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Predator MGMS CS:GO Q1 - Bravado talks about the new season

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The Predator MGMS is set to kick off next week where some of South Africa's best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) teams will be competing for their share in  R14,500 in prize money, and one of two invites to the MGMS Grand Finals.  We caught up with our winners from the last years MGMS, to get their take on the latest information regarding ESEA and the up and coming to Predator MGMS first Qualifier. 

Bravado CS: GO

From left to right in cover image:

  1. Ruan "Elusive" Van Wyk
  2. Dimitri "Detrony" Hadjipaschali (Team Captain)
  3. Aran "Sonic" Groesbeek
  4. Ashton "Golz" Muller
  5. Robby "blackpoisoN" Da Loca (replaces Richard 'deviaNt' Groves)

We caught up with Andreas 'Cent' Hadjipaschali, the director of Bravado Gaming, to talk about the current state of SA's CS: GO teams, the ESEA and what to expect from his team in this year's MGMS season.

The last time we saw Bravado in the MGMS, your team was walking away with the title. Can you take us through the changes your team has undergone since then and what your new squad has been working on during that time? 

"The team has definitely changed quite a lot bringing in two replacements since the previous MGMS Finals. We decided to implement a different strategy with regards in how we aim to achieve our goals in the future. One main important factor is the fact that individuals need to put in as much game time as possible in order to make all of this a realization, which is one of the reasons we took the approach we’re taking. Currently, most of our players are playing full time where one or two are putting in at least 6 hours a day of game-time. As a whole, I would say that we’ve been adding more time to our practice, ironing out all the little differences (which I talk about later)."

The E-Sports Entertainment Association League (ESEA) announced the inclusion of South Africa in the upcoming CS: GO League Season 22. Can you explain to us why this is such a big opportunity for your team and the community as a whole?

 At the end of the day, the ESEA interface is something that South Africa was lacking which will definitely prove to increase the skill level of individuals (in teams or not) by playing top rated Pickup Games (PUGS). It was a matter of time before the ESEA expanded to South Africa, especially after their interest in our scene a couple of years ago (as they’re available all over the world) and the best part of it is that they’re owned by the ESL, which means this could open up multiple opportunities for South African CS:GO teams to play on an International stage and more. Think of it as a ‘matchmaking’ system on steroids that offers a ton of valuable statistics and functions throughout the interface, one that offers opportunity throughout the client.

Taking a look at the community overall, do you believe that our competitive standard is on the rise compared to last year? What do you think will be required for our teams to compete with the international squads?

Hell yeah! The competitive scene is booming, players are getting better and teams are starting to understand the definition of ‘synergy’ which is great.

I think players in our scene are starting to understand the important little differences between us and the international players, the fact that you’ve got to be in the ‘right place at the right time’ when in-game. More importantly, individuals are beginning to realize that awareness and positioning within competitive play is super, duper important.

It’s great that we’re starting to figure out these small (yet very important) differences. This is the first step to ‘preparing’ to play and compete against international squads. After that, I think that its really important we get as much ‘International’ game time as possible, whether we have individuals and teams attending events in South Africa, or simply having multiple squads attending international events so that we can transform these ‘small differences’ in game-style/understanding into ones that will become part of our subconscious.

In the Predator MGMS, your team will undoubtedly look to come out of the first qualifier with a top placement. Who do you think are your biggest rivals at this point and who are you looking forward to competing against the most?

We’re always looking at staying on-top of our game, and believe me, a lot of practice goes into making this a realization. However, I don’t think it’ll be as easy as it has been in the past due to the fact that we’ve seen a HUGE improvement of teams and players within the last year. The scene is booming and the competition is getting right, and that’s what makes us grow.

It’s really hard to say who our ‘rivals’ really are as we’ve seen some great performances by a majority of squads in the last few events, but if I had to it would probably be: Energy E-Sports, Aperture Gaming, Carbon E-Sports, Damage Control and Flipside South Africa – I would say these are our main competitors for the time being where anyone has an equal chance of claiming the throne.

I'd like to thank Andreas for giving us the time to answer some of our questions.

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Register now for the MGMS 

Registrations for the first Predator MGMS Qualifier can be completed by heading over to the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament page. Once there, you will be able to view registrations, brackets, rulesets, registered teams, the calendar and frequently asked questions. Registrations require that each team has a minimum of five members registered, with two optional reserves. No players are allowed to enter more than one team and no player may be registered for more than one team. 

Registrations will close on the 29th of May and matches will commence on the 31st of May, with the finals of the first Counter-Strike: Global Offensive online qualifier being hosted on 19th of June. Teams must be sure to be available for all dates and outlined times before registering. 

Prizes 

The top three teams will bag the following cash prize in this qualifier:

  • 1st Prize* – R6,000
  • 2nd Prize* – R4,000
  • 3rd Prize – R3,000 (Raru Vouchers)
  • 4th Prize- R1,500 (Raru Vouchers)

*The top two teams will receive an invite to participate at the Predator MGMS Grand Finals being held on the first and second of October.

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