Garena signed a contract with the Taiwan Electronics Sports League (TeSL) to officially join the TeSL-run 7-ELEVEN e-Sports Pro League. This week, the TeSL Pro League will host official show matches and will be featured on Taiwan’s “Videoland” television channel.
TeSL has a history with e-sports, running StarCraft 2 for six seasons. This is their seventh season and the first time they have elected to run League of Legends.
For their first partnered event, the Garena and TESL alliance has divided 20 teamless high-end elite players from Taiwan into four draft teams: The Submarines (SMR), the Heavy Artillery (HAT), The Cheetahs (CHT) and the Defenders (DFD).
|Chen “Beat” Cheng-Lun||Top|
|Tim “Naz” Chen-chi||Jungle|
|Kuan-Ting “kukuku” Chen||Mid|
|Chen “Winds” Peng||AD Carry|
|Chang “Atu” Wei Liang||Support|
|Wang “kimik” Hao Jun||Top|
|Xu “Moon” Fengjia||Jungle|
|Wu “Jackson” Xin Qi||Mid|
|Liu “KuruCat” Youzhang||AD Carry|
|Liang “uIRD” Teng Lai||Support|
|Huang “Yaumo” Yuhong||Top|
|Liu “REAL1RON” Junyi||Jungle|
|Kuan-Ting “Morning” Chen||Mid|
|Zhang “CatLatte” Ruo||AD Carry|
|Zhang “president” Due||Support|
|Weng “Ratis” Yu Fan||Top|
|Zhou “Steak” Yulhee||Jungle|
|Shi “Clurinus” Yueting||Mid|
|Cai “bonbon” Lirong||AD Carry|
|Huxu “sW0RDaRT” Kit||Support|
The first part of the league will be divided into three stages. Stage one will start this week on February 22nd and go until late April. Following the first stage will be two more stages and eight teams. In these stages, the draft teams will compete against each other as well as professional teams Taipei Snipers and ahq e-Sports Club, to test the abilities of the draft teams, as well as adding exciting matches to the season.
At the end of the third stage, a draft will be held and from the four draft teams competing, a single team will be created by selecting the best players of the season who will compete against eight other professional teams in the 7-ELEVEN Professional League, which will start in the second half of 2013.
There was no mention of the Garena Premiere League (GPL) and the potential for the teams to join the TeSL, but given the nature of the partnership between Garena and TeSL, it’s not a stretch to think some sort of merger between the GPL and TeSL Pro League could occur.