With two weeks of League Play under the team’s belts, it had been the Brisbane Deceptors and the Sydney Chiefs that had emerged as the frontrunners of the competition, as both teams were the only ones to have the clean sheet so far.
The Chiefs had been playing with three subs while their main squad was off in Las Vegas, but they were back and ready to continue Change, Requiem and Kia’s run through the competition.
It was the other part of the original Chiefs squad that was competing with them as Jake had led the Deceptors to victories over the Melbourne Avant and Melbourne ORDER, successfully claiming dominance over the Victorian teams. Posting a 3-1 and a 3-2 victory, the Deceptors were yet to win in a clean sweep unlike their rivals.
The first game of the day was in fact a top of the table clash between the two teams, and it would be a good test for the newly reunited Chiefs squad in their first outing on Australian soil since their fourth place finish at the RLCS World Championships. If the Deceptors wanted that 3-0, it had to be an effort to rival that of world champions Cloud9.
But Drippay, Torsos and Kamii didn’t waste any time firmly stamping their dominance once more on Oceanic Rocket League as they won the first game of the series 5-2 on DFH Stadium before following that up with another 5-2 thumping on Mannfield. 0-2 down, the Deceptors hunted for an opportunity to take a game off the Sydney powerhouses but couldn’t as the Chiefs won Mannfield again 3-2 to claim sole position of first place.
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The next game of Round 3 was the Melbourne Order looking for their first win against the Perth Ground Zero, who themselves had already faced the Chiefs and the Roar before their subs returned, managing to take a win over the Roar. If the Order wanted any chance at a playoff, the time was now as a matchup with the Chiefs was looming.
The Order started off on the right foot as they knocked in an overtime winner after going 2-all in the first game on DFH but a resounding 5-1 thrashing in Game 2 firmly put the momentum in the favour of Ground Zero. A 1-0 lead in Game 3 didn’t eventuate in the victory however, and the Order took it 3-1 to move to match point
On their final chance, Ground Zero took Game 4 to overtime and eventually put away the winner to go to Game 5 for all the marbles. In a anticlimactic finish, it was the Melbourne Order who ran in five goals to one with some exceptional team play to take the win and their first victory in Gfinity Season 2.
Our last game featured the returning Tainted Minds squad from their endeavours in Vegas, and much like the Chiefs, they were looking to reannounce their presence against the Melbourne Avant. CJCJ, Shadey and Express had been served faithfully by Delusion, Decka and Tulendeena with a 1-1 record but now it was the Oceanic champions’ turn to win.
The Sydneysiders certainly roared onto the field in their first showing as the team that dominated the competition this year, taking two quick 3-0 and 3-1 victories and take full control of the series. Avant hoped for a comeback in Game 3, but the Roar put on their most clinical performance of the series with goal after goal to take the game 6-2 and the series 3-0.
With the two Sydney sides at full strength and slated to face off this week, it’s an opportunity for teams like the Deceptors and Ground Zero to pick up crucial wins against each other to close the gap in the race for playoff positions. Expect a show this week as the best teams in Oceania clash in the name of king and…..well, city for regional pride.
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