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2023
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ESL FACEIT Group announces the 2024 ESL Pro Tour program for Dota 2

In 2024, the Dota 2 circuit will feature three online DreamLeague seasons, two live ESL One tournaments, and the culmination of all the action with a heroic showdown

Press Release Summary
  • In 2024, the ESL Pro Tour (EPT) for Dota 2 will see millions of dollars (USD) in prize money distributed across six top-tier tournaments.
  • DreamLeague Season 22 to take place online on February 25 - March 10.
  • ESL One Europe 2024 to take place in-person on April 22 - 28.
  • DreamLeague Season 23 to take place online on May 20 - 26.
  • A heroic showdown to take place in July 2024.
  • DreamLeague Season 24 to take place online on October 27 - November 10.
  • ESL One Asia 2024 to take place in-person on December 9 - 15.
  • Ticket details for the final three days of both ESL One events to be announced at a later date.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023, Cologne/New York ESL FACEIT Group (EFG), the leading esports and video game entertainment company, today revealed the ESL Pro Tour (EPT) for Dota 2 tournaments taking place in 2024.

Introduced in March of 2023, the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 combines several EFG and affiliated competitions – including DreamLeague powered by Intel® and ESL One powered by Intel® – in the popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game into one dedicated circuit. The ecosystem offers new and existing fans with more electrifying matches and narratives, while also providing them with a transparent tournament structure to follow.

Furthermore, featuring millions of dollars in prize money each year, aspiring, semi-professional, and professional players from around the globe have the opportunity to commence or continue their ‘zero to hero’ pathway. Through Open and Closed Qualifiers, teams can fine-tune their skills and battle it out for a chance to compete in the DreamLeague seasons and ESL One tournaments. In summer, the top teams gather for a heroic showdown – the ultimate goal for each contender in EFG’s Dota 2 esports circuit.

With its second season, the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 will see the introduction of a Leaderboard. Teams competing in DreamLeague seasons and ESL One competitions will gather EPT Points based on their placement in the tournament and thereby rise on this Leaderboard. Towards the end of an EPT season, the squads with the most EPT Points will secure a direct invite to the showdown. 

In retrospect, DreamLeague Season 21 saw 10,440 EPT Points distributed, with the winners, Team Spirit, claiming the lion’s share of 2,400 points. During the upcoming ESL One Kuala Lumpur, a share of the 19,980 EPT Points will be up for grabs for its participants.

Remainder of the second season of the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2

Commencing earlier this year with DreamLeague Season 21 and also featuring ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 taking place next month, EPT Season 2 will continue into 2024 with two DreamLeague seasons and one ESL One tournament, before the top teams face off against one another at a spectacular showdown event:

  • DreamLeague Season 22
    • February 25 - March 10 / Online.
    • Featuring a $1,000,000 total prize pool and 18,550 EPT Points.
    • Format:
      • Group Stage 1 – February 25 - 28 – The 16 competing teams will be divided in two groups of eight and battle it out in a single round-robin format with two games series. The top four squads of each group proceed to Group Stage 2;
      • Group Stage 2 – March 1 - 7 – The eight teams compete against one another in a single round-robin format and best-of-3 (Bo3) matches. The top four teams then advance to the Playoffs, with the top two claiming a spot in the upper bracket, and the third and fourth placed teams making their way to the lower bracket; 
      • Playoffs – March 9 - 10 – During this final stage, the teams compete in a double-elimination bracket. The Grand Final will be Bo5 and all other matches Bo3.
    • The top four squads on the Leaderboard will receive a direct invite to DreamLeague Season 22. The remaining twelve teams competing in the league season will qualify via a set of online Open and Closed Qualifiers taking place on FACEIT:
      • Open Qualifier: January 9 - 12 | Sign-ups open after ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 has concluded;
      • Closed Qualifier: January 13 - 17.
  • ESL One Europe 2024
    • April 22 - 28 / Europe; exact location to be announced.
    • Featuring a $1,000,000 total prize pool and 26,640 EPT Points.
    • The final three days will take place in front of a live audience. Stay tuned as ticket information will be revealed in due course.
    • Qualification for ESL One Europe 2024 will happen via Open and Closed Qualifiers taking place online on FACEIT:
      • Open Qualifier: January 22 - 25;
      • Closed Qualifier: January 26 - 30.
  • DreamLeague Season 23
    • May 20 - 26 / Online.
    • Featuring a $1,000,000 total prize pool and 26,100 EPT Points.
    • Format:
      • Group Stage – May 20 - 22 – The 12 competing teams will be divided in two groups of six and face off against each other in a single round-robin format with two games series. The top four of each group then proceed to the Playoffs;
      • Playoffs – May 23 - 26 – The teams will battle it out in a double-elimination format with the Grand Final being Bo5 and all other matches Bo3.
    • Hosted on FACEIT, the online Open and Closed Qualifiers will determine which teams will compete in DreamLeague Season 23:
      • Open Qualifier: March 16 - 19;
      • Closed Qualifier: March 20 - 24.
  • Showdown competition
    • July 2024 / Location to be announced.
    • The competition will feature the highest-placed teams on the Leaderboard as well as other top-tier teams from around the globe which can secure their spot via Qualifiers taking place on FACEIT:
      • Open Qualifier: May 29 - 30;
      • Closed Qualifier: May 31 - June 4.
    • Stay tuned as more details about the tournament will be announced.

ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 Season 3 tournaments in 2024

After the showdown, the third season of the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 will kick off, featuring a DreamLeague season and an ESL One competition in 2024, and with the remainder of the tournaments taking place in 2025:

  • DreamLeague Season 24
    • October 27 - November 10 / Online.
    • Featuring a $1,000,000 total prize pool.
    • Format:
      • Group Stage 1 – October 27 - 30 – Divided in two groups of eight, the 16 teams will compete in a single round-robin format with two game series. The top four of each group advance to Group Stage 2;
      • Group Stage 2 – November 1 - 7 – Being put in one group, the eight squads battle it out against one another in a single round-robin format and Bo3 matches. The top four teams then proceed to the Playoffs. The top two will be placed in the upper bracket and the third and fourth placed teams in the lower bracket; 
      • Playoffs – November 9 - 10 – During this final stage, the teams face off in a double-elimination bracket. The Grand Final will be Bo5 and all other matches Bo3.
    • Open and Closed Qualifiers for DreamLeague Season 24 will take place online on FACEIT:
      • Open Qualifier: September 18 - 21;
      • Closed Qualifier: September 22 - 26.
  • ESL One Asia 2024
    • December 9 - 15 / Asia; exact location to be announced.
    • Featuring a $1,000,000 total prize pool.
    • The three final days of the competition will be played out in front of a live audience. More information about the ticket types and prizes will be announced.
    • Teams from around the world have the opportunity to qualify for ESL One Asia 2024 by participating in the online Open and Closed Qualifiers hosted on FACEIT:
      • Open Qualifier: October 1 - 4;
      • Closed Qualifier: October 5 - 9.
         

The EPT Points distribution of the third season of the EPT for Dota 2 as well as the tournaments taking place in 2025 will be announced at a later date.

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"We're delighted to introduce the 2024 ESL Pro Tour program for Dota 2, setting the stage for an extraordinary year of esports,” said Shane Clarke, Director Game Ecosystems - Dota 2 at ESL FACEIT Group. “Next year, we will continue to deliver eye-watering prize pools, electrifying formats, and an unwavering dedication to the Dota 2 community. With our commitment to pushing the boundaries of esports, we're confident that 2024 will be a year filled with remarkable moments on the Dota 2 stage that fans won't want to miss.”

Fans can look forward to tuning in during the live broadcasts of all EPT competitions on the ESL Dota 2 Twitch and YouTube channels, and via dedicated broadcast partners. Additional details about the live events, including ticket sale dates, prices, and types, will be announced.

Up next in the EPT for Dota 2 is ESL One Kuala Lumpur powered by Intel® on December 11 - 17, 2023, with the final three days of the competition taking place live at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Regular 3-day and Single-day tickets are still available and can be purchased here.

For more details about the ESL Pro Tour for Dota 2 and the latest news, head over to the official website, and follow ESL Dota 2 on X (formerly Twitter), Instagram, and Facebook. For more general information, check out eslfaceitgroup.com and follow ESL FACEIT Group on LinkedIn.

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