ECS Season 3 Finals viewer's guide

The ECS Season 3 Finals are upon us, here are some details about the groups, schedule, talent, and prize distribution ahead of the big weekend in London.

The ECS Season 3 Finals will be returning to London, where the Season 1 Finals took place before going to Anaheim, California, for Season 2. The action will take place on June 23-25 at the SSE Arena in Wembley, and eight teams—four from North America and four from Europe—will be fighting for their share of a $660,000 prize pool.

The SSE Arena in London will once again host the ECS Finals

The group stage will feature two groups of four playing a GSL format double-elimination bracket with best-of-threes in the lower bracket and will be followed by a best-of-three single-elimination playoff with the final four teams. 

The groups, which have been drawn according to the regular season standings, are:

Group A Group B
Europe FaZe United States Cloud9
France G2 United States Liquid
Brazil SK Denmark Astralis
United States OpTic Sweden fnatic

With the groups set, here is the full schedule for the event:

Friday, June 23
13:15     Europe FaZe   vs. United States OpTic BO1
14:30 France G2 vs. Brazil SK BO1
15:45 Group A Winners' Match BO1
17:00 United States Cloud9    vs. Sweden fnatic BO1
18:15 United States Liquid vs. Denmark Astralis  BO1
19:30 Group B Winners' Match BO1
       
Saturday, June 24
12:15 Group A Elimination Match    BO3
15:15 Group B Elimination Match BO3
18:15 Group A Decider Match BO3
21:15 Group B Decider Match BO3
       
Sunday, June 25
13:00 Semi-final #1  BO3
16:30 Semi-final #2  BO3
19:30 FPL Show match   
21:00 Grand Final 

An impressive crew of 11 will be in charge of bringing the action live, while two observers will be controlling the cameras in-game. The ECS Season 3 Finals will be hosted by Alex "Machine" Richardson and Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico, on the desk and stage respectively, and will have a slew of talent casting and analysing matches. Here is the list:

United States Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico - Stage Host
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Desk Host

United Kingdom Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen - Interviewer

United Kingdom Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
Serbia Janko "YNk" Paunović - Analyst
Finland Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen - Analyst
United States Sam "DaZeD" Marine - Analyst

Denmark Anders Blume - Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
United Kingdom James "JZFB" Bardolph - Commentator
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator

United Kingdom Jamie "keita" Hall - Observer
United Kingdom Connor "Sliggy" Blomfield - Observer

As far as the $660,000 prize pool, here is how it will be divvied up:

1. $250,000
2. $120,000
3-4. $65,000
5-6. $45,000
7-8. $35,000

Don't forget to check out the ECS Season 3 Finals event page, where we will update all of the information regarding the tournament as it happens, including news, statistics, results, and more.

