Wednesday 5 December 2018

All the winners of MSSA's 2018 S A National Championships

Amanda Kwaza, MSSA President, giving the opening address at the longest running esports championship in South Africa.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) held its 35th South African National Championships at Fakkel School of Skills on 1 and 2 December 2018.

As usual, the school was a superb host, and the championships ran smoothly and without a hitch.

At 35 continuous years, MSSA's SA National Championships is breaking records. However, not all the various disciplines have been played for the full 35 years. Wargames heads the bill at having been played at all 35 National Championships, with Board games (in the form of Morabaraba) having been included in 1996. Shortly thereafter, in 1997, checkers made its debut. It was only in 2005, even though MSSA had been running Provincial Esports events since 1998, that Esports made its way into the SA National Championships.

Despite the pedigree of the other disciplines, it is now esports that contributes  the largest amount of participants, and has more games (periods) being hosted than any othe discipline.

Even with Esports only having been represented at MSSA's SA National Championships, it makes the esports portion the oldest running esports in the country, if not the world!

Eleven (11) games (periods) were played, of which one (1) was a wargame, three (3) were board games and the remaning eight (8) were esports titles.

It must also be stressed that only titles that are played at SA National Championships, qualify to have teams selected that will earn Protea Colours. There are exceptions to the rule, but they are exceptions...

The championship was hard fought, and the standard exhibited showed a marked improvement over previous years.

The full list of winners is as follows:

TitleName of player/teamClubColours awarded
Ancients (DBM) - 400APColin WebsterOld Edwardian Mind Sports ClubS A National Federation
Ancients (DBM) - 200APGarth SchoemanKnights Mind Sports ClubS A National Federation
Joost LoftusMasters of Mind Sports
Delmari van der WaltJCS Academy
Counterstrike: GOEclipse CS:GOEclipse EsportS A National Federation
DotA 2King Edwards GuardsOld Edwardian Mind Sports Club
FIFA '18 (female)Leone LoftusFakkel School of SkillsS A National Federation
FIFA '18Irvine WilliamsHTS SasolburgS A National Federation
FIFA '18 (High School)Aphiwe MbathaHTS Sasolburg
Hearthstone (female)Linda SwanepoelFakkel School of SkillsS A National Federation
HearthstoneGawie FickFakkel School of Skills
League of Legends Team VengenceValhallaS A National Federation
Morabaraba – FemaleSaudah BhaimiaCurro KlerksdorpS A National Federation
Morabaraba Cobus van der WathFakkel School of SkillsS A National Federation
Morabaraba – High SchoolWynand Janse van RensburgJCS Academy
PES 2018 (female)Leone LoftusFakkel School of SkillsS A National Federation
PES 2018Lesego MotlatsiFakkel School of Skills
PES 2018 (High School)Morena VelaphoFakkel School of Skills
Russian Draughts (Female)Paula LoftusMasters of Mind SportsS A National Federation
Russian DraughtsReinder van WykJCS AcademyS A National Federation
Russian Draughts (High School)Pieter van der MerweMasters of Mind Sports
Street Fighter V (female)Lee-Ann van der MerweJCS AcademyS A National Federation
Street Fighter VMxolisi LukheleAmplified RebellionS A National Federation
Tekken 7 (Female)Chiney WallaceHTS SasolburgS A National Federation
Tekken 7Baber AbbasKnights Mind Sports ClubS A National Federation
Tekken7 (High School)Micheal Janse van RensburgHTS Sasolburg
Sportsmanship AwardIrvine WilliamsHTS Sasolburg

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