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Eight Teams Secure Riyadh Masters 2024 Slots

Eight teams have received direct invitations to play at the upcoming Riyadh Masters tournament after the conclusion of DreamLeague... Owen | 28. May 2024

Eight teams have received direct invitations to play at the upcoming Riyadh Masters tournament after the conclusion of DreamLeague Season 23. 

Riyadh Masters 2024 is the third iteration of the Riyadh Masters series and the final championship of the ESL Pro Tour. The event will take place in Riyadh and feature a $5,000,000 prize pool, acting as a miniature TI. 

Teams can receive direct invitations to the tournament by securing EPT (ESL Pro Tour) points, which can be obtained by playing in the DreamLeague and ESL events. 

In this ESL Pro Tour season, five events rewarded teams with EPT points:

  • DreamLeague Season 21 (Winner: Team Spirit)
  • ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023 (Winner: Azure Ray)
  • DreamLeague Season 22 (Winner: Team Falcons)
  • ESL One Birmingham 2024 (Winner: Team Falcons)
  • DreamLeague Season 23 (Winner: Team Falcons)

Since the last DreamLeague season, DreamLeague Season 23, has ended, the EPT leaderboard for this year has been finalized.

The top eight teams in the EPT ranking are as follows:

  • Team Falcons – 18,280 EPT points
  • BetBoom Team – 16,300 EPT points
  • Gaimin Gladiators – 10,960 EPT points
  • Xtreme Gaming – 10,400 EPT points
  • Tundra Esports – 6,515 EPT points
  • Team Liquid – 6,038 EPT points
  • OG – 5,496 EPT points
  • Team Spirit – 5,200 EPT points

Team Falcons dominated the competition when the new year started, so it’s no surprise seeing them with so many EPT points. Despite not winning a single event, the BetBoom Team isn’t too far away with over 16,000 points. They are consistently making deep runs in these events, often placing within the top four. 

Before DreamLeague Season 23, the top six teams had already qualified for Riyadh Masters. The two remaining slots were up for grabs, with Azure Ray, Heroic, and Aurora contesting for the slots. However, these teams had a problem, as OG and Team Spirit were ahead of them in EPT points.

Since none of the three teams could make a deep enough run at DreamLeague Season 23, OG and Team Spirit ended up taking the two final slots despite not participating in the DreamLeague tournament. 

Despite winning an entire event, ESL One Kuala Lumpur 2023, Azure Ray did not have sufficient points to break into the top eight. They have had disappointing runs throughout every tournament except the one they won.

These eight teams will not only receive direct invitations to the multi-million dollar tournament but will also immediately be seeded into the Group Stage. Meanwhile, the 12 remaining participants who will qualify from the regional qualifiers will be seeded into the Play-in Stage, a bloodbath before the Group Stage.

Last year, the Riyadh Masters tournament exceeded The International 12’s prize pool, with a total of $15,000,000 distributed. However, the prize pool has significantly decreased to $5,000,000 this year, but it is still life-changing money.

Riyadh Masters 2024 will be held offline in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The tournament will feature 20 participants and run from 4 to 21 July. The winner will take home $1,500,000. 

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