Quick Hit: MSI Quake Champions Cup

Michael 'axtremes' Harmse

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


This past Saturday at Rush Esports, was the very first national Quake Champions LAN tournament in South Africa for the title. MSI put on a fantastic debut event. Of course I would say that, considering I was one of the commentators. Taking that out of the equation however, I was really impressed. You never really know what to expect the first time you work for a new tournament organizer. It could be amazing or utterly terrible. Thankfully this was in the former camp. For a PC components brand to pull an event off with all the elements a large tournament organizer would provide, but doing all of it in-house as well as they did, is a crazy thought. There were a few technical issues, but all of them were the game itself. It’s called Early Access for a reason after all. Well done to Byron Trent of MSI and the team, including James from Evetech. They really did exceed everyone’s expectations and made a lot of Quake fans and players very happy.

Let’s talk Quake

The Grand Final featured exactly the two players we all expected. It was Ph4ntom vs Shase, both from the same MGO, God’s Hammer. The rivalry was friendly, but neither afforded any kindness to their opponent on the server. Both were intent on winning that MSI Gaming Notebook. Shase had some great moments, but Ph4ntom always seemed to have an extra gear he could select to steal away a frag or two when it looked like Shase had him cornered. In the end, Ph4ntom, the pre-tournament favourite, took a popular and dominant win to claim the prize.

Caster’s perspective

As a commentator, it was an amazing experience getting to cover a new title for the first time. Haz3 and I put in a lot of hours watching VODS, doing research and talking about our approach. We decided to be a bit more shouty and excited than what is typical in Quake. We’re Counter-Strike casters. We can’t help it! It seemed like the crowd and the players were pleased with the result, as were we. I am really excited to cover more Quake and follow the stories of players like Ph4ntom, Shase, Void, and Dr4ma. Look out for more in depth MSI Quake Cup coverage coming your way on Esports Central later this week.