On Saturday, Oakhill’s 2019 Dota2 team represented South Africa in an action-packed test match against Namibia. The pressure was on for our boys as Namibia beat the Protea Epsorts Team at IESF’s 11th World Championships (Seoul) in 2019, and South Africa has been itching to even the score. Our Oakhill boys did the country proud by annihilating the opposition 40-9. Huge congratulations to Diana Barnard and her team – Lourens Kok, Ryan Shearer, Simon Shearer, James Armstrong and Chris Coetzee. The boys now officially have Protea Colours!
Some more info about our DotA 2 team from Mrs Barnard: Oakhill’s DotA 2 team, Team Theory, represented SA on Saturday playing their first international match against Namibia. A lot of interest was shown in this match as it was the only international sports event happening during lockdown. The match was live streamed by SEI TV and PartnerMedia (Media24), and endorsed amongst others by the International eSports Federation. There were 3 shoutcasters (like commentators) – one from SA, one from England and one from Australia. Some statistics: Namibia beat the Protea team at the World Championships 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. So the Namibian team was very confident that they were going to beat this SA team consisting of players 18 years and younger. Well, did they get a big surprise! Or should I say shock? It was clear from the start that the “youngsters” meant business. They outsmarted and outplayed the Namibian team from the word go, and convincingly won both matches with scores of 33-2 and 40-9. The first match lasted only 23 minutes and the second almost 26 minutes. The average duration of DotA 2 matches is 30-40 minutes but can go on for much longer. As you can see, the “youngsters” made it very clear that they were not to be underestimated and finished off the other team relatively quickly. It was clear within the first 5 minutes of the first match that they were going to make it very difficult for Namibia to win, if not impossible. The shoutcasters were very impressed with our players and have said many positive things about them and their gameplay strategies. Our players made us very proud.
General announcement: Online Provincial Championships for Schools – 9 May 2020 “An important feature of this championship is that it is open to any learner, whether or not the school is affiliated or not. This event will offer local players the opportunity to qualify for selection to the national squad and for the Protea Team that will attend IeSF’s World Championships to be held in Eilat, Israel, in November 2020, should they meet the criteria.” – MindSports SA