ESL Pro League s18 Fantasy Tournament

Welcome to the 18th Season of the ESL Pro League! We recommend you read this tactical guide thoroughly. You will need a lot of important information when making your decisions. 

You can join the tournament here: ESL Pro League s18

Format & Stages

There will be a Wipe Period before every group, enabling you to create a different team for each group. The timeframe of these wipes is short, so make sure you are ready when it is available. 

Group Stage:

  • Four triple-elimination format groups
  • Each group has eight teams
  • All matches are Bo3
  • The top four teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
  • Group stage winners advance to the Quarterfinals
  • Group stage runners-up advance to the Round of 12 as the High Seeds
  • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Round of 16 as the High Seeds
  • Group stage 4th place teams advance to the Round of 16 as the Low Seeds

A wipe period will also be before the playoffs; static point padding will be take place during playoffs.

  • Playoffs:
  • Single-Elimination bracket
  • All matches (excl. Grand Final) are Bo3
  • The Grand Final is Bo5

Prize Pool

We got a lot of prizes in this tournament! Let's see if you can grab some of them. The prize pool value is above $1000+💸

1st place: 🏆

2nd place: 🥈

3rd place: 🥉

4th place: 

5th place:


Stage Prizes

We got prizes for group winners as well. 

If you win a group, you will win: 

  • 1x AWP | Fever Dream (FN)

If you win the play-off stage, you will win:

  • AK-47 | Frontside Misty (MW)

Make sure your country is included in the participation rules.

Group Prizes

Point padding info

We will count the last chance stage in this tournament. You will not get point padding if you buy a player from the UB Final teams for the last day.

Group A

First Round of point padding to UB Final teams: 2nd of Sep

2nd Round of Point padding to UB Final teams & winner of Mid bracket: 3rd of Sep

Group B

First Round of point padding to UB Final teams: 9th of Sep

2nd Round of Point padding to UB Final teams & winner of Mid bracket: 10th of Sep

Group C

First Round of point padding to UB Final teams: 16th of Sep

2nd Round of Point padding to UB Final teams & winner of Mid bracket: 17th of Sep

Group D

First Round of point padding to UB Final teams: 23rd of Sep

2nd Round of Point padding to UB Final teams & winner of Mid bracket: 24th of Sep


Static Point padding for 2nd & 1st place: 26th of Sep - Game phase

Static Point padding for 1st place: 27th of Sep - Game phase

Point System v2

Kills: (Total / number of rounds) x 10

Assist: (Total / number of rounds) x 6

Deaths: (Total / number of rounds) x -4

KD-rating = 0-4 points

  • KD-rating: 0.8< 1 point
  • KD-rating: 1 < 2 points
  • KD-rating: 1.25 < 3 points
  • KD-rating: 1.5 < 4 points

HS %: Headshots / Kills.

  • 0.5p >0,25%
  • 1p >0,35%
  • 2p, >0,5%

Winning a match series = 2 points

Losing a match series = 0 points

The point system in practice:

Every player in your "active roster" will receive points per series rather than per map. See a BO3 example below.

Map 1 = 11 points, map 2 = 12 points & map 3 = 9 points. In this case, that player would receive 32/3 = 10.7 points. Of course + the average KD rating in that series and the extra 2 points if that player's team won.

Fantasy Phases

Building phase

Welcome to the build phase, where you create your entire roster for the upcoming stage. If the tournament is short, there might only be 1 build phase which is the one at the start. If the tournament is longer with different stages, you can enter the build phase before the next stage. For example, you start by creating a team for the group stage. Then there is a pause before the playoffs. During this time, you will enter a new build phase where you can create a team for the playoffs. Read the info blog for the tournament to see if there are multiple build phases.

Edit phase

In the editing phase, you can change your Captain and use your sell tokens. This phase takes place when no matches are playing during the day. It starts at 03:00 (Tournament timezone) and ends 1 hour before the day's first match.

Game Phase

During this phase, your lineup is locked, and you can't make any more changes. So sit back and cheer on your players. Hopefully, they will do well!

Captain Feature

The captain feature gives a 50% point bonus to the player you have assigned as your Captain. If you want, you can set a Captain before the league starts, and the captain booster will stay on that player until you actively change it to another player. You have one Captain swap every day, but you will lose your Captain swap for the day if your Captain has started a match series. You can only swap Captain during the Edit phase!

Captain = 1.5x bonus points

Selling a player

The SELL token enables participants to sell a player in their lineup and buy a new one. This action can only be performed during the EDIT phases and will consume your SELL token. When selling a player, you will be refunded the same amount of money as previously paid when you purchased the player. You will keep the points of your sold players for the remainder of the tournament, and they will be displayed in the section "Sold players". We encourage you to be strategic with your SELL tokens since you only have 1 for every tournament stage. Your sell token will "refresh" at every building stage. The sell token respects the max 2 per team limitation.

End Notes

The Organizer reserves the right to change the above Point System and described features at its sole discretion. We will inform users of significant changes, publicly announcing them on the website or our Discord server.

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