Groups for Asia Minor released

The draw for the group stage of the Asia Minor Champinship has been made, with the eight participating teams having learned their fate in the tournament.

Hosted by ESL, the Asia Minor Championship will take place from January 29 to February 1 as part of the Intel Extreme Masters stop in Taipei, with eight of the best teams in Asia and Oceania duking it out for $50,000 and two spots at the offline qualifier for MLG Columbus.

The winner of this event will also secure entry into the IEM World Championship, in Katowice, which will pay out a minimum of $250,000 to the competing teams.


Renegades to face Eat You Alive in the first round 

The Asia Minor will kick off with a double-elimination group stage, with the top two teams from each group advancing to the single-elimination playoffs.

Below you can find the group draw in full:

Group A Group B
China CyberZen Australia Renegades
Malaysia MVP.Karnal China TyLoo
Australia Chiefs Mongolia MongolZ
United Arab Emirates Risky Gaming Taiwan Eat You Alive

The complete tournament schedule for the Asia Minor looks as follows:

Friday, January 29:
03:30 China CyberZen vs. United Arab Emirates Risky Gaming
05:00 Malaysia MVP.Karnal vs. Australia Chiefs
06:30 Winners' match
07:30 Elimination match
09:00 Decider match
Saturday, January 30:
03:30 Australia Renegades vs. Taiwan Eat You Alive
05:00 Mongolia MongolZ vs. China TyLoo
06:30 Winners' match
07:30 Elimination match
09:00 Decider match    
Sunday, January 31
03:30 Semi-final #1
07:00 Semi-final #2
Monday, February 1
03:30 Grand final    

Taking viewers through all the action will be a seven-person team, including Daniel "ddk" Kapadia as host, Jason "moses" O'Toole as caster and Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl as analyst. The full broadcast crew is the following:

United Kingdom Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Desk Host

Denmark Anders Blume - Caster
United States Auguste "Semmler" Massonnat - Caster
United Kingdom Lauren "Pansy" Scott - Caster
United States Jason "moses" O'Toole - Caster

Norway Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Analyst
India Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst

United States Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Jason 'moses' O'Toole
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.93
Maps played:
18
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Daniel 'ddk' Kapadia
Age:
-
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.68
Maps played:
6
KPR:
0.55
DPR:
0.81
APR:
0.13
Norway Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Halvor 'vENdetta' Gulestøl
Age:
-
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.86
Maps played:
8
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.20
this gon be nice
2016-01-25 23:15
holy shit, i didn't know that Vendetta is norwegian...
2016-01-26 06:41
Why is Joe Miller missing on casters list? It's ESL event..
2016-01-26 08:18
Ez 4 koosta
2016-01-26 20:26
Ez for Tyloo
2016-01-25 23:16
get rekt
2016-01-25 23:18
#51
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Czech Republic csl1337 
how much for your name?
2016-01-25 23:42
#3
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Greece her-1g 
lets see if they can deliver
2016-01-25 23:16
imo renegades will win
2016-01-25 23:17
#13
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France Kairos1g 
they will not get out of the groups
2016-01-25 23:18
they will win the asia minor and qualify for the major.
2016-01-25 23:19
qualify for the qualifier and not get out of groups there
2016-01-25 23:23
nononono have u zeen de skeeels de_renegades possesS???!?!
2016-01-25 23:23
#97
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United States GeT_ReiCh 
nt but we all know all their lounging around in Las Vegas has prepared them to win the NA major in March
2016-01-26 01:49
ez savage tbh
2016-01-25 23:17
justin 'jks' savage
2016-01-25 23:18
^^^
2016-01-25 23:19
#8
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Spain Alser 
I hope China will win
2016-01-25 23:18
#9
United States iwnl 
Watch Renegades fuck this up
2016-01-25 23:18
#24
nukkye | 
Australia riotbz 
i can just see it happening lmao
2016-01-25 23:21
Called it
2016-02-01 13:56
#108
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Australia kTw0 
it's happening dw
2016-01-26 02:33
#10
apEX | 
China Hydragon 
ez for fancy1
2016-01-25 23:18
rip immunity
2016-01-25 23:18
#14
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Faroe Islands LIVING_MEME 
Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst kek
2016-01-25 23:19
Go mongolz!
2016-01-25 23:19
Mongolz got this
2016-01-25 23:19
ez for risky
2016-01-25 23:19
4th best ME team at lan rip
2016-01-25 23:25
#68
Snax | 
Other c.dallas 
I think if my team was there we would take this minor
2016-01-26 00:18
Pls
2016-01-26 05:41
tough group b
2016-01-25 23:21
nice these noobs have pc too
2016-01-25 23:25
Renegades didnt play the last major?
2016-01-25 23:28
they failed to qualify iirc
2016-01-25 23:35
They played Cologne and finished 9-12th, then lost in Stockholm, so they didn't attend Cluj.
2016-01-26 01:59
BOTS vs AUSTRALIA
2016-01-25 23:29
Those bots almost beat your fox :o
2016-01-26 02:03
And portugal
2016-01-26 03:23
EYA, i hope sonnyQ is in that team.
2016-01-25 23:30
#40
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
what is the top teams of this minor?? who are at same level or close than Renegades? no fanboysm plz
2016-01-25 23:33
wouldn't be able to tell you man, don't follow the asian scene, i think cyberzhen are meant to be good but tbh we will probably see both australian teams making it through
2016-01-25 23:34
#39
steel | 
Belarus Ruble 
Hahaha renegades no chance, tyloo and mongolz 2stronk for them.
2016-01-25 23:33
how do i block hltv so i never have to view autism again, i am using mozilla pls halp
2016-01-25 23:33
Really want CyberZen or TyLoo to win this event, it would be nice to see the Asian scene gain more exposure
2016-01-25 23:36
#131
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Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
Hope so xD
2016-01-26 06:15
#45
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
someone that really follow this scene.. Have some team close to Renegades that can surprise?? no fanboysm plzz
2016-01-25 23:36
CyberZen, they played G2 on inferno and won 16-6
2016-01-25 23:46
But they still lose 2 1 against worst G2
2016-01-26 03:01
Still better than RNG
2016-01-26 17:25
First photo. Looks like Renegades play under British flag :D
2016-01-25 23:42
#52
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United Kingdom FullSpe3d 
LETS GO TYLOO AND CYBERZEN
2016-01-25 23:43
#53
felps | 
Brazil Fr4m3 
Why Space Soldiers are not in this minor?? Are they worse than Tyloo and CyberZen?
2016-01-25 23:43
#56
kNgV- | 
Brazil vicTHOR 
ez for cyberzen or tyloo cheering for tyloo!
2016-01-25 23:47
This will be fun to watch :D
2016-01-25 23:52
#60
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Brazil m4th 
meanwhile the south america not deserve to have a qualify. LMAO
2016-01-25 23:55
Only Brazil scene other scene ?? at least Asia they have Semi pro while South America only have Brazil scene. whats the point?
2016-01-26 00:02
#71
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Brazil m4th 
CHILE,ARGENTINA
2016-01-26 00:30
Still miles behind Brazillians While in Asia there is some tier 2 teams that can put up abit of fight against the tops (yeah...tier 2 of tier 3,rip)
2016-01-26 10:15
Renegades and ASIA? wot ze fock
2016-01-26 00:03
Yes. Nearest than Europe or America.
2016-01-26 14:16
so my predictions = cyberzen and tyloo
2016-01-26 14:26
Yes! CyberZen, TyLoo and Renegades probably top3.
2016-01-26 14:36
easy for eat you alive, cuz they'll eat you alive
2016-01-26 00:03
Gonna be gud, Mongolz really impressed me in their recent matches
2016-01-26 00:05
i are confused. I thought that teams that have been to majors can't go to minors
2016-01-26 00:12
#70
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Denmark jkaemmeister 
lol what? not true
2016-01-26 00:22
Only players who attended the last major are unable to participate. If you were at any other major you can play.
2016-01-26 01:54
ah ok
2016-01-26 02:55
#67
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Brazil hugoooo 
Go China!
2016-01-26 00:14
ez TyLoo and CyberZen!!!!
2016-01-26 00:19
+1! Top3 TyLoo CyberZen Renegades
2016-01-26 14:17
#73
fox | 
Portugal thefaceoff 
gonna be so fun to watch cyberzen and tyloo wreck that ass
2016-01-26 00:40
#74
Kaze | 
Malaysia Swattax 
ddk working with ESL? TRAITOR
2016-01-26 00:45
*earned their fate in the tournament
2016-01-26 00:49
#80
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Brazil karlyn90 
Why no korean orgs?
2016-01-26 00:56
MVP kr got beaten by mongolz I think. Edit: Bracket play.eslgaming.com/counterstrike/csgo/cs..
2016-01-26 01:56
wish it was viet team
2016-01-26 00:56
CyberZen and Renegades
2016-01-26 01:08
ddk in a ESL event and as a desk host, I have to see this.
2016-01-26 01:14
#85
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Argentina EnvyJ 
Tyloo and chiefs
2016-01-26 01:17
Group B is the group of Death Renegades> Cyberzen TyLoo>Chiefs Mongolz>MVP Karnal so you have 3 of the top 4 teams in one group to balance the groups they need to swap Mongolz with MVP Karnal tough for TyLoo but hope the boys pull it through! Go TyLoo!
2016-01-26 01:18
#87
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United States kamideREK 
cyberzen or tyloo to win it
2016-01-26 01:19
ez for EYA
2016-01-26 01:26
#89
Hong Kong b3rn 
I thought there'd be at least one team from Korea and Japan. They're so weak?
2016-01-26 01:28
renegades have been to major so why are they allowed in minor?
2016-01-26 01:29
It is only if you have played in the most recent major
2016-01-26 02:04
They weren't at Cluj... how many people don't understand this?
2016-01-26 02:04
thanks for clarifying. I guess you dont see this everyday.
2016-01-26 07:05
#93
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France StickyRice 
Can't watch these games : too late for France timezone. Will watch EU minor though.
2016-01-26 01:38
#94
Russia NJM 
no japs
2016-01-26 01:42
#95
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Portugal dracø 
hope to see MongolZ qualifying
2016-01-26 01:44
Renegades 1 CyberZen 2
2016-01-26 01:48
ez uk flag
2016-01-26 01:58
Keen to see how Chiefs stack up.
2016-01-26 02:00
Renegades will get rekt by Mongolz and Tyloo... i'm calling it
2016-01-26 02:08
#107
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Sweden Trojka03 
