ECS Season 3 – Week 8 Recap

After considerable success in the previous iterations, the third season of Esports Championship Series has been confirmed and the online league kicked off on April 14. The tournament, organized by FACEIT, features a $1,500,000 prize pool; 50% is utilized to ensure player and team stability, while the remaining $750,000 will be given out in prize money.

A total of twenty teams, ten for the European region and ten for the North American one, will compete in the online league from April 14 to June 8. The tournament will follow a round-robin format, where all teams must face each other in two best-of-one series. Only the top four teams will earn the right to participate at the LAN event, held at SSE Arena, Wembley in London, UK, from June 23 to 25. Teams placed in the top eight will also receive a direct invite to ECS Season 4.

The online league is composed of eight weeks of games. To ensure you won’t miss any of the action, we will cover each one and provide a comprehensive recap. In today’s report, we will take a look at what happened during week eight, from June 7 to 8. You can find the replays of each day at http://youtube.com/faceit.

Summary of the previous weeks

 

European League – Day 1

  • FaZe Clan vs. GODSENT – Nuke 16:3 (13:2; 3:1)
  • GODSENT vs. FaZe Clan – Cache 16:10 (5:10; 11:0)
  • G2 Esports vs. Ninjas in Pyjamas – Cache 16:12 (7:8; 9:4)
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. G2 Esports – Train 16:11 (7:8; 9:3)

The last week of the European league started with a battle between FaZe Clan and GODSENT. The former are the best performing team in our ladder, and of course have already earned a ticket to London. The latter must fight to remain in the top 8 as Virtus.pro have a very close score. Even though FaZe didn’t need extra points, they engaged in battle with all their might in order to show their fans an awesome match.

The first game took place on de_nuke, where FaZe proved their superiority with a 16 to 3 victory. GODSENT only snatched 2 rounds as Terrorists and one in the second half. Overall, the players of the winner’s team obtained great scores, but Aleksi “allu” Jalli shined among them. He killed 22 opponents, inflicted a substantial 115.8 average damage per round, and secured a 1.88 rating.

Nikola “NiKo” Kovač surprised the casters with two clean headshots.

The second game was played on de_cache, where both teams had a win rate above 50% in the past three months. Against all predictions, GODSENT defeated FaZe thank to an astonishing Terrorist-side won 10 to 0. They brought home the second map of the series with a 16:10 score. Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson led his team to victory with a 1.46 rating, 106.5 ADR, and by killing 1.04 enemies per round.

The video below shows Lekr0’s skills and how he claimed the 2nd round for GODSENT on de_cache.

The second matchup featured G2 Esports against Ninjas in Pyjamas. There was just one spot left for the LAN event from the EU side, and these teams were the contenders. NiP had to win both games of the series to advance, while G2 only needed 1 victory. The stats were in favour of G2 Esports: they won all the previous fights versus NiP in 2017, triumphing a total of 4 times. An odd factor influenced the matchup as NiP played with two stand-ins: Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev and Egor “flamie” Vasilyev.

G2 earned a win rate around 65% on de_cache in 2017, and reinforced it by winning the first match. With this success they become the fourth and final EU team for the league finals. G2 won 16 to 12, and the MVP of the game was Richard “shox” Papillon with 28 kills and a 1.54 rating.

The second battle, on de_train, was also close, but this time NiP had the upper hand 16 to 11. The 9 rounds obtained during the terrorist side were decisive to claim the match. s1mple’s performance was marvelous as he killed 30 enemies, 1.11 per round on average, and acquired a 1.79 rating.

 

European League – Day 2

  • Team EnVyUs vs. Team Dignitas – Nuke 16:8 (11:4; 5:4)
  • Team Dignitas vs. Team EnVyUs – Cache 17:19 (7:8; 8:7) (2:4)
  • FaZe Clan vs. mousesports – Mirage 11:16 (6:9; 5:7)
  • mousesports vs. FaZe Clan – Cache 6:16 (5:10; 1:6)
  • G2 Esports vs. Virtus.pro – Overpass 16:10 (10:5; 6:5)
  • Virtua.pro vs. G2 Esports – Train 14:16 (3:12; 11:4)

Team EnVyUs and Team Dignitas never faced each other before. The former are considered stronger, and in fact they hold the 17th position on HLTV, while the latter are only placed in the 36th. Even winning both of today’s games, Dignitas won’t be able to reach the top 8 and obtain a direct invite to the next season of ECS.

The arena selected for the first match was de_nuke, where EnVyUs crushed Dignitas with a 16 to 8 score. They showed a particularly strong Terrorist side, winning as many as 11 rounds. The MVP and top killer was Alexandre “xms” Forté with 27 kills, 1.12 on average per round, and a 1.70 rating.

