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Quest for Team SA: Dota2 online championships announced


In response to a recent article that we ran about Romania challenging South African to Test Match for Dota2, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) have announced that they will be answering the call and South Africa will be putting together a Proteas Dota2 team to take up the challenge.

Naturally, because this will be a full Proteas team and it's an official test match, there will be some strict requirements for selection. Don't panic though, I'm going to unpack the process for you, but basically here is the process:

How to become a Protea Dota 2 Team: The Overview

There will be National Trials for the Teamand these trials will decide the Protea Dota 2 Team. Couple of things to take note:
  1. The National Trials is a LAN event NOT online (part of the strict requirements for selecting a Proteas team for a test match - MSSA need to see your face, because you could be anyone behind that PC screen!)
  2. The LAN for the trials will be held in the area where the MAJORITY of qualifying players come from, so if the majority of players are from Cape Town, the National Trials will be held in Cape Town. So, Souties (South African army slang for Englishman. Used in jest). out there, don't not enter because you assume you will be schlepping it to Jo'burg.
  3. You need to qualify for the National Trials through either the Online Championship or one of the Provincial Championship. The top 3 teams or 20% (whichever is greater) from these will go through to the National Trials.
  4. There's no budget for travel, so you and your team will be responsible for travel costs to the National Trials.
  5. The date has not yet been set for the National Trials although its likely to happen at the end of April 2013.
  6. The date of the Test Match will be confirmed once the Proteas Dota2 Team is in place.

How to become a Protea Dota 2 Team: Qualifying for National Trials via The Online Championship

Mind Sports South Africa will be hosting a Dota2 online competition on 6 April 2013 that will be administered by Polarfluke. To qualify for the competition, you need to take note of the following:

  1. The teams that are entered must come from the same area (everybody in the team must reside within 50km's, as the crow flies, to each other). The reason for this is simple: There is no travel budget for getting teams to the National Trials.
  2. You can choose to have your team spread out over the country, but then the team undertakes to get all the members to the location of the events, at their own expense.
  3. Entrance to the online tournament is free, but you need to be a full paid-up Registered member (cost is R5.00 for a scholar and R75 for others). You don't need to convert your clan into an affiliated club just for this event (although this is a VERY smart idea), you and your team mates can register under the Knights Club. Its easy, don't panic - just contact Mind Sports on and they will get you over the form you need to complete. Easy.
  4. Tournament registrations will likely happen on the Polarfluke website, so keep a watch for when this opens up.

How to become a Protea Dota 2 Team: Qualifying for National Trials via The Provincial Championships

Its likely that only the North West and Gauteng Provincial Championships will be concluded in time for the Dota2 National Trials, so this effectively gives North West and Gauteng players twice the opportunity to get into trials; once for the Online Competition and twice if they also enter the provincial championships.The Gauteng Provincials are being help on 30 & 31 March 2013 and the North West Provincial Championships are on 23 & 24 February.

You can check the The 2013 Calendar of Events for the MSSA for more information, or you can follow Mind Sports on Facebook for up-to-date information.

If you have any questions, please let me know and I'll endeavour to get answers for you.

Here is the full press release from the MSSA:

Dota 2 - Getting ready for the Romanians!

The test match challenge by Romania immediately put the MSSA on the spot. As readers can imagine, there are strict rules for a test match. There are all sorts of requirements. For example, there has to be a single venue from which the team plays, and there has to be an approved umpire who will oversee the event.

Just the above two requirements mean that there are a huge amount of difficulties in choosing a team and getting it together to play the test match.

Many gamers will, no doubt, understand why the MSSA can't just fly the team up-and-down the country. Obviously any such travelling requires vast finances, and because the team will be expected to play in other on-line test matches as well, such a policy could turn out to be financially ruinous.

Thus the MSSA has put a great deal of thought and has come up with a solution.

The solution is that a Dota 2 on-line competition for Registered Players will be held on  6 April 2013.

From such championships, invites shall be sent out to the Registered Players of the teams that finish in the top three or the top 20% (whichever is greater) as per the Regulations. As per the Regulations all such players who qualify from the genre as a whole shall be invited. However, the Trials shall be held after the championship on 6 April 2013. The Registered Players that enter the Trials shall organise themselves into teams that:
1.    All come from the same area. In other words everybody in the team must reside within 50km's, as the crow flies, to each other, or
2.    Any team that does not comply with point 1 above, will have to undertake to get the players in their team who are not in the same area to the venue for the test matches at their own expense.

As usual Trials shall be done at a LAN venue, and the team that can best represent South Africa shall then be selected.

So, now everyone should be keen on reading details of the MSSA's Dota 2 On-line Championships:

Date:     06 April 2013
Venue:     On-line
Host:    PolarFluke
Status:    Provincial
Entry fee:    None

Please note that while there is not an entry fee, all entrants must be fully paid-up Registered Players.

If you require any additional information, please contact the writer.

Issued by:

Colin Webster
Mind Sports South Africa
P O Box 19275
Tel: 011 828 4994
Fax: 086 672 1911
Cell: 073 593 9451
Twitter: @mindsportssa
Skype: colin.webster4

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is an affiliate of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee.

The MSSA is responsible for the good governance and promotion of Board games (such as Backgammon, Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba, etc), eSports (whether they are played on ?cell phones, Sony® PSP?s, personal computers or similar), and Historical figure games (also known as wargames). 

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