Tuesday, 17 January 2017

MSSA's Online School Provincial Championships - 11 February 2017

Learners in action.
MSSA is proud to announce that it will once again hold its Annual School Provincial On-line Championships on 11 February 2017.

The championship may be used by gamers to qualify for eligibility to compete in the National Team Trials 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 is most enjoyable.

The titles to be played at such event are:

Period/genre Title Platform Players
FPS CS GO PC, 5 v 5
Sport FIFA '17 Console 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 Tag Tournament 2 Console 1 v 1

The 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, 8 February 2017.
  • 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:
  • 11 February 2017
  • 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

DF MALAN from Western Cape heads the table

2016  MSSA SA School Championships - DF Malan
The DF Malan High School CounterStrike: GO team currently dominates MSSA's rankings. The team under the astute leadership of Abraham Groenewald has lead the team from success to success.

The 2016 season saw the team get awarded Provincial and National Federation Colours with even a team member, Dillon Justus, being picked for Protea Team duty. The CounterStrike: GO Protea Team saw service at IeSF's 8th World Championships - Jakarta.

The only real threat to DF Malan again dominating both MSSA's Online School Championships, to be held on 11 February 2017, and the official rankings are two other schools from the Western Cape being, Rondebosch Boys and Parklands College.

There is much to be gained from participating in the Online Schools Championships as the top three teams will automatically earn a berth at the most  prestigious esports event of the year - the National Team Trials.

It is at such National Team Trials that the players for Protea duty shall be selected.

The full rankings are:

PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1Team espera16DF Malan910.3
2RBHS CSGO A16Rondebosch Boys619.7
3PG 1816Parklands College355.8
4PR0NHS16Northcliff High School313.2
5Rondebosch15Rondebosch Boys High311.9
72nd Team15Fairmont High School237.5
8SJC SPEARR15St John's College190.1
9PRIDE16Parktown Boys188.9
11SJC Carry+4Flashes16St John's178
13Pr0NHS15Northcliff High School170.5
15HTS15HTS Witbank131.3
16PG1815Parklands College130.4
17PG 1616Parklands College120
18LHG115King David High School117.5
19RBHS CSGO B16Rondebosch Boys112.5
22J4WZ15Crawford College Sandton100
23Pandamonium15Crawford College Sandton100
24Nemises15Helpmekaar College100
26OU812_WEH15St Alban's College100
27Hyde Park High School15Hyde Park High School100
28SJC Underdogs15St John's College100
33Linkside High16Linkside High91
34SJC Secrecy15St John's College85
35EyEZ15Helpmekaar College75
381st Team15Fairmont High School63.8
39MC CS 116Maritzburg College56.8

Other rankings published by MSSA are:

Monday, 16 January 2017

Titles to be played in MSSA's School Championships

The St Stithian's League of Legends Team

On 30 November 2016 I wrote an article about which games were proposed by MSSA's member clubs to be played in the Online Inter-School Championships as well as in the Inter-School Ladder.

The member clubs sat long and the deliberations were sometimes quite heated as members debated the pro's and con's of each game.

However, by the end of the evening, the dust had settled and MSSA's Council meeting had agreed to accept all the games that were proposed.

This is the first time that VainGlory shall be played as an official title in South Africa.

VainGlory is a free to play MOBA perfected for touch.

Players may outplay real opponents in this deep, uncompromising real-time MOBA. Fight with lightning-fast controls using powerful heroes. Destroy the enemy Vain crystal and claim glory! Watch the preview video now to see real gameplay of 3-vs-3 multiplayer battles.

VainGlory is compatible with:
  • iOS
  • iPads 2 and up
  • iPhones 5 and up
  • Requires iOS 6.1 and above
  • Android
  • High-end Android devices with 2GBs of RAM or more
  • Requires Android 4.4.2 Kitkat or newer
The first event for Schools is the Online Inter-School Provincial Championships which shall be played on 11 February 2016.

Any affiliated school may play in the 
Online Inter-School Provincial Championships and such event counts towards Provincial Colours as well as qualifying for National Team Trials. The same National Team Trials shall be used to select the Protea eSports Team that shall attend IeSF's 9th World Championships.

The titles to be played are:
5 v 5
FIFA '17
1 v 1
StarCraft II
1 v 1
Dota 2
5 v 5
League of Legends
5 v 5
3 v 3
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
1 v 1

Parklands College heads the school rankings for DotA 2.

2016 SA Schools hosted by Parklands.
With MSSA's Online School Provincial Championships to be played on 11 February 2017, MSSA has just released the rankings for such.

Of course there is still time for schools which have not registered to both register and enter.

Already six new schools have indicated that they will  be affiliating to MSSA in 2017.

School clubs are essential to the growth of esports in South Africa, as such clubs do not come in with only one team, but multiple teams.

With the huge influx of schools entering MSSA in 2017, it  will  be interesting to see is Parklands can hold onto their number 1 ranking.

Parktown College did a splendid job of hosting MSSA's 2016 SA School Championships, and through active participation have taken first place on the ranking table.

The ranking is as follows:

PosName of PlayeryearClubPoints
1PC DOTA16Parklands College306
2An Skeletons16Parklands College215.4
3PRIDE16Parktown Boys200
4Maritzburg College B16Maritzburg College135
5SSES DOTA16St Stithians124.3
6MIDAS15St Albans College100
7Fairmont 3rd Team15Fairmont High School100
8Hyde Park High School15Hyde Park High School100
9Alpha15Linkside High School100
10Rondebosch15Rondebosch Boys High100
11FHHS 115Fish Hoek High School100
12LHG 215King David High School100
13HTS 315HTS Witbank100
14SJC DotA Society15St John’s College100
15Fairmont 1st Team15Fairmont High School100
16Fairmont 2nd Team15Fairmont High School100
17Sacred Heart 215Sacred Heart100
18FHHS 215Fish Hoek High School100
19Parklands College A15Parklands College100
20Sacred Heart 115Sacred Heart100
21HTS 215HTS Witbank100
22Bravo15Linkside High School100
23Parklands College B15Parklands College100
24SJC Outdoor Decorator16St John's100
25SJC Eagles16St John's100
26HTS Blue16HTS Witbank75
27HTS Yellow16HTS Witbank75

Other rankings published by MSSA are: