CS:GO Event Preview: World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019


World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 is a leading event in the esports world, gathering many teams from all over the world under one roof while offering multiple tournaments in different categories. As for this article, it solely focuses on the CS:GO event preview.

World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 is scheduled to take place between March 10th – 16th, in Chongqing, China and, as each one of the event’s tournaments, this CS:GO competition comes up with a prize pool of $890.000. A full week of exciting CS:GO matches invites both fans and bettors to take advantage of the spectacular event opportunities.


Just to have a clearer understanding of how huge World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 actually is, you can keep in mind that no less than 32 teams will be competing, all of which are national teams and not standard ones.

What this translates into is that each and every roster has players of only one nationality, which leads to a disputable situation. Some might argue that part of the world’s top teams such as Astralis or North already meet the nationality criterion and would basically crush every single opponent at such a tournament.

This stands more as a prediction at the moment however, as neither of the 2 teams has been announced yet. If I was to take a guess, I am more than confident that Astralis and North, together with Ninjas in Pyjamas and Fnatic will soon be revealed as participants, especially because the teams should have received a direct invitation.

As for the present moment, the following teams are already qualified for World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019:

  • Team Russia
  • Team1
  • AGO Esports
  • Valiance
  • G2 Esports
  • OpTic Gaming
  • ENCE eSports
  • Movistar Riders
  • Windigo Gaming
  • Ghost Gaming
  • Team Singularity
  • Altima
  • Imperial e-Sports
  • Furious Gaming
  • Isurus Gaming
  • CyberZen
  • ALPHA Red
  • TNC Pro Team
  • Revolution
  • FrostFire
  • MVP PK
  • BigTime Regal.Hong Kong
  • Chiefs eSports Club
  • NASR eSports
  • Viva Algeria
  • Bravado Gaming

In a shortened list, these are the most solid contestants:

  • Team Russia
  • AGO Esports
  • G2 Esports
  • OpTic Gaming
  • ENCE eSports
  • Ghost Gaming
  • MVP PK
  • Chiefs eSports Club

If the 4 teams that have not yet been announced are the ones mentioned above, then they are definitely the strongest in the whole competition. When compared to these 4 in terms of strength, all the participants from the list above can be considered tier 2.


World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 has quite an impressive prize pool of almost $900.000. This will be split among the top 8 teams as shown below:

  • 1st place: $500.000
  • 2nd place: $200.000
  • 3rd place: $100.000
  • 4th place: $50.000
  • 5th – 8th place: $10.000

As for the rest, they will go home only with more experience, as 75% of the competitors are not rewarded in this event. Whether that is a good idea is debatable but what we can be sure of is that, with such massive prizes in the game, the thrill will be high during the Playoffs.

Event format

Most probably, World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 will be using the same event format as in its former editions, which means that all 32 teams will initially be split into 8 groups of 4. What follows afterward is that the highest ranked 2 teams from each of these initial groups move on to the next phase, organized in 4 groups of 4 and then one more time, the top 2 teams from each of these final groups advance to the Playoffs.

During the Playoff Stage, the teams will be playing only Bo3 matches and these are: 4 Quarterfinals, 2 Semifinals, 1 3rd Place Match and 1 Grand Final.

Most important candidates

The previous edition of the same event brought the 3rd position to Team Russia, which is no surprise considering their CIS region is one of the best at CS:GO worldwide. At the upcoming edition of World Electronic Sports Games, the team will most probably put on another great show, which is to be expected especially from a team with such a strong and experienced roster.

Team Russia

  • Dosia – currently playing for Gambit Esports
  • flamie – currently playing for Natus Vincere
  • hooch – currently playing for Gambit Esports
  • WorldEdit – currently playing for Winstrike Team
  • seized – currently playing for UnderPressure, former Na’Vi and Gambit player

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AGO Esports

Ever since the team started playing, they have been constantly improving their performance, while trying to advance to the tier 1 division. For the time being however, AGO Esports is still a tier 2 contender at a global level but that didn’t stop them from having remarkable results in 2018 and being considered one of the best Polish teams.

Their recent achievements include the following: getting the 2nd place at both China Top 2017 Shenzhen and ESL Pro European Championship 2018, 1st place at ESEA Season 26: Global Challenge, Play2Live Cryptomasters and OGA Counter PIT, 3rd place at StarLadder & ImbaTV Invitational Chongqing 2018, 3rd – 4th place at both DreamHack Open Montreal 2018 and TOYOTA Master CS:GO Bangkok 2018 and another 1st place at Polska Liga Esportowa S4 Grupa Mistrzowska.

When it comes to the World Electronic Sports Games, AGO Esports finished 5th – 8th at the previous edition, a result which we can expect to see at the event in March as well.
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G2 Esports

Not many great things can be said about G2 Esports in the last competitive season, as they have descended from being an average tier 1 team to having struggles in defeating even tier 2 contenders. Their experience reminds us of Virtus.pro, as they had to replace SmithZz, Ex6TenZ and NiaK with Lucky, JaCkz and maLeK (the new team coach).

Only time will tell if this new roster is beneficial for G2 Esports. Focusing on their strong points on the other hand, the qualifiers for World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019 have been a success for them, together with their recent results in tier 1 events. In 2 of these competitions, they managed to secure the 7th – 8th place at ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals and the 2nd place at PLG Grand Slam 2018.

We expect G2 Esports to finish 5th – 8th overall at the World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019. It is possible for kennyS to take his roster even higher than that, but considering their previous disadvantages, they should be more than satisfied if they qualify in the Quarterfinals.
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OpTic Gaming

OpTic Gaming is a team who lacked many results in 2018 but who still has quite some potential. Overall, they seem to be in great shape, considering the achievements they have managed to gather over the past few months. Going into World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, the team can secure a top 8 finish, if they will use their skills wisely and train some more before the competition.
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ENCE eSports

ENCE eSports is one of the most solid teams, with quite some outstanding results in 2018, which even include winning a title at a tier 1 event. Some other achievements are: finishing 7th – 8th at ESL One: Cologne 2018, 2nd at DreamHack Open Montreal 2018, and getting the 1st place at ASUS ROG Finnish Championship 2018, StarSeries & i-League CS:GO Season 6, Assembly GameXpo 2018 and at DreamHack Open Winter 2018.

Taking part at the World Electronic Sports Games 2018-2019, we are confident that ENCE will be playing in the Quarterfinals and get at least a 6th -8th place finish.
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