The ESL CS:GO Pro League Season 9 Finals are underway, with the group stages officially wrapped up ahead of the playoff portion of the tournament.
The Season 9 Finals are taking place in Montpellier, France, with 16 of the world’s best Counter-Strike teams descending on the city to take part in the $600,000 tournament, with the winners set to pick up a cool $250,000.
The tournament’s group stages saw the 16 teams weeded down to just six, who advance to the playoff stage of the tournament, and get the opportunity to play inside the Sud de France Arena.
A number of huge teams are in attendance this week, but perhaps none bigger than Astralis and Team Liquid, who square off with the pair battling for supremacy at the top of the CS:GO world rankings.
Team Liquid became the first ever North American team to sit atop of the rankings, ending the dominant Danes' stranglehold at the summit, which lasted for 406 days.
The pair are two of the favorites heading into the playoff stage, however, a shaky start to the competition from the North American squad will give others confidence that they can go on and secure the victory in France.
The Season 9 playoffs are being streamed on the official ESL Twitch account. You can view all the action below.
G2 Esports became the first team a spot in the playoff portion of the tournament, sealing their position as the 3rd place finishers from Group A with an emphatic 2-0 win over Heroic.
With the group stage concluded, games resumed on Thursday, June 20 with the two quarter final matches.
The incredibly intense semi-finals took place on Saturday as Team Liquid continued to show why they are the number one team in the world. Yet, they'll face a difficult test - and the might of the home crowd - taking on the resurgent G2 esports.
Thursday, June 20
|G2 Esports||vs.||Heroic||6:00 AM PST||9:00 AM EST||2:00 PM BST|
|NRG Esports||vs.||Astralis||9:50 AM PST||12:50 PM EST||5:50 PM BST|
Friday, June 21
|FaZe Clan||vs.||G2 Esports||6:00 AM PST||9:00 AM EST||2:00 PM BST|
|Astralis||vs.||Team Liquid||9:50 AM PST||12:50 PM EST||5:50 PM BST|
Saturday, June 22
|NRG Esports||vs.||FaZe Clan/G2 Esports||7:00 AM PST||10:00 AM EST||3:00 PM BST|
|mousesports||vs.||Astralis/Team Liquid||9:50 AM PST||12:50 PM||5:50 PM BST|
Sunday, June 23
|Team Liquid||vs.||G2 Esports||7:00 AM PST||10:00 AM EST||3:00 PM BST|
The 16 teams who entered the ESL Pro League Season 9 Finals were divided into two groups of eight teams, using their online league placements to seed them. The first matches in the group stages were best-of-ones, with all following matches using a best-of-three format.
Group winners advance straight to the semi-finals, with runners up and third-placed teams proceeding to the quarter finals as higher or lower seeds respectively.
You can view the full final standings of both groups below.
This post was last updated on Sunday, June 23 at 09:40 am EST.