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Quick Hit: Energy win Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup

Michael 'axtremes' Harmse

In our new series Quick Hit, axtremes drops his opinion with lightning speed while his hat overlords aren’t looking.

 

I predicted a certain tournament victory for Energy eSports at Mettlestate’s Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup at Rush this past weekend in my preview article. That was hardly a mystical feat of clairvoyance on my part. The team has proven to be too much for all local opposition outside of Bravado on numerous occasions in the past 12 months. They did what they needed to and were deserved champions. However, they weren’t quite as convincing as I’d thought they’d be.

Mettlestate Vodacom4U CS:GO Cup Summary

They didn’t ever really look to be playing at their best throughout the tournament. The map loss against Leetpro in the Semi-final was clearly not in the script and takes a little of the shine off the overall result. Energy of 2017 would not have slipped up in that way. So there’s clearly still some work for this team to do, which is frankly terrifying for everyone else. Many would say, it’s expected for a team with a new member and a change of in game leader. Personally, I hold Energy to a higher standard and wanted to see a tighter performance from them. I’m sure they hold themselves to a similarly high standard and realize they didn’t quite nail it at the first LAN of the year.

 

Leetpro did really well in the tournament overall and had Energy on the ropes for a while in that Semi-final before some individual plays from Energy turned the tables. They’ve developed nicely and their fourth place was well earned. Goliath Gaming and Big 5 Esports had more or less the tournament runs I expected, even if in both teams’ cases the carry performances came from the veterans rather than the stars. GG really struggled to get anything going and got bullied by BlackpoisoN in the Grand Final. He seems to be thriving individually without the burden of in game leadership. Look out for the in-depth article about the event later in the week.