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An in-depth look at Orena's CS: GO GWZA Century Cup

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Over the past weekend (13 and 14 February 2016) Orena’s first tournament under their “new look” was held in the form of the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) GWZA #Season1 Century Cup. The invitational tournament featured some of the top CS: GO teams in South Africa, namely Bravado Gaming, Energy eSports, Carbon eSports and Aperture Gaming. It was an amazing event, run extremely well and delivered some of the highest skilled local CS: GO matches so far. If you missed it, you can read the results below as well as some interview questions / answers with the event organizer and the two teams in the Grand Finals.

GWZA #Season 1 Century Cup results

Day one kicked off with Carbon versus Bravado Gaming, where the latter came out on top with a 2-0 victory. The second match featured Energy eSports (the only non-DGL Masters team at the event) and Aperture Gaming. Aperture took a 2-1 victory which meant they stayed in the Winner’s Bracket. The third match of the day was a loser’s bracket clash between Carbon and Energy, with Carbon coming out on top with a 2-1 win, thereby knocking out Energy. The fourth and final match saw Bravado take knock Aperture down to the loser’s bracket with a 2-0 victory, securing their spot in the Grand Finals.

On day two saw Aperture taking on Carbon to see who would face Bravado in the Grand Finals. After a hard-fought series, it was Aperture who came out on top with a 2-1 victory. Due to Bravado coming from the Winner’s Bracket, they had a one map advantage in the best of five grand finals. In the end, Bravado’s wealth of experience again proved too much for the side of Aperture, as Bravado took a 3-0 victory; which means they did not lose a single map the whole tournament, an amazing feat against the tough local competition.

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The Bravado Gaming CS: GO squad with CEO Andreas 'cent' Hadjipaschali

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The Aperture Gaming's CS:GO squad

Check out the prize distribution below:

  1. Bravado Gaming (R20,000 cash + Plantronics Headsets)
  2. Aperture Gaming (R10,000 cash + Plantronics Headsets)
  3. Carbon eSports
  4. Energy eSports

R30,000 in cash sponsored by Gaming World South Africa and some amazing Plantronics headsets sponsored by Apex Interactive.

You can view the tournament bracket here and check out full videos of the grand final matches at the bottom of this article; but first, have a look at what Orena’s Luca Tucconi, Bravado Gaming’s Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali and  Aperture Gaming’s Theuns ‘Alpa-Renji’ Louw has to say about the past weekend’s tournament.

Luca Tucconi on the GWZA #Season1 Century Cup

I sat down with Orena’s CEO Luca Tucconi to ask him some question about the past weekend’s GWZA #Season1 - Century Cup.

Tell us about how the event played out this weekend.

“The event was loads of fun! We had a few delays on the Saturday before the event went live, but from that point on everything went smoothly. We were treated to some of the best local CS we’ve seen with some new name stars making a serious name for themselves.”

Can you tell us about any upcoming plans for more tournaments like this one, invitational or otherwise?

“We'll definitely be running events of a similar nature in the near future. It was an exciting time hosting the event in my apartment over the weekend, having friends I’ve known for years competing for a serious prize pot in my lounge, was quite a surreal experience. We will be looking at securing a different venue to accommodate a few more teams, but without sacrificing the more ‘intimate’ environment experienced at a ‘Home Story’ type cup.”  

What can be done so that the local CS: GO teams can become even better and compete against top international teams?

“It’s been said before and it remains the same, the only way for local teams to compete against the internationals is for them to get more experience playing against them. Being restricted to the local circuit doesn’t enable players to learn and adapt to international styles and standards of play, that is why a huge focus of ours at Orena is to get our local stars onto international shores.”  

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Luca Tucconi

Aperture and Bravado talks about the GWZA #Season1 Century Cup

I caught up with Bravado Gaming’s CS: GO team captain Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali and the CEO of Aperture Gaming to ask a few questions about the teams’ experience at the tournament and the local CS: GO scene.

How did your team prepare for the tournament and which team, if any, did you hope to face in the final?

Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali - “We finally had a decent amount of time to prepare for a LAN tournament with this specific lineup, far from fully prepared but we've been extremely focused on the basics, going back to step one since the beginning of the new year. Honestly we both expected and wanted to play Energy at some point of the tournament, just to get a little revenge since our disappointing performance at the last LAN event of 2015 vs them.”

Theuns ‘Alpa-Renji’ Louw – “We undertook a 3 day bootcamp the weekend before Orena to solidify our team synergy and in-game execution. This was crucial to our performance and placing at the LAN event. Captain of the ApG CS team James ‘zerOchaNce’ Wijnberg said it best when he said ‘We don't commit hundreds of hours to practice while making sacrifices in our personal lives to place anywhere less than first’.  Everyone is putting in 110% when it comes to work ethic and we all share the same vision. It was with this attitude that the team planned on making the finals at the Orena cup. An ApG/BvD final is exactly what we had in mind. We might not have gotten the outcome we were aiming for in the final, but we definitely took a lot from the game and we plan to do some serious homework before our next match up.”  

Tell us about your experience at the Orena GWZA Century Cup.

Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali - “It was awesome. So different to any other LAN event I've ever attended, it felt more private and the atmosphere was great and just had a good vibe to it overall. Everything ran pretty smoothly and I'm really excited to see what Orena brings in the near future!”

Theuns ‘Alpa-Renji’ Louw – “The cup itself was a great success and I would like to give a massive shout out to Luca Tucconi for creating such an awesome platform for local talent to show off their skills and step up the skill level in the SA scene, he definitely ran a tight ship this weekend. As for team and their experience, I believe this event was exactly what we needed, some valuable LAN experience to build team confidence and momentum we will be sure to take into the next event.”

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Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali

How strong is the local CS: GO competition at the moment?

Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali - “Competition is getting stiffer, LAN by LAN. Teams are working harder and individuals are improving by the day. With more and more events being announced, teams are becoming more motivated to push for that top spot.”

Theuns ‘Alpa-Renji’ Louw – “The current competition is extremely high, with upsets happening at almost every event. No one is backing off or acting complacent with the current standings, which makes every game feel like a grand finale. Personally I believe the SA CS scene is showing off some of the best talent the country has seen till date, and it's only going upwards from here.”

The competition is clearly very tough in the local CS: GO scene. The teams prepare so well and put on an excellent show. Coupled with the extremely well run tournament, the local CS: GO scene has never been more exciting.

Before checking out the grand finale videos below, give the participants and their sponsors some love.

Big thanks to Luca Tucconi, Dimitri Hadjipaschali and Theuns Louw for taking the time to answer my questions.

Who’s your favorite local CS: GO team or player? Which team do you think is the strongest in South Africa at the moment and what can be done to strengthen local CS: GO even further? Let us know in the comment section below.

Images credit: Bravado Gaming GWZA Century Cup gallery
Main Image Credit: Andy Reeves Photography

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