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