ESL UK Premiership returns with Autumn season

by Adam HeathJune 8, 2017

The wait is over! ESL have released information surrounding the ESL UK Premiership Autumn season. Much to the delight of last season’s high placers, the top 4 teams will be invited back to take part in the Autumn Season. The invite will be offered to teams that still have 3 or more of the same players even if the organisation they play for has changed. This leaves 4 spots open which will be filled by the top 2 teams in 2 qualifiers which will take place at the end of this month, and the start of next. Should any team not accept their invite back into the ESL Premiership, then there will be playoffs between 3rd place of the two qualifiers.

Below is the full press release from ESL UK about the Autumn Season.

The ESL Premiership is back for it’s Autumn season, with teams competing for £21,000 of prize money across Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and League of Legends, with the coveted Challenger Series Qualifier spot available for our League of Legends Champions.

Spring Season

Last time out we saw the best 8 teams battling it out across seven weeks of group stages across both titles.

Team Xenex took a commanding lead over 7 weeks in League of Legends, only dropping a single game to eventual 3rd placed exceL eSports, and were joined in the live final by 2016 winter champions MnM Gaming.

League of Legends Recap Video

Both teams clashed on the Rift in a best-of-five format and MnM Gaming showed their true colours after a difficult group stage to take the title 3-0 and earning themselves a spot in the Challenger Series Qualifiers.

While they weren’t able to progress through to the Challenger series, they did the UK and Ireland proud!

Meanwhile in CS:GO, FM esports dominated the early weeks of the season before a 1-1 draw to excel and The Imperial gave hope to those teams around them. However they picked up the form for the latter part of the season and secured their place in the offline finals.

Going into the final week Fish123 led exceL eSports but needed to pick up a map against FM to secure their place at finals. FM dominated and that left exceL requiring a 2-0 win against bottom of the table ROYALS UK to make it to finals but they floundered on dust, dropping the map 16-11 and securing Fish123 the 2nd finals spot.

Counter-Strike Recap Video

FM continued to look strong picking up the first map and clawing back for an overtime win to secure the 2nd map on Mirage. Fish123, who had been picked up by MnM Gaming for the finals, brought it back to 2-1 with a victory on Overpass before FM reasserted their dominance with a quick victory on Cobblestone, taking home the Premiership title.

Autumn Season – Qualifiers

Looking ahead to the Autumn Season we will be inviting back our top 4 rosters from the Spring Season. Players from MnM Gaming, Team Xenex, exceL eSports and CycloneGG from League of Legends and FM Esports, Fish123, exceL eSports and The Imperial will have the chance to join us for the Autumn Season but that means there are 4 spots up for grabs.

For the remaining four spots we will be holding open qualifiers on June 26th/27th and 3rd/4th July for CS:GO and June 28th/29th and July 5th/6th for League of Legends to give everyone the chance to join the Premiership!

If you do well enough on Day 1 you’ll automatically progress through to Day 2 and the top two teams from each cup will advance to the group stage!

Autumn Season – Group Stage

The group stage will run as a round robin format starting on Monday 17th of July for CS:GO and Wednesday 19th for League of Legends at 7pm and you can join us on twitch! All teams will be playing on a single night in a best-of-1 format across 7 weeks running until 30th August.

The playoffs will begin on the 4th/6th of September with two best-of-3s played between our top 4 teams to determine who will join us at our live finals in mid-September!

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