The broad strokes of the ESL Pro Tour are largely similar to the previous WCS Circuit, but the newly implemented ESL Open Cups have introduced a new element in the race to qualify for the Masters Finals (the new 'BlizzCon' or Global Finals). Each week, three cups will be held across the Europe, NA, and Korean servers (no regional restriction on competitors), awarding 10 EPT points to the winner and 5 points to the runner-up.
While this is a small number of points, the race to qualify for the year-end finals has sometimes been decided by paper thin margins in the past.
Several notable players participated in the first week of cups, including some of the 2019 Global Finalists. Solar won the Korean server tournament, HeroMarine won on the EU server, while Scarlett triumphed on North America. Week #2 of the ESL Open Cup is set to take place on January 19th.
Korean Server Cup #1 (Click for full 256 player bracket)
Americas Server Cup #1 (Click for full 256 player bracket)