Is wasn't quite the dream finish Bravado were hoping for, but it was certainly a nail biter.
In the early hours of Saturday morning, Dimitri Hadjipaschali, captain of Bravado Gaming's six-person Counter Strike: Global Offensive and his team of South Africans took on esports giants CompLexity in the FACEIT ECS Season 5 Challenger Cup.
Bradavo held their own, taking their match down to the wire in a final round sudden death knock out.
But in the end it was a 22:20 defeat for the South Africans.
Unlucky guys. Very well played and what a comeback on Cobble to force OT in the first place. A very good performance regardless of the result. Makes waking up at 4 AM totally worthwhile. On to the next game!— Donovan Leach (@Swaziseedless) March 3, 2018
While the defeat left a bitter taste in Hadjipaschali's mouth, there is still optimism in the Bravado team.
Their next shot at the big leagues starts on 10 of March, when the team departs for the WESG finals in China. There they stand a chance of taking a chunk out of massive $1.5 million prize pool.
"It's the biggest prize pool to date, in terms of CS:GO. We're looking forward to that," says Hadjipaschali.
A little over a month ago the Bravado Gaming team moved to the United States to be closer to the action. The team is working their way up to through the American league system.
For now the team will get back into their routine in their new home in Arizona. This means waking up at 9AM for breakfast and gym, before practices start at midday, and runs until the late hours at night.
According to NewZoo, a games intelligence research company, the esports economy is booming. With an audience of 380 million, it is expect to hit $905.6 million this year