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When is ESL Pro League Season 17 starting? Day one schedule, teams participating, and prize pool

Danyal Arabi

When is ESL Pro League Season 17 starting? Day one schedule, teams participating, and prize pool

After a thrilling IEM Katowice, the CS: GO action continues at ESL Pro League. The $850,000 tournament will be played in Malta featuring 32 teams from all over the world. The month-long event begins on February 22, 2023, and continues till March 26, 2023. Both the format as well as the broadcast have been tweaked for a more exciting month of CS action. Here are all the details ahead of the event.

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ESL Pro League Season 17 starts February 22, 2023

Format and Prize Pool

  • Four triple-elimination format groups
    • Each group has eight teams
    • All matches are best of threes
  • 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
  • $850,000 USD Prize Pool

Teams participating

Group A

  • Outsiders
  • IHC Esports
  • MIBR
  • Fnatic
  • Cloud9
  • Evil Geniuses
  • G2 Esports
  • Eternal Fire

Group B

  • Heroic
  • Movistar Riders
  • BIG
  • Complexity
  • Imperial Esports
  • FURIA Esports
  • SAW
  • MOUZ

Group C

  • FaZe Clan
  • Rooster
  • paiN Gaming
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • OG
  • 00 Nation
  • Grayhound Gaming
  • Team Vitality

Group D

  • Team Liquid
  • Rare Atom
  • ATK
  • ENCE
  • Team Spirit
  • Astralis
  • forZe
  • Natus Vincere

Day one schedule (All times are in CET)

  • Outsiders vs. IHC at 16:00
  • MIBR vs. fnatic at 16:00
  • Cloud9 vs. Evil Geniuses at 19:30
  • Eternal Fire vs. G2 at 19:30

Where to watch

All matches will be streamed live on Twitch and YouTube. ESL Pro League features games that run simultaneously, splitting the broadcast into A and B streams:

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About the author

Danyal Arabi

Danyal Arabi


Danyal Arabi is an Esports writer and Editor at The SportsRush. With a vested interest in computers since an early age he has managed to sink more than 4000 hours into CS: GO over the years. As a Deus Ex enjoyer and fan of the earlier Assassin's Creeds, narrative-driven games have taken much of his time. Being a 2D fighter enthusiast across franchises like Injustice, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter, a fair few controllers have been sacrificed in his pursuit to win. Apart from all things gaming, Danyal enjoys motorsport, bowling, and spending weekends with his pals over good food and banter.

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