CS:GO Asia Championships 2018 viewer's guide
With the CS:GO Asia Championships about to start, we have put together a viewer's guide with all the details you need to know regarding the event.
Held at the Yuanshen Gymnasium, in Shanghai, from June 14-18, the CS:GO Asia Championships will feature eight top teams, who will battle it out for their share of the $300,000 prize pool.
The tournament will kick off with a best-of-three double-elimination group stage. The teams that finish in first place will advance directly to the semi-finals, while the second and third placed squads will duke it out in the quarter-finals. The playoffs will consist of a single-elimination, best-of-three bracket.
Natus Vincere and Ninjas in Pyjamas headline Group A, with VG.Flash and Envy rounding up the group. The French side will be fielding two stand-ins, Alexandre "xms" Forté and Christophe "SIXER" Xia, in lieu of Vincent "Happy" Schopenhauer and Cédric "RpK" Guipouy.
Group B sees the return of Ruben "RUBINO" Villarroel to Heroic after a period on the sidelines. The Nordic team will be joined by Virtus.pro, TYLOO and the new MVP PK roster, featuring rising talent Seon-Ho "xeta" Son, in Group B.
Below you can find the groups in full:
|Group A||Group B|
|Ninjas in Pyjamas||MVP PK|
Here is the complete schedule for the event:
|Thursday, June 14|
|04:00||Natus Vincere||vs. Envy||BO3|
|07:00||Ninjas in Pyjamas||vs. VG.Flash||BO3|
|10:00||Group A winners' match
|13:00||Group A elimination match
|Friday, June 15
||vs. MVP PK||BO3|
|10:00||Group B winners' match
|13:00||Group B elimination match|
|Sunday, June 17
|13:00||Team East||vs. Team West||BO1|
|Monday, June 18|
The on-air broadcast team features some of the most familiar faces in the scene, including Paul "ReDeYe" Chaloner as host, and a renowned trio of analysts in Duncan "Thorin" Shields, Sean "seang@res" Gares and Joona "natu" Leppänen. Two casting pairs and one observer round out the list, which looks as follows:
Paul "Redeye" Chaloner - Host
Duncan "Thorin" Shields - Analyst
Sean "seang@res" Gares - Analyst
Joona "natu" Leppänen - Analyst
Anders Blume - Commentator
Halvor "vENdetta" Gulestøl - Commentator
James Bardolph - Commentator
Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator
Efren Chuong - Observer
Finally, the $300,000 prize pool will be distributed among the eight teams as follows: