Thursday, 20 September 2018

Road to Kaohsuing: MSSA announces the Protea Esports Team.

Road to Kaohsuing - 49 days to go...
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is proud to announce South Africa's official Protea Esports team which shall participate in IESF's 10th World Championships - Kaohsuing to be held from 6 to 13 November 2018.

Mind Sports South Africa has earned a reputation of being a federation totally committed to its members and athletes alike.
Through MSSA's efforts esports in South Africa has grown from being a mere activity to being a fully-fledged-accredited-sport for which players may earn Regional, Provincial, National Federation, and/or Protea Colours.

Thus, MSSA has gone through the process of selecting a national team for the 9th World Championships.

The process includes holding Regional, Provincial, and National Championships which feed  into the annual National Team Trials. It is from those that participate at the National Team Trials that the National Squad is selected, and then from those in the National Squad, various Protea Teams are selected to play in various events.

IESF's 2018 World Championships is being hosted in Chinese Taipei, and it is off to Kaohhsuing City that our brave and merry band will journey to once again do battle against the rest of the world.

The game titles in which South Africa's Protea Esports Team will compete are League of Legends®, CounterStrike: GO®, and Tekken 7®.

Alasdair Donaldson
MSSA is proud to have Alasdair Donaldson represent South Africa for Tekken 7®. Alasdair has showed his loyalty, dedication, and skill over many years having won many of the official provincial championships around the country. Alasdair too, has proven himself to be a very tough competitor and distiguished himself in IESF's 9th World Championships held in Busan. MSSA is quite confident that Alasdair will deliver solid results in Kaohsuing.

MSSA is particularly proud of its League of Legends® (LoL) Team. Without doubt, the League of Legends®  being fielded this year by South Africa combines the best of South Africa's two finest teams. The members of the team are all well known in South African competitive circles, and the members of the team have all dominated most of the events in which they have participated. 
Donovan de Klerk

With many of the members having obtained experience in online test matches as well as at IESF's 9th World Championships, there is great confidence in the team selected.  However, it is the team captain that often seals the fate of the team. MSSA believes that it has found the best possible team captain for the Protea Esports 
League of Legends® Team in the person of Donovan de Klerk. Donovan has proved himself to be a strong team captain being able to marshal, inspire, lead and  maintain the integrity of his teams, and it is hoped that such skills shall be used with equal effect in South Africa's Protea Esports League of Legends® Team.

MSSA is thus extremely confident in the abilities of the team to not only play well, but to also win the hearts, minds and souls of all those present at IESF's 2018 World championships.
Marisa van der Westhuizen

Although the esports title of CounterStrike: GO® was only introduced by IESF to into World Championships in 2016, Mind Sports South Africa has promoted such esports title in all Provincial and National championships since the game was published. 

Thus, MSSA jumped at the opportunity to enter its national team in 2016, and on the back of the experience learned at IeSF's 2016 World Championships - Jakarta, and IESF's 2017 World Championships - Busan, MSSA has again entered a team to contest the CounterStrike: GO® title.
The team is indeed 'battle-hardened' and will have to do battle against very tough competition. Nevertheless, MSSA is convinced that the team will do its best under the astute leadership of Marisa van der Westhuizen who is captaining South Africa's Protea Counter-Strike: GO® Esports Team.

It should be noted that Marisa will make history at such IESF's 10th World Championships - Kaohsuing as she will be the first ever female team captain of a CounterStrike:GO team at World Championship level. Marisa follows in the footsteps of Maryke Kennard who blazed the way in 2015. Marisa is consolidating on, and is building on, such gains to create greater equality for females in esports. 

The full team is as follows:
Title Name Club
CounterStrike: GO Marisa "Faith" van der Westhuizen (Captain) ZAG Academy
Nicole "Nexxy" Rootman  ZAG Academy
Alora Ann "Saphira" Liebenberg  ZAG Academy
Lelane "Lilly" Soldin  ZAG Academy
Leander "Chappy" van Schalkwyk Taccor Gaming
League of Legends Donovan "MoreGank Freeman" De Klerk (Captain) Good Gaming
Stephen "MrKnott" Pretorius  Good Gaming
Brett "Clax" Whitehead  VexxedPhoenix
Kyle "youNique" Taylor  VexxedPhoenix
Maalik "YoloPete" Rawoot VexxedPhoenix
Tekken 7 Alasdair Donaldson VexxedPhoenix
Manager Johan van Breda ZAG Academy


Johan van Breda
The Team Manager, Johan van Breda, first served South Africa as a player in IESF's 2016 World Championships - Jakarta, been elected to the lofty position of Vice-President in 2017, and was selected to be Team Manager by MSSA's Management Committee in 2018. 

