The Bruneian contingent posing for a photo onstage during the WESG SEA qualifiers. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Bruneian e-athletes were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia recently to test their skills against the region’s most skilled gamers for a place in the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) Grand Finals – a major contest slated for China next year bringing a prize pool of USD 5 million altogether.

A total of 24 gamers from the sultanate fought through the Southeast Asian qualifiers which were recently held at Kuala Lumpur’s Quill Convention Centre.

Members of Malaysian media taking a photo of the trophy as it was unveiled at the opening of the tournament. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The latest iteration of the contest only featured four gaming events for 2019-2020 and they include Open and Women categories for Counterstrike: Global Offensive (CS:GO), DOTA 2 and Starcraft 2.

Brunei’s Goodfellas Gaming team led by Thong Tao Jian managed to secure two wins in its group matches and was in a good lead until it lost against Indonesia’s Big Time Regal Gaming (BTRG) and Singapore’s Boot – both of whom eventually became the champion and the first runner-up of the gaming event.

Goodfellas Gaming captain Mojo in action during the tournament. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Goodfellas Gaming member TriggerHappy (L) focusing on the game. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Goodfellas Gaming team members focusing on their match at the WESG SEA qualifiers. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

The country’s all-women CS:GO squad Grills That Go (GTG) lost its games against Singapore’s Rising 5 and Philippines’ AMPLFY, with the former ended up being the champion of the category at the end of the qualifiers. GTG however won its last game against Myanmar’s Wonder Girls.

GTG members focusing on their game. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
GTG members focusing on their game. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
GTG member focusing on her match. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Team Revival led by Richardson Yeo lost against Indonesia’s Garuda, Philippines’ TNC Predator and Vietnam’s 496 DOTA – but won by default against Thailand’s RRQ Trust after the latter forfeited its game.

Members of Team Revival putting on their game faces against their opponent. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Members of Team Revival putting on their game faces against their opponent. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
Members of Team Revival putting on their game faces against their opponent. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Despite giving a good fight, Starcraft 2 contestant Fadhil Majid on the other hand lost all of its games against some of the region’s best tacticians.

Fadhil Majid readying himself before fighting an opponent at the WESG SEA qualifiers. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

With all of the losses, no Bruneian teams managed to get into the semi-finals. Despite being sad, when spoken to, team representatives said that the matches they fought gave them better insight on how to improve themselves.

Some of their contestants were already world renowned players, while Brunei, they said, is still in the process of developing its e-sporting game. Lead of each team however believed that Brunei can still catch up to their performances given that each team gives their commitments to improving themselves for the upcoming tournaments.

Singapore’s Team Boot in action at the finals. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak
The look of the stage set at the Quill Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

All of them also resolved to train harder and take the matches they fought as lessons to develop new gameplays and tactics, so they can ace similar tournaments in the future.

Brunei’s participation into WESG SEA qualifiers was sponsored by DST, and supported by Aewon, Brugames Management Services and the country’s newly established E-sports Association of Brunei.

The Bruneian | KUALA LUMPUR

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