With just a few more days left we'll soon leave 2019 behind and enter a new decade! With this, we'd like to reflect back and share with the community on what we achieved in 2019. With 237 matches played across all our titles - CSGO, DOTA2, Overwatch, League of Legends, Call of Duty and even Apex and Artifact this year lets dive into what our teams and players got up too.
We poked our CSGO Team and asked them what their thoughts where on 2019:
This year started off with a bang, performing way above expectation levels. But as with every year and team, roster changes occurred which threw us off our game. We manage to recover and started a slow incline. During this time we competed at Ekasi Tech-fest, nearly besting White Rabbit Gaming but ultimately losing in a tight 3rd map. We then headed to VSC where we ended up in the group of death with Good Gaming, Energy Esports and Rival. This was a tough task to overcome and we got knocked out 3rd in our group after beating Rival.
But the big upward swing came when we re-added Herman Sol Le Roux to our line up. Which allowed us to qualify for Telkom Masters and Rage Asus qualifier. Qualifying for these events was the goal we set for our team at the start of the year. Even though we didn't get as far as we would have liked, our goal has been achieved and we were left hungrier than ever. Looking towards next year we hope to accomplish even more and have set our sites on top 4. - Bny, Captain
Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Herman "Sol" Le Roux and Marc "Hatch" Du Preez but we managed to pick up Leander "Chappy" van Schalkwyk and Marco "Heartbreak" de Kock which will be joining the Celestial roster for 2020. We look forward to seeing what Celestial will achieve in 2020!
If you'd like to read-up on our players then be sure to check out their team page - Team Celestial
Joined Omnius Gaming at the beginning of the Year.
Our DOTA2 squad also had some thoughts on their 2019 experience:
Our year was very successful, we started at the bottom this year and managed to climb all the way to the top, our aim was only to reach prem division this year but we managed to even surprise ourselves and qualified to play at the VS Masters Tournament. Obviously the year could’ve gone a little better but we don’t plan on taking any breaks. Continuous hard work will see us reach even greater heights next year.
We’ve got some great memories out of this year which we’ll never forget. Finally, everyone meeting in person at the VS Champs and then going on to cause a big upset in knocking out Exdee Dota 2 from the tournament and getting Top 5 at our very first Lan. After VS Champs, a lot of people were saying that our victory over Exdee was lucky and was a fluke because they didn’t have their full roster, we then went on to beat them in the last leg of the VS League as well, both victories meant a lot to the team and we’ll always remember them. Lastly competing at VS Masters although very short, was super exciting and very fun and it felt like we were competing at an international major even though the teams were all local.
With the Dota 2 season, at least locally, normally ending with VS Masters there’s no real tournaments to compete in til February and a lot of teams take breaks during this period. Our plan is to not take any breaks and start working on our mistakes now already. Our goals for next year is still a bit unclear - we try to be as realistic as possible, so saying we will reach the top spot in 1 year although not impossible is highly unlikely. We’ll aim to improve on our results this year so definitely expecting to break into the top 4 for next year. We might roster changes and a role shuffle inside the team. Ultimately we look to enjoy the year and continue to represent Omnius as best we can. - uniiQuue, Captain
The roster for 2020 also had a shuffle, we said goodbye to - vOx, Sangreal, Gambino and bROTHERbASH. We welcome Johan "Sp00kd" de Beer, Daniel "Leviathann" Shapiro, Nazeem "sNazz" Shaik and Markus "It'sYoda" De Beer which will be helping out the team as Team Manager
Origin only joined late in Q3 of 2019 but that hasn't stopped them from making some noise in the scene while still under Origin. We look forward to seeing them continue on their journey under the Omnius Banner.
If you'd like to read-up on our players then be sure to check out their team page - Team Origin
Joined Omnius Gaming late Q3 of the Year.
With Thunderclap being one of the latest additions to Omnius Gaming for 2019. We came in looking to prove what we are capable of with the backing of a solid MGO. With newfound wind behind our sails, we knew no bounds and began rigorous coaching and practice to get our roster up to scratch. A bit different to most of the other teams that we play against, our roster is a lot larger - with players that get substituted in and out of the series depending on the specialists that are needed. With this strategy we completed the VSG legs at 4th place, falling short of the 3 titans of ZA Overwatch, namely Energy Esports, ATK and Goliath Gaming. We’ve managed to play toe to toe against these teams in the past only narrowly missing out on the win.
