Tuesday, 21 March 2023

National Team Trials: DotA 2 - 25 March 2023


Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has announced the date of its National Team Trials to be 25 March 2023. Such National Team Trials (NTT) shall be used to select the team to participate in IESF's 15th World Championships (WEC).

It should be noted that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding such NTT online

However, players can play online with the following proviso's:
  1. Player's in the same team entered from the same province shall play from the same venedue, and
  2. Players in the same team from different provinces may play from different provinces, and
  3. Players participating in individual titles (1v1) from the same club and who reside in the same province shall play from the same venue, and
  4. All venues must have a club member in attendance.
MSSA shall select the highest placed team and/or individual based on:
  1. Confirmation to attend events (test matches and other matches), and,
  2. Clearance from stimulants.
All Registered Players who have qualified at MSSA's Regional, and/or Provincial, and/or National Championships are cordially invited to enter.

To have qualified, a Registered Player shall have:
  • Have finished in the top three places, or top 20% (whichever is greater), in a Provincial or National Championship, and/or
  • Have won a Regional Championship, and/or
  • Have won a Derby event, and or
  • Have represented South Africa in an international championship in 2022.
The following titles shall be played at the 2023 National team Trials to be held on 25 March 2023:
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Dota 2
  • Mobile Legends, Bang, Bang
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Tekken 7
The conditions for entry are as follows:

  1. Entry is R100.00 per Registered Player.
  2. Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
  3. Entries for National Team Trials must be submitted by midnight on 24 March 2023.
  4. To enter, the club must complete the Google Drive document.
  5. The entry form may be found on Google Drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184
  6. Clubs are to download the entry form, completed the downloaded form, and e-mail it to Mind Sports South Africa at mindsportscorresspondence@gmail.com
  7. Players making themselves eligible for selection, shall submit copies of their valid Passports with their other documentation to the National Team Manager upon meeting the above criteria for selection.
  8. Players who have reached the age of majority may find the necessary forms on https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NHcMGH5G97JA-UbMejpH5AnYjZ4eRChV/edit
  9. Players who have not yet reached the age of majority may find the necessary forms on https://docs.google.com/document/d/10OcmITrUHuNx298zZUdDoVuWvstJFyHa/edit
The Documents required are as follows:
  • Copy of South African Passport.
  • Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).rs
  • Copy of an Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
While Nationalor  team trials shall begin at 10H00 and end at 18H00, Registered Players shall be online at 9H00. MSSA officials will be on duty all day to assist with any queries you might have.

Registered Players who have qualified for C:ounter-Strike: GO (CSGO) are:

Name of player/teamClub
Srivar PremjeethCrawford College Lonehill
Arav Harrielal
Rea Connor
Howie Chen
Ashen Naidoo
Tej Kistasamy
Suhail KhanZAG Academy
Travis John Waters
Mark Kilian Lehle
Mohammad Dhooma
Nicholas Dammert
Wilrich van Deventer
Yu-shen Chen
Piin how Chen
David van Rooijen
Ryan Donald
Adam MooreWhite Rabbit Gaming
Lennard Koekemoer
Tameer Chicktay
Christian Christoffel Uys
Matthew Raubach

For further information, please contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

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National Team Trials: Counter-Strike: GO - 25 March 2023


Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has announced the date of its National Team Trials to be 25 March 2023. Such National Team Trials (NTT) shall be used to select the team to participate in IESF's 15th World Championships.

It should be noted that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding such NTT online

However, players can play online with the following proviso's:
  1. Player's in the same team entered from the same province shall play from the same venue, and
  2. Players in the same team from different provinces may play from different provinces, and
  3. Players participating in individual titles (1v1) from the same club and who reside in the same province shall play from the same venue, and
  4. All venues must have a club member in attendance.
MSSA shall select the highest placed team and/or individual based on:
  1. Confirmation to attend events (test matches and other matches), and,
  2. Clearance from stimulants.
All Registered Players who have qualified at MSSA's Regional, and/or Provincial, and/or National Championships are cordially invited to enter.

To have qualified, a Registered Player shall have:
  • Have finished in the top three places, or top 20% (whichever is greater), in a Provincial or National Championship, and/or
  • Have won a Regional Championship, and/or
  • Have won a Derby event, and or
  • Have represented South Africa in an international championship in 2022.
The following titles shall be played at the 2023 National team Trials to be held on 25 March 2023:
  • Counter-Strike: GO
  • Dota 2
  • eFootball
  • Mobile Legends, Bang, Bang
  • PUBG Mobile
  • Tekken 7
The conditions for entry are as follows:

  1. Entry is R100.00 per Registered Player.
  2. Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
  3. Entries for National Team Trials must be submitted by midnight on 24 March 2023.
  4. To enter, the club must complete the Google Drive document.
  5. The entry form may be found on Google Drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184
  6. Clubs are to download the entry form, completed the downloaded form, and e-mail it to Mind Sports South Africa at mindsportscorresspondence@gmail.com
  7. Players making themselves eligible for selection, shall submit copies of their valid Passports with their other documentation to the National Team Manager upon meeting the above criteria for selection.
  8. Players who have reached the age of majority may find the necessary forms on https://docs.google.com/document/d/1NHcMGH5G97JA-UbMejpH5AnYjZ4eRChV/edit
  9. Players who have not yet reached the age of majority may find the necessary forms on https://docs.google.com/document/d/10OcmITrUHuNx298zZUdDoVuWvstJFyHa/edit
The Documents required are as follows:
  • Copy of South African Passport.
  • Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).
  • Copy of an Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18
  • Proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
While National Team Trials shall begin at 10H00 and end at 18H00, Registered Players shall be online at 9H00. MSSA officials will be on duty all day to assist with any queries you might have.

Registered Players who have qualified for C:ounter-Strike: GO (CSGO) are:

Name of player/teamClub
Declan Godinho (c)Crawford College Lonehill
Daniel Pansegrauw
Sevar Naicker
Cayden Sardi
Luke Westman
Leson VisagieHoerskool Middelburg
Patrick Nel
Kenn du Plessis
Kaleb Sturgess
Calvin Kok
Simon Slingsby ZandstraZAG Academy
Sebastian Montoya Pelaez
Robert James Butler
Armand Pierre van der Colf
Joshua Gabrial Kneen Chapman
Michael de Villiers
Josh Orelowitz
Thomas Venables
Stephen Isaac Barends
Jason David Barends
Austin Amos Petersson
Willem Bestbier Brink
Ayush Singh
Rohan ArnielHS Driehoek
Marno Malan
Neva Walters
Corne Scholtz
Zandré Erasmus
Michael Prinsloo
Kyle Khoza
Cameron du Plessis
Colin Louw
JP Gordon
Daylan Cox
Michael Walters
Name of player/teamClub
Paula van VuurenZAG Academy
Chloe Wilson
Rialet van Jaarsveld
Nicky Muller
Alexandria Kruger
Karla GrewarWhite Rabbit Gaming
Kaylee Ludick
Rochelle Elizabeth Noortman
Roelien van Dyk
Jessica Eleez Greeff

For further information, please contact MSSA at mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com

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Wednesday, 15 March 2023

Registration for MSSA's Gauteng level 1 umpire's course - 18 March 2023.

Armand van der Colf, 2022 Protea Esports Team - CSGO, has completed the Umpire's Course. 

For all those Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) member clubs that wish to send delegates to MSSA's Gauteng level 1 umpire's course to be held on 18 March 2023, such clubs need to download the Registration Form, complete such, and submit the completed form to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com.

The registration form may be found at:


Details of MSSA's Gauteng level 1 umpire's course are as follows:

Date: 18 March 2023
Time: 10H00 - 17H00
Cost: R330.00 per person
Venue: Online
Date by which registration must be submitted: 17 March 2023.

The course shall include:
  • Ethics
  • Background to MSSA's systems
  • Roles of the different umpires
  • Dealing with queries
  • Entry
  • Pairings
  • Data capturing of results
  • How results are further used
At the end, a test will be given, and those that pass will be accredited as level 1 umpires.

Any Registered Player who is 18 or older may register for such course through their member club.

Additional reading:

The importance of completing a championships.

Being a member of the Protea Esports Team requires the highest levels of sportsmanship.

While umpiring at Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) 4th Gauteng Online Championships I had the  misfortune to see five players withdraw from the championships after taking a loss. It should be noted that MSSA does not look kindly on such poor behaviour and such action counts against the player during any and all team selection.

While in any competition, winning is always the ultimate goal. However, it is important to remember that losing is also a part of the game. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we may find ourselves falling behind or facing tough opponents that seem unbeatable. In such situations, it can be tempting to give up and abandon the competition altogether. However, finishing a competition, even when you are losing, is crucial for several reasons.

Firstly, finishing a competition shows resilience and perseverance. It demonstrates that you are not someone who gives up easily and that you are willing to see things through to the end. This is an important quality to have not just in sports, but also in life. Challenges and setbacks are inevitable, but it is our ability to overcome them that sets us apart.

Secondly, finishing a competition allows you to learn from your mistakes. Losing is an opportunity to evaluate your performance, identify areas for improvement, and come up with a plan to do better next time. If you walk away from a competition without finishing it, you miss out on this opportunity to learn and grow.

Thirdly, finishing a competition sets a good example for others. Whether it is your teammates, children, or even strangers watching from the sidelines, seeing you continue to play and give it your best effort, even when things are not going well, can be inspiring. It shows them that it is possible to face adversity with dignity and grace.

Lastly, finishing a competition is a sign of respect for your opponents, organisers, and sponsors. By staying in the game until the end, you are acknowledging that your opponents are worthy adversaries and that you respect their skills and abilities. It is important to remember that winning is not the only measure of success. Playing with sportsmanship and respect for others is equally important.

While winning is always the desired outcome, losing is also a part of any competition. When faced with the prospect of losing, it is important to remember the benefits of finishing the competition. Not only does it show resilience and perseverance, but it also allows for learning and growth, sets a good example for others, and demonstrates respect for opponents. So, the next time you find yourself falling behind, stay in the game and give it your best effort until the very end.

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