ECS Season 8 set to start

The first ECS Season 8 matches will kick-off shortly, as Week 1 of competition starts in both Europe and North America.

The eighth season of the FACEIT-backed CS:GO league will see small changes to its format compared to ECS Season 7. Now, the first team to qualify for the event from each region will be the one to earn the most money from the first two $25,000 single-elimination online cups. After that, each weekly winner will grab a spot at the ECS Season 8 Finals, where a total of eight teams will be in competition.

flusha will make his return-debut for fnatic in ECS S8

The LAN finals for ECS Season 8 will take place in North America in November, however, the full details about the location and date haven't been released yet.

In Europe, three teams from ECS Season 7 and five Pinnacle Cup teams will compete for a part of the $25,000 prize pool, working their way towards the LAN finals. The cup will feature the following matchups:

17:00 Kazakhstan AVANGAR vs. Poland Virtus.pro
17:00 Sweden fnatic vs. France Heretics
20:00 Russia forZe vs. Denmark Ambush
20:00 Sweden Japaleno vs. Denmark Heroic

The North American side of things is much more stacked, with big names such as Liquid, NRG, and Cloud9 all in competition. The schedule of the first matches is as follows:

00:00 Brazil Sharks vs. Brazil INTZ
00:00 United States Liquid vs. United States eUnited
03:00 North America Cloud9 vs. Brazil ex-Luminosity
03:00 United States Singularity vs. United States NRG

ECS' weekly cups are filled based on priority, with the ECS Season 7 teams having first pick if they want to compete in a certain week. After that, lower-ranked Season 7 teams* such as mousesports and eUnited are in line, with the remaining spots filled with ECS Pinnacle Cup teams (Europe and North America), based on their results.

High-priority ECS Season 8 Europe teams:

High-priority ECS Season 8 North America teams:

The on-air team for the first week of ECS Season eight has also been announced and will feature Daniel "ddk" Kapadia, James "JZFB" Bardolph, and Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson.

United Kingdom James 'JZFB' Bardolph
James 'JZFB' Bardolph
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.53
Maps played:
11
KPR:
0.33
DPR:
0.74
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.68
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.81
APR:
0.13
Sweden Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Robin 'Fifflaren' Johansson
Age:
31
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
537
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.60
APR:
0.15
#3
s1mple | 
Albania Gentleo 
yea!
2019-09-16 16:31
nice!!
2019-09-16 16:32
joke format!! and hows the teams decided? prnt.sc/p6w34g
2019-09-16 18:59
#4
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Ukraine zCainee 
daps > golden HeffaN in Fnatic. Lets be honest hes a bad choice
2019-09-16 16:36
I think c9 can be good now, they just have a long way to work
2019-09-16 16:57
Bot>Golden 0/8
2019-09-16 16:58
#38
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Vietnam Mraatos 
Tbh i think Golden should stop being an IGL and just be like a support role or st cuz his fragging skills are quite impressive
2019-09-16 17:33
Nah Golden didn’t have much to work with
2019-09-16 18:03
#43
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Vietnam Mraatos 
And that yes
2019-09-16 18:48
#5
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Other SpriteCS 
cya there boys
2019-09-16 16:31
#6
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Australia MajiC 
3rd
2019-09-16 16:31
You 4th
2019-09-16 16:32
#7
Snax | 
Europe Krychaaaa 
what * means
2019-09-16 16:32
#11
Snax | 
Europe Krychaaaa 
nvm
2019-09-16 16:32
EZ 4 AVANGAR
2019-09-16 16:32
Ez4vp
2019-09-16 16:32
#12
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Europe Wallflower 
Avangar will surrender
2019-09-16 16:32
Only France surrender ;0
2019-09-16 16:33
#22
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Europe Wallflower 
+ Avangar "AVANGAR forfeits 2nd map" hltv.org/matches/2335751/avangar-vs-big-..
2019-09-16 16:36
Bad bait
2019-09-16 16:41
#14
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Netherlands PasscaLl 
G2 threw lul
2019-09-16 16:32
#15
allu | 
North America N1tsuA 
Good tourney gl teams
2019-09-16 16:32
fsmall
2019-09-16 16:32
#17
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Poland Gervush 
VP haha
2019-09-16 16:32
EZ for Jamesus
2019-09-16 16:33
#20
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India JW_BesTesT 
Lan or online?
2019-09-16 16:34
#24
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World nakTriceps 
online
2019-09-16 16:39
#21
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Finland EdiEz 
Cool
2019-09-16 16:36
VP LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL
2019-09-16 16:38
Just give the trophy to Astralis ECS No point in playing
2019-09-16 16:40
Nip? North? VP? But no Ence.lol.
2019-09-16 16:42
#45
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World Notb8ing 
Because ence never try to qualify for this last season and same with this season, also same with na'vi btw.
2019-09-16 19:32
Lol stupidos
2019-09-17 11:24
Ez for Senor VAC
2019-09-16 16:44
*ex luminosity
2019-09-16 16:45
g2?
2019-09-16 16:45
Why is Heroic playing now when they have the third seed?
2019-09-16 16:46
Pog
2019-09-16 16:48
#33
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
NIP and Mousesports will play "V4 Future Sports Festival 2019" and Vitality and FaZe Clan not confirm their new players, Astralis will play 7 tournaments. Probably this will not be priority for top teams these weekly cups..
2019-09-16 16:49
#34
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Germany Longhammer 
where is big??
2019-09-16 16:51
#37
World TuaD 
lets go
2019-09-16 16:58
I don't get it...
2019-09-16 18:02
#41
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Lebanon ryBBah 
Easy for Flusha and TenZ
2019-09-16 18:13
#42
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France LeDiplomate 
Fiffy back yeaaaayh.
2019-09-16 18:27
#46
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World Notb8ing 
holy shit this 1st week cup is total garbo, never thought it would be this bad, I guess should always expect the unexpected...
2019-09-16 19:31
Ddk and bardolph make ecs worth watching
2019-09-17 13:05
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