A large number of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive pros have been left confused by the seeding and group draw for the upcoming WESG 2018 World Finals, where some groups look more stacked than others.
The event, which will take place in Chongqing, China, from March 11-17, will feature 32 teams from across the globe - representing 28 different nations, all competing for the top prize of $500,000 from a prize pool of $890,000.
Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas accepted the final invite spot on February 25, meaning that the line-up was set and the group draw happen. However, the draw lacked any seeding of teams that could fairly balance out the groups.
The resulting draw left some players completely confused as they widely complained about the result - with some groups like Group E are lopsided with talent Europe, while others like Group D and H have been made up of relatively lower-tier teams from Asia.
RunTime.gg’s Denis ‘Seized’ Kostin tweeted: “Always an interesting draw by WESG. Group E is pretty stacked I guess,” referring to the fact the group has been made up entirely of talented European teams.
always interesting draw by WESG, group E pretty stacked i guess 😂— Denis Kostin (@seizedwf) February 25, 2019
cya in China in 2 weeks pic.twitter.com/O69pTmoqZh
Former OpTic Gaming star Oscar ‘Mixwell’ Canellas will lead his Movistar Riders squad into the seemingly ultra difficult Group E. “Trying to find any logic…” tweeted the Spaniard, with a thinking face emoji attached.
His confusion was matched by former teammate Aleksi ‘Allu’ Jalli whose ENCE squad have also been drawn in Group E.
Trying to find any logic ... 🤔 pic.twitter.com/tLyBRKZOis— Oscar Cañellas (@Mixwell) February 25, 2019
While he will not be competing at the event, FaZe Clan star Olof 'olofmeister' Kajbjer responded to Allu’s own confusion with an initial tweet of “LOL,” before following that up with “@WESGcom get your shit together.”
Former Cloud9 in-game leader-turned analyst Sean ‘[email protected]’ Gares posted that he had been confused after seeing the groups at first, but realized it was ‘normal’ after spotting that they were from a WESG event.
“These groups... what the f..”— Sean Gares (@seangares) February 25, 2019
*sees it’s WESG*
Oh nvm all is normal pic.twitter.com/Lyl0jOXSOH
Gares' fellow analyst Jason 'Moses' O'Toole was also not shocked by the draw, adding: "The only thing surprising about the groups announced for WESG is that people are surprised the group draw is a joke."
The only thing surprising about the groups announced for WESG is that people are surprised the group draw is a joke— Jason O'Toole (@OnFireMoses) February 25, 2019
The tournament, which is part of a large event that spans multiple games, kicks off on March 11 and will run until March 17.
Defending champions Fnatic will look to retain their crown against a stacked field following their disappointing showing at the IEM Katowice Major.