Ez for CyberZen
2016-01-26 02:25
Cmon renegades. I'll cheers for them but it would be hilarious if they didnt win this tournament, isnt it?
2016-01-26 03:03
Ez for CyberZen
2016-01-26 03:08
Ez Machinegun
2016-01-26 03:27
#118
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Europe uppermost 
Savage > Justin Savage
2016-01-26 03:27
16-0 for CyberZen^^
2016-01-26 03:28
mongolz go gogo
2016-01-26 03:33
chiefs to upset
2016-01-26 03:49
Too bad you couldn't make it. Visa issues?
2016-01-26 12:07
Yeh would be stuck in taipei for like 2 weeks if i was to go >.>
2016-01-26 12:12
#124
 | 
Hong Kong eldoodaks 
Ddk as host lol
2016-01-26 04:39
#125
 | 
Brazil FaZe_Top_One 
GO GO tyloo&cyberzen
2016-01-26 04:57
#126
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Singapore 7ir4m15u 
My predictions: 1) Renegades (hltv.org/?pageid=188&teamid=6211) 2) CyberZen (hltv.org/?pageid=188&teamid=6503) 3) Mongolz (hltv.org/?pageid=188&teamid=6248&statsfi..) 4) TyLoo (hltv.org/?pageid=188&teamid=4863&statsfi..) 5) Chiefs (hltv.org/?pageid=188&teamid=6010) 6) MVP.Karnal (hltv.org/?pageid=188&statsfilter=0&teami..) 7) EYA 8) Risky Gaming Don't under-estimate MVP, true wildcard here.. Cyberzen performance has been shaky recently, losing to Mongolz 2-1 in Rising stars..Mongolz have been performing top of their game, could upset. Just my 2 cents...
2016-01-26 05:02
i think tyloo still better than mongolz and potentially better than cyberzen. woud like to see cz or tyloo 1st though
2016-01-26 06:27
#135
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Singapore 7ir4m15u 
Yeah would love to see them top as well...
2016-01-26 06:32
personally i am a fan of tyloo but any team from southeast asia would be fine (although im chinese so i support the chinese teams.) i feel like if either tyloo or czen beats renegades it means they have potential to enter a major, which is a true feat as they have only been playing for very little time
2016-01-26 06:36
#144
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World temuuj1n 
hltv.org/?pageid=188&matchid=27470&stats.. This tournament is not in China. They cant turn off server or restart the game. Tyloo is shitty team!
2016-01-26 07:12
how much?
2016-01-26 07:17
you are very wrong on this , Risky gaming should be Number1 after they awesome skills online
2016-01-26 14:35
#186
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Asia Scar3cr0w 
renegades, tyloo, mongolz are in same group. one of them should be 5-8th place
2016-01-26 15:09
#127
OCEAN | 
Other cyLoL 
oh god pansy casting , get out the earplugs
2016-01-26 05:13
inb4 so stronk ftw vendetta and bleh are from so stronk
2016-01-26 05:33
EZ for Eat You Alive
2016-01-26 05:38
2ez4mongolz
2016-01-26 06:44
SO EZ MONGOLZ
2016-01-26 07:38
I really like TheMongolz, but I don't see them getting passed Tyloo.
2016-01-26 07:45
First face to face mongolz won
2016-01-26 14:45
Will the broadcast crew go to Taipei? I want to see ddk and Ander!!
2016-01-26 07:48
yes :)
2016-01-26 14:26
woohoo!! I hope they can sign my mousepad XDDD
2016-01-26 17:02
Eat them alive!!
2016-01-26 08:26
#154
HUNDEN | 
Other ToRu 
ez for savage
2016-01-26 09:10
Why Renegades are allowed to play a minor? I thought anyone who participated in major is banned.
2016-01-26 09:30
renegades was not in last major, so its ok.
2016-01-26 11:20
Ok thanks.
2016-01-26 14:05
where is team immunity ?
2016-01-26 11:14
#168
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Asia Scar3cr0w 
Lost to Chiefs in au qualifier
2016-01-26 11:30
minors are a fuckn joke one of those crap teams gonna walk home with 30k$?
2016-01-26 11:22
So does every team who wins a minor, Gamnit and whoever beat Wintefox at the NA one
2016-01-26 12:12
Goodluck for MVP! :D
2016-01-26 11:23
renegades t3 #NA t2 #asia
2016-01-26 11:39
Nice teams lets hope for some nice matches
2016-01-26 13:22
ez win 4 tyloo/cyberzen
2016-01-26 16:40
ez for TyLoo and CyberZen
2016-01-26 19:10
fakeflagger?
2016-01-28 07:12
ez mongolz
2016-01-27 00:00
ez savage
2016-01-27 03:27
ez for mongolz
2016-01-27 06:15
#201
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Australia vamped 
..
2016-01-28 02:31
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