Global eSports fight hard at ESL One Cologne 2019 - Asia Open Qualifier featuring their new lineup

Aditya Singh Rawat

16th, Apr, 2019

Cover Image Courtesy: Global eSports

The first Asian Open Qualifier for ESL One Cologne 2019 started yesterday with 50 teams participating in the event for a chance to qualify onto the Asian Closed Qualifier.

The event followed the classic single elimination best-of-one format with the exception of semifinals and the finals which will be following a three-match series.

After a long day of multiple quick and intense CS:GO matches the four teams that made it to the semis were Alpha Red, EHOME, Team Maple and BTRG.

The four teams have already been set up for their respective matches, winners of which will qualify onto the Finals while also making their way into the Closed Qualifier.


The Lone Contender

Global eSports was the only team from India that took part in this qualifier. The team fielding an all Indian side were able to make their way to the top 16 but failed to find their way past EHOME.

The GE line-up for the qualifier was as follows,

  • Bhavin ‘HellrangeR’ Kotwani

  • Rahul ‘T1to’ Sridhar

  • Tejas ‘Rexy’ Kotian

  • Vishal ‘haivaan’ Sharma

  • Saharyar ‘BaDman’ Shaikh

This was Global eSports first qualifier since the departure of the Polish duo of kamil and Zorineq. The line-up featured the three new players that have just been signed by the organization.

The team looked quite strong in their opening match against GaminHub defeating them by a score of ‘16-11’ on Mirage but the lack in experience caught them trailing behind EHOME on Inferno as they lost by a score of ‘16-5’.

GE performed decently considering that the newly announced roster was playing together for the first time in a major qualifier. The organization that were previously trying out things and was in an experimental phase have finally locked down in an all Indian roster and are focussed on working towards building a stable team.

Dr Rushindra Sinha, CEO & Founder Global eSports went on to say that,

We are proud to have an all Indian roster and are looking to grow our local talent instead of outsourcing that job. We may change our minds in the future but currently, we want to concentrate our resources on providing everything we can to our fresh lineup to succeed no online but on a global scale.”


Antidote Benched

Global eSports announced last night via their Facebook page that Antidote has been benched and will not be a part of their active roster effective immediately.

They went on to state that the changes they are implementing are just the first in a string of changes to come. Dr Rushindra Sinha, CEO & Founder Global eSports, made the following statement,

“There is a lot to come in the next few weeks from Global eSports.”


The current GE line-up is the work of Rahul Hinduja, COO Global eSports. He has personally picked each player and will be looking over their training and growth. The roster is as follows,

  • Rahul ‘t1to’ Sridhar

  • Tejas ‘Rexy’ Kotian

  • Bhavin ‘HellrangeR’ Kotwani

  • Saharyar ‘BaDman’ Shaikh

  • Vishal ‘haivaan’ Sharma

  • Sabyasachi ‘Antidote’ Bose [Benched]


Also read the interview with Global eSports,

MewMents with Catslayer - Episode 6: Global eSports


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