Last year, the tournament was tailored exclusively for Asia. This year however, the organizers have decided to turn up the heat and go cross-continental.
ROG Marketing Director, Derek Yu, states:
“For over a decade ROG has been committed to providing the most innovative hardware to gamers worldwide, and last year we offered the gaming community an opportunity to live their esports dream by launching the first ever ROG Masters. Thanks to extremely positive feedback, ROG Masters returns this year as a global affair, inviting pro teams and amateur players from over 30 countries across five continents.”
Running from June to November, the ROG Masters will encompass over 30 countries worldwide and have four different stages, in order to cater to both professional and up-and-coming teams.
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This year's format consists of four phases.
PHASE 1: Open Qualifiers – Select countries across APAC, EMEA and Americas will have their own national qualifiers. For those countries that do not have a specified national qualifier, there will be a regional (continent wide) qualifier. 12 teams from APAC, 12 from EMEA and 8 from Americas will qualify for the second phase. 1 chinese team will be selected from a specified tournament which will be disclosed later.
PHASE 2: Regional Qualifiers – Out of the 12 teams that made it into the second phase (8 teams for Americas), 1 winner will make it to the third phase.
PHASE 3: Regional Finals – For APAC and EMEA – 8 teams (regional qualifier winner + 7 invited teams) will fight for 2 slots in the grand final. For America and China – 4 teams (regional qualifier winners + 3 invited teams) will fight for 1 slot in the final.
PHASE 4: Grand Finals – A total of 6 teams - 2 teams from APAC, 2 from EMEA, 1 from Americas and 1 from China will compete for the Grand Prize!
The dates of the tournament are yet to be announced. We will keep you updated as things emerge.
Last year, the tournament featured a prize pool of $150,000 for DOTA2 and $50,000 for CS:GO. This year, the prize pool is bigger and is equal for both the titles.
Team Secret won the DOTA2 tournament, whereas The MongolZ had a flawless run on the CS:GO side last time. Will they be able to continue the same dominant run this time, now that the stakes are higher?
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(Also Read : Indian teams might have missed out on a shot to qualify for an upcoming Chinese Dota 2 LAN)
However, Entity Esports caused some massive damage on the DOTA2 side before finally losing to Execration. Aggressive5 lost out pretty early in the tournament.
You can find a detailed report about India’s performance in the event here - http://afkgaming.com/articles/india-and-uae-at-the-rog-masters-main-event-kuala-lumpur