Southern Barbarians in top 3 at ESL

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Remember that South African team that wasn’t allowed to use the flag or the name South Africa when competing at ESL? They have been competing under the name “Southern Barbarians” instead, and they are crushing the competition.

Gavin already told you when they got through to the playoffs/quarter finals. We were excited for them, being the favorites against Poland, although they were underdogs against the UK. Well, they managed to annihilate both countries, getting through to the winner bracket finals. That’s right, they will go up against the winner of the game between Germany and Sweden. No matter the result, they will be in the top three.

Southern barbarians finals

The first map was Lancang Dam, with results of 0-79 and 0-175 for the UK team. Next up was Hainan Resort, with a result of 0-51 131-0 for the South African side. The last map was Siege of Shanghai which the Southern Barbarians dominated 5-0 183-0.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this, hopefully with twitch streaming or at least videos after the fact so that you can watch the team from South Africa as they proudly represent us in this international tournament. They are doing better than expected, and we can only hope that they continue to dominate, showing those other teams just what South Africans are made of.

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I’m still so disappointed that they don’t get to use the flag or the name South Africa. Surely this is exactly the kind of attention that local eSports needs? Our boys are doing well, going toe to toe with some major international players and holding their own. Well done. We are cheering you on – let’s see you go all the way!

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Last Updated: March 17, 2014

Zoe Hawkins

Wielding my lasso of truth, I am the combination of nerd passion and grammar nazi. I delve into all things awesome and geek-tastic. I believe people should stop defining themselves and just enjoy playing games, so let's get on with it!

  • Admiral Chief of comments

    GO GO GO BOYS!!!!! Make us proud! And PROVE that you don’t need silly things starting with M with some few S’s and an A at the end!

  • Tarisma

    Great to see our local players doing so well.

  • RinceIsIngwer
  • Hammersteyn

    Nice one fellas. You’ve already made us proud. Just one more match!

    • Sean McCalgan

      Technically it’s two more matches because it’s a double-elimination tournament, so we need to win in the winners bracket finals and then again in the grand finals once we see a victor out of the losers bracket.

      • Hammersteyn

        My mistake. In any case, give em hell

        • Sean McCalgan

          No worries! Thanks, we will.

          • Admiral Chief of comments

            We are ALL rooting for you guys! Best of luck!

  • Spathi


  • VampyreSquirrel

    Wow! That’s freaking awesome!!!

    Go South… ern Barbarians!!

  • Purple_Dragon

    So stupid that there is no exposure. Why can’t they just have the flag. No one would know which country they are from.

    It’s a bit embarrassing seeing all these country names then bang “Southern Barbarians”.

    • Hammersteyn

      At the moment it looks like the Barbarians represents the entire Southern Hemisphere going by the lack of other teams from the south

      • Admiral Chief of comments

        Souf Efrika my broe

      • VampyreSquirrel

        The picture next to the team name shows Africa… so that’s a start.

      • No these guys are all local

        • Hammersteyn

          No I know that. I was just pointing out how our flag isn’t present and how there are no other countries from our hemisphere present. Like New Zealand or Australia

  • Norm

    I am very happy that they are ‘representing’ us so well.

  • Sir Rants A Lot Llew. Jelly!!!

    Ha! Bet you MSSA will try and step in and claim this as their own victory somehow. Mark my words.

  • Rainman

    What else did you expect – on a battlefield the Barbarians always have the edge against those overly civilised nations.

  • Sean McCalgan

    It once again proves that we don’t need a regulatory body to facilitate our inclusion in international events. Regardless, as a team we have almost entirely moved beyond the politics of the issue and are focussed on getting as far as possible. It has been awesome playing against such highly respected teams and we are hoping for a grudge match against Germany after they beat us in the BF3 Nations Cup πŸ™‚ Appreciate all the support from everyone. — ScopeR (co-captain)

    • I was wondering how the other teams are accepting the ping times.. have their been complaints?

      • Sean McCalgan

        This has been a point of discussion in the community too. Most are fairly accepting of it – with it being a tournament open to any team globally there are rules in place for the ping differences and teams have to make do. I think the fact that we have proven to be decent opponents and not a waste of time for these EU teams reduces the amount of complaining (there appeared to be more complaining last year in the BF3 tourney). Obviously though a lot of them are used to playing each other at quite mutually low pings and there have been some sad faces when playing us, as can be expected.

        • Grant Hancock

          @lazygamers:disqus do you think it would be interesting to do a piece, with input from guys like @seanmccalgan:disqus , Pandatank and other SA pros about the effects of ping on SA’s ability to compete internationally … what top gamers have to say, what can be done about it… and how will affect future development of competitive eSports in SA ?

          • Rags

            But we all know the answer to that. Pings suck. It effects fps more than strategy games. Its holding us back to be able to compete on international level. In terms of infrastructure nothing can be done about it. Only solution is to send players overseas or host local tournaments with prize incentives to attract international players.

          • Grant Hancock

            The nothing can be done about it part is what I didn’t know … no way of avoiding the geographical fact that we are a million miles away form the civilised world ? … sucks :/

          • Rags

            We’re in the same boat Australia and New Zealand are in. We are limited by the speed of light. Unless we can circumvent the laws of relativity nothing can be done πŸ˜›

          • Grant Hancock

            Neutral servers … build big data centre in Rwanda … all cross continental games played through my servers I have just decided to build … Equal Rights for All Nations ! … Same Ping for All ! … AMAaaaaNDLA !!

          • Willem Swanepoel

            They are already working on teleportation and experimenting with it.

            Screw teleporting humans, imagine how awesome it will be if we have a massive teleport hub in SA that can instantly send our data to another country πŸ˜‰

            Quantum Computing is the other option.


            The way Africa is going, the rest of the world will be able to fly to a new star system, while we still sitting here fighting over land and f*** knows what …

          • Purple_Dragon

            I’d definitely read that as I don’t fully understand it. I have some sort of idea but more detail would be great.

  • Paul

    Annihilation might be a bit of a stretch but these guys are doing tremendously well!! Even with the limited exposure S.A. is becoming known as a top tier eSports nations. Now all we need to do is get rid of that obstacle known as MSSA

  • Robert Hart

    Amazing work guys! The DGL and its entire community is all very proud of what you have achieved already and we hope you continue to perform so well!

    I think this just proves that we may be an isolated community, but with the correct domestic ecosystem’s in place the local talent can still be developed and matured to ensure we have a strong fighting chance when it comes to international events.

  • Willem Swanepoel

    screw MSSA …

    DGL has proven once again, they know how to organise eSports. Go team South Africa ! πŸ™‚

    MSSA is just another example of corruption that plagues our country.

  • Kensei Seraph

    Congrats to them and good luck going forward.

  • UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    Well done guys! o/

  • Johan du Preez

    Well done guys !

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