The World Electronic Sports Games South African CS:GO Qualifier is at the critical semifinal stage. A rare opportunity for a South African team to travel abroad and compete in an international tournament is the ultimate prize. Once again the qualifier is being run by Mettlestate, who also announced that they secured a three-year contract with WESG. This means guaranteed involvement of Africa for at least the next three years.
All of South Africa’s top teams have been involved and it’s been an opportunity for new and altered rosters to blood themselves. Teams like Goliath Gaming and Energy Esports Academy sport vastly different rosters to what we saw at Comic-Con Africa. Bravado Gaming also made the trek back to home soil to compete while en route to Sweden for DreamHack Open Winter 2018.
A (potential) clash of the titans
Both of Energy Esports’ CS:GO teams are in the semifinal along with Bravado Gaming and Goliath Gaming. Of course that immediately makes for a mouthwatering storyline in Energy (Main team) vs. Bravado. They are on opposite sides of the bracket, so it is highly probable that they will end up facing each other in the Grand Final. A feisty best of three match-ups is what would lie ahead.
The biggest and most entertaining CS:GO rivalry that South Africa has had may once again be in the spotlight. While Bravado have been in the USA, Energy have been relatively untested. Their lack of competitive game time is a major disparity between the two teams.
The Energy shield
Before that is possible though, we have an interesting set of semifinals. Bravado goes up against the new-look Energy Academy, who comes off the back of an impressive 2-0 victory against Big5 Esports. On the other hand, Bravado was challenged by Sinister5 who put up a valiant effort. The latter showed great composure to close out Cache, but the USA boys were too strong on Train and Inferno. Realistically Bravado shouldn’t have much trouble against the recently formed Energy Academy but their free-flowing style could be tough for Bravado to contain.
The other is a clash between Energy Esports and Goliath. It will be the first major challenge for the young leader Massacre as the captain of the team. Energy is looking solid and will be a tough prospect. They are a team who would love to add another international trip to their calendar. Of course, they’ll be heading to Abu Dhabi in December to compete in PLG. This should be Energy all the way but the young guns in Goliath Gaming will test them.
Where can I watch it?
The Qualifier comprised of single elimination best of three matches until there were four teams remaining. These teams will kick the off semifinals on the 8th of December. All the action will be on Mettlestate’s channel – www.twitch.tv/mettlestate