First off, a big thank you to the South Asian CS:GO community! The amount of interest shown by players from the region to come and play in our India Divisions far exceeded our expectations.
The inaugural season in our India Divisions will go live at midnight 2 October (Singapore time) with a ₹10.000 prize pool in both Division 1 and Division 2 respectively.
As we’re now entering our first real season, let us take a moment to go over the issue with players experiencing high ping on one of the Mumbai IPs and how we are working on fixing the issues.
When playing in the India Divisions, the FACEIT server IPs were previously starting with one of the three following strings of numbers: 185, 34 or 35. The 34 and 35 IPs seem to be fine, while the IP starting with 185 was the IP that caused problems for people outside of India due to bad routing.
FACEIT has now disabled the machine with the 185 IP. This should solve a lot of the ping issues that people have reported, but we will keep on monitoring the situation throughout the season.
If you’re still experiencing bad ping on Mumbai servers, please visit this page to submit a ticket!
While in the midst of launching the Indian Divisions and all the added work that comes with trying to help new players understand how CAL works and ensure that they get a good start in our league, we also had a highly competitive season going on in our SEA Divisions. Or well, in 2/3 of our SEA Divisions at least. Division 3 saw its 38th Season end without a single game played. This is obviously alarming. We tried to work with a focus group in Division 3 a while back to get new insights on why people are not queening and what we can do from our end to combat the lack of activity. The verdict is in – we need more drastic measures. So, back to the drawing board, we go. But rest assured we’re not done with you yet… Division 3.
On a more positive note, Division 1 and Division 2 were really active and competitive. And we don’t think that will change for our next season, with ZOWIE‘s gaming monitors still featured as top leaderboard prizes!
Grassroots V and The CAL Aim Challenge.
In October we hosted two fun events: Grassroots V and The CAL Aim Challenge. The CAL Aim Challenge was won by 🇷🇺 sstiNiX, who also spearheaded 🇷🇺 BornInTheEast‘s winning run in Grassroots V.
Even with the CS:GO Major going on at the same time as Grassroots V, we had quite a few people tuning into our stream to watch the games, which was heartwarming to see. Scrappy Asian CS:GO over Major CS:GO, anyone?
The big issue with Grassroots right now is the amount of BYEs/WOs that are awarded due to teams not showing up. We will discuss a solution to this internally and hopefully have a fix in place before the next Grassroots Cup, which will be taking place later this year.
You Can Only Win A ZOWIE Monitor Once!
If a player that won a ZOWIE monitor in Season 35, 36 or 37 does end up at the top of the leaderboard in either Division 1 or Division 2 in Season 38, we will simply swap the leaderboard prizes for the champion and the runner-up, awarding the monitor to the runner-up and the best cash award to the winner (who already won a ZOWIE monitor). Division 3 will not be affected by this rule and players are allowed to win back-to-back seasons and receive multiple ZOWIE EC3-C mice.
Also, we would like to remind everybody that the rule of a minimum of ten games played to be eligible for any leaderboard prize that we introduced in Season 35 is still present. Subscribers will still get on leaderboards after just playing one game, so don’t get too excited if you end up winning Division 3 having only played 9 games. Sorry my friend, no ZOWIE EC3-C for you.
A Word About Our Sponsor – ZOWIE!
ZOWIE was founded at the end of 2008. It is a brand dedicated to the development of professional esports equipment. At the time of its debut, there were only three hardworking employees and one product. As there was no “esports” back then, ZOWIE had spent a lot of time gathering, listening, and engaging with competitive gamers/players on the internet, forums, and gaming communities worldwide. That got them into the world of esports.
Fast forward to today, and the BenQ ZOWIE XL series monitors are the most popular gaming monitors to professional gamers around and adopted by world-class tournament organizers globally. It’s not because of the latest technology, or the cheapest price. It was all because of the product’s meticulous design approach, with real players’ insight, development, and testing.
Learn more about ZOWIE here.
Season 37 (October 2021) SEA Division Winners:
Division 1 Winners
|1||🇲🇾 Anasasis||1,632||ZOWIE XL2756K|
Division 2 Winners
|1||🇮🇳 5m0ke_cs||1,474||ZOWIE XL2411K|
Division 3 – Not Enough Games Played For Prize Eligibility
Pre-Season Launch (October 2021) India Division Winners:
Division 1 Winners
Division 2 Winners
The CAL ZOWIE Grassroots V Prize Winners
|2||🌏 Headshot Esport||$150|
The CAL ZOWIE Aim Challenge
|1||🇷🇺 sstiNiX||ZOWIE EC3-C|
Prizes for Season 38 (November 2021)
Division 1 - Season 38 Leaderboard Total = ZOWIE XL2546K + US$200 1st - BenQ ZOWIE XL2546K 240hz Esports Monitor 2nd - US$ 150 3rd - US$ 50 Division 2 - Season 38 Leaderboard Total = ZOWIE XL2411K + US$150 1st - BenQ ZOWIE XL2411K 144Hz Esports Monitor 2nd - $100 3rd - $50 Division 3 - Season 38 Leaderboard Total = ZOWIE EC3-C + US$100 1st - BenQ ZOWIE EC3-C Mouse 2nd - $75 3rd - $25 India Divisions Division 1 - Season 1 Leaderboard Total = ₹10000 1st - ₹6000 2nd - ₹3000 3rd - ₹1500 Division 2 - Season 1 Leaderboard Total = ₹10000 1st - ₹6000 2nd - ₹3000 3rd - ₹1500 See the leaderboards for more details.
A full changelog for CAL Season 38 can be found below:
CAL Season 38 - November 2021 Updates General - Updated league site (league.csgo2asia.com) - Updated prizes in Division 1 - Updated prizes in India Divsions SEA Division 1 - ZOWIE XL2546K instead of ZOWIE XL2746K as the top prize SEA Division 2 - No changes SEA Division 3 - No changes India Division 1 - ₹10.000 prize pool & 100k FACEIT Points India Division 2 - ₹10.000 prize pool & 100k FACEIT Points CAL Clan - No changes