Thursday, 16 November 2017

SA's BOO! Protea League of Legends Team is ranked 15th in the world.

MSSA's BOO! Protea League of Legends Team was without doubt the strongest, and best, South African League of Legends team.

The team (consisting of players from VexxedPhoenix) dominated the South African scene during 2017.

However, luck was not on the team's side when it found itself in Group C with Taiwan, Russia, Switzerland, and Korea in what could only be described as the group of 'death'.

Nevertheless the team gave it their all and the team romped home to victory but succumbed to Korea, Taiwan, and Switzerland.

IESF's 9th World Championships, however, not only showed the character of the team, but also the weaknesses inherent in South African gaming.

Team captain, Brandon Fester, is already busy compiling his recommendations for MSSA's Esports Board of Control.

It is hoped that such recommendations will lead to the development of a more competitive esports scene in South Africa.

Should the scene become more competitive,  with more depth, South Africa will be able to build on the solid foundations created by MSSA's 2017 BOO! Protea League of Legends Team in order to deliver even better teams to IESF's 10th World Championships.

There is no doubt that there is a  lot of work to be done between now and MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials,

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

South Africa climbs to 12 place in world esports rankings.

IESF's official rankings
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has always prided itself on its rankings earned at IESF World Championships.

MSSA 2017 BOO! Protea Esports Team is no exception having given it their all while facing extremely tough competition.

As usual, the standard of esports rises from year to year.

Therefore it is not an option to remain constant as to do so actually shows a decline in standard.

With every country pushing the envelope from a year-to-year basis, MSSA has had to continually up its game in order to produce better teams.

In 2016, South Africa slumped to be ranked 14th in the world from its 2015 ranking of 12th.

Through reviewing  its systems and promoting an even greater degree of  competitiveness, the teams representing South Africa have pushed South Africa back up to be ranked 12th in the world.

The improved rankings show the increased South African standard, and MSSA intends to build on its successes in 2017 to push further up the international rankings at IESF's 10th World Championships.

IESF agree on partnership with Bahçeşehir University

IESF and BAU have agreed on a partnership to expand ecosystem of esports.

The purpose of this agreement is to build friendship and foster a relationship that will promote intellectual exchanges and growth of academic resources in the field of esports between students, faculty members and administrators of Bahçeşehir University and the International Esports Federation.

In detail, to facilitate a mutually beneficial program for this partnership, both parties are prepared to participate in a formal program that seeks to promote an academic and educational collaboration.

This MOU is the second partnership that International Esports Federation has proceeded, following by the partnership with UNH at August, 2017. The International Esports Federation will continue their efforts to sign more agreements with other academic facilities to revitalize and develop esports. 

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

South Korea is the overall champion of IESF's 9th Esports World Championship Busan

IESF officially ended the 9th Esports World Championship Busan 2017. 

The finals were played on the 11th and 12th of November 2017 where all the title winners for three different game titles, which are League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Tekken7, were decided. South Korea, the defending champion of 8th Esports World Championship 2016, became the overall champion for 9th Esports World Championship once again.

South Korea’s League of Legends team won the title by winning straight two games in the final, and South Korea’s Counter Strike : Global Offensive team finished the tournament in 3rd place. South Korea’s Tekken7 player, while regrettably finishing in quarter-final, supported Korean national team into first place overall. The total point earned by South Korea was 147 and South Korea once again regain the overall champion. 

Friday, 10 November 2017

SA goes down to South Korea

Brandon Fester and Gregory Wessels (of BOO! Protea Esports Team) congratulating the Korean team on their victory.
After the BOO! Protea League of Legends Esports Team's surprise victory over Russia in the first round of play at IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan, the South African national team had to face off against the 2016 World Champions - South Korea.

Everyone knew from the get-go that it was not going to be a picnic.

This was going to test the endurance, skill, and determination of the 
BOO! Protea League of Legends Esports Team and not test character, but reveal it.

BOO! Protea League of Legends Esports Team started strong holding them off in the early game. However, the  strength and experience  of the South Korean team shone through and eventually helped the Koreans to dominate the young South African team.

Never before has a South African team done so well against a Korean national team.

BOO! Protea League of Legends Esports Team has now raised the bar for all future South African teams.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Alasdair Donaldson Takes South Africa out of the Group Stages for Tekken

Huge excitement for South Africa as the Protea Tekken player, Alasdair Donaldson, makes it out of the group stages and into the knockout rounds.

Tomorrow Alasdair will take on the Philippines in an attempt to secure his spot in the quarter finals! With all to play for, tomorrow's match is sure to be an exciting display of skill. There's a lot on the line for all the players and we're expecting nothing short of sweat and determination.

Alasdair is well know in the local scene for his dedication to the game and his outright skillful way in which he plays. Tomorrow Alasdair will attempt to make history! Philippines had an amazing group stage result crushing all their opponents and not dropping a single game. They are most definitely a force to be reckoned with! It will be no easy task for the South African, Alasdair, to overcome his foe.

Already making it through the group stages is a huge achievement but Alasdair has no intention of settling with that. It is going to be a fight to the bitter end with the adrenaline rushing and the hearts pounding.

The competition is fierce and the pride is high but with so much at stake you can be sure that there will be no quarter given and every fight will break a sweat! The South Africans are standing behind Alasdair in what can only be classed as a true family in the spirit of everything that is eSports!

BOO! Protea CounterStrike: GO Team faces an uphill struggle.

The draw at IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan.
2016 saw South Africa  enter a CounterStrike: GO team to IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.

Such  team had a tough time  at IeSF's 
8th World Championships, and South Africa returned with many hard learned lessons.
The lessons learnt were all brought home and helped to select  the 2017 team.

With IeSF's 9th World Championships about to begin, and the South African BOO! Protea CounterStrike: GO Team shall again be faced by strong opposition.

The team is in Group C, and faces Korea, Romania, Malaysia, and Philippines.

Nevertheless, MSSA has faith in the team, and faith in the members of such team, which consists of the following players:

Title Name Club Nick Residence
CounterStrike: GO Ryan Van Schalkwyk IntenSity E-Sports REvS Johannesburg
James Hulett VexxedPhoenix scheeR Pretoria
Leander Van Schalkwyk VexxedPhoenix chappie Johannesburg
Esmari Swart IntenSity E-Sports EsProxy Vanderbijl Park
Rojuan Kuba ZagAlliance FrostzR Cape Town

The full draw is as follows:

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Australia Finland Korea China
Thailand Russia Romania Sweden
Israel Azerbijan South Africa Taiwan
Switzerland Georgia Malaysia Indonesia