Gfinity Elite Series Week 3 preview; getting down to business

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    Week three of the Gfinity Elite Series is set to get underway this weekend and – in a five-week regular season – that means it’s do-or-die time for several teams.

    We’re set to get underway at 3pm (AEST) this Saturday, June 16, at the Hoyts Gfinity Esports Arena at Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter. It’s CS:GO to start us off, before Sunday sees Rocket League action at 10am and Street Fighter V at 4pm.

    Let’s have a look ahead to this week’s esports action.

    CS:GO

    Perth Ground Zero open proceedings against a home-town team again this week, but this time they’re up against the vastly improved Sydney Chiefs.

    Perth have quietly established themselves as the CS:GO title favourites with a hard-fought win over Melbourne Avant a week ago, before knocking off Sydney Roar 16-10 last week.

    The Chiefs are a hard team to get a read on – they’re on the wrong end of the most lopsided result this season, yet enjoyed the second-most lopsided win.

    It could be 16-3 or 16-13, but Perth’s consistency has been enviable and they rightly start favourites.

    Brisbane Deceptors looked fantastic in the first half of their opening game against Melbourne Order, and have gone 8-32 since.

    The search for their first win – in any competition – will take place against Melbourne’s other team, but Avant should ensure the search will almost certainly continue to a fourth week.

    The CS:GO action finishes up with an intriguing match-up as Sydney Roar take on Melbourne Order.

    The Roar shocked the world with a 16-2 win against the Chiefs in week one, but looked very shaky against Perth in week two. Order, on the other hand, rode a scintillating second half to defeat Brisbane in week one, before going down to their arch-rivals in thrilling fashion last week.

    Both teams have shown great play – and both have had poor stretches. Based on the quality of the opposition they’ve played, however, we’ll give a slight edge to The Roar.

    Rocket League

    Perth have taken two weeks to quietly establish themselves as CS:GO favourites, but they took all of two minutes to emphatically announce themselves as Rocket League favourites.

    Members of the Perth Ground Zero esports team celebrate a Rocket League victory.

    Perth Ground Zero look the goods in Rocket League. (Photo: Gfinity Australia)

    They’re yet to lose a round this season and have conceded just the three goals.

    That said, Sydney Chiefs have done well so far with a second-string line-up and could regain the players they sent to London for the world championships.

    When that happens, the Chiefs will be nigh impossible to stop but, given they’re likely to tinker with their line-up a bit this week, I’ll give the edge to Perth.

    While much has been made of Brisbane’s struggles across all three competitions so far, Melbourne Avant’s poor Rocket League performance has flown under the radar.

    Both of these sides have lost to Melbourne Order so far and, given Brisbane actually took a round off them, I’m backing them to break the duck here.

    The last match pits Sydney Roar up against the Order in what should be a fairly one-sided affair. The Roar have certainly been honest in their efforts so far this season, but Melbourne have been far more impressive and should pick up a rather routine victory.

    Street Fighter V

    Perth rebounded from a tough loss to Avant in week one with dominant demolition of the Sydney Roar a week ago, but they’ve got their work cut out for them against a scary-looking Sydney Chiefs outfit.

    The Chiefs have barely been troubled in their two victories to open the season and, while they face their toughest appointment of the season so far, have the class to make it three on the trot.

    Melbourne Avant have been pushed to a seventh round in both of their matches so far, but on both occasions they’ve emerged victorious, whereas Brisbane – like in the other competitions – have been honest in their efforts so far, but have lacked the class to go all the way.

    Avant should be able to claim their third straight win here and, hopefully for them, it won’t take all seven rounds.

    The last match of the weekend should be fairly one-sided. Sydney Roar have, unfortunately, looked out of their depth in the first fortnight and, while Melbourne Order are only in fourth position, it should be a simple win for the men in black.

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