After two gruelling days of play, Team Opulence beat out 18 other teams to claim victory at the MWEB GameZone Master Series Call of Duty Ghosts Cape Town LAN tournament hosted at the MWEB Head Office in Cape Town yesterday. The teams battled it out over two action-packed days, with a group phase of pool matches on Saturday, followed by the nail-biting quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals Sunday afternoon.
Repeating history, Team Opulence and Team Adept again faced off in the final round of an MWEB GameZone Master Series tournament with Team Opulence coming out ahead on both occasions. Team Adept in the past has been the team to beat, but now it seems that Team Opulence has taken that mantle.
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19 teams competed in the pool matches on day 1 of the competition. With some pools closely contested, progressions to quarters finals sometimes came down to map counts or in the case of Groups 4 and 5 to play-offs. The final pool standings in respect to matches won were as follows:
|Group 1||Games Won||Group 2||Games Won||Group 3||Games Won||Group 4||Games Won||Group 5||Games Won|
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Quarter finals line-up:
- Gaming World South Africa vs Team Opulence
- Team Tsumani vs Team Rize
- Overpowered vs Adept Youth
- Team Astra vs Team Adept.
Teams into the semi-finals:
- Team Opulence vs Team Tsunami
- Team Adept vs Adept Youth
Teams in the finals:
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- Team Opulence vs Team Adept
Top 4 Teams
- Team Opulence
- Team Adept
- Team Tsumani
- Adept Youth
Desmond Kurz, Gaming and Digital Manager at MWEB, believes competitions such as this are essential for the development of gaming as a recognised sport in South Africa, which by international standards is an exciting emerging gaming nation. “We need to develop young talent, not only to build up a base of South African professionals who are able to compete against the world’s best gamers in international competitions, but also to get gaming recognised as sport in South Africa with significant benefits – to the economy as a whole, and for our children’s cognitive development and problem-solving skills.”
Kurz said MWEB hosted the Cape Town LAN yesterday as part of a series of competitions for the Call of Duty console community in South Africa, called the MWEB GameZone Master Series. “We’re passionate about assisting the Call of Duty console community to hone their competitive skills as they have the ability to compete overseas in the prestigious Call of Duty Championships in Los Angeles and put South African gaming firmly on the map amongst some of the world’s top players.”
Passionate about player development, Kurz said: “Our gamers put in many hours of practice and show a level of dedication that we feel should be promoted. From a pure connectivity perspective, these gamers demand the best online connectivity to remain competitive online, so they are our Formula 1 drivers essentially, who help us to ensure the best possible online experience that leads to better connectivity for the average user at home in the same way that F1 pushes the boundaries of motor vehicles.”
MWEB thanks the sponsors of the event for their involvement. “Thank you to Red Bull and Red Bulletin for sponsoring prizes and providing Red Bull for the event. Thanks to HiSense South Africa for the provision of two 84inch Ultra-HD televisions for the spectators. Thanks to Comet Computing and their associated brands, Gunnar Optiks and Mad Catz for the provision of prizes for both spectators and teams,” said Kurz.
The spectators at the event, who watched the matches via live streamed screenings in the Spectator Zone, had the chance to win headsets from Mad Catz, Gunnar Optiks glasses, 2 PS Vitas and an Xbox sponsored by MWEB.
The MWEB GameZone Master Series for Call of Duty continues at the end of April with registrations opening for the 1v1 eSniper online tournament. Click on the full program here.
For more information on the results, please visit the MWEB results page.