India’s Counter-Strike: World Offensive (CS:GO) staff displayed their dominance within the South Asian regional qualifiers, securing their spot within the Asian qualifiers scheduled to happen in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from July 10-17 this yr. The staff, composed of Harsh Jain (f1redup), Jaspreet Singh (SpawN), Sadab Khan (SK wow^), Piyush Kalwania (clouda), Nikhil Kathe (N1kace), and substitute Omkar Thube (omkar09), began the qualifiers with convincing wins in opposition to Bangladesh (16-9) and Sri Lanka (16-8) on the opening day.
Persevering with their momentum on the second day, the Indian staff achieved a 16-5 victory in opposition to Nepal, adopted by a 16-6 overcome Pakistan. Jain, the staff captain, performed a pivotal position of their success, amassing a formidable 29 kills in opposition to Bangladesh and 31 kills in opposition to Nepal.
Expressing his delight, Jain said, “Qualifying for the Asian qualifiers and representing India, in addition to the nation’s CS:GO neighborhood, is an unimaginable accomplishment for all of us. We’re elated to have completed on the prime within the South Asian Regionals by defeating each staff. This achievement is the results of months of rigorous apply, strategic planning, and cautious evaluation of our rivals. Whereas the competitors within the Asian qualifiers will probably be fierce, we’re assured in our readiness. We’re eagerly trying ahead to competing and giving our greatest to qualify for the World Esports Championships in Iași.”
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Earlier this yr, the Indian CS:GO staff secured their first qualification by rising victorious over Group Depraved Gaming within the finals of the Nationwide Esports Championships (NESC) 2023, organized by the Esports Federation of India (ESFI). They’ll now face off in opposition to prime CS:GO groups from Uzbekistan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia within the Asian qualifiers, aiming to qualify for the fifteenth World Esports Championships in Iași, scheduled from August 24 to September 4, 2023.
The fifteenth World Esports Championship boasts a large prize pool of $500,000 (roughly Rs 4.12 crore) and is predicted to be the most important version of the match thus far, with participation from at the least 130 international locations throughout eFootball, DOTA 2, Tekken 7, Cell Legends, PUBG: Cell, and CS:GO.
Vinod Tiwari, President, ESFI, expressed immense delight within the CS:GO staff’s achievement, commending their arduous work and dedication. He wished them one of the best for the upcoming qualifiers, expressing confidence of their potential to succeed in the grand finals in Iași.
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Along with the CS:GO staff, India’s first-ever feminine esports staff in CS:GO, that includes Swayambika Sachar (Sway), Shagufta Iqbal (xyaa), Nidhi Salekar (Stormyyy), Dilraj Kaur Matharu (COCO), and Aastha Nangia (CrackShot), will compete within the South Asian Qualifiers in opposition to Sri Lanka on Might 11. The Indian DOTA staff will start their South Asian Qualifiers from Might 15 onwards.
Notably, the fifteenth World Esports Championships will characteristic common professionals Abhinav Tejan in Tekken 7 and Ibrahim Gulrez in eFootball, representing India on the prestigious match.