ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals viewer's guide

BenjaCS
December 3rd, 2018 11:28

ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals kicks off on Tuesday, so we have prepared a comprehensive guide with all the information you need to know ahead of the tournament, including groups, first match-ups, and on-air team.

The Sparekassen Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark will host the ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals on December 4-9. The event offering $750,000 in cash prizes will feature sixteen teams.

Two groups of eight using a double-elimination format will have best-of-one opening games, with the following matches being played as best-of-threes. The top three teams from both groups will advance to the playoffs after three days of group action.

The six-day event begins on Tuesday

The single-elimination playoffs will begin on Friday with the quarter-finals, where the second placed teams will take on the sides that finished third in the opposing groups.

The victors will then move on to the semis where they will face the first placed teams from the group stage. The playoffs will culminate with a best-of-five grand final on Sunday at 16:00.

Below you can find the groups:

The schedule for the event looks as follows:

Tuesday, December 4
12:00 | Denmark Astralis vs. China ViCi | BO1
12:00 | Australia Renegades vs. Other HellRaisers | BO1
13:15 | North America Liquid vs. France G2 | BO1
13:15 | Brazil INTZ vs. Germany BIG | BO1
14:30 | Brazil MIBR vs. Brazil Sharks| BO1
14:30 | United States NRG vs. Denmark North | BO1
15:45 | Canada Ghost vs. Europe mousesports| BO1
15:45 | Ukraine Natus Vincere vs. Australia ORDER | BO1
17:00 | Group A upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
17:00 | Group A lower bracket round one #1 | BO3
20:35 | Group A upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
20:35 | Group A lower bracket round one #2 | BO3

Wednesday, December 5
12:00 | Group B lower bracket round one #1 | BO3
12:00 | Group B lower bracket round one #2 | BO3
15:50 | Group B upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
15:50 | Group A lower bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
19:40 | Group B upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
19:40 | Group A lower bracket semi-final #2 | BO3

Thursday, December 6
12:00 | Group B lower bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
12:00 | Group B lower bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
15:50 | Group A upper bracket final | BO3
15:50 | Group A lower bracket final | BO3
19:40 | Group B upper bracket final | BO3
19:40 | Group B lower bracket final| BO3

Friday, December 7
16:00 | Quarter-final #1| BO3
19:30 | Quarter-final #2 | BO3

Saturday, December 8
16:00 | Semi-final #1| BO3
19:30 | Semi-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, December 9
14:05 | Showmatch
16:00 | Grand final | BO5

You can find the full talent lineup below:

United Kingdom O.J. Borg - Stage Host
United States Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Desk Host

United Kingdom James Banks - Reporter

Australia Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Finland Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst
Denmark Jacob "Pimp" Winneche - Analyst

United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
Canada Matt "Sadokist" Trivett - Commentator
United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Commentator
United Kingdom Harry Russell - Commentator

