ZOTAC Cup Masters viewer's guide

With action in Hong Kong set to kick off tomorrow, we've compiled all the information you'll need to enjoy the first event of the season.

Boasting a 300,000$ prize pool, the ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 Grand Finals will take place from August 24-26 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center.

The event will feature eight teams in a single elimination bracket, with all games except the grand final being best-of-threes. The match to crown the champions will be a best-of-five.

MIBR will start things off in Hong Kong against Flash

MIBR are the highest-ranked team at ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 at #7, as well as the favourites to win it. It will be their first LAN event after adding Janko "YNk" Paunović as their new head coach. Also present in Hong Kong are OpTic who have shown that they are a force to be reckoned with when they manage to utilize the talents of their young stars Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke and Jakob "JUGi" Hansen, recently qualifying for the FACEIT Major after taking second place at the EU Minor.

Having added Michał "snatchie" Rudzki after losing Janusz "Snax" Pogorzelski to mousesports, Virtus.pro will look to do damage and prove that they can turn things around after many months of dissappointing results. TYLOO are also a team to watch, the Chinese recently qualifying for the Major and reaching the grand final of IEM Shanghai 2018.

The full team list for ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 is as follows:

Brazil MIBR (invited)
Denmark OpTic (invited)
Poland Virtus.pro (invited)
China TYLOO (invited)
China Flash (invited)
Canada Ghost (Americas qualifier)
Poland Kinguin (EU qualifier)
Korea MVP PK (Asian qualifier)

Below is the schedule for the event:

Friday, August 24

04:35 - China TYLOO vs. Poland Kinguin | BO3
08:10 - Denmark OpTic vs. Canada Ghost | BO3
11:55 - Korea MVP PK vs. Poland Virtus.pro | BO3
15:35 - Brazil MIBR vs. China Flash | BO3

Saturday, August 25
10:30 - Semi-final #1 | BO3
14:00 - Semi-final #2 | BO3

Sunday, August 26
10:30 - Grand final | BO5

To guide you through the action, Conner "Scrawny" Girvan and Hugo Byron will cast the games, while the desk will feature Pala Gilroy Sen as host and Mohan "launders" Govindasamy as an analyst.

The talent lineup for ZOTAC Cup Masters is:

United Kingdom Pala Gilroy Sen - Host
Canada Mohan "launders" Govindasamy - Analyst / Commentator
Canada Conner "Scrawny" Girvan - Commentator
United Kingdom Hugo Byron - Commentator

