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ECS Season 4 - Open qualifiers and development league announcement

Posted by Aleksei "Aleksei.L" Louchnikov at 04 August 2017 03:15

Esports Championship Series Season 4 returms this autumn, with the organisers revealing details of the open qualifiers and development league.

The Esports Championship Series Season 4 returns, with FACEIT announcing details regarding both the open qualifiers and subsequent development league. As per previous iterations of the series, two separate open qualifiers and development leagues will be available for the European and North American regions. Open qualifiers will take place from August 19th-24th for Europe, whilst the North American open qualifiers are on the 19th-25th. A total of 1024 slots are available in each of the open qualifiers, allowing all interested teams to participate. 

Upon the conclusion of the open qualifiers, the top four teams from each region will advance to the development league, where they will face four invited teams. Matches will see a round-robin, best-of-two format, upon the conclusion of which two of the top teams from each region will face the bottom two teams from the previous regional leagues of ECS Season 3, namely Poland Virtus.pro and Europe Team Dignitas for Europe and Brazil Luminosity Gaming and United States Ghost Gaming for North America. The relegation play-off matches against the teams will see a best-of-five setting, whereby the victors will qualify for ECS Season 4. 

Below is a comprehensive schedule for the open qualifiers, development league and the relegation play-offs:

Open Qualifiers

Europe Europe

Saturday, August 19th - Sunday, August 20th - Qualifier #1 (Registration Link)
Tuesday, August 22nd - Thursday, August 24th - Qualifier #2 (Registration Link)

North America North America

Saturday, August 19th - Sunday, August 20th - Qualifier #1 (Registration Link)
Wednesday, August 23rd - Friday, August 25th - Qualifier #2 (Registration Link)


Development League

Tuesday, August 29th - Thursday, August 31st - Week #1
Saturday, September 2nd - Sunday, September 3rd - Week #2
Tuesday, September 5th - Thursday, September 7th - Week #3
Friday, September 8th -Sunday, September 10th - Week #4
Tuesday, September 1t2th - Thursday, September 14th - Week #5


Relegation Play-offs

Saturday, September 23rd- Sunday, September 24th

Images courtesy of ECS

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