Editor: Bracken Lee-Rudolph
So Geek Fest came and went this past weekend, and as a result, so did ITF Gaming’s Injustice: Gods Among Us Tournament! Despite some minor hiccups and technical difficulties at the beginning of the tournament, by the latter stages of the tournament we were in full flow and had an organised schedule of who was playing when.
However, I am getting ahead of myself; the day started as a very chilly August morning as we filtered into Goldfields Kennel Club. With some difficulty, we located the venue and arrived to Jonathan and Darryl hard at work at setting up. We had our registration forms in, our posters and promotional items up, and we were ready to go!
Our qualifying round didn’t go too smoothly – this was mostly due to people not being at the event, despite having pre-registered and us having put them on the qualifying board regardless. However, with a combination of sheer luck, a messy whiteboard (my bad) and some insane mix-and-match matchmaking, we got through most of it before taking a break for the long-awaited cosplay competition – which was won by Arkham SA’s own Devin Green and Anre Van Rooyen as the Joker and Harley Quinn, who also helped us promote and later commentate on the tournament.
As we reassembled after the cosplay competition, lunch, and our perpetual 10-minute grace period for the competitors to arrive, the matches came thick and fast. Our preliminaries were finished within 3 matches, and our tournament’s stronger players were quickly beginning to show themselves. Our next round went incredibly quickly, as all our players were present, either spectating or readying themselves for their matches, the semi-finals were on the horizon.
However, we got to the semi-finals to discover we had 6 players for 4 slots – so we took, you guessed it, a 10-minute break as we came up with a better solution. Instead, we built two makeshift groups from the players who remained and played a round-robin format quarter-final stage, which led into a semi-final of the 1st place in Group A vs. 2nd Place in Group B, and vice versa for the other semi-final, which would determine our players in the finals and 3rd/4th place playoff. Thankfully, it worked perfectly, and our four strongest competitors raced into the semi-final stage, knocking out Colin “Nemo” Dos Santos and Luke, the youthful surprise package of the tournament, along the way.
This left four competitors in the tournament – Moshe Shevel, and the brothers Cloete – namely, Tristan, Terry-Lee and Jonathan in a semi-final stage which pitted Moshe against Jeremy and Terry against Tristan. Moshe won the first semi-final in a tight, but controlled match, while Tristan won the other in a match that went right to the absolute bottom of the two fighters’ health bars. The 3rd/4th playoff would now be Jeremy vs. Terry, and the final would be Moshe vs. Tristan.
The 3rd and 4th playoff came and went, with Terry-Lee Cloete claiming our 3rd spot in a tightly contested match against his brother. The final, however, was one of the most hard-fought matches of the day, and saw Moshe’s relentless battering of Superman with Solomon Grundy countered by repeated ranged laser beams from the Man of Steel. However, in the end, Moshe’s tactical beatdowns proved too much for Tristan, and he brought a swift end to the fight with a barrage of devastating attacks. Therefore, on behalf of ITF Gaming, I’d like to congratulate Moshe Shevel for being our Injustice: Gods Among Us Tournament champion!
Moshe walked home with a Ster-Kinekor bag filled with PlayStation paraphernalia, from keyrings to lanyards, a copy of Mortal Kombat: Komplete Edition and an Injustice and God of War: Ascension T-Shirt, courtesy of Ster-Kinekor Entertainment. Additionally, he walked out with Injustice Figurines and a Superman Bobblehead, sponsored by The Dark Carnival.
Tristan, our runner-up, left with a similar bundle, PlayStation items, T-Shirts and Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition from Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and Injustice Figurines, but instead of a Superman Bobblehead, walked out with a Superman Coffee Mug, both sponsored by The Dark Carnival. Last, but by no stretch of the imagination least, Terry left with a hamper including the PlayStation items and Injustice T-shirt, minus the Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition, sponsored by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment and Injustice Bobbleheads, courtesy of The Dark Carnival.
I’d like to extend a big thank you to our participants, who made this event possible, kept it very pleasant and gave their best out in the battlegrounds, and our spectators, who cheered the gamers on at every opportunity. I’d like to thank our sponsors, namely Ster-Kinekor Entertainment – for the promotional posters and cut-outs that we were able to fill the hall with, and for sponsoring the prizes for our tournament, JiffyPrint, who sponsored our ITF Gaming-printed T-Shirts, and The Dark Carnival, both for the prize items, and for hosting such an awesome event.
Lastly, and on a personal note, I’d like to thank my colleagues who helped at the event, who would be Darryl, Jonathan, Dillon and Tracy, for helping make the tournament a success and aiding in covering the event. We hope to be able to host many more tournaments in the future, and hope our fans will attend and participate with us to make it as successful as Geek Fest was.
And now for the Injustice Tournament…in video form:
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