ECS S2 Finals viewer's guide

Another big event, ECS Season 2 Finals, is set to start later today with the group stage. Here is our viewer's guide, in which you'll find all information you need to watch the $750,000 event.

ECS Season 2 Finals brought six of the top ten teams to Anaheim, including last week's ELEAGUE finalists Astralis and OpTic, and two who are sitting at 12th-13th place, Immortals and Envy.

Two teams will attend the event with stand-ins. After releasing Lincoln "fnx" Lau, SK will be using Ricardo "fox" Pacheco in California (as well as at the ELEAGUE Major), and Valdemar "valde" Bjørn Vangså will be standing in for Emil "Magisk" Reif, who skipped the tournament due to school commitments.

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

The eight teams have been distributed into two GSL groups according to their placement in the online part. The upper half of the group will feature best-of-one matches, with elimination matches and deciders played in best-of-three series.

Today's matches will be played without live audience, from Saturday on the competition will move on to the stage at the Anaheim Convention Center & Arena.

The full schedule is 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

A nine-man talent lineup will bring you the action at ECS Season 2 Finals, including Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen who will return to the ECS analysis desk alongside a duo of former players, Janko "YNk" Paunović and Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson.

United States Sue "Smix" Lee - Stage host
 
United Kingdom Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner - Desk 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 

ECS have not revealed the distribution of the $750,000 prizepool.

Lucas "LucasAM" Aznar Miles wrote up a preview of the event, in which you'll find some of the key storylines and analysis of some of the groups' match-ups.

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

Denmark Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Valdemar 'valde' Bjørn Vangså
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
832
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Denmark Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Emil 'Magisk' Reif
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.11
Maps played:
981
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.63
APR:
0.15
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
Brazil Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Lincoln 'fnx' Lau
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
502
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.17
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
Portugal Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Ricardo 'fox' Pacheco
Age:
32
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
795
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
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
hey
2016-12-09 14:30
#4
Australia Rx777 
smix good host but oj best
2016-12-09 14:30
#15
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Iceland Bahatla3313 
OJ 8=======D Smix ()
2016-12-09 14:33
#44
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
Listening to hosts chat shit instead of Alt-Tabbing to do something else in 2016 LUL
2016-12-09 15:57
Nice Event it is going to be! Looking forward!
2016-12-09 14:30
#6
s1mple | 
Finland 1jemi 
6
2016-12-09 14:30
#7
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United States GrizzlyStr8 
no
2016-12-09 14:30
#8
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Poland Axer85 
Ez Faze
2016-12-09 14:30
#9
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Brazil qmatt 
sup nice
2016-12-09 14:30
10th
2016-12-09 14:30
#11
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France KQLYvacban 
Go envyus
2016-12-09 14:31
#14
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Poland Redrumowy 
Holy fuck is this tournament in USA as well? 3 AM grand final, thanks obama
2016-12-09 14:31
West coast USA, probably close to 11 or 12 hour difference
2016-12-09 18:48
No Thoorin THANKS GOD! that shit gon' be good
2016-12-09 14:37
#19
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Brazil xpassw0rd 
Go immortals !!!
2016-12-09 14:41
03:00 Grand final ya nice
2016-12-09 14:42
#21
ZywOo | 
New Zealand ezywoo 
Someone wake me up to watch fox
2016-12-09 14:43
AUS problems xd
2016-12-09 14:43
#24
ZywOo | 
New Zealand ezywoo 
I live in New Zealand not Australia xx Look at my flag lol
2016-12-09 14:48
#27
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Bulgaria vectralsoul 
BR education LUL
2016-12-09 14:54
#29
ZywOo | 
New Zealand ezywoo 
loooooooooooooool
2016-12-09 14:54
our education is the worst in world, this is true :DD
2016-12-09 14:55
LOL, sorry. i barely can see the difference. i'm a dumb boy
2016-12-09 14:54
#22
fnx | 
Denmark Stefez 
Typical stupid Na Match Time
2016-12-09 14:43
YNk? ResidentSleeper
2016-12-09 14:49
#26
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Estonia Saurise 
thank god for no thorin
2016-12-09 14:53
Awesome Analyst/Commentator lineup, prettymuch all of my favorites. Smix awesome stage host. No Thorin tho ):
2016-12-09 14:57
#46
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Portugal Stifmyster 
very nice :p i hate thoorin
2016-12-09 16:05
Because you like fox and he doesnt
2016-12-09 19:13
NA start times are life
2016-12-09 15:19
are they gonna have crowd today? edit- no they won´t, it´s written right there.
2016-12-09 15:26
NA times = no viewers
2016-12-09 15:28
that NA schedule again enjoy your no viewers lmao
2016-12-09 15:36
Grand final: 2am
2016-12-09 15:38
#38
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Romania fluxz0r 
why again that shit girl hosting? with her shitty and cringe questions. has no clue about game
2016-12-09 15:40
but you would fuck her don't you
2016-12-09 15:51
#45
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
Is your life actually so boring that you watch the 30 minute pre-game shows?
2016-12-09 16:00
Nice 2 see fifflaren back, he is always good. Him and ynk should be default analysts at all big events.
2016-12-09 15:45
#41
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Denmark fyhn 
That analyst desk is amazing!
2016-12-09 15:51
#42
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Luxembourg alex24 
SK out in quarters immortals out in groups i`m not hating, its just the truth
2016-12-09 15:56
#43
United States hdz` 
THE RETURN OF FIFFY!
2016-12-09 15:57
fnx fox Just an "o" instead on a "n". Not a big deal.
2016-12-09 16:08
#48
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Faroe Islands _shubaN 
fuck NA event
2016-12-09 16:25
#49
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Norway BBonden 
all of europe is Nordic or french
2016-12-09 16:53
ez DIG win. ty for 13x odds gonna be rich bi**. lululul
2016-12-09 17:01
#51
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Sweden godname 
Fiff!! i have missing u! <3
2016-12-09 17:44
Group A has an insanely ammount of good teams,really hard to predict.Is going to be a hell of a tournament.
2016-12-09 17:52
No Swedish Team in a major for the first time lol
2016-12-09 18:49
#57
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Portugal WillyanI7 
This is not a major dude
2016-12-09 22:15
major event lol dude
2016-12-12 07:35
#63
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Portugal WillyanI7 
yeah right luuul
2016-12-15 20:11
#56
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Portugal WillyanI7 
I want SK vs Faze in the final The Revenge of the god FOX CARALHO
2016-12-09 22:13
#58
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United States scoobysnacks 
Shouldn't SK play against the lowest rank team in their first matchup? New to CS so I don't know much.
2016-12-09 23:31
I'm going to watch the matches live tomorrow, anyone know if they serve beer at these tournaments?
2016-12-11 01:49
:(
2016-12-14 15:41
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