Blackpoison rejoins Bravado Gaming
Bravado Gaming bring back BlackpoisoN, replacing Deviant
In 2015 Bravado Gaming had to let go of the more prodigious CS:GO players in South Africa. Robbie “BlackpoisoN” Da Loca, who played Dreamhack with Bravado in 2014, chose to relocate to Sweden where he’d hope to continue his CS:GO career abroad, in a country where CS:GO is quite at home. BlackpoisoN impressed audiences at Dreamhack as the international community got a taste of the raw talent available in South Africa. Da Loca’s was supported by the community as this presented an opportunity for a gifted player to expand his game overseas.
Da Loca immediately joined a semi-pro team called Nerd Rage where he continued to capture the audience, all while appearing on professional player’s streams showing them a thing or two.
Unfortunately, as it happens, Da Loca could not afford to dedicate all his time to CS:GO as his journey continued and was forced to resign from the more competitive side in Sweden, and work full time. Well, BlackpoisoN is back, and who better to join, than his former comrades over at Bravado Gaming. The bad news is that he will be replacing CS:GO star Richard “Deviant” Groves, whose charm and good manners will be missed in the competitive community, but this is not the last we’ll see of Deviant, as he will remain on the roster as a 6th player.
Da Loca had this to say on the official Bravado Gaming press release:
My goal was to go to Europe for a maximum of 1 year and gain as much experience as possible so that I could come back home and help the boys out as much as possible.
Unfortunately I was not able to play for any official teams, but continuously scrimmed with individuals in mixed games of a high caliber. This was a problem for me as I was working full time from 07:00 to 18:00, so it was impossible for me to put more than 3/4 hours a day in CS. I managed to get quite a few offers but the only problem was these teams needed a player who can at least pay 6-8 hours of CS per day which was not possible for me, so my only option was to gain as much experience as possible through the Faceit Pro League (FPL).
I made tons of great friends and I learned many new dynamics and I am very happy that I did this.
I understand Richard is in a position in his life (because I was in that exact same one) where he needed to step down for the squad, it’s not easy to dedicate yourself to Counter-Strike for 6-8 hours a day and I can totally relate to that.
Richie, I wish you all the VERY best in the future, we’ll be friends forever and the team and I will not let these experiences be forgotten.
For now, Richard will be the official 6th of the squad, until he decides what route he would like to take.
Da Loca now joins an already scary lineup put forward by Bravado Gaming in what is turning out to be one of the most exciting years for CS:GO in South Africa.
See bLacKpoisoN in action below: