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World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 CS:GO Tournament Preview

By Default Admin
on Dec 29, 2018

World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) 2018-2019 is an upcoming esports event that brings together a large number of teams and offers tournaments in multiple categories. This article deals with the CS:GO competition and its top contenders.

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 offers a prize pool of $890.000 for each of its tournaments and is scheduled to take place in Chongqing, China between March 10th – 16th. So in total, we will have a full week of action and a lot of CS:GO betting opportunities along the way.

WESG CS:GO Participants

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 will be attended by 32 teams. That alone should give you an idea of just how massive this event is going to be. However, these are not standard teams, but national ones instead.

Each roster is made up of players of just one nationality. This creates a tricky situation simply because some of the world’s best CS:GO teams already have players of a single nationality. Consider Astralis or North for instance, who would demolish all opposition at an event like this.

I say “would” because neither of them is on the list at this point, although there are still 4 participants to be unveiled. These are the directly invited competitors and I’m extremely confident that Astralis and North will be among them. Ninjas in Pyjamas and Fnatic are the other two obvious options.

These are the participants that have already qualified for World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019:

  • Team Russia
  • Team1
  • AGO Esports
  • Valiance
  • G2 Esports
  • OpTic Gaming
  • ENCE eSports
  • Movistar Riders
  • Windigo Gaming
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Team Singularity
  • Altima
  • Imperial e-Sports
  • Furious Gaming
  • Isurus Gaming
  • CyberZen
  • ALPHA Red
  • TNC Pro Team
  • Revolution
  • FrostFire
  • MVP PK
  • BigTime Regal.Hong Kong
  • Chiefs eSports Club
  • NASR eSports
  • Viva Algeria
  • Bravado Gaming

Among these, the following are serious contenders:

  • Team Russia
  • AGO Esports
  • G2 Esports
  • OpTic Gaming
  • ENCE eSports
  • Ghost Gaming
  • MVP PK
  • Chiefs eSports Club

Apart from these teams, the 4 directly invited ones will certainly be among the strongest at this event. And in light of those 4 teams that have not yet been revealed, I would categorize the ones mentioned above as being tier 2 competitors in terms of strength.

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 Prizes

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 offers a massive prize pool of almost $900.000. The money will be divided among the best 8 participants in the following way:

  • 1st place: $500.000
  • 2nd place: $200.000
  • 3rd place: $100.000
  • 4th place: $50.000
  • 5th – 8th place: $10.000

Everyone else goes home empty handed. This practically means that 75% of the teams get no money for competing in the event. I’m not sure if it’s a good idea but it will definitely increase the hype during the Playoffs, because the prizes reserved for the teams that qualify for that stage are substantial.

WESG Event Format

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 is likely to use the same format that was used at its previous editions. This means that the 32 teams will be divided into 8 groups of 4. The top 2 teams from each group advance to the next phase, consisting of 4 groups of 4. Again, the top 2 teams from each group move on.

The Playoffs Stage consists of 4 Quarterfinals, 2 Semifinals, 1 3rd Place Match and 1 Grand Final. All matches will be Bo3 during this stage.

Most Important Candidates (The MVPs)

These are the most important competitors at World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, with the exception of the 4 tier 1 teams that are yet to be announced.

Team Russia

Team Russia finished 3rd at the previous edition of World Electronic Sports Games. And no wonder, since the CIS region is one of the strongest in the world in CS:GO. This year we’re likely to see another good performance from this team, whose players are all veterans with a wide range of achievements.

  • Dosia – currently playing for Gambit Esports
  • flamie – currently playing for Natus Vincere
  • hooch – currently playing for Gambit Esports
  • WorldEdit – currently playing for Winstrike Team
  • seized – currently playing for UnderPressure, former Na’Vi and Gambit player

AGO Esports

AGO Esports is one of the strongest teams in Poland and their results in 2018 were absolutely impressive for a tier 2 competitor (globally) that has been trying to break into the tier 1 division since its inception.

AGO ESports CSGO roster

Some examples of excellent results in 2018 are the following: 2nd place at China Top 2017 Shenzhen, 1st place at ESEA Season 26: Global Challenge, 1st place at Play2Live Cryptomasters, 3rd place at StarLadder & ImbaTV Invitational Chongqing 2018, 1st place at OGA Counter PIT, 3rd – 4th place DreamHack Open Montreal 2018, 2nd place at ESL Pro European Championship 2018, 3rd – 4th place at TOYOTA Master CS:GO Bangkok 2018 and 1st place at Polska Liga Esportowa S4 Grupa Mistrzowska.

In particular, at the previous edition of World Electronic Sports Games, AGO Esports finished 5th – 8th. Going into this edition, we expect them to get a similar result.

G2 Esports

G2 Esports had a disastrous season in 2018, going from being a decent tier 1 team to struggling even against tier 2 teams. Their story has been similar to that of Virtus.pro and the organization ended up changing 3 members of the team, including the coach. SmithZz, Ex6TenZ and NiaK were replaced by Lucky, JaCkz and maLeK (new coach).

G2 Esports at the FACEIT Major London

It is not yet clear whether G2 Esports is better off with this new roster, although their success in the qualifiers for World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 should give their fans a glimmer of hope. Two other things that give us confidence in this new line-up are its recent results in tier 1 competitions: 7th – 8th place at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals and 2nd place at PLG Grand Slam 2018.

Going into World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, we expect G2 Esports to get a 5th – 8th place result. Perhaps kennyS can carry his team to a higher level, but it’s not very likely. In fact, G2 should be happy with a Quarterfinals presence given the fact that they dropped an enormous number of positions in global rankings in 2018.

OpTic Gaming

This is a competitor with a lot of potential and very few results to speak of in 2018. However, these results came in recent months, so the team’s current form is certainly good. If OpTic can maintain their level of skill and possibly get even better, than this team has a real chance of finishing in the top 8 at World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019.

Optic Gaming cajunb at the StarSeries i League CS GO Season 6

ENCE eSports

This is a very strong team with a lot of impressive results in 2018, including a tier 1 tournament title. ENCE eSports finished 7th – 8th at ESL One: Cologne 2018, 1st at ASUS ROG Finnish Championship 2018, 2nd at DreamHack Open Montreal 2018, 1st at StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6, 1st at Assembly GameXpo 2018 and 1st at DreamHack Open Winter 2018.

Ence CSGO team 1

As you can see, a lot of good results were obtained by ENCE in the 2018 competitive season and this positions them among the main 6-8 contenders at World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019. We fully expect ENCE to get at least a Quarterfinals participation and possibly even more than that.

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