eSahara

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eSahara
Team Information
Location: France France
Manager: Kevin "illuu" Vandini
Sponsor: Razer
CFG server
Links
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Player Breakdown
Number of Players:

8

Protoss 3Terran 3Zerg 2
History
Created: 2011-07-09
Disbanded: 2012-03-22
Recent Player Trades: Retires: Check


eSahara was a French multigaming organisation, which had a StarCraft II roster from July 9, 2011 to March 22, 2012, date of the team's merger with Absolute Legends.

Overview[edit]

eSahara was a French multigaming team that is most recognized for its Counter-Strike division. eSahara established a StarCraft II division on 9 July 2011. The team initially picked up Souaib "cArn" Hanaf, a French Terran player who lives in South Korea in an attempt to qualify for a spot in GSL Code A, and Sebastian "FuRy" Pesic, a Swedish Terran player who was left without a team after the dissolution of RAGE Gaming. The latter decided to retire a few months after. Since the beginning of September 2011, eSahara has tried to expand their horizon and set themselves up as an important professional team in an already crowded European scene. The team was acquired by Absolute Legends on March 22, 2012.[1]

History[edit]

2011[edit]

  • July 9, eSahara announces the creation of its StarCraft II section with the acquisition of cArn and FuRy.[2]
  • July 31, eSahara acquires VERDI.[3]
  • August 20, Cash joins eSahara, and states that he will switch to StarCraft II after WCG 2011 and ESWC 2011.[4]
  • September 9, eSahara announces that both FuRy and VERDI had decided to leave the team and to put an end to their respective careers. VERDI later reversed his decision to leave.[5]
  • September 18, eSahara acquires team rez-ts's roster.[6]
  • September 19, eSahara signs Vladoica.[7]
  • October 2, DeathAngel joins eSahara.[8]
  • October 31, Naama, Satiini and RiSK join the team, while Jarick leaves. The team is split in two: professional team and talent team.[9]
  • November 19, eSahara announces its eSahara Cup, a sixteen players invitational tournament.[10]
  • November 27, Check, who was still teamless after his departure of team Prime, joins eSahara.[11] Meanwhile, eSahara ends RiSK's contract because of an incident which occurred during a Go4SC2. The young player indeed repeatedly insulted an ESL admin as well as a shoutcaster, and later refused to apologize for his behaviour.[12]
  • December 13, eSahara signs MaddeLisk, a female Masters Zerg player.[13]

2012[edit]

  • January 3, it is announced that Naama and DeathAngel will go practice in Korea from January 11 with MvP's B-team (Project Supreme). They will meet their teammates Check and cArn, and try to qualify for GSL Code A.[14]
  • January 4, Maka, who recently left Prime, joins eSahara. The team also announces the recruitment of the former Brood War player pepe.[15]
  • January 5, a former manager of team WeMade FOX claims that pepe is still employed by the Korean organisation, and that eSahara is either misinformed or fooled by an imposter. Later in the day, eSahara announced they had been informed by third party people that the player they hired was indeed an imposter, who used his good level on the North American ladder and his huge knowledge of the Brood War scene (including confidential information on some players, confirmed by SLoG and the KeSPA) to trick them into thinking he was the actual pepe. The team subsequently expelled the imposter from its roster.[16]
  • January 10, eSahara recruits BabyKnight, while VERDI decides to retire in order to focus on his studies and subsequently leaves the team.[17][18]
  • January 10, eSahara launches its Illu's Academy, a four-tournaments series dedicated to players that are not currently bound by a contract with a team, and which features a spot in eSahara's talent team as a reward for the winner.[19]
  • January 11, cArn parts way with eSahara due to his refusal to attend the GSL qualifiers (believing that his skill was not yet sufficient to participate).[20]
  • January 15, HongUn, who was still teamless after his departure from Prime, joins eSahara.[21]
  • February 3, a partnership between eSahara, Old Generations and Razer is announced. It is meant to help grow each other’s presence in Korean and international e-Sport scenes.[22] Meanwhile, VERDI rejoins the team.[23]
  • March 8, After some controversy, VERDI and Russian manager TeSt leave the team.[24][25]
  • March 13, Korean Zerg Check retires from progaming.[26]
  • March 13, Head-Manager Kevin 'illuu' Vandini takes the lead of the StarCraft II Squad.
  • March 22, the team is acquired by Absolute Legends.[1]

