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CS:GO Asia Championships

The CS:GO Asia Championships is set to start in Shanghai, China.

Valentin Gustafsson
Freelance Esports Writer
18th Nov, 2019·☕️ 6 min read
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The CS:GO Asia Championships is set to start in Shanghai, China. We have all the information you need about the tournament and the teams, including some tips for betting.

Competition Information

CS:GO Asia Championship is organized by Perfect World, which is the publisher for CS:GO in China. The tournament will take place at the Jing’an Sports Center in Shanghai and $500,000 will be up for grabs for the eight teams in the competition. Seven of the teams were invited, and the final spot was filled through a Chinese qualifier.

The format is the commonly used GSL system, with two groups of four. The winner of the group will advance directly to the semi-finals, whereas the team finishing in second and third place will advance to the quarter-finals. The team finishing last is eliminated from the competition. The groups are as follows:

Group A

  • 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses
  • 🇫🇷 G2
  • 🇧🇷 MIBR
  • 🇨🇳 TYLOO

Group B

  • 🇰🇿 AVANGAR
  • 🇫🇮 ENCE
  • 🇪🇺 mousesports
  • 🇨🇳 ViCi

CS:GO Asia Championships starts November 20 and the winner will be crowned November 24.

The Current Season

Evil Geniuses

Evil Geniuses
Record: 55 / 1 / 25
Most Played Map: Dust2 (77.8%)
Best Map: Inferno (82.4%)
Worst Map: Overpass (40.0%)

Odds: 2.50

Evil Geniuses have dropped down to #2 in HLTV’s world rankings after going out in groups at IEM Beijing earlier this month. Prior to that, the North American side was on an excellent run of form with wins at StarSeries & I-League Season 8 and ESL One New York. The likes of Brehze and CeRq have been nothing short of excellent for EG during this stretch. Ethan continues to be wildly inconsistent, but we saw how high his peak form is at StarSeries where he was the MVP for his side. EG are big favorites to win this event, and deservedly so in my opinion.

TYLOO

TYLOO
Record: 18 / 0 / 19
Most Played Map: Inferno (55.6%)
Best Map: Dust2 (71.4%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (0.0%)

Odds: 65.00

TYLOO had a disappointing showing at IEM Beijing earlier in the month, where they got swept by both EG and Vitality. However, domestically they continue to show their dominance by stomping their Chinese rivals, ViCi, in the final of eXTREMESLAND 2019. Despite having an all-star roster of sorts, TYLOO just haven’t looked at all dangerous against international competition. In fact, I would argue that previous iterations of this roster had more upset potential despite not having the same star power. Their lack of a main AWPer might be what is bringing them down, as they haven’t found a suitable replacement for xccurate who was booted off the team back in June.

ViCi

ViCi
Record: 20 / 0 / 10
Most Played Map: Inferno (75.0%)
Best Map: Overpass (100.0%)
Worst Map: Mirage (40.0%)

Odds: 100.00

ViCi are coming in as the tournament’s biggest underdog at current odds of 100.00. ViCi were able to steal a map from ENCE at IEM Beijing, but that probably says more about ENCE’s current form than anything else. With the exception of Kaze who is an excellent player, ViCi doesn’t quite have the same type of individual quality of their Chinese counterparts, TYLOO. However, they have an experienced in-game leader in advent and we have seen some innovative stuff coming out of ViCi at times. With that said, it would be a miracle for ViCi to get anything done at this tournament.

AVANGAR

AVANGAR
Record: 27 / 0 / 22
Most Played Map: Dust2 (61.5%)
Best Map: Dust2 (61.5%)
Worst Map: Vertigo (33.3%)

Odds: 20.00

Ah, yes, it’s Jame time! AVANGAR returns after a rather poor showing at StarSeries where they dropped games to FURIA and G2. Since then, they have mostly been playing in the rather stacked European season of Mountain Dew League as well as some local qualifiers with mixed results. At odds of 20.00, AVANGAR are coming in as the highest-priced European team at the event. With their recent results in mind, it is hard to argue against AVANGAR being a big underdog here. However, the number on offer isn’t bad by any means. Personally I would rather put money on AVANGAR at this number than ENCE at 4.00.

mousesports

mousesports
Record: 63 / 0 / 31
Most Played Map: Inferno (68.4%)
Best Map: Nuke (75.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (60.0%)

Odds: 5.00

This mousesports roster has been together for quite a while now with not much to show for. They most recently bombed out of StarSeries with losses to North and fnatic and I am really starting to wonder if this lineup might have run its course by this point. The talent on this roster is undeniable, but the results just haven’t been there, unfortunately. If mousesports cannot get a result soon then you would expect a roster move to be on the cards for 2020.

ENCE

ENCE
Record: 8 / 2 / 15
Most Played Map: Dust2 (20.0%)
Best Map: Nuke (50.0%)
Worst Map: Inferno (0.0%)

Odds: 4.00

ENCE had another hugely disappointing showing at IEM Beijing, where they went out after getting destroyed by 100 Thieves twice. They were even on the ropes against ViCi in the elimination match and just about managed to push it to a decider after losing Inferno to the Chinese side. There is no doubt that the removal of in-game leader Aleksib was a terrible move for ENCE, but it is almost hard to believe that they would be this bad. The competition isn’t the strongest at this event, so ENCE really should have a chance of getting a result here, but I would never bet a dime on ENCE at the current odds on offer.

G2

G2
Record: 18 / 0 / 13
Most Played Map: Dust2 (77.8%)
Best Map: Dust2 (77.8%)
Worst Map: Overpass (25.0%)

Odds: 11.00

G2 picked up the Serbian duo of huNter and nexa back in October and they have looked quite promising since doing so. They definitely have the skill to go up against just about anyone but the question surrounding this team has always been the communication aspect. We rarely see French players branch out and make international rosters due to the language barrier. However, if they could get past that there is no question that this roster has some crazy upset potential.

MIBR

MIBR
Record: 19 / 2 / 13
Most Played Map: Mirage (45.5%)
Best Map: Train (100.0%)
Worst Map: Overpass (33.0%)

Odds: 7.00

We most recently saw MIBR at StarSeries & i-League Season 8 where they went out in 5–6th place after losses to fnatic and Renegades. fer and kNg have looked quite good for MIBR so far, but they will really need FalleN or LUCAS1 to step up if they want to win tournaments. MIBR really should be going into this tournament with hopes of making the final, as EG is the only real favorite here.

Betting Tips

In my opinion, Evil Geniuses are the clear favorites to win this event. Most of the other teams have struggled recently, and if I would bet a favorite it would be EG. But with the odds on offer, I would much rather take a stab on a team lower down the board as the second spot in the final is completely up for grabs in my opinion.

The team that stands out to me is G2. Skillwise, only really EG and mousesports can rival them and I think they make a solid bet at odds of 11.00. The same goes for AVANGAR who I think are decent value at odds of 20.00.