#1
Nepal SG8 
Go SK Did Semmler retire ? Haven't see him in awhile
2017-06-21 16:39
ez 4 SK
2017-06-21 16:36
not really
2017-06-21 16:37
His brother's wedding was recent i think, so thats why he hasnt been with Anders
2017-06-21 16:43
KappaPride
2017-06-21 17:17
#48
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Brazil Kohzito 
Good to know
2017-06-21 17:18
Would have been better if he'd just quit.
2017-06-21 17:23
+69 omg this
2017-06-21 18:01
+111
2017-06-21 20:02
It's been months though.. Just because he is marrying his brother, doesn't mean he has to be gone for that long.. Maybe that whole game-show kept him buisy.
2017-06-21 19:56
#93
oskar | 
Ireland sk0ffin 
he got mad that sadokist is better than him and was getting to cast finals. little bitch semmler is, glad he's gone from the scene
2017-06-21 19:23
i swear this is a meme now
2017-06-21 19:26
#98
rain | 
United States DuneM 
He was also working on some gaming reality show called Gamerz (i know) for awhile so that might be part of it
2017-06-21 19:48
I hope so
2017-06-22 02:26
Yeee
2017-06-21 16:35
#3
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World shekidem 
nice
2017-06-21 16:35
#5
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Brazil XEMBAO 
ez for g2
2017-06-21 16:36
#38
Zeus | 
Ukraine zDkgg 
SK
2017-06-21 16:57
#6
f0rest | 
Brazil flytwNiP 
LMAO group A Its unfair SK G2 or FaZe to rekt in groups
2017-06-21 16:36
#18
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Sweden Nokkeri 
Yes, fucked up system, look at the EPL aswell, group b(?) was very tough aswell
2017-06-21 16:39
#23
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France Gugus_Patacus 
This is not unfair lol, 2 NA teams per group, just the luck of the draw
2017-06-21 16:42
That luck of the draw is unfair
2017-06-21 16:49
#35
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France Gugus_Patacus 
This is the most fair system tho. This happens in every sport or esport. Would you prefer draws based on the rankings ? This would be even more fucked imo
2017-06-21 16:50
#60
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United Arab Emirates p1peb0mb 
its not luck of draw.they were placed based on the standing in ecs league.
2017-06-21 17:38
#59
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United Kingdom Takaramono 
Not really unfair, and the groups weren't randomly drawn either... This is how it works, Group draws depend on the final placing of teams after all their online matches, as it follows below Group A EU online rank 1 - FaZe (14-4) NA online rank 2 - SK (13-5*) EU online rank 3 - G2 (12-6*) NA online rank 4 - OpTic (11-7) Group B NA online rank 1 - Cloud 9 (13-5*) EU online rank 2 - Astralis (12-6*) NA online rank 3 - Liquid (12-6) EU online rank 4 - fnatic (11-7) (*) if tied, rank/placing is decided by round difference As for opening group matches, it follows this classic format Group A EU online rank 1 - FaZe v OpTic - NA online rank 4 EU online rank 3 - G2 v SK - NA online rank 2 Group B NA online rank 1 - C9 v fnatic - EU online rank 4 NA online rank 3 - TL v Astralis - EU online rank 2
2017-06-21 17:37
^ couldn't explain better
2017-06-21 17:53
#68
oskar | 
Czech Republic SteveCZ 
Yeah, it is fair. I dislike the round difference tie-breaker though... I would take head-to-head matches into account :( (not sure if that would change anything, too lazy to check :D )
2017-06-21 18:02
Both Astralis vs G2 and SK vs Cloud9 are 1-1 so :P
2017-06-21 18:18
#73
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Brazil wAc 
thanks takacaranomuro
2017-06-21 18:14
^ couldn't explain better [2]
2017-06-21 18:19
perfect!
2017-06-22 04:01
#145
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Sweden EnAiPi 
tyty
2017-06-22 08:57
ty bro
2017-06-22 09:04
GoG2
2017-06-21 16:36
EZ G2
2017-06-21 16:36
Group of hell for optic. Rip
2017-06-21 16:37
G2
2017-06-21 16:38
Go SK
2017-06-21 16:38
Faze will stun every team
2017-06-21 16:38
Probably not
2017-06-21 16:46
#16
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
This will decide #1 in my eyes.. finally all the big boys.
2017-06-21 16:39
#31
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France SurreaL^ 
group A look a little bit unfair for me, any one can get out
2017-06-21 16:48
#75
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Anyone but optic Lol
2017-06-21 18:18
Lol
2017-06-21 22:54
#17
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Norway Phancy11 
Shiiit group A is hell.
2017-06-21 16:39
1st event in a while im excited for
2017-06-21 16:39
Me 2
2017-06-21 17:28
Astralis could play with their monitors asleep and they'd still make it out of groups
2017-06-21 16:40
#45
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Sweden Div-\ 
+1 Ahahaah
2017-06-21 17:09
Astralis is saving strats since 1869 ! Maybe they got something or some LUCK ! LUL.
2017-06-22 06:10
#21
f0rest | 
Germany Gloin 
EZ FOR MOUSESPORTS
2017-06-21 16:41
im thinking winner of this is top 1
2017-06-21 16:42
#25
