Bravado is eyeing first place and $50000 (R700000)
Dreamhack Winter Tournaments stands among the biggest events on the pro-gaming calendar. It attracts thousands of competitors and esports fans from across the globe.
Bravado Gaming beat tough competition & reigned supreme at the Dreamhack North American Qualifiers to officially qualify for Dreamhack Winter 2018. The groups and schedule have been revealed where Bravado take on OpTic Gaming in their first match at 14h30 on Friday.
“I would say it’s one of our biggest accomplishments, right up there with winning the ESEA Mountain Dew League,” said Tiaan Coertzen, the team’s coach. “It was important for us to qualify for the event because there is only one spot up for grabs per region in these qualifiers and you’re battling for it against more than 100 other teams who want it just as badly.”
Since moving to the United States earlier this year as part of its project destiny strategy, the Bravado CS:GO team have been playing against some of the world’s best pro-gaming rivals. During the qualifier Bravado had to beat four top-ranked teams from the US and Brazil, including Luminosity and INTZ, but not before a fight to reach that tier:
“Before we played any of the four better-known teams, we almost fell short to a mixed team of semi-professional players in one of the first rounds of the qualifier. After going down 4-11 at halftime, we managed to make the comeback and secure the victory 16-12 against WABA. These qualifiers can be really draining. They run over three days and you end up playing a minimum of ten games over the three days if you make it all the way to the closed qualifiers. So it’s important to enter each game with the right mentality, while also preserving energy for the tougher opponents that you will only face later on in the qualifier.
Bravado has been changing the pro-gaming landscape in South Africa. It already hosts several homegrown teams across numerous games including FIFA 18, Call of Duty and CS:GO, and is home to the all-female pro gaming team Bravado Finesse. The teams have attracted top-level sponsorship, including Dell EMC and Alienware, the globally renowned gaming lifestyle brand. Project destiny was launched to help Bravado engage more with the highly competitive US market. With the help of Alienware, Bravado’s leading CS:GO team relocated to Phoenix, Arizona at the start of 2018.
“If you want to be the best, you have to compete against the best,” said Andreas Hadjipaschali, CEO and Director of Bravado Gaming. “It is easier today to play against overseas gamers, but the differences in time zones still limit that. It’s also important to be known and seen – and being in the US makes that happen. It definitely works. The team is doing incredibly well and opening doors for South African e-sports players, not to mention Bravado’s other local teams.”
DREAMHACK WINTER GROUPS & SCHEDULE
Friday, 30th November
13:00 Group A | Match 1 – compLexity vs x6tence Galaxy
14:30 Group B | Match 1 – OpTic vs Bravado
16:00 Group A | Match 2 – LDLC vs Heroic
17:30 Group B | Match 2 – ENCE vs G2 Esports
19:00 Group A – Winners Match
20:30 Group B – Winners Match
Saturday, 1st December
11:00 Group A – Elimination Match
14:00 Group B – Elimination Match
17:00 Group A – Decider Match
20:00 Group B – Decider Match
Sunday, 2nd December
11:00 Bravado v x6tence Galaxy
14:00 Heroic v ENCE
18:00 Grand Final