WESG World Finals venue and format announced

LucasAM
March 2nd, 2018 16:33

The format and venue for the WESG World Finals, which will take place March 13-18, have been announced by the tournament organizer.

The WESG World Finals, which are set to kick off in Haikou, Hainan, China, on March 13, will have a prize pool of $1,500,000—the lion's share for the champion being $800,000. The team roster for this year has been increased from last year's edition, with 32 teams up from 24. 

Ukraine will be Europe's top seed after winning the CIS & EU Qualifier

The tournament, which will be hosted by Alisport and Haikou's Municipal People's Government, will be held at the Haikou International Convention & Exhibition Center on the island province of Hainan, across the Qiongzhou Strait from mainland China. 

The 32 qualified teams will play one preliminary best-of-one round-robin group stage with eight groups of four teams, with the top two of each group moving on to a second round-robin group stage with four groups of four teams battling it out in best-of-twos. Then, the top two of each group will move to a best-of-three single bracket playoff.

The competing team list is the following:

Poland AGO Singapore BOOT-d[S]
Belgium Belgium Germany BIG
South Africa Bravado United States Cloud9
Hong Kong EMC France EnVyUs
Sweden fnatic Sweden GODSENT
Argentina Isurus France Limitless
China MAX Korea MVP PK
China New4 Norway NOREG
Thailand NSPR Australia ORDER
New Zealand Parallax Indonesia Recca
Russia Russia Brazil SK
Turkey Space Soldiers Canada subtLe
United States Swole Patrol Japan SCARZ Absolute
Brazil TeamOne Canada The Onliners
Ukraine Ukraine China ViCi
Algeria Viva Algeria Spain Wololos

The full prize pool distribution for the WESG World Finals is:

