Season 3 Path to Pro

Posted on at 12:38 AM by Moobeat
Even though the World Championships have concluded and the end of S2 is fast approaching, Riot is already setting a few things into motion to make sure teams are ready for S3. One of these initiatives is to find out just who the other five Championship Series teams are.
Continue reading for the full announcement regarding how things, including an ACTUAL use for the 5v5 ladder, are going to go down!
[ Note: This is the NA version of the announcement, the almost identical EU announcement can be found here ].
"Three teams from North America – TSM, Dignitas and CLG.NA – have already qualified for the Season Three Championship Series, but there are still five spots left to fill. With the new competitive season closing in, the search for the remaining Season Three contenders is officially on.

When the end-of-season soft Elo reset happens on November 6, the Ranked 5v5 Team ladder will become your proving ground for the Season Three Championship Series. On December 27, we’ll invite the top 32 ladder teams from North America to participate in an online qualifier from January 4-6. From there, the top six teams will have an all-expenses-paid invitation to compete in a live qualifier tournament against teams from the North American Regionals that didn’t pre-qualify for the Season Three Championship Series, plus a few new Challenger Circuit competitors. This live qualifier is your team’s opportunity to go pro in Season Three. Finish in the top five and you’re one of the pro teams in the Championship Series!
 Here’s a full rundown of how to qualify:

  • Hold one of the top 32 positions in the Ranked Team 5v5 ladder on December 27 by 3am PST to earn a spot in the online qualifier
  • Take top six in the online qualifier to advance and compete against Season Two’s remaining North American Regional competitors and new Challenger Circuit contenders at a live competition
  • Finish in the top five of the live qualifiers for your invitation to go pro in Season Three
The search for our final five pro teams begins when the ladder soft resets on November 6, so make sure that your team is prepared and ready to hit the ground running. We’re looking forward to seeing which teams rise to the challenge!"


  1. Replies
    1. "the top six teams will have an all-expenses-paid invitation to compete in a live qualifier tournament"

      Riot must be rich.
      Better off spending them to develop game.
      I buy skin/RP because I want to support them to keep bringing in new awesome stuffs. But recently I just feel my money goes straight into tournament winnings.

    2. I'm sure its all budgeted accordingly. Besides, promoting e-sports is a long term investment for Riot. If they can bring in (and keep) more professional teams (especially the teams who are well known in other genres), they get more (and well known) sponsors. More sponsors mean more money for tourneys, and more exposure for them. More exposure means more income that can be budgeted on development, while the increased sponsors will maintain the level of tourney prizes, continuing the cycle.

    3. The largest aspect of the game is the competitiveness of it. Besides, everyone at Riot works on salary (probably), I'm sure they can't just up their pay because you decide to buy more stuff. :P And it's already been said that adding new people to the group, doesn't make it better, just more cluttered.

      The best thing TO DO is to reward players for using their product. Seems reasonable to me

    4. RP is not Riot's only source of income.

  2. Hey moobeat, just wondering, can SEA region players qualify as well?

    1. Not to sound like an ass, but doesn't Garena already do something similar? The Garena Premiere League or whatever? I think this is Riot's version of that, to try to bring E Sports to the level it already is in SEA.

    2. Oh, thanks for the info. I don't watch the GPL anyway, so I didn't know.

  3. They didn't specify the minimum age of 17 here very well.
    Quote from RiotMarcou: "You must be at least 17 years old by the first day of the Season [early 2013]"

  4. @Moobeat Are you going to be posting results and etc for the MLG tourny?