The first semifinal match at the ECS Season Finals will be a North American showdown as NRG Esports and Team Liquid face off for their spot in the Grand Final.
NRG’s overall form has been on an upward trajectory for a number of months now, and the recent second place finish at the StarSeries Season 5 Finals showed that the players are now more than capable of mixing it up with the top teams.
The NRG players have had to play just two best of one matches at the ECS Finals so far after advancing in first place from Group B following comfortable wins over G2 Esports and FaZe Clan On June 8th.
While the NRG players were sitting back and relaxing on day two of the competition, Team Liquid had to win a tough best of three against Fnatic in the decider match of Group A.
Liquid had started strong on day one by defeating Fnatic in the first best of one but the North American team fell at the hands of Astralis in the winners match for the group and had to wait to face the winner of Fnatic vs. Cloud9.
The rematch against the Swedish team ended with Team Liquid once again taking the victory, this time with a 2-0 series score, despite a late comeback attempt from Jesper ‘JW’ Wecksell and company.
The semifinal between NRG and Team Liquid will be a best of three and promises to be a close one due to both teams coming from the same region and playing against each other so often.
After qualifying for the playoffs on day one, NRG’s in-game leader, Damien ‘daps’ Steele spoke to Dexerto about his confidence in his team’s map pool and their recent improvement results, saying “I’ve grown a lot” and “the players have definitely got comfortable on LAN”.
"I’d say it’s like 80%." — @daps on @cerq adjusting to speaking English since joining @NRGgg. daps also talks about who he expects to face, and the tournament format.
We might not be in the Big Apple this year, but IEM New York is still taking place. Three events across North America, Europe, and CIS will take place to crown regional champions in the next stage of the IEM Global Challenge.
ESL One New York in 2019 featured an Astralis vs Evil Geniuses final, where the hometown stars took down the dominant Danes in a convincing 3-1 series. However, the two will be separated into different regional events in 2020.
IEM New York is still taking place online, with 32 teams across three regions invited to take part in the $250,000 event. Across three weeks, different regional champions will be crowned, with RMR points on offer for the best performing teams.
Evil Geniuses won ESL One New York 2019. This year, there’ll be three winners.
IEM New York, being an ESL event, will be streamed on the ESL CS:GO channels on Twitch and YouTube. We’ve embedded the streams below for your convenience.
IEM New York teams
12 North American and CIS teams, plus eight European teams, will be taking part in IEM New York. Despite having the fewest number of teams, Europe boasts the biggest prize pool of $140,000 USD.
The teams will be divided into two sets of groups — six in each NA and CIS group, four in Europe. The best teams in each group will make it to the playoffs. The format for playoffs will be single-elimination in Europe, and double-elimination for North America and CIS.