Wed January 24 2018
by Charlie Fripp, ESPN Africa
The South African qualifiers for the CS:GO World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) concluded over the weekend, and Bravado Gaming managed to make the final cut.
“We are victorious! Our #CSGO team has won the @WESGcom qualifiers after beating @DamageControlza 3-0 in the grand finals! The team has now earned themselves a spot at the #WESG Global Finals in China this March,” the team tweeted.
The win over Damage Control means that Bravado will now travel to China in March to represent South Africa in the finals.
In their first match for the qualifiers, Bravado managed to comfortably beat xTc Gaming 1-0 in a single-elimination round. Beating Goliath Gaming and Sinister5 thereafter, it mean that the team would face bitter rivals Energy eSports in semi-finals.
Fate was on Bravado’s side as the team came out on top with a 2-1 win, paving the way to the finals for qualifiers. Here they had to face off against Damage Control, and managed to beat them rather comfortably with 3-0.
Before the international qualifiers, Bravado announced that it will be spending the next year in the US to compete on the circuit there.
“We will be sending our Counter Strike: Global Offensive team to the United States of America on a mission to do what SK Gaming did while still under their previous organizations. Our entire squad of 6 players, including Aran “Sonic” Groesbeek, Dimitri “Detrony” Hadjipaschali, Ruan “Elusive” van Wyk, Rhys “Fadey” Armstrong, Johnny “JT” Theodosiou and Tiaan “T.C” Coertzen will be traveling and staying in the USA to consistently compete on the International level,” Bravado said in a statement.
Bravado explain that it is essentially for the betterment of all players in the team, and in doing so will also elevate South African esports in general.
“The boys are going with their eyes focused on practicing, qualifying for events, playing in tournaments, moving out of the bubble that we’ve been locked in, stepping into the limelight while proudly bringing South Africa, Africa and META with them. There are only but a handful of teams that had the ambition, passion, ability and in all honesty, madness to accomplish such a feat, but as always South Africa will be behind them in this venture.”