Two weeks ago Melbourne ORDER defeated the Sydney Chiefs 3-1 in the Gfinity Elite Series Season 2 Grand Final.
ORDER were heavy favourites before the game to take down the $40,000 first prize, as most experts only gave the Chiefs one map in the Best of Five series.
ORDER lived up to the predictions, flying out of the gates thanks to an unfortunate post-plant from the Chiefs, as they quickly galloped to a dominant lead on Inferno.
The Chiefs didn’t help themselves, with multiple mistakes on executes across both sites and an interesting play at top Banana allowing Order to get to ten rounds without impediment.
ORDER’s run was also built off of individual plays as well, as ORDER player hatz explained.
“We had quite a bit of momentum coming off big individual plays from emagine and ins earlier in the game”
Emagine holds strong from pit with 4 kills pushing back the Chiefs
They then continued with their blitzkrieg with only one minor hiccup on round 14 before ending the half 14-1, a near impossible score to lose from.
While the Chiefs did pick up the second pistol, it was too little too late, as ORDER quickly wrapped up the final two rounds to end the map 16-2.
After the break, ORDER continued with the push into Overpass, running to another dominant lead early on the T side as they cruised to an early 8-2 lead. While the Chiefs did find some sort of footing towards the end of the first half, ORDER were able to respond, getting to double digits as the half ended 11-4.
After a technical pause for the Chiefs during the break, they were able to find some light, winning the first three rounds in the second half to retrieve some semblance of hope.
With their backs against the wall, the Chiefs needed to fight back. Mirage provided them with such an opportunity.
An early lead gave them some breathing room, but ORDER responded, wrestling the lead away from their opponents to take the lead at the halfway point of the half. A late surge from the Chiefs saw the half end 8-7 and gave the Chiefs a golden opportunity to try and take Mirage.
But ORDER wanted to go home, and when the second half started, they turned on the afterburners, quickly running to eleven before the Chiefs could respond. But with their backs against the wall, they found their second wind, finding dominance with the rifles to regain the lead on round 23.
From that point on, they ran away with little further difficulty, taking out their first map of the series 16-13 and continued the series to Train
The loss shook the ORDER lineup.
“I think we were all a little disappointed since we have high expectations of ourselves” said hatz. “But overall the mood got reset on the next map.”
The Chiefs continued their good run on train, picking up the first three rounds to have a small lead. But with the gun rounds bringing back ORDER, the deficit vanished they took the next eleven unopposed to get them back into the driver’s seat once again, taking the half out 11-4, losing only on round 15.
Hatz connects a nutty spray transfer, picking up 3 kills and the Gfinity Elite Series as he completes the post-plant on tournament point.
And from that point on, ORDER were too dominant, as hatz explained.
“I think we knew once we had a good CT side we were confident we were gonna take it out since we know overall our T sides are usually strong.”
Their T side was strong, was they only dropped one round to the Chiefs as they cruised to an 16-5 win on Train and with the Grand Final as they clinch their back-to-back titles 3-1.
ORDER made it two straight in the CS:GO division, toppling Chiefs in both events. They close the year with an important win that they’ll look to build from into 2019 while the Chiefs will be keen to get back to their main roster and continue their run.
We look forward to what the next season of the Gfinity Elite Series has in store, and if anyone can take down the Melbourne juggernaut.