ECS S2 Finals groups, schedule

The organizers of ECS Season 2 Finals have released the groups and schedule for the $750,000 event taking place from December 9-11 in Anaheim, California.

ECS Season 2 Finals will gather six of the top ten teams according to our current Team Ranking, as well as ELEAGUE champions OpTic, who are sitting in 13th place but are yet to receive points for their title, and Immortals (#11).

The eight teams have been distributed into two GSL groups, which will feature best-of-one's in the upper part with elimination matches and deciders played in best-of-three series:

Group A Group B
Denmark Astralis  Brazil SK
United States Cloud9 France Envy
Europe FaZe Brazil Immortals
North America OpTic Denmark Dignitas

Two teams from each group will then move on to the best-of-three playoffs, which are scheduled for Sunday, December 11.

The first day of the group stage will be played without live audience, while day two and three will move on to the Anaheim Arena located at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The full schedule looks as follows:

Friday, December 9th
20:15 Denmark Astralis vs. North America OpTic BO1
21:30 Europe FaZe vs. United States Cloud9 BO1
22:45 Group A winners' match BO1
00:00 Brazil SK vs. Denmark Dignitas  BO1
01:15 Brazil Immortals  vs. France Envy BO1
02:30 Group B winners' match BO1
       
Saturday, December 10th
19:15 Group A elimination match BO3
22:15 Group B elimination match BO3
01:15 Group A decider BO3
04:15 Group B decider   BO3
       
Sunday, December 11th
20:15 Semi-final #1 (B1 vs. A2) BO3
23:30 Semi-final #2 (A1 vs. B2) BO3
03:00 Grand final   BO3

The talent lineup was also announced:

United Kingdom Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner - Desk host

United States Sue "Smix" Lee - Stage host

Finland Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen - Analyst
Sweden Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson - Analyst
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom James "JZFB" Bardolph - Commentator
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator 

HLTV.org will have a two-man team on-site at ECS Season 2 Finals to bring you full coverage of the event, including galleries and interviews.

Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
Sweden Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
Finland Tomi 'lurppis' Kovanen
Tomi 'lurppis' Kovanen
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.95
Maps played:
28
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.17
Ez for NA, the winners of 2/4 of the last biggest tournaments even with many more EU teams in them EU ppl bitching about NA spots forever keep losing tournaments to them XD
2016-12-04 17:15
faze will win save this comment
2016-12-04 17:13
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2016-12-04 17:14
#30
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Other anarh1st47 
Final astralis dignitas
2016-12-04 17:15
ez 4 fox
2016-12-04 17:14
#18
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France ponche 
Good luck SK 4Head
2016-12-04 17:13
Remind me again which is the 3rd relevant NA team? Oh right, it doesn't exist. Americas has 3 ok teams, C9, optic and SK. The 4th spot they keep getting (in ESL PL it's even 4th, 5th and 6th) are all wasted on shit like echo fox, liquid and immortals. There is at least 10 EU teams better than these. So why should EU not have more spots? Sure the top teams in Americas has improved, and that is great, but why should that give free spots to the shit teams that are miles behind? 5 EU and 3 Americas for 8 team tourneys 8/9 EU and 3/4 Americas for 12 team tourneys. That would net the least pushover/free win teams getting into the tournaments. (In the 12 team I can also accept 8EU, 3americas and 1Asia)
2016-12-04 17:39
imt placed over many many teams at oakland...
2016-12-04 17:36
Oakland, where group A was so bad it didn't even manage to get any more teams to semi than Astralis that got there for free. Group A was a joke. And woho, they won a few BO1s. The only headline in group A was that Navi sucked.
2016-12-04 18:00
SK > Optic = Immortals > C9 > any tier 2 EU and equal Tier 1 EU. The EU scene is joke rn.
2016-12-04 17:54
So immortals that just got raped by NIP in Oakland are now better than them because? They beat C9 at the minor? Yay, Godsent won EU minor. No one cares about qualifiers. Clear overhype of immortals, but u are BR so I understand the heavy bias. But sure lets put up teams using your own "tier" system. Tier "SK": NIP, Dignitas, VP, Astralis, (NaVi) Tier "Optic": Faze, NV, (NaVi) Tier "C9:": g2, Mouz, (NaVi) Tier "Immortals": Fnatic, Godsent, hellraisers, flipside, gambit. Last tier is basically teams that can have a good run sometimes but are overhyped by their fanboys for winning low tier tournaments or qualifiers. Navi is in 3 places because they are so inconsistent at the moment that they can't be placed surely in one tier.
2016-12-04 18:12
where do you live bro? you sound like some no scene fag from EU thinking their good because they live in Eu with Sweden France Poland Denmark that carry them.
2016-12-04 21:14
Mad favela spottered arguing which scene is better is clearly a very emotional subject to you, or is it just that you got served hard? SK's run for a dynasty is over mate, NA cs will not be on EU level for a while, just accept it. Even teams like ldlc would beat the shit out of current sk kek Remember old fnatic?
2016-12-04 22:01
Im from NA mang And srsly, where the fuck you are from man?
2016-12-04 22:01
youre dumb
2016-12-07 01:42
hey, chrisJ scene.
2016-12-07 05:06
Why are HLTV users so obsessed with where ppl are from? How does is effect my ability to judge the game or make other observations if I come from a country with a strong pro scene or not? The two are in no way connected. Adding to that, anyone here can use any flag, making comments like that even more pointless. Do you have any arguments to come with to address what my post is about?
2016-12-04 23:09
both of you are stupid. OpTic is not better than C9. if you're basing this strictly off of ELEAGUE, OpTic didn't even beat Cloud9 once in that tourney. in fact, their record against Cloud9 in 2016 is 6-18, winning a total of 2 best of 3+'s out of 9 matchups. get your s*** together and use better logic when making an argument.
2016-12-06 02:24
Kind of hard for Optic to play a team that didn't qualify from one of the weakest groups. But optic did beat both the teams that C9 lost to in Mouz and Faze. Head to head isn't all, and all of 2016 doesn't say much, up until the very last month most ppl would have put C9 over Optic. Now is however a different story.
2016-12-06 02:35
#130
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United States darkun 
teams have good tournaments, teams have bad tournaments, just like when you play a CS game. except your always shit. gg
2016-12-08 23:21
Sk isnt only a "ok" team
2016-12-07 12:17
Matters to the point how? Point was that there is nothing behind these teams so Americas don't deserv same amount of spots as EU. Call SK, Optic and C9 God teams if you like, still doesn't change the fact that the Americas scene is very small in total. And btw u have no idea if SK are even ok with Fox
2016-12-07 12:32
Lets see who is the best Team #VamosSK
2016-12-08 15:06
#2
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Turkey BaraNn_ 
