The 2019 stage of the Esports Championship Series Europe will see its 7th season introduce a new format, with 5 series of clashes over three months. The eight participating teams will be placed in a single elimination bracket with the first 3 series winners going straight to the Finals.
ECS SEASON 7 EUROPE 2019 – EVENT OVERVIEW
The ECS organized by FACEIT in Europe and North America is back with a revamped format built around the concept of “less is more”. Less matches with higher stakes for more exciting confrontations throughout the entirety of the 3 months long season.
The Esports Championship Series Europe was always one of the world’s most exciting and popular CSGO events featuring some of the biggest names in professional scene and this season remains true to that concept. Astralis, Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas are all taking part in the online tournament that will see its Finals unfold in London at the beginning of June.
The Regular season matches of the European stage will take place as follows:
- 1st Series: 11 – 14 March
- 2nd Series: 18 – 21 March
- 3rd Series: 25 – 28 April
- 4th Series: 13 – 16 May
- 5th Series: 21 – 24 May
The teams that will win the first three series will automatically qualify for the ECS Season 7 Finals. The remaining two slots for the final will be given to the top earning team from each region in prize pool across the whole regular season. Each Series will have a weekly $25,000 prize pool, totaling $125,000 for the entire season
ECS SEASON 7 EUROPE 2019 – FORMAT
For its seventh season, FACEIT completely scrapped the way the tournament was organized and introduced a new format. The Esports Championship Series Europe Season 7 follows a five-series, 8 teams Single-Elimination bracket format with all matches played as BO3 over the course of four days as follows:
Day 1: 4x BO3 Quarter-Finals (8 teams)
Day 2: 1x BO3 Semi-Final (2 teams)
Day 3: 1x BO3 Semi-Final (2 teams)
Day 4: 1x BO3 Final (2 teams)
All teams’ prize pool winnings will be summed up at the end of the Season (end of May) and the first non-qualified team with the most money earned qualifies to the Finals taking place at the amazing SSE Arena in London.
ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SEASON 7 EUROPE 2019 – TEAMS
The teams taking part in the 2019 Regular season of the ECS are the Season 6 top teams and the teams that took part in the Challenged Cup. Teams are divided into Starting and Challenger groups, with the latter acting as replacements if a Starting Team chooses not to take part in a series.
The eight Starting teams are:
- North (qualified for the Finals as winners of the 2nd Series)
- FaZe Clan
- Team LDLC
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
- Astralis (qualified for the Finals as winners of the 1st Series)
- OpTic Gaming
The Challenger teams are:
- G2 Esports
- Epsilon Esports
- Team Vitality (qualified for the Finals as winners of the 3rd Series)
ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES EUROPE SEASON 7 – PRIZE POOL
The tournament’s new format rewards both skill and consistency and in ECS Season 7, money really counts as the top-earning team at the end of the season will take the last spot for the grand final. As teams already qualified will not count, participating teams get an extra chance to reach the final stage if they have played consistently throughout the season.
Here’s how the $25,000 prize pool for each series is being split:
1st Place: $12,000
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd & 4th Places: $2,500
5th – 8th Places: $750
Astralis is the team that won the 6th Season of the European stage of the ECS after an incredible season. North, mousesports, NiP and FaZe Clan concluded the Top 5 of last year’s season standings.
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Tournament info: ecs.faceit.com