The Grand Finals of the Street Fighter V Gfinity Elite Series saw the two top teams, Melbourne ORDER and Sydney Chiefs, go head to head for the first place prize of $10,000 AUD.
Additionally, prior to this set, both clubs were also tied top place on the Club standings. The winner of this set would also earn their club the first place prize of $30,000 AUD.
The Chiefs were hiding their big guns last time they played ORDER in Week 5, utilising two of their subs in an attempt to mask their formation. Chiefs would then opt to bench core member ZG in favour of DaBigChoppa. An interesting but justified decision when you look at Choppa’s flawless win streak to date this season.
For the final, they decided to stick it out with Somniac, BKSama and DaBigChoppa, while ORDER came in with their reliable line up of ROF, Travis Styles and Bug.
ORDER’s Bug sends an early statement to the Chiefs by not only putting the first point on the board but also handing DaBigChoppa his first loss this season.
There was a lot on the line and you can see the early match nerves coming from both players.
The match started of a bit shaky, both players scrambling to find an advantage over the other.
Bug however clinched it out with a clean Ibuki sequence, perfectly hitting Choppa right where his defences were most exposed.
Carrying the momentum forward Travis Styles defeated Somniac to bring ORDER up two points in the series. While Somniac is well known for his defensive playstyle, it became his downfall as Travis used that against him by gaining an early life lead and forcing Somniac to engage.
The first round demonstrated this best as Somniac was left with critical health and Travis just waited for him to hang himself in desperation, over 40 whole seconds passed before Travis closed the round.
ROF capped off the first three games with another victory, bringing ORDER one game away from clean sweeping the Grand Finals.
BKSama rushed out the gates with a hyper aggressive style in the first round but the tables turned drastically when ROF had a chance to use V-trigger. The increased damage, movement speed and armor helped ROF equalize the score.
In contrast BKSama just couldn’t manage to make anything happen with his own resources, ironically losing to an overhead punish when his Aegis Reflector ran out of duration in the third round.
It was looking grim for the Chiefs, facing down the barrel of a possible clean 4-0 sweep. However DaBigChoppa managed to pump the brakes, taking out Travis Styles, finally scoring Chiefs first point.
DaBigChoppa looked a more dominant the second time round and applied pressure in excess, probably lending to the fact that Balrog doesn’t have many options on defence. Travis was struggling to keep Choppa out but was unable to keep the fight at the mid range where he usually excels at.
The final showdown would fittingly be between the two teams captains, ORDER’s ROF and Chiefs’ Somniac. ROF was as formidable as ever, unrelenting in his birdie pressure claiming the last game of the season in a dominant 2-0.Somniac was struggling to find his opportunity with ROF contesting a lot of his larger frame gaps and interrupting Somniac rhythm. ROF closed the set with a bold EX Bullhead, crowning ORDER the two time Gfinity Champions.
With this victory, ORDER claimed the first place prize in both Street Fighter V and overall club category. A fantastic performance by ORDER’s team overall, they have painted a undoubtedly large target on their back coming into the teased third season of the Gfinity Elite series.