At the start of the year, Energy Esports, the most dominant CS:GO team of 2017 was excluded from VS Gaming’s prestigious Masters league, apparently due to an administrative error. Personally, I’ve never believed in fairy tales. We all thought that was the end of the powerhouse MGO’s ambitions for VS Masters this year. As it turned out, fairy tales are indeed possible, even in the real world. The former Skeletons Again turned Energy Academy side barely managed to scrape into qualification for the LAN Finals after finishing in second in Leg Four of Premier Division. They came into the tournament with low expectations surrounding the team. Surely, they’d be the first team to be knocked out? In a rather massive twist, Energy Academy went on to win the whole tournament in dominant fashion.
AN UNLIKELY VICTORY
Even though they managed to enlist the help of Dominic ‘Domsterr’ Sampaio of the main Energy eSports CS:GO squad, it’s a result nobody saw coming. The best they could hope for was that he would buff the team slightly. Instead, their results exceeded their wildest imaginings. This was certainly the upset tournament result of the year. Probably the biggest upset in South African CS:GO of the past few years. Energy Academy managed to win the biggest title of 2018. They beat Goliath Gaming to make it to the final, then Big 5 Esports in the Grand Final. Their opponents were the toughest in attendance and they pushed them aside nonetheless to claim the giant fake cheque and the very real R200,000 first prize. In so doing, they created an epic underdog story that will long be remembered.
I spoke to Carlo “pnd” Farinha of Energy Academy, to get some insights into how they did it.
axtremes: What does this title win mean to the team?
Carlo “pnd” Farinha: Winning VS Masters was huge for us. We had a really rough couple of months prior to this tournament. A lot of the motivation had began to seep away and our confidence levels were extremely low. During the event we started to feel that confidence again and we found our strength again.
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