Monday, September 4, 2017 - 21:04

ASUS ROG Tournament returns into GameXpo, like last year, the focus of the event is in the Finnish esports community. This time we proudly give to you the first Finnish league for Overwatch.

The idea of the league originates from Helsinki REDS and ENCE eSports, who noticed a lack of tournaments in the Finnish competitive scene. 

"There are numerous Overwatch teams in Finland and the scene is growing all the time. International tournaments for European scene are on the way, but we also feel that providing local activities is the requirement for organic growth."
Jussi Patjas, Helsinki REDS Project Manager, Oy HIFK Hockey Ab

ASUS ROG Tournament joined forces with companies from different sectors including Jimm’s, Ilta-Sanomat, Grano, and Bright and planned some serious action for Finnish teams in one of the biggest eSports titles in Finland.

"Republic of Gamers  (ROG) is dedicated to the growth of eSports in the top tier as well as on a community and entry level. We believe it is important to support projects that acts as a springboard between competitive gaming in the community through to the professional scene, in Finland and worldwide. We are thrilled to see new player talent and teams emerging in the local Overwatch scene, and with the support behind the league and the finals at GameXpo, we continue to provide the Finnish player base with the best competitive gaming tournaments, in addition to the best gaming PCs, Monitors and Peripherals."
Raakel Aaltonen, ASUS Finland Marketing Lead

"The key point of this league is building great experiences for teams, players, and the viewers. We are creating something new with the ideas from regular sports side that Helsinki REDS brings with, combined with over 10 years of eSports experience, it forms an unseen before package."
Petri Hämälä, Peliliiga Oy

The league consists two stages. Regular season which is played online and where all teams face each other once by playing two matches every week. Set tournament days for regular season are Tuesday and Sunday, tournament kicks off on September 19th!

Free HD quality Twitch stream will be provided from selected weekly matches, casted by Tomi “Tombha” Rinne and Juha-Pekka ”ZeiZei” Joutsenlahti.

From regular season four teams will advance into playoffs, played on the main stage of GameXpo on November 3rd to 5th 2017.

The first season will be by invitation only and the teams are:

  • ENCE eSports
  • Helsinki REDS
  • Gigantti
  • Nemesis
  • Nyyrikki
  • Porin Aces
  • Kindergarten

About ASUS ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. 

ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at rog.asus.com.

Monday, February 3, 2014 - 22:45
ASUS ROG Winter 2014 was a blast. Two days full of high class StarCraft II action lead to a new champion,
  yoeFW.San. Congratulations to him once more. Catching all the games from the first day especially was a challenge, if possible at all. Fortunately we will continue the tradition, and are now releasing all the replays from the tournament for you to enjoy and study. The VOD links are also available for those who prefer the matches with commentary. Have fun!
 

Replays

 

VODs

The main stream VODs can be found at AssemblyTV's YouTube channel.
 
For the rest of the VOD links we point you to SpoilerFreeSC that has done a wonderful job collecting all the VODs from different streams to the same page.
 
 

Map popularity

With the replay package you can do much more than just watch the games. Analyzing the replay pack with tools such as SC2Gears you can find interesting data such as the map popularity ranking below.
 
  1. Frost LE, 52, ~22%
  2. Habitation Station LE, 41, ~17%
  3. Heavy Rain LE, 40, ~17%
  4. Polar Night LE, 40, ~17%
  5. Yeonsu LE, 39, ~17%
  6. Alterzim Stronghold TE, 17, ~7%
  7. Daedalus Point, 8, ~3%
Saturday, February 1, 2014 - 11:35

The second day at ASUS ROG Winter 2014 starts at 14:00 EET with the playoffs. Eight players have succeeded to fight their way through the two group stages we saw on the hectic first day of the tournament. Each of them have secured themselves at least $1,000 USD prize money. Now they face each other in best-of-five playoff matches with the prizes increasing every round. The final, which is a best-of-seven,  is scheduled to start at 23:00 EET where the winner takes home the grand prize of $10,000 USD and 750 WCS points..

Watch the stream at  ROGtournament where the commentating will be provided by Khaldor and Grubby.

Schedule

Times in EET (CET+1).
 
14:00 Quarter Final A
15:30 Quarter Final B
17:00 Quarter Final C
18:30 Quarter Final D
20:00 Semi Final A
21:30 Semi Final B
23:00 Final
 

Playoffs

Quarter Finals
ForGG
Jaedong
 
 
Apocalypse
Dear
Life
San
 
 
StarDust
Patience
Semi Finals
tba
tba
 
 
tba
tba
Final
tba
tba

 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - 21:08
ASUS ROG Winter 2014 launches this Friday January 31st at 14:00 EET with the 16 simultaneous bo5 matches of the first round of the first group stage. In an effort to cover every single game of the event, each group will have at least two streams following the action taking place in Helsinki. To accomplish this, we have invited a total of 15 community streams with eight different languages to broadcast the first, and busiest day, of the tournament. On the second day the playoffs are played one by one with seven streams, all in different languages.
 

