Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Can SAHETI match Rondebosch Boys' record?

SAHETI dominated the game of CounterStrike:: GO in the 2017 On-line Inter-school Provincial Championships.
In 2015 and 2016, Rondebosch Boys' High School dominated MSSA's Online Esports School Provincial Championships for the CounterStrike: GO title, and is the only school to have won the championship more than once. 

The Rondebosch Boys team went on to produce two 
members of the 2016 Protea Esports Team that attended IESF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta, namely Jessie Joubert and Simon Zandstra.

However, in 2017,there was  a dramatic changing of the guard. Rondebosch did not feature, and SAHETI, Parklands College and Cedar House grabbed the to
p three positions.

The question is now whether SAHETI can maintain their winning form.

Like any other sport, teams need to have depth in terms of players in order to maintain their standards.

The results for MSSA's 2017 Online Esports School Provincial Championships for the CounterStrike: GO title are:

CounterStrike: GO
FINAL POS Team Name School
1 SpartansA SAHETI
2 PG18 Parklands College
3 Cedar House Cedar House
4 District_Zero Protea Heights Academy
5 Hoërskool Lichtenburg Hoërskool Lichtenburg
6 Soviet UnicornZ Midstream College
7 Cryptid Claws Hoërskool Wonderboom
8 Curro Kld (Qantum) Curro Klerksdorp
9 MC CS 1 Maritzburg College
10 Pr0NHS Northcliff High School
11 SpartansB SAHETI
12 AFP Hoërskool Wonderboom
13 Pr0NHS &Girls Northcliff High School
14 Oakhill Oakhill
15 Tesseract Jeppe High School for Boys
16 Awoken Hoërskool Wonderboom
17 PG16 Parklands College
18 PG13 Parklands College
19 Raptors HTS HTS Witbank
20 Ice Wolves Hoërskool Wonderboom
21 HTS 1 HTS Witbank
22 RBHS_CSGO__A Rondebosch Boys
23 RBHS_CSGO_B Rondebosch Boys
24 Battelcry Hoërskool Wonderboom

MSSA's fees for 2018.

MSSA would not be able to achieve anything without its members.

The annual affiliation and registration fees are a vital ingredient to MSSA's ability to deliver its development programmes and even getting its national teams overseas.

Every member counts, and every member helps assist MSSA in its core functions.

Thus, MSSA ensures as much as possible, that the fees not be a burden to the membership, but instead, just a contribution to enable MSSA meet its obligations.

Thus, the fees for 1 November 2017 to 31 October 2018 are as follows

Affiliation fees:

The Affiliation fee needed to be paid by every member club on an annual basis remains at the amount of R100,00.

Registration fees:

Registration fees are divided into two categories, being:

  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a school club - R6,00 per player per annum.
  • Registered Players who are affiliated to a club other than a school club - R101.00 per player per annum.
However, in keeping with Mind Sport South Africa's policies apropos development programmes, MSSA may waive the fees from registered players who are unable to afford such, should the member club make such request in terms of MSSA's rules.

Monday, 15 January 2018

MSSA's Online Esports School Provincial Championships - 10 February 2018

Learners in action.
MSSA is proud to announce that it will once again hold its Annual School Provincial On-line Championships on 10 February 2018.

Since the last notification, the Management Board noticed an egregious oversight in that HearthStone had not been included. The Board swung into action, and by following proper procedure have now included HearthStone into all school events.

The championship may be used by gamers to qualify for eligibility to compete in the National Team Trials (NTT) should the MSSA need to choose a team for any of the titles played in such championships.

The MSSA School Online Championships has become South Africa's largest official online championship. It is an event that lasts from 10H00 until 18H00 and has proved itself to be a most enjoyable event.

The titles to be played at such event are:

SportFIFA Online 3PC1 v 1
RTSStarCraft IIPC1 v 1
AOSDota 2PC5 v 5
League of LegendsPC5 v 5
VainGloryTablet/cell3 v 3
FightingTekken 7Console1 v 1
CardHearthStoneVarious1 v 1

MSSA would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated Educators for ensuring that the school teams are ready-and-able and for giving up so much of their time and patience. Only once the learners have left school will they really comprehend what the Educators have done for them.

The championship would not be possible without the continued support from Educators.

Thank you!
Tournament Structure:

As per the MSSA's rules, being:
  • If less than six players, the championship shall be a Round Robin Championship
  • If 6 to 10 players the championship shall be four rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • If 11 to 30 players the championship shall be five rounds as played to the Swiss System
  • Any player/team who is a Registered Player affiliated to a school club affiliated to MSSA may enter.
Entry fee:
  • Entry is free to all full-paid-up Registered Players.
  • Only fully-paid-up Registered Players may participate in this event.
Entry date:
  • Entries need to be submitted by no later than Wednesday, 7 February 2018.
  • To register, the Educator-in-charge must complete the Google Drive document.

Medals shall be awarded to the first three gamers for both men and women in the following categories:
  • MEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • WOMEN: The top three places (1st, 2nd, and 3rd).
  • 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:
  • 10 February 2018
  • 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.

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 mindsportssa@iafrica.com

Old Ed's Wargames Club to hold its AGM on 28 January 2018.

