Chiefs, Grayhound secure IEM Sydney spots

The first two Oceania Qualifier teams for IEM Sydney 2018 are now known, as Chiefs and Grayhound both won their upper bracket semi-finals 2-0.

ORDER, one of the teams didn't take part in the recent Oceanic shuffle, was the favorite moving into the match against Chiefs, who just added Mike "⁠ap0c⁠" Aliferis as a replacement for Liam "⁠malta⁠" Schembri, and played three maps versus Corvidae in the first match of the qualifier.

Cobblestone started great for Chris "⁠emagine⁠" Rowlands and co., as they quickly ran up a 7-2 lead as Counter-Terrorists. Chiefs were able to break the trend there and go on a streak of five rounds won, ending the half with a minimal, 8-7 advantage. After Chiefs took an 11-7 lead thanks to the second pistol going their way, ORDER got back into the game. Simon "⁠Sico⁠" Williams was causing his opponents trouble, racking up AWP kills, but he was outshined by ap0c in the end, whose 35 frags carried Chiefs to a 16-14 win.

Chiefs return to IEM Sydney, but only tucks remains from the squad that upset North in 2017

The second map was much more straightforward, ORDER won the starting pistol round but Chiefs struck back with the force buy to establish themselves on the CT side of Train. Tyler "⁠tucks⁠" Reilly' side dropped a few rounds, but never allowed ORDER to follow up on them, which saw them finish the first half 11-4 up. ORDER had a 6-1 streak at the start of the second half, but with Matthew "⁠Texta⁠" O'Rourke joining ap0c at the top of the scoreboard, Chiefs were able to close it out 16-10 and qualify for IEM Sydney.

 ORDER K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
43 - 37 +6 76.3 1.14
35 - 39 -4 73.7 1.01
40 - 44 -4 74.1 0.99
34 - 39 -5 77.1 0.97
26 - 43 -17 58.6 0.70
 Chiefs K - D +/- ADR Rating 2.0
59 - 34 +25 97.2 1.49
36 - 43 -7 83.0 1.08
36 - 32 +4 74.1 1.07
37 - 36 +1 70.8 1.03
34 - 33 +1 53.6 0.97

Grayhound, also fresh off a roster change—having added malta—, took on Legacy in the deciding match of the qualifier. Erdenetsogt "⁠erkaSt⁠" Gantulga's team kicked off Overpass strongly, took a 3-0 lead as T, dropped the first gun round, but instantly struck back to reset the CT's. Grayhound continued bullying the defensive side from there, grabbing a 12-1 lead before Legacy was able to pull it back to 12-3 for the half. Egor "⁠LONSDALE⁠" Baranov's team managed to take the second pistol and start a comeback attempt on the Terrorist side, but Grayhound was able to stop it in the end, taking Overpass 16-12.

The CT issues Grayhound had on Overpass were nowhere to be seen on Mirage, as Ollie "⁠DickStacy⁠" Tierney and co. were able to lock Legacy out completely there. Finishing the first half 12-3, Grayhound had no issues closing out the game, taking it 16-3 to secure a spot in Sydney.

With these results, Grayhound and Chiefs have made the $250,000 tournament that will take place on May 1-6. The final spot for the tournament will be decided by the lower-bracket of the Oceania Qualifier, with the likes of Tainted Minds and ORDER wying for the slot.

The team list for IEM Sydney 2018 now looks like this:

Brazil SK Europe FaZe
Europe mousesports Sweden fnatic
Ukraine Natus Vincere Denmark Astralis
United States Cloud9 Australia Renegades
Turkey Space Soldiers United States NRG
China TYLOO Korea MVP PK
Singapore BOOT-d[S] Australia Chiefs
Australia Grayhound Other Oceania #3
Mongolia Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' Gantulga
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
357
KPR:
0.77
DPR:
0.67
Australia Matthew 'Texta' O'Rourke
Matthew 'Texta' O'Rourke
Age:
19
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
282
KPR:
0.83
DPR:
0.70
Australia Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Ollie 'DickStacy' Tierney
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
271
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.67
New Zealand Simon 'Sico' Williams
Simon 'Sico' Williams
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.20
Maps played:
303
KPR:
0.80
DPR:
0.61
Australia Tyler 'tucks' Reilly
Tyler 'tucks' Reilly
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
366
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
Australia Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Mike 'ap0c' Aliferis
Age:
33
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
273
KPR:
0.71
DPR:
0.72
Australia Liam 'malta' Schembri
Liam 'malta' Schembri
Age:
25
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
375
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.65
New Zealand Egor 'LONSDALE' Baranov
Egor 'LONSDALE' Baranov
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.85
Maps played:
237
KPR:
0.60
DPR:
0.72
Australia Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Chris 'emagine' Rowlands
Age:
30
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
378
KPR:
0.68
DPR:
0.66
Aussie outback
2018-04-15 11:46
2 replies
This tournament will suck without Sadokist.
2018-04-15 11:54
1 reply
PANSY INSTEAD OF ANDERS LUL The tourney will be shit but if astralis win it I'll be ok with it LUL
2018-04-15 11:55
#2
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Sweden lawflezz
Kk
2018-04-15 11:46
ok
2018-04-15 11:47
LMAO WASTED SPOTS
2018-04-15 11:48
Vac
2018-04-15 11:52
Told ya Alistar was the worst pick for ORDER
2018-04-15 11:53
Always on the bottom.. fkall dmg per round.. Apoc went off..
2018-04-15 11:53
Can't stop the POC EZ for the BIG RIG p.s. all these niggas saying "wasted spots" would've just complianed about the time zone if their team was there
2018-04-15 11:56
EZ for The Big Rig
2018-04-15 12:29
#15
jks | 
Australia Mosski
rip TM and ORDER
2018-04-15 13:06
2 replies
amen.. ment to be AU best teams.. looks like grayhounds go it in the bag..
2018-04-15 14:08
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2018-04-15 14:09
Can't wait to be there!
2018-04-15 13:49
TM/ORDER last team?
2018-04-15 14:25
6 replies
TM are out of the qual already last spot will be between ORDER and Legacy
2018-04-15 14:29
5 replies
ORDER most likely Thats a feels bad for TM, Especially for Yam and INS
2018-04-15 15:06
1 reply
Yeah, I'd like to see yam back on big stage
2018-04-15 16:40
TM are still in the qual lmao they are playing vs ORDER, then winner of the match will play against winner of Legacy/Corvidae
2018-04-15 16:09
2 replies
really? thats kinda stupid imo the 2 losers of the qual matches should just play eachother
2018-04-15 17:01
1 reply
that's not how double elimination brackets work ;)
2018-04-15 19:24
easy for ORDER.. Yam.. lol..
2018-04-15 15:19
#33
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Germany grabke
All these teams are going home fast :). But considering how many Tier x teams are there maybe 1 can reach the playoffs :).
2018-04-15 16:41
1 reply
For the aus teams, its not really about making a massive impact, its more about the chance to get international experience/exposure on the big stage,and im sure even if they lose all their games they'll have an incredible experience
2018-04-17 05:30
No Thorin :(?
2018-04-16 05:01
#38
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Germany gigaTV0803
expected
2018-04-16 06:04
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