As is the case with seasons, the end of season 5 of the ESL Pro League will see relegation matches with teams fighting for two slots in the Pro League. The teams to have placed 12th and 13th in Pro League will face the second and third teams from ESEA Premier Division.
The relegation matches will take place on May 16-18 for both EU and NA divisions. Pro League’s 12th and 13 place will meet the 2nd and 3rd place teams from ESEA’s Premier Division in a 4-team double elimination bracket. The match breakdown will be as follows:
- Tuesday, May 16th: two opening bo3 matches
- Wednesday, May 17th: winners’ bo3 match and elimination bo3 match
- Thursday, May 18th: decider bo3 match
The above format will be followed by both divisions.
In the end, two teams will qualify for season 6 of the ESL Pro League and two will end up playing in the ESEA Premier Division.
In the meantime, the last placed team in the Pro League will get directly demoted while the team to top the Premier Division will automatically move up to Pro League.