In the dusky Bengaluru weather, the stage was set at The Lalit for an enticing Finale of the ASUS ROG Masters South Asia tournament, for Dota 2 and Counter Strike: GO. The teams were in, so were the spectators, in rather large numbers. The cheer was loud, throughout. The live commentators embraced the crowd, and added their own lively twists to create a special atmosphere,
There were participants from various countries in the South Asia region. There were cosplayers. There was high-tech gizmo. SLI laptops. VR. Multi-display 4K gaming. GSYNC. Add to that, a decent supply of free Red Bull. It was all a gamer could have asked for.
The audience was glued to the massive LEDs broadcasting the intense battle between the teams, who were sitting focused and unfazed on either side of the stage.
It was all worth it.
India has never seen an Esports event like this one, that’s for sure.
The CS:GO finals lived up to the hype. The matches were very tight, and the tables were turning every now and then, to a nerve wrecking experience for the players and the spectators alike. In the end, it was Entity Gaming who’s nerves were unshaken. The team went on to being crowned the South Asia CS:GO champions. For Dota 2, it was Team Signify who won the finals. Both the teams will now head to Thailand in November for the Grand Finale, where they have a shot at the $500,000 prize pot.
It wasn’t a straight forward journey for the South Asia Finals participating teams. The winners battled in the Offline and Online India Qualifiers to reach this stage. Both the winning teams also received prize money of INR 3,00,000 each.
These teams will represent India at the ROG Masters Grand Finale in November. We at iLL will be surely rooting for them!