SANTA MONICA, CALIF., Nov. 29, 2016 – The roster of teams for the Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 2 Finals have been set, with teams SK Gaming and Astralis rounding out a lineup representing some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) players in the world. Starting on December 9, at 11:00 am PT, each of the eight teams will face off in the first rounds of the group stage. On December 10-11, these teams will engage in heated matches in front of a live audience in the Grand Finals at the Anaheim Arena in California to be crowned the winners of ECS Season 2 and earn the accompanying $750K grand prize. Tickets to the ECS Season Two Finals are available for purchase now at the official event website, and free Student Tickets are available with a valid student ID while stocks last.
North American teams will look to make a statement at the ECS Finals, with SK Gaming’s two-time major winning lineup coming in as tournament favorites, but North American fan favorite Cloud9 will look to challenge SK Gaming by building on a string of positive results from recent tournaments. The ECS Finals will also see rising star OpTic Gaming come into the fold as it looks to continue to surprise fans after its recent win against Fnatic, along with ECS newcomers Immortals, who will look to cement its place amongst the top teams in the world with an ECS Championship notched on its belt.
Will a European team once again take home the winning title for Season 2? Heavy contenders that can do just that include UK organization, Team Dignitas, who took on the likes of Fnatic and OpTic at the recent ELEAGUE Season 2 qualifiers and made it out on top and Team EnVyUs, who took home the Esports Industry Award for Team of the Year earlier this month and beat ECS Season 1 winners, G2 Esports, in the final qualifying round for Season 2. The Finals will also see Astralis, who are positioned in first place in the ECS European group stage and fan favorite FaZe Clan who have experienced repeated success in the largest gaming tournaments across the globe.
The full Finals groups and schedule, including the respective schedules for each of the final eight teams, are as follows:
- SK Gaming
- Team Dignitas
Day 1 – Friday December 9
- 11:15 AM – Astralis vs. OpTic (Group A.1 – UB Semifinal #1)
- 12:30 PM – FaZe vs. Cloud9 (Group A.2 – UB Semifinal #2)
- 1:45 PM – Winner A.1 vs. Winner A.2 (Group A.3 – UB Final)
- 3:00 PM – SK Gaming vs. Team Dignitas (Group B.1 – UB Semifinal #1)
- 4:15 PM – Immortals vs. EnVyUs (Group B.2 – UB Semifinal #2)
- 5:30 PM- Winner B1 vs. Winner B2 (Group B.3 – UB Final)
Day 2 – Saturday December 10
- 10:15 AM – Loser A.1 vs. Loser A.2 (Group A.4 – Lower Bracket #1)
- 1:15 PM – Loser B.1 vs. Loser B.2 (Group B.4 – LB #1)
- 4:15 PM – Winner A.4 vs. Loser A.3 (Group A.5 – LB Final)
- 7:15 PM – Winner B.4 vs. Loser B.3 (Group B.5 – LB Final)
Day 3 – Sunday December 11
- 11:15 AM – #1 Group B vs. #2 Group A (Semifinal #1)
- 2:30 PM – #1 Group A vs. #2 Group B (Semifinal #2)
- 6:00 PM – Winner Semi #1 vs. Winner Semi #2 (Grand Final)
Teams taking part in Season Two of the ECS league will earn all the benefits of Season One participants, including co-ownership in the league and the opportunity to select representation on the league’s governing committee. The ECS will provide a collective $1.75M for Season Two that will go toward the league’s prize pool and supportive funds that will provide player stability. This includes helping organizations provide better salaries, facilities and equipment that will improve the overall conditions and welfare for players, while furnishing the ecosystem of the ECS with a more structured framework to operate within.
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