Monday 5 June 2017
Thoughts on MSSA's Esports National Team trials - Day 1.
On a crisp Saturday morning, on 3 June 2017, athletes who qualified for DotA 2, HearthStone, League of Legends, Pro Evolution Soccer, Street Fighter V, and Tekken arrived in droves.
MSSA's 2017 Esports National Team Trials was not only the 16th such annual trials held by Mind Sports South Africa for esports, but was also the biggest such Trials held ever by Mind Sports South Africa.
Of course none of it would have been possible without the superb facilities of Roedean School. The facilities that Roedean has left all in awe. Many remarked that the learners who attend the school are most fortunate. Both Dorian and Sphiwe (of Roedean School) ensured the success of the event as MSSA officials dealt with all the administrative and umpiring duties.
The tension was palpable as many past Protea team members came through to defend the total onslaught by younger aspirant gamers willing to give it their all to get into the various teams which MSSA shall be selecting.
It was indeed pleasing to see the number of contestants.
The Trials were truly representative with participants present from 15 clubs from no less than 6 provinces.
The Trials ran smoothly with many athletes stating that the event was thoroughly enjoyable.
Thus at the end of the day, long after the last athlete had left, tired, but satisified, MSSA volunteers readied the venue for the next day.
Photographs on the day may be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/pg/mindsportssa/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156163215684008