ROG Masters APAC 2021 Announced

by Juandi

ASUS ROG has revealed the first details about the ROG Masters APAC 2021. With $36,000+ on offer, this is the first ROG Masters event in more than three years.

The last ROG Masters was held in 2017, which featured more than 500 registered teams across 13 country-based qualifiers. The CS:GO APAC final was won by 5POWER Gaming, who was able to beat Australia’s Grayhound Gaming at SMX Convention Center, Philippines. The return of ROG Masters in the last three years has been long-awaited by many CS enthusiasts across Asia. The announcement of ROG Masters APAC 2021 will help revive the esports scene in various countries where Riot’s VALORANT has overshadowed CS:GO since late last year.

Given the global health situation, the organizer has decided that the 2021 edition of the ROG Masters APAC will be held entirely online. The event will feature three stages over the course of two months, accommodating 15 qualifiers across major Asia-Pacific countries:

🇦🇺 Australia🇰🇷 South Korea
🇯🇵 Japan🇭🇰 Hong Kong
🇮🇳 India🇱🇰 Sri Lanka
🇧🇩 Bangladesh🇵🇭 Philippines
🇰🇭 Cambodia🇲🇲 Myanmar
🇹🇭 Thailand🇻🇳 Vietnam
🇮🇩 Indonesia🇸🇬 Singapore
🇲🇾 Malaysia
Source: Official ASUS ROG Press Release

Registration and Format

Registrations will open from February 8 to 28. The competition will kick off with the country qualifiers, which will start in the last week of March, all the way to the last week of April 2021, with a varying date for each country’s qualifier. Professional teams across the region will automatically be placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from every country to get through the qualifiers and meet the country finals’ pro teams.

Over the next months (each country’s qualifier date may vary), qualifiers will be held in 15 different countries to determine the 16 teams representing the country in APAC finals. It has been acknowledged that the country finals will be streamed on ASUS ROG’s official YouTube and Facebook page. As we get closer to the start of the qualifying process, CSGO2ASIA.com will provide more details about the tournament’s system.

For teams interested in participating in the national qualifiers can head over to the official ROG Masters APAC 2021 website. Further details regarding the registration process, rules, and regulations will also be announced soon.

Qualifiers and Prizes

The US$32,600 will be distributed among the national finals and regional (APAC) finals. Each national qualifier will have its own prize pool distribution and seems likely to have the same amount of prize across each qualifier. Meanwhile, Malaysia and Singapore qualifiers have announced that the prize pool for the national finals will be distributed in the following way:

  1. US$800
  2. US$400

While the qualification process has not been revealed yet, teams will also fight for US$15,000 at the APAC finals. The prize pool for the ROG Masters APAC 2021 finals will be distributed in the following way:

  1. US$10,000
  2. US$3,500
  3. US$1,500

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Cover photo courtesy of ASUS ROG

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