Tainted Minds win AEM S1 Finals

Tainted Minds emerge victorious over Dark Sided in the grand final of the Australian Esports Masters Season 1 Finals.

The two-day Australian event took place in the weekend with eight teams in attendance and $9,000 AUD (~$6,705) in prize pool. The teams were split into two groups, utilising a notorious best-of-three round-robin format.

In the morning group, Legacy went 3-0 and comfortably secured their playoffs spot. Peter "⁠BL1TZ⁠" Athanasatos' Funky Monkeys managed to grab the second spot, after Riotous Raccoons gave them a run for their money. Dark Sided finished on top of the afternoon group convincingly, followed by Tainted Minds, who survived their last match of day 1, defeating Skyfire 2-1.

Tainted Minds return to winning ways, as they claim the first AEM title

Heading into the playoffs, Jesse "⁠InfrequeNt⁠" Barker's crew overcame Legacy from behind in the first semis 2-1, despite Matthew "⁠mattcd⁠" Lenard's efforts to prevent the inevitable outcome, who had the highest rating (1.42) at the event. Meanwhile, Dark Sided took care of Funky Monkeys 2-1 in the other semi-final, following a surprising 6-16 defeat on their pick in the second map, Cache.

The grand final kicked off with a crazy triple overtime on the first map, Mirage, which went in the way of Matthew "⁠Texta⁠" O'Rourke's side 25-23, where he dropped 50 frags on the server. Unfortunately, Dark Sided lost their chance to finish off their opponent after a 15-13 lead on Overpass, as Dylan "⁠kyoto⁠" Brown's men clinched the second map 19-17. A team effort from Tainted Minds on the CT side, sealed the deal on Inferno 16-6, as they successfully extracted their revenge in the three-map thriller, 2-1.

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Australian Esports Masters Season 1 Final Standings:

1. Australia Tainted Minds - $3,000 AUD (~$2,275)
2. Australia Dark Sided - $2,000 AUD (~$1,515)
3-4. Australia Legacy - $1,000 AUD (~$760)
3-4. Australia Funky Monkeys - $1,000 AUD (~$760)
5-8. Australia AVANT - $500 AUD (~$380)
5-8. Australia Riotous Raccoons - $500 AUD (~$380)
5-8. Australia Skyfire - $500 AUD (~$380)
5-8. Australia Tainted Black - $500 AUD (~$380)

Photo credit: PGTV Media's dogryan100

Australia Matthew 'mattcd' Lenard
Matthew 'mattcd' Lenard
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.15
Maps played:
99
KPR:
0.75
DPR:
0.59
Australia Dylan 'kyoto' Brown
Dylan 'kyoto' Brown
Age:
23
Rating 1.0:
0.99
Maps played:
117
KPR:
0.66
DPR:
0.66
Australia Matthew 'Texta' O'Rourke
Matthew 'Texta' O'Rourke
Age:
20
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.14
Maps played:
91
KPR:
0.81
DPR:
0.71
Australia Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker
Jesse 'InfrequeNt' Barker
Age:
27
Rating 1.0:
1.07
Maps played:
193
KPR:
0.72
DPR:
0.64
Australia Peter 'BL1TZ' Athanasatos
Peter 'BL1TZ' Athanasatos
Age:
29
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
75
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.69
Congrat for them
2017-07-03 03:27
hey, these are AU teams! ... Cool
2017-07-03 04:46
Gratz
2017-07-03 05:13
is this the org that didnt pay its players in LoL?
2017-07-03 13:12
How many teams are full-time in AU/NZ region?
2017-07-03 18:42
2 replies
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Australia xdxdxdxdCX
there is a couple, some people still run day jobs though while there play. but AU is getting alot better as a scene than compared to 2013 when it was just VOX etc....
2017-07-04 21:47
1 reply
Happy to hear this! Keep improving as scene
2017-07-05 03:34
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