Winners and Losers of ECS S3 Finals

The third season of ECS was brought to to an end last weekend in London, England, with SK lifting the trophy after a victory over FaZe. With the event now in the rearview mirror, we take a look at who the winners and losers of this event were.

The ECS Season 3 finals took place on June 23-26 at the SSE Arena, the same venue where the first ECS event was held. Eight teams, four from North America and four from Europe, competed for $660,000 in a tournament featuring a GSL group stage that was followed by BO3 playoffs. 

Group stage

A tournament as stacked as the ECS Season 3 finals promised excitement right from the first phase—the group stage. With SK, FaZe and G2 in Group A and only two teams making it out, one of the top four teams in the world was bound to finish the competition early. In the end it was G2, alongside a struggling OpTic, who bombed out, with both teams losing their Lower Bracket matches in a convincing manner.

All eight teams played in front of the SSE Arena crowd

Astralis were the clear favorites to take the first playoff seed from Group B, but a fired up Cloud9 interfered with the Danes' plans. The North American side ended up taking the first place in Group B with a 16-8 win over fnatic and a comeback against Astralis on Mirage, on which we saw Timothy "autimatic" Ta drop 34 kills and Mike "shroud" Grzesiek impress with a 1.23 Rating. 

After finishing 3rd-4th at the ESL Pro League S5 finals by beating Envy, Liquid managed to pick up another good BO3 win in London, defeating fnatic 2-1. The last playoff spot of the group came down to a series between Astralis and Liquid, with the Danes dropping their map pick, Overpass, but still advancing to the playoffs in the end.

Playoffs

The last day of the tournament started with a series between Cloud9 and FaZe, and the European side smashed their opponents 16-5 on Overpass, but Jake "Stewie2K" Yip and co. were able to reset and get a strong start on their map pick, Mirage. After an outstanding 12-round Terrorist side from Cloud9, it seemed like the series was bound to go the full distance, but Finn "karrigan" Andersen's team slowly but surely clawed their way back, managing an unlikely comeback to close the series out 2-0.

On the other side of the bracket, we saw SK take on another team from the top 4—Astralis. It was the first BO3 series the teams played since the Brazilians added João "felps" Vasconcellos, and it featured an exciting game of Overpass that Astralis won mainly due to a great Terrorist side. However, SK fought back, taking the series with wins on Mirage and Inferno.

It was a memorable match, but the grand final that followed was in no way overshadowed by it. FaZe started the series by winning SK's map pick, Mirage, but Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo's team secured their second title in a row with back-to-back overtime wins on Inferno and Train to make it 2-1.

Best maps

Group stage Map (VOD) Stage
Denmark Astralis 16-11 United States Liquid Inferno Group B
United States Cloud9 19-15 Denmark Astralis Mirage Group B
United States Liquid 16-9 Denmark Astralis Overpass Group B
         
Playoffs Map (VOD) Stage
Europe FaZe 19-15 United States Cloud9 Mirage Semi-finals
Denmark Astralis 16-12 Brazil SK Overpass Semi-finals
Brazil SK 19-17 Europe FaZe Inferno Grand final
Brazil SK 19-17 Europe FaZe Train Grand final

Winners

SK

First on the list of winners are obviously SK, the tournament champions. And it's not only the final placing that counts—SK faced and defeated the strongest teams in London en route to the trophy. Two confident BO1 wins in the group stage (16-7 over G2 and 16-8 over FaZe) got them to the bracket, in which they took down Astralis and FaZe in BO3s.

FalleN and co. are back on top

Player-wise, Fernando "fer" Alvarenga was the main man for SK this time around, which saw him pick up the first MVP award of his career. The aggressive playmaker finished the tournament without a single below-average rated map and dropped over 30 kills in both of the maps SK won in the final, earning a whopping 1.31 Rating for the tournament. A great performance from fer isn't something that surprising, though, as he was already having a great 2017, but this was the first time he was able to outshine the team's main star, Marcelo "coldzera" David, in a competition won by SK.

Victories over elite opposition at ECS S3 were just what SK needed to prove they are truly back to the top. In that regard, the Brazilians are the biggest winners as they earned the title of the best team in the world once again, but will still have to defend it before the Major with a strong performance at ESL One Cologne.

Cloud9

If we disregard the Americas Minor, where the field was in no way impressive, Cloud9 had not advanced to the playoffs of a single big event since the ESL Pro League S4 Finals, which were held in October of last year. That changed this weekend in London as Jordan "n0thing" Gilbert and co. took down two European teams—fnatic and Astralis—to secure a playoff spot.

Cloud9 broke a bad streak of group stage exits

One could find some drawbacks to Cloud9's showing at ECS S3, though. Their wins came from BO1s, and their map pool, past Mirage, Train and perhaps Cache, is a big question mark. But that doesn't change the fact that there were positives to take: autimatic put on great performances—now with the in-game leading off his shoulders—, Stewie2K was standardly good, and shroud had a much better showing after his career-low DreamHack Open Summer outing.

Breaking the group stage exit trend and getting key players back in form make ECS S3 a big win for Cloud9, who need all the confidence they can get heading into Bucharest for the PGL Krakow Major Main Qualifier.

Liquid

Despite not making it out of the groups, Liquid perhaps have more reasons to cheer than Cloud9. The additions of both Peter "stanislaw" Jarguz and Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken are slowly paying dividends for Liquid, who showed stability after a top-four finish at the ESL Pro League S5 Finals by taking down fnatic in a BO3 in convincing fashion and putting up a good fight against Astralis in both a BO1 and a BO3.

Liquid showed promise in the BO3 matches

Liquid's decision to pick Train against the Danes surely hurt their chances to make it further in the tournament, but breaking Astralis' streak on Overpass will be a warning sign for many teams, potentially giving the North American team an advantage in the pick-ban going forward.

Another win for Liquid was the fact that, alongside Jonathan "EliGE" Jablonowski, Twistzz had a good tournament, proving that he has been successfully integrated into the team and that he and stanislaw have found a good balance of roles.

Losers

Fnatic

After an ESL Pro League S5 Finals showing that finished prematurely, fnatic finished second at DreamHack Open Summer, convincing many that they were coming back in form just in time for the busiest period of the year. However, their results at ECS S3 have pulled the brakes on the hype train.

fnatic's ECS S3 performance gave their fans a lot to worry about

In the $660,000 tournament, the Swedes went out 7-8th, with losses to North American sides Cloud9 and Liquid, and looked uninspired all across the board. fnatic lost on Mirage twice (16-8 and 16-6) and were shut down by Liquid on Inferno, a map on which, at least at DreamHack Open Summer, they had thought they were one of the best. fnatic's situation can really be summed up by Robin "flusha" Rönnquist's tweet after they lost the DreamHack Open Summer grand final in which he states that he doesn't know his team's map pool anymore.

When your in-game leader is not sure of your map pool and your star players are not performing, it's hard to build any type of consistency. The early exit at the ECS Season 3 Finals was a hard blow to fnatic, who have a lot of work ahead of them and, with Cologne just around the corner, very little time in their hands.

Optic

For OpTic, the ECS S3 Finals was just another disappointing tournament. Since stanislaw's departure after an underwhelming Major, Oscar "mixwell" Cañellas and co. have found themselves playing a never-ending game of musical chairs. Two tournaments with Spencer "Hiko" Martin, one with Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski, one with James "hazed" Cobb, back to jasonR and then back to hazed again—the shuffling has taken a toll on the team, and that could be seen in London.

OpTic's struggles continued at the ECS S3 Finals

On its own, OpTic finishing 7-8th is not that big of a deal considering they were stuck with three of the top four teams in the world in their group, but it's the fact that they secured only 20 rounds over three maps that should worry the GreenWall. In the opener against FaZe, OpTic had chances to make the game competitive, but throwing away advantageous situations cost them that opportunity. In the second game, against G2, they were simply run over by the Frenchmen, getting outskilled all over the map.

The player that is perhaps feeling the lack of stability (or of stanislaw) the most is William "RUSH" Wierzba, the team's entry fragger and the MVP of their ELEAGUE S2 victory. It's no surprise to see him fall off, though, as his role is one that probably relies on confidence the most, which is tough to have without a stable team behind. And with hazed being just another temporary solution, that is something that probably won't be changing anytime soon.

