20.09.2017
Groupstage Survival Guide
So you heard about the ESL African Championship quite recently, and you would like to start watching, but you feel lost. Don’t stress as we’ve got you all covered up!

As you already probably know this first iteration of the ESL African Championship, hosts both CS:GO and Hearthstone. We are currently sitting in the middle of the group stage, where the top 4 finishers from the inaugural season of the Championship were joined by the top 4 finalists from the open qualifiers. For the first hosted game, Counter Strike, we divided the continent into its north and south counterparts, thus forming two groups, the top finishers of which will get to go to the finals. As far as Hearthstone is concerned, we decided to keep the whole continent as one and let the players from every nation compete each other for a share of the prizepool.

The ESL African Championship brought eSports for the first time in Africa, and as with everything, the first step is always the hardest. Africa is a massive continent with talents hidden in every spot and this is exactly the goal of the championship. To establish, foster and reveal the hidden talents.

We were fortunate to have some of the best African teams to compete for us in both counterparts. Bravado Gaming, Big 5 eSports, Energy eSports, Damage Control, EXDEE Gaming, xTc Gaming, FlipSid3 Tactics and Goliath gaming joined us on the South African Group, while KappaMa, Limitless.gg, VIBORA, TUNISIA WITH LOVE, No Relation Team, drinkpizza, Generation Digital and Fractals are the 8 teams composing the North African Group. Sythe, henrilys, djrab, Saliom, xspiritsama, OverGame, dosboxx and Menlyn are our top 8 competitors for Hearthstone.

South Africa Standings - CS:GO

Bravado Gaming, Energy eSports and Big 5 eSports illustrated their strength from the very beginning of the Championship, as they have been dominating every opponent they found themselves facing. On the other hand, even though the well-known squad, FlipSid3 Tactics (its African squad), came in as favorites, they still haven’t manage to score a single win. It seems that they have been overwhelmed by their expectations.

Even though Bravado Gaming have pretty much secured their slot to the finals, the same can’t be said for Energy eSports since they are called to face their runnerups in the upcoming matchweek. In case Big 5 eSports score two consecutive wins in the remaining two matchweeks while Energy lose their next two games, Big 5 eSports will receive the much wanted golden tickets to the finals.

Even though Damage Control started out really strong as well, they didn’t manage to keep that momentum after their first couple of wins, and they are now standing on the 6th spot on the ladder while one step higher EXDEE Gaming are following roughly the same road with the latter.

Upcoming Matches:

Week 6

11/09/2017 19:00 CEST

Goliath Gaming

Flipsid3 Africa

11/09/2017 21:30 CEST

Bravado Gaming

Damage Control

14/09/2017 19:00 CEST

EXDEE GAMING

xTc Gaming

14/09/2017 21:30 CEST

Energy eSports

Big 5 eSports

Week 7

18/09/2017 19:00 CEST

Flipsid3 Africa

xTc Gaming

18/09/2017 21:30 CEST

EXDEE GAMING

Goliath Gaming

21/09/2017 19:00 CEST

Energy eSports

Bravado Gaming

21/09/2017 21:30 CEST

Damage Control

Big 5 eSports

North Africa Standings - CS:GO

On the other side of the continent things are a bit simpler as Vibora has been consistently at the top of the ladder, while Limitless.gg and KappaMa have been fighting as to who will be the second team to go to the live finals. At the moment Limitless.gg stands on a tie with VIBORA but with one additional game on their back, thus giving the extra advantage to VIBORA. Judging by their performance up until now, both Limitless.gg and VIBORA are expected to win both of their upcoming matches, thus locking their ticket to the finals.

It is unlikely that any of the remaining teams will be able to contest even the second slot, as KappaMa, which is currently 3rd, has two losses and they should win all of the remaining games in order to even have a chance to go to the finals. Moreover, their next match is against the group’s favourite, VIBORA, thus making their road even harder.

Upcoming Matches

Week 6

11/09/2017 19:00 CEST

fractals

LimitlessGG

11/09/2017 21:30 CEST

No Relation Team

Generation Digital

14/09/2017 19:00 CEST

drinkpizza

TUNISIA WITH LOVE

14/09/2017 21:30 CEST

KappaMa

VIBORA

Week 7

18/09/2017 19:00 CEST

KappaMa

drinkpizza

18/09/2017 21:30 CEST

fractals

No Relation Team

21/09/2017 19:00 CEST

TUNISIA WITH LOVE

VIBORA

21/09/2017 21:30 CEST

Generation Digital

LimitlessGG

Hearthstone Standings

Much alike Counter Strike, the top 4 finishers from the group stage will get to go to the live finals and compete in front of the live audience for a share of the prizepool. Throughout the whole championship the standings were so fluid that it was impossible to make an accurate prediction as to who will be the first to get his ticket.

Sythe, henrilys, and Saliom have almost secured their slots to the live finals while it is still undecided who will be the last to join them. Despite everything though, Hearthstone is a game where its meta shifts with a wind and with 4 more remaining games for each player, it is still uncertain which players will comprise the final 4.

Prize Pool

A big entry always makes a bigger impact if there’s a good prizepool to go with. Our prizepool distribution is structured in a such a way that every team and player will be rewarded for their efforts.

Counter Strike Distribution - Groupstage

1st Place

$11442

5th Place

$1526

2nd Place

$7628

6th Place

$1144

3rd Place

$3814

7th Place

$763

4th Place

$1907

8th Place

$381

Counter Strike Distribution - Live Finals

1st Place

$22833

2nd Place

$11441

3rd Place

$7627

4th Place

$4195 

Hearthstone Distribution - Groupstage

1st Place

$2288

5th Place

$305

2nd Place

$1526

6th Place

$229

3rd Place

$763

7th Place

$153

4th Place

$383

8th Place

$76