The ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 is taking place online this time around due to the global health situation because of which it has been divided into 5 different regions. Already Oceania, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia regions have completed their regional tournaments; crowning VERTEX Esports Club, Paper Rex, BL4ZE Esports, and Wings Up Gaming as their respective champions. With the bulk of competition behind us, the last leg of the tournament still awaits as the Middle East regional event remains to be played out over the course of this weekend. But before we settle down to witness the action, let’s take a look back at all the seasons of ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND that have taken place so far.
ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND since its very first international season in 2016 has included the Middle East qualifiers as a part of their tournament. Over the years this particular qualifier has steadily grown to slowly add more CS:GO teams from the neighboring countries. Here is a quick rundown of the past seasons and what awaits us this time around.
eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS:GO 2016 - Middle East
The very first international season witnessed Risky Gaming qualifying for the main event through the Middle East qualifiers. The qualification process was simple as four teams were directly invited for the qualifier to go against each other in a single-elimination format. Each match was a best-of-three series and Risky Gaming dropped just one map on their way to the main event.
eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS:GO 2017 - Middle East
The 2017 Middle East qualifiers featured a total prize pool of 10,000 AED ($2,720 USD) with 6 participating teams taking on each other in a single-elimination format. Every match was a best-of-three series and this time it was the regional favorites NASR Esports who qualified for the main event without dropping even a single map.
eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia CS:GO 2018 - Middle East
The third season of the annual tournament observed a huge change in the qualifying process as teams from different countries had to win their local qualifiers to compete in the main Middle East qualifier. A team each from Lebanon, Kuwait, Pakistan, Jordan, and 2 from UAE made their way to the Middle East qualifier where they were joined by two more CS:GO teams.
Once again NASR Esports was the team to qualify for the main event after they left all the regional teams in the dust. They became the first team from the Middle East to successfully go to Shanghai two years in a row.
eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Asia 2019 - Middle East
The Middle East qualifier once again repeated the same qualifying process but this time only one team from each country made their way to Dubai. NASR Esports was obviously a direct invite but this time they failed to qualify despite the Middle East region being granted two slots to Shanghai. The teams that qualified for the main event were Demise and YaLLa Esports.
eXTREMESLAND Festival 2020: Middle East
The playoffs stage is all set for the Middle East qualifier which will be taking place over the course of the coming weekend. 4 direct invites will go up against 4 qualifying teams for a $1,500 USD prize pool. It is going to be an interesting affair with the winning team joining the other four regional champions as the winner of this tournament.
Let’s see who comes out on top as the champions of the region, which is a golden opportunity for the teams to shine and claim the title of being the best CS:GO team from the Middle East region.