MWEB’s Dota 2 Online Championship Will Ultimately Lead To A National Team
This past weekend was the MWEB Online Dota 2 Championship. The event was part of the trials for the selection of our very first South African Dota 2 team. The national team will then go on to play Romania later this year.
Myself and Ben ‘Noxville’ Steenhuisen took up the role of shout-casting the event, where we featured one game per round, for those interested in watching their favourite teams battle it out.
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The tournament structure was Swiss, meaning each team would play against one another. Each round would only commence once all the games from the previous round was complete. This amounts to a lot of games being played.
Taking part in the tournament were some of the big names, such as Bravado Gaming, Energy eSports, Roccat Elite, Deviation Gaming, and Team Immersion. With the addition of new Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) teams to the tournament, there were high hopes for upsets. Alas, the top four teams asserted their dominance throughout the five rounds, with Bravado Gaming defeating Energy eSports in the final round to take the number one spot. Energy eSports finished second, where Roccat Elite and Team Immersion tied for third position.
Because Bravado won all of their games, they were awarded Provincial Colours for their success. The next step in the tournament is to play for Protea Colours.
Bravado’s Wesley “oDu” Rose had the following to say about the event:
It was really fun and enjoyable.
It was my first time being involved in an MSSA event, so I wasn’t sure what to expect but the format was fine, games were organised quick and it seemed like everyone enjoyed it. There was a cool and exciting atmosphere.
The final was really intense, we were under quite a lot of pressure coming in with the number one seed, but we pulled together and won it in the end. A lot has been said about the MSSA’s rules, so I’m not going to get into that, but generally from my point of view, it was a fun and exciting tournament.
With all the hype of becoming the national squad, we can be sure that the coming weeks leading up to the final LAN trials are going to be filled with grueling hours of practice.