The World Electronic Sports Games is set for 12-15 January and will take place at the Olympic Center in Changzhou, China. Local side Bravado Gaming will face off against some of the world’s best esports professionals in their bid for further international recognition, though the road ahead looks set to be a rocky one.
With the four groups announced, and the stage being set, it’s time to take a look into Bravado’s Group.
Group C: (In seeding order)
Now comes the big question: What will the South African squad need to do to progress in the event and make their way onto the grand stage?
The Group Stage:
There are four groups of six that will battle it out in a quick, best-of-one series where the top 10 teams will instantly progress to the quarterfinals. Second and third place teams will progress to the next round (Round 12) where they battle it out to see who will be the last ones to qualify for the final stage of the event.
Bravado Gaming will need to create some major presence in the group stage if they wish to see more matches added to their log. Looking at their history, and the skill level of this event, it’s possible but may prove a tough journey for the team.
So, in order for Bravado Gaming to make it to the Playoffs, they will need to make it into the top three of their group. This means that they will have to defeat at least one of the group favourites comprising Space Soldiers, GODSENT and Team Kinguin (this provided that they can also defeat the other lesser known teams within their groups). Of the three top sides, the rematch against Space Soldiers, whom they last met at the Dubai Finals in August, will be the one most fans will be looking forward to see as it will show just how much the side has grown since their last meeting (which saw the Bravado squad defeated in an extremely one-sided battle, losing 16-2 and 16-1 in a match that was a struggle from the start).
With a tough journey ahead, the Bravado WESG story is only just beginning so be sure to grab your popcorn and cheer on your South African CS:GO team as, while it is unfortunate that they got the arguably second hardest group in the event, it could also set the stage for the side to show their true potential on the international stage. The event should provide some detailed feedback as to where one of our top teams currently stands on the international stage and, with their experience and skill, I personally can’t wait to see how they perform, not to mention analyze every play as we break down their matches against some of the biggest names in CS:GO.