Bravado at the RUSH Expo ESWC Qualifiers
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | Counter-Strike | July 23, 2017
RUSH was, well, a rush… The weekend flew by so quickly as did the games and tournaments. I’m sure everyone who attended had a fantastic experience and met one or two of their gaming heroes. Unfortunately our CS:GO team finished second in the first qualifier of the ESWC South African qualifiers. This means that the team will be traveling to Cape Town to participate in the second qualifier. Read more to find out what went down at this past weekend.
For us over at the Bravado Gaming camp, it was quite a challenging and emotional weekend. As most of you know, one of our players, Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek, who in my opinion is the best player in South Africa currently, was, and still is, extremely ill. Aran is currently fighting an extremely severe flu which has caused him to lose his voice. Counter Strike is a game where aim and raw skill can only get you so far. Teamwork and communication is the distinguishing factor between a good team and an amazing one. Due to Aran not being able to talk, we can all imagine how difficult it must have been for him and the rest of the team. Despite the illness, Aran still managed to perform in the matches he played this weekend which shows us how much of a phenomenal player he is.
This complication lead to the team having to use the coach, Tiaan “T.C.” Coertzen and the owner, Andreas “Cent” Hadjipaschali, in-game. Both Tiaan and Andreas have played and won tournaments and are extremely accomplished players in South Africa and have both played overseas. They played respectably in the games they subbed in, but I’m sure there was a little rust in the wrist when they blew the dust of their gear and hopped onto the servers.
It was a relatively good weekend for the Bravado Gaming CS team, despite losing 3-1 to Energy Gaming in the finals. Congratulations to Energy Gaming for providing us with some wonderful Counter-Strike to watch and best of luck to them at ESWC. Make South Africa proud!
Obviously the boys are a bit upset, but let’s look at it this way shall we. Throughout the year the Counter Strike team has been improving and showing us that they are a team to take seriously. This is their first offline loss this year, yes, their first. It’s a one step back, two steps forward situation. I am one hundred percent sure they will quickly get back up to form as their next showing is at EGE this coming weekend in the mother city. Cape Town is going to rock even more than usual this weekend!
We caught up with Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali to hear about what he had to say after this weekends defeat:
We lost to Energy ESports 3-1 in the BO5 ESWC first qualifier final. They have been boot-camping and preparing just as hard for the past recent weeks and achieved a well deserved win. We have gone from not losing a single map on LAN yet with this lineup to losing 3 in the same tournament on the same day, and having lost a local LAN ever since Carbon beat Bravado at Gamers Fest last year. Despite Sonic being subbed for most of the other games in the tournament leading up to the final due to a severe flu infection, he still managed to play well in the final, so a big shout out to him for hanging in there with us.
Of course taking nothing away from Energy, this was their qualifier to win and they deserved it for the effort they have been putting in. Personally, I feel that not winning may be good for us, it resets us, alerts us, motivates us more than ever and forces us to work even harder. Right now, it’s one step back and hopefully two steps forward for us again. We will take a day break and after that our focus will be to win the second qualifier for ESWC taking place in Cape Town this coming weekend. A big massive mega thanks to everybody that supports us and always believes in us. – Dimitri ‘Detrony’ Hadjipaschali
Make sure you head over to our gallery on Facebook where you can catch some of the pictures and moments during the event. You can find the album by heading over here. A huge thank you goes to all of the organizers, staff and management at Orena, ESWC and the RUSH Expo!
The second ESWC South African Qualifier
EGE is the second round of the ESWC qualifiers in South Africa. There still is a chance for the boys to earn their spot to play at the Electronic Sports World Cup as two South African teams will be representing this year, but they’ll have to pull up their socks, or sleeves… EGE will be held at the CTICC in Cape Town with tickets being available at the door and online right now. Apart from coming to watch your favorite Counter Strike team play, you’ll also be able to enjoy the other tournaments, a plethora of games, comics, toys and cosplay on show at the event. Be sure to come and say hi to everyone, we won’t bite.
From everyone online and at Bravado Gaming, our prayers and best wishes are with Aran Groesbeek and his family and we hope you get better soon Sonci <3
You can read more about the EGE-Expo in Cape Town here, about Orena (ESWC Qualifier host) here, about the ESWC here, the ESWC stages here. Make sure you stay tuned in on our social media as we’ll be releasing more information on the event, schedules and details to ensure you catch all the action as it happens!
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.
UPDATE:The second ORENA ESWC qualifiers have been postponed and will NOT be taking place at this years EGE-EXPO. Read more here.