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The ECS Season 8 Finals was one of the most stacked tournaments of the year for an eight-team field. Featuring top teams such as Astralis, Fnatic, Team Liquid, Evil Geniuses and more, the event delivered on all fronts.
The group stage was tough to call from the get-go with teams trying to secure a playoff spot at every turn.
Here are the three best games from the ECS Season 8 Finals group stage.
3. Astralis vs. Sharks - Group B Opening Match
Astralis taking on Sharks in a best-of-one. Seems like it would be just a walk in the park for the greatest Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team of all time. Well, that ended up being the complete opposite as Sharks gave Astralis a run for its money.
Astralis ended up winning 19-15 in overtime to advance on the winner’s side of Group B.
2. Astralis vs. Fnatic - Group B Winners Match
The two favorites from Group B emerged victorious in their respective best-of-ones to face off for the top seed in the group.
Astralis opened the series with a strong 16-4 victory on Nuke as the Danes do. Fnatic battled back on Vertigo, but lost out 14-16 to the IEM Beijing champions. Fnatic would go on to face MIBR in the qualifying match with the final playoff spot on the line.
1. Team Liquid vs. Evil Geniuses - Group A Winners Match
It was the match everyone wanted to see in Group A. Two North American powerhouses going at each other to secure top seed in their group.
Evil Geniuses has been on a roll recently winning two trophies in the past two months. Team Liquid on the other hand after dominating the first half of the year was on a downswing. Although, it didn’t look like it as Liquid stomped EG to open the series. EG then battled back in the second, but didn’t do enough as Liquid swept EG 2-0.
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