The Honours Boards at the Old Edwardian Society.
The Old Edwardian Wargames Club (OEWC) is the oldest member of Mind Sports South Africa. 

The Old Edwardian Wargames Club started as the Johannesburg Wargames Club in 1982. In 1989 the Johannesburg Wargames Club moved to the Old Edwardian Society at 11 Ninth Avenue, Lower Houghton and renamed itself. 

Again the club finds itself  in the position that it should rename itself.

Due to the changing nature of the club, the club no longer only caters for wargames, and has not for quite a while.

Thus the decision to rename the club, involves the club dropping 'wargames' to replace it with 'Mind Sports'.

Details of the AGM:

  • Date: 28 January 2018
  • Venue: Blue Room, Old Edwardian Society at 11 Ninth Avenue, Lower Houghton
  • Time: 12H00
The Agenda is as follows:
All members are minded that if they wish to stand for a position on the committee they must submit their nomination on or before 25 January 2018.
           1. To amend the name of the club to read, "Old Edwardian Mind sports Club".
           2. To amend the constitution tobe in line with the proforma as produced by the Old Edwardian                 Society.
  1. AWARDS:
            1.  CLUB LADDER            
            2.  CLUB TROPHY 

     10. GENERAL

All members are request to RSVP to wargames@iafrica.com on or before 25 January 2018.

Achievements made by MSSA in 2017.

Morizane Boyes, president of MSSA, making things happen...
Many will know that Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) sent its first team across in 1991 to the World Wargames Championships. MSSA (then known as the South African Wargames Union) too took part in the meeting at Vanderbijlpark (as featured in the film Invictus) which decided the fate of the Springbok emblem. Thus in 1994, MSSA moved away from the Springbok logo and adopted the Protea.

It seems that in every year that MSSA reaches new heights an creates new milestones on its journey.

2017 was no different, and MSSA certainly created some impressive milestones, the most important being:

* MSSA started its online school leagues under its current format for 3 and 4 term schools.
* MSSA amended its rules for Ladder games.
* MSSA amended its rules for Regional Championships to allow ANY gamer, registered or not, to be able to play.
* MSSA further increased gender equity within its rules to be the only SA sport federation with true gender equity.
* MSSA amended its rules apropos team selection to allow for squads to be selected.
* The Protea Esports Team became ranked 12th in the world.
* MSSA maintains its position to be the worlds oldest body for esports.
* MSSA is ranked 2nd in the world by IESF for administration.
* MSSA started its own channel on the mobile app - TULUNTULU.
* BOO! Surprising Media Solutions partnered with MSSA to further  develop esports.

However, none of it would have been possible without the participation of each and every member. All members made a contribution to help MSSA grow and survive.

Thank you, one and all.

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Titles to be played in MSSA esports championships in 2018.

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) makes every effort to provide a number of titles to be  played at its Provincial and National Championships.

The titles selected by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) will continue to enhance the concept of esports as a sport and will further enable South Africa to compete on an  international level.

Thus the titles selected for all Premier Online and LAN esports championships for the 2018 year are:

Period/genre Title Platform Players
FPS CS GO PC 5 v 5
Sport FIFA '18 Console 1 v 1
PES 2018 Console 1 v 1
Rocket League PC 3 v 3
RTS StarCraft II PC 1 v 1
AOS Dota 2 PC 5 v 5
League of Legends PC 5 v 5
Fighting Tekken 7 Console 1 v 1
Street Fighter V Console 1 v 1
Card HearthStone Various 1 v 1

The titles selected for all School Online and LAN esports championships and leagues for the 2018 year are:
Period/genre Title Platform Players
FPS CS GO PC, 5 v 5
Sport FIFA Online 3 PC 1 v 1
RTS StarCraft II PC 1 v 1
AOS Dota 2 PC 5 v 5
League of Legends PC 5 v 5
VainGlory Tablet/cell 3 v 3
Fighting Tekken 7 Console 1 v 1
Card HearthStone Various 1 v 1

The time has come for MSSA to appoint its National Team selectors.

MSSA's 2017 BOO! Protea Esports Team at IESF's World championships - Busan.
As all members of Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) are aware, MSSA attempts to do everything within its power to ensure that there is good governance at all levels.

Thus, at every level of administration, officials find that they are accountable and responsible, and also are aware that there are rules in place that governs the conduct, authority, and duties  of each and every administrator.

Thus, as in the past, where certain individuals have been turned down because they were unwilling to  accept the rules that enforce good-governance, MSSA would again enforce all such rules.

Since it is up to MSSA's Executive Committee to appoint the Selection Committee, MSSA therefore requests all Registered Players interested in sitting on the Selection Committee to request the member club to which they are affiliated to propose them.

However, it must be noted that Selectors cannot select themselves, nor  be selected for any MSSA team.

There are currently four positions available, and the term of office is for two years.

The Selection Committee is responsible for selecting all Regional, Provincial and National the for all the disciplines, such as, board games, card games, esports, and wargames.

If you want to have a direct input - this is a position for you...

Should you have any queries, please contact the General Secretary at mindsportssa@iafrica.com.