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A quiet weekend awaits, and alongside the LAN below, there’s the Masters Series Advanced Warfare final and MSSA Western Cape Provincials happening – both are covered further down.
- Laerskool Edleen LAN Event: From Friday 21 August at 6pm, Cold Fusion LAN is hosting a LAN event at Laerskool Edleen in Kempton Park. Entry is R30 per person and the LAN runs until Sunday. Details can be found here.
Competitions & Giveaways
Call of Duty Advanced Warfare
The Call of Duty portion of the Masters Series (or MGMS) is nearing completion with only five teams still in it and four matches left to play.
Insane Gaming secured a guaranteed spot in the LAN final when they beat eN_F34R in the winner’s bracket final on Tuesday night. The match was a thrilling one to watch and it went to the fifth and final map to see Insane walk out 3-2 winners. They will now await the matches in the loser’s bracket to find out who they will face for the first and second place decider.
The qualifier concludes on Sunday with the loser’s bracket final and grand final being streamed on MWEB GameZone’s Twitch channel – times still to be confirmed. The tournament bracket can be viewed here.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive teams have until this weekend to register for the second qualifier in the Masters Series. There is R10,000 in cash and a spot in the LAN finals (where R22,000 will be up for grabs) on the line.
- MWEB GameZone: MGMS CS:GO – Up close with Aperture Gaming
- MWEB GameZone: MGMS Advanced Warfare: Insane Gaming vs. eN F34R – When Old Rivals Clash
Energy eSports have announced the latest addition to their Counter-Strike team.
‘Takbok’ completes the eN. Heat roster and is “an unknown name in the CS:GO scene,” who has “done his hours,” and comes from a competitive Call of Duty background with Bravado Gaming.
Gauteng is getting another LAN (with expo) event.
The BHG LAN & Expo is scheduled for 30 October (6pm) to 1 November (4pm) at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand. Tickets go on sale on 21 August via Quicket and will cost R200 for early bird buyers or R250 for a weekend pass at the door.
Tournaments are listed as part of the event, but details are not available as yet, however games listed on the posters include CS: GO, Dota 2, League of Legends, Call of Duty and more.
You can keep in the loop by visiting the Event Page on Facebook.
The Battle for the Throne is back this weekend, when Orena hosts another round of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive matches which aims to see if Bravado Gaming can be toppled from their throne.
Registrations are now open and will close on Friday 21 August. Matches in the single elimination event will be played on Saturday (22 August) and Sunday (23 August) with the Battle for the Throne itself scheduled for 4pm.
More details and registrations can be done via the Orena site.
Rectron Heroes of the Storm Tournament
Game Arena has announced the Rectron South Africa Heroes of the Storm tournament which will take place at the rAge Expo this year.
There will be a qualifying phase which will lead to the rAge finals where R60,000 will be up for grabs.
More information – as well as registrations – can be found here.
The MaD Hatters are a busy bunch at the moment.
They’re hosting both a Hearthstone and League of Legends tournament on 31 August. On top of that, they have a Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Steam key to giveaway, which sees entries close on 25 August.
“Futterwacken” is a League of Legends tournament hosted by MaD Hatters, twice a year.
“March Of The Cards” Tourney #2
March of the cards is a Hearthstone tournament which is hosted by MaD Hatters twice a year.
The fourth and final Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ‘Altitude Fight Night’ saw Aperture Gaming secure the victory and R2,000 cash prize in a 2-0 win over Veneration eSports.
The South African team were bundled out of the African qualifier for the E-Frag CS: GO World Championships – but not without unexpected contorversy.
The MSSA-selected team consisted of many players not actually known as top tier CS: GO players, and while they had to struggle with high pings (due to decisions made by the tournament organisers), the side were clearly out of their depth against their African opponents, losing all their matches comprehensively.
The post-qualifier dissection has been heated to say the least, with comments flying thick and fast on an MWEB GameZone article and on the CS: GO South Africa Facebook Group. A critical issue for all South Africans to remember is that the team itself should not be the focus of complaints but the selection process itself -which while flawed – does not see all of the top teams in the country participate. Again, this is due to continued mistrust of the MSSA and the way they operate.
The truth of the matter is that this entire discussion (it should be that and not an argument as so many are prone to) would require an entire book to discuss, so let’s just get to the scores for this moment shall we?
- South Africa vs Egypt: 3-16
- South Africa vs Tunisia: 1-16
- South Africa vs Morocco: 2-16
- South Africa vs Libya: 6-16
This past weekend saw the Online Championship for Hearthstone and Starcraft 2 hosted.
HearthStone – overall: Francois Mouton (Tuks Mindsports Club)
StarCraft II – overall: Edwin Williams (Way2Casual)
StarCraft II – female: Cornelia Booysen (Tuks Mindsports Club)
The gamers that finished in the top three places have all earned a place in the 2015 MWEB National Team Trials.
Gamers that intend to attend the National Team Trials must ensure that they have a valid passport – no exceptions!
This coming weekend sees the Western Cape Provincial Championship hosted by – and at – Fairmont High School in Durbanville, Cape Town. For full details, you can head here.
You can find out about even more events happening in South Africa in our events calendar. If you want all the news about goings on in South Africa, simply click on the SA flag to be whisked to the most comprehensive coverage of South African gaming that you will find on the internet. You may just be surprised by how much is happening around the country.
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