After an intense Open Qualifier phase we have determined the four teams who will be fighting for the MSI Gaming Arena (MGA) trophy at ESL One New York 2018, as well as the US$60,000 prize pool.
Close to 700 teams signed up for the various regional qualifiers, but only one team each from Europe, CIS, North America and APAC has braved the qualifier gauntlet and we’re looking forward to seeing them all in action in the Barclays Center from September 29-30.
Qualified Team: Movistar Riders
Movistar Riders only just made it to the European Qualifiers by bullying their way through the Last Chance Qualifiers. But it’s certainly no surprise to see them go all the way and represent EU at the MGA. Lead by former OpTic Gaming AWPer mixwell and supported by the likes of loWel, the all Spanish squad is one of the front runners to win it all in New York.
Qualified Team: AVANGAR
The Kazak team, lead by Russian captain Jame, will be representing the CIS after a confident performance all throughout the qualifiers. In both the first CIS Qualifier, as well as the final Playoffs it would be Syman Gaming and MAKEKiSTAKE that would present the final hurdles for AVANGAR. But Jame & Co would not be denied as they steamrolled through both teams convincingly with 2-0.
Qualified Team: compLexity Gaming
The North American Qualifiers were all but easy for compLexity. While stanislaw’s team managed to secure their spot at the MGA in New York, it wasn’t all smooth sailing for them. Both Vision Gaming and eUnited proved to be stiff competition in the Playoffs, taking coL to three maps. But thanks to strong performances in Inferno in both third maps they managed to book their trip to New York where they will get to enjoy the home court advantage.
Qualified Team: eUnited (replacing 5Power Gaming)
After having a chance to showcase their skills at IEM Shanghai 2018, 5Power Gaming managed to finish in 1st place of the Asian qualifiers for yet another opportunity at international competition. Unfortunately it wasn't possible for the team to make the trip to New York for the LAN finals. As a short-term replacement, NA Qualifier 2nd place eUnited will be filling in for them at ESL One New York 2018. They've already shown great promise in the qualifiers and can now crown their run with a title.
MSI is also excited to announce the MSI Dragon Club, a weekly competitive club for CS:GO players on the ESEA platform. Join the Dragon Club for the opportunity to win skins and MSI equipment, like the DS300 mouse, GH70 headset, or GK-701 gaming keyboard. Dragon Club is designed to enhance the weekend experience for players in North America and the EU, so be sure to log in and compete. Each month will also feature a new Rank S player testing their skills against club members!
As a world leading gaming brand, MSI is the most trusted name in gaming and eSports. Have dedicated countless hours and resources to the eSports community to support the world’s most aspiring and best gamers. Through MGA gaming tournaments, all amateur and professional gamers have a stage and numerous opportunities to prove their worth. We can’t wait to find out which team will reign supreme at the MGA at ESL One New York 2018. For more information on the tournament, be sure to check out the official MGA website.