Friday, 3 November 2017

The BOO! Protea Esports Team for IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan

Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) is proud to announce that the team, as sponsored by BOO!, to attend IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan to be held from 8 to 12 November 2017.

Mind Sports South Africa has earned a reputation of being a federation totally committed to its members and athletes alike.
Through MSSA's efforts eSports in South Africa has grown from being a mere activity to being a fully-fledged-accredited-sport for which players may earn Regional, Provincial, and/or Protea Colours.

Thus, MSSA has gone through the process of selecting a national team for the 9th World Championships.

The process includes holding Regional, Provincial, and National Championships which feed  into the annual National Team Trials. It is from those that participate at the National Team Trials that the National Squad is selected, and then from those in the National Squad, various Protea Teams are selected to play in various events.

This year IeSF's World Championships is being hosted in South Korea, and it is off to Busan that our brave and merry band will journey to once again do battle against the rest of the world.

The game titles in which the South African BOO! Protea Esports Team will compete are League of Legends®, CounterStrike: GO®, and Tekken 7®.

Alasdair Donaldson
MSSA is proud to have Alasdair Donaldson represent South Africa for Tekken 7®. Alasdair has showed his loyalty, dedication, and skill over many years having won many of the official provincial championships around the country. Alasdair too, has proven himself to be a very tough competitor. MSSA is quite confident that Alasdair will deliver solid results in Busan.
Brandon Fester
MSSA is particularly proud of its League of Legends® (LoL) Team. The members of the team are well known in South African competitive circles, and the members of the team have all dominated most of the events in which they have participated. There is no doubt that the team that MSSA is sending to IeSF's 9th World Championships - Busan is without doubt the best combination of players that South africa could ever put together.

With many of the members having obtained experience in test matches against Switzerland and Tunisia in online test matches. In both such test matches Brandon Fester proved himself to be a strong team captain being able to marshal, inspire, lead and  maintain the integrity of the BOO! Protea 
League of Legends® Esports Team

MSSA is thus extremely confident in the abilities of the team to not only play well, but to also win the hearts, minds and souls of all those present at the 2016 World championships.
Ryan Van Schalkwyk

Although the esports title of CounterStrike: GO® was only introduced by IeSF to into World Championships in 2016, Mind Sports South Africa has promoted such esports title in all Provincial and National championships since the game was published.

Thus, MSSA jumped at the opportunity to enter its national team in 2016, and on the back of the experience learned at the 2016 World Championships - Jakarta, MSSA has again entered a team to contest the CounterStrike: GO® title.

The team is indeed 'battle-hardened' and will have to do battle against very tough competition. Nevertheless, MSSA is convinced that the team will do its best under the astute leadership of Ryan Van Schalkwyk who is captaining the BOO! Protea CounterStrike: GO® Esports Team

The full team is as follows:
Title Name Club Position Nick Residence
CounterStrike: GO Ryan Van Schalkwyk IntenSity E-Sports Lurker REvS Johannesburg
James Hulett VexxedPhoenix Entry Fragger scheeR Pretoria
Leander Van Schalkwyk VexxedPhoenix IGL chappie Johannesburg
Esmari Swart IntenSity E-Sports Support EsProxy Vanderbijl Park
Rojuan Kuba ZagAlliance AWPer FrostzR Cape Town
League of Legends Brandon Fester VexxedPhoenix Top Lane Brafester Cape Town
Brett Whitehead VexxedPhoenix ADC Clax Cape Town
Connor Cryans VexxedPhoenix Mid Kd0 Cape Town
Gregory Wessels VexxedPhoenix Jungle JewTron Port Elizabeth
Kyle Taylor VexxedPhoenix Support youNique Port Elizabeth
Tekken 7 Alasdair Donaldson Knights Mind Sports Club
Stuyvesant Johannesburg
Manager Ryan Boyes BNKR N/A N/A Witbank

Ryan Boyes
Manager, Ryan Boyes lead the team to a very credible finish into 13th place overall in 2015 (Baku), and to 12th  place overall in 2016 (Seoul). In total, Ryan has managed no less than 7 Protea Esports Teams in various events. Thus the BOO! Protea Esports Team finds itself in no better hands.
The Protea eSports Team shall officially be awarded their colours at the official award ceremony that shall be done just prior to departure.

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