Esports Central – Preview: ESEA Season 28 Grand Final

Aug 15, 2018

To look forward effectively, one first needs to look back for some context. Let’s take a look at the ESEA South African Open Season 28 Semi-Finals before looking at previous seasons to see what the Grand Final might have in store for us.

Semi-Finals

Energy eSports vs Goliath Gaming: 2 – 0

This was a rematch in some ways of the Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup at Rush. The match at Rush informed us in no uncertain terms that Energy were the best team in the country, but still had one or two flaws to iron out. It made a strong case for the Goliath lineup as the second best team in the country, even if the final results was a one-sided BO5 series. The ESEA Semi-Final demonstrated that Energy have put in significant work and are looking even more dangerous than the past version of themselves, the 2017 African Champions.

 

I’d never commentated on a match like that before. Across two maps Goliath only got a single round win. This was a Semi-Final between the best team in the country and their closest local rivals. There were just no positives for GG to speak of. Energy on the other hand looked imperious. Untouchable even. Domsterr only died seven times in the entire series, while Flexi died just nine times. Let that sink in. BlackpoisoN ended with a 48/18 KD and got a nutty 156.3 ADR on the way to a 2.45 HLTV rating. Imperious and untouchable.

Big 5 Esports vs xTc Esports: 2 – 0

The map scores were a little closer than some might have expected considering xTc’s rather up and down form in the last few months. 16 – 13 on Cache and 16 – 9 on Overpass. Veteran B5 player Konvict put on a show, scoring a 55/38 KD, 110.8 ADR and an HLTV rating of 1.61 in the victory. The result was never really in doubt, but xTc will at least be satisfied that they stayed within touching distance and finished a credible third/ fourth in the championship. For Big 5, their excellent VS Masters run in Leg Four combines with a good season in ESEA. They make their first Grand Final since ESEA Season 26, where they faced Bravado. After sitting out Season 27 entirely, this is a good return for the squad.

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