The squads moved on de_cache for the second game, and once again EnVyUs were victorious. Considering the past three months, Dignitas had a better win rate on this map, while EnVyUs’ one was negative. Both teams played at their best, and the game extended into overtime, where the French team finally prevailed 19 to 17. Adil “ScreaM” Benrlitom scored a breathtaking number of kills, 38, and acquired a rating much higher than any other player in the game, 1.64.

Joakim “jkaem” Myrbostad’s magic spray granted him three kills in a row.

FaZe Clan kept fighting also on day 2, this time against mousesports. If we take a look at their match history, the teams scored a tie, 5 to 5. FaZe was one of the best teams in our league, while mousesports achieved an average score of 7-9.

Mouz already defeated FaZe two times on de_mirage in the past, and also today they demonstrated their tactical expertise on this map. A few extra rounds in each half guaranteed them the final victory 16 to 11. Robin “ropz” Kool and Denis “denis” Howell both inflicted 27 kills, and attained a rank above 1.30.

The second game was played on de_cache, where mouz had a strong win rate above 60%. Today, FaZe overwhelmed them with brute strength: they won 10 rounds in the first half, and then conquered the Terrorist-side 6 to 1. Nikola “NiKo” Kovač was the uncontested star in this match as he scored 27-10, inflicted a huge 119.3 average damage per round, and achieved a 1.97 rating – 0.98 more than his average in the past three months.

NiKo’s prowess is shown in the replay below.

In the final match of the EU league, G2 Esports clashed against Virtus.pro. The former are already qualified for the LAN event, while the latter had a really bad time during our league, and in the previous week they lost two more games against NiP. Overall, the match history between the two teams shows a 20-16 score for G2, but VP’s recently disappointing performance proves that currently they aren’t in great shape.

They lost the first game on de_overpass, where G2 conquered the T-side with 10 rounds, and brought home the victory 16 to 10. The best player of the match vs Richard “shox” Papillon: he inflicted a 102.1 ADR, scored 31 kills, and attained a 1.75 rating.

G2 and VP’s win rate on de_train during 2017 was slightly above 50%. G2 Esports triumphed also in the second game of the series, but this time with a very close 16:14 score. Both teams had a very good CT-side, and in the end the difference of just a few rounds determined the final victor. Once again shox contributed to the victory of his team with as many as 29 kills.

In the highlight below you can witness the teamplay of Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski and Jarosław “pashaBiceps” Jarząbkowski

At the end of the eight week, we finally know all the European teams that qualified for the LAN finals in London: FaZe Clan, Astralis, G2 Esports and Fnatic. The official standings are available here.

 

North American League – Day 1

  • OpTic Gaming vs. NRG Esports – Cobblestone 16:10 (7:8; 9:2)
  • NRG Esports vs. OpTic Gaming – Mirage 4:16 (3:12; 1:4)
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. Renegades – Cache 16:13 (10:5; 6:8)
  • Renegades vs. Counter Logic Gaming – Cobblestone 13:16 (10:5; 3:11)

The first day of the NA league featured a battle between OpTic Gaming and NRG Esports – the former are in the top four of the ladder. Today, Optic will play their best game, as a double victory will grant them enough points to qualify for the LAN event. Instead, NRG must fight to remain in the top 8, in order to earn an invite for the next season of ECS. The teams only clashed three times in 2017, and NRG resulted the victor with a 2 to 1 score.

The first game took place on de_cbble, where both teams had a negative win rate – slightly below 40% – during 2017. After a rather balanced first half, OpTic overwhelmed NRG and won 9 to 2 as Terrorists. Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas drastically contributed to the final 16:10 score by obtaining a 1.56 rating, inflicting 104.1 average damage per round, and killing as many as 25 opponents.

The second match was completely one-sided because OpTic played in one of their best maps, de_mirage, where they show off a 66.7% win rate in the past three months. Thanks to their impenetrable defense, OpTic scored 12 rounds as Counter-Terrorists, and ended the game with an amazing 16 to 4 score. The man of the match was Tarik “tarik” Celik with a 19-8 score and a 1.66 rating – 0.67 more than his average.

Derrick “LILMAN” Boyne obtained a knife kill during de_cbble.

Counter Logic Gaming and Renegades entered the battlefield to end the first day. They fought against each other multiple times in the past, and CLG proved to be the best team winning nine matches out of twelve. Currently, they share a similar rank on HLTV: Renegades has a stable 20th position, while CLG improved from the 37th to the 18th in the past three months.

De_cache was the battlefield selected for the first game. Both teams earned respectable results in this arena, scoring a win rate around 60%. Today, CLG resulted victorious with a close 16 to 13 score, particularly thanks to a better T-side that they won 10 to 5. Undoubtedly, Kenneth “koosta” Suen was the MVP with an astonishing 34-17 score and a 1.82 rating.

