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ECS Season 8 Finals: Preview, Format, Schedule

Posted 28th November 2019 By: Derpina    147 Views

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Esports News – One of the biggest CS:GO Major tournaments this year is coming your way. ECS is set to conclude a new season this week at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas. With only 8 teams remaining, the tournament crowns the best team that can dominate both the European and North American regions. The winner will take home the $500,000 prize money.

Competing teams

The participating CS:GO teams are divided into two groups. AVANGAR and Sharks were the top seeders from NA and EU, so they were assigned to Groups A and B as the first teams. With the upper hand, the two teams led the distribution process and determined which team goes to the opposite group. Regardless of the distribution and seeding results, the world has its eyes on Team Liquid, Astralis, and Evil Geniuses. All three are vying for the Intel Grand Slam Season 3 award.


Evil Geniuses
Team Liquid
Ninjas in Pyjamas


Made In Brazil

Format, schedule, and prize

The Player Association and ECS organizers confirmed that the teams will battle using CS:GO’s latest update. Groups A and B face their group members in the group stage. The opening round introduces a series of BO1 matches, while the succeeding rounds are played in a BO3 format. The top teams in the group stage secures a slot in the semi-finals. All qualifying teams in the penultimate stage face each other in a single-elimination bracket with BO3 matches.

Here’s the breakdown of the tournament’s schedule and opening matchups:

Thursday, November 28

23:00 Evil Geniuses vs. AVANGAR (BO1)
00:30 Team Liquid vs. NiP (BO1)
02:00 Astralis vs. Sharks (BO1)
03:30 fnatic vs. MIBR (BO1)
05:00 Group A winners’ match (BO3)
08:00 Group B winners’ match (BO3)

Friday, November 29
23:00 Group A elimination match (BO3)
02:00 Group B elimination match (BO3)
05:00 Group A decider match (BO3)
08:00 Group B decider match (BO3)

Saturday, November 30
02:00 Semi-final #1 (BO3)
05:00 Semi-final #2 (BO3)

Sunday, December 1
02:00 Showmatch
05:00 Grand final (BO3)

The prize pool distribution is as follows:

1. $225,000
2. $100,000
3-4. $50,000
5-6. $25,000
7-8. $12,500


Written by Derpina