Poland Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Michał 'snatchie' Rudzki
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
853
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.68
APR:
0.09
Denmark Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Jakob 'JUGi' Hansen
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
875
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.61
APR:
0.10
Serbia Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Janko 'YNk' Paunović
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.97
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.67
DPR:
0.70
APR:
0.13
Denmark Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Kristian 'k0nfig' Wienecke
Age:
22
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.08
Maps played:
1051
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
Poland Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Janusz 'Snax' Pogorzelski
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1602
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.13
#1
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United Kingdom iMarbot 
lol should be ez for MIBR, but we all know it won't be...
2018-08-23 14:47
#5
kissmyass | 
Denmark raaVz 
ez 4 MIBR
2018-08-23 14:48
hello
2018-08-23 14:48
xd
2018-08-23 14:48
#17
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Poland @Fridzu 
USiBR in 2018 xD
2018-08-23 14:54
If MiBR need to have only brasilians, NIP should wear pijamas? Cloud9 should be clouds?
2018-08-23 18:41
#79
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Poland @Fridzu 
Yes.
2018-08-23 19:23
LEL. So you should be a men? Kappa
2018-08-24 01:20
#84
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Poland @Fridzu 
no
2018-08-24 01:35
Mousesports should use original xbox controllers
2018-08-24 01:21
ez for vp you mean
2018-08-23 15:47
#66
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Poland v1straliZZ 
Vp ez top 2 expected...
2018-08-23 16:11
Lol
2018-08-23 14:47
#3
kissmyass | 
Denmark raaVz 
lol
2018-08-23 14:47
EZ FOR VP
2018-08-23 14:48
#15
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
+1
2018-08-23 14:53
+1
2018-08-23 15:41
#7
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Malaysia byaIi 
MIRB first win in this year ?
2018-08-23 14:48
They won another tourney against 3 tier 2 or 3 teams a while back. The final was against avangar.
2018-08-23 15:16
#33
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Malaysia byaIi 
so MIRB is now tier1
2018-08-23 15:16
Yes they still are a great team. I feel like people call them tier 2 just because they are not in their form anymore. They still have a lot of fire power so yes, they are.
2018-08-23 15:22
#81
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United Kingdom galaxzy 
they are tier 2 lol
2018-08-23 22:34
GL
2018-08-23 14:48
#59
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Hong Kong big_D_danny1 
are you gonna watch live?
2018-08-23 15:52
Sure4freeman
2018-08-23 15:55
#63
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Hong Kong big_D_danny1 
nice
2018-08-23 15:56
mibr #1 fallen MVP mark my words
2018-08-23 14:49
#13
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Poland vzk 
VP #1 Snatchie MVP mark my words
2018-08-23 14:52
#16
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
+1
2018-08-23 14:54
after this you probably have to wake up
2018-08-23 15:10
#41
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Czech Republic QuertyX 
-99999999999999999999999999999999999999
2018-08-23 15:28
nt prokda
2018-08-23 15:35
#54
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Czech Republic QuertyX 
nt Oil kingdom
2018-08-23 15:43
love u
2018-08-23 15:45
#80
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Czech Republic QuertyX 
thx
2018-08-23 21:34
#69
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
Reported
2018-08-23 16:29
hello Mr Arjen Robben
2018-08-23 16:39
#40
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Czech Republic QuertyX 
+3
2018-08-23 15:28
#68
Thorin | 
Netherlands RafV 
+1
2018-08-23 16:29
#27
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
+1
2018-08-23 15:04
ez $$$ for OpTic
2018-08-23 14:49
#12
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Brazil Charizaldo 
ez mibr
2018-08-23 14:51
#14
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Brazil RicMor 
Mom, in the heaven has bread?
2018-08-23 14:53
#18
Snax | 
United Kingdom LFX 
GOGOVP
2018-08-23 14:54
#19
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Belgium 69Savage 
Optic will take this, danish CS too strong
2018-08-23 14:54
ez vp MIRB no chance
2018-08-23 15:01
#25
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Im in a doubt. Wiich team will come to the final alongside with mibr? VP? Or optic? Im cheering for optic
2018-08-23 15:03
#26
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Brazil ragemasterBR 
Im in a doubt. Wiich team will come to the final alongside with mibr? VP? Or optic?
2018-08-23 15:03
#29
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Hong Kong MannaharaHK 
Bought all 3 days tickets LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
2018-08-23 15:10
#60
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Hong Kong big_D_danny1 
jealous af :P
2018-08-23 15:53
#34
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Indonesia DezfanzeR 
Ez TyLoo Ez goblok..
2018-08-23 15:17
Ghost a dark horse with the new German pick up. Do not underestimate them.
2018-08-23 15:17
#36
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Brazil vass28 
gl cold and fallen
2018-08-23 15:20
should be easy for optic. most skilled lineup at the event 4 sure
2018-08-23 15:24
#67
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Israel nukero 
they're gonna lose first match against Subroza - first lan spinbotter
2018-08-23 16:24
ez for flash out first
2018-08-23 15:24
#52
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Poland KubelakK 
Time for Snatchie to shine and for VP to show up!
2018-08-23 15:38
#57
Aleksib | 
Europe KRiSEF 
wtf is this shit talent
2018-08-23 15:50
#61
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Hong Kong big_D_danny1 
never heard of these talents..
2018-08-23 15:53
#58
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Romania skymeisteRr 
Vp vs mibr în finale
2018-08-23 15:51
GL VP
2018-08-23 16:03
Optic vs MIBR Finals Anything thing else is a major disappointment
2018-08-23 16:37
#72
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Indonesia n0val 
vp is underdog
2018-08-23 16:59
#73
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Brazil P4uloVisk 
ezz MIBR
2018-08-23 17:02
Ghost win it all confirmed
2018-08-23 17:08
ez4Kinguin
2018-08-23 17:15
Ez for tyloo maybe
2018-08-23 17:58
Kinguin vs VP ez
2018-08-23 19:03
#85
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Korea Kinopio 
GL MVP PK I HOPE MVP WIN ANY WESTERN TEAM
2018-08-24 06:40
#86
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Nepal Avhy 
Ty.
2018-08-26 10:46
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