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The Middle East Qualifier for eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia 2019 is about to start in a couple of days time. The top two teams from the qualifier will be making their way through to the Main Event being held in Shanghai, featuring a total prize pool of $100,000.
Schedule and Venue
Friday, 27th September - Saturday, 28th September
The matches will be taking place from 15:00-22:00 hrs on 27th September and from 10:00-22:00 hrs on 28th September.
Exile Gaming, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Format and Teams
The Middle East Qualifier will have a total of eight teams take on each other for two slots to the main event. Out of these eight teams, NASR eSports is the only direct invite with the remaining seven teams making their way through the various regional qualifiers.
The eight participating teams will be divided into two groups of four teams each. Both these groups will be following a best-of-one GSL format and the top two teams from each group will make its way through to the playoffs.
Group - A
Group - B
Portal Esports Blue
The playoffs will feature a single-elimination best-of-three format, with the two teams making their way through the semifinal match-up qualifying for the main event.
NASR eSports - Returning Flag Bearers
NASR eSports, who were the Middle East representatives last time around have earned a direct invite yet again and seem to be the most promising candidate out of the eight participating teams.
Last year, NASR had to settle for a second-place finish after losing to MVP PK. With a purpose to lift the trophy this time, the boys will be determined to settle the score and make its way to Shanghai.
Demise - The Experienced Hunters
This team has some really experienced players under its name. With three players having loads of experience playing in the EU region, the team is a very strong contender to take a slot and head over to Shanghai for the main event.
The Turkish organization has a good combination of firepower, experience and individual prowess to tame the toughest of teams. The addition of a good coach bolsters them all too well, let’s wait and see if they can make their region proud.
Top 5 - Dark Horses
With most organizations and teams from last time not being present in the current iteration, Top 5 seems to be a consistent presence from Kuwait. The team is certainly not the same with only t0tt1 & hoveRR still being a part of the line-up, the intention surely does remain the same.
How much damage these dark horses make is yet to be seen. It will be interesting to see how they match up against the firepower and talent that the other teams bring along.
This is all the information one needs to get up to speed with all the action that will be taking place in Dubai as the Middle East qualifier kicks off this Friday on 27th September. Follow AFK Gaming on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for all updates from the event.