Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 Begins This Weekend: What You Need to Know

by in Apex Legends | Oct, 14th 2021

The Apex Legends Global Series is the massive esports franchise to match the equally massive free-to-play battle royale game available on almost every main gaming platform out there. Year 2 of the ALGS will begin, starting with the Apex Legends Pro League Split 1. 

Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 Begins Soon

The Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 will kick off the second season of the Apex Legends Global Series, featuring all-new competitions, events, tournaments, and leagues for fans to enjoy. There is so much happening in the second season. EA and Respawn are not wasting any time getting to it. 

Even though the Apex Legends Global Series Championships only wrapped up just a few months ago, EA makes sure that the teams, pro players, and fans have plenty more content to enjoy. Despite not being a new year yet, there is a lot to look forward to in the last few remaining months of 2021. 

It all starts with the Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 event that is coming very soon and will feature the very best pro players from around the world competing against one another for the chance to come out on top in the second year.

Like the first year of the Apex Legends Global Series, the different competitions will be split up by the various regions offered around the world. There is still yet to be a combined approach with the champs from around the world battling each other, so it will remain split for now. 

But the great part about this is that fans will be able to watch five different regions hosting their own Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 event. That means an insane amount of pro teams competing and plenty of matches to watch over the next good while. 

It all begins with the opening weekend event in the Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 that starts this Saturday, October 16, and will run through Sunday, October 17. This is only the beginning of the events in the second year of the ALGS and will be a nice teaser for the year. 

Five regions are in the Apex Legends Pro League Split 1: North America, South America, EMEA, APAC North, and APAC South. Here’s everything you need to know about these regions, their teams, the upcoming broadcast schedule, and what will happen in the first half of the Pro League this year. 

Pro League Schedule

For starters, there is the Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 schedule that has been revealed. To determine the teams competing in the second iteration of the Pro League, there were different qualifying points that allowed for these teams to make it into their respective regions. 

In total, 40 teams are part of each region’s respective Pro League, making for a whopping 200 teams around the world that are composed of the very best Apex Legends pro players. That is an insane number of pro teams, but that is what EA is doing this year. 

Since there are 40 teams in the different region’s Pro League iterations, there are different criteria used to determine who made it into the highly anticipated event. It all starts with the top 20 teams that are part of each region’s Pro League. 

Half of the 40 teams in each region were directly invited into the Pro League by simply being in the top 20 teams from the previous year’s second split. The next four teams, 21-24, were selected for the league to win the preseason qualifiers event and earn a place in the gauntlet. 

Last but not least, the final 16 teams in the Pro League have been selected based on the cumulative points that they have earned throughout the preseason qualifier events. With these altogether, we have 40 teams that represent the very best in all five regions around the world. 

How the schedule for the first split of the season will work is that this is only half of the Pro League for the second year of the ALGS. Two splits will happen for the next several months, and they will both follow the same general format. 

In the case of the first split that is imminently approaching, it all begins with the opening weekend, which will continue into the five weeks in total of competition that this Pro League has in store for us. Teams will compete in these five weeks using a classic double-round robin-style format. 

It is a grueling five weeks as every team in the Pro League will compete in a whopping 36 matches during this regular season, across six series in total that each will have six matches included in them. Each of the teams is divided into four different groups, with 10 teams in each. 

There is a lot on the line in these matches and plenty for fans to watch. During the regular season, there is a lot that teams can compete for, including the massive $500,000 prize pool that is on the line. In addition, though, there is the chance to quickly qualify for the playoffs championship event next year if they do well enough in the regular season, so teams must do the best they can, even though this is only the first split for the second year. 

Challenger Circuit Is Also Here

Besides the Pro League that will start very soon, there is also the amateur division with the Challenger Circuit of the ALGS. The Challenger Circuit is there for anyone looking to go pro to compete as it is completely open to anyone and everyone who meets the requirements. 

Registration is now available for the Challenger Circuit. You can do that by finding your two other players and registering for the events that are coming soon. This is your chance to possibly win some cash and recognition and the chance to be part of the pro league. 

Four completely open Challenger Circuit tournaments will be happening during the Pro League’s first split. Each of these events will be crucial as it will be where you will earn valuable points that can go towards possibly making it to the big leagues someday. 

Once the four tournaments have concluded at the end of the first split this season, the top 22 teams in each region’s Challenger Circuit will have the chance to go pro. These top 22 teams will be determined by the number of points they have earned over the four Challenger Circuit tournaments. 

What will then happen is that the top 22 teams from the Challenger Circuit will have the chance to compete between the first and second split to be a pro team in the Pro League for split two. The 22 teams will face off against the bottom eight teams from the first split of the Pro League for a chance to retain or take one of their spots for split two. 

Who the Preseason Qualifiers Are This Season

As part of the preseason process, there were four weekends of competition in which teams worldwide competed against one another for a chance in the Pro League. Each tournament featured hundreds, if not thousands, of teams competing for this highly sought-after opportunity. 

Each weekend in the five regions, there was one winner from the tournament. That team automatically qualified for the Pro League in the first split. This continued for three more weekends until four teams were selected for the Pro League from each region. 

From there, the next top 16 teams in each region by points from across the four weekends were selected to round out the Pro League and comprise the first split of the ALGS Year 2 event. For North America, the four qualifying winners from the preseason tournaments are, in order of winning, Dudes Night Out, SXG, Bench Warmers, and Absolute Monarchy. 

For EMEA, the four teams are 69iQ eSports, K1CK, MajorPushers, and Clean. On the APAC North side, there are catJam, FC Destroy, BAKAGAKI, and United Crew Y. In APAC South, we have Ogre 3, WEAREGODGAMERS, Golden Sage, and PK. And last but not least, for South America, there is clubinvictusaim, Most Valuable, Tekila, and Kaizen Esports. 

Teams Representing the ALGS Pro League

Saving this part for last due to how long the lists are, the teams are competing in the Apex Legends Pro League Split 1 this time around. As mentioned, 200 unbelievable teams compete across the five regions, some of which are brand new teams or new organizations that teams have signed to. 

Notable teams include reigning champs from their respective regions, like Bottom 20 (Kungarna NA), whose roster is part of the 100 Thieves Apex Legends team. They will be looking to retain their championship title in year two in North America. 

There is also SCARZ Europe for the EMEA region, Reject over there in the APAC North region, Wolfpack Arctic in APAC South, and Team Singularity in South America. They are the most notable ones, but many more teams, including higher seeds for their performance during Year 1. Each of the next few paragraphs will include the names of all the teams that we currently know about from North America and Europe, divided up into their specific groups. 

Since there are just so many competing teams this year, we wanted to highlight the North America and EMEA ones, which are still 80 teams in total. The four groups of each league are divided up further with the 10 teams, including a mix of top, middle, and bottom teams to keep it mostly balanced. 

Starting with North America, there are four groups here in the first split. Group A includes Team SoloMid, TeamLiquid, Cloud9, Knights, Charlotte Phoenix, Absolute Monarchy, Buff Pathfinder, SMP, CLX, and Moanerz. Group B is NRG, Renegades, Ghost Gaming, eRa Eternity, Premier GG, Bench Warmers, Noble, O Tama, Legacy MX, and Unlucky, Group C is Complexity, Sentinels, Torrent, Dubblyew, Senior Service, SXG, Sign Us Please, CPR Certified, Estral Esports, and Rolla Theory. Group D is G2, Spacestation, XSET, 100 Thieves, CLG, Dudes Night Out, SHEEEEEEESH, Bad Boys, Neanderthals, and 2B1C. 

EMEA Group A: Gambit Esports, GnaskeOliDel, Natus Vincent, LCDF, Zeta Division, Clean, Dead Inside, NoFearGaming, AllPlanned, and uwuowocatboys. Group B: Kungarna, Rebel, Myztro Gaming, 789, soloQgoats, Major Pushers, Top Dogs, Redragon, DungeonMast33rs, and Rats. Group C: Fenerbahce Esports, Alliance, NEW, Underrated, iG.International, K1CK, Odin Gamers, Ethernal, AAS, and UpRising. Group D: SCARZ Europe, Reply Totem, SMH, Future Perfect, Forg Gang, 69iQ eSports, FiGVam, Nemesis, Phoenix Legacy, and Three Jabronies. 

Since there are 200 teams in the Pro League this split across the four regions, we decided to go over the North America and EMEA ones for our readers. If you are interested in the teams for the Pro League in the other three regions, be sure to check out the full post from EA. Stay tuned for our coverage of the first split and the rest of the second year for the ALGS. 


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