Everything you need to know about ESL Pro League Season 16

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.

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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.

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.

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
Fnatic Outsiders MOUZ FURIA Esports
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.

While tiziaN went inactive on BIG, k1to joined the team. It is a matter of curiosity how k1to, newly emerging from BIG Academy, will perform in the tournament.

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.

At ENCE, valde and SunPayus have just joined the team. ENCE has been performing quite well lately. We'll see if this change will be beneficial or detrimental to the team.

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.

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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.

In Team Vitality, misutaaa left and Spinx joined the roster. Based on Fall Groups 2022, their performance has not changed much. We will see it together in ESL Pro League Season 16.

Another team that has changed its roster is Movistar Riders. As SunPayus left the team, Martinez became the roster's new name.

HEN1 has just joined the team at MIBR. Chelo will now appear on Imperial Esports' roster. Let's see if this change will be beneficial for the Brazilian team.

JACKZ's new team leaving G2 Esports is HEET. The seasoned player can definitely improve the quality of HEET's roster.

Prize pool

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
1st $175,000 2800 points

BLAST World Final 2022/IEM Katowice 2023

2nd $70,000 1400 points -
3rd-4th $35,000 875 points -
5th-8th $17,500 262.5 points -
9th-12th $12,000 - -
13th-16th $9,000 - -
17th-20th $7,500 - -
21st-24th $6,000 - -


Map pool

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.

  • Dust2
  • Mirage
  • Inferno
  • Nuke
  • Overpass
  • Vertigo
  • Ancient

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.