Stream schedule

In order to easily keep track on which group comes from which channel, we have crafted a stream schedule for each tournament stage. The schedule will update on the go as the tournament progresses.
 

Streams

Main stream

 

Community streams

 

Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 22:23

The first group stage of ASUS ROG Winter 2014 starts off on January 31st 2014 at 13:00 CET. It includes 32 high caliber players divided into eight groups of four which are played in WCS style double elimination format with all matches being best-of-5. Only the top 16 players continue to the second group stage which is played in a similar fashion right after the initial groups. The playoffs are played on the second day of the tournament on February 1st starting at 13:00 CET.

Roster changes

The first groups have now finally been drawn, but we apologise for the delay which is due to late roster changes. Unfortunately Ai.Strelok, Empire.Kas, Acer.Nerchio and Acer.Bly have cancelled their participation to the event. They have been replaced by Alliance.SortOf, Fnatic.Naama, Property.MorroW and Menace.Protosser whom we thank for being available in such a short notice.
 

Group Stage 1 January 31

The first matches are player 1 vs player 4 and player 2 vs player 3.

Group 1 - 13:00 CET

1.   Liquid.TaeJa
2.   Empire.Happy
3.   Alliance.SortOf
4.   Ence.Serral

Group 2 - 13:00 CET

1.   EG.Jaedong
2.   Ence.elfi
3.   IvD.Apocalypse
4.   PkDynamics.GunGFuBanda

Group 3 - 13:00 CET

1.   StarTale.Life
2.   NrS.Welmu
3.   mYinsanity.Kane
4.   Bischu

Group 4 - 13:00 CET

1.   mouz.Dear
2.   Liquid.Snute
3.   Fnatic.Harstem
4.   Core.JonnyREcco

Group 5 - 13:00 CET

1.   yoeFW.San
2.   mYinsanity.StarDust
3.   Dignitas.Tefel
4.   Menace.Protosser

Group 6 - 13:00 CET

1.   Liquid.Hero
2.   Ai.Patience
3.   Property.MorroW
4.   Fnatic.Zanster

Group 7 - 13:00 CET

1.   Samsung_Galaxy.Solar
2.   Axiom.Alicia
3.   Millenium.BabyKnight
4.   Fnatic.Naama

Group 8 - 13:00 CET

1.   Alliance.NaNiwa
2.   Millenium.ForGG
3.   Liquid.Ret
4.   NrS.KrasS

 

Group Stage 2 January 31

Group A - 18:30 CET

1.1
8.1
4.2
5.2

Group B - 18:30 CET

2.1
7.1
3.2
6.2

Group C - 18:30 CET

3.1
6.1
2.2
7.2

Group D - 18:30 CET

4.1
5.1
1.2
8.2


Playoffs February 1

13:00 CET - Ro8 A: A.1 vs B.2
14:30 CET - Ro8 B: C.1 vs D.2
16:00 CET - Ro8 C: B.1 vs A.2
17:30 CET - Ro8 D: D.1 vs C.2
19:00 CET - Semi Final A
20:30 CET - Semi Final B
22:00 CET - Final
 
This time we have decided to announce the full tournament layout beforehand and not do any sort of random draw during the tournament. This way we hope to compensate the fact that the group stages are played on the same day, and thus leave little to no time for players to prepare for their individual opponents. With the double elimination groups there should be no real risk of intentional losing for the sometimes more attractive second place, especially when the groups are all played at the same time.

 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 00:06
ASUS ROG Winter 2014 kicks off in less than three weeks on January 31th in Helsinki, Finland. It is time to reveal the full roster of the tournament. With 24 invites and 8 qualified players we have an outstanding line-up of some of the top players from Europe, America and Korea. The players will be divided into eight groups of four in the first group stage which will be announced closer to the event.

New invites

  Ai.Strelok
  IvD.Apocalypse
  mouz.Dear
  mYinsanity.Kane 
  mYinsanity.StarDust 
  NrS.KrasS
  NrS.Welmu
  yoeFW.San

Full line-up

Invites

  Ai.Patience
  Ai.Strelok
  Alliance.SortOf *
  Axiom.Alicia
  EG.Jaedong
  Empire.Happy
  Empire.Kas
  Ence.elfi
  Ence.Serral
  Fnatic.Naama *
  IvD.Apocalypse
  Liquid.Hero
  Liquid.Ret
  Liquid.Snute
  Liquid.TaeJa
  Millenium.BabyKnight
  Millenium.ForGG
  Menace.Protosser *
  mouz.Dear
  mYinsanity.Kane 
  mYinsanity.StarDust
  NrS.KrasS
  NrS.Welmu
  Property.MorroW *
  Samsung_Galaxy.Solar
  StarTale.Life *
  yoeFW.San

