Regardless of that, we have some really exciting match-ups in store for us. Let’s have a look at the groups and how they could play out.
Group A has plenty of young blood. Chosen5 is a budding team from Jordan. The middle-eastern region of this continent has produced some pretty talented teams before. Chosen5 carry the hopes of their nation to make a dent in Asian scene and prove their potential. The same can be said for Portal from Pakistan and Order from Australia. This tournament is the crowning jewel in their careers so far. They all will be trying to make a name for themselves.
Shadowing tall over the younglings are two heavyweights of the continent. Fire Dragoon from Malaysia will be playing with their coach Aiman ‘aimaNNN’ Azham for this tournament. This reinforcement from FDG will be met with fury by MVP PK, who are also in top form right now. To compare head-to-head, FGD lost to MVP PK 16-3 the last time these two had a faceoff at IeSF World Championship. However, back then, FGD was playing with a few players from Orange Esports and not their original line-up. Will FGD extract sweet revenge against MVP PK with their main team this time?
Group B is equally interesting. The second gladiator from down under is Control. These Aussies come into the arena carrying stars in their eyes along with the Iranian team Leopard. The third new entrant is Team Wolfhound from Turkmenistan. Finally, amongst the new entrants is the Chinese giant New4. Unfortunately, their deeds have been overshadowed by those of TyLoo and Flash Gaming. Since none of the two teams are in this finale, New4 have a chance to shine on behalf of their country. They have been coming in top 8 for whichever tournament they attend but are yet to bring home a trophy. Luck seems to be favoring them as they currently seem to be the strongest team in their Group. But we never know what surprises the new entrants will bring with them.
Parallax are a top contender from New Zealand. They have made a pretty notorious reputation for themselves in the Oceania region and will now try to break into the ranks of top Asian teams.
Group C is technically what we’d call the group of death. BOOT DS is one the favourites to win this tournament. 2017 has been a good year for BOOT DS under the coaching of the legendary Fnatic superstar, Harley 'dsn' Orvall. They have beaten ViCi and Recca in the past. They have had their glory moments like the qualification to Dreamhack and ZOWIE eXtremesland, but have been shaky for the remainder of the year. They often missed out by very close margins against Tyloo. That means if they qualify here, ViCi Gaming will start to sweat.
NSPR has beaten some pretty solid teams like MiTH, BeyondMaple and Signature in their home country to get here. Meanwhile, SZ Absolute are inconsistent, but still seem strong enough to take the slot to the World Finals. They beat star teams like Flash and The MongolZ, but they lost against GameTV 16-6 at ASUS ROG Masters LAN last year. And of course, just like any spicy tournament, GameTV have to be in the same group as them.
Group D is a turf war between Recca and Mineski. Recca is missing their big gun Hanzel ‘ BnTeT’ Ferdinand; who is arguably the best player in Asia. Hopefully, the new line up with Kevin ‘Eeyore’Gunawanm will be stable enough for the tournament. UTM is at threat from both Recca and Mineski. They had draws against them both, and even lost to Mineski 2-0 recently. UTM’s only notable achievement last year would be their 3rd-4th place finish at ROG Masters last year. They will need to step up if they want to survive.
The funny thing here is that Mineski too, finished 3rd-4th at ROG Masters; but their recent victory against UTM means they aren’t at the bottom of the pile. Mineski finished 9th-12th at WESG last year, means they will try their hardest to get through the group stage this time.
EMC is a relatively newer team which not a lot of people know about. They aren’t any shortages on surprises though. Back in 2016, they were able to get a map win against Mineski.
MAX is the last Chinese team in the tournament. Just a couple of weeks ago, they were beaten by Recca at Douyu CS:GO cup, and must face the same terror again. Though they are not the strongest Chinese team here, they have occasionally taken maps against Flash Gaming. If they can pull of something like that, they might have a chance to get through this group.
The tournament starts on 11th January 2018 and boasts of a $92,500 prize pool and 6 slots to the WESG World Finals. ViCi Gaming has already secured their position at the World Finals. Which 6 teams will join ViCi at the World Championship?
Catch all the action at www.twitch.tv/wesg_csgo and stay tuned for more updates.