IEM Qualifier Highlights, Rainbow Six Pro League and more
It was an absolutely massive week for Aussie and Kiwi esports fans! Rocket League, Counter-Strike GO, Rainbow Six Siege, Street Fighter V — there was heaps of fantastic competition, and it served up some awesome highlights.
Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the esports hub! Have a look at the Esports Academy ESL Australia and Microsoft are running in Sydney too. Remember you can email tips to me firstname.lastname@example.org or you can just click to send me an email. If you want, you can tweet suggestions at me as well, my twitter is down the bottom of this article.
Rocket League – Throwdown RLCS
The Chiefs have ended the latest Throwdown RLCS season undefeated, securing first seed in the OCE championships. Darksided did their best to spoil the streak, smashing an unprepared Chiefs early in their best of five matchup. Unfortunately for Darksided, the Chiefs woke up, putting together a reverse sweep to dash Darksided’s plans of second seed. Thanks to the Chiefs victory, Legacy take second seed while Darksided and Tainted Minds finish in third and fourth respectively. Watch Drippay cap off some relentless pressure from the Chiefs below.
CSGO – IEM Sydney 2018 AU Qualifiers
The IEM Sydney 2018 AU Qualifiers have been something else. Grayhound and the Chiefs both earned a spot at the massive event early next month. Grayhound played it ultra cool on their way to the show, taking down Legacy to lock in a spot at the international tournament. Watch Gratisfaction pull off some utter bullshit below.
The Chiefs’ road to IEM Sydney 2018 is even better. Tucks is the only player that remains from last year’s IEM run, as Malta left last week to join Grayhound. In a bit of a spot, the boys in blue acquired ap0c, who had been a gun-for-hire for months before settling with the Chiefs. Ap0c picked this event to go HAM, helping the Chiefs beat caster’s expectations and head to IEM Sydney for a second time.
Rainbow Six Siege – R6PL Season 7 APAC Finals
The Rainbow Six Pro League APAC Finals also took place this weekend, and it was the perfect event for the newly acquired Fnatic roster to show that a change in uniforms hasn’t affected them. As Mindfreak the team represented Australia at the Six Invitational earlier this year, and late last week the European esports organisation acquired them. They did so just in time for the APAC Finals, where two teams would qualify to head to Atlantic City for the World Finals next month. Fnatic did so beautifully, and they’ll be joined by Japanese team Nora-Rengo Esports.
Street Fighter V – CGPL Autumn Finals
CyberGamer’s foray into Street Fighter is a welcome one — the organisation has shown it can run a fantastic tournament time and time again, and I love me some high quality fighting game broadcasts (although I love me some lo-fi ones as well!). The Grand Finals were brilliant, too — Masterminds’ ROF stomped his way into the Upper Bracket finals only to face off against Dark Sided’s Somniac. Somniac was sent to the lower brackets, won and then had to face off against ROF again — and to win the tournament, he’d have to beat ROF twice. A close set saw Somniac get the reset, and I can’t say for certain but it seems like the Masterminds player may have tilted a little, because after the reset his spirit wasn’t in it any more.
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Joab Gilroy is an Australian-based freelancer that specialises in competitive online games and chicken dinner acquisition. You can tweet at him here.