CS:GO Asia Championships Preview: Format, Participants and Favorites

Posted on November 15, 2019 - Last Updated on September 26, 2022

CS:GO Asia Championships (CAC) is an upcoming tournament scheduled to take place in Shanghai, China between November 20th – 24th. The event is one of massive importance, not only for the Asian pro scene but also for the game as a whole.

With $500.000 in prizes and eight of the world’s best teams in attendance, CAC will provide an excellent show as well as numerous esports betting opportunities for those who like to bet on CS:GO.

CS:GO Asia Championships Format

CS:GO Asia Championships takes place in two stages. For the Group Stage, the teams will be split into two groups of four. Each of these groups will be played in a double-elimination format (GSL). Every match is Bo3. The winners advance to the Semifinals. The 2nd and 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals. In the Playoffs, all matches are Bo3 and the format is single-elimination.

CS:GO Asia Championships Participants

CS:GO Asia Championships brings together eight teams.

  • ENCE
  • Evil Geniuses
  • G2 Esports
  • MIBR
  • mousesports
  • ViCi Gaming

Most of these teams are among the world’s best. In particular, AVANGAR is one of the finalists from the last Major, Evil Geniuses is the 2nd best team in the world after Astralis in the global rankings, mousesports, ENCE, G2 and MIBR are occupying positions 12th – 15th, while TYLOO and ViCi Gaming are the strongest teams in Asia. Neither of them is in the top 30 at the moment, which is why they’ll probably have a hard time surviving the groups. Unless of course they’re both placed in the same group, which is quite unlikely.

 CS:GO Asia Championships Favorites

CS:GO Asia Championships features a lot of strong teams. And the skill difference between them is not that big. However, differences do exist and because of that, we can clearly delimit several teams that will likely be in the Grand Final.

Evil Geniuses

EG’s roster has been phenomenal all year. First they played for NRG and got numerous top 4 results, then they joined EG and started to play even better. Just in the last seven weeks they went to three important tournaments and won two of them: ESL One: New York and StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 8.

Based on everything they’ve shown us in recent months, I believe that EG is the big favorite going into CS:GO Asia Championships. Their chances of winning the tournament are probably twice as high as the other competitors’.


This is another exceptional team, being led by one of the best IGLs in the world: karrigan. So far, we haven’t seen mousesports do anything special in their current formation, but the skill and potential are definitely there. At an event like CS:GO Asia Championships, where most of the world’s best teams are missing, mousesports has a real chance to make it all the way to the Grand Final. They will almost certainly not win it, especially if they encounter EG in that final match, but they have what it takes to get there.

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