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The rAge 2017 Expo - The battleground for the ESL African Championship finals

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It’s almost time for the biggest rAge Expo yet. This year’s annual video gaming, computer, technology and geek culture exhibition will be celebrating its 15-year anniversary and we can’t be more excited. Now, there is, even more, reasons to head to rAge 2017, which takes place from 6 to 8 October, as Kwesé Gamer will be hosting the ESL African Championship finals throughout the weekend of rAge!

For those who aren’t able to attend rAge, you can watch the action live on Kwesé’s Twitch channel or on Facebook. For such a big event, Kwesé is also bringing in some international casters for your viewing and listening pleasure, as explained by a Press Release:

“Kwesé will also be bringing two well-known international casters to rAge: Lauren ‘Pansy’ Scott and Jason ‘Moses’ O’Toole. World-renowned in the international esports scene, the two will lend their casting abilities and trademark style to the talent deck of the grand finale, alongside a host of local commentators, panelists and analysts.

‘Pansy’ is a 27-year-old British nationalist, contracted to ESL, who has been involved in esports for over 10 years, while ‘Moses’ started his professional career at the very young age of 16, playing for United 5 in North America. Their attendance at rAge is much-anticipated and shows just how successfully esports is taking off in South Africa.”

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But that’s not all, there will be a Hearthstone Fireside Gathering on 7 October at rAge, where the top three players of the day will duke it out for their share of the R10,000 prize pool. Further, Kwesé will be hosting an Overwatch competition, featuring the new 1vs1 mode, where players will be able to try out the mode and compete for prizes!

The ESL African Finals teams and players

In Hearthstone, Algerian players OverGame and Saliom will compete. Joining them will be the two players from South Africa, namely Sythe and Menlyn. In CS: GO, Limitless.gg from Algeria and Vibora from Morocco will be joined by Bravado Gaming and Energy eSports in the ESL African Championship finals.

The CS: GO teams from South Africa:

Bravado Gaming: “One of the most well-known esports teams in South Africa, it is hardly surprising that Bravado managed to make it into the final. With that said, the team didn’t have an easy ride into the top four, and their spot was only secured in the last match of the group stages. Finishing with 19 points overall, Bravado’s road to the final consisted of six wins and one draw. Ironically, the only draw was against bitter rivals Energy CS, who is the second South African team to make it to the finals.”

Energy CS: “Team captain blackpoisoN together with players Domsterr, flexeeee, kanii, and takbok had a similar journey to the finals as Bravado, winning five matches and only drawing two – one of which was against Bravado. Also competing in season one, Bravado is the only team that has been able to beat Energy CS in the ESL African Championship. While it had a pretty good run in the group stages, it was also a bit of a close call into second place. The team finished the group stages with 17 points – only one point ahead of third-placed Big 5 eSports.” - Source  

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The Hearthstone players from South Africa:

Sythe: “South Africa’s Sythe remained victorious in the second series, and managed to stay ahead of the competition throughout most of the ESL African Championship. With 27 points, he finished the series with nine wins and only five losses. He was also the winner of the first series, where he dusted off the competition with 30 points, 10 wins and only four losses. Needless to say, his win in series one secured him an automatic entry in to the second series.”

Menlyn: “Menlyn is the only player in the top four that managed to fight his way to the finals from the relegation matches at the end of series one. For the first series, Menlyn finished in fifth place, which meant that he had to compete in the relegation stages in order to progress. Here he managed to beat Fafa, securing a lifeline to the second series. In the second series, he finished in third place with eight wins and six losses (the same as both the Algerian players, but it was his score difference of 30:26 that helped him remain in third.” - Source

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Important rAge 2017 Info

For those who have been living under a rock for the past month, well, here is the important information about rAge so you don’t miss out on a single moment of the action:

  • Dates: 6 October – 8 October 2017
  • Show times: Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 | Saturday from 09:00 to 18:00 | Sunday for 09:00 to 16:00
  • Day Ticket: R120 per person (tickets available at the door or via Ticketpro outlets)
  • Weekend Ticket: R300 per person (tickets available at the door or via Ticketpro outlets)
  • Kids under 6 years old: Free entry
  • Location: Ticketpro Dome | Cnr Olievenhout Avenue and Northumberland Road | Northriding, Johannesburg |GPS: 26 03’48.39”S / 27 56’35.54”E

Will you be watching all the eSports action live at rAge 2017? Let us know in the comment section below.

Sources: Press Release, Kwesé

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