Last ECS S7 Finals EU spot undetermined as AVANGAR replace forZe in week 5 bracket

The race for the fourth European qualifying spot for the ECS Season 7 Finals is back on as AVANGAR will take part in the week five tournament, FACEIT has announced.

The Kazakhstani side jumped into the fray after forZe decided to skip the tournament to shift their focus to preparing for their other commitments as they would no longer be able to qualify for the LAN event, with the fourth regional spot going to the team with the most prize money earned over the course of the season.

This means that NiP - who were initially through to the LAN stages - are not yet guaranteed a spot at the main event and will be involved in a two-horse race with AVANGAR for the ticket to London.

AVANGAR can still qualify for the ECS Season 7 Finals

FACEIT reseeded the teams following these changes, pitting AVANGAR against mousesports in the first round, while NiP, who were supposed to take on forZe, will go up against OpTic.

NiP currently have a $4,500 advantage over AVANGAR in the money leaderboard. This means that, for the CIS team to claim the final European qualifying spot, they will have to go all the way in week five and claim the top prize of $12,000.

Below you can find the updated bracket for week five:

Sweden fnatic vs. Poland
Kazakhstan AVANGAR vs. Europe mousesports
France G2 vs. Europe FaZe
Sweden NiP vs. Denmark OpTic

2019-05-18 22:25
What a dumb fucking system
2019-05-19 11:21
idk it must be a kind of joke or smth else
2019-05-19 15:38
Germany bVicious
2019-05-20 11:08
Denmark Cleandog
2019-05-20 12:39
2019-05-21 15:48
OK | 
Germany Aachen
2019-05-19 18:01
Plot twist Jesus will kill NIP
2019-05-18 22:26
Spain G3CK0
what about the rest pinnacle cups?
2019-05-18 22:26
Netherlands Xexer
No hope for FaZe :(
2019-05-18 22:26
wtf actually rigged, avangar play all weeks and NiP only play 3
2019-05-18 22:26
i wonder who is that dumb fuck behind that
2019-05-18 22:29
This format is so shit
2019-05-18 22:54
2019-05-21 06:57
Sweden Lagge15
How about the other 6 teams?
2019-05-18 23:08
They can't qualify so I couldn't care less about them tbh, but none of them will play < 3 weeks
2019-05-18 23:10
Sweden Lagge15
So why can't the other 6 teams not qualify?
2019-05-19 00:11
Because it's based on how much money the teams have earned over the 5 weeks and the other 6 even with the 12,000 would not be able to pass NIP.
2019-05-19 00:26
Sweden Lagge15
Yeah but some teams haven't played closely as much as NiP or Avangar
2019-05-19 01:48
What???????????? VP played all 4 weeks so far, more than NIP Mouz played 2 weeks so far, just as much as NIP and they lost to NIP fairly Faze played in 2 weeks so far, just as much as NIP G2 played in 2 weeks so far, just as much as NIP Optic is the only team to play fewer weeks than NIP and they played 1 which isn't NIP's fault. Optic hasn't been at the big lan events they just chose to skip ECS.
2019-05-19 03:49
Sweden Lagge15
Fnatic and G2 two of the teams with most improved form over the spring? How many did they play?
2019-05-19 10:19
Fnatic played in 1 other week, but if their in such an improved form why did they get obliterated by Mouz in the first round??? Also your comment about G2 is now nullified They lost to a T3 East Europe team.
2019-05-19 21:49
United Kingdom n33b
Well if Valiance are T3.... I can't wait to see the T2 & T1 teams out of Eastern Europe :o
2019-05-21 11:30
NaVi? Ever heard of them?
2019-05-22 12:16
United Kingdom n33b
This was exactly my point. They're the 2nd best team from the region but you call them T3. Where are the T2 Eastern European teams then? I could even argue that NaVi are a EU/CIS mix so Valiance are the best.
2019-05-22 12:34
DevilsOne/Aristocracy forze spirit Hell even VP for that matter.
2019-05-22 12:34
United Kingdom n33b
Spirit aren't winning anything soon. Spirit beat forze 16-0 yesterday. Devils are former Kinguin players + a former VP player, winning nothing. VP.... don't even know what to say but they're somewhere below whatever level you think they've sunk to. Definitely none of these better than Valiance. No idea how you can say Valiance are T3 then go on to mention VP in the same conversation
2019-05-22 12:56
The mouz game was on the same day they arrived from China.
