Friday, 28 April 2017

MSSA's 2017 Mpumulanga LAN Championships.

Gamers in action at the 2016 Mpumulanga Championships.
The 16th Mpumulanga Championship shall be played on 27 & 28 May 2017. Registrations are thus open for MSSA's 2017 Mpumulanga LAN Championships.

The championship also counts as a qualifier for the MSSA's National Team Trials, and it is the last event before such trials.With the International e-Sports Federation (IeSF) having already announced that CounterStrike: GO and League of Legends shall be two of the official titles in the only international nation-based championships in the world, those who have not yet qualified for MSSA's National Team Trials have one last chance to do so.

Registrations will close on the 
20 May 2017. Players who wish  to compete in any of MSSA's Championships are advised to complete their annual registration forms so that they may registered as Registered Players as soon as possible. Late entries will be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

All gamers are reminded that the Mpumulanga championships is an open championship.In other words any registered player is entitled to enter the championship – no matter where they live, or their category of membership. If you have any queries, please contact the MSSA.

Championship Details:

Hosting Club
: HTS Witbank
  • Venue: HTS Witbank, Beyers Road, Witbank
  • Date27 & 28 May 2017
  • Entry Fees: R60.00 per Registered Player per Period
  • Entries: Clubs must use the entry form on Google Drive to enter their teams/players.
  • Computers: Bring your own. Please ensure that all game updates are done prior to arrival. No updates shall be done at the event.
  • Schedule: The LAN Schedule for all Provincial events in 2017 is:
SATURDAY
TimeStarCraft IIPES (Pro Evolution Soccer)Battlefield 1Hearthstone
Ultimate Street Fighter V
Counter Strike GO
09H00Round 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 Starts
09H45Round 2 StartsRound 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 2 StartsRound 1 Continues
10H30Round 3 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 2 Starts
11H15Round 4 StartsRound 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 2 ContinuesRound 4 StartsRound 2 Continues
12H00Round 5 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 3 Starts
12H45
Round 3 ContinuesRound 3 ContinuesRound3
Continues

Round 3 Continues
13H00LUNCH
TimeTEKKEN TTIIPES (continued)Battlefield 1Hearthstone (continued)
Counter Strike GO (continued)
14H00Round 1 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 Starts
Round 4 Starts
14H45Round 2 StartsRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 Continues
Round 4 Continues
15H30Round 3 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 Starts
Round 5 Starts
16H15Round 4 StartsRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 Continues
Round 5 Continues
17H00Round 5 Starts




18H00Awards Ceremony
19H00Doors Close
SUNDAY:
TimeDotaLeague of Legends (LoL)FIFA '16Mortal Kombat XVainGlory
09H00Round 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 StartsRound 1 Starts
09H45Round 1 ContinuesRound 1 ContinuesRound 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 2 Starts
10H30Round 2 StartsRound 2 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 StartsRound 3 Starts
11H15Round 2 ContinuesRound 2 Continues
Round 4 StartsRound 4 Starts
12H00Round 3 StartsRound 3 Starts
Round 5 StartsRound 5 Starts
12H45Round 3 Continues




13H00LUNCH
TimeDota (continued)LoL (continued)FIFA '16 (continued)Mortal Kombat X (continued)

14H00Round 4 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 StartsRound 4 Starts

14H45Round 4 ContinuesRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 ContinuesRound 4 Continues

15H30Round 5 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 StartsRound 5 Starts

16H15Round 5 ContinuesRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 ContinuesRound 5 Continues

