ORDER triumph over Tainted Minds and qualify for IEM Katowice
ORDER pull off a reverse sweep against Tainted Minds in the grand final of the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2018 Oceanic Closed Qualifier and earn their spot to the $500,000 event in Poland.
Following the infamous roster shuffles in the Oceanic scene, the past five days of the closed qualifier witnessed six teams from the region go head-to-head in a best-of-three, double-elimination format with an international trip on the line.
The first two teams to be eliminated from the closed stage were the winners of the open qualifiers, Athletico and Corvidae. IEM Sydney attendees Chiefs and ROG MASTERS semi-finalists Grayhound followed shortly with their removal, which left Tainted Minds and the new ORDER lineup to be the last two teams standing.
Tainted Minds secured a 1-0 advantage ahead of the best-of-five grand final, as a reward for their convincing 2-0 victory against ORDER in the upper bracket final previously. Yaman "yam" Ergenekon and co. had a near-impenetrable wall on the CT side (including a smoke defuse highlight from the veteran), which allowed Tainted Minds to take Inferno easily alongside a 2-0 lead during the series.
However, ORDER returned the favour by crushing the Joshua "INS" Potter-led squad to pieces on Nuke, with Tainted Minds claiming only one round on the attacking half. With some momentum built up, Chris "emagine" Rowlands' crew kicked off Train with twelve T rounds on the board.
Due to a few key mistakes including a 1v2 clutch round from Ryan "zewsy" Palmer, Tainted Minds brought it back to overtime. Despite their efforts, Jay "Liazz" Tregillgas' ORDER won four consecutive rounds in overtime, and successfully equalised the series 2-all.
After securing the first pistol round on the deciding map, Tainted Minds had escalated to a 7-1 start, but ORDER managed to reduce the deficit to one round for the first half of Mirage by unleashing their double AWP set-up. Following a crucial 2v3 situation and 14-all scoreline, ORDER snatched away the map 16-14 and the thrilling series 3-2.
|Tainted Minds||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Chris 'ofnu' Hanleyofnu||77 - 67||+10||91.0||1.24|
|Yaman 'yam' Ergenekonyam||66 - 65||+1||75.4||1.02|
|Ryan 'zewsy' Palmerzewsy||66 - 77||-11||68.9||0.95|
|Joshua 'INS' PotterINS||62 - 74||-12||68.0||0.86|
|Connor 'chuch' Morganchuch||50 - 74||-24||60.0||0.82|
Full standings for IEM Katowice 2018 Oceania Closed Qualifier:
Nine teams are now confirmed for the Polish tournament, taking place from February 28 to March 5: