Roobet Cup 2023 preview

Roobet Cup 2023 will be a $250.000 CS:GO tournament that features 16 of the world’s best teams. Despite the... Radu M. | 22. August 2023

Roobet Cup 2023 will be a $250.000 CS:GO tournament that features 16 of the world’s best teams.

Despite the relatively low prize pool, this is a genuine S-tier event that will last for around 10 days and have a proper format: group stage followed by playoffs, with best-of-three matches from start to finish.

One thing that makes Roobet Cup very interesting is the fact that it will be one of the first Counter-Strike 2 tournaments. As you probably know, Source 2 is right around the corner and many thought that it would be launched by now. There have been numerous delays but it seems that by the end of September, it will finally be here.

Roobet Cup 2023 dates and location

Roobet Cup will be an online tournament played on the European servers. It is scheduled to take place between October 26 – November 5. The talent, as well as most of the participants, are yet to be announced.

Competitive format

The format of Roobet Cup features four groups of four, followed by single-elimination playoffs. This format ensures that the best teams will qualify for the playoffs, especially because the groups use a double-elimination format.


So far, six of the 16 teams have been revealed:

  • 9z Team
  • Astralis
  • BIG
  • FURIA Esports
  • Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • Virtus.pro

All of these teams are currently in the top 25. Some are among the world’s best. We expect that more top 20 teams will be announced in the coming weeks. Of the ones listed above, Astralis and Ninjas in Pyjamas are the strongest. Virtus.pro are not that far behind.

In FURIA’s case, we need to see them competing against some of the world’s strongest competitors before we can make an assessment. Their roster was changed to some extent several months ago and since then, they’ve had to adapt. That process is ongoing.

FURIA’s most recent match against a tough opponent dates back to August 16. They had to play against Natus Vincere at Gamers8 and lost 1-2. Their best player was, as usual, Kaike “KSCERATO” Cerato.

For Astralis, the future looks bright. Nicolai “device” Reedtz is in great shape and has plenty of support from his teammates. We expect that as the months go by, Astralis will get stronger and stronger. The launch of Counter-Strike 2 will likely catch them fully prepared and eager to win. The same is true for NiP.

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