A welcome change to esports, offline tournaments are finally coming back.
ESL has revealed its plans for the Pro Tour. The last months of 2021 and the entire 2022 calendar year will see over 25 tournaments and an exciting return of LAN events. It will be heartwarming to see the audience return to arenas and witness the magic of Counter-Strike live.
The 2022 CS:GO events will feature under ESL’s name. This means DreamHack Open has become ESL Challenger and ESEA Premier League is now ESL Challenger League. The EPT Challenger level competitions will now be qualified into ESL Pro League. ESL has created the EPL Conference to accommodate the changes. The IEM Rio Major is also said to be in action as soon as it works with Valve.
Live Audience & Changes to Professional Counter-Strike
According to ESL, the Challenger competitions in the US, Spain, Australia & the Netherlands will take place on LAN. These events will include a live audience. With over a year of CS:GO being mostly held online, the professional teams will once again face each other with cheers and support from their fans. The offline events affect teams and create a different scenario altogether.
Some teams who shine in online competitions face difficulty adjusting to the offline games. In contrast to a comfortable home environment, players will yet again face factors including travel and lack of any lag or ping issues which might occur in online competitions. It will interest most people to see which teams adapt to the changes and feel at home in the offline tournaments.
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