In August last year, both Bravado Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) and Dota 2 squads qualified for the World Electronic Sport Games (WESG) Global Finals, while South Africans Edwin "Drager" Williams qualified for StarCraft II and Francois "Th3Jok3r" Neethling qualified for Hearthstone after some amazing performances at the African and Middle East Regional Qualifier in Dubai.
Today, the first matches of the WESG Global LAN Finals kicked off at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Center in China, with the teams and players from South Africa fighting it out in Dota 2 ($800,000), CS: GO ($800,000) Hearthstone ($300,000) and StarCraft II ($400,000) for a piece of the massive $3.7 million (nearly R50 million) total prize pool.
Unfortunately, none of the matches in which players or teams from South Africa participated in was shown on the tournament stream. All the matches during the group stages are best-of-two. When a team wins 2-0, they gain three points, while if teams draw, both of them get one point on the log. Below, you can find the group stage standings showing how the teams and players from South Africa did against the world-class international competition.
CS: GO standings:
Dota 2 standings:
Starcraft II standings:
Bravado’s CS: GO squad did the best of the teams and players from South Africa on Day One. Although the team got a free win against the Swedish team GODSENT (who couldn’t make it to the tournament), they showed strong performances against both the other teams they faced. Bravado tied with Taiwanese side Signature Gaming with map scores of 16-14 on Train (BVD win) while Mirage didn’t go their way with a score of 16-3 (Signature win).
Against Space Soldiers, Bravado went down 11-4 in the first half of the first map (Train), but put up an impressive fight in the second half. Unfortunately, Bravado couldn’t stage a comeback and lost the first map 16-10. The second map (Cache) saw Bravado take an early lead, but their Turkish opponents took back control of the game with some very close rounds. The score was 9-6 in favor of Space Soldiers at the end of the first half. The Turkish side came out strong in the second half securing the pistol round. From there, Bravado took back several rounds almost equalizing the score at one point. Unfortunately, the team from South Africa couldn’t close out the map. The Final score on the second map was 16-11, giving Space Soldiers a 2-0 win over Bravado.
Bravado's CS: GO squad before their first match
Bravado’s CS: GO squad still has a shot at a third-place finish (and thereby a spot in the playoffs) in Group C if they managed to beat Polish side Team Penguin and Chinese side FIVE eSports Club tomorrow, while their Dota 2 squad has no chance of making it to the playoffs after losing all three of their Day One matches.
Edwin "Drager" Williams managed to beat well known professional StarCraft II player Stephano, but lost against his other four opponents, which means he is effectively eliminated from the tournament. Lastly, South African Hearthstone player Francois "Th3Jok3r" Neethling’s Group D matches have not been played yet and we wish him all the best of luck tomorrow when the Group D matches get underway.
At the time of writing it is unclear what time the teams and players from South Africa will play their next matches, but the tournament kicks off again at 05:30am South African team, with some of the games being streamed on the tournament’s website.
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