Day one of World Electronic Sport Games (WESG) Global Finals didn’t go well for the teams and players from South Africa; and day two saw Bravado Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) and Dota 2 squads as well as Edwin "Drager" Williams (StarCraft II) and Francois "Th3Jok3r" Neethling (Hearthstone) eliminated from the tournament.
None of the teams or players from South Africa managed to make it to the playoffs, and Bravado’s Dota 2 squad and Drager only managed to pick up one win each in their respective groups, while Th3Jok3r lost to all his international opposition. However, Bravado’s CS: GO squad put up an extremely strong performance against their tough international competition. They ended fourth in their group with two wins (one of which was a bye), one tie and two losses. Even though they didn’t manage to make it to the playoffs, they came extremely close and only lost out on a spot due to total round difference.
Bravado’s last stand at the WESG
Bravado’s CS: GO squad played their final match against Chinese side Five eSports Club after losing their opening match of the day two against Group C winners, Team Kinguin from Poland. Bravado put up an extremely strong performance against the Chinese side, beating them 16-7 on Train and 16-10 on Cache. With their victory over Five eSports Club, Bravado was tied for third place with Taiwanese side Signature Gaming.
Unfortunately, Bravado was still eliminated from the tournament due to a small total round difference between the two sides (only 6 rounds apart according to Team Liquid). Therefore, Bravado was very close to making it to the WESG Global Finals playoffs.
The Bravado CS: GO squad team captain, Dimitri 'Detrony' Hadjipaschali, posted a message to his fans shortly after their final match ended: “Unfortunately we needed more wins and fell short on round difference in the end... out of WESG. Lots to regret but lots to learn from. Thank you to everyone that cheered for me and my team from the beginning of this journey until now.” - Source
Bravado showed that they could compete with top international teams. Even the matches they lost weren’t one-sided affairs, but instead hard-fought victories for their international opponents, with the exception of only a couple of maps.
BVD versus Five eSports Club on Train
BVD versus Five eSports Club on Cache
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