If DreamHack Summer 2017 wasn't enough to quench your thirst for high level CS:GO, don't fret; the ECS Season 3 Finals are coming your way just a week after!
Taking place June 22-24, North America and Europe will each send their four best teams to battle it out in the historic Wembley Stadium. The list of teams per region are as follows:
- SK Gaming
- OpTic Gaming
- Team Liquid
- G2 Esports
- FaZe Clan
Now, we know how the tournament will kick off and who will battle who in the group stages.
It's hard to argue that Group A isn't extremely stacked and that Astralis got a free pass to the bracket. Unfortunately, for the sake of competition, three of the four best teams internationally, G2, FaZe, and SK, got grouped up together.
Astralis, despite the continued resurgence of Fnatic, should have an easy road considering the disparity between them, C9, and Team Liquid. The unfortunate team here is OpTic Gaming; they've got to be asking themselves, "What did we do to deserve this group?"
Also, they'll have to deal with the added stress of recently losing stand-in in-game leader Jason "jasonR" Ruchelski. jasonR recently stepped down to focus more on his streaming career, a move becoming more and more commonplace in today's esports landscape.
I'll be live tonight to talk about everything. Thank you everyone for the kind words.— Jason R (@JasonRuchelski) June 14, 2017
If the Green Wall have anything to hang their hat on, it's that James "hazed" Cobb, the team's stand-in coach, will be playing with them at the event. Why can they hang their hat on that? Because when they last used hazed at IEM Sydney, they were able to advance past the Swiss stage and finish Top 4.
On the other hand, they were thrashed by both FaZe Clan and SK Gaming at Sydney, who are both in their group. I guess you can't win them all.
Either way, the ECS S3 finals are shaping up to be one of the best CS:GO events of the year.