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CS:GO: How to watch ESL Pro League Season 8 finals – Stream, Groups and more

Published: 3/Dec/2018 17:28 Updated: 4/Dec/2018 11:06

by Connor Bennett


The ESL Pro League Season 8 finals kick off in Odense, Denmark this week. If you are not lucky enough to be attending, we’ve got you covered on how you can watch from home.

The current kings of Counter-Strike, Astralis, enter the Pro League finals as the overwhelming favourites after scooping up eight tournament wins from their last 11 events. They recently claimed ECS Season 6 Finals glory in Texas and are in red-hot form.

This home event represents one of their two final chances to claim the additional $1,000,000 prize money on offer from the Intel Grand Slam. If they fail to win in Odense, they would have to score a victory at the IEM Katowice Major to complete the Grand Slam.

Here’s everything you need to know.

How can I watch?

If you’re not in the arena, you’ll have to watch via Facebook or ESL’s Gaming TV website. With multiple games happening at once, the main and secondary streams will both be in action.

Additional language streams will be available via Twitch and Mixer.

ESL Pro League Season 8 Stream A:

When is it?

The 16-team event, which boasts a prize pool of $750,000 kicks off on Tuesday, December 4 and runs until December 9. The tournament begins with two groups of eight teams, battling it out with double-elimination. 

All eight opening games will be a best of one, with the following matchups moving to a best-of-three.  

Where is it?

Odense, Denmark at the Sparekassen Fyn Arena. The arena will be open to the capacity crowd from Friday onwards but fans can also watch the Group Stages from inside the arena.

DexertoAstralis will be looking to continue their dominance at the Pro League finals.

Can I buy tickets?

Tickets went on sale a couple of weeks ago so there isn’t a wide selection left. Tickets for the group stage games on December 5-6 are still available but not as a package deal. There are only limited tickets left for Friday and an even smaller amount of 3-day premium tickets remaining.

If you move quick, you can buy them from ESL, here.

What is the format?

As already mentioned, teams will play a best-of-one game to open the tournament, with the following games being played as best-of-three maps.

Top three teams will move into the playoffs where they will then play a best-of-three series in the quarter and semi-finals. Group winners will advance to the semi-finals, second-placed teams in the quarter-finals as high seeds and third-placed teams as quarter-finals low seeds.

The Grand Finals will be a best-of-five series to decide the overall winner of this year’s Pro League.

What are the groups?

The groups were decided based on seeding from the relative European and North American Pro League standing. Astralis finished as Europe’s top seed with MiBR taking the top spot in North America.

The groups are as follows:

Group A
Team Liquid
Group B
Ghost Gaming

CSGO legend KRIMZ mysteriously VAC banned

Published: 28/Nov/2020 11:10

by Connor Bennett


Fnatic and Counter-Strike legend Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson has been hit with a VAC ban out of the blue, and nobody seems to know why. 

When punishing cheaters in games like CS:GO, Dota 2, and even Rust, Valve rolls out VAC [Valve anti-cheat] bans that locks down an account – preventing users from playing on another VAC-secured game. 

These bans are, usually, handed out without any warning, and are typically permanent. Though, plenty of players have been able to get them overturned – be it because the ban was wrong in the first place, for example. 

On November 28, CS:GO players and fans alike noticed that Fnatic CS:GO star Freddy ‘KRIMZ’ Johansson had his account struck with a VAC ban – and nobody seems to know just why it happened. 

Krimz has played for Fnatic since 2016.

Astralis players Lucas ‘Bubzkji’ Andersen and Nicolai ‘device’ Reedtz were among the first to tweet about KRIMZ’s VAC ban – with the former chalking it down to a likely mistake. 

After word quickly got around about the ban, KRIMZ himself took to Twitter to ask for help from the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive developers in getting the VAC ban removed from his account – again, hinting at a mistake. 

“It seems that my account got vac banned. @CSGO can you fix this asap pls,” he posted shortly after the VAC ban was handed down, attaching a confused face emoji as well as the praying hands. 

As of writing, Krimz’s account still has a VAC ban attached to it, and there’s been no confirmation as to whether or not he’s cheated or if it’s a mistake. Though, there has been speculation about a possible wave surrounding players who use the esportal to find matches. 

If anything changes, be it the ban gets overturned or Valve makes a statement on the matter, we’ll be sure to update this article.