#1
gla1ve | 
India Taystee 
Ez 4 Astralis, Let's go
2018-12-03 11:29
#6
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
Nice viewer’s guide TBA lul
2018-12-03 11:30
+1
2018-12-03 11:32
#38
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Japan FaZeColdzera 
+1
2018-12-03 11:59
#51
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
+1
2018-12-03 12:30
+1
2018-12-03 12:54
inb4 astralis 14-16 vici
2018-12-03 13:05
#2
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Netherlands ChrisJsports 
MOUZ TOP
2018-12-03 11:29
#VAMOUZ
2018-12-03 12:17
#57
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Denmark oskarsports 
change ur name to STYKOsports
2018-12-03 12:35
Username already taken :(
2018-12-03 12:49
#69
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Slovakia STYKOsports 
I know xaxaxaxaxa
2018-12-03 12:52
Hahahahaha fucking legend, made my day dude hahahaha
2018-12-03 12:55
Lulululul
2018-12-03 13:30
#109
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Have you occupied chrisJsports aswell?
2018-12-03 14:29
#110
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
Wait.
2018-12-03 14:29
#111
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Netherlands ZoMilan 
ChrisJsports started this comment chain FAAAAACK
2018-12-03 14:30
+1
2018-12-03 18:59
#114
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Denmark oskarsports 
I have oskarsports, ropzsports, sunnysports and stykosports
2018-12-03 14:50
#3
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Denmark oskarsports 
Ez mouz
2018-12-03 11:29
+1
2018-12-03 12:17
#59
NiKo | 
India Chichiyum 
Ez Navi .ez simple
2018-12-03 12:37
#86
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Brazil R1skySHOOOW 
EZ 4 ENCE
2018-12-03 13:22
#113
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Czech Republic milan1322 
+1
2018-12-03 14:39
nice
2018-12-03 11:29
the fight for the worst looking trophy in esports history begins
2018-12-03 14:02
10th
2018-12-03 11:29
Rip hr
2018-12-03 11:29
If any BR471L team wins this then I will give away 100,00€ for everyone who commented this.
2018-12-03 11:30
#12
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Denmark oskarsports 
Won't happen
2018-12-03 11:32
#16
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
PayPal?
2018-12-03 11:35
Ok, you can give already
2018-12-03 11:36
#30
fnx | 
Brazil sup3rNov4 
Bitchass hater
2018-12-03 11:46
#33
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Estonia Nap0le0n 
Fine bro, thank you
2018-12-03 11:52
#35
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Brazil phelipet2 
Ok , debit or credit ?
2018-12-03 11:55
#37
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Germany Youdontknowme 
Ich schick dann iban
2018-12-03 11:57
#55
bizinha | 
Brazil kinzee 
ok
2018-12-03 12:33
If german team win i'll give 1000,00€
2018-12-03 12:38
#70
oskar | 
Czech Republic PlaSSma 
Ez4Br :D
2018-12-03 12:53
Lets go br
2018-12-03 13:10
#89
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Brazil R1skySHOOOW 
Agree and If does BIG BUG win this I Will give you my knife!
2018-12-03 13:26
Im game. Mibr could do this
2018-12-03 13:53
Lets go br
2018-12-03 14:06
nice
2018-12-03 14:08
#106
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United States DV19 
Bet, lol
2018-12-03 14:16
wont happen but just in case...
2018-12-03 14:31
#115
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Portugal Areias27 
Thanks
2018-12-03 14:57
We all got baited
2018-12-03 15:34
Just in case it happens Kapp
2018-12-03 16:37
Hi
2018-12-03 16:42
#137
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Germany Kaidixdeh 
Do you also count MIBR as a Brazilian team?
2018-12-03 16:51
Won't happen but okay.
2018-12-03 17:05
Okay
2018-12-03 18:55
kk North Remembers
2018-12-03 19:04
Thx
2018-12-03 20:36
#182
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Slovakia SLAVak 
thx bruh
2018-12-04 00:22
#9
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France StickyRice 
EZ for TBA schedule
2018-12-03 11:31
#10
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Finland Tusku 
ez 2nd place for liquid
2018-12-03 11:31
#101
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Ukraine VeryVegaGuy 
They will not advance playoffs because they are not prepared
2018-12-03 14:04
Nah man Astralis Liquid final
2018-12-03 18:52
#143
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Ukraine VeryVegaGuy 
1 day to prepare
2018-12-03 18:53
#13
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Spain elskio 
Ez 4 you know who
