I love me some local eSport, and no pressure, but you should too! Every now and then we do a feature on a local clan. Today we have a look at MaD Hatters, a team that plays a ton of League of Legends, and plan on expanding into other games too.
These are the two members who kicked things off for MaD Hatters:
Name: Anneke ‘MaDZania’ Le Roux
Team: MaDJabberwocky – League of Legends
Bio: This is the girl you will have a good laugh with. Gamer, Music addict, Chocolate Lover and the founder, leader and owner of MaD Hatters.
Name: Raphael ‘MaD Afro’ van Rensburg
Team: MaDJabberwocky – League of Legends
Bio: This is the guy you want in your life… honest and motivated by his motto, “a true jungler should be able to jungle anything.” He is the founder, co-leader and visionary officer of MaD Hatters.
Could you give us some background information on MaD Hatters?
We met in late October of 2012. MaD Afro attended rAge and approached me. He asked about playing League of Legends competitively. At first I was unsure about the whole competitive scene, but after much convincing, I agreed to join his clan. We were in separate teams, but as time went by, we merged the two to create one. This is where the madness started.
We performed well in Leg 1 of the Telkom Do Gaming League (DGL), but unfortunately did not qualify for the playoffs. As Leg 2 started, MaD Afro and I left to join one of my friend’s clan, Unleash Llama, where I created our own team, Leash.Thresh. Things were going well for us. We got into 1st division and were invited to the Telkom Do Gaming Championship (DGC) in the year 2013. After the championships, MaD Afro and I decided to create our own clan, MaD Hatters.
Could you tell us about some of your accomplishments?
- 1st place in Open Division – Group F (June 2013)
- 1st place in Breakthrough Playoffs – Group B (August 2013)
- 3rd place in Do Gaming Championships – Group B (October 2013)
- 5th place in Premier Division, Summer Leg (April 2014)
- 1st place in ICC, DGL, (April 2014)
- 5th place in Premier Division, Winter Leg (July 2014)
What was your motivation for starting the clan?
The clan started small, with only one team having a goal of simply competing in the DGL. We wanted to expand our skill level while maintaining a jubilant attitude towards the game and its rivals at the same time. This attitude has captivated many aspiring players, and it is the reason why the clan MaD Hatters was formed.
We’ve always seen ourselves as the Mad hatter’s tea party from the book, Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Caroll, published way back in 1865. We are a bunch of crazy, random and fun players in one team. Soon after the creation of MaD Hatters, our clan name started spreading all over social media platforms. Players we met in the past, old teams, and friends decided to join us. The clan was created on the 3rd of January 2013 with only 9 members. Today we stand on 100 members. We are growing and we intend to continue doing so.
What are your goals moving forward?
We would like to have at least 2 teams qualify for the Telkom Do Gaming Championships (DGC) at rAge this year. We are currently expanding into other competitive titles such as CS:GO, COD and DOTA. By the end of this year we would like to have at least one team in each competitive title named above. That being said, we are actively recruiting for new members for these competitive titles and potential members can contact us via our website
What games are you currently playing?
Quite a variety…League of Legends, Dota, Hearthstone, CSGO, Diablo, Tera, Nosgoth… the list goes on!
Who or what do you see as the biggest hurdle to professional eSports in South Africa?
We just want to thank Lazygamer for taking the time to write up this clan focus. Also, a special thanks to our sponsors, Velocity Tech and FTI, for their amazing support! If anyone would like to check us out, we can be found on our Website, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and the DGL Website!
Think your clan or organisation have achieved enough to warrant a spotlight similar to the above? Let me know! Send a mail through to Matthew@lazygamer.net. If you send me spam, I will find you, and I will… ok fine, I probably won’t find you, but please don’t send me unrelated stuff!
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Last Updated: September 3, 2014