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Watch the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ESL Season 6 group stage here

ESL brings together the best (and the rest) in the Group Stage of the Pro League Season 6 Finals

The ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals are about to begin and the tournament is shaping up to be a little different from some of the other Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions this year, thanks to its wide range of teams.

Much like ESL’s previous tournaments, the Season 6 Pro League Finals will feature a Round Robin group stage where the six teams from Group A and B will face off against each other, before the top three from each group head into the single elimination Bracket Stage.

The tournament’s Group Stage kicks off on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 6 a.m. EST and will be broadcast live from the Sparekassen Fyn Arena in Odense, Denmark. While most of the Group Stage games will be shown on ESL’s main stream, some will be broadcast on the second stream, here.

Why you should watch

One of the largest CS:GO tournaments of the year, the ESL Pro League Season 6 Finals will see its 12 teams compete for their share of the $1 million prize pool. But the participants may not be exactly the teams you have gotten used to seeing over the last several months in other tournaments.

Thanks to the event’s three-month long online qualifier, a grueling experience for even the world’s most talented rosters, the teams representing both Europe and North America run the gamut from some of the top ranked teams in the world to teams that wouldn’t even be in the conversation for top 20. While it’s still likely to be the elite teams facing off against one another in the Finals, this wide range of teams makes for a Group Stage full of unexpected results.

Besides the potential for a few upsets, this Stage has the added stakes of letting the highest finisher in each group pass straight through to the tournament’s semifinals. With parity in CS:GO at an all time high, and the top three teams of each group looking strong, a poor performance in groups could send a tournament favorite like SK Gaming or FaZe Clan home in the quarterfinals.

Groups

ESL Gaming Network

Schedule

Tuesday, Dec. 5

  • Fnatic vs FaZe Clan, 6:00 a.m. EST
  • Luminosity vs Hellraisers, 6:00 a.m. EST
  • Astralis vs Team Liquid, 7:15 a.m. EST
  • Fnatic vs Hellraisers, 7:15 a.m. EST
  • FaZe Clan vs Team Liquid, 8:30 a.m. EST
  • Astralis vs Luminosity, 8:30 a.m. EST
  • Fnatic vs Luminosity, 9:45 a.m. EST
  • Hellraisers vs Team Liquid, 9:45 a.m. EST
  • North vs SK Gaming, 10:30 a.m. EST
  • NRG Esports vs Misfits, 10:30 a.m. EST
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas vs OpTic Gaming, 12:45 p.m. EST
  • North vs Misfits, 12:45 p.m. EST
  • SK Gaming vs OpTic Gaming, 2:00 p.m. EST
  • NRG Esports vs Ninjas in Pyjamas, 2 p.m. EST
  • North vs NRG Esports, 3:15 p.m. EST
  • Misfits vs OpTic Gaming. 3:15 p.m. EST