GameNation SA – Energy eSports ascending

If you’re a South African esports fan, you’ve definitely heard of Energy eSports. Their exploits are well-known in the various esports titles, whether it be in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Dota 2, Call of Duty or any other title you care to mention. By exploits, I mean they are a multi-gaming organization (MGO) that knows how to win. Speaking about winning, let’s delve a bit into their rather significant title wins of just the last few days.

CS:GO

2018 SO FAR

The Energy CS: GO squad were the undisputed African Champions just under a year ago after winning the ESL Africa Season Two trophy at rAge. They beat the now USA-based Bravado squad comprehensively and looked untouchable heading into 2018. This year, they were not included in the VS Gaming Masters division, despite being the best team in the country. Unfortunately, that has devalued the prestige of Masters significantly, as the country’s best team is not in what is supposed to be our premier domestic competition. The ESEA league by contrast is a more apt representation of the pecking order of domestic teams, at least based off of online play. Energy easily won ESEA Season 27 and then picked up Sinister5’s star rifler, Gareth “MisteM” Ries to replace veteran player Jan “takbok” Theron in the active lineup.

With MisteM plugged into the team and a switch of in-game leader with Trevor “Kani” Morley taking up the role, they headed into the Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup for their first offline matches of 2018. That it took until July for the first national competitive LAN of the year, is rather sobering considering the bumper year esports and particularly CS:GO enjoyed in 2017. Nonetheless, Energy took the tournament convincingly as favourites. There were one or two slight wobbles, but the changes seemed to be enabling Robby “blackpoisoN” Da Loca to unleash a new level of individual performance. The former IGL has been in incendiary form in the last few months.

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