The top 6 teams from Europe and North America have been decided. ESL’s online Professional League started the season with 28 total teams, with 14 competing in NA and 14 in EU.
The six teams representing Europe are the Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, Mousesports, FaZe Clan, Team EnVyUs and Dignitas, in that order. Virtus.Pro finished the league in seventh place, while holding the same season record as Dignitas, which was 14-12. The two teams played in a best of 3 decider match that the Danish squad ended up winning. On the other side of the rankings, Flipside Tactics finished the season last place, with a record of 4-22 and have been relegated to Premier division for the next season. Penta and Heroic will also be facing the 2nd and 3rd place Premier teams of this season in a decider match to see if they will be able to keep their spots.
The six North American teams that will be competing in Brazil will be Cloud 9, Immortals, SK Gaming, Optic Gaming, NRG eSports and Team Liquid. Renegades were set to take the 6th seed, however their schedule conflicted with the Asian Minor which leads into the upcoming Major Qualifier. They decided to forfeit their spot, which allowed Liquid and Echo Fox a chance to compete for it. Team Liquid did not directly face Echo Fox but they won the games that were necessary for them to get the spot and will be heading to Brazil. E-united and Splyce and Selfless were the bottom 3 teams for this season. E-United finished with a record of 2-23 and have been relegated down to Premier Division for the next season.
To recap, the 12 teams in order of seeding that we will see in São Paulo, Brazil will be Fnatic, Cloud 9, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Immortals, Mousesports, SK Gaming, FaZe Clan, Optic Gaming, Team EnVyUs, NRG, Dignitas and Team Liquid.
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