Astralis triumph at ECS S8 Finals
The LAN Final of the eighth season of the Esports Championship Series took place November 28 to December 2 in Arlington, USA. The tournament started with a group stage in the format of Double Elimination (GSL) BO1 + BO3, the four finalists of which advanced to the Single Elimination BO3 bracket to fight for the lion's share of the prize pool of $500,000.
Astralis started the way to the trophy in Group B, which resulted in the playoffs from the first place. In addition to the Danes Liquid, Evil Geniuses & fnatic went through to the next round.
In the ECS S8 Finals championship match, Astralis & Liquid met, who have beaten Evil Geniuses and fnatic in the semifinals respectively. To determine the winner in the decisive BO3 table, the finalists had to play all three maps, and Lucas "gla1ve" Rossander's team proved its superiority over the North American team.
The title of the strongest player of ECS S8 Finals, according to HLTV.org, was awarded to Nikolai "device" Reedtz.
Distribution of the prize fund:
1. Astralis – $225,000
2. Liquid – $100,000
3-4. Evil Geniuses – $50,000
3-4. fnatic – $50,000
5-6. NiP – $25,000
5-6. MiBR – $25,000
7-8. AVANGAR – $12,500
7-8. Sharks – $12,500