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After weeks of gruelling competition, it all comes down to this. Grand final weekend at the Gfinity Elite Series starts with a bang, as last year’s top two sides take part in the big dance once more.
While neither Melbourne Order nor the Sydney Chiefs have had the smoothest paths to the decider, there can be no doubt both teams have earned the right to compete for the CS:GO crown.
In Order’s case, the reigning champions have had to make do with a backup roster of draftees for much of the season thanks to their top line-up being unavailable with international commitments.
While the second-stringers have taken their lumps (who can forget their 16-0 loss to Perth Ground Zero?), they’ve stood up where it counted – including last week’s dominant upset win over Melbourne Avant in the semis.
Now, the big dogs are back in town. It’ll be up to the star-studded quintet of Alisair, Emagine, INS, Zeph and Hatz to ensure all the hard work their teammates have put in is rewarded with a second consecutive CS:GO title.
For the Chiefs, it’s more been a case of the team needing time to gel and work better together. They suffered a horror start to the season with two straight heavy losses, but have found the winning formula since then and enter this match on a four-game winning streak.
Nothing would have been more satisfying for the Sydneysiders than exacting revenge over Perth in the semis. Ground Zero pummelled them 16-2 in the first week, but the Chiefs capped off their run of improvement with a gritty 2-1 victory last week.
Now, it’s another kind of revenge that needs fulfilling. They’ll have their work cut out for them against Order’s international-calibre lineup but, with the disappointment of last season still burning, they should be counted on to make this a contest.
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