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ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND Asia Finals 2018 – Viewer’s Guide

by Alex Deng

CSGO2ASIA have compiled all the information you need to know for one of the largest tournaments in the Asian CS:GO circuit – ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND 2018 Asia Finals – which will be held in Shanghai, China from October 18-21.

Fifteen teams from the Asia-Pacific region will duke it out for the lion’s share of the $100,000 USD prize pool. It was revealed last Thursday that Turkish representatives Royal Bandits would not be able to attend the Chinese event due to visa issues. The organizers confirmed that there will be not enough time to find a replacement, and will continue with the current participants.

The current reigning champions are Flash Gaming consisting of former TYLOO duo Yulun “Summer” Cai and YuanZheng “AttackeR” Sheng, who won the 2017 edition. The Chinese side will be defending any potential threats to their throne, with South Korea’s MVP PK and Australia’s Chiefs top contenders for this years trophy.

The teams have been split into the following four groups:

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
5POWER 🇨🇳Chiefs 🇦🇺MVP PK 🇰🇷B.O.O.T-d[S] 🇸🇬
NASR 🇦🇪Beyond 🇹🇭Frost Fire 🇲🇾TNC 🇵🇭
SCARZ Absolute 🇯🇵Flash Gaming 🇨🇳OpTic IndiaXCN 🇮🇩
D13 🇲🇳Sad Story 🇹🇼Revolution 🇻🇳

The GSL group stage format will consist of best-of-one opening and winners’ matches on the initial day, followed by best-of-three elimination and decider matches on the second day.

The top two teams from each group will advance to the best-of-three, single-elimination playoffs. All four quarter-final series will take place on Saturday, while the semis and grand final will be held on Sunday.

READ HERE: Insights Toward a Better Asian CS:GO Scene in 2018

The full schedule (in SGT) can be found below:

Thursday, October 18
11:00 – 5POWER vs. D13 | BO1
11:00 – NASR vs. SCARZ Absolute| BO1
12:30 – Chiefs vs. Sad Story | BO1
12:30 – Beyond vs. Flash | BO1
14:00 – MVP PK vs. Revolution| BO1
14:00 – FrostFire vs. OpTic India| BO1
15:30 – BOOT-d[S]vs. XCN | BO1
15:30 – Royal Bandits vs. TNC | BO1
17:00 – Group A Winners’ Match | BO1
17:00 – Group B Winners’ Match | BO1
18:30 – Group C Winners’ Match | BO1
18:30 – Group D Winners’ Match | BO1

Friday, October 19
10:00 – Group A Elimination Match | BO3
10:00 – Group B Elimination Match | BO3
13:00 – Group C Elimination Match | BO3
13:00 – Group D Elimination Match | BO3
16:00 – Group A Decider Match | BO3
16:00 – Group B Decider Match | BO3
19:00 – Group C Decider Match | BO3
19:00 – Group D Decider Match | BO3

Saturday, October 20
10:00 – Quarter-final #1 | BO3
13:00 – Quarter-final #2 | BO3
16:00 – Quarter-final #3 | BO3
19:00 – Quarter-final #4 | BO3

Sunday, October 21
11:00 – Semi-final #1 | BO3
14:00 – Semi-final #2 | BO3
17:00 – Grand Final | BO3

The prize distribution will be the same as previous years, as follows:

1st – $40,000
2nd – $20,000
3-4th – $8,000
5-8th – $4,000
9-12th – $1,000
13-16th – $1,000

This year tournament also marks the first time CSGO2ASIA will be sending a three-man crew to an event. So make sure to follow our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for the latest updates, content, and interviews.


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