The eight participating teams for the ECS Season 4 Finals have been determined following the end of the online stage in Europe and North America.
The European division came to a close with Astralis besting NiP for the fourth and last qualifier spot thanks to round difference, thus joining the rest of the EU qualified teams: fnatic, FaZe and mousesports at the offline finals.
On the other end of the pool, SK Gaming fans found themselves rooting for Renegades as the Australian team were the only ones who could offer resistance against Luminosity as the Brazilian compatriots to SK are the only ones who can overtake them in case of a single win in the double header against the Asia Minor champions.
Things did not go to plan for them however; although Renegades picked up a win on Train, Luminosity fought back hard on Cache, securing a close 16-14 win to leapfrog SK into fourth spot by a mere four rounds, denying their own compatriots the chance to defend their Season 3 title.
The final team list for the competition are as thus:
- Fnatic (EU)
- Cloud9 (NA)
- FaZe Clan (EU)
- OpTic Gaming (NA)
- Mousesports (EU)
- Team Liquid (NA)
- Astralis (EU)
- Luminosity Gaming (NA)
Still, things are not over despite the conclusion of the ECS regular season as the teams facing the prospect of relegation have been determined, with these teams needing to take on the top two sides of the development league for the chance to retain their spot in ECS.
In the meantime, the ECS Season 4 offline finals will take place at the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, Mexico, from December 15-17, where the lion share of a $750,000 prize pool is up for grabs.