2019-05-22 07:08
Mouz was a brand new team.
2019-05-22 12:16
Germany Sabba1
shit format just give nip the spot
2019-05-18 22:27
Yes im a retarded, please explain me the format bcs i can't even undestand the system
2019-05-18 23:35
no one understands it brother no one One day I dream we might, but until then, we can only imagine ... Imagine living in this new world, where we get this format, when we can finally be able to understand it ... imagine all the new possibilities, the endless doors opened, just imagine it ... I pray we reach it, brother
2019-05-19 01:43
ECS Season goes 5 weeks. There are 3 contenders for spot in those weeks: (1) 8 teams from previous season. (2) 8 teams from Pinnacle Cup (qualifier) (3) 2 last teams from previous season in 9-10th spot. (1) Form Starting teams, while (2) + (3) form Challenger teams. Each week starts from all Starting teams getting invited. If they refuse to play current week, they will be replaced by Challenger teams. But there are only 4 spots in finals for Europe, and 3 first were taken by winners of 3 first weeks, that why weeks 4 and 5 don't give their winners spot, they only give money. But at the end, team that has the most money, will take 4th spot. If Avangar wouldn't play week 5, NiP would have already been qualified, meaning that week 5 is just for money and not that interesting to watch. Because other teams skipped too much, Avangar managed to play all 5 weeks, and made semis on 1-3th and finals on 4th, thus taking huge amount of money. So, in week 5 if Avangar manage to win the whole week, they will take the 4th spot, but if they don't get to the finals, they automatically lose. While NiP wins if Avangar doesn't win the event, even if themselves take last place at this week. Organisers even reseeded it so that Avangar and NiP will probably meet in the finals again, btw im interested in this match, they had like almost perfect 50/50 match at the last week, but NiP won and thats sad for Avg.
2019-05-19 08:25
Ok hahaha thanks sherlock
2019-05-19 08:33
God please, AVANGAR deserves the spot waaay more than NiP
2019-05-18 22:28
Russia x4ck3r
But avg played all weeks and nip only 3
2019-05-18 22:32
not avangars fault
2019-05-18 22:47
YNk | 
Norway Sunny47
Not their fault that they couldn't manage to qualify properly so they get to qualify because of participation? Isn't this basically the same situation as the new economy system? Why award losers for losing? Just saying.
2019-05-18 22:51
avangar is a lan team and way better than nip, online qualification system doesnt matter
2019-05-18 22:53 (with a worse avangar lineup)
2019-05-18 22:58
France t3r4byt3
citing a match from SEVEN months ago? lmfao 0/8
2019-05-18 23:29
why? AVANGAR got better and NiP worse
2019-05-18 23:36
France t3r4byt3
premier mind of csgo btw 0/8
2019-05-18 23:40
you should follow my twitter account
2019-05-18 23:49
YNk | 
Norway Sunny47
Wtf are you talking about? I cited a ranking from MONDAY! Not even a fucking week ago! And NIP got worse and AVANGAR better? When NIP are 6 places HIGHER? That's mad bro, good night!
2019-05-19 00:11
how many invites does nip get? how many invites does avangar get?
2019-05-19 00:30
What is your point? That AVANGAR NEED more invites to qualify than NIP? I agree, AVANGAR IS a fifth-time-is-the-charm kind of team. 0 points to Germany, good night.
2019-05-19 01:44
no, that getting invites makes it easier to have a high rating check vp in the last two years
2019-05-19 02:09
+1 When NIP were put to a point where they had to literally qualify for minor, they did manage 0 times. They actually almost never do qualify for high tier tournaments, they always get invited. Avangar's path to tournaments is much harder, while all that NiP had to do is to train against top10 teams.
2019-05-19 08:09
Sure thats why NIP won 2-1
2019-05-20 06:37
way better than nip? stop exaggerating theyre quite even id say
2019-05-18 23:09
Avangar is better than NIP online? NIP made Legends at the Major how did Avangar do? NIP makes playoffs at T1 lan events. Avangar can't even get to T1 lan events.
2019-05-19 00:28
That proves my point. Dumb Schnitzel? NIP did better at the major.
2019-05-19 03:46
they didnt
2019-05-19 10:15
5-8 is better than 9-11
2019-05-19 18:09
How is 5th-8th place worse than 9th-11th place??? Does Germany think that losing is actually winning? Is that why you guys are so fucked up as a country?
2019-05-19 21:50
It is when one team has to play against way harder teams than the other. NiPs performance at the London major was better than their performance in katowice for example.
2019-05-19 21:53
Avangar did not play against WAY harder teams. That's just delusional to say. They had a similar SOS at that Major in Katowice. Also NIP beat Avangar at ECS, if Avangar was so deserving why did they lose to NIP??? Why in the 4 weeks they competed were they not able to get better than 3rd-4th in 3 of them if they're such a good team? NIP only lost to Astralis so far. Avangar lost to North and Optic who are definitely not that good of teams.
2019-05-19 21:57
Thats just delusional to say? Did you even check the links I posted in #95? AVANGAR is a LAN team. They are like almost every CIS team bad online.
2019-05-19 22:00
If they are a LAN team why don't they play well on LAN? And for that matter why don't they attend LAN events if they're so good? Since the major they've been to 2 actual LAN events and haven't beaten a single Top team. They won DH Rio which was a joke of a tournament, just a bunch of shit Brazilian teams. And they got 3rd-4th at DH Tours another crap event where they got demolished by Mouz.
2019-05-19 22:06
1. They do 2. Because they arent good online are you able to read I said that already- 3. mouz is actually a good team, dont see the problem there.
2019-05-19 22:13
Also if we look just before the major they lost a match at the shitty GG Bet Ice Challenge to North
2019-05-19 22:09
I dont take that tournament owned by ggbet with 4 ggbet sponsored teams playing serious
2019-05-19 22:13
They will need to win anyways... What is the problem with that?
2019-05-18 23:00
Russia x4ck3r
if you look at the results of the avangar in all weeks, then they deserve more to go to the lan, the more I think that they look a little better today than the nip
2019-05-18 23:52
Avangar: lost to North, Optic, Nip, Astralis NiP: lost to Astralis Nip's results have been way better, what are you talking about
2019-05-19 00:10
2019-05-19 02:00
They deserve it more? NIP only participated at 2 weeks so far where as Avangar did all 4. NIP got 2nd to Astralis and won by beating Avangar. Meanwhile Avangar got 3rd-4th 3 times and got second to NIP. NIP deserves it way more.
2019-05-19 00:30
The only reason Avangar has a chance is due to excessive grinding in a shit format, how is that deserving? NIP has played 2 weeks and finals in both (lost to Astralis). Clearly you are biased in this opinion.
2019-05-19 01:48
Avangar played all weeks NiP only 3 How do they deserve it more?? LUL
2019-05-18 22:33
France t3r4byt3
on what basis do they deserve the spot? I know you detest NiP, but you need to give a good reason here
2019-05-18 22:53
they are a rising team with exciting players for the future in it
2019-05-18 22:53
France t3r4byt3
looking at the results of both teams (including what teams they've played against) in 2019, they don't but it's your opinion, so whatever
2019-05-18 22:57
- exciting - saves 10 rounds in a row
2019-05-18 22:59
2019-05-19 02:01
2019-05-19 18:19
Avangar is such a rising team that they participated the first 4 weeks and got less money than what NIP claimed in two. Brain dead hater confirmed
2019-05-19 00:03
because AVANGAR is a lan team like I said who is the brain dead hater here ?
2019-05-19 00:33
Yeah, good lan team which is nowhere to be found in most Tier one tournaments. Nt. And about the brain dead hater, it is you, obviously.
2019-05-19 00:40
-Good LAN team -Crushed into dust in the few lans they have opportunity to attend, and the only reason they survived so far is because mousesports is the first tier one team they run into LMAO
2019-05-19 11:44
2019-05-19 11:45
By the way, I am a hater indeed, a hater of no brain retarded fanboy/hater of your kind.
