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South Asian CS Gets a Boost With BLAST X Nodwin Gaming: The Draft Season 1

Mrinal Baranwal   |   Dec 22, 7:01 AM   |   6 min read

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  • BLAST, in association with Nodwin Gaming, is hosting 'The Draft', a Counter-Strike tournament between the top teams of India and Pakistan.

  • The total prize pool of the tournament is USD 50K, with six teams fighting for it.

  • The teams will fight on LAN in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2024.

The Counter-Strike scene in India is on track for a comeback following the release of Counter-Strike 2 (CS2) with numerous events planned for teams and individuals. BLAST, one of the biggest Counter-Strike tournament organizers in the world, has collaborated with Nodwin Gaming, one of the biggest tournament organizers in South Asia, to bring the first season of "The Draft," a Counter-Strike competition for teams from Pakistan and India with a USD 50,000 prize pool. 


The top Counter-Strike players from Pakistan and India will compete in the competition from late January to early February. Participating teams will also get the opportunity to battle against and alongside renowned international Counter-Strike pros, with a $50,000 prize pool up for grabs.


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The Draft Season 1: Format, Prize Pool, And More



The Draft, a project produced by BLAST and NODWIN Gaming, will launch in January 2024. Teams from Pakistan and India will compete for a portion of the USD 50,000 prize pool in the event. In an online qualifying tournament, 64 teams will square off to determine which 12 squads advance to The Draft's group stage. The group stage will take place in a double-elimination format. The Super Six LAN tournament, which is being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will feature the top three teams from each group. A "Counter-Strike legend" will be selected for each of the six teams using a draft selection procedure. No details about the "legends" participating in The Draft have been made public.


The Co-Founder and Managing Director of NODWIN Gaming, Akshat Rathee, commented about the collaboration with BLAST:

We're incredibly thrilled about our partnership with BLAST to introduce The Draft to our community - a conscious effort to reenergize the local Counter-Strike scene and elevate the esports landscape across India and Pakistan. More than just an esports tournament, The Draft symbolizes a tribute to skill, strategy, and the indomitable spirit of esports, offering a stage where the finest esports talents from our local ecosystem join forces with some of the biggest names in the global Counter-Strike scene, delivering a mesmerizing showcase of esports brilliance.

We feel tournaments of such magnitude play crucial roles in contributing to the robustness of the gaming ecosystem within the subcontinent, and provide a global stage for talented esports athletes to showcase their abilities. We truly share our community's sentiments and cannot wait to witness some exhilarating Counter-Strike brilliance at The Draft.


True Rippers Esports from India and Team WahWah from Pakistan took center stage at the BLAST Premier World Final 2023 Show Match in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, December 16, in honor of the launch of The Draft. Thousands of audience members gathered at the Etihad Arena, and BLAST's vast global broadcast network is estimated to have reached an audience spanning 150+ nations and 28 languages. Notably, two BLAST Premier players were selected for each show match group by fan voting on BLAST.tv.

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Mrinal, also known by her gaming alias Jollies10, is a semi-professional Valorant player with a never-ending love for Esports. She lives by the rule Eat. Sleep. Game. Repeat.




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