Asia Minor viewer's guide

All the information you need to know for the upcoming Asia Minor Championship taking place at IEM Taipei from January 29 to February 1 can be found below and includes groups, a schedule, a talent list, and more.

The Asia Minor Championship is the third official CS:GO Minor and is running from January 29 to February 1 at the Intel Extreme Masters stop in Taipei, Taiwan.

Aside from the usual $50,000 prize-pool, the Asia Minor is also interesting in that it offers two spots to the MLG Columbus Main Qualifier in February (as opposed to one spot like the other Minors) as well as the winner qualifying for the $250,000 Katowice IEM World Championship in March.


CyberZen have another chance to impress at an offline event in January

The format of the Asia Minor does not match that of the other Minor tournaments: eight teams will be fighting in a double elimination group stage (but all matches will be best-of-one) with the top two teams advancing to a single elimination, best-of-three playoffs.

Two teams were invited to the Asia Minor, while the remaining six had to qualify via various regional Asian qualifiers: South East Asia, India and Western Asia, Oceania, China, East Asia, and Taiwan.

The finalised group draw for the Asia Minor is:

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

As for a schedule for the whole event, such an itinerary can be found below:

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 TheMongolZ 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    

Quite a few famous faces have been flown out to Taipei to help take viewers through the event, whether that be via commentary or analysis, and these personalities can be found below in the talent list:

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

Finally, the prize-pool breakdown for the event matches that of other Minors, with a few tweaks:

1. - $30,000 + Qualification for MLG Columbus Major offline qualifier + Qualification for IEM Katowice
2. - $15,000 +  Qualification for MLG Columbus Major offline qualifier
3-4. - $2,500
3-4. - $2,500

We also have a light preview for the event which goes over each team's lineup and past performances and you can find this here.

Action at the Asia Minor at IEM Taipei will get underway in a few hours' time as CyberZen of China will take on Risky Gaming of the UAE at 03:30. The games will be streamed in English over at ESL's CS:GO channel.

