ESL’s African debut at the rAge expo next weekend will include a Hearthstone Championship between four players from Northern and Southern Africa. Similar to CS:GO, the Hearthstone players have been competing in online qualifiers for two seasons to decided who will grab the four seats at the ESL African Championship at rAge. The final four have been decided with South Africa and Algeria grabbing the four spots.
Ahead of the rest was South Africa’s Sythe, who plays for Damage Control, who racked up 27 points and clear first place in the competition. Sythe had an almost flawless run throughout the competition winning both season one and two of the competition. In season one, Sythe got a total of 30 points with 10 wins and four losses. His season 2 performance was a bit tough taking 9 wins and 5 losses. Positions 2 to 4 on the table were all tied with 24 points, but score difference put Algeria player OverGame at the top of the North African ladder. He beat out South Africa’s Menlyn by 0.07, who took third place in the standings. In season 1, Menlyn placed fifth on the leaderboard which meant he had to play in a relegation match against another South Africa, Fafa, in order to secure his spot in season 2. Menlyn broke out of relegation and earned the second seed in South Africa. Taking the fourth spot is Algeria’s Saliom who earned the second seed for North Africa after losing out on points difference to OverGame. Saliom had been chasing OverGame in the North African qualifiers placing second overall in the first season, and retaining his position at the end of the second season.
The ESL African Championship for Hearthstone will mark the first-ever major event of its type on African soil. Kwesé Gamer hosted a Fireside Gathering at the RUSH Esports expo back in July which included matches from the ESL Championship qualifiers playing out live from the expo. Hearthstone is still one of the most popular esports in the world and their global competitive circuit is not limited by latency like other esports which makes emphasis on competing in South Africa an attractive incentive for local players. We’re hoping Hearthstone receives more love as local esports continues to grow.
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Last Updated: September 27, 2017