ECS Season 8 Finals viewer's guide

ECS Season 8 Finals starts on Thursday so we have put together everything about the Texas event in a viewer's guide to get you ready to watch.

The tournament will be held at the Esports Stadium in Arlington, Texas from November 28-December 1 and feature eight teams, who qualified via a set of five online tournaments in Europe and North America which ran in September-October.

EG and AVANGAR will kick off the event

The participants distributed themselves into two groups in an unusual way, in which AVANGAR and Sharks were put as the first team in each group as the first two who qualified and started off a process that saw the participants determine who goes to the opposite group.

These are the groups:

The group stage will be played in a GSL system, with the opening round played in best-of-one matches and the remainder in best-of-threes, with the top two sides securing berths in the semi-finals.

A detailed schedule with opening matchups can be seen below:

Thursday, November 28
16:00 United States Evil Geniuses vs. Kazakhstan AVANGAR (BO1)
17:30 United States Liquid vs. Sweden NiP (BO1)
19:00 Denmark Astralis vs. Brazil Sharks (BO1)
20:30 Sweden fnatic vs. Brazil MIBR (BO1)
22:00 Group A winners' match (BO3)
01:00 Group B winners' match (BO3)

Friday, November 29
16:00 Group A elimination match (BO3)
19:00 Group B elimination match (BO3)
22:00 Group A decider match (BO3)
01:00 Group B decider match (BO3)

Saturday, November 30
19:00 Semi-final #1 (BO3)
22:00 Semi-final #2 (BO3)

Sunday, December 1
19:00 Showmatch
22:00 Grand final (BO3)

The $500,000 prize pool will be distributed as follows:

1. $225,000
2. $100,000
3-4. $50,000
5-6. $25,000
7-8. $12,500

Finally, the official stream will feature an on-air team of eight talent members, including Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund, who will be on the desk alongside Freya Spiers and Sean "seang@res" Gares:

United Kingdom Freya Spiers - Desk Host
United States Sue "Smix" Lee - Stage Host

Sweden Christopher "GeT_RiGhT" Alesund - Analyst
United States Sean "seang@res" Gares - Analyst

United Kingdom James "JZFB" Bardolph - Commentator
United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator
United Kingdom Henry "HenryG" Greer - Commentator
United Kingdom Alex "Machine" Richardson - Commentator

Note that after consulting with the Players Association, the organizers decided that the tournament will be played on the latest update, which most notably reverted the SG553's price to $3,000, improved and cheapened the Galil and Famas, and made substantial changes to Vertigo. However, the default models will be used instead of the new Agents due to visibility issues.