1. $800,000
2. $300,000
3. $150,000
4. $70,000
5-8. $25,000
9-16. $10,000

#1
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Germany zeolikk 
Finally, will be a sick event for sure.
2018-03-02 16:35
#11
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Turkey FaZe|XANTARES 
cool
2018-03-02 16:36
#62
SmithZz | 
Australia Kyr0xZ 
ez for EatMyChips XD
2018-03-02 17:22
#105
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Brazil junera 
EZ SK they were saving strats for so long to the real major aka the CSGO World Cup, that I thought they were actually becoming a bad team!!! #RUNSKG
2018-03-02 19:44
#134
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Denmark Xipingu 
How do you need strats for this poop? xD like 4-5 relevant teams, rest is trash Ez 800k for SK.
2018-03-03 00:51
+1 but this is china bro automatically rigged
2018-03-03 00:54
#139
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Denmark Xipingu 
If China wins this then yes, because I see not a single one that should be able to even get top 8 xD
2018-03-03 00:56
#151
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Guatemala feerzein21 
Indeed
2018-03-03 08:36
+1 I want see they in major, i want a sticker .
2018-03-02 21:23
With the world-class talent “fagger” leading the line
2018-03-02 22:23
china no1 china no1 china no1 china no1 china no1 china no1
2018-03-02 16:37
CHINA NUMBA WAN!1!1!! *hey li wanna eat dog after the game?*
2018-03-02 18:36
#100
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China Ava1ondraGon 
Trust me. Very delicious!
2018-03-02 19:27
don't argue with me about stranger food. we have a food name "kokorec" which is made out of intestine(it's delicious)
2018-03-02 19:39
it's common seen in china
2018-03-02 20:56
#117
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China Ava1ondraGon 
We also eat. Just not that healthy and too fatty.
2018-03-02 21:57
#59
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Europe wai7ing 
wesg tournament sick LUL sure actually it will be a diarrhea shit
2018-03-02 17:19
Just like extatus
2018-03-03 08:49
#164
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Europe wai7ing 
Extatus would be top 16 team in here
2018-03-03 13:42
Love wesg it's what the majors should be where everyone gets to compete and qualify with so many teams
2018-03-02 17:22
#97
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Netherlands ImKuru 
You know everyone gets to compete at majors?
2018-03-02 19:14
#98
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Netherlands ImKuru 
At least try to qualify
2018-03-02 19:15
#158
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Germany zeolikk 
I guess he means the capacity of teams at the major (only 16) while WESG has 32. Still like majors more because we get to see real competetion and not troll teams like EatMyChips
2018-03-03 12:22
#159
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Netherlands ImKuru 
It’s still a very commercial event in which they try to get other people than csgo fans to watch the major. If the games are boring because a team like EatMyChips competes, that’s not good for viewership and makes the event way longer which they don’t want either
2018-03-03 12:34
#160
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Germany zeolikk 
+1 longer is not always better (hehe)
2018-03-03 12:34
#161
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Netherlands ImKuru 
Exactly, i mean, i don’t have to worry about that (in two ways, hehe), because i’ll watch it anyway, but then i won’t watch everything
2018-03-03 12:35
#163
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Germany zeolikk 
Yup. I will never take my time and watch every single match e.g. I will probably not watch a single map of Group H (ORDER, NOREG, EMC, MAX), while I nearly watched every single map of the major (and got no drop reeeeee).
2018-03-03 13:10
#166
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Netherlands ImKuru 
i got one, during the faze vs c9 final, but it was a RUSH signature so i sold it, i literally would keep it from every player but him
2018-03-03 14:52
#167
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Germany zeolikk 
lmao
2018-03-03 15:12
Could be even better with no nations rules, but still a good event. A lot of oportunities for low tier teams play in a big stage and against good teams. Helps a lot to develop some regions, like africa/middle east and even south america.
2018-03-02 21:19
0/8
2018-03-03 02:49
#157
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
that thai team NSPR had a totally different roster on asians qualys , what is gonna happen then ?
2018-03-03 11:38
#2
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Finland hotdog^ 
nice
2018-03-02 16:34
