Saturday, 16 July 2016

2016 On-line Championships for HearthStone, and StarCraft II - 13 August 2016

Nathan Anderson in gaming mode
The MSSA is proud to announce that the 2016 On-line Championships for HearthStone, and StarCraft II will be held on 13 August 2016.

The online championships for StarCraft II has run since 2011. It should be noted that Robert Botha and Nathan Anderson both represented South Africa in the Protea eSports Team. Both performed admirably, and Nathan so far has more caps than any South African for eSports (10). The winners over  the years are:

MEN
WOMEN
Year Name Club
Name Club
2011 Robert ‘PandaTank’ Botha Knights Mind Sports Club


2012 Nathan “StatiC” Anderson PolarFluke
Gabriela “Gabybear” Isaacs SAHETI
2013 Radhe ‘Illidian’ Stringer Deviation Gaming
Yolande ‘ANANKE’ Williams Deviation Gaming
2014 Nathan “StatiC” Anderson Deviation Gaming
Yolande ‘ANANKE’ Williams Deviation Gaming
2015 Edwin ‘Draga’ Williams Way2Casual
Cornelia ‘lia’ Booysen Tuks

HearthStone was only run by MSSA from 2014. Barry West, the first winner, found himself called up for duty in the Protea eSports Team that participated in the IeSF's 6th World Championships - Baku. MSSA is very proud of the players who have represented South Africa at World Championship level, as they have all done so with distinction. The previous winners are:

MEN
Year Name Club
2014 Barry 'Trend' West Tuks
2015 Francois Mouton Tuks

The championship may be used by gamers to qualify for eligibility to compete in the 2017 National Team Trials should the MSSA need to choose a team for any of the above-named titles.

Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:
  • If less than six players, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 players the championship shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 to 30 players the championship shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System
Eligibility:
  • Any player/team who is a Registered Player affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.
Entry fee:
  • Entry is free to all full-paid-up Registered Players.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
Entry date:
  • Entries need to be submitted by no later than Monday, 10 August 2016.
Registration:
  • To register, a completed registration form must be either faxed to 086 672 1911 or sent as a pdf to mindsportssa@iafrica.com
Medals:
Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women in the following categories:
  • PREMIER: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • UNIVERSITY:Medals shall be awarded to gamers the first three gamers that have not won a Premier medal and who are students currently registered at any officially recognised University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three learners currently registered at any officially recognised school, or home schooled, provided they have not received any Premier medals. 
Colours:
  • Protea Colours: Only Players that are selected to represent South Africa in International Championships may earn National Colours if the Protea Colours Board's criteria are met.
  • National Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a National Championship will earn National Colours.
  • Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a Provincial Championship, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn Provincial Colours.
When and Where:
  • 13 August 2016
  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round. 
  • Players must all be on-line at 9H00.
The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. This means that the championship shall be used for the following:
  • The awarding of provincial colours;
  • The awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;
  • The ability to qualify for National Team Trials. 
As usual Trials shall be done at a LAN venue, and the team that can best represent South Africa shall then be selected.

Shout casting:
  • The MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
  • Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportssa@iafrica.com


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