The crowd at ECS Season 5 finals in London have a lot to live up to with other Counter-Strike crowds in Europe, but they are certainly doing their bit to boost the atmosphere.
They have been lively all weekend, reacting to the big plays and clutch moments, as well as the traditional chants, but they really stole the show when a technical issue hit the event.
On day three, the crowd were at their very best as the final matches were set to get underway, with four teams remaining fighting for the $250,000 first place prize.
Just ahead of the FaZe Clan and Astralis match up, an issue hit the setups on stage, leading to a technical pause.
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A caster’s worst nightmare, both Matthew “Sadokist” Trivett and Henry “HenryG” Greer were left with a spot of time to fill and so in traditional fashion, turned to the crowd to provide the entertainment in the downtime.
With a bit of assistance from FaZe Clan’s Finn “karrigan” Andersen – who is always one to play for the crowd – the London audience obliged, really setting the atmosphere ahead of the big semi-final match up.
If it was karrigan’s plan to get the crowd on his side and intimidate Astralis, it didn’t quite pay off, as FaZe were ultimately swept 2-0, with Astralis looking dominant on the second map, Inferno.
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Astralis advanced to the grand final to play Team Liquid, and you can keep up with all the action on our ECS S5 Finals Coverage Hub.
The London crowd have certainly impressed, and it bodes well for the upcoming events in the UK later in 2018, including of course the FACEIT Major, also taking place in London in September.