Eight teams from across Oceania took part in this double-elimination qualifier for the chance to represent the region at the upcoming Pro League event, where $750,000 will be on the line.
ORDER, who brought in Joshua "INS" Potter and Charlie "zeph" Dodd during the recent Oceanic shuffle, were the first team to secure a spot in the grand final after beating Ground Zero 2-0 and edging past Tainted Minds and Grayhound in close three-map series.
Down to the lower bracket, Erdenetsogt "erkaSt" Gantulga's men breezed past Chiefs to progress to the final, but they knew they had a mountain to climb to overcome the one-map disadvantage they had heading into the match.
Grayhound were unfazed by the task at hand, however, and levelled the series with a close victory on Cache before ORDER restored a one-map lead with a convincing Dust2 display. The next map, Mirage, went down to the wire, with Grayhound recovering from an 8-14 deficit to take the game to overtime, only to falter in the extra rounds.
|ORDER||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Joshua 'INS' PotterINS||67 - 56||+11||93.1||1.22|
|Alistair 'aliStair' JohnstonaliStair||69 - 58||+11||78.9||1.22|
|Chris 'emagine' Rowlandsemagine||66 - 60||+6||81.3||1.15|
|Jordan 'Hatz' BajicHatz||50 - 58||-8||64.6||0.92|
|Charlie 'zeph' Doddzeph||43 - 63||-20||59.5||0.82|
|Grayhound||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ollie 'Dickstacy' TierneyDickstacy||66 - 62||+4||81.7||1.14|
|Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' GantulgaerkaSt||62 - 60||+2||81.9||1.11|
|Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter||62 - 64||-2||79.4||1.05|
|Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta||57 - 61||-4||70.2||0.95|
|Euan 'sterling' Mooresterling||48 - 50||-2||56.7||0.91|
This will be ORDER's third-ever appearance at a Big Event, after IEM Katowice and IEM Sydney, both of which took place earlier this year. In the Polish city, the Australian side went out 13th-16th, but they fared better at the tournament down under, where they came close to eliminating Cloud9 in the groups.
The ESL Pro League Season 8 Finals will run from December 4-9 at the Sparekassen Fyn Arena, in Odense, where 16 teams will be facing off for the grand prize of $250,000. The team list for the Danish event currently looks as follows: