It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2016 and a fantastic year in Esports but before the final curtain falls, Redeye has got one last event to host. Redeye will be the desk host at The Esports Championship Series Season 2 Finals on December 9-11 at the Anaheim Arena in California.
ECS Season 2 organised by FACEIT and Twitch.tv boasts a $750,000 prize pool and one of the strongest line ups for CS:GO this year. The finals look set to be one of the largest ever CS:GO events held in California and will be broadcast to UK and French households by GINX Esports TV.
The qualifiers for the North American and European league resulted in a series of close matches. OpTic Gaming, Immortals, SK Gaming and Cloud9 reigned supreme in the North American league and Astralis, EnVyUs, Faze Clan and Team Dignitas secured the top spots in Europe. Whilst the top 3 finishers in Europe were conclusive, the last place was up in arms as six teams all tied on eight wins and ten losses. The final place went to Team Dignitas who advanced via a round difference. With such stiff competition in the qualifiers, it’s no surprise that there are big expectations for the finals.
It wouldn’t be a season finals without some jaw dropping talent on the casting team. Accompanying Redeye on the analyst desk is Tomi “lurppis” Kovanen, Janko “YNk” Paunović and Robin “fifflaren” Johanson. The casting desk brings us the most recognised duo in the CS:GO and FACEIT scene, James “JZFB” Bardolph and Daniel “ddk” Kapadia. Joining them is another fan favourite duo, Henry “HenryG” Greer and Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett. Rounding up a star studded line up of talent, the in-game observing will be presented by Connor “Sliggy” Blomfield and Jamie “keita” Hall and the lovely Sue “Smix” Lee will be hosting the stage and providing those exclusive player interviews.
The LAN finals will have a double-elimination format for the group stage of the tournament, with the top team from each group proceeding to the semi-finals. The two remaining places will be determined by decider matches to see who will win a vital spot in the playoffs. The playoffs and the grand finals will be a single-elimination, best-of-three format. With such an impressive array of quality from the teams and the talent, you would be crazy to miss what is set to be an intense finals.
For more information about ECS Season 2, visit the new league website www.csgoleague.com. You can watch the action live on FACEIT’s Twitch channel or via GINX Esports Tv on Sky channel 470 and 290 on Virgin.