3 Players to Watch at ECS Season 8 Finals

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ECS Season 8 Finals is set to start on Nov. 28 and will bring together eight teams to compete in Arlington, Texas. Four teams will represent North America while four will represent Europe. Unlike other tournaments of the same size, there are no spots given to other regions as every team needed to qualify by competing in the ECS online season.

With teams likes Astralis, Evil Geniuses, Team Liquid, and MIBR in attendance, it should be a fantastic test for many before the year is over. While Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a team game, individual talent can still carry the day, and there are a few different players attending ECS who can drastically alter the outcome of their teams.

Here are three players to watch at the ECS Season 8 Finals

3. Tarik "Tarik" Celik

Tarik is a storied rifler who has won a Major trophy for Cloud9 back in 2018 and is the backbone of the Evil Genuises lineup, but he’s been struggling of late. Tarik has spoken about his performance on social media and takes the blame for the inconsistent play style of the North American brand. 

The up-and-down performance from Evil Geniuses is on the shoulders of more than just tarik, but how much can the young player take? Keep an eye on tarik throughout the tournament, and hopefully, he’ll find his rhythm again as a star player.

2. Emil "Magisk" Reif

Astralis seems to be back. While their departure wasn’t for long, Astralis is coming off a dominant victory at IEM Beijing where the team demolished every opponent on their way to a $125,000 prize win. Astralis didn’t even drop a map during IEM Beijing and fans should expect the same for the ECS Finals. And while Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz has taken most of the glory, Magisk should be the one to watch out for.

Whenever Astralis is in their ultimate form, Magisk is the point of contact. Having won multiple MVP awards, Magisk has the ability to take over games and this should be no different. Expect Magisk to lead the way for Astralis.

1. Freddy "KRIMZ" Johansson

KRIMZ has become the star player for Fnatic. After all the different roster changes throughout the years, and players coming, going, and returning again, Fnatic has a new stud. KRIMZ will be an integral part for Fnatic, and if the team does well, KRIMZ could win another MVP award.

He’s proven to be able to stand up against the best in the business.

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