2018-12-03 11:34
#129
Magisk | 
China nmxbb 
U mean faze? They r happy for whatching stream at home.
2018-12-03 15:52
Voldemorts dead bruuuh
2018-12-03 20:36
#14
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France France98123 
let's go G2 Kappa, would be fun if smithzZ and ex6tenz performed tho lol
2018-12-03 11:33
#15
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Panama Litagoo 
ez af 4 faze
2018-12-03 11:34
#17
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Belgium KevinGatesYo 
+1 #FaZeUp
2018-12-03 11:35
Hahahahahah lol
2018-12-03 11:37
#54
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Czech Republic PaYaB 
#FaZeDown
2018-12-03 12:31
Ok
2018-12-03 13:11
#21
NEO | 
Poland JCdenton 
I hope for Renegades' s strong performance. Ps. Who is going to be the MVP? 😎 ( explain when the answer is other than device)
2018-12-03 11:38
Zhoking after ViCi beat ORDER to win the event He will drop a 45 bomb against astralis and then in the 5 maps he will get a total of 210 frags when his team wins 3-2 in the final
2018-12-03 12:51
We know the finals will be MiBR vs Astralis again... If Swag plays good.
2018-12-03 11:38
#24
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Brazil German_rapist 
fer is playing this event, swag will only play on lisbon
2018-12-03 11:42
Oh ok, so this is going to be the final game
2018-12-03 11:43
#62
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India akashp1997 
Damn right! This guy is confusing af!
2018-12-03 12:42
#27
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India akashp1997 
You too know that Fer is a part of the core of MiBr and it takes time for a person who stands in for a core member to play at his peek. So MiBr will only win if any one of Stewie or Tarik steps up real bad.
2018-12-03 11:44
I think Stewie is playing good tho, but Tarik is the one who need to improve more.
2018-12-03 11:45
#58
NiKo | 
India Chichiyum 
And that's never gonna happen
2018-12-03 12:36
When i click g2 i still see the old line up.
2018-12-03 11:42
because they have to play with the old lineup
2018-12-03 11:47
Ah ok ty. What a weird situation.
2018-12-03 12:12
Why they invited pimp again.... He is ruining singlehandedly whole analyst desk...
2018-12-03 11:45
pimp bad but not worst (lurppis worst)
2018-12-03 11:52
Naah imo pimp is worst and then lurppis :D
2018-12-03 12:07
arguably i'm not saying pimp is not worst just that lurppis is still beyond him i dunno he pisses me off very cringe guy with repulsive personality and highly incompetent doesnt give anything to the analyst dest but takes all
2018-12-03 12:12
I feel u, but atleast lurppis don't get invited so often like pimp...
2018-12-03 12:50
#91
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Czech Republic C9in2015 
Lurppis is a fucking idiot, talks shit about Tesla and acts clever
2018-12-03 13:30
ez astralis pogchamp
2018-12-03 11:53
#39
FalleN | 
Portugal ViperXX 
Mibr and astralis in different groups, could be nice. Let's see if they can do better than ECS finals
2018-12-03 12:03
GO Na'Vi
2018-12-03 12:04
#41
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Denmark raaaaaaaaa1in 
3 BR
2018-12-03 12:04
#45
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Let’s go liquid
2018-12-03 12:16
#48
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Germany remind00 
1. Denmark Astralis 2. North America Liquid 3. Germany BIG 4. Other HellRaisers 5. Brazil INTZ 6. Australia Renegades 7. France G2 8. China ViCi 1. Europe mousesports 2. Ukraine Natus Vincere 3. Brazil MIBR 4. United States NRG 5. Denmark North 6. Canada Ghost 7. Brazil Sharks 8. Australia ORDER
2018-12-03 12:21
You deserve to be the #1 at this post
2018-12-03 20:19
ORDER UP! (please though, send help for Order)
2018-12-03 12:21
Why They will only lose the grand final 2-3 against vici because zhoking will drop a 210 bomb in the 5 maps
2018-12-03 13:03
Ez for coldzera, the greatest of all time.
2018-12-03 12:25
+1
2018-12-03 17:12
+1
2018-12-03 20:19
#53
NBK- | 
France uria64 
RIP french scene
2018-12-03 12:31
#56
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Russia skydead37 
Where are moses and Pansy? Tournament by ESL and without them? WTF?
2018-12-03 12:33
Astralis, big, liquid, hr, mibr, navi, nrg, mous
2018-12-03 12:39
Oh w8
2018-12-03 12:43
#63
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World bigb1rd 
MiBR will have a hard job beating North, Na'vi, mouz or NRG. Group B definitely the more interesting group.
2018-12-03 12:43
would have loved to see James Bardolph.
