Esports Central – Bravado Gaming’s landmark ESEA MDL title

2 Aug, 2018

South Africa’s very own Bravado Gaming are jetting back to home shores after their prolonged stay in the United States. They’re taking a well-deserved few weeks off during the international player break to see their families and loved ones. More than that, it’s a triumphant homecoming for the boys in blue. They return to South Africa as conquering heroes from foreign shores.

An international title

For the first time in recent memory, an international foray by a South African team actually culminated in a win. More than that, a significant championship win. A few years ago, we might have just settled for a match win or two. With them winning the ESEA Mountain Dew League, Bravado have achieved something noteworthy during their Project Destiny relocation to North America. It’s an achievement that truly puts them in the spotlight in a really positive way on the international stage. As South Africans, whether we are Bravado fans or not, we need to acknowledge and celebrate their victory. Well done to Bravado Gaming!

Sweet, sweet Mountain Dew

In case you somehow don’t know, the ESEA Mountain Dew League is one step down from the highest level of CS:GO competition in North America and Europe, the ESL Pro League. MDL is highly competitive and includes many skilled players, including some that have played at the Majors. It is the stepping stone for professional teams to progress to the top level. Finishing well on the leaderboard at their first attempt would have been a commendable result for Bravado Gaming. Instead they did much, much better.

The road to the final

As mentioned in my Quick Hit article last week, Bravado Gaming finished ninth in the regular season and would have been out of playoff contention had RESOLUTE not dropped out due to roster issues. This seeded Bravado eighth, which pitted them against first seed Team Dignitas. Bravado shocked the North American scene by dumping Dignitas out of the tournament in a dramatic 2 – 1 win. This, along with Swole Patrol’s unexpected loss to Gorilla Gang, completely changed the complexion of the playoffs. Their Semi-final against Monstars barely slowed Bravado Gaming down as they moved past the Americans 2 – 0 to setup a final against Vision Gaming.

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