Grayhound qualify for IEM Sydney
Eight Oceanic teams competed in the IEM Sydney 2019 Oceania Closed qualifier, a double-elimination BO3 bracket with a BO5 final, where one spot for IEM Sydney was on the line.
Grayhound, the highest ranked team in the region, took down Control (2-0) and Breakaway (2-1) to reach the upper-bracket final, where they met ORDER who overcame Astral Influence (2-0) and Chiefs (2-1). Grayhound dispatched of their opponents fairly comfortably (2-0), earning a spot in the grand final, with ORDER earning a rematch after defeating Chiefs in the consolidation final, a very tight 2-1 game.
Christopher "dexter" Nong and co. had a 1-0 map advantage going into the BO5, and started the series on Mirage, ORDER's map pick. Grayhound did take the early lead, 6-0 on the offensive side, but Chris "emagine" Rowlands stepped up to the task and helped his team fight back, securing a narrow, 16-13 win on the first map.
The action moved to Overpass, which was the Ollie "DickStacy" Tierney show as the 21-year-old stood out on both the offensive and defensive side of the map. ORDER was keeping in it during the first half, but after a force-buy win and a six-round streak in the second half, Grayhound closed it out 16-10, moving to Nuke.
It was another map heavily contested from both sides, Grayhound started well but ORDER found good momentum on the Terrorist side, finishing it with a minimal deficit, 8-7. They added the CT pistol to that and had a 12-9 lead before dexter pushed his team over the finish line with some great individual play, helping them take a 16-13 win, 3-1 for the series
|Grayhound||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Ollie 'DickStacy' TierneyDickStacy||70 - 53||+17||82.7||1.18|
|Simon 'Sico' WilliamsSico||58 - 51||+7||73.2||1.18|
|Erdenetsogt 'erkaSt' GantulgaerkaSt||62 - 55||+7||73.9||1.09|
|Christopher 'dexter' Nongdexter||59 - 63||-4||76.6||1.09|
|Liam 'malta' Schembrimalta||47 - 55||-8||72.8||0.99|
|ORDER||K - D||+/-||ADR||Rating 2.0|
|Chris 'emagine' Rowlandsemagine||61 - 57||+4||86.1||1.15|
|Joshua 'INS' PotterINS||55 - 60||-5||81.0||1.07|
|Jordan 'Hatz' BajicHatz||59 - 61||-2||76.2||1.00|
|Alistair 'aliStair' JohnstonaliStair||50 - 57||-7||66.7||0.94|
|Charlie 'zeph' Doddzeph||50 - 61||-11||60.5||0.86|
Only one more slot is left to be filled for the $250,000 IEM stop in Sydney, with the last team to be found through the four-team IEM Sydney Derby, taking place on April 16-18: