ECS explains transfer changes; to revamp qualifying system for Season 6
FACEIT has revealed more details about the transfer system changes introduced for season 5 of the Esports Championship Series (ECS).
Up until this season, transfers between teams competing in ECS were impossible, but in season 5 a player has already represented more than one team in the league.
Pujan "FNS" Mehta took over as Cloud9's in-game leader at the start of the month and has been competing in ECS after playing the first eight matches of the season for Complexity. Lucas "steel" Lopes is also expected to finish out the season with Luminosity after previously playing for Liquid.
In a media roundtable, FACEIT executives explained that teams can still make two changes to their roster during the course of the season, but now one of those transfers can involve another ECS side. Earlier this week, OpTic made use of their transfer slots by signing Jakob "JUGi" Hansen and Marco "Snappi" Pfeiffer from a team not competing in ECS, Heroic.
Meanwhile, FACEIT has also announced changes to the tie-breaker rules in the league, with head-to-head now being used in these cases instead of overall round difference.
ECS Season 5 will culminate with a live event at the SSE Arena, in London, where the top four teams of the North American and the European divisions will square off for their cut of a $660,000 prize pool.
Preparations for season 6 are already underway, and FACEIT has revealed that it plans to revamp the qualifying system for the league once again, just one season after replacing the Development League with a Challenger Cup, with more details to be revealed in the coming months.