2018-12-03 12:57
If I'm not wrong esl doesn't invite him and ddk anymore because of faceit
2018-12-03 13:04
yeah feelsbadman :(
2018-12-03 13:07
#85
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United States yaffy 
They don't invite him because he holds a position in the faceit org, and allegedly hardcore nickel and dimes the other talent as he is technically their boss... It's an odd situation
2018-12-03 13:15
#75
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
Astralis/Liquid/Renegades NaVi/Mouz/Mibr 1/4 Liquid - Mibr 2-1 Mouz - Renegades 2-0 1/2 Astralis - Liquid 1-2 NaVi - Mouz 2-0 Grand Final NaVi 2-0 Liquid Ez 4 p1mple
2018-12-03 13:03
Liquid winning a BO3 against astralis LUL
2018-12-03 13:13
#93
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Singapore SashaTr1ceps 
Yeah Nuke 16-10 Mirage 12-16 Inferno 16-19
2018-12-03 13:41
Liquid NEVER can beat Astralis on Inferno.
2018-12-03 13:43
except that one time at the major where they almost choked it
2018-12-03 14:13
That can't be possible because by the way you did the bracket Astralis wouldn't face liquid in the semis. Liquid would be on the other side of the bracket. Astralis would face the #3 from their group or the #2 from the other group. Also even I think Liquid beating Astralis is ridiculous
2018-12-03 18:59
#78
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Denmark Loolesen 
Astralis for the win, and Device with another MVP Award.. You saw i here first.
2018-12-03 13:06
i agree ezz for Astralis. the best counterstrike team of alll time
2018-12-03 13:14
So with these groups, Astralis is given a free ticket to the semi finals. Hmm
2018-12-03 13:10
#87
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France remyos 
Hard for Liquid and BIG, just one-day break ... damn. No time for prep
2018-12-03 13:23
welp their own choice go this malta event xd (btw NRG also :D.)
2018-12-03 13:41
#88
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Brazil beckerzin 
astralis/liquid/intz mibr/navi/mouz 1/4 intz 2-1 navi liquid 2-1 mouz semi mibr 2-0 liquid intz 2-1 astralis final intz 3-2 mibr ez for Vito "KngV" Giuseppe
2018-12-03 13:26
#120
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Brazil Allistar 
+100
2018-12-03 15:25
#94
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Brazil Hefesto 
EZ 4 INTZ LET'S FUCKING GO
2018-12-03 13:42
#96
KRIMZ | 
India EosTheMG 
Ez4ence
2018-12-03 13:44
Will be very Interesting to see who wins! who knows maybe the Final will be MIBR vs Astralis? but Personally i would want to see someone else win the Finals.
2018-12-03 13:51
1) no thorin: Fu. Ck yeah 2) final: Astralis x Navi 3) Astralis ez win Astralis 2018 = unbreakable
2018-12-03 14:13
-pimp please
2018-12-03 14:16
such a boring fest NRG/North is the only interesting game
2018-12-03 14:22
#RUNASTRALIS
2018-12-03 15:18
$750,000
2018-12-03 15:20
Ez throw by ghost
2018-12-03 15:30
Why do MIBR still have a Brazilian flag ?
2018-12-03 15:37
The majority is brazilian.
2018-12-03 20:21
2 people out of 6 ? Majority ?
2018-12-04 13:13
Wtf? 3 of 6. Two are americans and YNk is from Serbia.
2018-12-04 13:28
I meant for blast pro series Lisbon. My bad .
2018-12-05 17:55
Np, I'm saying about the main lineup only. And the other reason for being the BR flag is because it means "Made in Brazil"
2018-12-05 18:38
nice
2018-12-03 15:39
#126
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World euqin 
Where the fucking fuck is faze
2018-12-03 15:43
Choking in home
2018-12-03 20:21
#127
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United States Trump2020KAG 
Liquid back to back trophies to end a great year of cs.
2018-12-03 15:46
#130
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Finland lasarus 
EZ4NATU
2018-12-03 16:06
Too bad finnish esport organization ENCE isn't there to compete to win some of the hefty sum of 750000 dollars.
2018-12-03 16:11
Imagine astralis losing to vici
2018-12-03 16:29
is this gonna be on facebook?
2018-12-03 16:30
#134
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Slovakia Rhanus 
so Dev1ce MVP?
2018-12-03 16:31
Only 3 NA teams and no Moses ?! We are struggling.
2018-12-03 18:07
Group A 1. Astralis 2. Liquid 3. BIG/HR Group B 1. Navi 2. MIBR 3. Mouz/NRG
2018-12-03 19:51
#181
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United States DV19 
Imagine Astralis losing in their home soil
2018-12-03 23:11
#183
shox | 
India iejesus 
atleast a Playoffs finish g2 Please
2018-12-04 08:51
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