2019-05-19 12:12
great arguments, deluded nip fanboy
2019-05-19 12:14
-Demolished in reasonable argument -Go for personal attack instead Classic delusional retard, not surprising for me
2019-05-19 12:26
1. Where did I get "demolished" in a "reasonable argument"? 2. #67: "Brain dead hater" #98: "brain dead hater" #157: "no brain retarded fanboy/hater" #160: "Classic delusional retard" lol
2019-05-19 12:47
1. apparently, cause those are clear facts which are accessible from this very website 2. Judging from the fact that you totally ignore any fact against your opinion and trying to prove your point by posting losses of NIP while there are also similar wins, it is quite apparent that you are a delusional retarded brain dead fanboy/hater.
2019-05-19 12:55
1. Then you have no idea what facts are. 2. I dont, its just that nobody gave me any valid counter arguments yet.
2019-05-19 13:00
Yeah yeah just keep telling yourself that.
2019-05-19 13:01
I thought you have better use of your time than wasting it on the likes of me?
2019-05-19 13:07
Enough is enough, I have better use of my time than wasting it on the likes of you.
2019-05-19 12:57
Why do you hate NIP so much? And how is it fun to watch Jame save every round?
2019-05-19 01:49
2019-05-19 02:01
I dont really hate them, I just think they arent exciting at all and that this lineup will never be better than average. Jame also has moments where he doesnt save, but he isnt the main reason why I like AVANGAR.
2019-05-19 02:13
Indonesia rareguy
I think you should fix your "average" rating. They are way better right now than back then before dennis' hiatus. As long as it was a proper match, online or LAN won't make much difference if they're good enough. Jame is exciting to watch I agree. The tradeoff is you have to watch SANJI play.
2019-05-19 04:14
dennis is way better, thats it I dont see NiP being better, maybe they can convince me otherwise soon but I dont think so
2019-05-19 10:16
Reasons do not make sense on haters mate. This one is talking about Avangar being better LAN team than NIP while they are nowhere to be found in most big events. They just won't accept the truth.
2019-05-19 11:36
How does mouz and other teams get 3 chances to qualify but fnatic gets only 2
2019-05-18 22:31
It depends on when the team is available, theoretically a team can play every week
2019-05-18 22:42
Sweden Lagge15
Like Avangar!
2019-05-18 23:09
Always available, cuz they are never busy with a tier 1 event that NIP isn't attending. Well observed, brother.
2019-05-19 01:47
tier1 events NiP always get invited even when they are worse than trash
2019-05-19 10:45
Nepal sasukeee
technically Virtus pro has played in every series from series 1-5 , what a shit draw.
2019-05-19 10:00
Russia BiG_BoSS12
Forze respect for this move
2019-05-18 22:34
Russia x4ck3r
+1111 cis broths
2019-05-18 23:53
2019-05-19 10:54
France FrighTyyy
What? I don't understand. They won the week 4 do why are they not in finals?
2019-05-18 22:35
Only the winners of the first three weeks got a guaranteed spot. The final spot goes to the team with the most prize money earned.
2019-05-18 22:38
is week 5 the end?
2019-05-18 22:40
2019-05-18 22:40
France FrighTyyy
Okay, thanks. So some of the teams playing in week 5 don't have any chance to qualify.
2019-05-18 22:45
Only AVANGAR and NiP can qualify. The rest will play for prize money and spots next season.
2019-05-18 22:47
do you know what's the relegation system?
2019-05-18 22:56
France FrighTyyy
Ok, TY
2019-05-18 22:59
United Kingdom AVeryUKGuy
Next season should base it on average price money, not total. Or at least limit teams to only 4 quals. So dumb that NiP could be knocked out by a series of mediocre performances.
2019-05-18 22:37
Well if Avangar win it would involve beating NiP and NiP also had a few "mediocre performances"
2019-05-18 22:50
I mean the only team NiP have lose to in ECS so far is Astralis
2019-05-18 22:57
So it's fair then? Had they beaten Astralis they wouldnt be in this situation, had Avangar beat NiP last week vice versa regardless of the other weeks attended
2019-05-18 23:10
No because Avangar have still had far more chances to qualify than NiP, NiP played only one automatic qualification week
2019-05-18 23:19
2019-05-19 04:47
Avangar is here from grinding a stupid format, not from playing well.
