It’s that time of year again – the Wargaming League Asia Pacific World of Tanks Season I finals are taking place today in Seoul, South Korea! Four of the region’s best World of Tanks teams will duke it out for the chance to head to next year’s International Grand Finals.
This year, it’s a bunch of new names, but a lot of familiar faces. The team we once knew as Arete – who we watched in Seoul last year and at this year’s Grand Finals in Warsaw – are now calling themselves KONGDOO.
Similarly, last year’s Japanese team Charlotte Tiger has had a rebrand (and some new members), to now be Caren Tiger – this season’s champions of the Asia server.
They’re up against Chinese teams EL Gaming (who were called eLong when we saw them in Seoul), and RefornGaming (who were simply RG in Warsaw).
It’s been a nine-week series of round-robin World of Tanks battles to get here, but it’s finally time to determine this season’s APAC-Asia champions, with a challenge in South Korea’s Yongsan eSports Stadium – a dedicated eSports arena in the heart of Seoul.
Jasper Nicolas, general manager of Wargaming Asia is looking forward to it:
The WGL APAC-Asia Season I has been absolutely electric so far and I can’t wait for our fans to join us once more for this finale as our teams battle it out!
Today sees the two Chinese teams face off against each other in the first match, while Kongdoo and Caren Tiger go head to head in Match 2. Tomorrow, it’s a simple matter of determining third place (the “losers” bracket) and then it’s the Final!
The stakes are pretty high, too: The right to be crowned champions (of course), but also a place at next year’s WGL Grand Finals and a chunk of cash. A cumulative prize pool now totals US$104,000, and this will be divided among the winning teams (and their members) across all seasons of this year’s APAC League.
If you’re lucky enough to be in Seoul, you can head along to the Yongsan eSports Stadium to watch some live World of Tanks action – entry to the event is free, with a lucky draw for the most passionate spectators.
Otherwise, you can watch it all live – and in English – right here:
It all kicks off today, August 22 2015, at 17:00 Seoul time (What’s that in my timezone?).
Match 1: RefornGaming vs EL Gaming
Match 2: KONGDOO vs Caren Tiger
…and then tomorrow, August 23, from 12 midday Seoul time (What’s that in my timezone?).
Third Place Playoff: Loser of Match 1 vs Loser of Match 2
Final Match: Winner of Match 1 vs Winner of Match 2
Want to know more about what’s going on? Here’s our coverage of the 2015 WGL International Grand Finals held in Warsaw, Poland this April – and the 2014 WGL APAC-Asia Season 2 Finals from Seoul, last October.