The Mongolian government strongly opposes esports and games; it even restricts the game time of players in the Internet Cafes by law. Due to the restrictions of law, the pressure from parents and the elders, and the lack of social recognition, it is fair to say that Mongolian esports environment isn’t conducive.
Out of the population of 3 million, approximately 50,000 - 75,000 are interested in CS:GO – in other words, only 1.6% of the population! But the competitive spirit of the game has an irresistible appeal to the Mongolians. The last two years witnessed an explosive growth in the number of gamers!
TheMongolZ - rising against all odds
Harsh circumstances can’t defeat dreams and persistence. Tuvshauskas – a businessman in the construction industry decided to form a CS: GO team out of his own interest in the game. After several rounds of recruitment, he finally formed The MongolZ in May 2015; and the team went on to make a notorious reputation for themselves across Asia soon after.
Due to the discouraging circumstances in the country and poor ping in-game, Tuvshauskas took it upon himself to establish a training base for the team in Vietnam. At that time, he fulfilled the roles of manager and the coach single-handedly. With hardcore practices every day and constant tussles against Asian heavyweights, the overall level of The MongolZ rose rapidly.
TheMongolz winning IEM Tapei
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The team got its first big break in 2016 when it won IEM Taipei and got a chance to participate in the IEM World Championship. They did not fare well at the global stage, but they managed to make a name for themselves and won everyone’s hearts, thanks to their strong display of individual skill.
After tasting defeat at the major, The MongolZ were due for a lineup change. Enkhtaivan "Machinegun" Lkhagva caught the eye of the North American team Splyce. He left Mongolia in hopes of getting more experience and turning himself into a better player. With the loss of Machinegun, the squad struggled to find their form. In eXTREMESLAND Asia Open 2016, they choked and finished 4th.
TheMongolz at eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia Open
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Once again, the lineup change ghost was back to haunt them after the loss. The team recruited two new members, Kabal and element. This move too, did not work in their favor, resulting in elimination from various tournaments.
On the other side of the planet, Machinegun too wasn’t performing as well as his American comrades expected him to. After 5 months in the West, Machinegun elected to return to his home soil.
Enkhtaivan "Machinegun" Lkhagva
(Image credits: HLTV.org)
We believe that the return of Machinegun will increase the firepower of The MongolZ exponentially and we will see some great Counter-Strike from their end. eXTREMESLAND CS: GO Asia Open – Mongolian division begins on August 12th. Tune in to see them in action.