group B is all of a sudden very easy compared to group A because of Fox lol
2016-12-04 17:19
yeye cry more goat fucker where is ur muslim terrorists players oh ye back in africa
2016-12-04 17:19
mad poortugal
2016-12-04 17:22
are u mad?
2016-12-04 17:51
#131
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United States hehexddd 
CUZ I'M NOT
2016-12-08 23:35
lmao
2016-12-11 22:20
#76
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Turkey BaraNn_ 
you're the one that is crying you brazilian monkey fox fanboy
2016-12-04 18:18
not even brazilian sorry
2016-12-04 18:18
#79
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Turkey BaraNn_ 
or portugese... what is even the difference. both monkeys
2016-12-04 18:19
xdd turkey calling someone monkey when you are not even white hahahhahahahahaa the more I read ahhahaa
2016-12-04 18:20
#81
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Turkey BaraNn_ 
Go back to jungle OOH OOH AH AH
2016-12-04 18:20
Im far right wing, and I would rather marry a turk, than touch a favela.
2016-12-09 05:42
fak my penis
2016-12-04 17:13
#4
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Algeria Crashwow 
2016-12-04 17:14
#5
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Finland Sjamppa 
a
2016-12-04 17:13
#6
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United States YANGGANG2020 
ez
2016-12-04 17:13
GO FOX
2016-12-04 17:13
dab
2016-12-04 17:13
ay
2016-12-04 17:13
damn group b tho
2016-12-04 17:14
ez
2016-12-04 17:13
#13
fer | 
Turkey MaskoN 
EZ ENCE
2016-12-04 17:13
gg Astralis
2016-12-04 17:13
#15
RUSH | 
Canada Zebski 
e league finals rematch
2016-12-04 17:13
ex fox
2016-12-04 17:13
Optic FaZe Dignitas EnVyUs
2016-12-04 17:13
#19
Korea yuh 
astralis optic pogchamp
2016-12-04 17:14
#20
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
ez for optic
2016-12-04 17:14
again faze vs c9 oh pls its getting boring
2016-12-04 17:14
I actually think the Faze vs C9 games are really fun because they are usually very close
2016-12-04 23:13
#23
dennis | 
Slovakia Jarci 
another grand final 3am fml
2016-12-04 17:14
#24
f0rest | 
Portugal Sabymby 
Ez 4 fox
2016-12-04 17:14
#25
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Rematch of E-League finals. But there's going to be a weak Dig and a weak SK so this is going to be a little bit more boring imo. Yet tho, go Optic!
2016-12-04 17:14
shit eu teams
2016-12-04 17:14
#28
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Vietnam NaMNaMNaM 
SK and Immortals on the same group, interesting.
2016-12-04 17:14
#29
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
Nicee! Astralis will win this tournament. Worst time tho.
2016-12-04 17:15
#31
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Turkey BaraNn_ 
...
2016-12-04 17:15
If astralis lose this tournament, they should disband for good
2016-12-04 17:15
ez fox
2016-12-04 17:15
tournaments really want to have low viewership all of a sudden
2016-12-04 17:15
#35
ZELIN | 
Portugal spmb 
faze vs sk final
2016-12-04 17:15
Cant wait to see SK getting roflstomped by IMT
2016-12-04 17:16
#51
Olivia | 
Austria SplasJ 
Yes
2016-12-04 17:25
Nt sapphire, João loves SK
2016-12-04 17:57
In losers match :D
2016-12-04 21:47
typical faze luck. always in the worst group: LIKE WTF?!!?!?!? fucking rip faze. prolly loses all games. ffs. they would top group on B
2016-12-04 17:16
#38
North America Oakz 
All these teams have played one another more than 2 times in the last 3 months, this is getting overbearing, and both Brazilian teams in the same group? Cool
2016-12-04 17:16
#39
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Germany 0x5F3759DF 
Astralis FaZe SK dignitas
2016-12-04 17:17
#40
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France t3r4byt3 
ez for Astralis and OpTic/FaZe in Group A ez for EnVyUs and dignitas in Group B #MakeEUCSGreatAgain
2016-12-04 17:17
envy 1st sk 2nd
2016-12-04 17:17
#42
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Indonesia de_insertion 
ASTRALIS VS OPTIC FIRST MATCH LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2016-12-04 17:18
good groups, very competitive
2016-12-04 17:18
Astralis - OpTic FaZe - Cloud9 Astralis 1st place - FaZe OpTic - Cloud9 FaZe - OpTic 2nd place SK - dignitas IMT - nV SK - nV 1st place dignitas - IMT SK - IMT 2nd place 1/2 Astralis - IMT; OpTic - nV Final Chokeralis - nV
2016-12-04 17:20
That would be nice, but wont be happening in this lifetime.
2016-12-04 18:08
IMT > SK kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk lol rofl HAHAHAHAHA
2016-12-04 18:39
SK with foxj* nt tho
2016-12-05 11:09
#127
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Brazil wesleydillan 
nV? kkkkkkkkkkkkk
2016-12-07 16:35
#46
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Brazil XEMBAO 
why envyus :( rip
2016-12-04 17:20
#49
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Brunei br0ks 
relax my friend! ez for SK!
2016-12-04 17:23
#52
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Brazil XEMBAO 
i hope SK or Envyus wins, gl to fox
2016-12-04 17:25
not fair for faze. again in the difficult group.
2016-12-04 17:23
SK no chance.
2016-12-04 17:24
Blessing for Group A. Fair group with no cheaters
