ESL Pro League Season 4
|Sport||Counter-Strike: Global Offensive|
|Location||São Paulo, Brazil|
|Dates||August 17, 2016–October 30, 2016|
|Administrator(s)||Electronic Sports League (ESL)|
|1st runners-up||SK Gaming|
|2nd runners-up|| mousesports |
Ninjas in Pyjamas
|MVP||Timothy "autimatic" Ta |
ESL Pro League Season 4 (shortened as EPL Season 4) was a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament run by ESL. It was the fourth season of the ESL Pro League, and had an overall prize pool of $750,000 . For the first time, the Finals took place in South America – São Paulo, Brazil, from October 28 to October 30. Teams from two continents, North America and Europe competed in fourteen team leagues to attempt to qualify for the Finals. Europe's season began with FaZe Clan defeating Team X (which later formed into Heroic) and ended with Team Dignitas defeating Virtus.pro in a best of three 6th place decider. North America's season started with Cloud9 defeating Team Liquid and ended with Immortals defeating Echo Fox. In the finals, Cloud9 defeated SK Gaming 2-1 to become the ESL Pro League Season 4 Champions and take home $200,000 prize money; this upset would also mark the first time a North American won an international premier event since iBUYPOWER won ESEA Season 16 - Global Invite Division in 2014.
- 1 Format
- 2 Teams
- 3 North America
- 4 Europe
- 5 Finals
- 6 References
The format was slightly different to the previous renditions of the tournament.
Each continent featured the top 11 teams from ESL Pro League Season 3, one team from the ESEA Season 21: Premier Division Qualifier, one team from the ESL Pro League Season 3 Relegation, and one team from the Wild Card Qualifier. Teams within each continent played each other twice to determine the top four qualifiers to the Finals in Brazil. There was be a total of nine weeks in this phase of the tournament. All games were played online.
Teams that placed seventh to eleventh are automatically invited to next season's ESL Pro League. 12th and 13th place are invited to Season 4's Relegation and 14th place will be placed in the ESEA Premier Season 24.
The Finals consisted of twelve teams, six from Europe and six from North America. These teams were separated into two groups. The group stage consisted of every team in each group playing against each other. The top three teams in each group moved on to the Playoffs. The knockout stages were a best of three format. All games in the Finals were played offline. The top team in each group received a bye and automatically moved onto the Semifinals. The other four teams played in the Round of Six. The winners of those two games moved on to the Semifinals, and the winner of the Semifinals moved onto the Finals.
The final standings are shown below. Each team's in-game leader is shown first. The rosters that are shown are the rosters that were in place by the end of the season. For instance, Skyler "Relyks" Weaver left eUnited in the middle of the season and was replaced with Jacob "kaboose" McDonald. Thus, kaboose's name is shown below and Relyks's name is not shown.
|North America Final Standings|
|1st||TBD||Cloud9||25-1||383-225||+158||75||Stewie2k, autimatic, n0thing, Skadoodle, shroud|
|2nd||TBD||Immortals||20-6||385-234||+151||60||zews, boltz, felps, HEN1, LUCAS1|
|3rd||TBD||SK Gaming||18-8||341-225||+116||54||FalleN, coldzera, fer, fnx, TACO|
|4th||TBD||OpTic Gaming||17-9||376-306||+70||51||stanislaw, NAF, tarik, RUSH, mixwell|
|5th||US$18,000||Renegades||17-9||371-271||+100||51||AZR, jks, Yam, USTILO, Rickeh|
|6th||TBD||NRG Esports||17-9||344-278||+76||51||gob b, LEGIJA, tabseN, FugLy, ptr|
|7th||TBD||Team Liquid||15-11||370-318||+52||45||Hiko, EliGE, jdm64, nitr0, Pimp|
|8th||US$15,500||Echo Fox||13-13||337-353||-16||39||sgares, fREAKAZOiD, roca, ryx, ShahZam|
|9th||US$13,000||Counter Logic Gaming||10-16||288-377||-89||30||reltuC, hazed, koosta, nahtE, Subroza|
|10th||US$10,500||Winterfox||9-17||273-364||-93||27||emagine, apoc, dexter, ofnu, zewsy|
|11th||US$8,000||compLexity Gaming||9-17||269-377||-108||27||Uber, androidx23, APE, dephh, Surreal|
|12th||US$5,500||Selfless Gaming||7-19||302-387||-85||21||Nifty, Brehze, kaboose, mitch, no_one|
|13th||US$3,000||Splyce||3-23||240-402||-162||9||arya, AcillioN, CRUC1AL, DAVEY, Machinegun|
|14th||US$1,500||eUnited||2-24||239-409||-170||6||shinobi, a2z, cJ, Marved, vice|
The final standings are shown below. Each team's in-game leader is shown first. The rosters shown reflect the rosters as they were by the end of the season. For instance, Timothée "DEVIL" Démolon was replaced with Christophe "SIXER" Xia on Team EnVyUS midway through the season. Therefore, SIXER's name is shown instead of DEVIL's.
