Monday, 28 March 2016

Results: 33rd Gauteng Provincial Championships

Xola Magwaze has returned!
As the year continues with its relentless march forward, players frantically scramble for a place in MSSA's National Team Trials.

Thus MSSA's 33rd Gauteng Championships (sponsored by MWEB) is the third last championship in which players may qualify for such Trials.

For those teams that have qualified, the work has begun in earnest in order to hone their skills for Trials, while some players are still desperately trying to qualify.

MSSA's 33rd Gauteng Provincia Championships were hosted by Tuks Mind Sports Club.

Thanks must be extended to MWEB, Tuks Mind Sports, Johan Uys, Ryan Boyes and Ewan Retief.

The championship attracted players from the Free State, Gauteng, North West, and Mpumulanga.

Players battled it out to earn the various titles of Gauteng Champion Champion, and the right to fight for a place in the 2016 National Team Trials that will ultimately deliver a team to the IeSF's 2016 8th World Championships in Jakarta from 6 to 9 October 2016.

The championship delivered a number of surprises. Most notable of the surprise results were to be found in the League of Legends, DotA 2, FIFA, and Street Fighter V titles.

In League  of Legends, White Rabbit Gaming team maintained its winning ways that it started at the North West Championships. The team smashed their opposition to win all their games and by thus, truly enforce their position as the team to beat in South Africa.

However, special mention must be made of the St Stithians College team that finished in second place, and, which even gave White Rabbit a few (very) scary moments.

DotA 2 was dominated by Tuks Mind Sports Club. The North West Champions (Northcliff High School) battled long and hard to contain the juggernaut that which is Tuks, but were unable to, even with Herculean effort, do so.
In FIFA, MSSA saw the return of Xola Magwaza. Xola had represented South Africa twice in South Africa in 2009 in international championships in IeSF accredited championships. Even though Xola had been away since 2010, Xola still is the stuff of which champions are made. Xola immediately stamped his authority of the game and, by winning  all  his games, earned himself both the title of being Gauteng's finest and Gauteng Provincial Colours.

Xola, after winning, stated, "Watch out Kyle, the champ is back!".

In Street Fighter V, Leonard Loftus travelled up fron Sasolburg to compete, and, compete he did. Loftus waded into the competition and emerged the victor.

This is the first championship where Street Fighter V  was officially played.

The winners are:

Title Name of player/team Club Colours awarded
Ancients (DBM) Jason Batzofin St John's College
Ancients (DBM) (female) Elishia Retief Old Edwardian Wargames Gauteng Provincial
Checkers (female) Lucille Brown All Stars Mpumulanga Provincial
CounterStrike: GO PORAXYSM All Stars Mpumulanga Provincial
DotA 2 APTWE Tuks University Gauteng Provincial
FIFA '16 Xola Magwaza Knights Mind Sports Gauteng Provincial
HearthStone (female) Adele Janse van Rensburg BISH Gauteng Provincial
HearthStone Wynand Meiring BNKR Gauteng Provincial
League of Legends WRG White Rabbit Gaming Gauteng Provincial
Mortal Kombat X (female) Riana du Plessis All Stars Mpumulanga Provincial
Mortal Kombat X Connor Chaplin Northcliff High School Gauteng Provincial
StarCraft II (female) Angie Magon Blue Dragon Online Gaming
StarCraft II Edwin Williams Blue Dragon Online Gaming Gauteng Provincial
Street Fighter V Leonard Loftus Masters Gaming Club

In total 22 players earned the right to wear provincial colours.

Photographs of the event may be found on:

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