
The playoffs will be played in a single-elimination bracket. The grand final will be Bo5, whereas all other matches will be Bo3.
In ESL Pro League Season 16, all of our favourite CS:GO teams will take part in a magnificent competition. Do you think FaZe Clan or NAVI will be the champions, or do you have other favourites? You can watch the matches of your favourite team on Luckbox and place bets on them. Sign up now and get a 100% deposit bonus.
ESL Pro League Season 16 participants
15 of the 24 teams that will take part in ESL Pro League Season 16 are permanent partner teams. You can see the list of these teams below.
- Evil Geniuses
- FaZe Clan
- FURIA Esports
- G2 Esports
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Team Liquid
- Team Vitality
The remaining 9 teams qualified for ESL Pro League Season 16 with their success in ESL Pro League Conference Season 16 and ESL World Ranking. You can see the list of these teams below.
- Cloud9 (ESL World Ranking)
- Movistar Riders (ESL World Ranking)
- Team Spirit (ESL World Ranking)
- MIBR (Conference Stage)
- Endpoint (Conference Stage)
- Eternal Fire (Conference Stage)
- Outsiders (Conference Stage)
- HEET (Conference Stage)
- FTW (Conference Stage)
ESL Pro League Season 16 groups
In ESL Pro League Season 16, it has been determined which groups the teams will take part in. Particularly, Group B, which includes strong teams, caught our attention. You can browse the list of groups in the table below.
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|Natus Vincere||FaZe Clan||ENCE||Cloud9|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||G2 Esports||Heroic||Movistar Riders|
|Team Vitality||BIG||Astralis||Team Liquid|
|Team Spirit||MIBR||Complexity||Evil Geniuses|
|Endpoint||FTW Esports||HEET||Eternal Fire|
Important roster changes
There are some roster changes that may affect the performance of the teams featured in ESL Pro League Season 16. Let's take a look at some of these changes together.
Hallzerk joined the team in Complexity Gaming. Together with hallzerk, we have seen improvement in Complexity's BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2022 performance. Let's see if they can keep it up in ESL Pro League Season 16 as well.
The newcomer to Evil Geniuses is neaLaN. In addition, the new coach of the team is Vorborg. With these changes, we did not see much improvement when we took a look at their Fall Groups 2022 performance.
In Fnatic, poizon left the team, and FASHR joined the roster. Fnatic has not been able to make a name for itself recently, and it is a matter of curiosity whether they will be successful with this change.
At G2 Esports, JACKZ and Aleksib left the team. Jks and HooXi have just joined. This change may not have served G2 Esports very well as they finished last in BLAST Premier: Fall Groups 2022’s Group B. If they continue this performance in ESL Pro League Season 16 as well, alarm bells may be ringing for them.
Another team that has changed its roster is Movistar Riders. As SunPayus left the team, Martinez became the roster's new name.
JACKZ's new team leaving G2 Esports is HEET. The seasoned player can definitely improve the quality of HEET's roster.
The 24 teams that will take part in ESL Pro League Season 16 will receive a share of the $835,000 prize pool based on their performance. The first team will also qualify for the BLAST World Final 2022 and IEM Katowice 2023. Another important prize is the BLAST Premier points that teams can obtain. Top 8 places will earn BLAST Premier points.
|Place||USD||BLAST Premier points||Qualifies to|
BLAST World Final 2022/IEM Katowice 2023
In ESL Pro League Season 16, we will be seeing our favourite CS:GO maps, just like all the major CS:GO tournaments lately. You can find the list of maps below.
Excitement builds as ESL Pro League Season 16 approaches. Don't forget to follow this amazing tournament on Luckbox and be informed about the latest news.