FFCS 20 Asia: Who will top the throne this Sunday? A Grand Finals team preview
The Grand Finals of the Free Fire Continental Series (FFCS 2020) Asia may only last for a day, but that does little to diminish the thrill and intensity the 12 finalists will undergo when they face each other on the arena. And let's not forget about the US$300,000 prize pool for their taking!
To help you fully prepare yourselves for the grand finale, we figured we could give you a rundown of the participating teams that'll be gunning each other down for the title of Asia's top Free Fire squad and the champion's prize money of US$80,000.
The top dogs
Indonesia's EVOS Esports ID are undisputedly the most seasoned and terrifying Asian group in FFCS 2020. The then-newcomers had a stupendous debut last year, winning the Free Fire World Cup 2019 right after being picked up by the renowned EVOS Esports organisation. Even though they placed ninth in their last regional tournament (Free Fire Asia All-Stars), they've consistently placed top 3 in most major Free Fire series until today, including the Free Fire Asia Invitational 2019. If there's one team that has the highest chance of winning, it's the Free Fire Indonesia Masters 2020 Fall champions of EVOS Esports ID.
The pair of EV Thailand (formerly EVOS Esports TH) and Vietnam's Heavy are close seconds in the FFCS 2020 Asia Series, sharing similar competitive journeys with an impressive introduction - after placing second in the Free Fire Pro League (FFPL) Thailand Season 2 and Arena of Survival 2020 Summer, respectively, they emerged as champions in the next season, allowing them to immediately qualify for the Grand Finals of FFCS 2020 Asia. With their latest improvements, both teams are more than capable of handling the Asian heat and possess equal odds of winning the world championship.
Despite sitting at the fifth spot of FFCS 2020 Asia Play-in, Arena of Survival 2020 Winter runner-ups V-Gaming are much more accomplished than they seem at first glance. The Vietnamese powerhouse were champions of the previous two seasons of Arena of Survival and proved they can hold their ground against other Asian competitors after getting fourth place in the Free Fire Asia All-Stars. A comeback could be real for V-Gaming.
Malaysia's very own Geek Fam Free Fire have had a pretty good run so far as NOXSCAPE, their former team name before signing with the Malaysian esports organisation. They may have scored fourth place in their first competition (Free Fire Malaysia Open 2020), but what came next was miles ahead of how they used to perform. Aside from bagging third in the League Circuit of the regional Free Fire Tri-Nation Cup, NOXSCAPE had an astonishing 38-point lead as the Tri-Nation champions. No wonder why Geek Fam was so eager to put them under their wings.
Did you know Total Gaming Esports (Free Fire India Championship 2020 Fall champions) are owned by one of the country's biggest Free Fire content creator with the same name? Though FFIC Fall 2020 was the first time they competed under Total Gaming's mentorship, all of them were in a team named The Mafia's prior to that, having competed in the Free Fire Asia All-Stars and got third place, a testament to their potential.
The Play-in winners, King of Gamers Club from Thailand, aren't to be underestimated. Although they ranked second in the FFPL Thailand Season 3 Finals, the Thai e-athletes bagged first place during Regular Season, not to mention they were champions of Season 2. The talent and potential they have are to be reckoned with, so pay close attention to the Kings in the Grand Finals.
The dark horses
Taiwan's Team Knights were winners of the Free Fire Summer Cup 2020, albeit with a mere two-point lead that was too close to comfort. Then again, they did triumph over their more seasoned opponents of LGDS, who've been competing since last year's Free Fire World Series, which says something about the team. Will this new squad be able to show their true colours this weekend? Only time will tell.
And for the final national champions, House of Blood got first place in both Pakistan and interstate Islamabad Qualifiers of FFCS 2020 Asia. It's a possible hint of the consistency that they'll probably pull off in the Asia series. They're definitely a squad to pay attention to.
The second- to fourth-placed crews of EXP Esports (Thailand), Burst the Sky (Vietnam) and RRQ Hades (Indonesia), respectively, were in the top 3 of their respective national Free Fire professional leagues. The last two teams performed decent enough throughout most of their careers, but overall, there's a chance the trio won't make it to the top spot of the FFCS 2020 Asia Grand Finals. Having said that, the world's top teams didn't start out as champions, so we'd be more than happy to be proven wrong and see the rise of a new top team.