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France Gugus_Patacus 
Liquid top 1 then we both know it. ;)
2017-06-21 16:43
Ez :D
2017-06-21 18:09
I think FaZe wouldn't deserve #1 if they win (Not hating FaZe is my favorite team )
2017-06-22 09:38
#27
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Moldova OptimusBlyad 
ez 4 fnatic
2017-06-21 16:46
#28
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France SurreaL^ 
Gonna be hard for all the team in group A
2017-06-21 16:47
#44
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Europe gettro 
Hard for faze and sk. Ez for g2
2017-06-21 17:03
#29
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Brazil VAC0 
hltv.org/forums/threads/1501835/casters-.. HLTV should create profile of casters without matches but with basic info (photo, name, age...). It's something easy to do and useful
2017-06-21 16:47
#30
Croatia k3xy 
Where is sadokist :'(
2017-06-21 16:48
#33
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Ireland conoR- 
GOGO KEITA AND SLIGGY source legends
2017-06-21 16:49
Seltzer, dazed, ddk and james PogChamp
2017-06-21 16:57
ez for dazed
2017-06-21 16:58
Awesome James and Ddk
2017-06-21 16:58
#42
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Brazil bandicoot 
All the best teams, great talent, DKK & BDKK and no sadokist perfect event!!!!
2017-06-21 17:01
#79
TACO | 
Brazil TonimSan 
>Perfect Event >Thorin Pick one.
2017-06-21 18:24
Picked both.
2017-06-22 02:20
#43
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Poland Pjatka_fox 
unlucky Optic:/
2017-06-21 17:01
bb optic and clown 9
2017-06-21 17:10
#49
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Brazil mth^ 
SK
2017-06-21 17:21
#50
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Brazil mth^ 
What a shit group
2017-06-21 17:22
#FaZeUp
2017-06-21 17:28
Where is BABAM?? Fuck ECS
2017-06-21 17:31
Most excited for the showmatch tbh.
2017-06-21 17:32
#57
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Argentina roulettesoad 
RIP OPTIC
2017-06-21 17:32
#58
f0rest | 
France 1nkling 
Fnatic would be so happy
2017-06-21 17:32
#61
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Russia R0MkAcsgo 
wtf where is my favorite analyst spunJJJ??
2017-06-21 17:39
#63
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Other VladimirLucas 
Rachel "Seltzer" Quirico - Stage Host kreygasm
2017-06-21 17:49
bruh hyped af sick teams, sick crew! and hopefully good production
2017-06-21 17:53
So hyped for this event!
2017-06-21 17:57
#69
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Yugoslavia ToBeHonest 
Gl c9, the new numba1 is coming !
2017-06-21 18:04
Thorin Lurppis oh boy
2017-06-21 18:07
#77
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Indonesia FinZzz 
One of the only few events where the top 4 has gathered alongside other good times (kek). The winner is surely gonna be the number 1 team. This and the major are exciting af.
2017-06-21 18:21
unless a tragedy happens with c9 or liquid winning! =D
2017-06-21 23:16
#78
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Finland NUCL3AR 
2ez for lurppis
2017-06-21 18:21
#80
rain | 
Norway Norsk 
Did Martin rig this event? Astralis got the easiest group ever
2017-06-21 18:36
#110
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France cedd 
there was no random draw for these groups, they were beased on league rankings from the season
2017-06-21 21:30
FaZe wins Group A 2-0 SK advances 2-1 G2 loses bo3 to SK 1-2 OpTic goes 0-2 Astralis wins group 2-0 Liquid advances 2-1 Fnatic loses bo3 to Liquid 1-2 Cloud9 goes 0-2 (unfortunately... dammit C9!!!!)
2017-06-21 18:42
#103
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Brazil cabocl0 
+1
2017-06-21 20:06
#111
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France cedd 
its anyones game between faze, sk and g2. this will be a great event
2017-06-21 21:31
#82
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United Kingdom Lightning_DC_ 
DaZeD, Ynk, Thorin and lurppis on the same desk (They won't have all 4 together obvs) will be lit
2017-06-21 18:46
#83
oskar | 
Czech Republic MyronCZ 
It will be really tough for SK to get out of group, but if they achieve it they will win this tournament.
2017-06-21 18:47
DIS GON B GUD BOIS
2017-06-21 18:47
#85
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Finland QLLI 
no semmler yessss
2017-06-21 18:52
#G2Army
2017-06-21 18:54
#87
fnx | 
Brazil Beicom 
where is james????? I loved him ;-; </3
2017-06-21 18:54
#88
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Brazil BuddyINSANE 
Let's go BRAZIL, we can do it! We smart, we loyal, we friendly, we are from BRAZIL! Kreygasm
2017-06-21 18:56
#89
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Brazil Charizaldo 
that A group
2017-06-21 19:01
RIP NA
2017-06-21 19:05
#91
NiKo | 
Czech Republic Mirax_ 
Faze = eZaF
2017-06-21 19:17
#92
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Brazil Fabr1ss 
Group A fucked SK It is going to be like this: Faze beat Optic (ez) G2 beat SK (16-12) SK beat optic (eZ) Faze beat G2 (16-8) G2 beat SK (2-0) SK would win agaist faze, but they will not match. I don't see they moving out of the groups
