Jul 5, 2019
This past weekend, the Times Square Arena in Pretoria again played host to Rush Esports. As usual, there were a multitude of esports tournaments for the public to watch and get excited about. Unusually, there were qualifiers for an actual real chance for local esports players to head overseas. Held by Mettlestate, the WESG South African Qualifiers for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive were again won by a familiar name to South African esports fans.
Making History. Repeat itself.
At Rush 2019, the current young Energy eSports side of 2019 managed to replicate the feats of the ultra-dominant 2017 to 2018 iteration of the team. That EN won the inaugural faux-ESWC Qualifier event at the very first Rush in 2017. In 2018 they added a second CS:GO championship title to their Rush Esports tally with the Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup. Fast-forward to the present and it’s a third consecutive Energy eSports CS:GO championship win at Rush. No other organization has won a CS:GO title at Rush since its inception. Again sponsored by Vodacom 4U, with a guaranteed spot secured at Counter-Strike’s highest prize-pool event in WESG World Finals, this is inarguably the most significant Energy win at Rush.
The last big Grand Final this Energy squad participated in was also for an important international tournament spot. In that final they managed to best Goliath Gaming and will find themselves at the Starladder Asia Minor in Berlin later this month playing for a crack at the CS:GO Major. Those are massive stakes, but this relatively inexperienced team got it across the line in that instance. With similarly high stakes at Rush 2019 but this time on LAN, they again stood up when it mattered most and beat Goliath Gaming convincingly. Energy will find themselves in China for the WESG World Finals in early 2020.
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