By Christopher House Partner Content By Cougar Gaming Esports /
The South African esports community suffered a huge blow this weekend with the loss of Christopher “Apocalypse” Lautre, who was involved in a fatal motorcycle accident on Saturday the 3rd of February. Christopher played competitive CS:GO for the South African MGO Damage Control, who released a statement on Sunday regarding the loss of their player. There is also an entire reddit thread commemorating the memory of Christopher that you can read here, with support coming from players from around the world.
As a Damage Control player, Christopher enjoyed many successes in esports over the years he was active. Most recently he was part of the Damage Control lineup that lifted the VS Gaming Masters first place trophy at rAge 2017. There is no doubt that the community will miss this much-loved personality, an exceptional player, and teammate. Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the entire Lautre family and the Damage Control team.
The ACGL MGMS Rocket League finals took place over the weekend, bringing the tournament to a dramatic close. Around 48 teams took part in the two qualifiers that led up to these finals, which saw four teams (VxP|Elem3ntriX, Rocket Eclairs, Team Name, and eXdee Gaming) competing for their share of the R4,950 prize pot in the finals. First place won R3,000, second place R1,500, and third place netted R450 for their troubles. The grand finals are best summed up by the dominance of two teams throughout the event; eXdee Gaming and Rocket Eclairs.
- Winner Bracket 1 Round 1: Rocket Eclairs 3-1 Team Name
- Winner Bracket 2 Round 1: eXdee Gaming 3-0 VxP|Elem3ntriX
- Winner Bracket Finals: eXdee Gaming 3-2 Rocket Eclairs
- Loser Bracket Round 1: Team Name beats VxP|Elem3ntriX (no score recorded)
- Loser Bracket Finals: Rocket Exclairs 2-0 Team Name
- Grand Finals: eXdee Gaming 3-2 Rocket Eclairs
If you missed the stream of the grand final be sure to head over to the ACGL YouTube channel to check out the VOD here. I watched this series and as an esports fan, I was astounded by these intense matches. In game 1 of the grand finals, eXdee Gaming annihilated Rocket Eclairs 8-0, only for Rocket Eclairs to come back and win game 2 4-1. The entire series was a pendulum of back and forth wins. In game 4 Rocket Eclairs even managed a savage 7-0 thrashing of eXdee Gaming. It wasn’t enough though, as eXdee Gaming ultimately won game 5 in a thrilling 2-1 final match, thereby winning the entire event.
Interview with eXdee Gaming Rocket League Team
eXdee Gaming’s Rocket League roster is made up of Christian “mOTHER” Massyn, Sergio “NoClip” Frasco, and Timothy “Timmy_JS” James Santos. The squad only recently moved over to eXdee Gaming from the Online Kingdom, and have just won their first major Rocket League tournament in South Africa. I caught up with them to gauge their feelings on the win.
CH: Some of the matches in the grand finals were pure madness, with score lines of 8-0 going for you and 0-7 against you. What happened?
Christian “mOTHER” Massyn: Well we (Eds: eXdee Gaming and Rocket Eclairs) are probably the most fierce rivals in the South African scene and it has always been a game of back and forth with them. Playing big games like these, a lot really depends on the momentum in the match. It’s tough swinging a game back when one team is dominating. We are both highly aggressive teams and are known for our goal scoring ability. The games we lost we just had some defensive hiccups and are looking to keep it more consistent in the future.
CH: Walk me through how easy it was for your team to qualify for these finals.
Christian “mOTHER” Massyn: We were unable to play the first qualifier and had one shot at qualifying in the second qualifier (leading up to this weekend). That second qualifier also saw a record amount of entries for a Rocket League tournament in South Africa, with 32 teams participating.
CH: Do you guys feel you were stronger than everyone else? How tough was it to beat Rocket Eclair?
Christian “mOTHER” Massyn: We see ourselves as number one at this point. We also realize that we could be humbled from this position at any point, as many teams in South Africa are competitive. Rocket Eclair is by far our longest standing and fiercest rival. Playing, and beating them is never an easy task. We knew we had the advantage going into this preparation wise, so we were extremely confident.
CH: How have you found the transition to eXdee Gaming?
Timothy “Timmy_JS” James Santos: Honestly, moving to eXdee Gaming is extremely exciting because of the growth potential it gives the scene. It’s just insane that we have been given such a huge opportunity to represent eXdee Gaming. The move has been extremely straightforward and it’s an awesome feeling to be part of an MGO where the owner is so involved in every game/tournament, and consistently keeps us up to date with what’s happening from his side. Overall I think we’re grateful and excited to show the community that we are not here to mess around.
With Stage 1 drawing to a close, we’re seeing London Spitfire and New York Excelsior continue to draw away from the rest of the competition. Although Seoul Dynasty is hot on their tails despite losing to London Spitfire this week, and remain a key player as things heat up in the league. At the bottom of the table, Shanghai Dragons are yet to win a single series and seem well off the pace. Dallas Fuel and Florida Mayhem are hardly faring any better, with each side recording only a single win apiece. You can view the current overall standings here. The results from the past week are:
- Los Angeles Valiant 4-0 Philadelphia Fusion
- Florida Mayhem 1-3 Los Angeles Gladiators
- Houston Outlaws 3-1 San Fransisco Shock
- Philadelphia Fusion 4-0 Dallas Fuel
- New York Excelsior 4-0 Shanghai Dragons
- London Spitfire 4-0 Seoul Dynasty
- San Fransisco Shock 4-0 Florida Mayhem
- Seoul Dynasty 3-2 Houston Outlaws
- Los Angeles Gladiators 0-4 Boston Uprising
- Shanghai Dragons 0-4 London Spitfire
- Dallas Fuel 1-3 New York Excelsior
- Boston Uprising 4-0 Los Angeles Valiant
Christopher House is an ex-DOTA 2 competitive player who works as an independent esports journalist. Link up with him at @SargonDotA2