SA eSports | DotA 2 Results 29 August – 05 September 2016


DGL Masters

  • 31 August 2016: Bravado Gaming 2 – 0 Aperture Gaming
  • 04 September 2016: Damage Control 2 – 0 Veneration eSports
  • 05 September 2016: Xperts @ Total Chaos 2 – 0 Carbon eSports
  • 05 September 2016: White Rabbit Gaming 2 – 0 Flipsid3 Tactics

Bravado Gaming are your Leg 2 DGL Masters champions, looking pretty comfortable in most of their DGL matches thus far. Much of the uncertain play they exhibited earlier in the year during the nAvTV Gigabyte Challenge seems to have worked itself out and BVD are once again looking to be an unstoppable force in RSA DotA2. If their consistency in the league format is anything to go by, then the nAvTV series against WRG appears more a one time affair and not something BVD would want to endure again during rAge 2016. Damage Control turn their fortunes around with emphatic drubbing of Veneration eSports (2 – 0) where game 2 only lasted approximately +- 20 mins.  While VnR have been one of the weakest teams over the Leg 2 period, DC have earned a well fought victory that hopefully ends their recent poor run of form. xTc take a surprise victory over Carbon (2 – 0) while WRG put the sword to F3 (2 – 0) to wrap up the final week of Leg 2.

DGL Prem Div.

  • 30 August 2016: TopKek 2 – 1 Singularity eSports
  • 01 September 2016: eXdee Gaming 2 – 0 Ventus DotA
  • 02 September 2016: Pulse Gaming Salt 2 – 1 Reversal FoJ
  • 04 September 2016: Pulse Gaming Reborn 2 – 0 Ventus Academy Pink
  • 04 September 2016: Ventus Academy Pink 2 – 0 Reversal FoJ
  • 04 September 2016: Ventus DotA 2 – 0 Singularity eSports
  • 04 September 2016: TopKek 2 – 1 Pulse Gaming Salt
  • 04 September 2016: eXdee Gaming 2 – 1 Pulse Gaming Reborn

The first bit of news in the final week of the DGL Prem Div. is that Pulse Gaming have signed a second DotA2 team. Previously known as Team Immersion Reborn, this DotA2 team joins Pulse Gaming with immediate effect and will be playing under the Pulse banner for the upcoming Do Gaming Championships as the re-branded Pulse Gaming Reborn (puLse.Reborn). This move is a really great one by Pulse Gaming, as it gives their current out of form Pulse Gaming Salt some much needed competition within the organisation as well as bolstering the Pulse Gaming franchise as a whole. You really have to hand it to Pulse Gaming for getting this pickup so late in the season, as it really marks the MGO as one that is looking to compete at the highest levels. On the other hand, this move must certainly raise some worry within puLse.Salt, as their relatively poor run of form continues and threatens to relegate them to naught more than a Pulse Gaming Academy team (which is not dissimilar to the path Ventus have taken – picking up multiple Academy teams dispersed throughout the DGL – DotA2 League). Ventus DotA and Ventus Academy Pink both keep up their mid table positions with victories over bottom of the log teams while losing to the top placed teams. TopKek manage to pull off a major upset by humbling Pulse Gaming Salt (2 – 1), and thus narrowly avoid the drop. Singularity eSports, Pulse Gaming Salt and Reversal FoJ end their abysmal Leg 4 runs at the very bottom of the log, but they’ll be really unhappy that they couldn’t avoid the drop by picking up just one or two more points to stay in the top flight of RSA DotA2. The TopKek victory over Singularity eSports (2 – 1) really helped TopKek secure another Leg of Prem Div. DotA2 in 2017. Reversal FoJ narrowly losing to Pulse Gaming Salt (2 – 1) also secured their fate in the bottom three, where a win would have secured them safety. So Pulse Gaming Salt and Reversal FoJ appear tied on 10 points apiece in 6th/7th position with an identical win rate. At this point I’m not certain what happens with regards to promotion/relegation procedure. Pulse Gaming Salt should narrowly survive due to their positive head to head victory over Reversal FoJ. But we’ll have to wait and see what Telkom does here.

Eclipse Cup

  • 30 August 2016: Aperture Gaming 2 – 0 eXdee Gaming

The Losers Bracket Final fixture between rivals Aperture Gaming and eXdee Gaming (previously the Energy eSports DotA2 squad) promised to be a thrilling series that could go either way. On the road to this fixture ApG knocked WRG to the lower bracket early on in the knockout stages, but failed to progress past Bravado Gaming. eXdee Gaming also lost to Bravado Gaming in their Winners Bracket fixture, but would ultimately beat WRG to progress through to the Losers Bracket Final. On paper both teams are performing equally well and it was a 50/50 gamble which team would prevail on the day. Aperture Gaming came out on top this time around, beating eXdee Gaming (2 – 0) in a pretty convincingly manner. In particular an outstanding PotM performance by acg helps ApG breeze into the Grand Final where they get another crack at Bravado Gaming. eXdee Gaming take a thoroughly deserved 3rd spot in the inaugural Eclipse Cup DotA2 competition, once again highlighting the depth of quality and skill on display in this team (even though they’re not in the DGL Masters league).

Ballistix Masters (Formerly the Crucial Cup)

  • Playoffs Round 1:
    • Carbon eSports 2 – 0 Ventus DotA
    • eXdee Gaming 2 – 0 DUC
    • Pulse Gaming Reborn 2 – 0 Internet Mafia
    • Pink 2 – 0 Bendi
    • Aperture Gaming 2 – 0 Mythic Gaming
    • Pulse Gaming Salt 2 – 0 Legendary Light
    • Xperts @ Total Chaos 2 – 0 Singularity eSports

I stand to be corrected, but as far as I can tell the Ballistix Masters Playoffs are single elimination and, as such, Carbon eSports and eXdee Gaming are the first teams to move to round 2. Ventus DotA, Internet Mafia, Bendi, Mythic Gaming, Legendary Light, Singularity eSports, and DUC all fail to progress any further in this competition (unless I’ve completely missed something and there is a Losers Bracket) but have done well to get this far with so many quality teams competing in the competition. Other teams progressing to the next round are: Pulse Gaming Reborn, Pulse Gaming Salt, Pink, Xperts @ Total Chaos, and Aperture Gaming (who I fancy are the favourites to win this competition since Bvd are absent).


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Christopher House is an ex-DotA2 competitive player who works as an independent esports writer.