Tuesday, 22 May 2018

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Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) never takes selection for a national team lightly

MSSA's 2017 Protea Esports Team - at the forefront of long-term development.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) never takes selection for a national team lightly.
Since being selected to officially represent South Africa for esports is the same as being represented by any other South African National Federation for any other sport, team selection must have great meaning to the esports players. The award of National Team status for esports also leads to comparisons from other sports as it is the highest level in esports, just as much as the Springboks are the highest level in rugby. 
The selection process always has a dilemma as it is known that when choosing a team for international duty, concepts such as 'potential' does not have any meaning. Also, with South Africa being so far away from mainstream events, it is always difficult to relate how players who have performed well  at regional, provincial, and national championships will perform at a international level.
That is why, with MSSA there is no automatic selection to the team. 
Every player standing for selection has to reprove him/herself. 
International competition is tough. Much tougher than  anything that you will encounter in South Africa, and that is part of the problem.
In my opinion a number of events, with their large cash prizes, do nothing to develop strength or depth.
Such events seem to only promote the same old favoured few with no real eye to developing real gaming strength for the future. Without a long-term view, South African gaming will never improve and South African teams shall, in my opinion, remain the whipping boys of the international community.
I am too reminded of when MSSA brought out SK Gaming's CS:GO and DotA 2 teams in 2008 to participate in the ACER African Continental Championships.
MSSA arranged, as a courtesy, a 'friendly' between SK Gaming's Counter-Strike: GO team against a South African club team. The match  was so one-sided, it was horrible. Since it was BO3, SK Gaming rather than thrash the local team again, just gave them the third game.
Such act lead to the local team claiming how they held off SK Gaming instead of taking a long hard look at themselves. People always tend to believe their own propaganda.
But I ramble.
In conclusion, for South Africa to  do well overseas, all teams must buy-in to a  long-term development programme and  not look to quick gratification. The average standard of play must be improved upon if players expect to improve the highest level of play.
While there are the exceptional cases of individuals who may achieve greatness inn spite  of their surroundings, generally speaking, successful athletes are produced in successful environments which  have successful coaches, expert administrators, and efficient administration.

Monday, 21 May 2018

DotA 2 esports players that have qualified for National Team Trials.

Curro Klerksdorp's team after winning MSSA's North West Provincial Championships.
Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) has had more registered players than ever before qualify for its 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) for the DotA 2 esports title than ever before.

Even though DotA 2 has not been announced to be played at IESF's 10th World Championships - Koahsuing City, Mind Sports South Africa (MSSA) will endeavour to arrange test matches with other National Federations in order to further develop the standard of play in South Africa. It is through such test matches that the Protea Esports Team has played against countries like Romania, Namibia, and Mexico.

Thus it is not surprising, that seventy-eight (78) registered players have qualified for MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018.

However, for those who have not yet qualified, there is one last chance, and that is MSSA's 17th Mpumalanga Championships to be held at HTS Witbank on 26 and 27 May 2018.

All entries for MSSA's National Team Trials (NTT) to be held on 2 & 3 June 2018 must be entered by the club on its Google Drive page.

Those that have qualified for the 
DotA 2 esports title are:



# Name of player Club Period/title Province
1 Aiden Vermeulen Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
2 Alaric Mcgregor Bishop’s College DotA 2 Western Cape
3 Ali Khazem SAHETI DotA 2 Gauteng
4 Alvin Ke Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
5 Andrew Haralambous SAHETI DotA 2 Gauteng
6 Antonio Bechev SAHETI DotA 2 Gauteng
7 Arend Roux Parys High School Dota 2 Free State
8 Arno de Beer Paul Roos Gimnasium DotA 2 Western Cape
9 Austin Liu Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
10 Bill Lu Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
11 Branden Van Staden Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
12 Brandon Watts Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
13 Brendon Badenhorst Parys High School Dota 2 Free State
14 Callum Fraser Bishop’s College DotA 2 Western Cape
15 Cameron Gilburt Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
16 Christopher Coetzee Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
17 Cillie van Biljon Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
18 Cobus Coetzee Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
19 Darren Bouttell Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
20 Darren Spiers Westville Boys High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
21 Devon Gomes Curro Klerksdorp Dota 2 North West
22 Devon Murray SAHETI DotA 2 Gauteng
23 Dillon Niemann Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
24 Dirk de Waal Paul Roos Gimnasium DotA 2 Western Cape
25 DJ Malan Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
26 Elardus van Zyl Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
27 Erik v/d Merwe Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
28 Estevan Fouche Parys High School Dota 2 Free State
29 Estian Oosthuizen NW Mindsports Dota 2 North West
30 Ethan Bush Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
31 Francois Joubert Paul Roos Gimnasium DotA 2 Western Cape
32 Henderson Reuben Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
33 Henk Meyer Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
34 James Britz Westville Boys High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
35 James Britz Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
36 Jan du Plooy Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
37 Jaryd Krishna Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
38 Jasper Crowley Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
39 JC Smidt Parys High School Dota 2 Free State
40 Jean du Plessis Paul Roos Gimnasium DotA 2 Western Cape
41 Jordan Adams Westville Boys High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
42 Karl Stapleberg Bishop’s College DotA 2 Western Cape
43 Ke Alvin Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
44 Keagan Oliphant Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
45 Kit Rawlings Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
46 Knight Daniel Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
47 Kobus Nel NW Mindsports Dota 2 North West
48 Krishna Jaryd Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
49 Kyle Underwood Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
50 Landen Viljoen Northcliff High School DotA 2 Gauteng
51 Leon Louw Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
52 Liam Watson Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
53 Liu Austin Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
54 Lourens Kok Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
55 Lu Bill Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
56 Luc Van Den Handel Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
57 Matthew Brooks Curro Klerksdorp Dota 2 North West
58 Matthew von Bulow Bishop’s College DotA 2 Western Cape
59 Michael Katakuzinos SAHETI DotA 2 Gauteng
60 Mohammed Dhooma Westville Boys High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
61 Mohammed Gabru Curro Klerksdorp Dota 2 North West
62 Nathan Austin Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
63 Nick Culverwell Westville Boys High School DotA 2 Kwazulu Natal
64 Oliphant Keagan Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
65 Peter Mansfield Curro Klerksdorp Dota 2 North West
66 Richard Visser Curro Klerksdorp Dota 2 North West
67 Ryan Shearer Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
68 Ryno Duvenage Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
69 Simon Shearer Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
70 SJ Strydom Hoërskool Zwartkop DotA 2 Gauteng
71 Stehan Malherbe Paul Roos Gimnasium DotA 2 Western Cape
72 Sven Botha Oakhill College DotA 2 Western Cape
73 Tiaan Jordaan Parys High School Dota 2 Free State
74 Tristan Smith Bishop’s College DotA 2 Western Cape
75 Vernon Jones Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
76 Wynand Bezuidenhout Fragcon DotA 2 Limpopo
77 Yu Hsiang Northwood High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal
78 Zaid Patel Westville Boys High School DotA 2 KwaZulu Natal

Registered Players that have earned a berth at MSSA's 2018 National Team Trials (NTT) are:

The final lists are: