EMG Pro Series South Asia is set to kick off with one place at the EMG Legends Cup on the line for the winners of the tournament.
UAE – EMG Pro Series South Asia is set to commence, with eight teams battling it out between August 7-27 for a share of US$6,500 and one spot at the EMG Legends Cup set to take place later this September in Dubai.
The competition’s structure consists of two brackets, each containing four teams. Utilizing a double round-robin format, the best two teams from both groups will progress to the playoff stage, culminating in a single-elimination bracket that will run from August 24-27. This portion of the tournament will be live-streamed.
The winners will earn a place in the EMG Legends Cup, and the runners-up will have the opportunity to compete in the Last Chance Qualifier in Dubai.
|Group A||Group B|
|GE Phoenix||Medal Esports|
|True Rippers Esports||Team Snakes|
|Team Sarafa||Reckoning Esports|
The lineup of teams features Orangutan, who have been a leading force in South Asia for the 2023 season, having won both Splits in the Challengers League and representing the region at VCT Ascension Pacific. Meanwhile, True Rippers have made strategic changes to their roster by adding the former Velocity Gaming duo of Debanjan “DEATHMAKER” Das and Sagnik “Hellff” Roy.
Aster Army and Reckoning Esports are still in the process of finalizing their teams, and Global Esports Phoenix are set to compete in their first-ever co-ed tournament. The Game Changers side, however, must urgently find a replacement for Abisha “Baila” Joseph, who was released from the organization this week after it was discovered that she had been involved in account sharing. Medal Esports are also set to join the competition.
Team Sarafa, a newly-formed mixed team, combines seasoned experience with fresh talent by incorporating the former Velocity Gaming trio of Tejas “rite2ace” Sawant, Agneya “Marzil” Koushik, and Anuj “Amaterasu” Sharma. They are joined by young prodigies, 17-year-old Prish “Tricky” Valvani and 20-year-old Saksham “Deadly10” Aurangabadkar, adding to the team’s dynamic blend of skill and energy.
Completing the roster of teams are Team Snakes, which features the notable former Team Exploit trio of Muhammad “soulM8” Usman, Mustafa “shooterR” Kamal, and Abdul “k1Ng” Khero. They are joined by Karan “Excali” Mhaswadkar and Vibhor “Vibhor” Vaid. This majority-Pakistani side secured their place in the tournament by clinching the final berth with a victory in the Open stage.
Cover photo courtesy of VCT Pacific