Esports Central – Valkyrie Season 1 Retrospective with SaltyMonkey

21 June 2018

Mettlestate and ASUS did something rather unique in local esports. They recently completed the successful inaugural season of South Africa’s first all-female CS:GO league. The ASUS ROG Valkyrie League. Now that the dust has settled in the aftermath, I thought I’d take a quick look back at the playoffs and talk with the victorious team’s captain.

To the victors, the spoils

After nine weeks of round robin best of one group play, the playoffs were held two weekends ago to crown a champion. Bravado Finesse easily dispatched Glacier Purple in their opening match 2 – 0, while Leetpro Esports pushed past Amaryllis Gaming with a 2 – 0 win of their own. Glacier Purple were the first team sent home courtesy of yet another 2 – 0 scoreline at the hands of Amaryllis this time around. Sadly for Amaryllis, the best they could manage was third as they lost again in the decider rematch against a very motivated Leetpro, 0 – 2.

The Grand Final was set. It would be the so far dominant Bravado Finesse up against Leetpro Esports. While the scoreline doesn’t necessarily reflect it, the  3 – 1 delivered by the Bravado ladies was hard-fought and more competitive than you might think. Bravado were able to emphatically overturn the loss to Leetpro in the WESG Female CS:GO Qualifiers back in December. With the Valkyrie League Season One title to their names, they’ve all but confirmed that they’re the best female team in the country for the time being.

Giant cheques are awesome

To celebrate Bravado’s win and the completion of the first season, ASUS and Mettlestate held a lovely breakfast event at the Mettlestate studios for the media. It was pretty cold outside, but that didn’t do anything to lessen the enthusiasm of both the attendees and the elated Bravado Finesse players.

Read the full article over on the Esports Central website here.

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