Qualified

  Core.JonnyREcco
  Dignitas.Tefel
  Fnatic.Zanster
  Fnatic.Harstem
  PkDynamics.GunGFuBanda

Roster changes (updated January 30th)

  StarTale.Life replaces   mouz.VortiX
  Alliance.SortOf replaces   Acer.Nerchio
  Menace.Protosser replaces   Acer.Bly
  Property.MorroW replaces   Empire.Kas
  Fnatic.Naama replaces   Ai.Strelok
  Bischu had to cancel due to illness, no replacement player will be added.
  Alliance.NaNiwa also cancels due to illness, no replacement player will be added.


Stream staff

The main English broadcast at ASUS ROG Winter 2014 will feature the veteran caster Khaldor accompanied by the experienced player-commentator Grubby. The in-game camera is at the steady hands of FunKaDeLiC while the German esports powerhouse TaKe will host the event. His interviews with our Korean quests shall go smoothly with the help of the translator inuh.
 
  • Thomas “Khaldor” Kilian - Caster
  • Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen - Commentator
  • Alexandre “FunKaDeLiC” Verrier - Observer
  • Denni “TaKe” Gehlen - Host
  • Hun "inuh" Park - Translator

Schedule

The schedule for the event has been finalized and it looks as follows.
 
  • Friday, January 31st, 2014
    • 14:00 EET Group Stage 1
    • 19:30 EET Group Stage 2
  • Saturday, February 1st, 2014 
    • 14:00 EET Quarter Final A
    • 15:30 EET Quarter Final B
    • 17:00 EET Quarter Final C
    • 18:30 EET Quarter Final D
    • 20:00 EET Semi Final A
    • 21:30 EET Semi Final B
    • 23:00 EET Final
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 16:53

The two online qualifiers for ASUS ROG Winter 2014 played on December 29th and December 30th are over. The line-up in the main tournament has now increased with eight new players who managed to reach the top four spots in the qualifiers. Out of the 32 players only eight more invites remain to be revealed.

Qualifier #1

Qualified players

  Acer.Nerchio
  Dignitas.Tefel
  Fnatic.Zanster
  Bischu

Rull results


Qualifier #2

Qualified players

  Acer.Bly
  Core.JonnyREcco
  Fnatic.Harstem
  PkDynamics.GunGFuBanda

Rull results


VODs

Khaldor covered both of the qualifiers on his channel twitch.tv/Khaldor. The VODs of the matches can be found later neatly organized from his YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/KhaldorTV. Or if you prefer to watch the full broadcast you can head to the Twitch.tv archives and watch Qualifier #1 VOD and Qualifier #2 VOD.

Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 01:36

Before the online qualifiers for ASUS ROG Winter 2014 start on Sunday December 29 and Monday December 30 we would like to release a new set of players who have been invited to join the main tournament on January 31st in Helsinki. With the new eight invites, 16 out of the 24 invitees have been revealed. The online qualifiers will soon add another eight players to the roster while the last eight invites are to be announced later.


New invites

  Alliance.NaNiwa
  EG.Jaedong
  Empire.Kas
  Ence.Serral
  Liquid.Hero
  Millenium.BabyKnight
  Millenium.ForGG
  Samsung_Galaxy.Solar

Current line-up (16/32)

  Alliance.NaNiwa
  Axiom.Alicia
  AZUBU.Patience
  EG.Jaedong
  Empire.Happy
  Empire.Kas
  Ence.elfi
  Ence.Serral
  Liquid.Hero
  Liquid.Ret
  Liquid.Snute
  Liquid.TaeJa
  Millenium.BabyKnight
  Millenium.ForGG
  mouz.VortiX
  Samsung_Galaxy.Solar


Maps

The tournament map pool for ASUS ROG Winter 2014 is the WCS 2014 Season 1 map pool which we will also see in the Battle.net ladder starting on the January 3rd.

  • Alterzim Stronghold TE
  • Daedalus Point
  • Frost LE
  • Habitation Station LE
  • Heavy Rain LE
  • Polar Night LE
  • Yeonsu LE

Rough schedule

Below is a rough schedule for the event. While it is not final yet, it gives a good estimate for those planning on watching the tournament especially if you have something special like a BarCraft in mind.

  • Friday, January 31st, 2014
    • 12:00 EET (+02:00) Group Stage 1
    • 19:00 EET (+02:00) Group Stage 2
  • Saturday, February 1st, 2014
    • 14:00 EET (+02:00) Playoffs start
    • 23:00 EET (+02:00) Final