So EZ for AGO
2018-03-02 17:24
#3
Vietnam Oida 
first
2018-03-02 16:34
#38
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Germany zeolikk 
nt
2018-03-02 16:44
n1
2018-03-02 16:35
#5
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China Captain_TYLOO 
where TYLOO?
2018-03-02 16:35
#26
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Russia shivanutiy 
There is just mononational teams. Tyloo have players from Indonesia and China
2018-03-02 16:38
#33
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China Captain_TYLOO 
Oh... ty... but fucken gg
2018-03-02 16:41
#52
ZywOo | 
France ZywHere 
and poland
2018-03-02 17:06
#57
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Russia shivanutiy 
and Monako
2018-03-02 17:16
#35
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Slovakia Reve_nant 
didnt qualify, lost in round of 16 I think
2018-03-02 16:42
#36
alex_ | 
World ank519 
TYLOO > 2017-2018 = TYLOOOOOOL is not old TYLOO fnatic STYLE beat Navi beat Luminosity ps. i Like oldTYLOO now TYLOO is SHIT!
2018-03-02 16:42
#47
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China Captain_TYLOO 
nope
2018-03-02 17:00
Tyloo lost at quarter final WESG China Qualifier. China region is allocated with 4 spots on this final event.
2018-03-02 17:29
#118
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China Ava1ondraGon 
Ez money for NA/EU team.
2018-03-02 21:59
#135
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United States qkrtz 
Wait if China gets 4 spots why is there only 3 Chinese teams on the list?
2018-03-03 00:52
that prizepool lmao
2018-03-02 16:35
#7
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Brazil Broodht 
Nice
2018-03-02 16:35
subroza abstence again
2018-03-02 16:35
lll
2018-03-02 16:36
#10
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Norway Phancy11 
Ez swole patrol
2018-03-02 16:36
#12
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Argentina damik1ng 
Go Isurus!
2018-03-02 16:36
#13
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Denmark JustYes 
nice
2018-03-02 16:36
first
2018-03-02 16:36
#15
STYKO | 
Poland Skrra 
recca should loan bntet and xccurate to at least advance to the 2nd group stage
2018-03-02 16:36
#140
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Indonesia DezfanzeR 
xccurate will play for recca, this is also would be his last tournament with recca
2018-03-03 02:06
#183
STYKO | 
Poland Skrra 
i thought he would only play for them in the quals, just checked their fb page, anyways. thanks for the info
2018-03-04 18:37
#16
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Malaysia byaIi 
nice one
2018-03-02 16:36
#17
s1 | 
Armenia gr1nch 
ez for teams
2018-03-02 16:37
Wtf katowice RIGGED round??? C9 - Faze OMEGALUL i want my money back
2018-03-02 16:37
#19
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Croatia feelsbadmane 
ez belgium ex6 all the time in the world to make all the fancy strats
2018-03-02 16:37
ez 4 fnatic
2018-03-02 16:37
#21
GuardiaN | 
Europe leevv 
FINALLLYYYYYYY, YEEY, NO VP INVITED HERE
2018-03-02 16:37
#29
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Spain Arnau_Sil 
They didn't qualify, no invites here, everyone qualified lost in EU regional finals
2018-03-02 16:40
well, still no surprise :)
2018-03-02 19:30
almost unbelieveable that these shitters couldnt even qualify even though they just had to make top 3 in their group liquipedia.net/counterstrike/World_Elect..
2018-03-03 00:46
this the best format i think
2018-03-02 16:37
#120
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
This is fast format, not best
2018-03-02 22:36
i would prefer Bo3 but would take too long
2018-03-03 00:20
#23
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Argentina Nauticc 
GO ISURUS
2018-03-02 16:37
#24
rain | 
Argentina cetox_ 
GO ISG
2018-03-02 16:37
Too ez for space soldiers
2018-03-02 16:39
#28
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Lithuania KoksSkirtumas 
1.5m$ , should be good motivation for lower tier teams.
2018-03-02 16:40
#30
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Europe Nagardien 
Wololo
2018-03-02 16:40
FINALLY a tournament with a lot of teams. Nostalgia
2018-03-02 16:41
#37
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Germany grabke 
yes but a lot of trash teams. This event only has a large prize pool the rest is really questionable.
2018-03-02 16:43
back in early-mid 1.6 it was usual with 64 team LANs :p like many of the CPL events. And only bo1 haha. It's not a good system, but it's different from what we have today which is always fun to see
2018-03-02 16:51
#44
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Germany grabke 
yes good some teams are getting a chance. Todays big events are always the same big names.
2018-03-02 16:54
agree. events now are boring . Young people dont know CPL events with 128 teams brackets, good times and best events with many matches and a windows to watch new rising stars.
2018-03-02 20:41
#121
Zeus | 
Russia Klugervl 
open quals for major has 128 or 256 teams
2018-03-02 22:38
+1 favourite event of 2018 inc
2018-03-03 00:45
#32
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Spain Arnau_Sil 
Ez wololos <3
2018-03-02 16:41
#34
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Denmark Zorrondo 
run isurus TOP 1 SA ez tbh
2018-03-02 16:44
lol 800k for winner from t10 event. i guess easy money for sk fnatic or c9
2018-03-02 16:45
this is like old WCG, i like this kind of a tournaments. When we can see lower tier teams playing and maybe we see some good new players who knows :)
2018-03-02 16:47
#55
L.K.S | 
Turkey xAiakos 
wesg 2016 was t20 btw
2018-03-02 17:12
wtf denmark didn't have any spots in wesg?
2018-03-02 16:53
#66
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United States pieceofpi 
They did have teams at the EU and CIS finals, but north and astralis didn't try qualifying
2018-03-02 17:25
what about heroic?
2018-03-02 17:39
They have moddi Who is swedish
2018-03-02 17:42
ah yes forgot about that
2018-03-02 17:43
#43
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Argentina luchinade 
#GoIsurus
2018-03-02 16:54
nv to play 4v5? xD Ex6's chance to prove he's not washed up completely
2018-03-02 16:55
#46
Magisk | 
United Kingdom tr4c 
So easy for The Onliners
2018-03-02 16:58
#48
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Brazil TEUS1 
Onliners in lan LUL
2018-03-02 17:01
#49
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World nakTriceps 
300k for the SECOND PLACE. omfg!
2018-03-02 17:03
Parralax and order both have sico ?
2018-03-02 17:04
Ez 4 swole patrol
2018-03-02 17:05
#53
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Brazil sant1[v] 
zeus makeloff edward nostalgic af
2018-03-02 17:08
Markeloff is back to main awp too HOLY FUCK
2018-03-02 18:02
It will be cool to see if the Ukraine/RU teams can find sucess.
2018-03-02 17:09
#68
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United States pieceofpi 
Ukraine is very good actually. I expect them to at least make the quarterfinals
2018-03-02 17:26
#56
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Russia RoneEZ 
ez s1mple 1vs120
2018-03-02 17:14
CSGO TI , ez for SK
2018-03-02 17:20
Easy money for SK
2018-03-02 17:20
#61
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Ukraine c63 
ez Ukraine
2018-03-02 17:20
Why only 1 nationality allowed? Quite silly IMO.
2018-03-02 17:25
#70
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United States pieceofpi 
Think of it this way: it's like the World Cup or the Olympics
2018-03-02 17:27
But they're still representing individual teams, not their countries. There is a world cup type thing but it's a whole different organisation.
2018-03-02 17:29
#85
cyx | 
China kazuk1 
like WCG
2018-03-02 17:56
Each team has players of one nationality. So they ARE representing their countries. And an international team in this event would be fucking stupid. The whole point is to promote esports to Olympic level.
2018-03-02 18:04
ez 4 EMC and NSPR
2018-03-02 17:26
When will the groups be announced
2018-03-02 17:27
who is scream gonna play for envy or belgium ?
2018-03-02 17:29
#76
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Europe p1peb0mb 
belgium
2018-03-02 17:32
#78
device | 
China pwd1218 
belgiym. rule is that team members must from the same country, and he already played for belgium in the eu finals.
2018-03-02 17:37
#73
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Spain akproxx 
Easy wololos
2018-03-02 17:29
hainan is a beautiful island, should be a great venue for sure
2018-03-02 17:31
Very expensive
2018-03-02 21:07
If the prize pool are so big (1,5 mil$!?), why isnt teams like Astralis, FaZe, G2, Liquid etc not in this tournament? Also, how come there is a mixture between national teams like ''Ukraine'' and ''Belgium'' and the regular like SK and Cloud9? Thanks in advance.
2018-03-02 17:34
I think astralis was getting ready for the major when the european qualifers happend
2018-03-02 17:38
And faze is an international team and in this tournament all members should be from one country . Just like olympics since the goal of wesg is to promote esport and list it as a game in the olympics
2018-03-02 17:40
Okay, thank you for your response. I just find it odd that teams like North, Astralis, G2 etc with all homegrown teams hasnt even tried qualifying when the avg. strength in the teams are weaker and prize pool higher than in a Major eg.
2018-03-02 19:35
