The eSports Championship Series (ECS) by Faceit and Twitch will be returning for a third season. While the schedule has not been announced yet, the two companies have provided some details in regards to the early stages of the tournament.
The ECS Open Qualifiers will begin on February 18th.
Qualifier #1 for the European and North American teams will take place between Saturday and Sunday. The matches are set to continue until the bracket reaches 32 rounds. The qualifiers will start in a single elimination manner through the quarter and semi-finals will be conducted in best-of-three matches.
The second qualifier will take place between February 25-26 for both regions and will follow the exact same format. The top two teams from each qualifier will be able to advance to ECS Developmental League.
Following all that, there will also be an opening around and the ECS Promotional Playoffs. Once there, these teams from North America and Europe will face off against the relegated teams from the second season of the ECS. Those teams are Virtus.pro, Fnatic, Team SoloMid, and compLexity Gaming. The winners of this league will finally earn their place in Season 3.
Astralis, FaZe Clan, OpTic Gaming, and Cloud9 will all be making an appearance in the season so it will certainly be interesting to see if any new team can upset the predictions. The ECS tournament is famous for providing opportunities to players for co-ownership stakes in the league, similar to how major sports tournaments like the NBA sometimes operate.
Another feature that is making a comeback is the ECS Community Caster Challenge. Through that, casters will be able to earn an invite to the ECS studio in order to cast live matches of Season 3 and receive several benefits from the official ECS channel and its partners.
The challenge is open to both solo casters and duos. Interested individuals should head over to the official announcement page where they will be able to find all the relevant information. Casters will need to send out their contact information to that address as soon as possible in order to secure their place in the challenge.
The last season of the ECS actually ended in October 2016 and had a prize pool of $750,000.
Some would certainly argue that there are currently too many CS:GO tournaments happening all around the world.
The eSports community has often criticized this fact as players are often expected to compete in several tournaments with very few breaks. This not only results in mental exhaustion, as one would expect, but also in matches that seem incredibly similar as teams have very little time to test out new strategies and bring something fresh to the table, something that is only possible through a lot of background training.
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TyLoo has now added YuanZhang “Attacker” Sheng to its roster once again. Attacker was removed in January, alongside YuLun “fancy1” Cai, after it was discovered that the two players had reached out to other teams in order to get new offers.
Attacker’s reinstatement arrived in time for the DreamHack Masters Las Vegas tournament which will mark his first official match in 2017. With a prize pool of $450,000, there is a lot at stake here.
The tournament will take place between February 15-19. TyLoo will be competing in Group C alongside SK Gaming, NiP, and Cloud9.
The official lineup of TyLoo for the tournament is as follows:
- Ke “Mo” Liu
- Hui “DD” Wu
- HaoWen “somebody” Xu
- Zhen “HZ” Huang
- YuanZhan “Attacker” Sheng