April 19, 2024
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Philippines’ very own TNC Pro Team breaks through to the playoffs of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) CS:GO 2018 Global Final after getting a draw against China’s 5POWER, 1-1 (16-6 on Inferno and 13-16 on Dust 2).

Earlier today, they played against Team Ukraine, where they lost 0-2 (14-16 on Dust 2 and 14-16 on Cache). This was followed by a match against Hongkong’s ENZO, where they got their first series victory (16-6 on Inferno and Overpass).

Ukraine’s win against ENZO (16-7 on Train and 16-5 on Mirage) in the very last match of the group stage proved to be the turning point as it allowed TNC to finish second place in their group.

The group stage format was a best-of-two single round robin bracket, where all teams have to play each other once.

From there, the top two teams of each group will go to the playoffs, where all matches would be in the single-elimination, best-of-three format.

Teams will be fighting for the lion’s share of the $890,000 prize pool (P46.5 million), with the breakdown as follows:

1st Place: $500,000
nd Place: $200,000
rd Place: $100,000
th Place: $50,000
Quarterfinalists: $10,000

The group stage was held at the Athestel Hotel Chongqing, while the playoffs will be played at the Chongqing Olympic Sports Center.

They will need to win one more series in order to get into the prize pool. Familiar names such as Brazil’s MIBR and Sweden’s Fnatic are also participating in the said tournament.

This is the first time that a Filipino CS:GO team has reached the playoffs of the WESG CS:GO Global Finals.

TNC, along with Alpha Red, is one of two Southeast Asian teams that remain in the competition as of press time.

Vietnam’s Revolution and Malaysia’s FrostFire were both eliminated in the group stage.

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