ASUS ROG reveals a CS:GO tournament at Assembly Winter 2018 in Helsinki, Finland on February 2-3, featuring eight teams and a $15,000 USD prize pool.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive will once again be an integral part of Assembly Winter, as ASUS ROG starts the year strongly in Finland with a $15,000 CS:GO tournament on February 2-3, 2018. The competition will feature eight teams with six invites and two spots open for the local talent in Finnish qualifiers. The tournament will follow the usual formula kicking off with a group stage on Friday and concluding in the playoffs on Saturday. We will provide two streams for you to follow the action, with analysis & commentary provided in English and in Finnish. For the best experience, join the crowd of the dedicated ASUS ROG stage at the venue, Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre.

Assembly Winter is the 2nd biggest esports event in Finland, drawfed only by Assembly Summer, and the Winter event especially is truly a celebration of esports and gaminig culture. As such, we are happy to announce that yet again we may enjoy the limelight of the mainstream media during the peak hours as the Finnish Broadcasting Company, Yle will be broadcasting the grand final live on the national station TV2. Make sure to have all your folks tune in for the rare treat on Saturday, February 3, on 22:00 EET.

Quick Facts

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Dates: Fri 2 - Sat 3, February, 2018
Place: Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Finland
Teams: 8
Prize pool: $15,000 USD
Format: Group Stage & Single Elimination Playoffs
Streams: English & Finnish
Participation: Invitation + Finnish Qualifier


The event will be broadcasted in English and Finnish on site, and other languages are provided by our partners.

Main Streams
 Yle Areena

Partner Streams

Broadcast Talent

English stream
Joona "natu" Leppänen - Commentator
Tomi "lurppis" Kovanen - Commentator

Esa "Snapple" Kaisjoki - Host


Friday, February 2, 2018
12:00 EET Group A -⁠⁠ Group opening match #1, bo1
12:00 EET Group A -⁠⁠ Group opening match #2, bo1
13:30 EET Group A -⁠⁠ Winners, bo1
13:30 EET Group A -⁠⁠ Losers, bo1
15:00 EET Group A -⁠⁠ Decider, bo3

19:00 EET Group B -⁠⁠ Group opening match #1, bo1
19:00 EET Group B -⁠⁠ Group opening match #2, bo1
20:30 EET Group B -⁠⁠ Winners, bo1
20:30 EET Group B -⁠⁠ Losers, bo1
22:00 EET Group B -⁠⁠ Decider, bo3

Saturday, February 3, 2018
13:00 EET Semi-⁠⁠final A, bo3
16:00 EET Semi-⁠⁠final B, bo3
19:00 EET Assembly CS:GO Amateur Final, bo3
22:00 EET Final, bo3

*Matches are played on an accelerated schedule, group starting times and the grand final are locked times. 


1. $ 8000 USD
2. $ 4000 USD
3-4. $ 1500 USD

Invited Teams

stfN - Stefan Seier
tiziaN - Tizian Feldbusch
HUNDEN - Nicolai Petersen
ecfN - Lukas Kauer
syrsoN - Florian Rische

Maniac - Mathieu Quiquerez
ALEX - Alex McMeekin
Ex6TenZ - Kévin Droolans
DEVIL - Timothée Demolon
to1nou - Antoine Pirard

 North Academy
Basso -⁠ Sebastian Aagaard
AnJ -⁠ Allan Jensen
sycrone - Dennis Nielsen
b0RUP - Johannes Emil Jensen
acoR - Frederik Gyldstrand

kenzor - Leonard Volodarchuk
crush - Igor Shevchenko
Aiyvan - Ivan Semenets
def - Dima Lemeshchuk
Flarich - Vadim Karetin

BONA - Verneri Junkala
ZOREE - Lasse Uronen
aune - Joonas Rantala
arvid - Tony Niemelä
Aerial - Jani Jussila

ottoNd - Otto Sihvo
uli - Samu Leirilaakso
Aleksib - Aleksi Virolainen
xartE - Mikko Välimaa
KHRN - Jesse Grandell

Qualified Teams

 Conquer Gaming
Vladimus - Jukka Neuvonen
miikasd - Miika Tauriainen
Fubbeli - Antti Piispanen
oopee - Olli Piispanen
Kippariz - Joni Hallman

 FC Lahti Menace
r0tta - Kristo Lindfors
Jone - Joonas Tarkkonen
Wazakhaq - Tommi Laakso
emilz - Emil Haanpää
kaavio - Miika Nurmi

Roster changes

Jan 25: Conquer Gaming acquires Rat-Gang team.
Jan 29: FC Lahti Menace acquires KatsoPeiliin team.
Jan 30: North Academy replaces Daniel "mertz" Mertz & Nicklas "gade" Gade with Sebastian "Basso" Aagaard & Allan "AnJ" Jensen.


Six teams enter the tournament via an invite, and Finnish teams may enter the online qualifiers which will provide two spots in the competition. If you are interested in participating in ASUS ROG Winter 2018 CS:GO Tournament, please send us an application requesting an invite. Don't hesitate as the event is in roughly four weeks and the invitations will be handed out soon. Note that all participants are required to cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.


There will be two qualifiers for Finnish teams. The winner in both qualifies to the main event.

Saturday, January 13, 15:00 EET - Qualifier #1
Sunday, January 14, 15:00 EET - Qualifier #2 

Before joining, check out the qualifier details from here.

Community streams

Our production teams will provide two top notch streams in English and Finnish, but we are also welcoming community streams in different languages to join the tournament. If you wish to broadcast the tournament, please send us an application.


You can witness the action live on the venue inside the Assembly Winter computer festival. Matches will be shown on the big screen with an audience stand. Entry ticket to Assembly is required, but there is no additional cost for following the tournament. Tournament competitors do not need to purchase tickets. Read more about the tickets and prices at


The overall structure of the tournament is traditional with a double elimination group stage followed by single elimination playoffs. Matches in the group stage are played in the best-of-one format except for the decider match. In the playoffs, every match is a best-of-three.


Group A
Fri, Feb 2, 12:00 EET

 Conquer Gaming

Group B
Fri, Feb 2, 19:00 EET

 North Academy
 FC Lahti Menace

The initial matches will be:

  • Group A - pro100 vs Conquer Gaming - Feb 2, 12:00 EET
  • Group A - Team-LDLC vs SuperJymy - Feb 2, 12:00 EET
  • Group B - ALTERNATE aTTAX vs KatsoPeiliin - Feb 2, 19:00 EET
  • Group B - North Academy vs HAVU.PHZ - Feb 2, 19:00 EET


Semi Finals
 Team-LDLC - 2
 North Academy - 0
 pro100 - 0
 Team-LDLC - 1


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