Come August 2019 and the VSGaming Overwatch Championships are around the corner. We managed to secure enough funding from both Omnius Gaming and from a 2nd place finish in a Mettlestate tournament earlier in the year. With this, planning began and we had to select a core roster of 6 players in comparison to the +-9 players that we usually play within a series. The core roster we went with was Miru and Bandit as our frontline, Aquatic and Generalsound as our damage dealers and Toogle and DaNinja101 as our support lineup.
At the VSGaming Overwatch Championships we completed in 4th place following a run in the losers bracket that we were placed in by Goliath Gaming(who ended the tournament in 1st). We were then knocked out of the tournament at 4th place by ATK (who ended the tournament in 2nd). OG | Thunderclap still currently hold the most recent reverse sweep in the Competitive Overwatch Community ZA (COWZA) against DDC Divinity.
Our plans for 2020 are quite large and ambitious on top of that. We are wanting to reinvigorate our current roster with a solid 6 player team that will be working together to push further in both local and international Overwatch. - Cloudburst, Team Manager
Thunderclap had some roster shuffles for 2020 and unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to - Bandit, Yazey, GeneralSound and Toogle. We welcome - Tiaan "Elvenslayer" van Wyk, Dylan "Authorize" Gallop and Lance "Ontiablo" Nicholls to the Thunderclap roster!
We also unfortunately say farewell to Cloudbust as he will be stepping away as Team Manager in the 2020 season ~ We want to thank you for everything you've done while under Omnius and for the Thunderclap team. You really made a big difference and it is sad to see you go.
If you'd like to read-up on our players then be sure to check out their team page - Team Thunderclap
On the PC Call of Duty side we had two teams this year enter the VS Gaming Black Ops 4 League - Exitium and Collateral Damage. Both teams did really well by finishing both first in their respective pools. Collateral Damage went undefeated throughout the League and also managed to win flawlessly!
The Black Ops 4 PC Competitive scene quickly died out with teams leaving, no further legs from VS Gaming and with the next title months away, this left both teams stagnant with no other tournaments and leagues to take part in. Collateral Damage decided to branch off into Apex Legends for a bit but that also died down shortly after.
CD later decided to part ways with Omnius Gaming for the 2020 CoD season. Thanks for being part of Omnius and we wish you all the best of luck in the next season of Call of Duty!💚
Our League of Legends team Vindicatus has been struggling with various roster changes and bad games throughout 2019, but this will all soon change in 2020 with a full new roster. We are excited to see how far they can go in the new year.
2019 saw the launch of our Charity Initiative - Project Pets. We asked the gaming community to help out throughout the year with donations. We finally reached the end of the year where we decided to head over to Animal Welfare Society Stellenbosch to hand out some goodies just before Christmas 🎁 and spend some time at the welfare 🐶🐱 and, help out Cape of Good Hope SPCA with a donation.
We'd like to thank every single hero that made this possible without you we wouldn't be able to support these animals and institutions 💚 Be sure to check them out on the Wall of Heroes on the Project Pets site.
If you want to help out be sure to check out our charity initiative site - Project Pets - https://pets.omnius-gaming.com/
Another big step for us was teaming up with AOC South Africa this year. AOC has been supporting various events throughout South Africa with their amazing selection of Gaming Monitors and with the start of a new decade we are really excited to have AOC with us on our journey. Their support will help us reach the next level in supporting our players as well as stepping up our game. Be sure to check out our socials for AOC news regarding new products, specials where to catch them at 2020 esport events.
From everyone here at Omnius Gaming - We'd like to thank our amazing players, fantastic supporters and loving fans because without any of you, Omnius wouldn't have grown as we did. We really hope we can take the next step in supporting our players during 2020, delivering even better content and quality updates for our supporters and fans and making an even bigger impact through our charity initiative.
We've got big plans and we can't wait to share them with the community throughout 2020.
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