Also on de_cbble both teams had a win rate of 60%, thus they displayed another great matchup that ended with the second victory for CLG. Renegades scored 10:5 as CT, but CLG had a slightly better performance that granted them the match with a 16 to 13 score. koosta was on fire, and deserved the title of best player also on this map. He scored 28 kills, 0.97 per round on average, and obtained a 1.54 rating.

Aaron “AZR” Ward and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac showed us a great defense on de_cache, securing the 5th round for Renegades.

 

North American League – Day 2

  • Team Liquid vs. Luminosity Gaming – Cobblestone 16:1 (14:1; 2:0)
  • Luminosity Gaming vs. Team Liquid – Train 9:16 (7:8; 2:8)
  • NRG Esports vs. Renegades – Cache 16:11 (10:5; 6:6)
  • Renegades vs. NRG Esports – Cobblestone 17:19 (8:7; 7:8) (2:4)
  • Counter Logic Gaming vs. Ghost Gaming – Train 16:6 (13:2; 3:4)
  • Ghost Gaming vs. Counter Logic Gaming – Overpass 8:16 (3:12; 5:4)

Team Liquid had to win today’s games to confirm their position in the ladder and qualify for the Finals. They faced Luminosity Gaming a total of five times in 2017, winning almost all encounters and losing only a map on de_dust2. The Brazilians displayed an underwhelming performance during the league, and are confined in the bottom two position.

Team Liquid dominated the fight on de_cbble, bringing home victory with an undisputed 16 to 1 score. They monopolized the CT-side scoring 14 rounds, while Luminosity could only attain a round as Terrorists. Russel “Twistzz” Van Dulken obtained one of the highest ratings of the entire season – 2.38 – and a brilliant K-D of 24-4.

The teams moved on de_train for the second game. They both shared positive results on this map – particularly Team Liquid, that scored a 66% win rate in 2017 by winning six matches out of 9. After a balanced first half, Liquid crushed the enemy’s formation and conquered the T-side 8 to 2. Jonathan “EliGE” Jablonowski stood out with 28 kills, an ADR of 118, and a 1.62 rating. After this series, Liquid obtained a total of 36 points, the top 3 in the NA ladder, and a spot for the LAN finals.

The replay of Team Liquid vs Luminosity Gaming is available on CS:GO StarLadder.

NRG Esports and Renegades lost all their matches during day 1, but today they will face each other in their last series of the league. Taking a look at the match history between them, Renegades is the victor with a 4-1 score, while NRG only won a match on de_mirage in January.

Renegades defeated NRG 16 to 1 on de_cache in 2017, and today they fought on the same map. This time the result was completely different as NRG succeeded in obtaining their revenge: they won 10 rounds during the CT-side, and tied 6:6 in the second half – the map ended 16 to 11 for NRG. Damian “daps” Steele claimed the title of MVP with 25 kills and a 1.46 rating.

In the highlight, you can have a look at some absurd taps courtesy of daps, who scored a quadra kill while defending the B-bombsite on de_cache.

The second game was played on de_cbble, one of Renegade’s best maps: they boast a win rate above 60% in the past three months. Even if NRG’s win rate was below 40%, today they proved their toughness and pride by conquering the second match of the series. The battle ended in overtime, where NRG prevailed 4 to 2. Derrick “LILMAN” Boyne contributed to the team’s victory with 32 kills, 95.2 average damage per round, and a 1.27 rating.

Once again, daps was the hero of the game, and thanks to him NRG obtained the 6th round on de_cbble.

The last game of the American league saw Counter Logic Gaming against Ghost Gaming. The latter are the worst placed team in the season, with a 1-15 score and 3 points. Unfortunately for CLG, even a double victory today won’t grant them enough points to qualify for the LAN event. Considering the overall performance of the two teams, CLG were the favorites for the victory in the series.

On de_train, CLG had the upper hand 16 to 6, scoring 13 rounds as Terrorists. The man of the match was Stephen “reltuC” Cutler with a 20-8 score, 0.91 kills per round, and a 1.49 rating – 0.50 more than his average. Ghost were not able to resist against CLG’s attack, and achieved only 2 rounds as Counter-Terrorists, and 4 in the second half.

We observed a similar situation on de_overpass, where CLG claimed victory in the first half with a 12-3 score, and ended the game 16 to 8. This time the top performer was Kenneth “koosta” Suen with a 1.72 rating and a 23-14 K-D.

At the end of the eight week, we finally have the top four American teams that will travel to London: Cloud9, SK Gaming, Team Liquid, and OpTic Gaming. The official standings are available here.

The ECS Season 3 Finals will take place at SSE Arena, Wembley, London, from June 23 to 25. The top eight teams that qualified through the European and American league will battle for a $660,000 prize pool. We hired some of the best talents in the CS:GO scene to entertain our followers. We hope that you will join us for an amazing weekend! Tickets for the event are available here.