ESL Pro League Season 8 North America concluded, finalists found
A total of twelve teams in North America battled through the six week-long tournament while juggling busy schedules, but, in the end, only six teams would make their way through at the Finals in the Danish city, which hosts the Finals for the second time.
On the last day with league play, INTZ rounded out the top six teams to make their way to the Finals by taking one map from Rogue in their final matchup and edging past eUnited in the table by round difference. Cloud9 were also in the running for the final spot, but couldn't reach the points needed after losing one of their two last maps against NRG.
At the bottom of the table, INTZ's compatriots in Luminosity will be automatically relegated from the league after losing their two final maps against eUnited, as the second-to-last finishers Envy narrowly overtook the Brazilians by beating Renegades 2-0, the Australians playing from their home country while already qualified for the Finals. In the same vain, Noah "Nifty" Francis' troops also took two maps from Cloud9 in early November, when Maikil "Golden" Selim and co. were in Europe to play BLAST Pro Series Copenhagen.
The final standings of the ESL Pro League Season 8 North American division looks as follows:
1. MIBR - Finals
2. Ghost - Finals
3. Liquid - Finals
4. NRG - Finals
5. Renegades - Finals
6. INTZ - Finals
7. eUnited - $17,000
8. Cloud9 - $16,000
9. Complexity - $15,000
10. Rogue - $14,000 (S8 Relegation)
11. Envy - $13,000 (S8 Relegation)
12. Luminosity - $12,000 (Relegation to ESEA MDL)
With the top six North American teams joining their European counterparts as well as the top Oceanic, Asian and Latin American squads ORDER, ViCi and Sharks, the full team list for the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals in Odense, Denmark looks as follows: