Following an earlier announcement about the team trials for Battlefield 3 for PC, seven teams entered for an ultimate showdown to select an official South African team that would represent this country in the BF3 Conquest Nations Cup tournament that is hosted every year by Clanbase.
The teams that entered for the 8v8 Conquest trials were as follows:
- ASF 1
- ASF 2
- Black Watch (All Stars)
- Fusion (Veneration)
- Xtreme Quassin
The MSSA trials were thoroughly grueling, as they should be, with teams playing as many as 12 games which left many of the gamer thoroughly exhausted. Nonetheless, the winning team of Bvd emerged, captained by Barry Louzada, who is no stranger to international competition, having competed for South Africa in Taiwan in 2007.
Barry Louzada, Battlefield 3 Team South Africa's Captain
Louzada's first duty as team captain is now to recommend his choice of reserves to the MSSA. Once this process is complete, the full squad will be announced. In the interim, the organisers of the Nations Cup competition have been advised as to the who the team captain is.
The South African Battlefield 3 team is in for some serious competition in the pool rounds as they have been temporarily assigned to Group F, which include teams from Austria, Greece and the United Kingdom. The team to potentially watch out for here is the UK team that placed in the Top 8 in last years competition.
To help the team, MWEB have sponsored a local Battlefield 3 server for the team to use for practices. In addition to this, we have also secured a UK-based practice server for the team to acclimatise playing their "away" matches on high-ping servers.
Look out for the next announcement of the full team. In the meantime, we wish Barry all the best in his preparations and we congratulate MSSA on putting together some very quick preparations together to make this tournament happen, particularly to the president, Colin Webster. A big thanks also to Justin Robinson (sluggyj) for doing the scorekeeping and administration of the tournament.
From my own perspective, I'd also like to thank Reinhard (Choc-Salties) from my team for putting the time in configuring and administering the MWEB servers that we provided for the competition.
The press release from MSSA follows:
More teams than last year entered the trials in a bid to earn a spot to represent South Africa. Of course, the Trials put all the gamers through their paces. Each team played a total of 12 games during the Trials, which left all the gamers thoroughly exhausted.
Though tired, all the gamers expressed their satisfaction at having taken part.
Thus with the Trials having been completed, the MSSA has formally entered the team into the Nation's Cup.
The MSSA has also advised the organisers of the Team Captain.
The Team Captain is none other than Barry Louzada who plays for Knights Mind Sports Club.
This will not be Louzada's first foray into international competition. Barry was selected by the MSSA to represent South Africa in 2007 in Taiwan.
One of Louzada's first duties will be to recommend to the MSSA his choice of reserves.
Once the reserves have been selected, the full team shall be made public.
The South African Team has temporarily assigned to Group F. The teams in Group F are:
• Team Austria
• Team Greece
• Team United Kingdom
• Team South Africa
If you require any additional information, please contact the writer.
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