The Protea Esports Team has always finished in the top half at every IESF World Championships in which it has competed. 
Johan is determined to lead the Protea Esports Team into the top ten - a position to which South Africa has not risen since 2013.

It is MSSA's opinion that South Africa's 
Protea Esports Team finds itself in no better hands, and MSSA's President, Amanda Pakade, is confident that Johan shall deliver.


The Protea eSports Team shall officially be awarded their colours at the official award ceremony that shall be done just pri or to departure.

South Africa's past results are as follows:
YearVenuePosition
2017Busan –  South Korea12th
2016Jakarta –  Indonesia14th
2015Seoul –  South Korea12th
2014Baku –  Azerbaijan13th
2013Bucharest –  Romania10th
2012Cheonan –  South Korea18th
2011Andong –  South Korea13th

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Road to Kaohsuing: 50 days to go...


With only 50 days to go, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) along with all the other participating  national federations is readying itself for IESF's 10th World Championships - Kaohsuing City.

Not only is South Africa's official Protea Esports Team preparing to contest the CounterStrike: GO, League of Legends, and Tekken 7 esports titles, but MSSA is also preparing to participate in IESF's General Meeting.

Being a non-profit association, IESF, is governed by its members.

IESF's highest authority isr its General Meeting which every member federation attends. It is to such meeting that the Board reports. It is to such meeting that the Annual Financial statements are presented and it is such meeting that elects office-bearers and may amend the Statutes.

Thus every member federation has a hand in the success of IESF.

This is why it is important that South African players get involved in MSSA. By becoming involved in MSSA's affairs, Registered Players are able to ensure that  the voice of the South African community, affiliated to MSSA, is heard at  the highest levels.

Accommodation available: Limpopo Provincial Championships - 29 & 30 September 2018.

Fun and games at MSSA's 2017 Limpopo Championships - to be repeated again this year on 29 & 30 September 2018
Through the efforts of Petrus Maartens (Limpopo Provincial Director) free accommodation at the school for participants who enter on time has been arranged. Those who make use of such offer of accommodation can bring extra pillows, and blankets or duvets, but will need to purchase their own food.
Those requiring accommodation need to contact 
Petrus Maartens directly on (mobile) 084 637 1568 or email at fragcongaming@gmail.com on or before 25 September 2018.

Details of Limpopo Provincial Championships hosted by HTS Tom Naudé are as follows:
  • Board gaming: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2018/09/board-games-mssas-7th-limpopo.html
  • Esports: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2018/09/limpopo-provincial-lan-championships-29.html
  • Wargaming: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2018/09/wargames-mssas-7th-limpopo-provincial.html
Hosting ClubHTS Tom Naudé 
VenueHTS Tom Naudé, Polokwane
Date29 & 30 September 2018
Entry Date24 September 2018

Member clubs must enter their teams/players on their Google Drive page.

The 2018 Calendar of Events may be viewed here.

The draft Calender of Events for 2019 may be viewed here.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Reminder: Limpopo Provincial Championships - 29 & 30 September 2018.

Fun and games at MSSA's 2017 Limpopo Championships - to be repeated again this year on 29 & 30 September 2018
In 2017 the Limpopo Provincial Championships was very ably hosted by HTS Tom Naudé .

This year (2018) will again see the Limpopo Provincial Championships hosted by HTS Tom Naudé .

By now,  all members and Registered Players should know that Provincial championships rotate among the clubs within such province. This allows every club, willing to host, the opportunity to cater for their members, and allows MSSA greater reach into areas in which major events have not yet been held.

MSSA's 
Limpopo Provincial Championships is part of the process of selecting the 2019 Protea teams that will attend various World Championships and participate in various test matches.


All Registered Players are reminded that MSSA's Limpopo Provincial Championships are an open championship. 

In other words any Registered Player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. 

You may contact MSSA at mindsportssa@gmail.com

Details are as follows:
  • Board gaming: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2018/09/board-games-mssas-7th-limpopo.html
  • Esports: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2018/09/limpopo-provincial-lan-championships-29.html
  • Wargaming: https://esportscommentator.blogspot.com/2018/09/wargames-mssas-7th-limpopo-provincial.html
Hosting ClubHTS Tom Naudé 
VenueHTS Tom Naudé, Polokwane
Date29 & 30 September 2018
Entry Date24 September 2018

Member clubs must enter their teams/players on their Google Drive page.

