With the Esports Championship Series (ECS) Season 6 Finals set to start on Thursday, we bring you a viewer's guide with all the information you need regarding the competition.
The tournament will run from November 22-25 at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the top four teams from both the European and the North American online divisions will square off for their share of the $660,000 prize pool.
The group stage will be played in a double-elimination format, with only the opening matches being best-of-one series. The top two teams from both groups will then advance to the best-of-three, single-elimination playoff bracket.
The group seeding was based on the online standings. Reigning ECS champions Astralis have been placed in Group A alongside mousesports, MIBR and Cloud9 - who will be replacing Renegades due to the Australians' visa issues. As for Group B, it features Liquid, NiP, North and NRG.
Below you can find the tournament schedule in full:
Thursday, November 22
16:00 | Astralis vs. Cloud9 | BO1
17:30 | mousesports vs. MIBR | BO1
19:00 | NRG vs. NiP | BO1
20:30 | Liquid vs. North | BO1
22:00 | Group A winners' match | BO3
01:00 | Group B winners' match | BO3
Friday, November 23
16:00 | Group A elimination match | BO3
19:00 | Group B elimination match | BO3
22:00 | Group A decider | BO3
01:00 | Group B decider | BO3
Saturday, November 24
19:00 | Semi-final #1 | BO3
22:00 | Semi-final #2 | BO3
Sunday, November 25
18:30 | Texas Collegiate Showdown | BO1
19:30 | Movember ECS Showmatch | BO1
22:00 | Grand final | BO3
The on-air team crew will be led by host Alex "Machine" Richardson, who will be joined by Jason "moses" O'Toole, Jacob "Pimp" Winneche, Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen and Mohan "launders" Govindasamy on the analyst desk. Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen and Freya Spiers will be conducting interviews with the players between matches, while four casters will be calling the action as they see it.
The complete on-air team for the event looks as follows:
Alex "Machine" Richardson - Host
Pala "Mantrousse" Gilroy Sen - Reporter
Freya Spiers - Reporter
Jason "moses" O'Toole - Analyst
Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst
Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen - Analyst
Mohan "launders" Govindasamy - Analyst
James Bardolph - Commentator
Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator
Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Matthew "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
Finally, here is how the $660,000 prize pool will be distributed: