Saturday 13 April 2024

Superb Sochi

Sochi is the largest resort city in Russia. The city is situated on the Sochi River, along the Black Sea in Southern Russia.

For several years RESF (Russian Esports Federation) has more than competently organized and hosted student championships and BRICS esports events.

With the help of RESF, MSSA has participated in a number of such events in Moscow and Grozny. The most successful team returned home with a mere 400,000.00 Rubles in their pockets. Please read SA Student DOTA and CSGO teams off to Moscow, Russia with 3,000,000 Rubles at stake.

However, this is the turn of Sochi to host the Student DotA Championships - and MSSA has been invited to send a student DotA team. 

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA), shall hold trials to select an official Protea Student team, shall have to play test matches against other Southern African DotA teams to determine which team shall represent Southern Africa in Sochi in October 2024.

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Friday 12 April 2024

Reminder: 2024 Online Championships to be held on 13 April 2024.

Registered Players are ready to try out to qualify for the 2024 National Team Trials. The Protea Team shall participate in both IESF and GEF events. 

T
he hunt is on for the 2024 National Protea Esports Teams. 

It is therefore not surprising that MSSA has thus entered all IESF esports titles on offer at IESF's 16th World Championships - especially the female events.

The esports titles entered by MSSA are:

  • Counter-Strike 2 (open)
  • Counter-Strike 2 (female)
  • DOTA 2 (open) 
  • eFootball (Open) 
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (open)
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (female)
  • PUBG mobile (open)

To have a chance to qualify for selection, players must be members of an affiliated club and qualify for National Team Trials at a MSSA event.

Mind Sports South Africa's (MSSA) annual Western Cape Online Championships are well known for the ferocity of the competition and high standard of play.

MSSA's 2024 Online Championships represent a wonderful chance for many aspiring Protea Esports Team members to earn a berth in the coveted National Team Trials (NTT) to be held 2024.

In order to participate, players must be registered for the 2023/2024 season.

The championship shall be held on 13 April 2024

Game titles to be played are:


Period/genreTitlePlatformPlayers
Shooter
CODMMobile4 v 4
Counter-Strike: 2PC5 v 5
ValorantPC/console5 v 5
PUBGMMobile1 v 1
Sport
FIFA '24Console1 v 1
eFootballConsole1 v 1
Rocket LeaguePC1 v 1 and 3 v 3
MOBA
DotA 2PC5 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile1 v 1
League of LegendsPC5 v 5
Clash of ClansMobile1 v1
Mobile Legends Bang BangMobile5 v 5
Fighting
Tekken (latest version)Console1 v 1
Street Fighter VConsole1 v 1

Players are to acquaint themselves with the rules apropos substitutes and loadshedding.

Tournament Structure:


As per the MSSA's rules, being:

  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • Any team consisting of players who are Registered Players affiliated to a MSSA member club may enter.

Entries:

  • Entry is R100.00 per Registered Player.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
  • Entries must be submitted by 8H00 13 April 2024
  • To enter, the club must complete the Google Drive document. The entry form may be found on Google Drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1_ERR6815uVjSMu4t5KkRxYqGJ_AA88kkz31qRgksASc/edit#gid=287696184
  • Clubs are to download the entry form, completed the downloaded form, and e-mail it to Mind Sports South Africa. Photographs of players must accompany the entry.
  • Only entries submitted via email and on Excel shall be accepted.

Medals:


Medals shall be handed over to winners at the next MSSA LAN that they attend. 


      MALE:

  • PREMIERMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
  • UNDER 24: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognized University.
  • SCHOLARSMedals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognized school, provided they have not received any Premier medals. 
        FEMALE:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams.
  • UNDER 24Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams that have not won a Premier medal and which are comprised entirely of students currently registered at any officially recognized University.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three teams of learners currently registered at any officially recognized school, 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.

General:

  • The championship shall be played on: 13 April 2024
  • The first round will start at 10H00. Players shall be given 60 minutes to complete each round.
  • Players playing 3 v 3 Rocket League shall be given 1.5 hours to complete the round.
  • The championship is accredited as being of the same status as a provincial championship. 
  • The championship shall be used for the awarding of provincial colour
  • The championship shall be used for the awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in Premier, Under 24, and School categories;
  • The championship shall be used for the ability to qualify for National Team Squad.
  • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

Umpires:

  • Umpires may only be contacted over Skype on the day of competition. Any communication not on the Skype channel shall not be entered into.

Ladder:

  • All games shall count towards the National Ladder.

Shout casting:

  • MSSA shall decide who may shout-cast the games.
Anybody wishing to be appointed as a Shout-Caster must apply in writing to mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

Tuesday 5 March 2024

MSSA CONFIRMS ITS ENTRY TO WEC 24

 

Colin Webster announced today that MSSA has entered its largest team Protea Team ever.

Mind Sports South Africa's President, Colin Webster, today confirmed that MSSA has entered
International Esports Federation's (IESF) 16th World Championships.