|Europe Final Standings|
|1st||–||Fnatic||19-7||401-322||+79||57||wenton, olofmeister, twist, dennis, Lekr0|
|2nd||–||Ninjas in Pyjamas||19-7||387-282||+105||57||Xizt, f0rest, friberg, GeT RiGhT, disco doplan|
|3rd||–||mousesports||18-8||381-304||+77||54||denis, Spiidi, chrisJ, IoWel, NiKo|
|4th||–||FaZe Clan||18-8||378-350||+28||54||karrigan1, allu, aizy, jkaem, rain|
|5th||–||Team EnVyUs||16-10||337-301||+36||48||Happy, apEX, kennyS, NBK-, SIXER|
|6th||–||Team Dignitas||14-12||359-327||+32||42||MSL, cajunb, k0nfig, Magiskb0Y, RUBINO|
|7th||US$18,000||Virtus.pro||14-12||334-339||-5||42||NEO, byali, pashaBiceps, Snax, TaZ|
|8th||US$15,500||Natus Vincere||13-13||330-344||-14||39||seized, Edward, flamie, s1mple, GuardiaN|
|9th||US$13,000||G2 Esports||13-13||354-346||+8||39||shox, bodyy, Rpk, SmithZz, ScreaM|
|10th||US$10,500||Astralis||12-14||353-335||+18||36||karrigan1, dev1ce, dupreeh, Kjaerbye, Xyp9x|
|11th||US$8,000||Hellraisers||9-16||321-352||-31||27||ANGE1, bondik, Deadfox, STYKO, Zero|
|12th||US$5,500||Heroic||8-18||316-375||-59||24||Snappi, Friis, gla1ve, valde, MODDII|
|13th||US$3,000||PENTA Sports||5-21||291-410||-119||15||kRTSYAL, tahsiN, stfN, mikeS, weber|
|14th||US$1,500||FlipSid3 Tactics||4-22||226-378||-152||12||Blad3, electronic, markeloff, WorldEdit, waylander|
The finalized teams are shown below. Each team's world ranking for October 24, 2016 is also shown.
2 Fnatic withdraw from the tournament due to personal problems
|3||Ninjas in Pyjamas||3||2||71||63||+8|
|Group B matches|
|Cloud9||16||Dust II||14||FaZe Clan|
|NRG Esports||3||Mirage||16||Team Dignitas|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||16||Cobblestone||10||SK Gaming|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||14||Nuke||16||Team Dignitas|
|SK Gaming||16||Overpass||2||FaZe Clan|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||16||Cache||14||NRG Esports|
|FaZe Clan||16||Mirage||7||Team Dignitas|
|Cloud9||6||Dust II||16||SK Gaming|
|FaZe Clan||22||Dust II||20||NRG Esports|
|SK Gaming||16||Cobblestone||7||Team Dignitas|
|Cloud9||16||Dust II||9||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|SK Gaming||16||Cobblestone||10||NRG Esports|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||16||Overpass||7||FaZe Clan|
|Round of 6||Semifinals||Finals|
|Team EnVyUs||0||Ninjas in Pyjamas||1|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||2|
Round of 6 Scores
|Round of 6|
|Cloud9||16||Dust II||12||OpTic Gaming|
|Team EnVyUs||9||Nuke||16||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Team EnVyUs||17||Dust II||19||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Team EnVyUs||–||Nuke||–||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|SK Gaming||10||Nuke||16||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|SK Gaming||16||Overpass||7||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|SK Gaming||16||Cobblestone||10||Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|Cloud9||16||Dust II||5||SK Gaming|
|3rd – 4th||US$45,000||mousesports|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas|
|5th – 6th||US$35,000||OpTic Gaming|
|7th – 8th||US$30,000||Team Liquid|
|9th – 10th||US$25,000||Immortals|
|11th – 12th||US$20,000||Fnatic|
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