VERTEX upset Grayhound for spot at BLAST Showdown

Liam "⁠malta⁠" Schembri and company won the LAN qualifier to punch in their ticket to the European event.

VERTEX locked in a first-place finish at Fortress OCE Masters Fall 2022 Finals in Melbourne to qualify for BLAST Premier Fall Showdown. The Toby "⁠BRACE⁠" Barnes-led lineup dropped just one map en route to their qualification, taking down Rooster 2-0 in the semi-finals before edging out Grayhound 2-1 in the grand finals — the final map requiring all 30 rounds to be settled.

The victory grants a unique opportunity for the Australian side, with BLAST Showdown set to be VERTEX's second event outside of Oceania this year. It also brings about a change in dynamic to a region that has been mostly dominated by Grayhound (formerly ORDER) for the best part of two years, with Joshua "⁠INS⁠" Potter and co. notably attending every Major since 2020 as well as being Oceania's best team in recent times, peaking at No. 20 in the world ranking in August of 2021.

pz was instrumental in his team's victory, averaging a stellar 1.37 rating across the four-team LAN event

VERTEX will now prepare to go up against a handful of heavy-hitters in the Showdown, namely Astralis and Vitality who currently sit at No. 4 and No. 5 in the world ranking, respectively.

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Just six more spots remain up for the taking for BLAST Premier Fall Showdown. The first four will secure their attendance via the European, North American, and South American qualifiers, the latter of which already has 9z and Fluxo set to battle it out at 23:10 on September 18 for their chance to steal the one spot up for grabs. The remaining two places will be filled by teams who receive a direct invite to the event by the tournament organiser.

BLAST Premier Fall Showdown will be hosted online from October 19-23, with 16 teams duking it out in a bid to nab one of the two spots available for the BLAST Premier Fall Finals.

The current team list for BLAST Premier Fall Showdown is:

Brazil Sharks
Australia VERTEX
Europe TWR Masters
Europe Pelaajat Nordic Masters
North America ACE Masters
South America FiReLEAGUE Latin Power
Other Invite
Other Invite
Australia Joshua 'INS' Potter
Joshua 'INS' Potter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
972
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
Australia Toby 'BRACE' Barnes
Toby 'BRACE' Barnes
Age:
23
Team:
Rating 1.0:
0.94
Maps played:
424
KPR:
0.64
DPR:
0.68
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Australia Liam 'malta' Schembri
Liam 'malta' Schembri
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.04
Maps played:
1021
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.64
#1
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Finland Cucumber))
malta's revenge
2022-09-18 15:02
9 replies
> 50/50 AU CS match > upset
2022-09-18 15:16
7 replies
#7
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Finland Cucumber))
I mean tbf other AU teams don't usually beat them
2022-09-18 15:19
grayhound haven’t lost an important game for yrs, pretty big upset
2022-09-18 16:38
1 reply
To be fair they did bomb out of the last match for the IEM Dallas open qualifier, but in a tournament final yeah.
2022-09-18 17:25
#14
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Australia Sify
not 50/50
2022-09-18 16:57
not 50/50 at all. Happy for pz though.
2022-09-18 17:10
Tell me u don't watch aus CS without telling me u don't watch aus CS
2022-09-19 05:00
wouldnt call it a 50/50 considering grayhounds experience
2022-09-19 05:11
#17
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Brazil Necro_Spa
this grayhound roster keeps finding new ways to dissapoint themselves and their supporters huh
2022-09-18 17:49
expected
2022-09-18 15:05
w0w that's crazy
2022-09-18 15:05
Damn malta feelin good with this one
2022-09-18 15:09
EZ FOR MALTA
2022-09-18 15:11
#8
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Australia B_Tannen
Fluke
2022-09-18 15:26
2 replies
This. Like, okay they managed somehow to beat The Boys. But are Vertex capable of making damage as much as Grayhound? Doubt it heavily
2022-09-18 17:59
1 reply
At what point did they ever make an impact overseas? Roflmao, this comment is bait. GH failed to advance further while on top in Aus. No improvement and it shows. Same old same old.
2022-09-19 04:34
no dogs on BLAST good news
2022-09-18 15:31
ez pz
2022-09-18 15:43
#11
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Portugal MufT4r
sweet revenge for malta. feels bad for alistair, love his awp style
2022-09-18 15:44
Missed chance to say "Grayhound, (formerly Order, (Formerly Renegades, (Formerly Order,)))"
2022-09-18 16:45
1 reply
#24
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Egypt BomberMan_
formerly every org that has a AUS team except VOX Eminor
2022-09-18 21:30
#18
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Pakistan LoOuU2
oooh an upset for sure , gj Vertex!
2022-09-18 17:50
To bad vexite won’t be going to the fall showdown now thanks to swapping teams. Probably feeling good about that
2022-09-18 18:29
Wow, WP
2022-09-18 19:43
#23
RpK | 
Sweden wnsz
damn missed the 10 odds!!!
2022-09-18 20:05
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