The Dota 2 National Trials are a bit of a farce

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As you know, this weekend saw the MSSA host the national Dota 2 trials this weekend in Johannesburg, to select a national team to take on Romania in an officially sanctioned test match. We already told you that there was a bit of controversy surrounding it all, thanks to the location and the short notices – meaning that only a handful of the country’s best players could attend.

In fact, it seems that after scrambling to get players up to Johannesburg, only five of the nine qualified teams were able to compete. Fair enough, it includes the veritable “who’s who” of South African eSports; Bravado Gaming, Energy eSports, Roccat Online Community Clan and Rain Gaming. Oh, and a team from St John’s College.

The short notice (just 10 days!) and, importantly, cost of getting teams up to JHB mean that the likes of popular, and highly skilled teams such as Matt’s Fun Buddies and Immersion Bashers were unable to attend. Even the teams that did make it through struggled to get full teams together, with both Bravado and Energy having to find replacement players in order to make full teams. Of the biggest local eSports MGO’s, only ROCCAT’s team had its full team intact for the trial.

On top of that, each of the five teams played against each other in a “best of one” format – which is hardly any sort of decisive way to select national players. Of course, that’s not to take anything away from Bravado Gaming, who managed to win all four of their games to be crowned champions; it’s still quite a feat – but they, and everybody involved in Dota 2 and eSports in south Africa deserves better.

The results are as follows:

  1. Bravado Gaming
  2. Energy eSports
  3. ROCCAT Online Community Clan
  4. Rain Gaming
  5. St John’s College

So that means that Bravado Gaming is now the national team that’ll represent South Africa in the test match against Romania, right? Well, not quite.

“The team that shall represent South Africa has not yet been selected, and shall only be announced by the MSSA once approval to do so from the Protea Colours Board,” says MSSA President Colin Webster.

Brilliant. We welcome and encourage any attempts to further competitive gaming – and gaming as a whole – in South Africa, but for the love of the game, do it properly.

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Geoffrey Tim

I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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