Brazil Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Marcelo 'coldzera' David
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
1039
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.12
Brazil João 'felps' Vasconcellos
João 'felps' Vasconcellos
Age:
22
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
729
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.16
United States Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Jordan 'n0thing' Gilbert
Age:
28
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
813
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.15
United States Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Spencer 'Hiko' Martin
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
917
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.14
Canada Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Jason 'jasonR' Ruchelski
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.90
Maps played:
289
KPR:
0.63
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
Canada Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Russel 'Twistzz' Van Dulken
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
895
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
United States James 'hazed' Cobb
James 'hazed' Cobb
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
724
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.15
United States Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Jake 'Stewie2K' Yip
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1074
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
Canada Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Mike 'shroud' Grzesiek
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
676
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.14
United States Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Timothy 'autimatic' Ta
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
958
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.14
United States Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Jonathan 'EliGE' Jablonowski
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1148
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.16
Brazil Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Gabriel 'FalleN' Toledo
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
1117
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.11
Denmark Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Finn 'karrigan' Andersen
Age:
29
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
1500
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.13
Sweden Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Robin 'flusha' Rönnquist
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
1452
KPR:
0.73
DPR:
0.65
APR:
0.18
Spain Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
807
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.14
Brazil Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Fernando 'fer' Alvarenga
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1105
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.16
Canada Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Peter 'stanislaw' Jarguz
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
951
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
United States William 'RUSH' Wierzba
William 'RUSH' Wierzba
Age:
25
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.02
Maps played:
974
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
good
2017-06-27 21:59
#29
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Spain Miki2K 
i think losers should be g2
2017-06-27 22:05
#57
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Armenia cGev 
I think loser should be tarik... Oh wait he is
2017-06-27 23:06
#69
JW | 
Sweden JW_top1 
+1
2017-06-28 00:12
#60
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Argentina [Darkaren] 
Not really though, they lost in the hardest group, they didn't had a realistic chance of getting through the group, they lost to the 1st and 2nd place only so they're not like "Losers". Anyway it's kinda disappointing, yet tho it's not like losers.
2017-06-27 23:16
#79
France yvo 
+1
2017-06-28 09:20
#83
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Malaysia gkshiang 
Ah well said
2017-06-28 15:15
yup +1
2017-06-28 20:21
#61
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United Kingdom jMz86 
They lost to the two finalists? So not entirely sure how you can suggest they were the losers xD
2017-06-27 23:20
#62
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Hungary EZ4WINLANDIA 
lost to the top two teams, so not really
2017-06-27 23:22
LIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR #4 lost all respect
2017-06-27 22:07
ty for being a supporter for this achievement
2017-06-27 22:07
edited
2017-06-27 22:07
:c
2017-06-27 22:07
Terracotta pie Hey, Terracotta pie Hey, BANANA BANANA BANANA BANANA TERRACOTTA
2017-06-28 12:05
#10
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Australia ^Fury^ 
Rip g2
2017-06-27 21:59
Gg
2017-06-27 21:59
#12
es3tag | 
Germany vipitis 
winner SK loser everybody result: FUCK SK--.-- last 10 roudns on map2 and map3 ruined my betting more then once.
2017-06-27 21:59
than*
2017-06-28 00:25
#14
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
Ez4faze
2017-06-27 21:59
optic :(
2017-06-27 22:00
#17
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Denmark ThomasR121 
Cloud9 19-15 Cloud9 Mirage Group B kk
2017-06-27 22:00
Thanks <3
2017-06-27 22:02
Loser fnatic, I expected more from them.
2017-06-27 22:00
Losers Fnatic
2017-06-27 22:02
#22
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Ukraine CISfan[Guy] 
Sk Faze 19 17 mirage grand final ?!? It was Train
2017-06-27 22:02
#24
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United States SjD 
C9 vs C9 was one of the "best maps" because they beat themselves.
2017-06-27 22:03
#26
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Brazil Collee 
C9 winner after that choke? rofl
2017-06-27 22:04
fnatic :(
2017-06-27 22:07
#36
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Poland Marcines 
g2 looser?
2017-06-27 22:09
#39
Nepal OTAN 
No because they were in the same group as the finalists. And when they faced optic, G2 instarekt them. So not loser.
2017-06-27 22:23
RIP fnatic :/
2017-06-27 22:15
Fnatic loosers
2017-06-27 22:26
#41
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Brazil Charizaldo 
Losers: teams that didn't won. Winners: SK. /close
2017-06-27 22:33
Where's ScreaM and his outstanding performance at tiebreakers? Oh... wait a minute...
2017-06-27 22:52
Loosers are ast and faze (all those ots omg :), like you actually expect much from optic or even fnatic
2017-06-27 23:04
#58
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France France98123 
G2 were losers, after stomping average teams at EPL, they showed they have no grind ability, and tilt completly when things go to shit vs top teams!
2017-06-27 23:07
I expected a lot more from Fnatic. Seeing they're faces was so heartbreaking. =(
2017-06-27 23:31
#65
flamie | 
Other sogam 
whydefaq g2 isnt in losers??
2017-06-27 23:39
Cloud9 is definitely a winner (of the BEST 2017 CHOKE award)
2017-06-27 23:46
It is hard to make any conclusion about G2 here because they only lost some BO1 You could call Faze a winner because it is almost impossible to lose any closer than they did, and at least in my mind they have solidified themselves as easily a top 2 team, and the only team that really competes with SK. Not only that, but their team spirit is through the roof and its almost unheard of to make comebacks like that. They gave us the best BO3 of the year. However, you could also call them losers because they had difficulty closing out maps they could have won. They could have won inferno in their poorly played 4v2 situation, and train would have gone much better had Niko just not peeked from heaven. Those are big mistakes that even low level players can notice. That means that although they are a great team, they still make some pretty novice mistakes and if they clean that up, watch out SK
2017-06-27 23:53
+1
2017-06-28 15:45
#68
yes | 
Europe Yes_Bot 
Why is C9 a winner they won 2x BO1 and dropped out after one BO3 lmao they still suck imo
2017-06-28 00:09
exactly :D
2017-06-28 20:02
EZ SK
2017-06-28 00:15
#74
Friis | 
Canada uhJake 
God damnit Fnatic.
2017-06-28 00:58
Twistzz and stanislaw have been phenomenal additions, especially the former. For such a young and still unexperienced player, he really put on a great showing against one of the most experienced teams in fnatic. His game sense is really good and his mechanics are absolutely on point. I have no doubt he will be a borderline top five player in the world one day, maybe more. The kid is a very special talent. I actually like Liquid. I always root for them to do well in tournaments. I'm hoping they qualify for the major this week, they have a good chance and they have all the players firing on all cylinders.
2017-06-28 01:56
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