17H00





18H00Awards Ceremony
19H00Doors Close

Rules and Regulations
: All Rules and Regulations pertaining to eSports are available from the MSSA. Players are strongly advised to familiarise themselves with the LAN League Bylaws and all Period Specific Rules. If any Player wishes to provide advice regarding the drafting of the Period Specific Rules they are encouraged to contact the eSBoC who will take all comments into account.
The following Medals may be awarded at the Championship:
  • PREMIER: Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are registered players.
  • SCHOLARS: Medals shall be awarded to the first three high school scholars, provided they have not received any Premier medals.
  • UNIVERSITY:Medals shall be awarded to the first three players who are currently registered at any officially recognised University, provided the players have not received any Premier Medals.
  • WOMEN: Women will be awarded medals as per the same basis as above, that is in all three categories.
Colours and National Team Trials:
  • 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.
  • National Team Trials: All Players that score within the top 20% or top three places, whichever is greater, in a specific Period at a Provincial or National Championship will earn an invitation to National Team Trials. National Team Trials shall be held in the event that a National Team must be selected to represent South Africa when competing in such Period in an International Championship.
Please note that times may be changed to take into account load-shedding.

Issued by:
Colin Webster
General Secretary
Mind Sports South Africa
P O Box 19275
FISHER'S HILL
1408
Tel: 011 828 4994
Fax: 086 672 1911
Cell: 073 593 9451
e-mail: mindsportssa@iafrica.com
URL: http://www.mindsportsa.co.za
Twitter: @mindsportssa
Skype: colin.webster4

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is an affiliate of the South African Confederation of Sport and Olympic Committee.

The MSSA is responsible for the good governance and promotion of Board games (such as Backgammon, Diplomacy, Checkers, Draughts, Morabaraba, etc), eSports (whether they are played on 'cell phones, Sony® PSP?s, personal computers or similar), and Historical figure games (also known as wargames).

FIFA '17 players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Jolene Bico, of Witbank, has once again qualified for National Team Trials.
MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

For those that still want to qualify, there is one last opportunity being MSSA's 
16th  Mpumulanga Provincial Championships to be held  on 27th & 28th May 2017 at HTS Witbank.


Twenty three athletes have so far qualified for MSSA's FIFA '17 National Team Trials.

Out of the twenty three athletes who have qualified, only three of the players who have so qualified are female which shows that MSSA still has a  way to go in promoting gender equity in this game title. 

Also, out of the
 twenty three athletes who have qualified, 19 of those 23 players are learners.

The continued upward mobility of learners in all of MSSA's events shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of school clubs is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.

It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

The athletes that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
Ayanda Magwaza * Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,
Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,
Gregory Haripersad Maritzburg College KwaZulu Natal
Jade Appels Curro Klerksdorp North West
Jolene Bico BNKR S A Nationals
Joshua Williams Northcliff High School Online School Championships,
Kgosi Tshosa Curro Klerksdorp North West
Khahliso Malape Fakkel School S A Nationals
Khahliso Malepe Fakkel School Free State
Korben Roos HTS – Witbank S A Nationals
Kristian Volek Northcliff High School Online School Championships,
Langa Madonsela * Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,
Leonard Loftus Masters of Mind Sports KwaZulu Natal
Leone Loftus Fakkel School S A Nationals
Mark Morobane Curro Klerksdorp North West
Matthew Hoyle Maritzburg College KwaZulu Natal
Michael Masikeng Fakkel School Free State
Mikhyle Naidoo Northcliff High School Online School Championships,
Pheello Maphumane Fakkel School Free State
Richard Ferreira Fakkel School S A Nationals
Richard Ferrera Fakkel School Fezile Dabi
Robyn Gertzen Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,
Xolisa Monakali Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,

StarCraft II players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Edwin Williams (Blue Dragon E-Sports) at MSSA's 2017 Gauteng Championships.
MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

Thirteen athletes have so far qualifed for MSSA's StarCraft II 2017 National Team Trials.
Out of the thirteen athletes who have qualified, only two of the players who have so qualified are female which shows that MSSA still has a  way to go in promoting gender equity in this game title. 


Also, out of the thirteen athletes who have qualified, 6 of those 13 players are learners.

The continued upward mobility of learners in all of MSSA's events shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of school clubs is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.