MSSA has been a staunch, and loyal member, of IESF since 2009, and has participated in every single IESF World Championship since 2009. 

MSSA has always advocated greater inclusion of events for females at such World Championships. Withe Colin Webster having served on IOESF's Board from 2013 to 2020, the number of events specifically for females has grown in number. It was in 2018 that South Africa fielded the first all female Counter-Strike team at IESF's 10th World Championships - an act which many see as a forerunner of IESF implementing an all female Counter-Strike event at its 14th World Championships.

It is therefore not surprising that MSSA has thus entered all IESF esports titles on offer at IESF's 16th World Championships - especially the female events.

The esports titles entered by MSSA are:

  • Counter-Strike 2 (open)
  • Counter-Strike 2 (female)
  • DOTA 2 (open) 
  • eFootball (Open) 
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (open)
  • Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (female)
  • PUBG mobile (open)

Colin Webster stated, "This is the largest entry that South Africa has ever made, and MSSA is confident that the 2024 Protea Team will be the strongest team ever to represent South Africa as the Protea Team'.

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Friday 1 March 2024

Reminder: 13th Online Inter-school Provincial Championships - 2 March 2024


Learners have great opportunities to qualify for Provincial and National Teams at this event.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) shall be holding its ever popular 13th Online Inter-school Provincial Championships on 3 March 2024.

An important feature of this championship, is that it is open to any learner, whether or not the school is affiliated or not, however, approval from the school is required. Such approval must come from an educator or competent school official.

Learners who are being homeschooled may also participate, but such homeschool clubs must be affiliated to MSSA as a private club.

However, for team events, it is required that all members of the team are all from the same school.

Players, will be able to play from any venue/s approved by the school.

MSSA's 13th Online Inter-school Provincial Championships, offers local players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team that will attend international events should they meet the criteria. Such events may include events accredited by IESF, GEF, CAES, and ACDS.


The championship shall be held on 2 March 2024. Entries must be submitted before midnight on 1 March 2024.


Game titles to be played are:

Period/genreTitlePlatformAge restrictionPlayers
FPS
Counter-Strike 2PC185 v 5
ValorantPC/console165 v 5
Sport
FIFA '24Console121 v 1
eFootballConsole121 v 1
Rocket LeaguePC121 v 1 and 3 v 3
MOBA
DotA 2PC125 v 5
Clash RoyaleMobile121 v 1
League of LegendsPC125 v 5
Clash of ClansMobile121 v1
Mobile Legends Bang BangMobile125 v 5
FightingStreet Fighter VConsole121 v 1

Players are to acquaint themselves with the rules apropos substitutes and loadshedding.


Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:

  • If less than six teams, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 teams enter the championship there shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 or more teams enter the championship there shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System

Eligibility:

  • Any learner currently registered for primary or secondary studies may enter.

Entry fee:

  • Entry is R50.00 per Registered Player.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.

Entries:

Medals:

Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women (per  province) in the following categories:
  • MALE: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd)).
  • FEMALE: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd))
Please note that the medals shall be awarded to the players at the next LAN championship in which such team/player enters and participates.

Colours:
  • School Provincial Colours: All Players that win all of their Matches at a Provincial Championship will earn School Provincial Colours. All Players who score within the top 50% in a specific Period at a any two (or more) Provincial Championships, and who also score within the top 50% at a National Championship in the same period and in the same year, will earn School Provincial Colours.
When and Where:
      • 2 March 2024
      • 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 school provincial colours;
              • The awarding of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both men and women;
              • 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.
              • All medals shall be awarded to the recipients at a MSSA LAN championships.

              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 mindsportscorrespondence@gmail.com 

              Additional reading:

              Wednesday 21 February 2024

              To qualify for National Team Trials to represent South Africa.

              The 2023 Protea Team at Dubai International while in transit to  IESF's 15th World Esports Championships held in Iasi, Romania, The team participated in Counter-Strike, DotA, efootball and Tekken.

              I
              n order to participate in MSSA's 
              National Team Trials to represent South Africa, players must be registered for the 2023/2024 season.

              All Registered Players who have qualified at MSSA's Regional, and/or Provincial, and/or National Championships are cordially invited to enter.

              To have qualified, a Registered Player shall have:
              • Have finished in the top three places, or top 20% (whichever is greater), in a Provincial or National Championship, and/or
              • Have won a Regional Championship, and/or
              • Have won a Derby event, and or
              • Have represented South Africa in an international championship in 2023.
              The Documents required are as follows:
              • Copy of South African Passport.
              • Signed Senior or Junior Contract (Please note a parent or guardian will need to sign if the player is under 18 years of age).
              • Copy of an Unabridged Birth Certificate for players under the age of 18

              On reviewing the above, it is evident that the rules to qualify for MSSA's National Team Trials are indeed not onerous and open to all South Africans wishing to participate.

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