The first rounds of qualifiers are now mere days away and you will find some important updates on them in this thread, regarding the sign-up process and updates on participation policy and starting times.
We are proud to announce that TSL5 will be part of the ESL Pro Tour, and will award 1520 EPT Points in total. You will find the exact breakdown of points below. We want to thank DreamHack and ESL for including us in the circuit, even though it forced them to accelerate their finalizing of the new rule-set for external tournaments. We sincerely appreciate it!
This thread will also introduce our invitees to TSL5, four world class players from the international and Korean circuits!
The Four InvitesThe main event of the Shopify Team Liquid Starleague 5 starts on May 16th. Starting on Friday, twenty players will battle for their place in the bracket. The remaining four spots will be filled by a quartet of highly deserving players. We are excited to announce that Serral, Zest, INnoVation and ShoWTimE have accepted our invitation to join TSL 5.
When inviting players, we created a system based on two criteria:
- It had to be objective and verifiable. The system, once in place, should have no input from us.
- The system needs to strike a balance between Korean players and players from the rest of the world.
EPT PointsIn addition to the $30,000 prize pool, there are more than 1500 EPT points up for grabs. Here is the breakdown:
|5th - 6th||85|
|7th - 8th||65|
|9th - 12th||50|
|13th - 16th||35|
|17th - 24th||25|
Qualifier UpdatesQualifier Sign-ups
The sign-up page for the qualifiers is now live. A hub with links to all the qualifiers can be found here on ESL Play. The Qualifier info thread has been updated with a direct link to the individual server qualifiers.
NA Qualifiers Update
After our initial post, several players reached out to us regarding the starting time for the North American qualifier. Both the EU and NA qualifiers are meant for players from both regions. With the current setup, North American players can fairly easily participate in the European qualifiers, but not vice versa. This was due to the starting time for the North American qualifiers.
After discussions with players and DreamHack we have decided to move the starting time of the North American server qualifiers from 23:00 GMT (+00:00) to 21:00 GMT (+00:00). The Qualifier info thread has been updated to reflect this change.
Korean Qualifiers Update
As a result of discussions with ESL and DreamHack regarding TSL5’s eligibility for ESL Pro Tour points, we have revised our participation policy for the Korean server qualifiers. Here are the new rules regarding participation in the Korean server qualifier:
We believe this revised policy preserves TSL’s original goal of allowing broad international participation while also avoiding the ‘double-dipping’ issues of non-Korean players residing in Korea.
Please leave a message here, or contact Julmust if you have any questions.