Fri October 06 2017
The ESL African Championship finals kicked off at this year’s rAge on Friday, with Bravado Gaming taking on Vibora, and Energy eSports going head-to-head with Limitless.gg in the CSGO portion of the tournament.
With the spectators palpably excited for the first every match between a North African and a South African team, the tournament started with a bang.
Since the southern teams have never played against the northern teams, calling for an early prediction proved to be rather difficult.
But ESL African Championship caster Shaun ‘Profeci’ Murrell gave Good Luck Have Fun some insight into the day’s action.
“Bravado and Energy are both in a weird spot at the moment where both are winning but not looking as lean, mean and well-oiled as about two months ago,” he said.
On this occasion, Murrell must have been well surprised, as Bravado walked away the victor for the first match – even though there were some technical difficulties halfway through.
Bravado closed out the first match with a 2:0 score.
The second match of the day saw Energy eSports and Algerian favourites Limitless.gg duke it out for a spot in the final tomorrow (Saturday, 7 October).
For the second clash, Michael ‘Axtremes’ Harmse had a similar problem with predicting an outright winner for the final.
“It’s incredibly tough to call since we haven’t yet seen any North African vs South African games which means we really won’t know what’s going to happen until we see them on the same server locked in mortal combat,” he said.
In one of the most tightly fought matches, the South African team beat the Algerians 2:0, making it an all-South African ESL African Championship final.
For the third and fourth position playoffs, Vibora will lock heads with Limitless at 10:00, while the grand final between Bravado Gaming and Energy eSports will start around 14:00.
For the full schedule of ESL Africa at rAge, head on over to the ESL African Championship Live Finals Survival Guide.