Introducing Bravado DOTA 2017
NEWS | Abdullah 'anneKsiy' Adam | DOTA | March 9, 2017
As most of us have become aware, Bravado Gaming has been making a fair amount of roster changes, which is to be expected in a new year.
Apart from making changes in their bread and butter title, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, they have also added an entirely new line-up to their second staple game, Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2).
Recently, Bravado Gaming officially released a statement on their website highlighting the reasoning behind the radical decision to remove their legendary DOTA 2 roster. Word spreads like wildfire in our close-knit community, so it wasn’t too long before there were some rumors floating about here and there over the past few weeks, hinting the prospective new roster.
Finally, Bravado has revealed that they will be adopting the Exdee DOTA squad as their new line-up while Exdee will be implementing the Constant team. Team Constant has agreed to swap seeds with the newly adopted Bravado roster which means while the previous Constant team will now be playing under the Exdee banner as a Masters team, the previous Exdee Masters team will now be playing under the Bravado banner in the Telkom Digital Gaming League Community Shield.
With that being said, we would like to welcome Soda | RDK | Impackt | 225 and Mikasa to the family!
I was able to have some time to chat to the CEO of Bravado Gaming (PTY) LTD, Andreas “Cent” Hadjipaschali. There were two specific questions that were burning in my mind:
Looking back at 2016, although it was an extremely successful year of competition, what lead you to changing the DOTA 2 roster so drastically?
As I’ve mentioned previously in some of my interviews, I was told that our previous DOTA 2 squad was going to part ways as some individuals would be moving overseas and others would be retiring. I accepted the facts and although we came to this conclusion before last years’ Masters, we carried on to finish the season off strong.
I want to ensure that DOTA 2 is a core division of Bravado Gaming and because of that reason, It’s important that we implement a team for the year of 2017 to continue achieving our goals and objectives we set out to accomplish for the near future.
Bravado Gaming’s previous DOTA 2 team established a legacy, for the year ahead, what makes you think that this new line-up will push the boundaries further and perhaps even create a name for South African DOTA 2 and eSports internationally?
I think there’s so much that plays part to the synergy of the team and I believe that we’ve partnered with some great individuals who are dedicated, motivated, ambitious, willing and super hungry to get to the top. They may not be regarded as the best team in South Africa currently, but I think in good time, these gentlemen will continue the legacy of our previous DOTA 2 squad. A great bunch of individuals and I can’t wait to start seeing what they can do!
I believe they’ve got the right chemistry and external factors to take their careers onto the international stage. I think they know what they want and I believe that they won’t stop until they get it. I’ve known Jeff (Impackt) for many years and to see where he has come, from back then, is extraordinary – he hasn’t given up and he’s pushed himself to the ultimate limits and I believe that the rest of the squad possesses the same qualities. That quality is exactly what we’re looking for.
Although 3 of the players initially started Exdee with Ridditz, these players have decided to step down as MGO owners and make the move to Bravado Gaming. I’d like to thank Ridditz for all the support and enthusiasm he’s given to his fellow partners (RDK, Soda and Impackt) and players as he’s supported them in every aspect with regards to this move from Exdee.
It’s a huge sacrifice to release ownership of your MGO and give it up to join a different one. These 3 individuals have decided to transfer full ownership to Ridditz and that takes a-lot. From my side, I will give my absolute best to ensure that these individuals are looked after, treated with respect and gain new opportunities for the future. We’re working hard, day and night, to ensure that we meet all our objectives for the 2017 season!
This is what Dewet ‘Ridditz’ Lombard, who is now the sole owner of Exdee Gaming had to say:
I have been with this team in one way or another for the past 3 years, always supporting, subbing and always helping them move forward in their DOTA 2 careers. Today I am happy and sad to make this announcement. Sad in the sense that I will be parting ways with players I have grown to know on a personal level. Parting with players I have been with from the beginning.
But also happy that they have finally reached their goal. Their goal of playing for the top gaming brand in South Africa. Years of hard work and dedication have paid off for them – you made it boys.
That does not mean the end of Exdee Gaming by a long shot. Our CS:GO team is looking stronger and stronger each day with the guidance of Spoof. And we have a new Dota 2 team coming up. Young, extremely talented players.
And a team that I know with dedication and hard work will be one of the top Dota teams in South Africa very very soon. So watch out Bravado Dota You will have steep competition soon. 😉
I also managed to get a few questions in from Jeff ‘Impackt’ Waller, now part of the new Bravado line-up:
What is your current roster? #1: From position 1 – 5
Rynhardt “RDK” De Kock | Bernhardt “SoDa” Van Heerden | Donal “225” Quinn | Nash “Mikasa” Dong | Jeffrey “ImpacKt” Waller
Can you give a brief history of the players in the current roster (previous titles, teams, history with each other, etc…)
RDK and I have been playing together for the most part of about 3 years. 225 Joined us a year later and Mikasa about a year after that with SoDa soon after. The 5 of us have been together now for 8 months.
For anyone that hasn’t been following the DOTA 2 scene closely, what MGO have you guys come from.
We came from eXdee Gaming which myself (ImpacKt), RDK and SoDa created after leaving eNergy eSports last year.
Obviously receiving the offer from Bravado Gaming must have been a massive honor, however, how did you guys feel about taking over from such an accomplished and decorated line-up, which some may even say was the most legendary DOTA 2 team in the country?
Being able to play for Bravado Gaming is basically an “achievement unlocked” moment, we are all extremely honored and excited, while taking over from such a well accomplished team has only motivated us to accomplish our own and hopefully live up to the Bravado name.
Are there any teams you are fearful of, or any grudge matches that you are looking forward to?
We aren’t fearful of any team, but have an ongoing friendly feud vs White Rabbit Gaming and are always keen to face them when given the chance.
The footprint has been made, the legacy acknowledged, what are your goals moving into 2017 to make this year even better for Bravado Gaming’s DOTA division? (if you can mention overseas events please do)
At this moment our goal is to just keep improving, and along the way claim the No.1 spot in SA.
DOTA 2 is the most popular game on Steam, one can assume that there are many young fans in South Africa that look up to the top teams such as Bravado, what advice could you possibly give them to help them reach their goals?
As important as it is on honing your own skills, it’s as important to find 4 other like-minded players who want to achieve the same goals. Acknowledge your own mistakes and learn from them (as an individual and a team) in and outside the game.
Lastly, does your team have any quotes or mottos that you live and play by?
The closest thing we have to a ‘quote’ is merely “Don’t force it.”
Judging from the confidence Cent has in his new line-up, I think it can easily be said that the Bravado banner will be held up high this season. Hunger to achieve is a time-tested characteristic of greatness and success, this team clearly shows that. Let’s see what 2017 holds in store for this new DOTA 2 force of Bravado Gaming…