eNergy sweep Bravado; win ESL African Championship
Defending ESL African Championship Season 1 champions Bravado were unable to retain the title in the best-of-five grand final played today.
Four African teams met this weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa, to take part in the ~$46,096 ESL African Championship Season 2 Finals. Two of the teams, Viboras and Limitless, hailed from North Africa—Morocco and Algeria, respectively, although the latter's Tunisian player, 20-year-old Adel "Remind" Guermassi, is worth mentioning as he had the event's highest rating in his four maps played—, and were joined by two South African teams, Energy and Bravado.
The semifinals started with both South African teams, Bravado and Energy quickly disposing of their North African opponents, Viboras and Limitless respectively, with 2-0 matches. The final, a best-of-five, was a replay of the first season's final, which was won by Bravado, 3-1.
This time around, however, it was Energy who imposed their will over their local South African rivals and longtime dominating force in South Africa, winning three maps in a row while giving up only 20 rounds in doing so.
The first map, Cache, saw longtime ex-Bravado player Robby "blackpoisoN" Da Loca, now donning the Energy colors, come out in full force and help his team get a 13-2 lead after starting on the CT side. After winning the terrorist side pistol round, Energy closed it out without giving Bravado a chance, 16-2.
The second map played was Mirage, Bravado's pick, but only able to score eight rounds, it didn't go much better for Dimitri "Detrony" Hadjipaschali's side as Energy's Rieghardt "flexeeee" Romatzki, with a 30 bomb in 24 rounds and a 1.92 rating on the map, got himself and his team one map away from winning.
Finally, Energy was able to close it out in the third map, Cobblestone. Winning the terrorist side 9-6 and taking a 13-6 lead after the switch, Bravado could do nothing to stop Energy as they crossed the finish line only giving up four more rounds until the end, for a 16-10 third map.
K - D
Johnny 'JT' TheodosiouJT
52 - 55
Dimitri 'Detrony' HadjipaschaliDetrony
35 - 52
Ruan 'ELUSIVE' van WykELUSIVE
33 - 58
Aran 'Sonic' GroesbeekSonic
33 - 56
Rhys 'Fadey' ArmstrongFadey
36 - 56
K - D
Rieghardt 'flexeeee' Romatzkiflexeeee
70 - 40
Trevor 'kanii' Morleykanii
59 - 35
Robby 'blackpoisoN' Da LocablackpoisoN
53 - 44
Jan 'takbok' Therontakbok
47 - 34
Dominic 'Domsterr' SampaioDomsterr
48 - 36
The final standings of the ESL African Championship Season 2 Finals are: