ESL Australia 2017 championship qualifiers

The leading eSports tournament in the region is about to kickstart what should be a big year for pro gaming south of the equator.

Returning on February 28, the ESL AU & NZ Championship will feature a record-breaking prize pool, more games than ever, and some of the region’s best teams.

A Season 1 prize pool of $17,500. We will also see a second and third season, the first time in the AU & NZ Championship than there have been three seasons.

Here is everything you need to know.

Counter-Strike: Global

CS:GO ESL AU & NZ Championship

An eight-team league will compete in the first season of the CS:GO tournament, in which teams will compete against each other every week for seven weeks, with competitions held every Monday and Thursday night. Teams will be battling for a place in the offline final and a $10,000 prize.

The Teams

  • Avant Garde
  • Legacy Esports
  • Team Exile5*
  • Animal Squad
  • Corvidae
  • Cypher

Avant Grande and Legacy Esports have received direct invitations to participate in the ES AU & NZ Championship for Season 1. They will be joined by Team Exile5, which was a Season 2 participant.

Alpha Sydney, Corvidae and Cypher round out the teams, having been invited after good results over the past three months.

There will be a closed online qualifier taking place over the weekend of February 18/19, and will feature a Double Elimination over a best-of-three format. The final two teams will round out the eight teams set to compete when Season 1 starts on February 27.

Rocket League

Rocket League ESL AU & NZ Championship

Rocket League is a new addition to the EST AU & NZ Championship for 2017, and will be the first time in both Australian and New Zealand eSports history that teams will be able to qualify for an eight-team league, with a live finals event and a prize of $7,500 up for grabs.

Here is the schedule to mark on your calendar:

  • Invitational Qualifier: 14th of February
  • Open Qualifier #1: 19th of February
  • Open Qualifier #2: 25th of February

The first Invitational Qualifier will host eight teams from across the region based on recent Go4RL tournaments.

The top four placing teams will then qualify for season 1 of the 2017 ESL AU & NZ Championship. It will officially begin on February 28.

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