2019-05-19 01:51
2019-05-19 02:07
But NiP has played in 3/5 as well
2019-05-19 02:12
2/5 so far will be 3/5 including week 5, for Avangar however, they have played 4/5 so far, will be 5/5 after this week
2019-05-19 03:33
And that's the advantage for prioritizing ECS over other tournaments. Both teams farmed multiple weeks for the money. Obviously NiP is the more established team and would likely have an advantage internationally over Avangar but teams knew they could get a spot through prioritizing ECS multiple weeks which really isnt that hard to do, it's 1 bo3 for 3 days.
2019-05-19 03:54
The fact that I have to explain how 3 is a smaller number than 5 is pretty scary. NIP has one 2nd place, lost to Astralis. And one win. And still can get eliminated from Avangar who has a series of useless results and one 2nd place is really a stupid format. We should award good performance, not some stupid participation price like this.
2019-05-19 08:35
they prioritized ECS over other tournaments, while NiP does opposite. Avangar have all the rights to be in ECS finals, they made everything to be there, cuz this can be the only real tier1 tournament they can attend in months, while NiP gets invited to 70% of them, of course they are mostly shit, they don't deserve those invites, and now they almost took this one from Avangar by beating them in one extremely close matchup.
2019-05-19 10:54
To call it prioritize they would have had to have other tournaments they skipped to play this. Hardly likely, a better explanation would be, they had nothing else. That is fair too, but why lie and make is sound like a choice? Avangar has had pointless results and one final in four tries. Nip has had final in both tries, one win and one loss to the clear #1. Why do you want reward mediocre performance?
2019-05-19 12:24
And what is your criteria for deserving an invite btw? NIP hasn’t missed playoffs in a big event since faceit major 8 months ago.
2019-05-19 12:30
Don't even bother with haters, reasons and facts make no sense on them
2019-05-19 12:36
Since Faceit major: - 3rd place at BLAST Istanbul, - 5-6th place at EPICENTER, - 6th place at BLAST Lisbon, - 4th place at BLAST Sao Paulo, - 5-8th at tier2 Starladder (hardly made it with 3-2 at Swiss), - 3rd place at BLAST Madrid. Only achievement worth mentioning are: - 3-4th at ECS Season 6, after winning against North and NRG, two most inconsistent teams from top15. - 2nd at BLAST Copenhagen. - 5-8th at IEM Katowice thanks to this new system, which helped them secure it in easy mode. - 5-6th at half-trash tournament IEM Sydney. IDK m8, if you call all these "playoffs", then you have to get yourself some brains. They almost never win against better teams in a bo3, they haven't won a single top tier tournament since 2019, they always perform worse than people expect. If you think, that they are good, because they reach playoffs (they don't btw), then you gotta start watching their games, or maybe start watching tournaments.
2019-05-19 13:41
Maybe you need to look up what playoff is. News flash, Blast doesn’t have one! And all the other tournaments have been playoffs, usually quarters but still a lot more than Avangar. Most tournaments have 8+ invites, meaning if you go to playoffs (usually top 8) then you deserved the invite since you showed to be among the 8 best teams attending. Every way you spin it they have performed better then Avangar, and always played well enough to deserve the invite they gotten. Or do you honestly think only the winning team deserved the invite? So 7+ teams in every event didn’t deserve their invites then?
2019-05-19 20:00
Who cares how many losses they have. Teams knew this was a rule entering ECS. If you play more weeks you have a better chance.
2019-05-19 21:49
An American that believes in participation trophies, now I’ve seen everything. I am not questioning how the rules work, I am saying they are terrible and might reward grinding mediocrity rather than playing well.
2019-05-19 23:17
Not when the gap between 1st and 2nd is so large in terms of prize money. Theres a huge bonus for playing well.
2019-05-20 05:01
Indonesia rareguy
That would be a more complicated. Imagine you won the first week. You don't have to fight anymore, just skip the next week and you're cool to go. Not exciting at all.
2019-05-19 04:16
Forze sold their spot?
2019-05-18 22:38
Russia Sur10n
2019-05-18 22:40
This system is dumb af, completely unfair for teams that have played less
2019-05-18 22:41
+1 Good teams are busy playing big events
2019-05-18 22:49
2019-05-18 22:55
+1 so true, even online Leagues were by far more enjoyable
2019-05-19 02:07
Some1 predicted this I remember
2019-05-18 22:48
This is totally unexpected! I wish all the luck to Avangar!
