Season 7 of the Esports Championship Series has just wrapped up, this years event attracting the attention of millions around the globe. Esports fans saw Team Vitality taking first prize, seen as a prime contender from the start, beating FURIA Esports in the grand finale and being crowned the ECS Season 7 Champions in London for the first time in team history.
Team Vitality are officially the 2019 CS:GO ECS Season 7 champions after an intense showdown in the Grand Finale against Brazilian team FURIA Esports. Both teams reached the ECS event by making their way through Challenger Cups, and were surprised not to be faced with big name teams like FaZe, Team Liquid and fnatic who all failed to qualify for this years tournament.
Before the tournament began, Team Vitality were seen as a main contender currently ranked #4 in the world along with Astralis from Europe (formerly the #1 team, now down to #2 in the rankings), the main North American contenders seen as MIBR (ranked 8th) and FURIA Esports (previously ranked 11th before the tournament kicked off). The tournament structure involved two groups of four teams from each continent, which led to a playoffs and eventually the Grand Finale to decide who would be the ECS Season 7 World champs for 2019.
The opening match ended in an upset win for FURIA over Astralis, former world #1 CS:GO esports team. Both teams that eventually reached the Grand Finale came runners up in their groups, FURIA winning 2 and losing 1 match during the group stage – Team Vitality finishing with the same record. In the Semifinales, Team Vitality found themselves up against North American side NRG Esports winning 2 – 0, while FURIA Esports also matched their victory by beating European team NORTH by the same score.
This led to the Grand Finale which took place on Sunday the 9th of June, with Team Vitality winning comprehensively by dismantling Furia, eventually winning 2 – 0 overall (16 – 9 in the first match and 16 – 4 in the second). With a prize pool of over $500,000 up for grabs, both teams saw themselves take substantial winnings from their success in this years ECS championships – FURIA Esports receiving a total of $100,000 for finishing as runners up and Team Vitality getting the big prize of $225,000 for finishing as champs (this years prize pool being over $100,000 larger than last years).
To see some amazing photos and highlights of this year’s tournament check out this Gallery over at HLTV.org. You can also check out our preview of the Top Five up-and-coming eSports Events of 2019. Fans of Call of Duty should also keep your eyes peeled for our preview of the 2019 CWL Anaheim Open which will be released very soon.