FACEIT to shut down ECS and focus on B Site league - Report

FACEIT will pull the plug on the Esports Championship Series (ECS) to produce the 'B Site' league, DBLTAP reports.

The decision will mark the end of one of the most important competitions on the tournament circuit since 2016, when the ECS came to life following a partnership between FACEIT and Twitch.

The report comes at a time when the organisers of the B Site league - a temporary name - and ESL, who run the ESL Pro League, are engaged in a tug-of-war for some of the best teams in the game. Since the two leagues will run concurrently, teams will have to commit to just one of the competitions, with Cloud9, MIBR, Gen.G, Dignitas and MAD Lions having all reportedly sided with the new project.

The ECS has reportedly come to an end

Kicking off in March, the B Site league will feature 12 teams, who will compete on LAN for eight spots at the finals. The tournament will have a $2 million entry fee and will offer co-ownership and revenue sharing to all competing organisations.

The ECS ran for eight seasons and featured live events in the United Kingdom, the United States and Mexico. Astralis are the most successful team in the history of the competition, with four titles to their name, followed by G2, SK, FaZe and Vitality, with one trophy apiece.

ok
2020-01-17 20:47
#23
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Germany Bier 
I sleep zZzZzZ ESL > Faceshit
2020-01-17 20:50
FaceIt 1 Bardolph ESL 0 Bardolph
2020-01-17 20:53
you are not allowed to do that!
2020-01-17 20:57
cloud9 genG mibr playing in B league lol good luck having people watch that tier 3 tournament
2020-01-17 21:00
#85
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Turkey veyron99 
Tier dh open
2020-01-17 22:38
#100
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Germany funzyy 
Faceit has DDK tho, thats an automatic -10000 points
2020-01-18 00:49
Thanks for saying that loud.
2020-01-18 06:23
#46
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Germany Ieftist 
okok
2020-01-17 20:58
Will miss it
2020-01-17 22:20
#160
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France DRkook_ 
MDL 2 lmao
2020-02-02 08:31
F
2020-01-17 20:48
FACEIT should shutdown their entire platform for being crappy for days and not managing to fix it
2020-01-18 06:24
#8
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Switzerland x676 
So B site = new ECS
2020-01-17 20:48
#57
NAF | 
India FosFate 
except it'll be Closed. ECS was Open Qualifiers
2020-01-17 21:09
It’s not closed. Now the buy-in is 2million $ instead of 0$ 👌
2020-01-18 09:50
#121
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Sweden Lagge15 
I think it will be 10 teams that buy in and 2 qualifier spots but not sure.
2020-01-18 10:58
Number 2 hi
2020-01-17 20:48
#10
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Japan Fanta_machine 
Worse name It's temporary thank god
2020-01-17 20:54
#126
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Norway stekt_laks 
there is NO WAY they shut down the t1 extravaganza of ECS in favour of some shit t2 team league
2020-01-18 14:12
#11
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Spain SaileSamkaed 
It's happening
2020-01-17 20:48
#12
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Argentina trackssZZZ 
ok
2020-01-17 20:48
F Astralis gods btw winning 50% of all ECS tournaments that ever were played
2020-01-17 20:49
#14
WARDELL | 
Canada ZHF 
oh shit
2020-01-17 20:48
#15
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Denmark GenericPilot 
why?
2020-01-17 20:49
What the shit
2020-01-17 20:49
#17
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United States 4stralis 
wtf
2020-01-17 20:49
#18
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Denmark Jonasnhj 
Wtf thats bad
2020-01-17 20:49
"The tournament will have a $2 million entry fee" 😱😱😱
2020-01-17 20:49
It might sound like a lot, but for a company it's alot.
2020-01-18 00:17
no teams are gonna buy in unless they think theyre gonna win
2020-01-18 02:12
Its certainly a lot of money for teams on the up without funding.
2020-01-18 07:35
probably gonna be just big orgs from eu and na
2020-01-18 14:16
#131
chrisJ | 
Poland Chiirs 
How is this even going to work. Unlike Overwatch, they don't have support of game maker (Valve). With biannual major, I wonder how they will justify having teams that do badly in major or even fail to qualify. ESL doesn't have this problem, because bad teams were relegated sooner or later.I guess PR department will be busy.
2020-01-18 15:24
late reply but i assume that the orgs will start accepting donations directly and strictly for the fall major attending fees only, and maybe have some kind of extra fucking bank account for those moneys, idk man, this new setting really is kinda stupid
2020-01-20 16:24
That's what I said. It's a lot.
2020-01-19 16:18
So B Site is ECS renamed?
2020-01-17 20:49
#101
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Poland Edwardinho 
B Site its closed league with 2milion $ entry fee ECS was open League with no entry fee
2020-01-18 00:55
Good
2020-01-17 20:50
Cloud9, milbr, GenG Mad Lions Nice tier3 League ncoming ESL laughing
2020-01-17 20:50
C9 and Mad Lions are tier2 The rest are pretty bad tho
2020-01-17 20:50
Astralis is part of that too! only name was not mentioned there
2020-01-17 20:54
Nah, they stays with Esl pro tour
2020-01-17 20:55
They said they have no position on this, Gla1ve in twitter even said that if they are going to participate in ESL Pro Tour or for "B site"
2020-01-17 20:57
Perfect
2020-01-18 00:24
#26
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France RAINIZK 
NOOOOOOOOOO
2020-01-17 20:51
#27
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Spain elskio 
Where's A Site? Hello ESL renames EPL to it pls. and then we could have A Site vs B Site winner global finals.
2020-01-17 20:51
Like AFC and NFC? :D
2020-01-23 11:46
Dignitas confirmed? Wtf
2020-01-17 20:51
#29
Poland InuT 
Latest ecs tournaments didnt look good and they were some troubles with most of the qualifiers being played off stream etc, i didnt enjoy it all So maybe its for the besf
2020-01-17 20:51
#30
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Denmark FazeUpAssDown 
wtf
2020-01-17 20:52
#31
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France StickyRice 
"The tournament will have a $2 million entry fee and will offer co-ownership and revenue sharing to all competing organisations." #CSGOBUSINESS
2020-01-17 20:53
it's nothing compared to the 25 MILLION DOLLAR fee for the call of duty league
2020-01-17 21:47
Not really the same though, as CS has basically a free market for TOs but in CoD the league will basically have a monopoly position. Still seem overpriced but certainly worth more than this B site league.
2020-01-17 23:57
good point men:))
2020-01-19 04:28
#33
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Netherlands Boutdis 
ain't no smart org gonna pay entry fee lmao
2020-01-17 20:54
"a $2 million entry fee" We overwatch now baby.
2020-01-17 20:54
#59
NAF | 
India FosFate 
sad
2020-01-17 21:10
Well more like budget overwatch with budget teams.
2020-01-17 21:12
#88
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Finland no_man 
no one cares about overwatch tho
2020-01-17 22:52
+1
2020-01-18 09:11
#36
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Brazil lusketa 
faceit goign to lose this battle, no one tier 1 team, esl have the power yet
2020-01-17 20:54
#37
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Kazakhstan despard 
wtf
2020-01-17 20:55
#38
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
Expected. Last two seasons, some top teams didn't participate for the week cups 1-5 , because they will or playing LAN tournaments. And they lost a spot for new season, because not enough points. What about ESL Pro League ? Optic and Windigo disband and left CS:GO Scene. It's already start ESEA MDL, but not Pre-Relegation and Relegation . And how works this GLOBAL Challenge cup with top 2 teams will playing new season in ESL PRo league, if are 2 EU Teams ? Who will relegated and how ?
2020-01-17 20:55
#40
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Poland Hanse 
Wtf
2020-01-17 20:56
ok
2020-01-17 20:56
PLZ bring back old ECS format 10 best eu teams 2 times bo1 with all the opponents also NA its like a league 4 best going to finals 5-8 safe spots 9 - qualifier with 2nd or 3rd or 4th team in Pinnacle cup or something 10 - down to lower
2020-01-17 20:56
#48
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Bulgaria zhelyazkoG 
Too much LAN Events and pointless matches on this format.
2020-01-17 20:58
Maybe this the reason why FAceit remove this format
2020-01-18 10:31
#45
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United States sorcrcrc 
Good, the format was awful
2020-01-17 20:58
RUSH B SITE PIDOR NO STOP
2020-01-17 20:58
#50
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Brazil Dyones100 
ECS on GamersClub NTC
2020-01-17 21:03
#51
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Serbia nocturnSRB 
ok
2020-01-17 21:01
Maybe unpopular opinion, But right now there's way too many ambitious League projects that are not looking so good in attending teams, and with exclusivity being introduced we could see a big dip in viewer numbers cause the lack of top tier matchups. This could be rough to some tourney orgs
2020-01-17 21:03
that is why valve make no more major invites and demand instead 2 tournaments
2020-01-17 21:26
I disagree. I mean it gets pretty boring honestly to watch the same teams competing at every event and that’s why T2-T3 events are good too, because it gives other teams a chance to shine
2020-01-18 09:16
This is a good point too, But i still worry about exclusivity and the potential of big teams being seperated and resulting in one sided tourneys. Like the infamous Blastralis situation, we don't want exclusivity to make big teams shy away from big tourneys just because they signed some exclusive deal
2020-01-18 11:05
#53
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Europe NN0ITRA 
Literally the league for the teams who won’t achieve anything elsewhere if we follows the team committed already
2020-01-17 21:02
Perfect
2020-01-18 00:23
who cars, faceshit
2020-01-17 21:02
Won't work, OWL is still struggling to stabilize. Yes franchised esport is the future but you need really solid orgs and more than just 12... It won't work, it's too early and just looking at the top30 only around 15 of the orgs have huge financial backbones. And if teams are not sold on the idea you will have ESL getting the other ones, and potentially the BLAST circuit... And then the Majors... I really don't know what they are doing.
2020-01-17 21:03
#64
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Germany grabke 
+1
2020-01-17 21:21
in doto franchise maybe would work cuz u see already only the same players and teams but csgo never. It is such competitive even tier 4 teams can attent to 100k tournaments and play for a little salary. When clans/teams decide to join a franchise it can mean they will never attent again to sth like ESL cologne. Invites are still freedom of any tournament organizer and when they are in a franchise they have no time to play qualifier. Without Valve you aren't able to create a working franchise
2020-01-17 21:31
can smell the failure already
2020-01-18 09:00
good, it was like a second EPL but worse in every aspect
2020-01-17 21:03
Well b-site is exactly that, but with T2 and T3 teams only
2020-01-17 21:14
yeah, but at least now they have different teams
2020-01-17 23:29
The team list is so bad, I just hope the league dies like any franchised shit league shall die.
2020-01-17 21:09
#78
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
+1 fuck this franchised bs we survived without it and don't need it now
2020-01-17 22:19
#62
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Germany grabke 
B League is really a fitting Name for this :) Only trash or Tier 2/3 allowed.
2020-01-17 21:21
Exactly
2020-01-18 00:22
This looks like a league for retired pro players. Ex Nip, Mibr, automatic and co. Just invite golden five already.
2020-01-17 21:21
#70
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Portugal Drago845 
? It dont even talk about NIP, and it only says that MIBR, MAD LIONS, GEN.G and C9 are trusting in the project. With a 2Million fee im pretty sure it won't be just them. Stop reading only the Blue and Bold Words :/
2020-01-17 21:36
#75
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
he said ex nip as in dignitas with friberg f0rest gtr xizt and halzerk. with a 2 million fee the only teams stupid enough to buy in will be the teams who can't qualify or get invites to tournaments you can play for free. This is also assuming valve don't shoot this down.
2020-01-17 22:11
#76
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Russia mmmmmmajestic 
Who tf would pay 2mio to enter this?
2020-01-17 22:15
#94
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Germany grabke 
C9 Mibr Gen.G for sure too bad for Big Events and Pro League and enough money ....
2020-01-18 00:13
Give NA their franchise shit league with the loser teams. So we can have more EU spots and see better CSGO than ever.
2020-01-17 21:25
#138
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United States jay_320 
How's CSGO going to be better without EG or Liquid. Stop thinking so much man you're going to twist an ankle.
2020-01-18 16:32
Liquid is still an EU clan so they arent so lovely with Franchise and they will not join that league.
2020-01-18 16:32
#141
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United States jay_320 
Liquid is owned by VC investors living in fucking Dallas or Southern California you've never heard of.
2020-01-18 16:33
Nazgul is still CEO. ESL is now owned by Swedish company but they are still same persons so they are likely Germans
2020-01-18 16:35
#143
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United States jay_320 
lul I'm sure the guy with the lord of the rings name is calling all the big shots there. Not too mention this completely ignores Liquid's history and them merging with Curse like 10-15 years back. Look man you broke your ankle.
2020-01-18 16:35
Nazgul has still all freedom cuz he was the one who made the clan successful
2020-01-18 16:36
#147
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United States jay_320 
When you are owned freedom ain't exactly free bro. I don't know how else to explain this to you. Liquid's leadership was split between Nazgul and the Curse guy 15 years ago. Before they were even bought up by VC interests.
2020-01-18 16:48
I just read blablbla. Liquid hQ is still in Neatherland. Flag is still dutch. CEo is still dutch. management think Europe. So all what u say is a opinion
2020-01-18 17:07
#149
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United States jay_320 
Literally none of that is true. Their HQ is in Santa Monica They don't have a flag they are a corporation. Their CEO is a guy named Bruce Stein. Their management being in Santa Monica is entirely American. Why say things that can be checked with a simple google search? Just dumb or baiting? If you are baiting it's bad bait.
2020-01-18 17:50
who gives a damn
2020-01-17 21:26
#69
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Portugal Drago845 
Ok, lets see, nice initiative tho
2020-01-17 21:33
#72
ropz | 
Spain JLenny47 
The real question is which trash tier team would opt out of any esl event
2020-01-17 21:50
Astralis win half the trophies in a competitions whole history now thats a record that Will never be broken again
2020-01-17 22:04
#74
liTTle | 
CIS Dowa) 
so this is just blast league?
2020-01-17 22:09
#77
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Denmark nrth_LUL 
blast league but it costs money to play ahahahahaha
2020-01-17 22:15
#80
ceh9 | 
World mukas17 
Might be cool splitting up the circuit. It's getting pretty boring seeing the same teams play every other week. We would get all the best teams come together at the major and it would be an important event. That's where we would see teams play each other that would otherwise never meet. Depends which teams sign with which org. If ESL gets all the best teams then faceit will be meaningless. We need an even split.
2020-01-17 22:20
#81
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Russia ToughGuy 
finally!
2020-01-17 22:21
#82
fnx | 
Bulgaria Deaawullss 
eeh
2020-01-17 22:24
this is too bad, the conversations between games during qualifying are easily some of the best auxiliary cs content ever created. The games were really intense too, maybe too intense honestly.
2020-01-17 22:25
So we can expect maps to not have A site anymore?
2020-01-17 22:33
#86
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United States EmperorTrump 
rush B cyka blad
2020-01-17 22:41
unlucky, thought faceit ceases operations :( but no, they rather instead to do another shit project.
2020-01-17 22:42
What should have happened is half the top 20 sign with one league and the other half with the other. Then at majors and the two new tournaments those best teams would meet.
2020-01-17 23:15
#93
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Germany grabke 
no thx what a stupid idea really
2020-01-18 00:11
how is that a stupid idea?
2020-01-18 12:06
#92
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United States AlphaMaleHere 
waste of money
2020-01-18 00:00
I can only see tier 2 and 3 teams on that Site B project. Maybe they're making it in order to be able to claim they have won some tournament
2020-01-18 00:20
#102
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Thailand beam2546 
Imagine close down one of the biggest online league just to make Tier 2 event lmao. What a waste from FACEIT.
