Dec 13, 2018 12:30 pm
The World Electronic Sports Games are fast replacing the ESWC competitions of previous years in the minds of esports fans as the big chance for South Africans to earn a trip overseas. Going overseas is of course always a massive opportunity for our best players and teams to gain valuable experience against a higher tier of competition than is possible locally. Perhaps even to make their mark on the world stage. Last weekend’s online Semi-finals of the South African CS:GO Qualifiers, run by Mettlestate, was exactly that massive opportunity.
In a post-Dreamhack Winter world after Bravado Gaming’s impressive run all the way to the Grand Final, the incentive for Bravado to follow that up with an emphatic showing against South African opposition was certainly there. Equally, their local opponents had plenty of motivation to try to topple the first team to really put South African Counter-Strike in the global spotlight. To try prove they themselves are just as good as Bravado and earn a spot at WESG’s World Finals in China next year.
It’s in the title, dear reader. Bravado came back from Sweden and had a largely trouble-free run in winning another WESG Qualifier to book their trip to the World Finals in China next year. It’s exactly what they needed to do after their Dreamhack Winter campaign in Jönköping, Sweden, the weekend prior. The only acceptable outcome to follow up a monumental achievement like that, was to come back home and stamp their authority on the SA scene.
There were a few encouraging signs for Energy Academy in the Semi-final against Bravado. Both Mirage and Train were quite close with 16 – 13 and 16 – 12 score lines in BVD’s favour respectively. Being an almost entirely new iteration of Energy Academy, the team employed quite a loose style of CS. Bravado seemed content to brawl with the Academy side on their terms, rather than play to their usual structures. This contributed to a much closer than expected encounter as this Academy side has no shortage of firepower themselves. The US-based team managed to eventually wrestle away both maps, but not without being pushed hard by EN Academy. Encouraging signs for Academy if they manage to stay together into 2019 and build the strategic side of their game in addition to their undoubted skill.
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