Tue September 26 2017
by Charlie Fripp, Kwese ESPN
With the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive portion of the ESL African Championship concluded last week, this past weekend it was the turn for Hearthstone players to make a last ditch effort to reach the finals.
Two players from Algeria and two players from South Africa managed to amass enough points to power through to the top four, and in doing so booked a spot at the Hearthstone finals at rAge on 6 – 8 October.
With 24 points, eight wins and six losses, OverGame is the highest ranked Algerian player. Although he equalled in points with third, fourth and fifth placed players, he managed to have a better score difference of 33:23.
He also competed in the first series of the ESL African Championship, where he finished third with 27 points over 14 matches, and 9 wins. It was his placing of third that secured him a spot in the second series.
The second Algeria player (and ranked fourth in the tournament) is Saliom. He also managed to finish the tournament with 24 points, with eight wins and six losses. However, his score difference was 30:27, entering him into fourth place.
Just as like OverGame, he competed in the first series and finished in second place, cementing his entry into the second series. He performed marginally better in the first series, clocking in nine wins and five losses.
South Africa’s Sythe remained victorious in the second series, and managed to stay ahead of the competition throughout most of the ESL African Championship.
With 27 points, he finished the series with nine wins and only five losses. He was also the winner of the first series, where he dusted off the competition with 30 points, 10 wins and only four losses. Needless to say, his win in series one secured him an automatic entry in to the second series.
Menlyn is the only player in the top four that managed to fight his way to the finals from the relegation matches at the end of series one.
For the first series, Menlyn finished in fifth place, which meant that he had to compete in the relegation stages in order to progress. Here he managed to beat Fafa, securing a lifeline to the second series.
In the second series, he finished in third place with eight wins and six losses (the same as both the Algerian players, but it was his score difference of 30:26 that helped him remain in third.