believe me major has more than a prize pool if we count the sticker money if they get top 8 in major people would buy their stickers in order to play the pick em challenge and they would get more money and also would get legend status is more important than 800k
2018-03-02 19:37
This is an Olympic level event. Can't have international teams. This is where true homegrown teams can shine
2018-03-02 18:01
#107
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Slovakia Reve_nant 
Like others said. teams must consists of players from one nation. Also, Astralis, G2. North and NIP were at Blast Pro Series during EU qualifier, so they couldnt compete.
2018-03-02 20:10
Astralis, North, NiP and G2 all prefered to play shit event BLAST instead of the WESG EU+CIS finals. North, NiP and G2 got 4-6th in BLAST 4Head
2018-03-03 00:44
#82
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Brazil vinnyzeraNTC 
''The tournament, which will be hosted by Alisport and Haikou's Municipal People's Government...''' Communist event DansGame
2018-03-02 17:41
Envyus fifth? Loan out kennyS? Since g2 isn't in this event?
2018-03-02 18:02
#93
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Turkey tulpar 
I think fifth will be sixer or xms
2018-03-02 18:36
#89
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China RoyZhang 
Ez money Welcome to China
2018-03-02 18:03
#91
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Brazil demonao 
$800,000 .. WOW!
2018-03-02 18:22
#92
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Argentina roulettesoad 
easiest 800k for ocean
2018-03-02 18:35
eziest 800k in SK's life OmegaLUL
2018-03-02 18:48
Damn 800k SK=Rich Team
2018-03-02 18:59
Go! Isurus! <3
2018-03-02 19:26
C9 vs SK finals.
2018-03-02 19:46
no mouz no competition
2018-03-02 20:16
1st
2018-03-02 20:59
w0lol0sssss
2018-03-02 21:00
To ez for ss
2018-03-02 21:23
Viva Algeria xDD - they have one more fan !
2018-03-02 23:45
#123
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France Deadfish 
this is true major looked like.
2018-03-02 23:51
ez FNATIC,only team i see winning this right now considering SK's form
2018-03-03 00:21
#126
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Europe Markss 
EZ FOR WOLOLOS
2018-03-03 00:23
#127
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United States Venom_ 
Fnatic sk and C9 are all the teams I can see winning this
2018-03-03 00:23
#128
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Norway riSmArk 
This is the first time i've seen a team from Japan
2018-03-03 00:34
#129
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Brazil hugoooo 
Way better than last year, some decent teams: SK, c9, fnatic, SpaceSoldiers, AGO, EnVy, BIG and GODSENT. Ukraine and Russia can upset too.
2018-03-03 00:40
#156
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
ukrain and spanish team did great at EU finals
2018-03-03 11:35
GO ISURUS FFS
2018-03-03 00:46
Wait, what? There's 2 Sicos... 1 in ORDER another in parallax.
2018-03-03 00:53
#154
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
he is from new zeland, so he is going to play for parallax i think
2018-03-03 11:33
#138
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Brazil EWRO 
fnatic or Ukraine gonna win, maybe Russian can reach the semi
2018-03-03 00:56
#142
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Iceland Negr0CS 
Ez pz wololos
2018-03-03 03:11
Go Isurus! Argentina supporting!
2018-03-03 04:53
EZ 4 SK in CSGO World Cup, after all, it's the same format as the World Cup
2018-03-03 05:13
#145
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United States y0rk 
Swole Patrol vs Cloud9 Grand Final
2018-03-03 07:40
Ez 4 Faze
2018-03-03 07:49
#150
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
No FaZe in this tournament
2018-03-03 08:20
ez 4 eat my chips
2018-03-03 07:52
that's a lot of money for sure, bigger prize pool than major
2018-03-03 08:05
#149
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Hong Kong DIshsoap_OW 
It sucks that G2 doesn’t have a spot
2018-03-03 08:11
#152
rain | 
Norway Warerks 
Why is this bigger than the major?
2018-03-03 08:46
#155
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
The Onliners roster ?
2018-03-03 11:34
#165
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Canada lethal_cs 
Can't find anything on them. I'm sure it'll be formed before this event. No promising how good they are.
2018-03-03 14:29
#162
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Uzbekistan STRIKERWWW 
lol no NiKo rip
2018-03-03 12:56
#168
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Argentina kratoS_fsa 
moose, effys,vSa.. nad subroza + gMd dodge the lan
2018-03-03 17:21
sadly no one can watch with the time :(
2018-03-04 15:28
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