Bravado Gaming wins ESL Africa Season 1
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | Counter-Strike | July 17, 2017
The boys had a bit of the challenge facing their rivals Energy E-Sports in the finals of the ESL Africa Championship. Energy E-Sports had previously defeated them in the same tournament, in the seeding stages, however this time Bravado edged them out. The first place netted Bravado Gaming a prize of $11 400 and the title of the first ever ESL Counter-Strike:GO event to be hosted on African soil.
The best of five series was an interesting one to say the least. The first map was Mirage, in which Bravado had a very strong showing, annihilating Energy E-Sports 16 to 4. The second map was Cobblestone. Energy E-Sports had a fantastic game across the board, with three of their players tying at 27 frags. Energy defeated Bravado 19-15 in overtime.
Now with the scores tied, both teams were desperately seeking the win in the third map, Inferno, in order to give them a bit of breathing room. Inferno was once again a relatively one sided affair with Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek having an absolutely outstanding performance, totaling up 32 frags for a mere 10 deaths. Bravado pulled a 16-6 victory on Inferno.
Over on the fourth and final map, Overpass, tensions were extremely high. Both teams had very good showing which made for a wonderful game of CS for spectators. Bravado Gaming edged out the win 22-18 in overtime with an incredible display from Dimitri “Detrony” Hadjipaschali in the Bravado camp and Dominic “Domsterr” Sampaio.
Here’s some insight from Bravado Gaming’s coach and analyst:
We didn’t prepare specifically for the ESL Africa Finals, but fortunately we’ve been working hard throughout the year. After the VS Gaming event at the start of the month, we took a couple of days off and over the past week we’ve had a lot of officials to play. So our preparation this past week was mostly that combined with a couple of scrims.
We’ve met Energy quite a few times over the past few weeks and due to our results you could clearly see the team’s confidence just by looking at the first map. Props to Energy though. They played really well and I think the viewers got a pretty decent final. We showed incredible mental toughness to make a comeback on the last map and it’s amazing what can happen when the team just won’t give up – Tiaan ‘T.C’ Coertzen
Rhys ‘Fadey’ Armstrong also had something to say:
Despite us still winning the game there were still a lot of errors from us all in the team. I’m not taking anything away from how Energy played, they played well, but we made so many mistakes as well. As well as myself having a pretty poor game. So we will continue to practice and fix these errors before Rush and hope to take another win there. – Rhys ‘Fadey’ Armstrong
Bravado Gaming has only been improving throughout the course of the year. We had an absolutely fantastic display of CS in the finals which is good to see. For more information and detailed statistics about the tournament you can visit Wiki here, HLTV here, ESL Gaming here and make sure to follow ESL Africa on Facebook and Twitter.
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