CSGO ECS Season 8 Finals

Adam Boothe

Thursday, November 28, 2019 10:59 AM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019 10:59 AM UTC

The best of the best are headed to Arlington!
<div><p>The ECS Finals are always a unique tournament. They are boutique in the sense that only 8 teams attend, but they are quite a big deal with a $500 000 prize pool and always a selection of most of the top in-form teams in the world. The Season 8 Finals are no exception. Front and center are two organisations that have had the most success over the past 6 months; Astralis and Liquid. However joining them in contention will certainly be Evil Geniuses and Fnatic. In fact, of the fourteen $250 000+ tournaments over the past six months, teams attending ECS Finals have won eleven of them. The exceptions go to Mousesports this past weekend at CAC2019, Faze at a Blast Pro Series event, and Tricked winning the V4 Future Festival. So to say we expect fireworks this weekend would be an understatement!</p><p>As far as underdogs are concerned, the only team that reallly fits that description 99% of the time would be Sharks, out of Brazil. The Sharks club peaked at around the time of the Katowice Major in February, came relatively close to getting back to the Major in August, made a roster shuffle and is now on the international stage once more. Making to the Finals they did beat some rather quality teams in the Americas region, but LAN is a different beast so will be interesting to see what they create here.</p><p>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Announcing the groups for the ECS Season 8 Finals ✨&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Group A:&lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡°πŸ‡Ώ &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/avangarkz?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@avangarkz&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/EvilGeniuses?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@EvilGeniuses&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/TeamLiquid?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@TeamLiquid&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/NiPGaming?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@NiPGaming&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Group B: &lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡§πŸ‡· &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/sharksesportsgg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@sharksesportsgg&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡©πŸ‡° &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/astralisgg?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@astralisgg&lt;/a&gt; &lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ͺ &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/FNATIC?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@FNATIC&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;πŸ‡§πŸ‡· &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/mibr?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;@mibr&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;World-class CS is coming to Texas. Secure your seat 🎟️ &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/xsEGkr9iPZ\"&gt;https://t.co/xsEGkr9iPZ&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/hashtag/ECS8?src=hash&amp;amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#ECS8&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/Zu0Vtj8OeL\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/Zu0Vtj8OeL&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” #ECS8 Finals πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ (@ecs) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/ecs/status/1194283850186276864?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;November 12, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</p><h2>Match Bets:</h2><ul> <li>Evil Geniuses -3.5 @ 1.81 [<a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li> <li>Liquid -3.5 @ 1.87 [<a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=155&amp;a=6a145d2b-505f-491b-a70e-2f5f31742828&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Top Rated Bookmaker!">Pinnacle</a>]</li> <li>Sharks +9.5 @ 1.75 [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Join Betway Today!">Betway</a>]</li> <li>Fnatic -3.5 @ 1.83 [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a>]</li></ul><p> </p><h2>Outrights</h2><ul> <li>Team Liquid @ 7.00 [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a>] 1.5u</li> <li>Evil Geniuses @ 6.00 [<a href="https://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=150&amp;a=bf7f64f4-cd67-4904-9b00-6ded1d41fd18&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="A+ Rated Bookmaker">Bet365</a>] 0.5u</li></ul><p> </p><p>Was considering passing on the outrights, but just some heavily undervalued North American rosters. The quick turn around from China to the States could play a factor of EG. And I don't know what to make of Liquid's roster other than trade rumours, a flu bug, or a coach playing. Additionally I believe that the Finals will be running on the latest update with the new economy changes. Anyway, that'll take some time to figure out if this favors any of these particular teams. If you have another play in mind that you would like me to take a look at, contact me anytime throughout the week [lockeqwerty].</p><p><a href="http://a.oddsmarket.com/record/v?c=162&amp;a=ec641d03-1e6d-4096-9f5f-d2a6939022d0&amp;f=3"><img alt src="https://cmscdn.staticcache.org/assets/image/0005/1349915/Biggest-Ever-Bet-Boost-1280x480-English-UK.jpg" style="width:100%;height:38px" /></a></p></div>
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