2019-05-18 22:49
France t3r4byt3
I don't want to see Jame's baiting ass in London ffs
2019-05-18 22:51
+1000 actually gonna kms if I miss out on NiP signatures for this baiting retard
2019-05-18 23:02
France t3r4byt3
AVANGAR have to win the whole week, and they'll have to get past mouz and Fnatic just for the final I wouldn't worry too much, but who knows
2019-05-18 23:05
2019-05-19 02:03
Respect forZe
2019-05-18 22:53
Czech Republic PaYaB
get rid of this dumb format ...
2019-05-18 22:54
+1 it sucks, especially inviting virtus throw to 4/5 series
2019-05-18 22:55
Sweden Z3Bz
what is the point of the other teams playing this week, they just wasteing time???
2019-05-18 22:58
worst format in the history of cs go. The guy who came up with this needs to be fired asap.
2019-05-18 23:05
i think its great, before they had to play 18 maps to qualify for the final. Now if the team is good enough they can qualify with 3 games. But i dont think having a team be allowed to play for 5 weeks straight is good.. If you played 4 weeks already and havent qualified yet you are not good enough to do so and stop waisting everyones time and let other teams give it a shot. Why should you get 5 chances and they 0?
2019-05-19 00:48
Sweden @fimpen
Robban was the important pice in the machine that cant be replaced.
2019-05-18 23:12
Not only as a NiP Fan, but also in general Avangar is a great team but now competed in all 5 cups. Other teams played one or two cups.
2019-05-18 23:16
Jesus coning for revenge
2019-05-18 23:38
Czech Republic Dur4ngo
Mouz will beat Avangar so Nip take the spot
2019-05-18 23:39
Sweden Lingon
So Avangar needs to Win the finals to take the place. Probably not gonna happen but who knows
2019-05-18 23:46
Russia Nikosimus
Fck you Forze, rigged it for your CIS friends, hope NiP smash everyone and Avangar loses to Mouz
2019-05-18 23:53
Pitting ?
2019-05-18 23:54
Doesn't really matter cause they will be obliterated by mousesports anyway. W0xic will personally demonstrate how to use an awp to jame.
2019-05-19 00:34
Sweden Lingon
And he won’t save every round
2019-05-19 08:22
G2-Faze pog
2019-05-19 00:42
should be a nip vs fnatic final
2019-05-19 00:42
United Kingdom Leftie
shame there's no chance of Mousesports getting through, got my tickets for the finals already, Karrigan always really engages the crowd
2019-05-19 02:56
decider match between avangar and nip would be better ; p
2019-05-19 04:18
Hungary subzera
nip got fucked. why have 5 weeks for 4 slots? this is so fucking stupid. bad format
2019-05-19 04:26
With the 5 weeks and 4 spots on the side, the stupidest thing is that Avangar played in like 3 weeks already and will play in the 4th, meaning they will only not play 1 week, and if a team plays 4 or 5 weeks is much more likely to have the more money.
2019-05-19 04:52
India Noobdian
2 weeks more
2019-05-19 10:05
2019-05-20 09:40
The fun part is that they can actually do it :D
2019-05-19 05:39
India Noobdian
I hope not
2019-05-19 10:05
We know that you hope not, its obvious that u hope not, cause we see that nip fanboy logo nezt to your name ;) lez go nip
2019-05-19 13:00
India Noobdian
Lez go
2019-05-19 15:01
plot twist!
2019-05-19 07:11
2019-05-19 07:22
2019-05-19 07:22
2019-05-19 08:14
rubbish Avangar play 5 series in a row while most of other teams play only 1 or 2 series
2019-05-19 16:13
United States Httrdc
So what? It's almost like ecs wants to give teams an incentive to play in the tournaments. It's actually a really nice format
2019-05-21 17:40
OMFG NIP was in now out WHAT ARE ECS DOING? Change in last second OMEGALUL
2019-05-20 09:33
why u crying, avangar will lose to mouz anyway
2019-05-20 11:13
not crying at all, its just so wierd. ye i know NiP gonna fix it ez but thats not my point my friend
2019-05-20 19:07
mb avangar thot they have no chances then they reviewed and realised they still can make it so they asked forze to withdraw
2019-05-20 19:43
yeah maybe you right :)
2019-05-20 22:28
Sweden @fimpen
Where can I see the money standings?
2019-05-22 23:40
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