United Kingdom James 'JZFB' Bardolph
James 'JZFB' Bardolph
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.52
Maps played:
12
KPR:
0.32
DPR:
0.73
APR:
0.14
United Kingdom Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.70
Maps played:
7
KPR:
0.54
DPR:
0.78
APR:
0.13
United Kingdom Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Alex 'Machine' Richardson
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.58
APR:
0.04
Sweden Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Christopher 'GeT_RiGhT' Alesund
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1612
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.15
United States Sue 'Smix' Lee
Sue 'Smix' Lee
Age:
29
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.00
Maps played:
0
KPR:
0.00
DPR:
0.00
APR:
0.00
United Kingdom Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Henry 'HenryG' Greer
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.75
Maps played:
14
KPR:
0.49
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.16
United States Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Sean 'seang@res' Gares
Age:
31
Rating 1.0:
0.88
Maps played:
713
KPR:
0.59
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.14
#1
Boo | 
France mbl4 
Let's go VIta... oh wait
2019-11-26 13:07
EG wins 3-0
2019-11-26 13:08
2 Brasil teams in one group rigged
2019-11-26 13:08
Same with USA
2019-11-26 13:11
Great event with every top 8 team
2019-11-26 13:12
No
2019-11-26 13:13
#22
f0rest | 
Latvia Zvede 
groups picked by the teams
2019-11-26 13:22
But both wont leave the groupstage xaxaaxaaxaxa
2019-11-26 13:38
#40
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United States RopzIsCute 
+1
2019-11-26 14:51
I'm gonna be in the arena, I'm so hyped!!!
2019-11-26 13:41
#55
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United States ottovonlousie 
Same bro!
2019-11-26 22:25
let's go JAME
2019-11-26 13:44
#32
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Germany Ezavg 
Ez jame
2019-11-26 13:54
fuck
2019-11-26 13:08
Ez4 EG
2019-11-26 13:07
#4
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United States EZ_4_Trump_CS 
ez 4 bardolph
2019-11-26 13:08
#5
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Ukraine patau_dodik 
Ok boomer
2019-11-26 13:08
Ez Liquid
2019-11-26 13:08
#8
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Denmark Karrigan500IQ 
ez4Astralis
2019-11-26 13:08
Ez Liquid
2019-11-26 13:08
#12
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Sweden deadvein 
ez4NiP
2019-11-26 13:10
Astragoats ez
2019-11-26 13:13
#17
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Poland Lukovsky 
great talent finally no pimp & potter
2019-11-26 13:13
RIP bra71l
2019-11-26 13:13
#19
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Spain elskio 
Super ez for Astralis
2019-11-26 13:14
#20
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Brazil xxAxx 
Ez Disband for MiBr
2019-11-26 13:19
#21
tarik | 
Norway MD! 
EG either bombing out in groups or winning the whole thing, there's no in between.
2019-11-26 13:21
#64
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Finland JHdash77 
true
2019-11-28 14:37
EZ 4 NiP
2019-11-26 13:23
GeT_RiGhT as an analyst Feels like a 50/50
2019-11-26 13:30
Astralis vs liquid/eg final is pretty much locked
2019-11-26 13:42
hope its Liquid, EG and their fans are annoying asf
2019-11-26 22:47
yeah but liquid have yet to beat astralis so at least if eg make it they could probably beat them
2019-11-26 23:03
Bro Liquid will be ok, Valve fucked up Vertigo again, so Astralis can’t pick it anymore against Liquid
2019-11-27 01:52
#65
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Finland JHdash77 
How do you know that Astralis wouldn't prepare it again
2019-11-28 14:39
they might, but as far as we've seen, they almost lost to 100T on it, which isnt ok
2019-11-28 21:22
Decent time for EU Pog
2019-11-26 13:48
final match is gonna be AVANGAR vs Sharks, save this
2019-11-26 13:51
is this tournament way above mibr paygrade? top 1, 2, 3, 4 and mibr and sharks. rigged
2019-11-26 13:51
What do you want to say? Mibr and Sharks played good in qualifiers
2019-11-26 16:25
i am saying they bought their placings.
2019-11-27 13:59
why bought? its an league, there are no invites. you have to qualify for ecs through challenger cup or do well in the season before. both won. cant tell why u say that they bought their placings?
2019-11-27 18:22
#33
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Germany L1lK1M 
EG vs AVANGAR, clash of jetlag
2019-11-26 14:00
#34
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Australia Chereska 
Get right as analyst, should be decent
2019-11-26 14:01
#35
zonic | 
Denmark Quientus 
So, going from jEtleG fans Logic, if EG doesnt win this, it Will be a “Tier 2-3” event won by “fluke-team”, but if EG wins, EG Will have an era ? LOL
2019-11-26 14:17
#36
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Lebanon ryBBah 
EG and Liquid will be an amazing Grand Finals!! #Let'sGoNA #NACS>EUCS
2019-11-26 14:21
#37
device | 
Denmark Androfb 
no thorin or sadokist PogChamp
2019-11-26 14:21
#38
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Russia Venjerfull 
Freya Kreygasm
2019-11-26 14:40
The NA teams are in the same group and the Brazilian teams are in the same group but not the Swedish team lol
2019-11-26 14:42
#41
KRIMZ | 
Sweden jimmyryd 
Cuz nip vs fnatic final
2019-11-26 15:05
Fuck that would be so fun and it would be another El Clasico match this year
2019-11-26 15:16
#46
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India Noobdian 
+1
2019-11-26 15:43
#53
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World Beard43 
+1
2019-11-26 17:28
Free money for astralis
2019-11-26 15:09
#44
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Indonesia lukerey 
Hope astralis dont take this one. Because their priority focus on Odense. Lets go NA!! (EG/TL)
2019-11-26 15:18
GTR pog 😎
2019-11-26 16:22
#49
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China Blitzer 
finally some bardolph & ddk i haven't seen them in a big event for a long time
2019-11-26 16:32
#52
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World Beard43 
+1
2019-11-26 17:27
#50
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United States freiheit 
i guess they want an empty arena for semis, no one in NA wants to watch EU teams
2019-11-26 17:22
#51
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World Beard43 
You don't want to see EG or Liquid play because they'll be vs EU teams?
2019-11-26 17:27
#66
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Finland JHdash77 
NA crowd xaxaxaxax
2019-11-28 14:42
#54
zonic | 
Denmark Quientus 
Going to be fun watching Pure Scandinavian Grand Final !
2019-11-26 18:13
no sadoshit, semmler or anders.. best event ever
2019-11-27 07:52
no anders/moses T3 event
2019-11-28 11:18
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