The change allows teams nearly three extra days to lock in their rosters ahead of the start of Season 6. Once the season starts, teams can make only two transactions over the course of the Pro League season. In the ESL Pro League rulebook, of which Slingshot obtained a copy, the deadline was supposed to go into effect 10 days before the start of the season, which would have been Aug. 12. It’s unclear if that was a misnomer or if there was another extension before this one.
Season 6 of the ESL Pro League will span seven weeks beginning Aug. 22 and ending Nov. 11. The finals will take place Dec. 5-10 in Odense, Denmark, the third largest city in the country. This will be the first season of Pro League after the mass layoffs of production and graphics personnel by ESL last month. G2 Esports won Season 5 of the ESL Pro League, with the finals taking place in Dallas, Texas.
The move is largely seen as a way to give teams an extra few days to solidify their rosters after what has been a hectic transfer period following the PGL Krakow Major last month.
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