Sharks secure ECS Season 8 Finals spot
Having placed second in the first bracket of the season, Sharks needed only to reach the final in week two to finish at the top of the ECS prize money leaderboard from the first two weeks and punch their ticket to the LAN event.
But getting to the last stage of the single-elimination tournament was far from an easy challenge for Sharks as they had to toil against a team who were also in the running for a spot at the main event. Cloud9, who needed to finish in first place to surpass week 1 winners Evil Geniuses in terms of prize money, made an early statement of intent as they cruised to a 16-3 victory on Train, the Brazilians' map pick, to get ahead in the series.
Sharks were unfazed by the disastrous result and ended the first half of Nuke up by one round after recovering from a 1-5 deficit. The South American team carried that momentum into the second half and quickly wrapped things up, with Ignacio "meyern" Meyer raising eyebrows with a spectacular ace with the Krieg.
Jhonatan "jnt" Silva's charges were in control from the outset on Mirage and reached map point at 15-4 after keeping Cloud9 on the ropes all game long. With no margin for error Cloud9 finally managed to string a few rounds together, but their resistance was broken in the 24th round as Sharks put the series to rest on a shoddy buy.
|Sharks||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Luca 'Luken' NadottiLuken||55 - 43||+12||89.9||1.22|
|Raphael 'exit' Lacerdaexit||44 - 38||+6||71.8||1.14|
|Jhonatan 'jnt' Silvajnt||46 - 45||+1||69.7||1.05|
|Ignacio 'meyern' Meyermeyern||42 - 48||-6||77.4||0.99|
|Leonardo 'leo_druNky' Oliveiraleo_druNky||40 - 49||-9||60.0||0.83|
|Cloud9||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Kenneth 'koosta' Suenkoosta||45 - 42||+3||73.2||1.10|
|Timothy 'autimatic' Taautimatic||50 - 45||+5||78.5||1.08|
|Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellasmixwell||42 - 45||-3||71.8||0.99|
|Damian 'daps' Steeledaps||43 - 48||-5||75.9||0.97|
|Tyson 'TenZ' NgoTenZ||43 - 47||-4||64.7||0.96|
Sharks, who will go on to meet ATK in the final, join AVANGAR on the list of participants for the ECS Season 8 Finals. The event will be held at the Esports Stadium, in Arlington, from November 28 through December 1, and will also feature the winners of the last three regular season brackets, the first of which will be held in two weeks.
The team list for the ECS Season 8 Finals currently looks as follows: