Thursday 22 February 2018

Vainglory - Learners who have qualified for National Team Trials.

Northcliff High's gamers receiving school awards.
Vainglory has pushed the boundaries of what is possible when it comes to mobile games, and has created the world of esports. 

Vainglory is ae esport title developed and published by Super Evil Megacorp for iOS and Android devices. 

Vainglory is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game which has a little bit of similarities to the popular MOBAs League of Legends and Dota 2 but is instead designed for smartphones and tablets. As standard for the genre, two opposing teams fight to reach and destroy the enemy's base while defending their own base along lanes which connect the bases. In addition, there is a "jungle" beetween the lanes, which contains creatures and objectives that can be killed or captured.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) first introduced the title in 2017, and while particiation in such title was disappointing in 2017, participation has grown. Participation in MSSA's 8th Online Inter-School Championships held on 10 February 2018 actually exceeded the numbers of participation at all of the events held in 2017.

In 2017, the team from Northcliff won every event in which they played, and with the increased number of participants in 2018, many an official wondered if they would hold onto their lead.

They did!

ff High School romped home to victory in MSSA's 8th Online Inter-School Championships to earn their berth in MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials.

MSSA's 8th Online Inter-School Championships allowed two other teams to also qualify for MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT).

Unfortunately Vainglory is not played out of school level, and will not be played at MSSA's 36th Gauteng Championships, but will be played at all school championships and leagues.

The criteria to qualify for such trials all Registered Players that win a Regional Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials.

Also, all Registered Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship shall earn an invitation to National Team Trials.

It should be remembered that members of the current Protea Squad automatically earn a berth at the National Team Trials (NTT) should they have met their obligations in terms of participation at MSSA events.

The learners that earned such an invite for the 
Vainglory esports title are:

Name of playerSchoolPeriodProvince
Luke ProbertNorthcliff High SchoolVainGloryGauteng
Jordan MacdonaldNorthcliff High SchoolVainGloryGauteng
Sean MehloNorthcliff High SchoolVainGloryGauteng
Loje van SchalkwykHoërskool WonderboomVainGloryGauteng
Armand van ZylHoërskool WonderboomVainGloryGauteng
Ryan StrausHoërskool WonderboomVainGloryGauteng
Wallis AnikaEmpangeni High SchoolVainGloryKwaZulu Natal
Chibisa TakudziEmpangeni High SchoolVainGloryKwaZulu Natal
Yousoof MuhammedEmpangeni High SchoolVainGloryKwaZulu Natal

Other Registered Players that have earned a berth at MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) are:

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