Warriors Gaming Unity and 5Power Club emerge as champions of the Asia Pacific Region in the ROG Masters Regional Finals.
The ROG Masters is distinct in that it offers an opportunity for amateur teams to make a name for themselves not only in a single game, but two. Over the course of four days, eight teams battled it out for Dota2 and CS:GO, with the top two of each tournament earning their spots in the ROG Masters Main Stage. Although the amateur teams ultimately fell against the pros, they still showcased their talents, enough for scouts to spot them if ever they’re worthy of a spot in a professional organization.
For Dota2, Execration and WG.Unity earned their respective spot, joining Team Empire, PENTA Sports and CDEC Gaming. WG.Unity impressed in their fantastic run at the APAC Finals, going all-out without dropping a single game, showing how strong this newest roster of the old Malaysian organization is. They beat Execration in a very decisive fashion in the Grand Finals, 2-0. This came after they also beat TNC Pro Team 2-0.
Meanwhile in CS:GO, 5Power Club and Grayhound Gaming will move on to the Main Stage of the tournament. Grayhound showed a strong performance in the tournament by going 2-0 in all of their matches on the way to the Finals, but the Chinese team beat them in the Grand Finals 2-1. They will be joining Tyloo, mouseports and Gambit Esports in the Main Stage.
After the Americas Qualifier determines the sixth and last team joining in the tournament this November, everyone will be heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for the World Finals. The culmination of a year’s worth of qualifiers will be on December. A cumulative total of $475,000 (Php23,750,000) cash prize will be at stake in both the CS:GO and Dota 2 tournaments.
ROG Masters, with all of its prestige and stiff competition, is neither a Minor or Major tournament in the Dota 2 Professional Circuit. However, in a press conference held during the event, ASUS PH Systems Group Country Manager George Su expressed Asus ROG’s interest in elevating the status of the ROG Masters even more in the future. Even though the ROG Masters isn’t assured yet to achieve this status next year, they expressed the company’s interest in achieving that status to bring in even more competition and excitement for their fans.
Neutral has been playing video games since he was a little kid. He started being competitive when he and his brother would bet favors for each other depending on who wins at the PS2 game Naruto Shippuuden. Recently he has been playing Dota2 and Animal Crossing on his revived 3DS. It is his dream to be part of the formation of the eSports version of UAAP through UP Gaming Guild’s Impetus Intercollegiate Dota2 League.
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