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rAge 2016 Cape Town - eSports results recap

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This past weekend saw rAge hit the mother city, and it brought with it a high level of expectation from Capetonians. Whether it really lived up to expectations will be a matter of debate on the internet for a few weeks still, and is conversation for another piece. We’re here to detail the results and winners of the major tournaments that went down this weekend, and celebrate another milestone in South African eSports.

Both Call of Duty and Counter-Strike received a lot of high profile attention due to their prime spots on the expo floor. Telkom were on hand with the DGL Masters series for CS: GO, while ASTRO Gaming sponsored the Call of Duty Black Ops 3 tournament. Both featured some exciting match ups between some top teams, as well as some very healthy prizes for the teams competing.

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The tournament saw four invited teams participate in a group phase for seeding and then onto a knockout. The action kicked off with three matches on Friday at the venue and via live stream.

ViNCO Gaming lost to both Team Adept and Energy eSports, while the third game saw the old rivalry of Energy and Carbon Astra reignited. This face-off went the way of Astra by two maps to none, but by the close of day one, many had seen some great console Call of Duty action.

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Day two was a busy one (both in terms of matches and at rAge in general), as there were three group matches to be played, as well as the two semi-finals. The match between Team Adept and Carbon Astra threw the cat amongst the pigeons as Adept surprised a number of spectators and supporters by beating their more fancied opponents 2-1. That streak was then stopped by Energy as they beat the Adept team 2-0. Meanwhile, Astra completed the group phase by beating ViNCO 2-0, but leaving three teams tied in first spot with two wins each.

Map counts and head-to-head results determined the seedings eventually and the first semi-final saw Carbon Astra take the best of five series 3-0 over ViNCO Gaming. Energy eSports and Team Adept ended the day’s action on a high with a thrilling match that went the way of Energy 3-1.

And then it was on to the final day of rAge and the day of the finals. Before the big winners could be determined, the players of Team Adept and ViNCO Gaming had to do battle for third spot. For the winner, there was cash and ASTRO product, but for the loser, there would only be a handshake. The happier of the two teams after the match was however Team Adept, who beat the team in yellow by a comfortable 3-0 margin.

The final featured the two familiar names of Carbon Astra and Energy eSports, and the match did not disappoint at all. Played in front of a good live crowd and on live stream, the teams went back and forth the entire match, trading a blow for a blow. The match almost went down to the very last round when Astra managed to grab Search and Destroy on Stronghold 6-4 to secure a thrilling 3-2 series win.

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Placings:

The videos on demand from the event can be found here, while the tournament bracket is available here.

Telkom DGL Masters

With a stage that rivalled a few setups internationally, Telkom’s DGL Masters made its arrival known to all at rAge. With MC Gareth Woods readying the crowd for action, the eight teams of the Masters series had much to live up to. With a total of R100,000 up for grabs, as well as R39,000 in Plantronics RIG 500 headsets in the mix, each team was due a share of the prizes, but the R40,000 up for grabs for the winners was the one all were probably eyeing.

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The format for the showcase was a single elimination tournament that saw a number of the teams only playing on Friday at rAge and then having to watch the others enjoy the atmosphere that came with a live eSports event.

Flipsid3, Veneration E-Sports, White Rabbit Gaming and Xperts@Total.Chaos all were knocked out in the quarter-finals, while Bravado Gaming, Carbon eSports, Damage Control and Aperture Gaming moved on to the semi-finals.

Bravado and Aperture both overcame their respective opponents – Carbon and Damage Control – 2-0 to set up the final showdown for Sunday.

The first map was a close one that went to 15-15 and on to overtime which Bravado secured 19-17. After such a close encounter, expectations were high for another close match – or even possibly an upset – but the Bravado team really ratcheted up their game and dominated proceedings with a comprehensive 16-2 map win to secure the series 2-0.  

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In Closing

Alongside these two tournaments were a number of other more adhoc mini-tournaments as well as the Energy eSports academy in the NAG LAN area, so there was more focus on eSports than was originally mooted in the early announcements of rAge.

However, no matter how you cut it, this past weekend was another exciting showcase for local eSports, and with all the plans in motion for the rest of the year, as well as the return of rAge Cape Town next year, the future looks bright for local competitors.

If you watched the matches this past weekend, let us know what you thought of it all in the comments below.

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