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ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals begin tomorrow

16 of the best teams will battle it out for $750,000 in prize money.

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The ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals kicks off on 4th December, and will feature 16 teams from all over the globe battling it out for a shot at the $750,000 prize pool.

The Sparekassen Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark will play host to the tournament, with the Group stages beginning on Tuesday 4th December, and the grand finals taking place on Sunday 9th December.

In terms of tournament format, the 16 teams will be split into two groups of 8. Over the course of three days, these two groups will fight it out in a double elimination format, with each match having best of one opening games.

Towards the final leg, the format will transition into best of threes, with the top three teams from both groups advancing to the playoffs.

The playoffs will begin on Friday alongside the quarterfinals, and feature single-elimination matches. The victors of this stage will then move onto the semifinals, where they will face off against the first placed teams from the group stage. It’ll all culminate in the grand final on Sunday.

Each team in the ESL Pro League Season 8 finals has had to qualify via their regional Pro Leagues. There are a total of seven European teams, with six from North America. This leaves three spots distributed between Oceania, Asia and South America.

It’s a stacked line-up with some incredible teams in the mix. Here’s a list of all those attending:

Europe

  • Astralis
  • Natus Vincere
  • BIG
  • North
  • Hellraisers
  • mousesports
  • G2 Esports

North America

  • MIBR
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Team Liquid
  • NRG Esports
  • Renegades
  • INTZ eSports

Oceania

  • Order

Asia

  • Vici Gaming

South America

  • Sharks Esports

Finally, we’ve got the schedule for you just below:

Tuesday, December 4

  • 11:00 - Astralis vs. ViCi
  • 11:00 - Renegades vs. HellRaisers
  • 12:15 - Liquid vs. G2
  • 12:15 - INTZ vs. BIG
  • 13:30 - MIBR vs. Sharks
  • 13:30 - NRG vs. North
  • 14:45 - Ghost vs. mousesports
  • 14:45 - Natus Vincere vs. ORDER

Wednesday, December 5

  • Group Stage Day Two

Thursday, December 6

  • Group Stage Day Three

Friday, December 7

  • 15:30 - Quarter-final #1 BO3
  • 18:50 - Quarter-final #2 BO3

Saturday, December 8

  • 15:00 - Semi-final #1 BO3
  • 18:50 - Semi-final #2 BO3

Sunday, December 9

  • 13:20 Showmatch
  • 15:00 Grand final BO5

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