2017-06-21 19:17
#112
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France cedd 
I agree with your analysis but G2 could very well beat faze if just bo1 winners match
2017-06-21 21:32
#133
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Finland kappaboi 
faze have been pretty bad lately in groups and also they haven't played tournament in a while, so i think that the odds for faze winning bo1 against g2 is something like 35-40%
2017-06-22 02:30
#94
oskar | 
Ireland sk0ffin 
no blu, thank the fucking lord
2017-06-21 19:23
Who will be in the fpl showmatch since issaa and woxic visa got denied
2017-06-21 19:38
twitch or youtube
2017-06-21 19:56
#115
NBK- | 
China Gnikiv 
ofc youtube
2017-06-21 21:51
In London? No Thank You!
2017-06-21 19:57
#106
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Brazil Collee 
Why? UK crowds are known for being great at least
2017-06-21 20:46
#121
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Brazil Skimtlg 
EU Crowd in DH Summer lul
2017-06-21 23:29
what is the time zone that these times are in, will it be in local time (where the tourney is played)
2017-06-21 20:06
#152
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Indonesia CoronaHypeZ 
If you already change the time zone in your profile, it should be showing the times in your time zone.
2017-06-22 14:11
#105
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Brazil Collee 
Astralis are the favorites imo. Then we have SK and G2 tied, but not so far away from them. I don't see FaZe winning this
2017-06-21 20:44
lol astralis as always easiest group
2017-06-21 20:49
No Sadokist. Sad times.
2017-06-21 21:08
#109
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Malaysia phyzell 
Cloud9 needs a sniper like Nifty/JDM to make America great again.
2017-06-21 21:18
#113
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France cedd 
they need a LAN player and get rid of shroud. Honestly to me it feels like optic and cloud9 need to make a super team between them to win anything against euros tbh something like mixwell stewie autimatic rush naf-fly otherwise they will never beat teams like SK, astralis, g2, etc...
2017-06-21 21:36
#138
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Malaysia phyzell 
shroud and nothing should work together like a married gay couple and become the front-liners for entering bombsites only then there's a better chance the team gonna win. Let these gays die first or else they won't have enough time to realize their clutch dreams is a risky business. It's a team game where they need a period to organize intel and re-group for greater firepower. They can throw effective flashbangs, just needed more improvement with coordination when moving together as a team.
2017-06-22 04:52
#140
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Indonesia FinZzz 
Shud be imo : Mixwell Stewie Rush Daps An NA support player
2017-06-22 06:18
#114
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France kennySsSsS 
SK vs G2 final ez G2 52x0
2017-06-21 21:41
Astralis, g2 or SK will be the winner and the top 1 at HLTV. Anyone that disagree is desilusional.
2017-06-21 23:20
c9top1?
2017-06-21 23:25
grandfinal BO3/BO5?
2017-06-21 23:37
The tournament will kick off with a double-elimination group stage, featuring best-of-three matches in the Lower Bracket, followed by the best-of-three single-elimination playoffs with the last four teams. hltv.org/news/20765/schedule-for-ecs-s3-.. Might be 1-0 map advantage for team coming from the Upper Bracket. We will have to wait and see.
2017-06-22 14:36
G2 out in groups
2017-06-21 23:44
strong team list for a strong prize pool
2017-06-22 00:09
nice cant wait to watch it live and gotta get some value signatures with dazed,faze etc
2017-06-22 00:53
my first event that I will see it live, so hyped!
2017-06-22 00:58
why no semler ? why no sadokist?
2017-06-22 02:07
Both annoying repetitive fucks. You could record what they say and replay it in every game
2017-06-22 06:30
The champion is in group A
2017-06-22 02:29
a flawless lineup, that is except for the annoying Paul Mongoose
2017-06-22 03:23
Im a simple man i see Anders i watch.
2017-06-22 03:25
astralis faze fnatic sk astralis sk astralis win
2017-06-22 03:25
FaZeUp also lurpiss? Really.. He has the he most boring voice and face in the history of life.
2017-06-22 06:29
does anyone know why sadokist and henryg are not casting together anymore?
2017-06-22 08:15
#147
Estonia rYm 
group of death, every game will count :)
2017-06-22 09:06
#150
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France Kabby 
Just remove Thorin, add SPUNJ and i'm fine with the talents
2017-06-22 10:39
#151
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Estonia jossd 
London? EZ for G2
2017-06-22 11:18
#154
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Europe KittyChamp 
No Sadokist. Nice!
2017-06-22 22:14
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