Bravado DOTA2 welcomes all-star lineup
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | DOTA | August 22, 2017
It’s been a couple of weeks since our relatively unexpected performance at the Electronic and Games Expo (The VS Gaming Masters) that took place at the CTICC in Cape Town, which our Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA2) squad placed much lower than we would have hoped and expected. Based on the past few months and couple of last events, we’ve decided to make changes to our DOTA2 roster in order to achieve our goal of being the number 1 DOTA2 squad once again.
After much deliberation and discussion, Bravado Gaming’s Dota 2 team has decided to shake things up with a brand new roster change, bringing together a combination of exceptional e-sport athletes from the industry to form an all-star alliance, with the mission of taking our DOTA2 division to greater heights, locally and internationally. The new proposed line-up is Frank, the captain and position 4 support along with a brand new edition in the form of Santo, playing carry, Depi who will be playing the middle role.. That’s only three right? Well, here’s a lovely surprise, we are also expecting to see the return of not only one, but two old and beloved faces here at Bravado Gaming, Doni as well as Habibi. Doni playing the offlane while Habibi takes the position 5 support.
Unfortunately, we will be saying goodbye to Impackt, 225, Mikasa and RDK and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them for all of the effort they’ve put in. We wish them only the best going forward!
The main purpose of this line-up change is to get results we expect at Bravado Gaming and to fit hand-in-hand with our future endeavors. The previous Dota 2 team Bravado had, Bravado Emotion (consisting of Seem, Habibi, Odu, Doni and Flarez), dominated the scene for approximately 4 years before 2017 until they decided to disband due to life commitments and other ventures. This team was also the only African team to qualify for the WESG (World Electronic Sports Games) in China earlier in the year, in which 2 stand-ins were used from White Rabbit Gaming (Castaway and Schlinks). Prior to that, at the initial qualifiers which took place in Dubai, Bravado Emotion qualified for the finals in China with the original team placing 3rd for the META region.
Bravado thereafter picked up a team who appeared to have huge potential of becoming the top team and in the attempt to write our very own zero to hero story. Unfortunately due to time commitments and other external factors, we weren’t able to achieve this goal. This is when we decided some changes needed to be made in order to continue growing from strength-to-strength.
We are now in a position where we want to a build a team of top players that can help us get to the top of the DOTA2 scene once again, as we once did for numerous years previously. This is very important when looking at external business elements for the Bravado Gaming brand which is directly related to partnerships, sponsorship’s, endorsements and private investments, especially with our ‘top-secret’ plans that we’ve been working on this year (which will be announced when possible). In addition to all of this, we want to burst out of our bubble and achieve on the International stage, simultaneously benefiting Bravado, the players and the general South African e-sports scene. – Andreas “Cent” Hadjipaschali, CEO of Bravado Gaming (PTY) LTD
Frank told me that they are still working on the offlaner and have a few ideas however nothing is final as of yet. He also says that they will be using Doni until they can confirm their 5th player and until Doni makes his move overseas, which he has been working towards during 2017. With this team, they will mainly need to work on the synergy as a team. They are definitely confident that they will be a powerful force going into OCS and any other DOTA2 event that will be taking place for the remainder of this year.
We expect that we should be a top 2 team in any tournament. Our only competition should be WRG until we can work on our synergy as a team and grow together, after that point we expect we should be the top team with hopes to go overseas. – Mark ‘Frank’ Lehle, Team Captain
As it stands, our line-up for the rest of the year is as follows:
- – Mark ‘Frank’ Lehle (Captain and Position 4 Support)
- – Michael ‘Santo’ Myburgh (Carry)
- – Aidan ‘Depi’ Marshall (Middle)
- – Abdur ‘Habibi’ Kamdar (Position 5 Support)
- – Donio ‘Doni’ Teixeira (Temp Offlane)
You can also check out our current and previous achievements by heading over here. Also have a look at the new line-ups player descriptions and social media links by heading over to the team page here.
As always, we expect to achieve the best results here at Bravado Gaming. We strive to be the best and unfortunately that sometimes means losing a few friends along the way. Once again, we say best of luck to the players that have departed, and we extend a warm welcome to the players we have decided to bring in to the Bravado Gaming camp. Time to work boys!
In preparation for what the rest of the year awaits, we’ll be conducting our first boot-camp very soon. In actual fact, we might even make this a public event (for specific times) so you can get the chance and come and mingle and dingle with our players. More information on the boot-camp and location will be made available soon!
We would like to once again thank each and every person for your continued support. Make sure you follow Bravado Gaming on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bravado Gaming is proudly sponsored by Alienware and Intel and is the proud brand ambassador for Alienware in South Africa. Also, check the local Alienware Facebook page by heading over here.