Grayhound, Rooster qualify for ESL Pro League Season 17 Conference

The two Australian sides confirmed top-two finishes to advance to the 2023 LAN tournament.

Grayhound and Rooster have earned a place at ESL Pro League Season 17 Conference after guaranteeing top-two finishes in the 15th instalment of the ESL Australia & NZ Championship.

The two teams still have one last matchup left to play in the form of a best-of-five grand final on Sunday at 07:00 , with the winner taking home the ~$5,500 grand prize.

INS' men went undefeated to claim an EPL S17 Conference berth

Grayhound had a relatively straightforward run through the domestic competition. The team around Joshua "⁠INS⁠" Potter, who recently returned from a 12-14th place run through the Challengers Stage of the IEM Rio Major, put up a flawless 3-0 record in the group stage to finish as the top seed.

The Australian quintet doubled down once in the playoffs, where they rode through the upper bracket with commanding victories over God's Work, Encore, and finally VERTEX to simultaneously secure a grand final appearance and lock in a spot at the ESL Pro League Season 17 Conference.

INS led by example throughout the event and the Grayhound captain heads into the grand final versus Rooster as the tournament's highest-performing player, averaging a 1.45 rating across the 13 maps played thus far.

Alistair and co. finished the last season of EPL Conference in 9-12th place

Rooster also performed well throughout the group stage. The Australian-majority lineup held a 3-1 record by the end of things to finish the first part of the competition as the third seed.

Things soon went awry for Rooster once the playoffs got started, as they were sent down to the lower bracket after a gut-wrenching loss to VERTEX in the second round.

This didn't deter the squad, however, and they took the lower bracket run in stride, defeating Encore, the second-highest-ranked team in the event, before getting revenge over VERTEX in the consolidation final to punch in their ticket to the ESL Pro League Season 17 prelude.

The remaining spots up for grabs for ESL Pro League Season 17 Conference, which features the Major winners of Outsiders, will be filled by the winners of ESL Challenger League Season 43 North America and Europe, as well as the victors of other national leagues throughout Europe and South America.

The current team list for ESL Pro League Season 17 Conference is as follows:

Australia Joshua 'INS' Potter
Joshua 'INS' Potter
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.12
Maps played:
1000
KPR:
0.76
DPR:
0.65
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#1
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Russia wayn4Y
who
2022-12-03 19:50
5 replies
#2
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Europe Putin69
Cares?
2022-12-03 19:51
2 replies
#11
shox | 
Italy BNV
Cars*
2022-12-03 20:03
asked*
2022-12-05 13:49
#24
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Germany _car
Rooster is goated
2022-12-03 21:10
#1 team in the world and grayhound
2022-12-04 11:21
#3
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New Zealand SkirmishX
YEAH THE BOYS
2022-12-03 19:52
#4
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Scotland kaninCS
now that nettik and adk are back rooster is looking really strong again
2022-12-03 19:55
nice system where you can win major and not play in EPL (potentially)
2022-12-03 19:56
2 replies
partner spot moment
2022-12-03 20:55
not really, by winning the major you get a huge boost in ESL rankings so that means that Outsiders will get one of the spots according to their ranking
2022-12-04 12:58
Ez 4 Rare Atom
2022-12-03 19:57
2 replies
Theyre in the tourney?
2022-12-04 06:37
1 reply
The conference
2022-12-04 16:08
#7
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Israel KamazTier21
nice
2022-12-03 19:58
Interesting to see ROOSTER
2022-12-03 20:00
#9
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Russia WarBoo
Lets fucking go rooster
2022-12-03 20:01
how the fuck have AU/NZ like 5 spots in EPL Conference but EU ESL Challenger got 1 spot only
2022-12-03 20:03
7 replies
#14
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England pumk1n1
2 spots for an event that happens 2 times a year vs 1 spot for an event that happens 4 times a year, plus eu has all the national championships
2022-12-03 20:27
2 replies
Alright, fair point. Also there is one less spot for AU/NZ than it was in S16, so now 2 AU/NZ teams.. The national championships are the worst thing on this whole ESL Conference stuff, because there are slots for both Spain and Portugal, slots for countries with no Tier 3 teams like Benelux and Switzerland, etc... It's almost imposible to qualify for teams from Nordics, CIS or Czech Republic, but there is free pass for Eternal Fire... Also there is no need to stick with roster teams qualify with, so teams like cowana or Sprout subs few german players and then use completely different ones.
2022-12-03 21:25
1 reply
good. nordic and CIS esp have every right to try and qual for every other EU tourney whereas AUS, and not sure about benelux, swiss etc but if they are anything like AUS then the scene is pretty dead and these events are lifesavers, a massive motivator to actually play the game bcoz u have the chance to go play against the best teams in the world in Europe which makes the local scene but mainly that team stronger. yes it’s not the best teams and some roster issues but tourneys like this are rlly important for tier 2-3 trying to move into tier 1
2022-12-04 00:26
Dude can you explain to me how teams from Benelux, Switzerland and the Nordics are held back from competing in any tournament ever in Europe? We ping 400 to Europe from Australia. Probably 450+500 from NZ.
2022-12-04 11:41
because half of EU tier 2 doesn't play in/care about the EU ECL tournament because they get spots through the national championships (heet, endpoint, EF, movistar etc)
2022-12-04 13:00
2 replies
What? All of these teams (except EF who got free ticket because there isn't any other serious teams) play ECL
2022-12-04 15:32
1 reply
Endpoint and EF only play the ECL because they demoted from EPL (which they didn't even qualify through the ECL)
2022-12-04 15:34
EF have to play play-in for conference lol are you kidding? Who gives to au/nz 3 spots even they dont have a team that in top30 rankings (hltv/esl wr) Maybe spunj? Bullshit esl didnt surprise after they sold out to ar*bs
2022-12-03 20:11
16 replies
EF fell off
2022-12-03 20:25
7 replies
Au fell of before ef's fall
2022-12-03 20:29
6 replies
well true, top5 to tier5
2022-12-03 20:35
Grayhound have won Cloud9, what did EF?
2022-12-03 20:37
4 replies
Ef won liquid (not bo1 like grayhound) who beat c9 two times in epl
2022-12-03 23:10
3 replies
And lose to EG 2-0. :)
2022-12-03 23:10
2 replies
So?
2022-12-03 23:10
1 reply
It prooves nothing. They lose to worse than Liquid team.
2022-12-03 23:21
bro really trying to talk shit when EF consistently fails to go anywhere when they are from europe and get to practice against the top teams in the world regularly anz and asian teams don't usually achieve anything in tier 1 but when they do it's a pleasant surprise because they're underdogs coming out of a significantly weaker scene that lacks the infrastructure that EU has. What excuse does Eternal Fire have?
2022-12-04 03:47
7 replies
Bro au/nz achived what for years ? Never seen they were underdogs. Didnt ef own rene in antwerp ? They can be shit or good like ef .. The stupid thing is au gets 2 spot directly but tr team doesnt get even ONE.
2022-12-04 06:50
6 replies
Please learn to read. Also, 2x major semi appearances.
2022-12-04 16:10
5 replies
Not same players fool
2022-12-04 17:32
4 replies
Yeah look just a heads up... Less people care about ef than all of Australian and NZ cs. No offence to turkey, I'm a huge fan of your bread. Put in some fried chicken, cheese, mayo and pepper... Omg. But anyway, stop crying about Oceania. If turkey can't make an impact in Europe that's their fault.
2022-12-04 21:58
3 replies
Tf are you talking about i havent seen any au/nz team played in last pro league season. They cant even participate how they deserve directly 2 spots on conference LOL and you talk oceania would make success in eu XD
2022-12-04 22:16
2 replies
How many turks in major semi finals?? I count 4 aussies, 1 kiwi. sit down kid.
2022-12-05 04:05
1 reply
smartest au region fan
2022-12-05 13:49
AU/NZ 2 team, seriously ??
2022-12-03 20:28
1 reply
It's better than GENK and MOVISTAR RIDERS
2022-12-03 20:37
#20
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United States sakurajima
GOD chelleos
2022-12-03 20:43
#21
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United States Trotzdem21
GO RARE ATOM GO JAMYOUNG
2022-12-03 20:46
So is this something like Major's challengers stage? If they qualify here they advances to EPL S17?
2022-12-03 21:09
4 replies
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Germany _car
Yes it's a qualifier
2022-12-03 22:06
#39
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England pumk1n1
15 partner teams 3 world ranking teams (as it stands would be outsiders, c9, spirit) 6 teams from conference makes up the EPL list of teams
2022-12-04 00:04
2 replies
ty for the info
2022-12-04 01:48
Ty man!
2022-12-04 06:38
#FEARTHECOCK
2022-12-03 21:26
major winners gonna humble everyone
2022-12-03 21:27
Can we have a news regarding the Swiss qualification ?
2022-12-03 22:11
1 reply
#47
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France EUROP3AN
+1 where
2022-12-04 05:09
Where ustilo?
2022-12-03 22:14
#31
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Russia pix3w
#FEARTHECOCK
2022-12-03 22:16
Just wasted spots as always
2022-12-03 22:23
Bruh, can ESL simply invite Outsiders based on ESL ranking.
2022-12-03 22:35
Link to the event page missing
2022-12-03 22:43
Wonder how Rooster dodges this LAN.
2022-12-04 00:24
Outsiders shouldnt even have to play this rofl, should be invited into EPL by ranking
2022-12-04 01:09
1 reply
They were in last epl playoffs/major winners and still need to qualify while eg have guaranteed spot
2022-12-04 03:45
#46
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France EUROP3AN
Nice gj guys
2022-12-04 05:03
Ez 4 Australia
2022-12-04 06:36
no one asked
2022-12-04 09:12
go go rooster!!
2022-12-04 11:23
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