WCA APAC Finals Preview – 18.05.16

Not a week after arriving home from the PGL KeSPA Asia Minor, the Team Immunity CS:GO roster are already beginning to arrive in Beijing; the WCA APAC Finals set to begin on the 18th. It’s a quick turnaround for the team, especially as games will begin only half a day after their arrival. The event is now the most important of 2016 for the team.

For this event, Team Immunity will be using Chris ‘ofnu’ Hanley as a stand-in. Unfortunately, a clash of schedule for core member Mohammed ‘MoeycQ’ Tizani meant he wouldn’t be able to attend the Beijing finals event.

The first match of the event will be Team Immunity versus TheMongolz. The two teams met at the PGL KeSPA Asia Minor – the series was an explosive back and forth, with Team Immunity fighting their way back through two overtimes to win the series, after losing their first map pick of dust2.

The series was a long grind for both teams. The aggressive pace of TheMongolz constantly clashing with the passive style of play being demonstrated by Immunity; the momentum shifting for teams with large individual plays from Enkhtaivan ‘Machinegun’ Lkhagva on dust2, Mohammed ‘MoeycQ’ Tizani on cache, and Ricardo ‘Rickeh’ Mulholland on overpass.

The WCA APAC Finals will demand refined, concerted play from the Team Immunity players, a task that is undoubtedly made harder while using a stand-in for the event; a task new in-game leader James ‘JAMES’ Quinn will have to run with in order to see the team succeed. In order to qualify for the WCA APAC Finals, Team Immunity had to make the tough decision to pull out of the Cybergamer Pro League Finals; resulting in the team being banned from an entire CGPL Season. The commitment to the WCA Qualifiers was successful, beating inchk1ng 2-1.

Now at the WCA APAC Finals, a top two finish will guarantee the roster a trip to the WCA Finals event taking place in December – another guaranteed international trip, with $200,000 in cash prizes on the line. Another long journey that promises more good exposure should the team succeed, a win at this finals event is vital for the team.

Team Immunity had a rough finish to the PGL KeSPA Asia Minor, with VG.CyberZen winning in a decisive fashion. An immediate turn around will be needed by their team to win at the event. The CS:GO scene in Asia is at beginning to gain serious traction; teams from the Asian regions being notorious for meticulous preparation and aggressive play that catches their opponents off guard. It will be important for the growing team roster to take every advantage possible in games, and capitalize on their experience gained in South Korea.