The Do Gaming League is nearing the end of its Summer Leg, and Robert “PandaTank” Botha remains completely undefeated. After seven weeks, not one StarCraft 2 player in the Premier Division has managed to win a single map against the local superstar.
Botha has started a successful career as a pro gamer, having trained abroad, competed abroad and obtaining an official CM Storm sponsorship alongside many other international pro gamers. He’s risen above the general skill level in South Africa. The result of this being that no one has managed to win a game or map against him. This obviously brings up some mixed feelings about the pro-gamers competing in the local Do Gaming League; Is it fair for such a highly skilled player to compete and does the fact that he wins so convincingly demoralize players more than encourage them?
In my opinion it’s more a positive than a negative. Aspiring pro gamers have much to learn from him and should take the opportunity to compete against him rather as a learning curve than discouragement. His competing in the league gives players a taste of what they’ll face in international tournaments and a chance to gain knowledge of how to prepare for it.
The players facing Botha in the Premier Division however are not just average in South Africa, ten of the players in this particular division are considered Sout Africa’s best, and not just because of their status in the Do Gaming League; in fact nine of them were invited, as the best players locally to compete at the grand StarCraft 2 Invitational made possible by Megarom, Internet Solutions, AMD, Polarfluke and the MSSA.
Here are the current rankings of the top players in the Do Gaming League, which is not likely to change significantly and not further possible to dethrone Botha.