After Week One of the Gfinity Elite Series, it was the substitutes for the Sydney Roar and the Sydney Chiefs that showed up alongside the Brisbane Deceptors’ roster to take the first wins of the season. The second week got a little bit more interesting.
First up was the Chiefs looking to continue their run through the competition in hot form, with Change, Requiem and Kia still in charge as Torsos, Drippay and Kamii were off placing a phenomenal fourth at the RLCS World Championships in Las Vegas.
Their opponents would be Melbourne Avant, who’d already dropped to Brisbane Deceptors the week before in a 1-3 relative thrashing. Misty was still in as a substitute in place of SnarfSnarf, and would again team up with Bango and Vive in an attempt to take down the tournament favourites.
But the Chiefs, even with a substitute roster were far too strong for the Melbourne side. Playing on Mannfield, the Chiefs took the first game in a simple 1-0. But the second game was a commentator’s dream as goals abounded and the Chiefs took that once more 6-3. The last game was the closest, with both teams tied 3-3 at the end of regulation before the Chiefs knocked in the winner.
Perth Ground Zero were itching for a victory after taking the Chiefs to five games the previous week, and the team that they were going to try for it against were the other Sydney team, the Roar, who’d already disposed of the Melbourne ORDER 3-1 in Week One.
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The Roar were the other team playing with a fresh group, as CJCJ, Shadey and Express were off in Las Vegas. However, Delusion, Decka and Tulendeena were called in to fill the breach and performed well in week one, but Ground Zero would be a bigger challenge.
The Roar unleashed in the first game, running (driving?) in seven goals to GZ’s 2 at DFH Stadium. They took the next one too, claiming an overtime victory on Mannfield after drawing 1-1 with GZ in regulation.But it all went downhill from there, as Ground Zero first took the second Mannfield game 2-1, then an overtime win following another 1-1 draw in regulation playing at Champions Field. One game from the reverse sweep, they slowed it right down and only needed one goal to win as they held Roar to 2 goals in their last three games after conceding seven to them in the first two.
The Deceptors were the other team who’d taken the win in week one, and now they had an opportunity to tie it up with the Chiefs at the top of the leaderboard. Playing with former oceanic legend Jake alongside Justice Esports players SSteve and Yeatzy, they’d looked strong in the first week.
Trying to stop them would be the Melbourne ORDER, and shy of an overtime victory in their first match against Roar, they hadn’t looked they could stick it to the tournament frontrunners. With a matchup looming against the Ground Zero, they needed to get a win now for some momentum.
They started off well, drawing 4-all with the Deceptors before scoring in overtime to go up 1-0. The Deceptors bounced back however, winning 2-1 to tie the series before ORDER once more took the lead in the series with a 3-1 victory on Mannfield.
Not willing to let Chiefs have sole possession of top spot, the Deceptors recovered and took Game 4 in overtime before playing calm, collected Rocket League to close out the final map, Urban Central, 2-1 and set up the top of the table clash with the Chiefs this week.
The Gfinity Elite Series returns with Street Fighter V and Rocket League this Sunday. Tune in on Twitch, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook to watch every game live. Head to gfinityesports.com.au for details on schedule and tickets.