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.

The 
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.

The 
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:

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
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


Philippines


SA has its work cut out for itself in League of Legends

MSSA's BOO! Protea Esports Team at the drawing of the groups.
Without doubt, South Africa's 2017 BOO! Protea Esports Team for League of Legends that will be participating in IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan is the best such team to ever represent South Africa.

The members of such team have won accolade after accolade in South Africa, and are the undisputed masters of the game.

However, the team now faces its greatest challenge.

IeSF's 9th World Championships is about to begin, and the South African team shall be tested as it has never been tested before.

The team is in Group C, which is considered to be the Group of 'death' as  it consists of the national teams from Taiwan, Switzerland, Korea, and Russia. It should be borne in mind that it  was Korea that won such title at IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.

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

Title Name Club Position Nick
League of Legends Brandon Fester VexxedPhoenix Top Lane Brafester
Brett Whitehead VexxedPhoenix ADC Clax
Connor Cryans VexxedPhoenix Mid Kd0
Gregory Wessels VexxedPhoenix Jungle JewTron
Kyle Taylor VexxedPhoenix Support youNique

The full draw is as follows:

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
Group A Group B Group C Group D
Costa Rica Netherlands Taiwan Philippines
Israel Romania Switzerland China
Macau Serbia Korea Malaysia
Tunisia Thailand Russia Macedonia

Sweden South Africa Georgia

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

It's an African derby!

The draw for Tekken 7  at IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan.
The last time that Tekken was played at IeSF's World Championships was at the 6th World Championships - Baku.

At Baku, South Africa performed well with Morizane Boyes finishing in 9th place.

Te following players shall be competing in the same group as Alasdair Donaldson from MSSA's BOO! Team Esports South Africa:

  • TEAM AZERBAIJAN - Chingiz Kargin
  • TEAM NAMIBIA - Mazila Mazila
  • TEAM MACAU - Ka Io Fong
  • TEAM LEGION ISRAEL - Michael Karkazshvili
  • TEAM VIETNAM - Tu Ash Nguyeni
It is thought by many observers that the LENOVO sponsored Michael Karkazshvili of Israel is Alasdair's biggest threat in the group stage.

However, Namibia's 
Mazila Mazila is unknown and may well prove to be the biggest  surprise.

Nevertheless, MSSA is confident that Alasdair will give it his all and perform to the best of ability and take on Mazila Mazila in a derby type event.







Port Elizabethan Gregory Wessels selected to be the BOO! Protea Esports flag-bearer

Gregory Wessels - SA's flag-bearer.
There is little doubt that to be 'the' flag-bearer at an official international sporting event is indeed an honour.

MSSA's
 flag-bearer is an outstanding person who bears South Africa's beloved flag honouring it above all others.

Thus the selection by the International eSports Federation (IeSF) of Port Elizabethan Gregory Wessels to bear South Africa's flag at the Opening Ceremony of the 9th World Championships has very much honoured Gregory. As South Africa's flag-bearer, Gregory joins a veritable group of who's who in international eSports.
Dignatories that shall attend the opening ceremony include members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Olympic Committee of Asia (OCA), and of the International e-Sports Federation.
Photographs of Gregory Wessels may be found on: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1077367312297193.1073741834.140301479337119&type=3

Monday, 6 November 2017

IeSF Finalizes the Entry for 9th Esports World Championship Busan 2017


International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) has announced the “Final Entry” for the 9th Esports World Championship. 

Of course South Africa's national federation, Mind Sports South Africa, will be represented with its Protea Esports Team as sponsored by BOO! Surprising Media SolutionsA total of 36 countries, consisting of 328 athletes will travel to Busan, to compete in 3 official events. The events are League of Legends(LOL), Counter Strike : Global Offensive (CS:GO), and Tekken 7.

The 9th Esports World Championship Busan 2017, which will be held on 8th to 12th  November 2017. 

All athletes and delegations will be present at the tournament venue on the 8th for the group drawing session, and the actual tournament begins on the 9th November 2017. 

With 147 of the teams coming from Europe, and 134 from Asia, there is no doubt that the few African teams have got their work cut out for them as  they take on the juggernauts. Details of participating athletes in each event can be found on the official website of IeSF (www.ie-sf.org).

IeSF's Esports World Championship is the only international esports competition based on nationality. 

The host city is chosen each year through the official “Host City Bidding Process” where the bid documents is distributed and open to all cities willing to host the event. As the official signatory of WADA, IeSF has been practicing doping tests in all its events, while also promoting and acknowledge clean sports.

The previous Esport World Championship hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia, was more competitive than ever before. Each title was won by a different nation. 

In 2016, Austria won Hearthstone, Finland won CS:GO, and South Korea won LOL. 

With more nations participating in 2017 at IeSF's 9th Esports World Championships in Busan, the level of competition is expected to be even higher.

More information about this World Championship can be found in the last article of IeSF:

Sunday, 5 November 2017

IeSF's 9th World Championships - Participants

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has delivered esports teams to each and every IeSF World Championship since 2009.

2017 is no different, and MSSA's BOO! Protea Esports Team will depart on 6 November 2017 for the rather chilly shores  of South Korea.

The International e-Sports Federation was only founded in 2008 by eight member countries, IeSF has grown from year-to-year.

IeSF's annual world championships has also grown from year-to year.

The 2017 edition will see no fewer than 35 countries participating. Those 35 countries will deliver no fewer than 310 participants.

IeSF's world championship is the only world championship for official national teams. As such growth may be slower, but such growth is more sustainable and, in my opinion, more accurate.

It is not a case that just anybody can just 'put' a team together and go to compete. There is a process. The process involves creating a national federation, getting the federation recognised, and then affiliating to IeSF.

Such efforts lead towards long-term development at all levels, and more than anything, helps protect the athlete.




IeSF's 9th World Championships - Event schedule.

With only a few days left, excitement is at an all time high as MSSA's BOO! Protea Esports Team readies itself for the long trek out to IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan.

Like all world championships, participation is not a holiday, it is work. There is little 'down-time' and the stress of an international championship can be daunting.

The schedule for IeSF's 9th World Championships is:


Saturday, 4 November 2017

South African National Wargames Championships - 2 & 3 December 2017.


Colin Webster (in red) locked in combat with Garth Schoeman with Terence Allwright looking on.
Mind Sports South Africa's  South African National Wargames Championships shall be held at Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg, on, 2 & 3 December 2017.

The event counts as a  qualifier for the 2018 National Team Trials.

In terms of the current regulations, any period may be played to more than one rule set if there are sufficient entries, and a player qualified to act as an umpire has volunteered to umpire such rule set.

The championships shall start on both days at 9H00. Players need to register at least 30 minutes before the start of play.

The following periods have qualified to be played, and shall be, should sufficient entries be received:

FIGURE GAMING:
PeriodCHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED ON BOTH DAYS

SaturdaySunday

ROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4ROUND 5
Ancients – DBM 3.29H00-12H0013H00 - 16h0017h00 - 20h009H00-12H0014H00 – 17H00
Pike & Shot – DBR9H00-12H0013H00 - 16h0017h00 - 20h009H00-12H0014H00 – 17H00
PeriodONE DAY HISTORICAL FIGURE GAMING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY ONLY
Sunday

ROUND 1ROUND 2ROUND 3ROUND 4
Ancients – DBM 200AP9H00-10H3011H00 – 12H3014H00 – 15H3016H00 – 17H30

In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are 
free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportssa@iafrica.com


Please note that if there are not at least 10 players entered for a figure gaming period, then such period shall be played to four (4) rounds and not five (5).

Entry fees are:              R60.00 for figure gamers.

Only players who are registered with fully-paid-up members may participate.

Players are reminded that the majority choice of rules as at the closing date for entries shall be used.

All entries must be entered by the club official on the Google Drive page allocated to the club.

Army lists must be e-mailed to the head of umpiring: Adele Janse van Rensburg at nitebabe18@gmail.com  on or before 26 November 2017.
The following Medals may be awarded at the Championship:
  • PREMIERMedals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARSMedals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, and to the first three primary school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are under 24 years of age, provided the players have not received any Premier Medals.
  • WOMENWomen will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in all three categories.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship.

South African National Board Gaming Championships - 2 December 2017.

Khahliso Malape - the 2016 National Champion for checkers.
The South African National Board Gaming Championships shall be held at Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg, on, 2 December 2017.

The championships shall start on both days at 9H00. Players need to register at least 30 minutes before the start of play. 

The following periods have qualified to be played, and shall be, should sufficient entries be received:
Board gaming
Period
CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED
Saturday
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
ROUND 5
Backgammon
10H00-10H45
11H00 - 11H45
14H00 -14H45
15H00 - 15H45
16H00 - 16H45
Checkers
10H00-10H45
11H00 - 11H45
14H00 -14H45
15H00 - 15H45
16H00 - 16H45
Draughts (Brazilian)
10H00-10H45
11H00 - 11H45
14H00 -14H45
15H00 - 15H45
16H00 - 16H45
Draughts (International)
10H00-10H45
11H00 - 11H45
14H00 -14H45
15H00 - 15H45
16H00 - 16H45
10H00-10H45
11H00 - 11H45
14H00 -14H45
15H00 - 15H45
16H00 - 16H45
SesothoMorabaraba
10H00-10H45
11H00 - 11H45
14H00 -14H45
15H00 - 15H45
16H00 - 16H45

In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportssa@iafrica.com

Entry fees are:              R30.00 for board gamers.

