NG, HZ, Team LZ, ZIGMA advanced to Funspark ULTI 2021 Season 1

by Juandi

NG Esports, Huat Zai, Team LZ, and ZIGMA punched their tickets to Funspark ULTI 2021 Regional Series Asia Season 1 following their run at 5E Arena Open Season 1 Southeast Asia.

NG Esports, Huat Zai, Team LZ, and ZIGMA have all secured themselves spots in the first season of the US$60,000 Funspark ULTI 2021 Regional Series. They became the latest teams to qualify after finishing in the top four standings of the 5E Arena Open Season 1 Southeast Asia Playoffs.

The Southeast Asian CS:GO scene in the past months saw several organizations pull out for various reasons, including Paper Rex, Bren Esports, and Beyond Esports. However, the presence of Funspark ULTI in the Southeast Asia region just gave a second wind for the scene to once again recover to the level where players’ regeneration is a thing and the number of professional teams competing is acceptable for a region to be called competitive enough.

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The playoffs of 5E Arena Open Season 1 Southeast Asia took place between March 25-26 featured many exciting teams, including NG Esports, ZIGMA, and Huat Zai. The event offered 4 spots in the Funspark ULTI 2021 Regional Series Asia Season 1 and a total of US$5,000 prize pool divided for all of the teams competing.

NG Esports continued to dominate Southeast Asia

On their way to the final, NG Esports overcame Sherma (Vertigo 16-2, Inferno 19-16), and ZIGMA (Nuke 16-11, Mirage 16-11), while Huat Zai took down darkside and survived a close series against TeamLZ in the semi-finals. Asking Questions got knocked off by Team LZ (formerly known as Beyond Esports), while ZIGMA took down Expendables (formerly known as Bren Esports) in the process to make it to the semi-finals.

The playoffs became another proving ground for all teams competing, especially Huat Zai, Expendables, and ZIGMA, who have undergone player changes since eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 Southeast Asia Playoffs. There was not much competition between January to March outside of the ESEA Season 36 Open APAC league. The “Asian FaZe” squad were crowned champions of the qualifier after defeating Huat Zai in the grand final 2-1 (Vertigo 9-16, Nuke 16-13, Mirage 16-5). Hyun-Pyo “XigN” Lee and Anthony “ImpressioN” Lim were able to deliver a 1.22 average rating across three maps in the grand final.

With 5E Arena Open Season 1 Southeast Asia behind us, here is how the team list for Funspark ULTI 2021 Regional Series Season 1 looks:

🇨🇳 Wings Up🇨🇳 After Gaming
🇨🇳 Invictus Gaming🇲🇳 Checkmate
🇨🇳 LVG🇲🇳 Renewal
🇨🇳 Let’s Quit🇲🇳 D13
🇨🇳 TaiChangGui🌍 NG Esports
🇨🇳 Newhappy🇸🇬 HZ
🇨🇳 Reece🇹🇭 Team LZ

5E Arena Open Season 1 East Asia final standings:

1st🌍 NG EsportsUS$2,000 + Spot
2nd🇸🇬 HZUS$1,000 + Spot
3rd-4th🇹🇭 Team LZUS$600 + Spot
3rd-4th🇹🇭 ZIGMAUS$600 + Spot
5th-8th🌍 darksideUS$200
5th-8th🇸🇬 Asking QuestionsUS$200
5th-8th🇵🇭 ExpendablesUS$200
5th-8th🇹🇭 ShermanUS$200
* Spot = Qualified for Funspark ULTI 2021 Regional Series Asia Season 1

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