This past weekend saw 12 South Africans in action against teams from around the world in the World Electronic Sports Games finals in Changzhou, China. Up for grabs was a prize pool that totaled $3.7 million.
It was not an easy task for the South Africans with the participants in all four titles unable to make it out of the group phase of the event. The best performing participants in the tournament proved to be the Bravado Gaming CS: GO team who placed third in their group, narrowly missing out on proceeding to the playoffs.
The standing and winners of the various tournaments and their share of the prize pool can be found below.
The CS: GO tournament saw the French team EnVyUs take the grand final 2-0 over Team Kinguin from Poland to secure the lion’s share of the prize pool. You can read more about the result here.
The Bravado Gaming Dota 2 team had a tough time in their group, securing a win against Brazilian team T Show and finding themselves on the reverse side in their other matches.
The Dota 2 final went the way of TNC Pro Team from the Philippines who secured their victory over Cloud9. TNC walked off with $800,000 for the win, while Denmark’s Cloud9 pocketed a still very respectable $400,000.
You can expect further coverage of Bravado’s tournament thanks to our local Dota 2 man Chris ‘SargonDotA2’ House soon.
South Africa’s Th3Jok3r found things a lot more difficult in China than he had in the Dubai regional’s where he had claimed top spot. The Hearthstone player found himself without a win in the group phase to be eliminated from the tournament.
Philiphine’s player Staz was the big money earner for Hearthstone when he beat Swede Orange in the final to earn $150,000. Orange secured $70,000 for his time.
The local representative for Starcraft II was Drager, who grabbed a win against Tunisian Stephano – who went on to finish second in their group.
The winner of the tournament and the $200,000 up for grabs was South Korean player TY who beat his fellow country man Maru in the final.
While it is disappointing that none of the South Africans made it out of the group phase at WESG, there have been (again) important lessons learnt. The most obvious and relevant is that South African players need more exposure against international players. Play against stronger players and your game can only improve. Let’s hope 2017 is the year of those opportunities.