Looking Back at Battlefield 3 in 2012
The Battlefield 3 DGL has come to an end for the 2012 season and it's been a great one, seeing Bravado Gaming take the win at the Do Gaming Championships (DGC) at rAge.
As the teams headed into the final map, Damavand Peak, everyone knew it would be a tense one. Bravado and ASF both played some really good Battlefield with a number of capture points switching throughout the game. Bravado ended up taking the third map more convincingly than the first and were crowned the 2012 DGC Battlefield 3 winners, walking away with R45,000 sponsored by EA and Gaming Inc as well as eight Alienware X51 PC’s courtesy of Alienware.
The first leg of the Battlefield 3 DGL was a great one and saw a number of teams taking part – 57 teams entered and these were divided into groups of seven to decide on the top spots in the next leg.
The top teams from each group were then pushed through into the Playoffs in the
The second leg started at the end of April and had just the top eight final qualifying teams in it. Looking back now, half of those teams that made it have either retired or formed new teams. Interestingly enough, the two DGC finalists topped off the group. Bravado Gaming were undefeated in the Premier League with ASF finishing second and winners of the first leg playoff, FiB, finishing third. Since then, FiB, DC, NSD (SoA) and NBD have all retired.
The final between Bvd and ASF was interesting but not as close as one may have liked. Bravado took Grand Bazaar by over 150 tickets and then took Tehran Highway by over 250 tickets.
The final leg of the year had some more interesting results with Gs.Phoenix breaking into the top division and placing fourth at the end of the leg. Bravado once again took the top spot, undefeated as they were in the last two legs, while NSD took the second spot on 17 points. Also on 17 points was ASF who lost to NSD, resulting in them taking the third spot in the leg.
Interestingly enough, there were two ‘new’ teams to the playoff bracket that reached the semi-final and those were Gs and BFC Pubh3ro3s (Pubheroes). The top part of the bracket saw Bravado beating SSG and ASF beating TE which led them to have yet another face-off; but this time before getting to the Final.
The Do Gaming Championships (DGC)
DGC 2012 was held at rAge this year and it was very interesting as things were a lot closer than they ever have been online. Bravado first went up against BFC while ASF took on NSD in their first round. SSG also beat Divine Gaming to jump into the semi-finals while Gs took down The Elite.
SSG went into the third round playoff against Gs and they were able to secure the third spot while Gs moved into fourth. Both teams did really well to get as far as they did because Gs was seen as something of a ‘relatively new team’ even though it was made up of veterans, and SSG didn’t make much of an impact on the Premier Division throughout the year until the time when it really counted. Having said that, SSG definitely showed improvement throughout the year as they took sixth place in the second leg and fifth place in the third leg.
The results throughout the year interest me and tell me a number of things. The first is that the team that stays together wins together. Bravado started at the beginning of the year with a team that hardly changed throughout and they were able to remain undefeated all the way up until the final game of 2012 where they lost a map to ASF.