Upcoming major tournaments
ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 is a $300,000 championship that will be hosted on August 24-26.
About the tournament and the organizer
ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 will take place in Hong Kong on August 24-26. This event will become the first in the new CS:GO season. Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center will be a venue for ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018.
The company ZOTAC is a manufacturer of computer products for gamers, which, as a result, has become an organizer for CS:GO championships. Cup Elite eSports Arena 2017, the previous tournament by ZOTAC, was small enough and its prize pool amounted only ~$14,500. Considering the leap made by ZOTAC in terms of organizing, the next tournaments by this company can be expected to be big and interesting enough.
Eight participants will divide the prize pool in a Single-Elimination bracket, missing the group stage. The teams will not have a right to make a mistake as each match will be an elimination match. All matches will be hosted in a bo3 format except the grand final. The final series will be carried out in a bo5 format.
About the participants of ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018
ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 will consist of eight teams, including MIBR, OpTic Gaming, TyLoo, Virtus.pro, Flash Gaming, MVP.PK, Ghost Gaming, and Team Kinguin. Five of them have received direct invites, while the rest of the teams have had to pass regional qualifying rounds. MIBR, OpTic Gaming, TyLoo, Virtus.pro and Flash Gaming received direct invitations. MVP.PK, Ghost Gaming, and Team Kinguin were not so lucky. MVP.PK prevailed in the Asian qualifiers, Ghost Gaming passed the American qualification and Team Kinguin became the best team that competed in the European qualifying stage. Let’s remind that initially, the list of invited teams included Team Liquid, the strongest team in North America, however, the representatives of Liquid decided to pull out of the tournament and their place was taken by OpTic Gaming.
The prize pool
The prize pool of ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018 will amount $300,000. A winner will earn the main money prize in the sum of $200,000. A team that places second will earn $60,000 for their efforts and participants that hold the 3rd-4th places will receive consolation prizes in the sum of $20,000. Teams that lose the first matches and place 5th-8th will leave the tournaments with nothing.
The coverage of the tournament
The notorious Pala Gilroy Sen will be a host of the championship. Mohan “launders” Govindasamy will analyze the upcoming matches. It’s worth to notice an interesting fact that launders’ usual role is casting. He will make a debut as an analyst at ZOTAC Cup Masters 2018. Hugo Byron and Conner “Scrawny” Girvan will cast matches. The natives of Hong Kong, Pak “Poheart” Hang Tsang and Dennis “CaptainAllen” Pau will be in the role of observers.