LookingForOrg have defeated Order 3-0 to take out Season 13 of ESL ANZ Champs. The win would have booked their spot at the ESL Conference — the main qualifier for ESL Pro League Season 15 — had they not already qualified with their win at ESEA Premier.
Instead, it will be Order who claim the ESL Conference qualifier spot with their second place finish after they defeated Vertex 2-1 (16-5, 9-16, 16-14) in the semi-final.
Ground Zero rounded out the top four, but it was all LFO in what is their second straight title in as many weeks, further cementing their position as Oceania’s next-best behind Renegades, who will take to the server this week at the Stockholm Major.
LFO’s Mike “ap0c” Aliferis emphasised how envigorated he and the rest of the team had become, now that chances to compete overseas are returning.
“Just for me personally, part of the reason why I stepped back at the beginning of the year was a lack of opportunities. We won a couple of events, but we couldn’t attend, and it was a bit depressing.”
“Now I think with events popping up, teams are practicing a bit harder — it’s definitely good for the scene.”
Amongst both LFO and Order, three players will make their international debuts at the EPL Conference and main event, and at just 16, James “SaVage” Savage can’t wait to get his hands dirty.
“I was overseas in 2019, just before the pandemic, and for the whole time over there I just wanted to play Counter-Strike against the best in the world.”
“It’s pretty crazy what’s happened in the past two years, obviously getting the opportunity to play with such an experienced group of guys — I’ve been working hard for it for six years.”
“To finally get an opportunity is amazing, and I’ll just try and learn as much as I can off of my guys and the teams we will play.”
The future is certainly looking bright for OCE CS:GO after a rather dark and dismal two-year period following COVID lockdowns.
Three OCE-based line-ups in Renegades, LFO and Order will attend international events over the coming months, including this week’s Stockholm Major, the EPL Conference and ESL Pro League Season 15.
Captain Benson “Liki” Niulia (75-55, +20 K/Diff, 1.28 HLTV rating) stood head and shoulders above all in the grand final whitewash.
Order veteran Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland (69-52, 77 ADR, 1.20 HLTV rating) and the ever-consistent Declan “vexite” Portelli (72-67, 84 ADR, 1.10 HLTV rating) kept Order in the hunt in the season finale, with all three maps going down to the wire.
ESL ANZ Champs Schedule & Results
Week 9 Results, Season Playoffs (October 23 – 24)
|Saturday, October 23||LookingForOrg 2-0 Ground Zero||3pm|
|Order 2-1 Vertex||6:30pm|
|Sunday, October 24||LookingForOrg 3-0 Order||5pm|
Week 8 Results, Stage 2 Bracket Round 3 (October 11 – 14)
|Monday, October 11||LookingForOrg 2-0 Dynasty||5pm|
|Order 2-1 Vertex||7:30pm|
|Thursday, October 14||Vertex 2-0 Kanga||5pm|
|Dynasty 0-2 Ground Zero||7:30pm|
Week 7 Results, Stage 2 Bracket Round 2 (September 27)
|Monday, September 27||Ground Zero 2-0 Hazard||6pm|
|CAMO 0-2 Kanga||9:30pm|
Week 6 Results, Stage 2 Bracket Round 1 (September 13 – 16)
|Monday, September 20||LookingForOrg 2-0 CAMO||6pm|
|Dynasty 2-0 Kanga||9:30pm|
|Thursday, September 23||Hazard 0-2 Order||6pm|
|Vertex 2-1 Ground Zero||9:30pm|
ESL ANZ Champs Standings (Swiss)
Stage one of the ESL ANZ Champs began in August. Hosting a Swiss format, three wins secures a spot in the double-elimination second stage; three losses, and the team is sent packing.
All Swiss matches are best-of-one, with the final round a best-of-three series.
Stage two will see the qualified teams battle it out in a double-elimination bracket – the top four will meet in the single-elimination playoffs.
With ex-Paradox disbanding, Hazard, who finished ninth in the Swiss stage, will qualify on round differential over CAMO and Warriors.
|3||Vertex Esports Club||3-1|
|6||Ground Zero Gaming||3-2|
|8||Dynasty Esports Club||3-2|
|14||Caught off Guard||1-3|
Week 1 Results, Swiss Round 1 (August 16 – August 19)
|Monday, August 16||Order 16-4 Caught Off Guard||6pm|
|LookingForOrg 16-6 Ground Zero||7pm|
|ex-Paradox 16-3 Alke||8pm|
|Vertex 16-4 Hazard||9pm|
|Thursday, August 19||lol123 16-11 Fury||6pm|
|Dynasty 16-5 Warriors||7pm|
|Kanga 16-12 8Ballers||8pm|
|Bandits 14-16 CAMO||9pm|
Week 2 Results, Swiss Round 2 (August 23 – August 26)
|Monday, August 23||ex-Paradox 16-12 CAMO||6pm|
|(1-0 Record)||Order 16-7 Kanga||7pm|
|Vertex 7-16 lol123||8pm|
|Bandits 25-23 Alke||9pm|
|Thursday, August 26||Dynasty 6-16 LookingForOrg||6pm|
|(0-1 Record)||8Ballers 16-10 Caught Off Guard||7pm|
|Fury 3-16 Hazard||8pm|
|Ground Zero 16-9 Warriors||9pm|
Week 3 Results, Swiss Round 3 (August 30 – September 2)
|Monday, August 30||Order 16-9 lol123||6pm|
|LookingForOrg 16-5 ex-Paradox||7pm|
|Vertex 16-6 Ground Zero||8pm|
|Dynasty 16-10 Bandits||9pm|
|Thursday, September 2||Kanga 16-12 Hazard||6pm|
|CAMO 19-17 8Ballers||7pm|
|Caught off Guard 16-14 Fury||8pm|
|Alke 14-16 Warriors||9pm|
Week 4 Results, Swiss Round 4 (September 6 – September 8)
|Monday, September 6||Vertex 16-9 Dynasty||6pm|
|ex-Paradox 16-12 Kanga||7pm|
|lol123 16-7 CAMO||8pm|
|Wednesday, September 8||8Ballers 9-16 Warriors||6pm|
|Hazard 16-10 Caught off Guard||7pm|
|Bandits 9-16 Ground Zero||8pm|
Week 5 Results, Swiss Round 5 (September 13 – September 16)
|Monday, September 13||CAMO 1-2 Ground Zero||6pm|
|Kanga 2-0 Warriors||9:30pm|
|Thursday, September 16||Dynasty 2-1 Hazard||6pm|
ESL ANZ Champs S13 Rosters
|Vertex Esports Club||BRACE||pz||ADDICT||apocdud||Roflko|
|Dynasty Esports Club||yourwombat||supa||spidok||matr1kz||rhys|
|Caught off Guard||Misfit||Mega2F||Rev||viridian||kayoh|
|Ground Zero Gaming||versa||rekonz||mizzy||guag||nexar|