In a slightly surprising announcement, Bravado Gaming has revealed that they will not be participating in the 2017 Telkom DGL Masters.
While the Telkom DGL Masters offers South Africa’s largest cash prize pool, Bravado have decided to focus their attention internationally after a successful 2016 in terms of the number of international visits. Bravado will rather be making use of the new qualifying cups to secure a spot as wildcards in the main events.
This option will free their time to participate in (still to be finalised) international events. While the announcement cites “competing on the International stage as much as we can” as the reason for not participating in the Masters this year, one has to ask what the partial loss of the MGOs successful Dota 2 team recently did to their Masters chances. The Masters was originally an event designed for MGOs who had to participate in both CS:GO and Dota 2, and with the Dota 2 team sitting on an uncertain future (although plans may still be announced) it would’ve been a tough one to claim rights to a Masters slot.
Bravado Gaming’s CS:GO team claimed the top spot in the 2016 Masters, while their Dota 2 team finished second in the finals after a thrilling match against a gutsy White Rabbit Gaming.
While the move might see South Africa’s strongest team competing less locally, the organisation believes the move will have long term spin-offs for the scene generally. More investment from ‘brands, events and corporates’ as well as being able to develop and improve their skills overseas which will “help us directly translate these skills to other players when scrimming or competing against local teams.”
Bravado Gaming also feel that “doing well on the International scene will build good credibility for South African gamers, showing the world that we can produce some top-class talent which may open multiple windows of opportunity in a variety of categories.”
All in all, Bravado Gaming (and other MGOs locally) have had a busy start to the year. Bravado Gaming also recently announced changes to their CS:GO team which saw Robby ‘Blackpoison’ Da Loca and Ashton ‘Golz’ Muller leave, while Carbon’s Rhys ‘Fadey’ Armstrong and Johnny ‘JT’ Theodosiou joined.
The 2017 Masters Teams
The 2017 Masters will however see an expanded capacity and will see some familiar names, as well as a few new and returning names. If you’re wondering where Carbon eSports have disappeared to, they have merged with Energy eSports. It really has been that kind of start to the year…
The full list of 2017 MGOs participating in the Telkom DGL Masters are:
- Aperture Gaming
- Damage Control
- Energy eSports
- eXDee Gaming
- Flipsid3 Tactics SA
- Pulse Gaming
- Veneration E-Sports
- Ventus Gaming
- White Rabbit Gaming
- Xperts @ Total Chaos Gaming
If you have an opinion on this announcement by Bravado Gaming or want to express who you believe are likely to be this year’s contenders, feel free to drop a comment below.