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The Southern Barbarians are back on the Battlefield

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In 2014 a South Africa team called the Southern Barbarians took part in the Battlefield 4 Nations Cup. Playing on European servers, the Barbarians defied all odds and were crowned the Nations Cup Champions. The team from South Africa (read, not Team South Africa) were a squad of community-selected players from various clans. Mostly made up of a majority of Bravado Gaming members, they chose the name after a failed attempt at receiving the go ahead to represent their country at the Cup.

Naturally this locally-selected team was a well supported one as the community had their say, and the best players were put forward. Despite their efforts the Southern Barbarians were not legally allowed to represent their country or even use the South African flag, but they did so anyway and became the pride and joy of South African eSports after they conquered all.

The Southern Barbarians are back, and this time they’re hoping to rise to glory and once again represent the South African community who selected the new team. I spoke to Battlefield fanatic and community activist Stephen “Lang-Slang” Fowler De Witt to gain insight on how the team was chosen, what role the community played and the general selection process:

The team/players were selected by the Battlefield community. We made a post where people had the chance to list their “dream team”. Listing a minimum of 20 players of their choice. Together with their lists and with input from DGL Battlefield committee we came up with two lists combining everyone’s suggestions.

It was a total of 50 players that were suggested by the community and committee combined. We split that into two Straw Polls with 25 players in each. One poll was for infantry players only, the other poll was for armor/engineers only.

We then took the top 14 from each poll result, and added two more players that were popular by suggestion, making a list of 30 players. We then had four leaders nominated (APG-Jokerbb, bvd-Scoper, PuLse-Mike22 and xTc-Lang-Slang). These 4 leaders were tasked with reducing that list of 30 players down to the final line up we have now consisting of 24 players.


The process seems fair, and the ever so active Battlefield Community page had their say and to their knowledge the best team of 24 players was chosen. This process seems fair, as the players’ achievements and capability spoke above all else, and with that we have our Southern Barbarians Team:

  1. APG-Jokerbb
  2. PuLse-Mike22
  3. PuLSe-Grizzla
  4. xTc-JordanL
  5. APG-Mango
  6. APG-DirtyPope
  7. PuLse-Hackzor
  8. xTc-Ghostfreak
  9. APG-Whitchers
  10. xTc-Couch
  11. xTc-Chrono
  12. PuLse-Bloodtronix
  13. APG-Eddyz
  14. xTc-Cruelz
  15. xTc-Kierenblade
  16. bvd-Scoper
  17. Pew-KvTQuanTM
  18. xTc-Lang-Slang
  19. Euphoria
  20. PuLse-HadoGenes
  21. dM-Byohazard
  22. APG-Renji
  23. APG-Stats
  24. Fearbb

The process, in my opinion, is the correct way to select a team to represent our country. The current rules in place are outdated and quite honestly irrelevant to the nature of eSports. This system is similar to that of talent scouts, or a central committee involving an active community in their decisions.

Of course, one or two players/members of the community would not be happy with a selection or two, but the process is fair and speaks directly to fans of eSports. We wish the Southern Barbarians all the best for the 2016 Nations Cup, and may they bring home the cup once again.

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Last Updated: January 20, 2016

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  1. The Grand Admiral Chief Prime

    January 20, 2016 at 15:41

    Hehehe LangSlang


    • Guild

      January 20, 2016 at 15:55



  2. chimera_85

    January 21, 2016 at 07:57

    PC, PS, xdoos? Which platform haha


    • Jvdl

      January 21, 2016 at 08:33

      I recognise quite a few of those names as PC players, so my guess is PC.


  3. Jvdl

    January 21, 2016 at 08:31

    The BF4 community is quite small; you’ll run into these guys when playing on Mirage or Impala.


    • HairyEwok

      January 21, 2016 at 08:42

      Then you kill one of those guys and you’re like omg I’m totally a pro which then follows up your deathstreak.


  4. RedRover

    January 21, 2016 at 09:19

    Go Barbarians!


  5. Juan-Claude

    January 21, 2016 at 14:07

    They’ve entered a tourney without being allowed to use the SA flag or name and yet they are completely backed by the community which is a massive positive. The community also knows that this is the best team to do the Job, unlike the teams sent by MSSA…


  6. Dane

    January 22, 2016 at 13:57

    Having 800+ hours in BF4, my opinion is that this selection was not completely fair. I would say 70%-80% of the players on the list belong there, and others could have been replaced by the likes of who are not JUST IN THOSE 5 CLANS. But I’m proud of my BF4 community for taking off so intensely, like a friendly quad-bike with 3 C4s on the back tire!


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