CrossFire Stars Invitational: Manila

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CrossFire Stars Invitational: Manila

Smilegate and eSports organizing body ESL partnered up to bring the best CrossFire teams all over the world directly to the fans via the CrossFire Starts Invitational series. The first leg just so happens to be right here in Manila, thanks to previous successful eSports events held here.

On October 14-16, 2016 at the SMX Convention Center Hall 3, players from China, Vietnam, Brazil, and hometown heroes, the Philippines, are going to go toe to toe on CrossFire for glory and a chunk of the $30,000 prize pot!

What is CrossFire?

It is a free-to-play first person shooter developed by Smilegate. You might not know it, but CrossFire is actually the most successful first person shooter right now. Yes, even more than Counter-Strike or TF2. It is the 3rd most profitable game in August 2016, next only to World of Warcraft and League of Legends, raking in $1.3 in global sales.

If you've never heard of it before, don't feel too bad. It got really popular in Korea and in hardcore eSports communities.

If you think that it looks a lot like Counter-Strike, that's because it does. They weren't even hiding it - they launched with de_dust2. It is, essentially, Korea's Counter-Strike.

Meet the CrossFire Stars

China - All Gamers

• Pengfei "Even" Zheng
• Sinan "LSN" Li
• Shuai "70kg" Lang
• Maoqing "TMQ" Tang
• Qian "ZQ" Zhang
Clan AG is one of the first pro teams in the history of CF China, run throughout the years by professional esports experts. AG has incubated numerous CF pro players and boasts outstanding records both in national and international tournaments. The players participating in this CFS Invitational Manila comprise what many would consider to be an all-star team.

Vietnam - Boss.CFVN

• Quoc "Snail" Le
• An "Aly" Trinh
• Tuoi "Rudo" Ho
• Phong "Shady" Mai
• Hung "Rita" Nguyen

Boss.CFVN is one of the eldest clans of Crossfire Vietnam. In 2016, they made a new line up with 4 core members from Cybercore ("Aly", "Rudo", "Snail" and "Shady") and the best player of Vietnam Middle Alliance – "Rita". The combo between "Aly's" head and Rudo's AWP allows the team to consistently control the map and storm the opponent's defense without much hitch. With 9 victories in CFEL, the Boss.CFVNboys arethe undisputed kings of Vietnam CF right now.

Brazil - Remo Brave E-Sports

• Alecio "v1NNic" dos Santos
• Yuri "AimGreen" Barbosa
• Matheus "mAthsgz" Matias
• Deivison "Ryuzao" Cruz
• Joao "JOW" Souza
Remo Brave is legendary Brazilian team RMA e-Sports rebranded, the incarnate of the best Western team in the CFS Season 2 finals at Chengdu, China. The team represents the football club Clube do Remo. Remo Brave blends experienced players like "V1nni", "J0w" and "Math" with fiery upstarts "Ryuzao" and "AimGreen", allowing for a dynamic team. Remo Brave had three players among the four best in the biggest 1x1 tournament of Latin America "EuSou a Lenda" (I'm the Legend), which proves that this group of lions is truly among the best in the world.

Philippines - Pacific Macta

• Dennis "Bayo" Ramos
• Christian "Revenge" Amores
• Aldrin "Aldrin" Borabon
• Mark "Kram" Chan
• John "zYk" Alde

The Pride of the Philippines, Pacific Macta has never changed its roster since it represented the Philippines for the first time in Crossfire Stars 2014. There, the team grabbed 3rd place,before eventually qualifying again into the CFS 2015 Grand Finals. Until now (2016), they remain the undefeated championsofthe Philippines, with "Revenge" being the best sniper in the country.

Event Schedules

National Finals (October 14, Friday)
10:00 – 11:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
11:00 AM – 12:00PM PH National Final – Match 1
12:00 – 12:30 PM Intermission: Cosplay Stage
12:30 – 1:30 PM PH National Final – Match 2
1:30 – 2:00 PM Intermission
2:00 – 3:00 PM PH National Final – Match 3
3:00 – 3:30 PM Intermission: Special Secret Guest
3:30 – 4:30 PM PH National Final – Match 4
4:30 – 5:00 PM Intermission: Love Beat
5:00 – 6:00 PM PH National Final – Match 5
6:00 – 6:20 PM Intermission: Pre-Final Video
6:20 – 7:20 PM PH National Final – Match 6: GRAND FINALS
7:20 – 7:40 PM Awarding Ceremonies

CFS InvitationalDay 1 (October 15, Saturday)

10:35 – 11:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies

11:00 AM – 7:30 PM

CFS Group Stage – Matches1 - 6

7:30 PM Onwards

Day 1 Recap

CFS InvitationalFinals(October 16, Saturday)

10:35 – 11:00 AM

Opening Ceremonies

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Playoffs Round 1 (BO3) – Rank 3 vs Rank 4

3:00 – 7:00 PM

Playoffs Rd. 2 (BO3) – Rank 2 vs R1 Winner

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Grand Finals (BO3) – Rank 1 vs R2 Winner

10PM Onwards

Winners’ Ceremony + Closing

Will I be seeing you there?


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