2016-12-04 17:26
#54
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Germany ludiio 
Astralis Faze Envyus SK
2016-12-04 17:26
Placing doesnt look random. This shit is like a rule now
2016-12-04 17:32
IMT new fav team now... lul RiP SK, Faze vs IMT finals
2016-12-04 17:39
#60
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Brazil Kohzito 
ez 4 Fox
2016-12-04 17:42
wth is this group A tho.
2016-12-04 17:44
I really hate the fact that most big tournaments are in NA now, and at times, which are far from being European friendly..
2016-12-04 17:46
#63
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Poland cGev 
Thank you. Been searching for this and hour ago
2016-12-04 17:49
#64
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Sweden hudgun 
ez 4 idk every tournament otherwise win lul
2016-12-04 17:51
these times, well. i won't be bale to see half of the games.
2016-12-04 17:52
#68
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Poland cGev 
Is HLTV automatically arranging time due to my region?
2016-12-04 17:54
#83
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France StickyRice 
Yes. Slide your mouse over the time of a game (on that article) like over the scheduled time of the final or the group B decider and it will show your timezone.
2016-12-04 18:22
#86
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Poland cGev 
Well fak then, its ~0AM to 8AM for semis and finals. And we were planing to hang out together to watch this ;(
2016-12-04 18:28
Astralis will win this.
2016-12-04 18:05
FUCKING SHITTY final at fucking 03:00 and group a and b decider at 04:15 and 01:15 FOR FUCK SAKE
2016-12-04 18:08
#75
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Malta Trance_Lover 
Shittiest caster Sadokist is there, ffs stop inviting this guy
2016-12-04 18:17
ENCE will win this tournament, with allu.
2016-12-04 18:18
#82
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France StickyRice 
Grand final 3am in France, thanks so much NA once again xD
2016-12-04 18:21
#84
fer | 
Brazil rAphaxd 
ez 4 dignitas
2016-12-04 18:23
And again grand final on same day as semifinals :(
2016-12-04 18:25
Tomi lolsis kovanen. K88 a lot better analyst but they chose lurpsis, wtf. Ofc lurisis better than thnoobin, so wise decision to kick thoorin
2016-12-04 18:33
#89
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United Kingdom MansNotHot 
fifflaren <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
2016-12-04 18:49
actually this is the best combo for analysts and casters . no thorin no anders no semmler a dream come true
2016-12-04 18:51
Would have been even better if machine and spunj would have been there. But yeah this is almost as good as it gets.
2016-12-06 15:54
don't know why spunj is considered a good analyst tbh comes off as a juvenile kid
2016-12-06 16:03
#92
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Chile nachooww 
#FaZeUp
2016-12-04 19:06
They put Astralis, faze and OpTic together again they wanna see whether they can get revenge on OpTic or will OpTic fuck them up more
2016-12-04 19:11
#94
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Turkey Librasa 
lurppis <3
2016-12-04 19:56
Olofmeister in 2016 LUL
2016-12-04 19:56
Final: SK x IMT
2016-12-04 20:07
FaZe vs Cloud9 again? geez
2016-12-04 20:29
lurpis kek other than that noice
2016-12-04 20:45
Group B with 2 teams having a stand-in, lul
2016-12-04 21:44
My name is fnx My aim is good and I cuck the best. Fers girl and I we had sex, She liked his dick a little less, Now that's I'm done fallen is next So SK gaming is a mess.
2016-12-04 21:45
#105
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Brazil coachdag3x 
Ez SK fox MVP
2016-12-04 22:06
Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson, finally!
2016-12-04 22:08
#107
SPUNJ | 
Brazil FalKsCS 
AST vs OG again? wtf is this IT'S RIGGED AF
2016-12-04 22:30
It's rigged just because they played each other in the Eleague final? It really doesn't matter who you play, if you win you advance, simple as that.
2016-12-09 02:53
#108
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Armenia KKegham 
Ez 4 Valde with Dignitas.
2016-12-04 22:39
Final will be Envy vs SK u heard it here first
2016-12-05 01:59
#112
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Argentina GlobalBlur 
ez 4 SK
2016-12-05 06:34
Are you trying to be 'cool' by writing Dennis/Denis wrong?
2016-12-06 02:24
Group A: 1st:Faze 2nd:Astralis Group B: 1st:Dig 2nd:SK SF:Faze-SK:2-1 Astralis-Dig:2-0 F:Faze-Ast Faze removed train Ass removed cache Faze picked nuke Ass picked overpass Faze removed dust2 Ass removed cobble mirage Faze won 2-1
2016-12-06 16:25
"taking place from December 9-11"
2016-12-06 22:38
#124
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Italy AlCapone1925 
bo1 is bullshit
2016-12-07 05:13
#128
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Brazil wesleydillan 
Optic Astralis SK IMT sk imt - finals! chora gringos.
2016-12-07 16:35
SK gets the EZ teams LUL.
2016-12-09 02:59
sick schedule finals on a Monday morning like Murricans will watch when their teams are out LUL
2016-12-09 08:41
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