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Welcome to The Podium, looking at all the action from across the world of esports in Australia and New Zealand.
The Rocket League Championship Series is in full swing after an epic clash between the Chiefs and Dark Sided over the weekend. Dark Sided pulled away early for what looked to be a resounding victory only to have the Chiefs pull back three straight games to take the prize in the best of five. Dark Sided were under assault for most of the contest, having to make a whopping 32 saves as opposed to the Chiefs’ 14.
An event that went a long way in putting Aussie esports on the mainstream map a year ago, the Intel Extreme Masters qualifiers are back on in 2018. One of the key turning points in the match-up, Gratisfaction lays out a string of consecutive kills on Legacy to propel Grayhound into control of the series. Grayhound ended up taking the upper bracket 2-0.
In another key match-up CSGO Chiefs flexed some muscle to bundle Order out of the competition and claim their place at the IEM Sydney 2018, to be held once again at Qudos Bank Arena on 4-6 May. It will be a big ask, but I’m wishing our local teams all the best for the challenge ahead.
Always offering up some great contests, the CyberGamer Premier League concluded with their grand final over the weekend. This year Somniac took down ROF in the grand final reset to take out top honours. ROF looked like they might claw their way back at one point, but it wasn’t to be, with Somniacs proving too strong in the end. A massive effort, with Somniacs becoming the first ever CyberGamer Premier League Street Fighter V Champion.
Following the recent acquisition of their MindFreak roster, we got to see the team roll out in their new iteration as Fnatic. They didn’t mess about, employing some interesting tactics to take down Team Cryptik in the Rainbow 6 Premier League APAC clash.
The newly renamed outfit pulled off a stealth defuse not once but twice in a row to grab the victory. Looks like the shiny new uniforms are paying off for the boys.
With the win, Fnatic becomes one of two teams who would qualify to head to Atlantic City for the world finals next month. No doubt the entire Aussie fighting scene will be behind them in their quest for glory.