2017 is almost over and Esports Championship Series Season 4 Finals will close out the year, as far as big events go. The LAN Finals of the event will take place in Cancun, Mexico, at the Hard Rock Hotel, starting on Dec. 15. Eight teams, four from Europe and four from NA will come together to fight for the $750,000 prize pool, awarded after the Grand Final, which is scheduled to take place on Dec. 17.
The Group Stage for the event will follow the GSL format, where four teams in a group play initial matches to determine their route in further matches. Then, the winners of the initial matches play each other with the victorious team qualifying for the Playoffs. After that, the losers of the initial matches play each other in a bo3. The losing team is eliminated, while the winner plays a bo3 against the loser of the winners match for placement in the Playoffs.
After several weeks of online play in both Europe and NA, Fnatic, FaZe Clan, mousesports, and Astralis are the teams delegated to represent Europe in the LAN Finals. From NA, on the other hand, we have Cloud9, OpTic Gaming, Team Liquid, and Luminosity Gaming. Notably missing after their victory at the EPL Season 6 Finals are SK Gaming.
The groups in this tournament, while supposedly equal in strength, are actually quite uneven. While powerhouses like FaZe Clan, Astralis and, arguably, Cloud9 populate Group B, Group A has Fnatic, OpTic Gaming, mousesports, and Luminosity Gaming. Any of the Group B teams would stand a very good chance of making it out of Group A while the same can’t be said about teams from Group A when placed in Group B.
Without SK Gaming, this event is FaZe Clan’s to lose, especially with the weakened Astralis due to the fact that Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz is still on medical leave. In this event, Ruben “RUBINO” Villarroel of Team Dignitas will play as a stand in.