Let’s take a close look at “South Africa’s” League of Legends team

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On Saturday November 14th the MSSA-elected “South African” League of Legends team took on Israel in a showmatch. The match ended in a 39-25, 38 minute victory for Israel, but the question on our minds is who is this team South Africa? I have no doubt that this IS the best team fielded by the MSSA, but that’s not a question of talent, but rather a question of participation.

We’re all well aware that many top teams and organizations choose not to partake in the MSSA National Team trials (both regional and national), but is this the underlying problem here? Or do we have to go deeper?


Who is the South African LoL team?

I must preface this by stating that I have absolutely no problem with the team as a whole. A large majority of the players placed third (now second) at the DGC championships, so they may be a team worth fielding, but are by no means the best. The response from the South Africa League of Legends community seemed a bit more welcoming compared to their announcements regarding CS:GO and Dota 2 in the past. There’s also the question of how they match up internationally. The only possible way to showcase this is looking at their ranks, and the ranks of the Israeli team, but this is not a true measure of their potential, but rather a metric to discuss. The League of Legends ranks are distrubted as following:

  • Unranked
  • Bronze
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Platinum
  • Diamond
  • Master
  • Challenger
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Each division is ranked from (V – I, Lowest to highest)

  • V
  • IV
  • III
  • II
  • I

For clarification, most professionals are Challenger, which places you amongst the best in the world.

Team South Africa

Team Israel

These were the details given to us by the MSSA in their press release:

The lolking logs, and stream, confirm these are the players who took part in the friendly:

The reason for this is due to the players needing to use accounts on the server which suited the South Africans, but as you can see from above the team, on paper, are a bit better than South Africa and while the game seemed to be close at times, the best team won. The VOD of the game is available if you’d like to watch.


The reason I put it as “South Africa” is because we’re still at a stage where a lot of our top teams are boycotting the MSSA as an organization, so while this may not be our best representation as a country, it is the best we were offered from the trials. There’s also the current situation residing between the MSSA and SASCOC, which will be an entire article in its own, but for now all we can do is congratulate the team on their efforts and wish them a bright future.

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Last Updated: November 17, 2015

Kyle Wolmarans

Critical Hit’s esports guy. I talk about esports and drink whiskey. I also write and cast for elsewhere – but my work here is independent of that.

  • oVg

    Does that kid use Tress FX?

    • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

      I see you very neutrally went for the androgynous comment

      • oVg

        I was talking about the hair physics in Dota. You can see he uses Timotei.

        • oVg

          • And now… Remember kids, this is what you have to look forward to… 0_O

          • oVg

            Not bad.

          • Well, it looks like the expression on most peoples faces when you’ve been talking shit for hours *runs

          • oVg

            Is that all you got, lame… RUN warm water to set the conditioner.

          • you’re lame!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Kids these days…

          • Shut up, granddad!

          • oVg

            Nothing grand about it.

          • lol

        • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

          Right over you, this comment went

          • oVg


  • Hammersteyn
    • oVg

      Never heard of them.

      • Guild

        You don’t know the Southern Barbarians story?

        • Hammersteyn

          It’s a fantastic story.

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja


        • oVg

          I never got the DLC.

          • Hammersteyn

            They were barred from using the SA flag and were told they can’t represent South Africa because fuck MSSA. So they name themselves The Southern Barbarians went to Europe and came first in an International competition against other European countries.


          • oVg

            In other words there was nothing in it for the ANC.


            for president

          • Votes, for OvG!

          • oVg

            Remember, my party comes before the Country… cause IM BOSS BITCHES…

            and ill give you a free flag.

          • Hammersteyn


          • Shhhh! Don’t start this again 😛

          • Hammersteyn

            It’s history now. Sweet and Sour history

  • Bob of the Khundelar

    “most professionals are Challenger” and our best (MSSA) ranked lowest division Diamond. Do people still complain about RSA representation in international competitions? Is that a thing?

  • That 4DTV thing starts automatically, heck is this, bandwidth Twilight Zone?!

    • miaau

      Yeah,did not enjoy that, thanks.

  • Lol, CongoKyle must have pulled the ‘hasn’t been in shit with them yet’ straw *tehehe

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