The 2018 Calendar of Events may be viewed here.

The draft Calender of Events for 2019 may be viewed here.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

The Road to Kaohsuing City - IESF's 10th World Championships.


With only 53 days to go esports national federations the world over are scrambling to get the last minute preparations done in order to deliver their national teams to the only nation based world championships for esports.

International Esports Federation (IESF) is too the largest based membership based organisation consisting of national federations from the world over.

IESF's World Championships to be held in Kaohsuing City are the 10th such world championships for esports, and South Africa, through the wonderful efforts of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) and its sponsors have attended each and every one.

MSSA was there for the first one, and is one of only 5 countries that have provided full teams each and every year. Such is the commitment of MSSA.

2018 will be no different, and MSSA has already secured the flights and accommodation for its players.

MSSA shall be sending  players to contest the CounterStrike: GO, League of Legends, and Tekken esports titles.

The National Team Manager for Esports, Johan van Breda, is confident that South Africa will improve its current world ranking.

Nominations required for Hon. Life Awards.

Robert Maduba - proudly wearing his Springbok Colours that were awaris achievements awarded to him by SA Rugby for his achievements during Apartheid.
On the nomination of the Executive Committee only, the Council may, at the National Convention elect as Hon. Life Members, persons who have been prominently connected with the activity in the Republic of South Africa, and have rendered valuable services therein.

The Ex
ecutive Committee consists of all members of the Management Board, a delegate representing such Student Association as recognised by Council, a delegate representing such Scholar's Association as recognised by Council and one nominated member from each affiliated member. 

Not more than one person shall be elected in at any one time. Such Hon. Life Members shall be entitled to attend meetings of the Council and shall have the power to vote at such meeting.

As such, Hon. Life Awards are only awarded to those who have given excepti
onal service to Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) during the time of which they were Registered Players.

Any member club may nominate persons who are Registered Players who a deserving of this, one of MSSA's most prestigious, awards.

Such nominations must be submitted by 28 September 2018.

A full list of all those who have received such award, is as follows:


Year awardedNameClub
2008Robert EnglandOld Edwardian Mind Sports Club
2004Robert MadubaEastern Province Draughts Association
1991Barry BooysensEasterns Wargames Group

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Saturday, 15 September 2018

The position of MSSA's Players' Representative is up for election at the 2018 SA National Championships.

Jason Batzofin (second from the right) in Al Ain (UAE) at the Asian E-Sports Federation's General Assembly Meeting.
It should be noted that MSSA, created the position for Players' Representative on its committee in 2005. However, it was not until 2006 that MSSA found a player willing to take on such an important role.

The player's who have served as Players' Representative are as follows:

YearsPlayers’ RepresentativesClub
2016 to presentJason BatzofinSt John’s College
2010Jonathan NewmanMaritzburg Griffins
2006 – 2008Amanda KwazaUniversity of Johannesburg

The current representative is Jason Batzofin. Jason first earned his Protea Colours in 2014 for wargames, and then in 2015 earned such colours  for both wargames and esports.

Since then, Jason has moved on as a direct result of holding such position.

In 2016, Jason was appointed by the International Esports Federation (IESF) to sit on its Athletes' Commission.

In 2017 IESF's Athletes Commission elected Jason to be the Chairperson of such Commission. As the Chairperson of the Athletes' Commission, Jason too sits on IESF's Board and represents the interests of all players/athletes directly to the very highest levels of esports.


Even as I write this, Jason is in Sweden involved in high level discussions with IESF's Board.

To be elected as the Players’ Representative to MSSA's Management Board, such player shall have Protea Colours, and shall have represented South Africa in an International Competition, and shall not be over 30 years of age at the time of such election.

However, it should be noted that 
the Players’ Representative is not be elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) by the member clubs, but instead elected by Registered Players who are in standing and who are fully-paid-up. It shall be deemed that all Registered Players have been notified of the election should the member clubs have been timeously notified.


The election of the Players’ Representative shall be conducted in the following manner:
  • All Registered Gamers who have senior Provincial, National, and Protea Colours may send in their vote on the prescribed voting form for their choice of candidate.
  • The vote may be submitted either by facsimile or by e-mail.
  • Such vote must reach the General Secretary by the close of business on or before two days prior to the AGM.
Thus, Registered Players have the opportunity of circumventing the existing system of elections to get their choice of Registered Player directly onto the Management Board.

Thus, every Registered Player has the ability to influence MSSA. 
It is in your hands, take the opportunity.

The different types of official competitions.

