Aug 20, 2018
On Thursday 16 August, the Energy eSports CS:GO squad became back to back champions of ESEA South Africa Open. We can talk about how it was expected and how they were favourites for the championship even before the season got under way. Which is all entirely true. That being said, with the significant changes made to the team after Season 27, it was far from a guaranteed prospect heading into Season 28.
The first hints we got of their potential was at the Mettlestate’s Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup, where they won the final in a fairly convincing 3 – 0 over Goliath Gaming. The rest of the event was not exactly in the same sort of style, with some shakiness on display at various points, including dropping a map to LeetPro. Clearly the acquisition of Gareth “MisteM” Ries required some changes in their approach and in their setups.
While at the same time, the possibly even more significant switch of in game leader from Robby “blackpoisoN” Da Loca to Trevor “Kani” Morley would have played a role. A team takes time to settle after ringing the changes. In Energy’s case they were still able to win a tournament right after doing so, but showed that they were in fact mortal. That would be assuming anyone was strong enough to exploit the opportunity.
ESEA Season 28
It just never happened in ESEA. Energy very quickly started to hit their stride and started to look untouchable, with blackpoisoN in particular benefiting massively as a fragger without the responsibility of calling. They dominated ESEA Season 28. Not a single map was lost. They would have had a perfect record had they not forfeit a match to Pixel Hunters. You’d not have bet against them with the playoffs looming. Unless you’re an absolute crazed loon.
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