Preview of GESC Indonesia Minor: Format, Groups, Schedule
GESC: Indonesia Minor kicks off tomorrow! Eight teams have arrived to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, to compete for their share of a $300,000 prize pool and 300 Pro Circuit points.
The tournament will be held from May 15th to May 18th at Indonesia Convention Exhibition at BSD City. It features eight teams, one of which received direct invites, the others made it through the regional qualifiers. The list of participants looks as follows:
- Evil Geniuses (Direct Invite)
- Fnatic (Southeast Asia Qualifier)
- VGJ.Thunder (China Qualifier)
- Digital Chaos (North America Qualifier)
- Infamous (South America Qualifier)
- The Final Tribe (Europe Qualifier)
- Natus Vincere (CIS Qualifier)
- Rex Regum Qeon (Indonesia Qualifier)
In the group stage the teams will be placed into two GSL groups with best-of-one and best-of-three series. Top team from each group will advance to the semifinals, the teams placed second will make it to the quarterfinals, while the bottom two teams will secure their spots in the first round of playoffs. The groups can be seen below:
|Group A||Group B|
|Infamous||The Final Tribe|
|Rex Regum Qeon||Digital Chaos|
The playoffs will feature a single-elimination bracket with first matches being best-of-one and all other series being best-of-three.
The obvious favourites of the tournament are Evil Geniuses and VGJ.Thunder. The North American squad has been looking strong recently, but failed to reach the highest places struggling to beat the strongest teams, such as Team Secret, Team Liquid and Virtus.pro. In the first match they will face Infamous, the odds are 1.1 to 5.81 in favour of EG. VGJ.Thunder have impressed everyone by placing second at The Bucharest Major, losing 0-3 to Virtus.pro in the grand finals. This time they have a real chance to win the tournament since there are not so many top-tier teams. Their first match will be against the Swedish squad The Final Tribe, the odds are 5.31 to 1.12 in favour of the Chinese team. The other teams that you should keep your eye on are Fnatic and Natus Vincere. Fnatic, who recently acquired UniVeRsE, are still in the process of finding their game, but they already managed to finish 4th at the major in Katowice. Meanwhile Na`Vi after their recent changes and swapping SoNNeiKo and RodjER for LebroN and LiL are looking shaky, although there’s some sign of progress if you compare their performance at ESL One Genting and ESL One Katowice. Overall, this tournament will be a good chance for many of these teams to get at least some amount of DPC points.
- 2:25 AM – Evil Geniuses vs Infamous
- 3:45 AM – VGJ.Thunder vs The Final Tribe
- 5:00 AM – Natus Vincere vs Rex Regum Qeon
- 6:25 AM – Fnatic vs Digital Chaos