Only through MSSA's active volunteers do events like the National Schools' Championships take place year-after-year.
It is already well known that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is South Africa's largest membership based organisation for gaming, and that MSSA runs over 30 events per annum in over ten esports titles.

That is staggering!

It is even more impressive when you realise that it is done by volunteers and that all income earned is ploughed back into developing and promoting esports.

It it is due to this methodology that MSSA enabled esports to become accredited as a sport and has enabled so many people to become involved in running their own private events.

Even VS Gaming's own Johann von Backström started in MSSA and served as MSSA's Chairperson of the Esports Board of Control.

However, with many of MSSA's championships, for esports, having started as far back as 1998, MSSA offers a wide range of events that are tailored for most gamers no matter where they live in our beloved country.

MSSA, also is the only organisation that runs events throughout the country.

The various events are:


Type of event Level Eligibility
School Championships Provincial LAN Any gamer who attends a school affiliated to the MSSA
National LAN Any gamer who attends a school affiliated to the MSSA
Inter-school online championships Schools that are affiliated to the MSSA
Inter-school Ladder Schools that are affiliated to the MSSA
Regional Championships Regional LAN Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
Regional Online Ladder Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
Inter- regional test matches Official Regional Teams.
Provincial Championships Provincial LAN Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
Provincial Online Championships Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
Provincial Online Ladder Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
Inter- provincial test matches Official Regional Teams.
National Championships National LAN Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
National Online Ladder Any gamer who is registered with an affiliated member club
National Team Trials LAN By invitation only as per the Regulations.
Only official MSSA events count as qualifying events
World Championships International Protea Team only
Test Matches International Protea Team only

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Friday, 14 September 2018

Why MSSA governs itself the way it does

Various disciplines being played.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) exists as an association of members wherein member clubs are directly affiliated to the national structure.

However, it is far more important to note that according to the National Sports and Recreation Act, Number 110, of 1998 (as  amended) that National Federations are the sole authority in South Africa for the codes that they administer.

Disciplines and periods currently promoted by the MSSA at a competition level in South Africa are:

Board gaming
Backgammon
Checkers
Draughts
Morabaraba (also known as Mlabalaba)
SesothoMorabaraba
Speed Stacking
Esports gaming
(Computer)
Console gaming
Mobile gaming
Personal computer gaming
PSP gaming
Figure gaming
Ancients (3000 BC to 1500 AD)
Pike & Shot (1500 AD to 1700 AD)
Horse & Musket (1700 to 1845)
World War 2 (1939 to 1945)
Robotics
Construction


MSSA's structure thus allows member clubs to be represented, and heard, at every single level.

Unlike other sporting codes, MSSA's structure is revoluntionary as it allows member clubs to nominate any Registered Player to stand for office in MSSA.

So, instead of having events planned by people who are looking for financial gain, MSSA runs its events for the long term benefit of growing the disciplines and titles within MSSA.

The reason for  doing  such is as follows:

      1. It is cheaper to administrate. Instead of having a number of associations, monies can be directly allocated to where such need to be spent, and

      2. Member clubs are advised directly of all decisions. There is no playing 'broken telephone' whereby member  associations only advise member clubs on selected decisions, and

      3.  All  member clubs can make a direct input into how MSSA is run, and

      4. The form of MSSA mirrors  that of the South African Republic itself. Thus when Parliament changes the provinces  of South Africa, MSSA automatically adheres to such changes. Thus MSSA requires no tedious General  Meetings, and/or long debates to stay in line with the country's constitution, and

      5. MSSA's  constitution allows freedom of thought and democracy unseen in any other sporting code. Any fully-paid-up Registered Player may be elected into any position whether it be on the Board, or as a provincial and/or Regional  Manager. Instead of people having to politic for years-and-years to get onto provincial and national structures,  and then to do so only when they are tired, cynical, and disillusioned, young passionate players can swiftly make an input. MSSA's structures are designed for the youth, and those that work. The system also is very unforgiving to committee members that do not perform, as there is no way to manipulate the system to protect the holding of any position.

Thus all MSSA member clubs truly support MSSA's structure. Only those with ulterior motives are opposed to the way in which MSSA governs itself.

Huge excitement from schools for MSSA's 2019 School Online and LAN Championships.

The entire official South African National Squad for the DotA 2 esports title consists of learners from Curro Klerksdorp and Oaklands School.
In 2010 Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) initiated its online school leagues as well as its National Championships for Schools in esports.

Since 2010, many a learner has thus been able to earn Provincial and National Colours for various esports titles.

