Yesterday Bravado Gaming netted another win, this time winning the Mettlestate Samsung Galaxy CS:GO Championship. They entered the final rested and with a one map advantage after dominating the previous days’ play. For a best of five, straight after Energy Esports had to take down Damage Control in a best of 3. Luckily Dominic ‘Domsterr’ Sampaio was unleashed, reaching a 1.75 rating across the entire BO3.
Metal state? Mettlestate?
But what is Mettlestate? I chatted to Barry ‘Anthrax’ Louzada about this, as many had questions about how an organisation suddenly appeared out of thin air and became a Twitch partnered, serious platform for games. If you happened to have an invite to the the tournament, or watched on the stream, you could tell that this was something pretty serious happening. Anthrax said that Mettlestate is something that has taken his years of experience and didn’t just appear overnight, even though it looks that way.
I also asked him about the tournament itself, which seemed like a fairly lavish event with a massive prize pool with almost nobody watching. It raised a red flag for me as someone who knows that every company involved is interesting in one thing: return in investment. This tournament was a proof of concept, he said, a way to showcase what it should be like to host an esports tournament. Press, team sponsors and more were invited to see how things are run and for the most part I was impressed. I can think of a few things I would like to see changed and I know that Anthrax and his team are listening to suggestions rather than being insulted by them.
So with one map in hand without firing a single bullet, the first map was Cache, a favourite of Bravado. They won that game 16-5 and for many, the match already felt over. I had predicted before the game that the team that won the first map would win the final. Map two was Overpass and Bravado stomped on Energy, going to halfway with the score 12-3. Switching to the Terrorist side, the crowd was ready for things to get cleaned up and the game to be over. Then Energy started fighting back hard, taking round after round. The crowd was silent during the rounds, erupting as Energy clawed back from the jaws of defeat. Sadly the streak was broken by Bravado winning on a pistol round, ending the map 16-9.