LIVE GRAND FINAL COVERAGE: Turner and IMG’s ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will showcase ELEAGUE Major Champions Astralis against ESL One New York winners FaZe Clan in the Grand Final tonight, Friday, Oct. 13, with live coverage beginning at 10 p.m. ET on TBS. The live observer feed will also be made available on Twitch. The Premier Champion will earn the $500,000 winner’s share of the event’s $1 million prize pool.
SHOOTING FOR THE CYCLE: The Danish superstars of Astralis will be after the only ELEAGUE victory they have yet to collect – their first ELEAGUE season-long championship. Despite winning the ELEAGUE Major and Clash for Cash: The Rematch, OpTic Gaming upset Astralis in the ELEAGUE Season 02 Grand Final, their last time in this position.
UNFAZED: FaZe Clan in-game leader Finn "Karrigan" Andersen previously served as one of the foundational members of Astralis. Karrigan will look to lead his new team to a victory that would silence the critics of his decision to change jerseys.
Caster’s Take: “This Grand Final is the ultimate chance at redemption for FaZe Clan. None of those players could regain the elite tier on their previous teams, and they have a chance to do that tonight. It’s FaZe’s new roster of old stars against Astralis’ established roster of current stars.”
ELEAGUE is the premium esports tournament and content brand formed in partnership between Turner and IMG that officially launched in 2016. A leader in the delivery of live event experiences, ELEAGUE content is regularly showcased on TBS and widely distributed across digital platforms including Twitch, YouTube and ELEAGUE.com. Over its first two years, ELEAGUE has produced and staged three season-long competitions featuring Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the ELEAGUE Street Fighter V Invitational, and the first-ever Overwatch® Open. As recognition of its industry-wide impact, ELEAGUE was awarded its first-ever CS:GO Major in January 2017. The ELEAGUE Major Grand Final set a new all-time Twitch record with more than one million concurrent streams, and a total reach of over 3.6 million viewers throughout the course of the event. ELEAGUE received a Sports Emmy® nomination for Outstanding Studio Design and Art Direction in March 2017. In August 2017, ELEAGUE made its first entry into feature-length premium episodic content with the launch of ELEAGUE | Road To The International Dota 2 Championships. ELEAGUE also recently hosted the GEICO ELEAGUE Amateur Series and will soon host the ELEAGUE Injustice 2 World Championship, set to begin this Fall. ELEAGUE’s record-setting ELEAGUE Major in 2017 built momentum for the brand to receive a second CS:GO Major bid, with the ELEAGUE Major: Boston set for early 2018.