November 2018, the online stage of ESL Pro League Season 8 has ended, Windigo Gaming scored 35 points and took the 8th place in the group stage. This result allowed us to pass in the 9th season, which starts on April 12th.
The organizers of the largest league in CS:GO held a draw and distributed 16 tournament participants into 4 groups of 4 teams in each. Our team got into the Group C along with Natus Vincere, Fnatic and G2 Esports. All matches in this quartet will be played from April 19 to April 21 in Leicester city, United Kingdom.
Final draw for the European division of the tournament:
|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||devils.one||Windigo Gaming||ex-3DMAX|
In the first round of the tournament European division teams will have to play according to the Round-Robin system and bo3 match format. The winners of the quartets will get to the LAN finals, and the teams that take second and third places will continue to fight in the second round. Please, note that it will be held according to the similar system, but with 8 participants, and the 2 groups. Following these two groups, 2 best teams will go to the LAN finals. 16 teams will perform in the final stage of ESL Pro League Season 9 — 8 from Europe, 6 from America, 1 from Oceania and 1 from Asia.
Let us remind you that this season of ESL Pro League is significantly different from previous ones. In the 9th season of the league organizers decided to abandon the online matches, and held all the events offline. Previously, at the end of the online group stage, teams were immediately determined to perform at the LAN final of the competition.
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