8 June 2018
Sunday the 10th of June, 2018 will mark the return of Evetech Champions League to South African CS:GO. The inaugural and only season was held way back in 2016. To herald it’s long-awaited return, Mettlestate will be indulging in one of their specialities. They are hosting a show match to whet everyone’s appetite for the main season, and they are sure to be furnishing more details of it at the show match conclusion. The R10000 prize for the show match is sponsored by PC industry titans, Lenovo, and their Legion gaming brand.
The 2016 retrospective
The first season of Evetech Champions League (ECL) consisted of several weeks of online league play. From there, eight teams qualified for the LAN finals at the Evetech Studios in Centurion. Of course Bravado Gaming’s all-conquering 2016 lineup managed to win the whole shebang, beating Aperture Gaming handily in the Grand Final. Their only misstep in the entire tournament was a small scare against xTc Esports on Train. Otherwise it was was very much one-way traffic. So business as usual two years ago for BVD.
I brought up ECL Season One, because it was my first ever live esports event. As I understand it, it was also Sam “Tech Girl” Wright’s as well. It’s where I cut my teeth as a commentator, covering numerous online matches two nights a week with my then co-caster Nathaneal “BurningRed” Slabbert. ECL is an event I feel a great deal of sentimentality towards. Even if I’m not proud of my efforts as a commentator in hindsight, since I was so very new at it back then. I’m really happy that it’s back on the calendar.
The showiest of matches
Back to the present. In an innovative move, Mettlestate took an alternative approach with the show match. Rather than pit two current top teams against each other, they created an antagonist team they called The Legends. This team, consisting of some current and former players of extensive experience and pedigree, would face off against a team of the public’s choosing. Goliath Gaming, Big 5 Esports and Leetpro Esports were presented as the options for the CS:GO community to vote for. Essentially the fans got to choose their hero to face the antagonists of the old guard. The public voting lead to a landslide victory for Leetpro.
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