The final eight teams that will play in the Esports Championship Series (ECS) Finals in Wembley had been decided after nine weeks of competing.
Four top teams from the European and North American region will travel to Wembley, London, to fight for a share of the $3.5 million prize pool – the biggest prize pool yet for the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive discipline.
Astralis was the unmatched top team in Europe with a dominating 8-1 record. They will be joined by G2 Esports, Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP), and Fnatic – the latter two having qualified through the four-team playoffs. Fnatic had to defeat NiP and Mouseports in the process, and made it through despite a 4-5 regular season record.
Meanwhile, Luminosity Gaming is the unchallenged victor in the qualifiers over at the North American trophy. They post an amazing 9-0 clean sheet record that is quite simply fitting for a team that has collected a significant number of major trophies in almost every tournament this year.
But they do not have to look far for a challenger. Taking the second automatic spot is Cloud9 went 8-1 in the regular season with only one defeat, naturally at the hands of Luminosity. While both shared a fair fight that could have seen either one of them coming out on top, their performance could very make for an interesting showdown in Wembley, should they meet again.
Meanwhile, Team Liquid and Team SoloMid (TSM) were forced to claw their way into the finals through the playoffs. After losing to Liquid in the upper bracket, TSM took the upset victory over Counter Logic Gaming to make the playoffs, and will kick-start their campaign extreme underdogs.
As for Team Liquid, qualification will come as something of a consolation for an extremely disappointing ELEAGUE performance. The American side had went 0-6 in their group, finishing last behind Luminosity, Cloud9, and Renegades.