It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

The athletes that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
Adam Knoesen Parklands College Online School Championships,
Aidan Smale Old Edwardian Wargames Club S A Nationals, North West
Angelique van Venrooy Blue Dragon North West
Damien Avis Hoérskool Generaal Hertzog Mpumulanga
Darren Clark Northcliff High School Online School Championships,
Dominique Magon Blue Dragon North West
Dylan van Heerden Parklands College Online School Championships,
Edwin Williams Blue Dragon Gauteng,
Gideon Hefer Knights Mind Sports Club Mpumulanga
Joshua Goldin Blue Dragon Gauteng,
Marc Magon Blue Dragon Gauteng, North West
Riaan Kruger Hoérskool Generaal Hertzog Mpumulanga
Stefan Morris Blue Dragon North West

League of Legends confirmed for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan

With only a month to go before MSSA's 16th Mpumulanga Championships, IeSF has disclosed the second official game title of the '9th Esports World Championship':

The game title is - "League of Legends"

League of Legends was first played at 2013 World Championship in Bucharest (Romania), and also was the official title during 2015 World Championship Seoul (Korea) and 2016 World Championship Jakarta (Indonesia). Team Korea has so far won all the LoL titles in all Esports World Championships of IeSF.

Needless to say South Africa, through MSSA, has competed in
League of Legends every year that the title was offered.
MSSA is confident that it will be able to put a squad together for 2017 that will be able to successfully challenge the other nations.

Already MSSA's LaddersRankings, and championship results show an ever improving level of competitiveness and skill.

There is no doubt that the Mpumulanga Championships, and theNational Team Trials will bring out the very best of South Africa's true competitive gamers as they battle for the prize of being selected for the Protea eSports Team that will travel to 
IeSF's 2017 9th World Championships - Busan.


For the article on CounterStrike: GO being offered as a game title, please go here.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Street Fighter V players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Joost Loftus (Masters of Mind Sports) who qualified at four events.
MSSA's 2017 National Team Trials shall be held on 3 & 4 June 2017.

Twenty players have qualifed for MSSA's Street Fighter V 2017 National Team Trials.
Out of the twenty athletes who have qualified, seven of the players who have so qualified are female. Never before in the history of MSSA have so many women qualified for any one 1v1 discipline. It looks as though the boys may just get a run for their money.

Also, out of the twenty athletes who have qualified, 14 of those 20 players are learners.

The continued upward mobility of learners in all of MSSA's events shows that there is a lot of promise in South African gaming. The development of school clubs is a cornerstone of the future success of South African gaming on an international level.


It is at such National Team Trials that the team to officially represent South Africa shall be selected.

The athletes that have qualified are:


Team Name Club Where qualified
Alasdair Donaldson Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng,
Alex Esterhuizen VexxedPhoenix Gauteng,
Armandt Welgemoed Curro Klerksdorp North West
Baber Abbas Tekken Guru Mpumulanga,
Doreen Els Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club North West
Gawie Fick Fakkel School Mpumulanga, Gauteng
Gearé Botes Cape Town Mind Sports Online Provincial Championships
Jason Botha Maritzburg College KwaZulu Natal
Joel van Wyk Merchiston Prep. KwaZulu Natal
Joost Loftus Masters of Mind Sports Fezile Dabi, Free State, Mpumulanga, S A Nationals,
Kaitlyn Creighton Masters of Mind Sports Gauteng,
Kiara Naiker Saint Annes KwaZulu Natal
Leonard Loftus Masters of Mind Sports Free State, KwaZulu Natal, S A Nationals,
Leone Loftus Fakkel School Gauteng, Free State, Mpumulanga
Nadine Swart HTS Witbank Mpumulanga,
Phoenix Jansen van Heerden Fakkel School Free State,
Robyn Gertzen Teutonic Knights Mind Sports Club Gauteng, North West
Sune van de Merwe HTS Witbank Mpumulanga, S A Nationals,
Theunis van der Merwe Curro Klerksdorp North West
Tshedza Mosheleni Fakkel School S A Nationals,