Groups for ICSC 8 finals drawn
The groups for the Intel Challenge Super Cup 8 finals in Kiev this weekend have been drawn.
Season eight of the ICSC was influenced by a lot of team dropouts in the later part of the tournament, which made the league lose a bit of the glamour it had established by attracting the majority of the European elite.
The second group stage concluded last week and up next is the finals, which will take place July 9-10 (this weekend), at the Kiev CyberSport Arena. Despite qualifying in top spot of their group, TCM-Gaming will not make it to Kiev, which is the second season in a row for the Danish squad.
Craig "walkah" Walker, running management at TCM-Gaming, explained the reason to why the team won't travel to Kiev:
"Unfortunately we are the latest team to drop out of Season 8 of the Intel Challenge Super Cup. Although we made every effort to make ourselves available for the event, the two date options given by the organisers clashed with holidays of 2 different players. We will be looking towards preparing for GameGune, pending our invite of course."
This left two spots open for the finals, as fnatic last week had announced they too wouldn't make it. This made the organizers bring third placed teams in Group A and D, the two Russian teams Virtus.pro and Moscow Five.
The groups for the finals were drawn today and the groups are as follows:
|Group A||Group B|
|SK Gaming||ESC Gaming|
|Frag eXecutors||Moscow Five|
Just like the online stage of the season, teams will play each other twice in the group stage. Top placed teams in the two groups will advance directly to the semi-finals, while second placed team will play third placed teams from opposite groups. The eight teams will be fighting for a piece of the $10,000 prize purse, which will be split between top three finishers:
The schedule for the ICSC 8 finals, which will span over two days, have been drawn out as below:
|10:00||ESC Gaming||vs.||Moscow Five|
|14:00||SK Gaming||vs.||Frag eXecutors|
|17:00||Third place decider|
You will be able to follow all of the action from the ICSC 8 finals right here on HLTV.org, starting from 10:00 on Saturday.