Update: ELEAGUE 2018 Asian Minor

by Ruben Backx

B.O.O.T-dream[S]cape Replace ViCi Gaming at the Asia Minor

The ELEAGUE Asia Minor is fast approaching, with less than a week remaining before its start on the 26th of October in Seoul, Korea. However, there have been some bumps in the road leading up to the tournament.

The absence of qualifiers has caused a lot of controversies. CSGO2ASIA, representing the Asian community,  wrote an open letter to Valve to show how this decision hurts Asian Counter-Strike more than it benefits it, yet no response has been received. All spots have been determined through invites.

These invite-only event has now been hit by another curveball as ViCi will not be able to attend due to visa issues, a reoccurring theme with teams in Asia. Instead, B.O.O.T-d[S], one of the proponents of the open letter, will be taking the place of ViCi.

Members of the community have sarcastically commented on the situation:

The method used to determine the replacement for ViCi as well as the method used to select all the invites remains unknown, but hopefully this opacity by ELEAGUE can be used as a learning experience to ensure the next Asian Minor, and gives an equal chance to all Asian teams.

The addition of B.O.O.T-d[S] means the eight invited teams are now:

  • TyLoo
  • Flash
  • B.O.O.T-d[S]
  • MVP PK
  • The MongolZ
  • Renegades
  • Tainted Minds
  • Kings
Along with the updated team list, the groups, as well as the opening matchups, were also revealed. The groups are:
Group A Group B
Australia Renegades China TyLoo
Australia Kings China Flash
Korea MVP PK Singapore B.O.O.T-d[S]
Mongolia TheMongolz Australia Tainted Minds

The group stage will be played using the GSL system, the opening matches and winner’s matches are BO1’s. Then, the elimination and decider matches will be BO3’s. The format for the playoffs remains unclear, and will be confirmed closer to the starting date.

The opening match-ups are:

Day 1 (Group A)

  • Renegades vs. The Mongolz
  • Kings vs. MVP PK

Day 2 (Group B)

  • TyLoo vs. Tainted Minds
  • Flash vs. B.O.O.T-d[S]

Cover photo courtesy of HLTV.org

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