9 Feb 2018
Flipsid3 Tactics (F3) are an international MGO (multi-gaming organization) most famous for their international Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster’s seemingly inexplicable ability in recent years to make it to the Valve CS:GO Majors. This is despite usually having a relatively underwhelming team when one looks at the individual players.
Since its inception in early 2015 under in-game leader Andrey “B1ad3” Gorodensky, their CIS squad has had some rather good players come and go. Oleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, current Natus Vincere hard carry and one of the world’s very best players, had a stint in the team as a young up and coming terror in 2015. F3 have a history of developing new stars in the CIS scene under the rigid tactical approach of B1ad3. While things didn’t go quite to plan at the recent ELEAGUE Boston Major, they have a history of perennially overachieving in making it to the Majors, often finishing top eight in the past.
Flipsid3 Tactics: South Africa
So how does this relate to the South African arm of Flipsid3? The parallels are rather startling when it comes to the leadership of the team. Since joining the squad in June 2016, experienced tactician and in-game leader (IGL), James “zerOch4Nce” Wijnberg consistently guided his team to top place finishes at the biggest tournaments in the South African scene. Of course, this wouldn’t have been possible without the help of team owner and manager Anthony “SkyChief” Nel’s willingness to give zerOch4Nce free reign and back his desire to grow young talent.
F3’s zerOch4Nce showed a consist propensity for developing and nurturing young talent. In many cases, these players have gone on to bigger and better things. The most famous example of a is Dean “massacre” Davids, currently playing for Goliath Gaming. When he was picked up by F3, he was widely regarded as a cocky young player that was too unruly to take a risk on. F3 took the risk. The result is that massacRe is now seen as one of SA’s brightest young talents.
In his time at F3, zerOch4Nce never had as many resources at his disposable in the form of the coaches, analysts or sports psychologists that have been used successfully by the likes of Bravado Gaming or Energy eSports. He was one person fulfilling the role of player, captain, IGL, and coach. There are many reasons to regard zerOch4Nce as one of South Africa’s best ever tactical IGLs before he moved to F3. Post F3, that sentiment has only been reinforced by his exploits.
zerOch4Nce making the most of less
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