Mind Sports South Africa is already South Africa's largest membership based organisation for gaming and is the only organisation that since 2005 regularly sends teams overseas to represent South Africa.

It is through such official leagues and championships that a number of learners have also been able to qualify for MSSA's annual National Team Trials at which players are selected for South Africa's Protea Esports Teams.

It is therefore not surprisinng then to see that almost every year that the Protea Team is selected, there are always learners who are able to make the grade as such and be selected.

Thus with Mind Sports South Africa's school National Championships going into their 10th consecutive year, MSSA is experiencing huge interest from schools that already, and that also wish to, participate in such official leagues and championships.

For further information, please contact mindsportssa@iafrica.com

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How to have your favourite game titles selected for Provincial and National Championships.


Remember, to have your game preference played at Mind Sports South Africa's Provincial and National Championships, please advise MSSA by 1 November 2018 so that your choices may be placed on the agenda.

However, it should be remembered that even if an esports game title is not hosted at Provincial or National Championship level, it may still be played at Regional Championships, and even within the Ladder system.

It is through such system that MSSA is able to meet the wishes of its member clubs, and ultimately you, the esports athlete.

The current manner in which game titles are selected are as follows:

Schedule 3: SELECTION OF TITLES FOR PROVINCIAL AND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

  1. The periods (titles) selected shall be decided upon by the Annual General Meeting.
  2. Not more that ten (10) titles shall be selected every year from nominations received.
  3. The titles played at the most recent IESF World Championships shall automatically be selected.
  4. The remaining titles may then be selected.
  5. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, then the least popular game in its genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  6. The popularity of a period (title) shall be based on attendance at MSSA events.
  7. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and no MSSA event have been held in such period (title) then the Board of Control shall decide which period (title) falls away in such genre (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships).
  8. Should IESF introduce new titles into its World Championships which have not been selected by MSSA, and therre are no other periods (titles) within its genre, then the least popular game (excluding titles that are being played at IESF’s World Championships) shall immediately fall away in favour of the new title.
  9. For any period to be nominated, such period (title) shall have been played at any two Regional Events at which there were at least three teams per event.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Wargames: - MSSA's 7th Limpopo Provincial Championships - 29 & 30 September 2018.

Wargames being played.
MSSA's Limpopo Provincial LAN Championship for esports shall be played at HTS Tom Naudé, Polokwane on 29  September 2018.

In terms of the current regulations, any period may be played to more than one rule set if there are sufficient entries, and a player qualified to act as an umpire has volunteered to umpire such rule set.

The championships shall start on both days at 9H00. Players need to register at least 30 minutes before the start of play.

The following periods have qualified to be played, and shall be, should sufficient entries be received:
FIGURE GAMING:
Period
CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED ON BOTH DAYS

Saturday
Sunday

ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
ROUND 5
Ancients – DBM 3.2
9H00-12H00
13H00 - 16h00
17h00 - 20h00
9H00-12H00
14H00 – 17H00
Pike & Shot – DBR
9H00-12H00
13H00 - 16h00
17h00 - 20h00
9H00-12H00
14H00 – 17H00
World War II – Flames of War
9H00-12H00
13H00 - 16h00
17h00 - 20h00
9H00-12H00
14H00 – 17H00

Period
ONE DAY HISTORICAL FIGURE GAMING CHAMPIONSHIPS TO BE PLAYED ON SUNDAY ONLY
Sunday

ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
Ancients – DBM 200AP
9H00-10H30
11H00 – 12H30
14H00 – 15H30
16H00 – 17H30

In keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies re development programmes, entries are 
free and gratis to registered players who are unable to afford to enter such championships should the member club formally request assistance. Such applications must be directed to the MSSA at: e-mail: mindsportssa@iafrica.com

Please note that if there are not at least 10 players entered for a figure gaming period, then such period shall be played to four (4) rounds and not five (5).

Entry fees are:              R64.00 for figure gamers.

Only players who are registered with fully-paid-up members may participate.

Players are reminded that the majority choice of rules as at the closing date for entries shall be used.

Entry fees must be deposited directly into Mind Sports South Africa's account, held at ABSA Bank, account number, 
90 4766 7676.

All entries, and army lists (if applicable) must be e-mailed to: mindsportssa@gmail.com
 on or before 24 September 2018

The following Medals may be awarded at MSSA's 2018 South African National LAN Championships:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • UNIVERSITY: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are currently registered at any officially recognised University, provided the players have not received any Premier Medals.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in all three categories.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • 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.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship. 
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