Only players who are registered with fully-paid-up members may participate.

Players are reminded that the majority choice of rules as at the closing date for entries shall be used.
All entries must be entered onto the club's Google  Drive before or on 26 November 2017.

The following Medals may be awarded at the Championship:
  • PREMIERMedals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARSMedals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, and to the first three primary school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are under 24 years of age, provided the players have not received any Premier Medals.
  • WOMENWomen will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in all three categories.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship.

Changes to the proposed Calendar of Events for 2018

BOO! Surprising Media Solutions - sponsor of the 2017 Protea Esports Team.
The 2017 year is rapidly coming to an end, and there is a huge amount of 'behind the scenes' that needs to be done.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) only has four events left on its calendar of events for 2017, being:

8 TO 12 NOVEMBER
CounterStrike: GO, League of Legends, Tekken 7
Busan Port Authority Convention Center, Busan, South Korea
25 NOVEMBER

Metsimaholo Brilliant Minds Gaming Championships

Checkers, HearthStone, Marvel vs Capcom, Morabaraba, Overwatch, PES 2017, Tekken 7, Trackmania TM Turbo
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
2 & 3 DECEMBER
All
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg
3 DECEMBER
33rd NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting
Fakkel School, 20 Jan Smuts Ave., Sasolburg

From all of the nominations received, MSSA is able to now publish the final proposed Calendar of Events for 2018.

The most significant change is that the Limpopo Championships moves into September away from the dreaded October period.

Such a change should make the Limpopo Championships even more popular than what it is at present.

The proposed Calendar of Events for 2018 is:

2018 Calendar of events

Date
Event
Discipline
Venue

3 & 4 FEBRUARY
Ancients, Checkers, FIFA ‘17, Morabaraba
Old Edwardian Society, 11 Ninth Ave., Lower Houghton
10 FEBRUARY
CS:GO, DotA, FIFA, LOL, SC, TTT II, VainGlory
On-line
24 & 25 FEBRUARY
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

24 & 25 MARCH
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

21 APRIL
Dota 2,
CounterStrike GO,
League of Legends,
Street Fighter V
On-line
28 & 29 APRIL
Free State Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games

28 & 29 APRIL
Gauteng Provincial School Championships
Board and Figure games

28 & 29 APRIL
Provincial School Championships for Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal, Limpopo, Mpumulanga, Northern Cape, North West, Western Cape
Board and Figure games

5 & 6 MAY
National Team Trials
Morabaraba and Wargames

26 & 27 MAY
17th MPUMALANGA Championships
Board games, Card games, eSports, wargames

26 MAY
FINANCIAL AGM
Meeting

2 & 3 JUNE
eSports National Team Trials
TBD

23 & 24 JUNE
15th FREE STATE Championships
All

7 JULY
Fezile Dabi Regional Championships
Checkers, Morabaraba,
Street Fighter V, MortalKombat X, Tekken and FIFA’17

21 & 22 July
Capricorn Regional Championships
To be determined
THS Tom Naudé
Week ending
27 JULY
1st round of School League for 4 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ‘17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, VainGlory
Online
28 & 29 JULY
SA School Championships
Board, Figure and eSports

4 & 5 AUGUST
24th KWAZULU NATAL Championships
All

11 AUGUST
StarCraft II, Hearthstone
eSports (PC)
On-line
25 & 26 AUGUST
22nd WESTERN CAPE Championships
All

TBA
Indigenous Games
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA
1 SEPTEMBER
Sedibeng Regional Championships
FIFA ‘17, Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat X, TEKKEN TAG II, StarCraft II, Checkers, Morabaraba

Week ending
7 SEPTEMBER
1st round of School League for 3 term schools.
CounterStrike: GO, DotA 2, FIFA ‘17, HearthStone, League of Legends, StarCraft II, Tekken Tag Tournament II, VainGlory
Online
8 & 9 SEPTEMBER
City of Johannesburg Championships
Sat. Morabaraba & StarCraft II
Sun. Ancients & FIFA

22 & 23 SEPTEMBER
16th EASTERN CAPE Championships
All

29 & 30 SEPTEMBER
7th LIMPOPO Championships
All
TBA
1 NOVEMBER
Submit nominations of office-bearers
Admin
mindsportssa@iafrica.com
1 & 2 DECEMBER
31st S A NATIONAL Championships
All

2 DECEMBER
34th NATIONAL CONVENTION
Annual General Meeting

TBA
SRSA's S A Schools Championships
Morabaraba
To be determined by SRSA

Notes:
  1. International events still need to be included.
  2. Inter-Provincial events need to be included
  3. Inter-Regional events need to be included
  4. Club events need to be included
  5. Regional Championships need to be included.
  6. Free State is moved to earlier in the year.
  7. National Team Trials still need to be included