The Asia Minor leading up to the second Major of 2018 is about to start, so we have prepared a viewer's guide with all the information you need to know to watch the $50,000 tournament.
The third Minor of the FACEIT Major circuit will kick off on Monday with eight teams squaring off for two spots at the next $1 million Valve-sponsored event plus their share of a $50,000 prize fund.
Visa issues forced Signature to miss the event and will see several other teams field stand-ins in London, including the Thai team's own replacement, BOOT-d[S], who will be travelling to the UK with Leslie "Bobosaur" Soen instead of Alikhan "w1nt3r" Kopzhanov.
VG.Flash, one of the favourites heading into the event, will not be able to field their full line-up either after YuanZhang "AttackeR" Sheng sustained a foot injury playing basketball, with coach Zhenghui "z8z" Liu replacing him in the starting line-up.
The eight competing teams have been drawn into two double-elimination groups, featuring best-of-three matches in the lower bracket. The top two teams from both groups will advance to the double-elimination, best-of-three playoffs.
Below you can find the group draw in full:
The complete schedule for this five-day competition looks as follows:
Wednesday, July 18
09:00 - Upper bracket semi-final #1 | BO3
12:15 - Upper bracket semi-final #2 | BO3
Thursday, July 19
09:00 - Upper bracket final | BO3
12:15 - Lower bracket final | BO3
Friday, July 20
09:00 - Consolidation final | BO3
12:15 - Grand final | BO3
Taking viewers through the action on the English stream will be a seven-man team including the winners of the ECS Community Caster Challenge, Adam "Dinko" Hawthorne and Alexander "Hawka" Hawkins, Tres "stunna" Saranthus as host and Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill as analyst.
The complete on-air team for the event looks as follows:
Tres "stunna" Saranthus - Host
Chad "SPUNJ" Burchill - Analyst
Sudhen "Bleh" Wahengbam - Analyst
James Bardolph - Commentator
Daniel "ddk" Kapadia - Commentator
Adam "Dinko" Hawthorne - Commentator
Alexander "Hawka" Hawkins - Commentator
The prize distribution for the Minor is the following:
1. - $30,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
2. - $15,000 + spot in New Challengers Stage
3. - $5,000