ESL African Championship concludes first Hearthstone qualifiers

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Charlie Fripp Digital Games Editor
The ESL African Championship got off to a strong start over the weekend, with the first qualifier for Hearthstone seeing one player from South African and one player from Algeria making the cut.

Over 70 players participated in the first open qualifier, while 50 players have already signed up for the second qualifier on 22 April. Remember, if you can’t make the second qualifier (or drop out early), you can always try again on 29 April and 6 May.

MackyBoi (from South Africa) will be squaring off against Saliom (from Algeria) and the six other players from the next qualifier rounds during the first series. From there, the top four players will progress to the playoffs, while the bottom four players will be put into relegation matches.

“We are excited to bring the ESL African Championship to the local esports community,” said Malte Barth, Executive Board Member at ESL.

“By giving gamers the opportunity to compete at the leading global leagues and tournaments, we help them pave their way to create legendary moments within the ESL esports universe. Together with our partner Kwesé, we are committed to making the ESL African Championship a great success!”

MackyBoi’s road to the first series looked like this:


Saliom’s road to the first series looked like this:


For the entire bracket of the first qualifying round, you can click here.

The first series of the ESL African Championship will run from 15 April to June, with the second series running from July to October, culminating in the grand finale. The top four teams of CS:GO as well as the top four Hearthstone players will compete against each other for the biggest prize in African esports.

“Kwesé is incredibly proud to partner with the ESL to introduce such an exciting tournament to the African continent. We know esports are growing in popularity on the continent so it’s important for us put esports on the map, and make it accessible for participants and viewers through initiatives such as these. We pride ourselves in being innovative in our approach to entertainment, and have a keen interest in making non-conventional sports and entertainment formats available on our platforms. ” said Joseph Hundah, Chief Executive Officer of Econet Media

For more information on the ESL African Championship presented by Kwesé TV, competition details and entry criteria, be sure to visit the official ESL African Championship website, follow ESL Africa on Facebook, or if Twitter is your thing, give them a follow as well.

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