One of the biggest global Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) events of the year in the world of eSports, ESL Pro League Season 18 is all set to begin on August 30 and will continue till October 1 in St. Julians, Malta at the grand InterContinental Malta hotel.

As many as 32 teams will be participating in ESL Pro League Season 18 and they will be battling it out for a total prize pool of $850,000, with the winner of the tournament taking home $200,000.

The winner of this event will also be awarded slots for the BLAST World Final 2023 and IEM Katowice 2024 - two of the biggest events in the eSports calendar.

ESL Pro League 2023 format

As far as the format for ESL Pro League Season 18 goes, the tournament will be divided into a Group Stage followed by Playoffs. The Group Stage which is the initial phase of the tournament kickstarts on August 30.

In the Group Stage, all 32 participating teams will be divided into four triple-elimination format groups with eight teams in each group.

All Group Stage matches will follow best-of-three encounters with the winner of each group progressing to the Playoffs' quarter-finals, while the second-placed teams move on to the Round of 12, and the third to fourth-placed teams advance to the Round of 16.

In the Playoffs stage, the 16 remaining teams will take part in a single-elimination bracket, with best-of-three matches apart from the Grand Final, which will feature a best-of-five contest.

Of the 32 teams participating in ESL Pro League Season 18, as many as 15 are a part of the ESL Permanent Partners program, thereby receiving a direct invitation to compete in the tournament. 

Meanwhile, the remaining 17 teams qualified for the tournament through the numerous highly competitive regional qualifiers to earn a slot in ESL Pro League 2023.

ESL Pro League 2023 teams

Permanent Partner Teams

Astralis: blameF, dev1ce, Buzz, Staehr, b0RUP

BIG: tabseN, Krimbo, prosus, s1n, mantuu

Complexity Gaming: JT, floppy, Grim, hallzerk, EliGE

ENCE: Snappi, dycha, maden, SunPayus, NertZ

Evil Geniuses: autimatic, Walco,Jeorge, junior, HexT

FaZe Clan: rain, broky, Twistzz, karrigan, ropz

Fnatic: KRIMZ, mezii, roeJ, afro, dexter

FURIA Esports: huurih, arT, KSCERATO, FalleN, chelo

G2 Esports: huNter-, NiKo, m0NESY, jks, HooXi

Heroic: stavn, cadiaN, TeSeS, sjuush, Jabbi

MOUZ: frozen, torzsi, xertioN, siuhy, Jimpphat

Natus Vincere: s1mple, b1t, Aleksib, jL, iM

Ninjas in Pyjamas: REZ, hampus, Brollan, headtr1ck, k0nfig

Team Liquid: NAF, oSee, YEKINDAR, Rainwaker, Patsi

Team Vitality: apEX, ZywOo, Magisk, Spinx, flameZ

ESL World Ranking

9INE (ESL World Ranking): Goofy, KEi, Kylar, mynio, hades

Cloud9 (ESL World Ranking): sh1ro, Ax1Le, HObbit,electroNic, Perfecto

GamerLegion (ESL World Ranking): isak, acoR, Keoz, volt, neaLan

Movistar Riders (ESL Challenger Melbourne): mopoz, ALEX, Martinez, JUST, adamS (ESL Challenger Katowice): Jame, LK1T, fame, n0rb3r7, Mir

International Qualifiers

Monte (ECL S44 Europe): Woro2k, DemQQ, sdy, mr0, kRaSnaL

MIBR (ECL S44 North America): exit, brnz4n, insani, drop, saffee

Lynn Vision Gaming (ECL S44 Asia-Pacific): westmelon, z4kr, Starry, Emilia, Jee

Apeks (ECL S45 Europe): nawwk, STYKO, jkaem, kyxsan, CacaNito

M80 (ECL S45 North America): reck, Swisher, WolfY, malbsMd, maNkz

5yclone (ECL S45 Asia-Pacific): JamYoung, Moseyuh, Mercury, kaze, advent

Eternal Fire (European Conference): Calyx, woxic, Wicadia, MAJ3R, XANTARES

ORKS (European Conference): olimp, xNx, mwlky, Vegi, HS

Imperial Esports (Brasil Premier League): boltz, VINI, JOTA, HEN1, felps

Grayhound Gaming (ANZ Champs): Sico, INS, aliStair, Liazz, Vexite

9z Team (South American Qualifier): dgt, max, dav1deuS, buda, try

Rooster (Oceanic Qualifier): asap, ADK, nettik, chelleos, TjP

ESL Pro League 2023 groups

Group A

FURIA Esports

Movistar Riders


Grayhound Gaming

Team Vitality


Ninjas in Pyjamas


Group B








Evil Geniuses

Group C




Natus Vincere

9z Team

FaZe Clan

Imperial Esports


Group D

Team Liquid

G2 Esports 

Lynn Vision


Complexity Gaming


Eternal Fire

ESL Pro League 2023 schedule

Group A

Wednesday, August 30 (Upper Bracket quarter-finals)

FURIA Esports vs Movistar Riders

GamerLegion vs Grayhound Gaming

Team Vitality vs ORKS

Ninjas in Pyjamas vs Astralis

Group B

Wednesday, September 6 (Upper Bracket quarter-finals)

Heroic vs Rooster

BIG vs Monte


ENCE vs Evil Geniuses

Group C

Wednesday, September 13 (Upper Bracket quarter-finals)

M80 vs Apeks

5yclone vs Natus Vincere

9z Team vs FaZe Clan

Imperial Esports vs Fnatic

Group D

Wednesday, September 20 (Upper Bracket quarter-finals)

Team Liquid vs

G2 Esports vs Lynn Vision

9INE vs Complexity Gaming

Cloud9 vs Eternal Fire

Where to watch ESL Pro League 2023 live in India?

Live streaming of ESL Pro League 2023 will be available on the primary and secondary live streams on the official ESL Gaming YouTube and Twitch channels.

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