Season 1 for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will pick up right where we left off. The first league in 2017 will host an 8 team league, where teams will participate each week for 7 weeks over both Monday and Thursday nights - all aiming for their place at the offline final. We will see a mixture of invited teams and a closed online qualifier, to determine the final 8 teams that compete in Season 1 and for a $10,000 prize pool.
Having narrowly missed out for qualifying for the ZEN Esports Network League, both Avant Garde and Legacy Esports will receive direct invitations to participate in the ESL AU & NZ Championship 2017 - Season 1. 2016 - Season 2 participant, Team Exile5 will also receive a direct invitation to compete in the new season, pending that they maintain a core lineup from their AU & NZ Championship 2016 - Season 2 roster.
In recognition of their results in all competitions during the past three months - and for maintaining their core lineup: Alpha Sydney, Corvidae and Cypher shall also be receiving a direct invitation to participate in the ESL AU & NZ Championship 2017 - Season 1.
The closed online qualifier - which will find our last two teams for the AU & NZ Championship will take place over the weekend of February 18/19, featuring a Double Elimination, best of three format.
Once all eight teams have been found, the ESL AU & NZ Championships will be ready to begin... all starting on February 27!