Quick Hit: Evetech Champions League is back

Michael 'axtremes' Harmse

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


In case you missed the announcement in amongst the hive of activity that has been Mettlestate’s recent tournament schedule, Evetech Champions League is back. Why would I use the term back? If you find yourself asking that, then you clearly weren’t around in 2016 for the original Evetech Champions League. It was a great tournament that many of us wanted to see a return of since then. Thanks for helping to bring it back, Lenovo and Mettlestate!

Showing off

In now traditional Mettlestate style, the arrival of ECL was heralded with a showmatch to get everyone interested in the start of the league. They did that really effectively, using a fan vote-driven system to determine the team to face the Legends. Leetpro won the vote by a landslide and then pushed the old codgers down a slide to break their collective hips in the showmatch. I am of course totally joking about the Legends. They put up a good fight, which is the best anyone could have hoped for. No broken hips here. Jokes aside, it was a great way to kick off the signup process for ECL.

Out of Focus

It is a bit of shame, however, that the subsequent announcement of the Vodacom 4U CS:GO Cup at Rush Esports shifted the focus immediately thereafter. That was not obviously not Mettlestate’s intention. With the relatively late announcement of Rush and all the esports events surrounding it including the CS:GO, it did take away the public focus on the new league. Of course it would. Players and fans always assign more prestige to LAN tournament. As it should be.


Now that it’s over and we know that Energy eSports are still the best, let’s not forget about ECL. I say let’s be thankful that we now have another premier CS:GO league in South Africa, alongside VS Masters and ESEA. This is another rare tournament actually featuring Energy, which means teams like Goliath, Big 5 and Leetpro will get another crack against them. That’s a good thing. Another even better thing to look forward to with ECL is that two BO1 matches a week will be broadcast, every Thursday over on from 19h00.


Look out for a full preview piece tomorrow.