ESL Challenger League Season 40: Europe has come to an end. At the championship, which was held online from January 25 to April 3, 16 teams from Europe fought for a prize pool of $50,000, as well as a ticket to the ESL Pro League Conference Season 16. The winner of the tournament was the HEET team, which outplayed 1WIN with a score of 3:2.
The tournament for the future winner began with a difficult performance at the group stage, during which HEET lost to Akimbo (1:2), but turned out to be stronger than BLINK (2:0) and Copenhagen Flames (2:1), making it to the playoffs.
Here the French team outplayed Wisła Kraków (2:0) in the quarterfinals, but the very next day they lost to 1WIN (0:2), falling into the lower bracket. However, HEET managed to get back into the fight, beating ECSTATIC (2:1), Wisła Kraków (2:1) and SAW (2:1), making it to the grand final.
In the decisive match, the French managed to quickly close the gap, finishing Vertigo with a confident defeat. But if the teams exchanged spades further, then on the decisive map of Dust 2 matHEND's wards managed to show a little more perseverance in order to get a hard-fought victory over 1WIN (3:2).
Results of ESL Challenger League Season 40: Europe
- 1st place: HEET — $20,000 + seat at EPL Conference S16.
- 2nd place: 1WIN — $11,500 + seat in the S41 Challenger League.
- 3rd place: SAW - $7,000 + place in the S41 Challenger League.
- 4th place: Wisła Kraków — $4,000 + place in the S41 Challenger League.
- 5th-6th place: Falcons Esports and ECSTATIC - $2,500 + a place in the S41 Challenger League.
- 7th-8th place: Team Finest and Entropiq - $1,250 + a place in the S41 Challenger League.
- 9th-12th place: Nemiga Gaming, Copenhagen Flames, 1shot and SKADE - relegated to S40 Relegation.
- 13th-16th place: Into The Breach, BLINK, GamerLegion and SINNERS - relegated to S40 Relegation.