stich writes for HLTV.org and can be found on Twitter

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
#2
Vietnam soreq 
n1
2016-01-28 18:59
Half a second late lmao
2016-01-28 18:59
reflex ezz
2016-01-28 19:06
#109
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
Rip #1. You did it mate.
2016-01-29 05:57
ez renegades
2016-01-28 19:04
Oceania/Australia's Viewer's guide can be found here - au.cybergamer.com/forums/thread/p8641782
2016-01-28 23:39
nice
2016-01-28 18:59
bz tyloo final
2016-01-28 19:11
idiotic author. It is not a Minor but minor! minors are valve sponsored.
2016-01-28 23:11
ee
2016-01-28 18:59
#5
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
Abusing notifications.
2016-01-28 18:59
yeah wtf lol I don't want notifications for this
2016-01-28 19:08
+1
2016-01-28 20:18
Bcs you're not in ASIA or OCEANIA region. I'm way too excited for this since renegades is favorite team and i'll be cheers for them
2016-01-29 02:48
#112
Xeno | 
Netherlands Xenoo 
You w0t.
2016-01-29 11:30
lol
2016-01-28 18:59
#8
f0rest | 
Poland Katarn 
wow
2016-01-28 18:59
#9
dee | 
North America deestroyeR 
cyberzen really lucked out on groups
2016-01-28 18:59
n1
2016-01-28 18:59
nice
2016-01-28 18:59
nice
2016-01-28 18:59
noice
2016-01-28 18:59
n1
2016-01-28 18:59
#21
rain | 
Norway LakSeey 
shiit lol so close man
2016-01-28 18:59
#22
EAZY | 
Czech Republic baylife 
n1
2016-01-28 18:59
nice
2016-01-28 18:59
#24
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Sweden SimplyEyolf 
rip
2016-01-28 18:59
Expected.
2016-01-28 18:59
#31
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Italy Reyden2210 
Kappa Keepo
2016-01-28 18:59
#33
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Lithuania AvaIon 
not losing sleep over this
2016-01-28 18:59
#34
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Spain Alser 
HLTV mods, don't you realise these new notifications will do a lot more harm than good?
2016-01-28 19:00
I already thought like, why on earth would stich reply to me
2016-01-28 18:59
new notifications?
2016-01-28 18:59
#37
mason | 
World PRQN 
n1
2016-01-28 18:59
ez renegades
2016-01-28 18:59
#40
FalleN | 
World Vechnyp 
nice
2016-01-28 18:59
LOOOL
2016-01-28 18:59
Ez cyberzen
2016-01-28 18:59
notifications wtf
2016-01-28 18:59
#47
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Portugal dracø 
notifications good but not best (now I won't be 1st again :( )
2016-01-28 18:59
#49
adreN | 
Italy machi932 
Nice
2016-01-28 18:59
#100
Coffee | 
Netherlands p2dr 
+1lolered
2016-01-28 22:21
Mogolz port 3 i arent think that.
2016-01-28 19:00
bleh
2016-01-28 19:00
#58
Jame | 
Bangladesh NyAn_NeKo 
s1ck
2016-01-28 19:01
#59
Switzerland nuvl 
ez for tyloo
2016-01-28 19:02
#60
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CIS OREL_1337 
ez for Mongolzzz
2016-01-28 19:02
#61
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Finland Kahvipollo 
mhmm yes interesting
2016-01-28 19:03
#62
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Brazil Collee 
notifications? I'll never get 1st again rofl gl renegades and chiefs, let's go australia <3
2016-01-28 19:03
ez savagegod
2016-01-28 19:05
stop notifying me
2016-01-28 19:06
+1
2016-01-28 19:10
GJ makin the two best asian team ( MGLZ & TYLOO ) fight against each others. Whats the next step ? Making fnatic facing envy as first match ?;D
2016-01-28 19:07
HYYYYYYYPE
2016-01-28 19:11
Savage MVP
2016-01-28 19:14
CyberZen & TyLoo ez win
2016-01-28 19:15
#77
tezay | 
Brazil tzy 
ez allahu's
2016-01-28 19:19
n1
2016-01-28 19:21
tfw you think someone has replied to ur comment but no it's just asia minor
2016-01-28 19:23
#111
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Norway JorgyZ 
inb4 uk minor with 4 invited teams that are all tier 4 and decide right before the match that they'll go to the pub and have a pint instead
2016-01-29 11:21
ez for australia
2016-01-28 19:31
#82
Frankie | 
United States lybrel 
not the same Renegays. No chance
2016-01-28 19:35
rip eu viewers
2016-01-28 19:38
ez mongolz
2016-01-28 19:47
"bleh" lmao
2016-01-28 19:49
Where are the India team
2016-01-28 19:54
#110
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India RrOuTe_FoRcE 
It was a " Indian and Western Asian qualifier " Risky gaming from UAE qualified from there. They do have an Indian player called havoc I suppose. Still, atleast we have an Indian caster (Y)
2016-01-29 06:36
#87
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Uzbekistan d0N1NjA 
LET'S GO MVP.Karnal
2016-01-28 19:57
the TIMEZZZZZ. Rip europe viewers
2016-01-28 19:58
#89
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Estonia swag420weed 
Was ok for eu notification, dont care about ching chong scene
2016-01-28 20:02
#90
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Australia vamped 
Renegades ez
2016-01-28 20:03
yes xd
2016-01-30 07:11
Eat You Alive
2016-01-28 20:05
fake murica to win?
2016-01-28 20:11
spunj is gonna trash these asian noobs
2016-01-28 20:12
no crazyguy team?
2016-01-28 20:15
Risky Gaming too ez Kappa !
2016-01-28 20:22
ez minor in chinese province
2016-01-28 20:44
#98
Australia bish 
THE YEAR OF FOOM
2016-01-28 22:08
wheres inchking
2016-01-28 22:21
oh boy asian CS again, *searches for shelter*
2016-01-28 23:46
#104
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Hong Kong TurboJET 
I'm tired of the fcking notifications. What is this North Korea? I don't want that shoved down in my throat. Make it stop prease.
2016-01-29 01:04
#105
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Europe SilverPro 
Anders and Semmler cast Tier 89712314 mongoloid teams... dayumm... sad.
2016-01-29 02:35
Probably better than you
2016-01-29 02:49
#113
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Europe SilverPro 
nt inverted poland
2016-01-29 13:39
#108
Keiti | 
Canada Lizzie 
renegades have a chance 2nd place gets in
2016-01-29 03:51
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