The Nvidia GeForce Cup Pacific Grand Final 2019 saw the region’s best players exchanging bullets for the US$20,000 prize pool.
“It’s long way to the top if you wanna rock n’ roll,” sung the late Bon Scott of ol’ school rock band, AC/DC. Although esports players and hard rockers are on two wildly different planes, both apples and oranges are still fruits – it takes the same, sheer amount of hard work and dedication for e-athletes to be the best of the best. Thanks to their blood, sweat and tears, Bren Esports came out on top to win the championship title at the latest Asia-Pacific Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) tournament.
Organised by Genysis Cyber Esports, the Nvidia GeForce Cup Pacific Grand Finals 2019 saw Asia-Pacific’s top 10 CS:GO players vying for the whopping prize pool of US$20,000 (RM81,252):
- ex-Genuine Gaming (Australia)
- Team A Point (Cambodia)
- Entity Gaming (India)
- BOOM Esports (Indonesia)
- Darkhorse (Malaysia)
- Team Impunity (Myanmar)
- Bren Esports (Philippines)
- GMCC (Singapore)
- Maple (Thailand)
- Revolution (Vietnam)
Philippines’ Bren Esports were gunning down opponents left and right since the start of the tournament, securing victories for all four matches in their respective group stage – the same goes to Thailand’s Maple – before winning 2-0 for both semi-finals (Indonesia’s BOOM Esports) and the grand final (Maple). The Filipino powerhouse bagged the winning prize of US$8,000 cash prize, with first runner-up Maple and second runner-up BOOM Esports’ rewarded with US$5,000 and US$3,000, respectively.
Champion – Bren Esports
- Deko “Papichulo” Evangelista
- Chris “Pro.” Martir
- Jim Albert “BORKUM” Timbreza
- Riley “witz” Go
- Patrick “Derek” Lacson
First runner-up – Maple
- Sattawut “Leaf” Reathong
- Patcharapon “Niffy” Junman
- Tuchpong “JUSTCAUSE” Pongthanadechakit
- Manutsawat “Reality” Sangphadung
- Phakhin ” PPOverdose” Jaroenthanajinda
Second runner-up – BOOM Esports
- Baskoro “roseau” Dwi Putra
- Alessandro “mindfreak” Aaron Leonhart
- Dwi Prasetyo “gruvee” Gunarianto
- Jason “f0rsaken” Susanto
- Iqbal “kylooshka” Mauldhan Yusup
The tournament was held at Battle Arena Malaysia on 11 – 12 Jan, with a plethora of activities that kept audiences engaged, such as a friendly match between Fiera Fendi, Noel Nuo Yao and the players, and various contests for fans to win prizes.