FACEIT announces ECS Season 7 with revamped format

FACEIT has revealed the first details about season 7 of the Esports Championship Series (ECS).

The new ECS season brings radical changes to the format of the league, with teams now required to fewer games to qualify for the LAN event as FACEIT attempts to tackle the issue of oversaturation in the scene.

In Europe and North America, the ECS Season will kick off with four open qualifiers per region, scheduled for February 16-28. The top two teams from each of these open brackets will progress to their respective regions' Challenger Cups, joining eight invited teams in a best-of-three Swiss stage, which will determine their ranking in the revamped Regular Season.

Instead of having a traditional round-robin season, FACEIT will be organising five eight-team single elimination tournaments in both regions, each with $25,000 on offer. Each regular season tournament will be filled by the teams from ECS Season 6 available for that week, with the empty slots being occupied by the Challenger Cup teams based on the ranking.

ECS format revamped for season 7

The winners of the first three regular season tournaments will automatically qualify for the ECS Season 7 Finals, while the fourth regional slot will go to the team with the most prize money won over the course of the season.

Once a team has qualified for the offline finals, they can choose not to further participate in the regular season, opening up an extra slot for a Challenger Cup side. The teams coming from ECS Season 6 may also decide against participating in certain tournaments in case of a conflicting schedule with other competitions.

"We have worked extremely hard to determine a format and match timings that suit the players, the community and that help the CS:GO ecosystem," said FACEIT co-founder and Chief Business Officer (CBO) Michele Attisani

"It’s vital that players can perform at their highest level without burning out and it’s fantastic that as an industry we recognise the benefit in working together towards a long term goal. At the same time, we’re excited about what the new format means for fans- every game will matter."

ECS Season 7 will culminate with a LAN event at SSE Arena, Wembley, from June 6-9, where $500,000 will be on the line. This, together with the $250,000 on offer during the regular season ($25,000 per regular season tournament and per region), brings the total prize pool for the season to $750,000.

Teams can sign up for the open qualifiers by clicking the links below:

Europe:

Qualifier #1 - Here
Qualifier #2 - Here
Qualifier #3 - Here
Qualifier #4 - Here

North America:

Qualifier #1 - Here
Qualifier #2 - Here
Qualifier #3 - Here
Qualifier #4 - Here

#2
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
i love faceit wtf where is #1 gone
2019-02-08 18:54
I don’t Edit: only BR brain would think that
2019-02-08 18:53
#18
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
why not
2019-02-08 18:52
#20
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Austria shaakeh 
Expected
2019-02-08 18:53
Shit format We want 1-1 league back so we can watch matches during the week :(
2019-02-10 16:06
FACEIT Major 2018
2019-02-08 18:53
#25
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Brazil FanOfMibr 
lol it was so bad i remember mibr lose 16-0 wtf
2019-02-08 18:54
#30
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Other beeg 
MiBR was bad, not the event.
2019-02-08 18:57
the event was bad as well, only bad playoff of the majors i watched
2019-02-08 19:14
The venue WiFi really fuct them
2019-02-08 19:45
#55
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United Kingdom nddvr 
Tbf the technical difficulties at the start weren’t nice but the venue was fun and I had a great time there.
2019-02-09 10:20
The event wasnt bad on faceits side on the most part especially the playoffs the matches were just shit. Only one went to 3 maps
2019-02-10 14:40
#67
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United Kingdom nddvr 
Yeah, I ageee but I had a great time.
2019-02-10 18:47
faceit good esea bad
2019-02-08 18:54
Reddit cuck
2019-02-08 18:56
nt brexit
2019-02-08 19:00
Nt I fake flag
2019-02-08 21:24
imagine being so afraid of your real flag that you fakeflag
2019-02-08 22:11
#49
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United States V1ncentC 
Obliterated
2019-02-08 22:14
It goes along with the character my man
2019-02-09 00:24
Nt
2019-02-09 02:51
#22
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Vietnam Oida 
I don't
2019-02-08 18:53
mr Jonathan delete
2019-02-08 19:12
Che ia banned
2019-02-08 19:13
#6
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Russia chexov 
im crying
2019-02-08 18:50
#7
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United States Trump2020KAG 
I sit on my computer for hours and hours pressing f5
2019-02-08 18:50
#9
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Sweden WhisperingEye 
nice!!
2019-02-08 18:51
<deleted>
2019-02-08 18:57
11th
2019-02-08 18:51
Nice?
2019-02-08 18:51
#13
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Czech Republic Vov1y 
BIIGEST prize pull POG CS NO DIE
2019-02-08 18:52
boring event like always
2019-02-08 18:52
Pronax 3 major taco 2
2019-02-08 18:53
and sunny and s1mple 0
2019-02-08 18:57
I dont really care about sunny or s1mple bcuz olof is best
2019-02-08 20:44
#53
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
Olof hahhahha
2019-02-09 05:09
Olof 3 major NA 1
2019-02-09 11:20
#58
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Germany Sabba1 
olof only 2
2019-02-09 16:08
#59
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United States SmokaDaWeEDs 
Correct
2019-02-09 22:56
#16
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Russia Sur10n 
WOW
2019-02-08 18:52
Online lul
2019-02-08 18:53
#26
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Panama xemzex 
EZ4ENCE
2019-02-08 18:55
#27
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Panama xemzex 
Not wembley again ffs
2019-02-08 18:55
Online in 2019 lul No MDL-like leagues (which were promised 6 months ago) lul
2019-02-08 18:59
#32
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China Autumn7 
Nice format I actually like it
2019-02-08 18:59
FACEIT LUL
2019-02-08 19:02
ez astralis title hattrick
2019-02-08 19:08
#39
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United States Shadow272 
wait what didnt understand it
2019-02-08 19:15
#46
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Brazil CaioOlive 
first, in the challenger cup, you will have the best teams, right, the ones who won most bo3. Then, 5 tournaments are going to happen, 8 teams on each. 8 teams remain from last season. So, if they don't have schedule problems, they'll play on the first tournament, qualifying for finals and not playing the other ones. So, should all the 8 teams play the first one, the second one would only have 7 teams from last season, as one of them already qualified. Then, the best team from Challenger Cup will take it's spot. Same for the third. But, for schedulling reasons, a team from last season pull out of one tournament, then, the best team from Challenger Cup will play on that tournament. For the forth spot, the one with most prize pool money won advances. So, the fourth and fifth tournament aren't going to give direct spots but will help out to get it.
2019-02-08 20:46
#41
JaCkz | 
United States Bochanka 
But the last major there was SO bad.... Deadward lol
2019-02-08 19:59
#42
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Denmark Green_fairy 
Sounds pretty cool actually
2019-02-08 20:18
Sounds pretty bad actually.
2019-02-11 06:32
#69
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Denmark Green_fairy 
Nope
2019-02-11 06:43
#43
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Ukraine niXoN|w1 
ESL >>>>> FACEIT
2019-02-08 20:34
a little bit complicated, but let´s see how it works out
2019-02-08 20:41
Hello faceit. Look NA its low level. You can do 4 eu qualifier, 2 for NA its gr8 and 2 open for anywhere. No need 4 from NA.
2019-02-09 00:24
+1 na is shit (except for liquid)😎
2019-02-10 15:30
That's why SK never moved to EU. Farming every qualifier spot against fucking CLG or Torqued. Lol
2019-02-10 15:49
sk smart loyal from brazil😎
2019-02-10 15:51
Right xd
2019-02-10 15:54
Optic, Fnatic and MIBR will not play at first week due to being at WESG, so Challenger teams will get their chance pretty soon. And also second week is quesionable for this teams as WESG ends on 17th and second ECS tournament starts on 18th. Either they will be playing jetlagged or won´t.
2019-02-09 09:35
#57
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CIS dypsoman 
I hope they will have unlimited eggs
2019-02-09 15:57
again so ez for AstraGODS
2019-02-09 23:21
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