Player Roster[edit]

Players acquired by Absolute Legends[edit]

ID Name 2010 2011 2012
dkDenmark pProtoss BabyKnight Jon Andersen - F6Ro56 World Cyber Games -
roRomania zZerg DeathAngel Andrei Nodea - D2Ro32 DreamHack -
seSweden zZerg MaddeLisk Madeleine Leander - - -
South KoreaSouth Korea PProtoss HongUn Ahn Hong Wook A4Ro4 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League A4Code S Ro4 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League -
krSouth Korea tTerran Maka Kwak Han Eol A8Ro8 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League D2Code S Ro32 GOMTV Global StarCraft II League -
fiFinland tTerran Naama Santeri Lahtinen 1st DreamHack A8Ro8 DreamHack B6Ro16 HomeStory Cup
fiFinland tTerran Satiini Juha-Matti Backström - D2Ro32 Assembly D2Ro32 Assembly

Former Players[edit]

ID Name New Team
seSweden TTerran FuRy Sebastian Pesic Retired
frFrance pProtoss RiSK Romain Locquet DuSt Gaming DuSt Gaming
frFrance tTerran cArn Souaib Hanaf Blight Gaming Blight Gaming
ruRussia pProtoss VERDI Artem Avramenko Virtus.pro Virtus.pro
krSouth Korea zZerg Check Lee Hyung Joo Retired

Management[edit]

ID Name Position
France illu Kevin Vandini Head Manager & Coach
Russia DeathNote Oleg Gusev Orga

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Absolute Legends expands
  2. France eSahara announces its StarCraft II section. eSahara.net, 9 July 2011. Translated version TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  3. France VERDI joins eSahara. eSahara.net, 31 July 2011. Translated versiont
  4. France Cash joins eSahara. eSahara.net, 18 August 2011. Translated version TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  5. France FuRy leaves, VERDI stays. eSahara.net, 9 September 2011. Translated version
  6. France eSahara acquires team rez-ts. eSahara.net, 18 September 2011. Translated version
  7. France Meeting Vladoica. eSahara.net, 19 September 2011. Translated version
  8. France DeathAngel joins eSahara. eSahara.net, 2 October 2011. Translated version
  9. France News for the team. eSahara.net, 31 October 2011. Translated version TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  10. France "eSahara Cup: Featuring a 500 € prize pool". eSahara.net, 19 November 2011. Translated version
  11. France Check joins eSahara. eSahara.net, 27 November 2011. Translated version TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  12. France eSahara.SC2 without RiSK. eSahara.net, 27 November 2011. Translated version Screenshots of the incident #1 #2 #3
  13. France "MaddeLisk joins eSahara.SC2". eSahara.net, 13 December 2011. Translated version / TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  14. France "Two eSahara players attending to Korea". eSahara.net, 3 January 2012. Translated version / TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  15. France "Maka and pepe join eSahara". eSahara.net, 4 January 2012. Translated version
  16. France "eSahara's statement on fake pepe's case". eSahara.net, 5 January 2012. Translated versionTeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  17. France "eSahara without VERDI". eSahara.net, 10 January 2012. Translated version
  18. France "BabyKnight joins eSahara". eSahara.net, 10 January 2012. Translated version
  19. France "Illu's Academy for gifted youngsters". eSahara.net, 10 January 2012. Translated version / TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  20. France "eSahara se sépare de cArn" eSahara.net, 11 January 2012. Translated Version Thread on TeamLiquid.net
  21. France "HongUn joins eSahara". eSahara.net, 15 January 2012. Translated version / TeamLiquid.net Forum thread
  22. TeamRazer (2012-02-03). "Razer, eSahara and oGs Form Trifecta". TeamLiquid.net.
  23. France "Welcome back VERDI!". eSahara.net, 3 February 2012. Translated version
  24. Russia "Test и Verdi покидают eSahara!". GoodGame.ru, 8 March 2012. Translated version
  25. "Verdi, TeSt, Our Explanations". eSahara.net, 12 March 2012.
  26. "Check Retires". TeamLiquid.net, 13 March 2012.
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