Bravado Enters Console COD
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | Call Of Duty | February 21, 2017
Bravado Gaming, the most prestigious MGO in South Africa, arguably in the whole continent, has recently decided to venture into uncharted territories for the MGO. We have seen Call of Duty teams for Bravado Gaming in the past, however, these teams played the title on the PC platform. Although Bravado’s PC Call of Duty line-ups were fairly successful, they decided to go back to their roots and focus on Counter Strike and Quake, games which were far more popular on the platform.
Over time we have seen a plethora of changes in the Call of Duty scene on console, such as many players taking a break from the competitive scene, while newcomers were flooding the console platform. Alas, Call of Duty on console has always been and will always be popular. Apart from the absurd amount of money in the prize pools at tournaments, Call of Duty YouTubers have always had a cult-like following, which has contributed to the game being able to contend with new titles in the First Person Shooter genre, such as Blizzard’s Overwatch.
Similarly in South Africa, the Call of Duty scene has always been relatively well off, with a healthy amount of online tournaments and a handful of offline tournaments placed throughout the year.
The former team alias of Bravado Gaming’s new Console COD team is Astra Infinite, which was formed in 2013 and they have worked hard ever since to become one of SA CoD’s most dominant forces. They are proud to have finally joined Bravado Gaming as a Call Of Duty team and are looking forward to working hard this season and to hopefully come out with a bang.
I’m excited that Bravado Gaming has ventured into the local console market. I think we’ve found the perfect combination of players who are motivated, dedicated and willing to take their e-sports careers to the next level. This initiative has been one we’ve been looking at for the last couple of years, but finally, now that we’ve acquired additional human and financial resources, we’re ready to implement!
I would like to welcome Dillon and his team to the Bravado Gaming family with open arms. The staff, management and players of our brand will ensure that the individuals are treated with full respect. Simultaneously we’ll work hard to ensure that these individuals can grow themselves into superstars and aspiring individuals to our console scene. Welcome to Bravado Gaming! – Andreas ‘cent’ Hadjipaschali, CEO and Owner of Bravado Gaming (PTY) LTD
I was lucky enough to get some time with the captain of Bravado Gaming’s console Call of Duty team, Mr Dillon “Lithium” Charalambous and this is what he had to say:
How did you start playing video games competitively (brief history of yourself)?
I was a sports fanatic, mainly because of competition. After a friend online introduced to me to competitive gaming, I found it exciting, challenging and fun, and I decided to start competing.
What got you started playing Call of Duty competitively?
I have always enjoyed playing Call Of Duty and after being introduced to competitive, I then felt I had a reason to play more and compete against other teams/players as it was extremely fun and exciting.
Who is in your line-up and how long has your line-up been together?
Viper, Inferno and Lithium have been together for 3 years on and off. Freakz is the latest addition to the team and has been here since the beginning of 2017 and we are proud to have him on-board!
You can also read more about the individual players of the squad by heading over to the team page here.
How many MGO’s have you played under?
I have played under 3 MGO’s in the past leading up to Bravado Gaming.
Please provide a brief history of your current roster.
– I started competing in 2013 in Call Of Duty and played mainly under Astra Infinite.
– Viper: Started competing in 2013 and was the leader and founder of Astra Infinite.
– Inferno: Started competing in 2014 and played mainly under Astra Infinite.
– Freakz: Started competing in 2016 and played mainly for Vinco Gaming up until now.
What was your favourite CoD title?
Favorite CoD title would be Advanced Warfare as it was a major stepping stone in our career and one of the most enjoyable to me.
For anyone coming into competitive fps gaming, what would your top 3 tips be to achieve?
– Tip #1 – Create a team with 4 players that you get along well with and make sure that they all have a similar vision and goal as you, so that you can all work towards achieving your goals together while having fun.
– Tip #2: Conduct yourself in a professional manner on social media because it’s important for the image your brand portrays to the public.
– Tip #3. Hard work pays off! If you want to be the best then you going to have to put in the effort as an individual and as a team. This is one of the most important factors to performing well.
Obviously joining Bravado Gaming is a huge milestone in your career, describe how it felt when you received the offer?
The feeling was AMAZING! This has been a goal of ours for over two years and to finally receive an offer to represent Bravado Gaming means a lot to us. We cannot be more thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to start the journey with them!
If you have competed on multiple platforms, could you provide your favourite esports platform and why it is your favourite?
I have only competed on Xbox ONE and PS4 and I would say that PS4 is my favourite because the community is bigger than Xbox and the console runs smoother making gameplay more enjoyable!
Going forward, what are you short terms goals and what are your long term goals?
Our short-term goals are to win all the major local events this season and a long term goal would be to compete internationally, especially in CWL.
What does joining Bravado Gaming mean for your aspirations in competitive gaming?
It gives me EVEN MORE motivation to ensure that myself and my team work hard to make sure that we are ready for any event that surfaces and also to be the best version of ourselves as individuals and as a team when it comes down to events.
How often do you guys practice?
We practice on average about 4+ days a week.
How far off do you think the team skill level and individual skill level is in South African CoD compared to international CoD?
We feel that the individual skill of the top SA players is just as good, if not better than most international teams.
Does a new cod title being released annually affect your team and would you prefer for a specific title to be locked for competitive play over a period of a 2 years or more?
I think that a new COD title is good as it evens out the playing field each year and encourages growth as new players will know as much as pros at the beginning of the game and as time goes on the team who works the hardest finds themselves on top.
A pair of quotes for anyone looking at competing at the highest level such as Dillon “Lithium” Charalambous:
– “Nothing great comes easy”
– “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”.
These are two main quotes we have lived by in our competitive journey which we think are important to take into consideration.
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