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ECS Season 7 schedule, streams and betting for finals in London

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The ECS Season 7 schedule is set for the finals taking place at SSE Arena, Wembley, from June 6th to June 9th 2019.

The ECS Season 7 group stage will end on June 7th. Two groups of four teams will compete in a two-elimination format and only the top two teams of each group will qualify to ECS Season 7 Finals play-off stage. The opening matches are all best-of-one and then all matches are BO3.

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ECS Season 7 Finals play-off stage will run on June 8th and June 9th. The four teams that qualified through the group stage will compete in a single elimination bracket. All matches are BO3.

Team Vitality are ECS Season 7 Champions

ECS Season 7 schedule - Playoff stage

Semifinals, June 8 (BO3)

  • North 0-2 FURIA
  • 5pm - NRG 0-2 Team Vitality

Grand Final, June 9 (BO3)

  • FURIA 0-2 Vitality

ECS Season 7 Finals groups

Group A

  • Astralis
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • NRG Esports
  • FURIA Esports

Group B

  • Complexity Gaming
  • MIBR
  • North
  • Team Vitality

ECS Season 7 Group A schedule

Updated schedules and streams can be found on our match page.

All times CEST

Opening Matches, June 6 (BO1)

  • Astralis 14-16 Furia Esports
  • Ninjas In Pyjamas 11-16 NRG Esports

Winner's Match, June 6 (BO3)

  • Furia 0-2 NRG

Elimination Match, June 7 (BO3)

  • 11am - Astralis 2-0 NIP

Decider Match, June 7 (BO3)

  • 5pm - FURIA 2-1 Astralis

ECS Season 7 Group B schedule

Opening Matches, June 6 (BO1)

  • Complexity Gaming 9-16 Team Vitality
  • MIBR 23-25 North

Winners' Match, June 6 (BO3)

  • Vitality 1-2 North

Elimination Match, June 7 (BO3)

  • Complexity 2-1 MIBR

Decider Match, June 7 (BO3)

  • Vitality 2-0 Complexity

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A shift of opinion on Astralis?

The ECS Season 7 schedule kicks off with Astralis v Furia Esports, when the Danes return to action after a brief hiatus. Tim Masters wonders whether CSGO fans are gradually starting to change their views on the all-conquering roster

This week Danny ‘zonic’ Sorensen, the long-time coach of CSGO team Astralis, gave an interview to Danish newspaper B.T., a tabloid publication based in Copenhagen, where he discussed a number of topics. Among the questions was one about the recent rise of Team Liquid to world number one, and Astralis’s decision to not attend certain events, which zonic described as a ‘conscious’ decision by the team.

What makes this interview different is the reaction from the public on social media, with the scepticism having so far been driven by a few thought leaders in the CSGO scene. Where once fans were accusing the Danes of selling out, it seems a more nuanced and balanced understanding of what might be going on is starting to emerge, although we’ll have to wait a few months to work out if it’s a good plan, or simply the smokescreen some believe.

There are a couple of lines from the piece, which was translated from Danish, that stand out, and the most telling might be the following, when asked about missing events. "We want to attend the right tournaments for us rather than attend everything. This is how we are best prepared and have the mental and physical resources. This is the model we work by, and how we create the best results." More reactionary types were quick to jump on the opening line about the ‘right’ tournaments, but there is more to the paragraph than just that sentence.

The future of CSGO

In fact, when you take it into the context of the entire statement, zonic’s theory starts to make a lot of sense, and the line about mental and physical resources is intriguing look at how the future of CSGO could be shaped. Until this point, the way fans model teams and players has been in a short-term, relatively reductive way that allows you to judge them after a few LANs, and sees most team burn out after a year or so at the top, something Astralis have already overcome by spending 406 days as world number one.

The second point made by zonic that fans are beginning to understand is that the rankings are not as important as has been suggested by some, with the idea that the Astralis era is over because they are deposed on HLTV’s list a little overzealous to be sure. As we’ve stated many times, rankings are not the key to the era, but results, and the fact is that the Danes haven’t missed enough big events to actually see their era end, provided they can come back to their own level.

You cannot blame writers and talking heads for creating a narrative, as it allows them to then milk it across video content, articles and the like, but the maturity of the scene has seen a new understanding evolve, and a new thought pattern begin to emerge. As zonic says, "The goal for Astralis is not the first place in the world ranking, but performing at our best at the tournaments we attend. The next one in London we will be very prepared for. After that we're playing ESL Pro League in Montpellier and then ESL Cologne. That's our top priority right now."

Not for the first time, Astralis are ahead of the pack and know the year is still theirs to lose. ESL Montpellier and ESL One Cologne are both bigger than any event the Danes have ducked, and if they win those two competitions, alongside the Major, Team Liquid’s time at the top of the rankings will be nothing more than a historical footnote in a chapter about how Astralis were the best team in the world in 2018, and then 2019 as well.

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ECS Season 7 Finals - General information

Venue

SSE Arena, Wembley
Arena Square, Engineers Way,
London HA9 0AA, UK

Casters

Desk Host

  • Freya (Freya Spiers)

Stage Host

  • USA Smix (Sue Lee)

Analysts

  • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
  • VENdetta (Halvor Gulestøl)
  • Maniac (Mathieu Quiquerez)
  • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Commentators

  • James Bardolph (James Bardolph)
  • ddk (Daniel Kapadia)
  • Anders (Anders Blume)
  • HenryG (Henry Greer)

ECS Season 7 Finals - Team Rosters

Astralis

  • device
  • dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • gla1ve
  • Magisk
  • zonic

North

  • aizy
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • cadiaN
  • gade
  • mithR

Team Vitality

  • NBK-
  • apEX
  • RpK
  • ZywOo
  • Kingdom ALEX
  • XTQZZZ

Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • f0rest
  • GeT_RiGhT
  • REZ
  • dennis
  • Lekr0
  • pita

Complexity Gaming

  • dephh
  • ShahZaM
  • Rickeh
  • SicK
  • oBo
  • Warden

NRG Esports

  • daps
  • Brehze
  • CeRq
  • Ethan
  • tarik
  • ImAPet

Furia Esports

  • yuurih
  • arT
  • VINI
  • KSCERATO
  • ableJ
  • guerri

MIBR

  • FalleN
  • fer
  • coldzera
  • TACO
  • felps
  • zews

ECS Season 7 Finals preview podcast

The latest episode of The Week In CSGO looks ahead to ECS Season 7 Finals and back at DreamHack Masters Dallas, as well as discussing oBo stepping in for Complexity.

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Pictures: Patrick Strack / ESL

Felix CharlesSpent seven years as a poker game integrity and poker community manager at PokerStars and most recently worked as a freelance correspondent and consultant for various companies.