The first round of Rocket League in Gfinity Elite Series Season 2 generally went to script as the stronger teams took down their weaker opposition, but there was plenty of promise shown by all teams and this competition could get a whole lot closer in the upcoming matches.
The first match of the day was the Sydney Roar going up against the defending champions Melbourne ORDER. However, it wasn’t the Melbournians that came into this matchup as favourites as the Roar had assembled a strong roster that has been touted as the team to beat this year.
The Roar started off with a close 5-4 win before the ORDER countered with a 3-2 victory of their own. However, from then on out it was easy pickings as the Roar won Game 3 2-1 and brought home the 3-1 overall victory with a commanding 4-1 game win.
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The Sydney Chiefs were the other team portrayed as a major contender in this season of Gfinity, with the roster of Drippay, Torsos and Kamii already having strong chemistry. Their first test would be against the Perth Ground Zero, whose results in earlier competitions suggested that this would be a walkover for the Sydney team.
It wasn’t as easy as expected, as even though Chiefs took the first game 4-2, it was Ground Zero who took the second in a closely-fought 1-0 battle. The next game had a bit of a wider deficit as well, with Ground Zero also taking that 5-2.
Now on match point, Ground Zero were looking to start their run on a high, but a strong fourth game from the Chiefs gave them a 2-1 victory and set up the tiebreaker game. Time came and went, but at the death the scores were tied two apiece and it was time for overtime.
Both of the teams battled hard in overtime, but only one goal was scored and that went in the favour of the Chiefs, winning the game and the series by the skin of their teeth. It wasn’t the best performance from the Chiefs, but a win is a win and they’ll have momentum heading into their next game against Melbourne Avant Gaming.
Speaking of Avant Gaming, their match against the Brisbane Deceptors was always going to be interesting, and it was the Deceptors who took the upper hand after the first game of the series, winning 3-1.
Avant showed signs of life in the second game, and they closed that one out in a 4-2 to tie up the series. However, Brisbane weren’t going to give Avant anything else, scoring six goals in both of the last two games to beat Avant by 5 and 3 goals respectively, taking the series with it.
Rocket League for Week 2 of the Gfinity Elite Series Australia kicks off tomorrow. Tune in on Twitch, Youtube, Twitter, and Facebook to watch every game live. Head to gfinityesports.com.au for details on schedule and tickets.