2020-01-18 02:10
What a bad move from Faceit.. Quite expected actually, unfortunately. Whoever consulted for this should be fired.
2020-01-18 04:00
#105
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World Beard43 
Well this is a horrible change. I've watched almost every game in ECS history but I won't be watching a tournament with a buy in price. I like to see teams earn their place, not buy it. I think I'll give ESEA a go now.
2020-01-18 04:53
stfu
2020-01-18 09:03
#116
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World Beard43 
Nice pointless comment.
2020-01-18 09:14
yours, too
2020-01-18 09:44
#128
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World Beard43 
No it wasn't, I expressed my opinion which is the purpose of these forums existing. Yours shows zero though, which is most likely near your capacity for it anyway.
2020-01-18 14:34
nobody cares about your opinion
2020-01-18 14:48
#130
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World Beard43 
You clearly do considering you not only read it, but took the effort to rub both of your brain cells together to come up with a response.
2020-01-18 14:53
didnt read
2020-01-18 15:28
#157
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Denmark Jeffersond 
You lose
2020-01-23 11:37
A fitting name for the lower tier circuit
2020-01-18 05:16
ECS was shit anyway.
2020-01-18 06:28
#111
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France MarcoXY 
F
2020-01-18 07:59
#112
1000000 | 
Europe dd9 
" The tournament will have a $2 million entry fee " 🤡🤡🤡
2020-01-18 08:38
#135
vilga | 
Canada PwnNewb 
no qualifier, just pay your way in. gross
2020-01-18 15:57
It will be kinda like LCS and LEC
2020-01-18 11:13
lol
2020-01-18 13:01
#133
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World breezy0 
tournament entry fee LMAO having buyable spots in a tourney/league goes against everything sport and this game stand for. hope FACEIT and their new shitty project dies and that fast, disgusting greedy goblins. they obviously don't give a fuck about the integrity of the game.
2020-01-18 15:50
#134
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World breezy0 
tournament entry fee LMAO having buyable spots in a tourney/league goes against everything sport and this game stand for. hope FACEIT and their new shitty project dies and that fast, disgusting greedy goblins. and all teams participating in this shit are also the lowest of the lowest. they obviously don't give a fuck about the integrity of the game.
2020-01-18 15:54
#136
vilga | 
Canada PwnNewb 
I agree if it was a tournament entry fee. But I think they miswrote it. It should say "league entry fee". Every team in the league should have a chance to go to the tournament.
2020-01-18 15:58
#137
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World breezy0 
it's still bad instead of having set qualifiers because it robs lesser teams who don't have much money to spend the chance to compete. also having exclusivity is bad for the scene overall, if the teams are split in different leagues and the best aren't able to compete against each other because of retarded league contracts what is the point? the game would become bland as fuck. every organization which is respecting themselves should make a stand against this attempt of destroying the competitiveness of this game.
2020-01-18 16:05
#146
vilga | 
Canada PwnNewb 
you are right but I am not surprised. in the NBA there is no relegation. It makes more $ and is easier to create some super orgs that are the popular 1s that go every time than to have competition. A complete business move with no respect for the game. $ is all that matters in most things so I guess CS is no different =/
2020-01-18 16:37
#154
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World Beard43 
+1
2020-01-19 19:22
#140
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United States jay_320 
ECS and Faceit generally are the worst TO out there. Knowing these fools are involved make me nervous.
2020-01-18 16:33
dumb, faceit is a retarded org lul
2020-01-18 16:36
#150
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United Kingdom Leftie 
Hopefully they put the new events also at Wembley in London once a year. Loved going to London each year for an ECS season final :(
2020-01-18 20:29
#152
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Brazil st4rkiNNgo 
faceit has the best servers ever, everyone who says shit ecs... lost probably by betting his girlfriend and familys kredit iam right? best matches was ecs .... seems like this generation of cs, has 0 idea about this game gg...
2020-01-19 15:14
$2 million entry fee wtf
2020-01-19 19:44
#159
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United States ScanDull 
...so FaceIt is trying to murder its CS:GO leagues then, okay.
2020-01-27 14:13
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