This passed weekend a number of South African teams and players battled it out in Dubai against players from Turkey, Middle East and the rest of Africa for their slice of the prize pool up for grabs as well as coveted spots in the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Grand Finals scheduled for December.
The teams and players this weekend (who competed in CS: GO, Dota 2, StarCraft II and Hearthstone) were already battling for their share of over $200,000 but the big face off in China will see a prize pool of over $3,7 million across the four titles. The very good news is that South Africa will feature in all four titles in China, with Bravado Gaming bagging the two team slots and Drager and THEJOK3R representing for StarCraft II and Hearthstone respectively.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
South Africa’s Bravado Gaming again showed their experience in placing second in the qualifier to the team secure their umpteenth international tournament slot. The team did find themselves up against Turkey’s Space Soldiers in the finals which was taken by the latter 2-0.
- 1st place: Space Soldiers ($30,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 2nd place: Bravado Gaming ($18,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 3rd place: Dark Passage ($9,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 4th place: C5.JO ($3,000)
- 5-6th places: carboN | SWIFT ($3,000)
- 7-8th places: Damage Control | FenneC ($3,000)
More information about the CS: GO can be found here.
The Bravado Gaming Dota 2 team will be heading to China with their CS: GO team in December after securing third spot in their 2-0 win over Egyptian team SliCe N’ Dice.
- 1st place: Aboshamalah ($30,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 2nd place: Dark Passage ($18,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 3rd place: Bravado Gaming ($9,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
More information about the Dota 2 can be found here.
Perhaps both StarCraft II (and Hearthstone) went a little unnoticed in the chatter about CS: GO and Dota 2, but in both cases, some stellar performances saw South Africa speaking pretty loudly this weekend.
South Africa’s Drager moved through the group phases and early playoff rounds relatively easily but came up against a rampant Stephano from Tunisia who took the best of seven final over the young South African 4-0.
- 1st place: Stehano ($12,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 2nd place: Drager ($6,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 3rd place: Zerghamdi ($3,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
More information about the StarCraft II can be found here.
The only South African to take top slot at the WESG Regional Finals was Hearthstone player TH3JOK3R who secured the first spot and the $12,000 payday over Sanver from Turkey.
- 1st place — TH3JOK3R ($12,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 2nd place — Sanver ($6,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
- 3rd place — Lord ($3,000 + slot to Global Grand Finals)
More information about the Hearthstone can be found here.
Our congratulations go out to all the players for their success this weekend and wish them well for their preparations for the Grand Finals in China this December. We will keep you updated with information as the dates draw closer, and implore you to support the players and teams when the time comes.