ECS revealed its plans for an eighth season today. The event will feature open qualifiers from August 12th to 25th and has had its format adjusted to “keep stakes high throughout the season.” In addition, the finals will be held in North America, moving away from London where they’ve been held the past two seasons.
Over 20 teams from North America and Europe will be competing in ECS Season 8, battling it out for grand pize. The season will be split into multiple knockout brackets where teams will be fighting for a spot in the finals.
“Each region will battle it out in five BO3 knockout brackets to qualify for the ECS Season 8 Finals. Higher stakes, no dead games,” the official post reads.
Changing from Season 7 to Season 8, “the first two teams to qualify for the ECS Season 8 Finals will be the highest prize money earners from the first two weeks of competition. After that, each week’s tournament winners will go directly to the finals.”
As of now only the first series of each region has a set date with bot running from September 16th-19th.
Details on the North American finals location have not yet been released.
The event will once again consist of the ECS Community Caster Challenge as well as ECS After Dark post-show on Caffeine.
Last season saw Vitality take down FURIA in the finals to secure their victory.