EPL Conference Season 16: OCE go back to drawing board as all three squads go winless against international opponents in Sweden

EPL Conference Season 16 schedule, streams, rosters and more.


  • Order take solace in sole win over Encore after heavy exit to FTW
  • Encore crash out in two to Order, HEET
  • Vertex admirable in defeat against Falcons, Illuminar

Hopes were high of an OCE squad representing the region at the ESL Pro League group stage in August, but instead it will be just Chris “dexter” Nong at MOUZ flying the flag following a week to forget at the EPL Conference.

All eyes were on Order after Encore and Vertex’s exits early on day two.

But the PGL Antwerp Major Contenders could not find their groove in their following matches, going down without a map win against Endpoint 0-2 (14-16, 5-16) and FTW Esports (12-16, 1-16).

“Not sure what to say, that was embarrassing from us,” said captain Simon “Sico” Williams following their brutal 1-16 Dust 2 loss to Portuguese side FTW.

FTW’s 7 T rounds proved plenty on Nuke in the eliminator opening map.

Order took four of the last five on CT through a stellar defensive effort by Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas (19-20, 1.07 rating), but with FTW following up with the next six rounds, the deficit grew just too large to overcome.

Order’s T side struggles continued in a big way into Dust 2. FTW took the nine rounds with the Aussies nabbing just two bomb plants, while FTW’s Rafael “arrozdoce” Wing tore The Boys to shreds.

A 14-1 half, followed by a won FTW pistol, consigned the Order core to their worst loss since their 2-16 loss to Eternal Fire at the Major. It’s the first time this core has lost 16-1.

Encore’s 0-2 (11-16, 10-16) loss to HEET saw them crash out in two series following their opening day loss to Order.

Jared “HaZR” O’Bree (43-41, 1.06 rating) was the best of the Encore squad, who threatened a comeback on Nuke but ultimately couldn’t close the gap.

HEET’s pick of Ancient favoured Encore, who set out to surprise the French with a 10-5 CT half.

But it was there that Encore’s run would end; a 0-11 T half, which culminated in a dropped bomb in mid and a Alexandre “bodyy” Pianaro one-versus-three spelled the conclusion to Encore’s overseas stint.

“We are out of Pro League Conference — we couldn’t do anything on our T side on either map [versus HEET] which is rough,” summised James “SaVage” Savage following the loss.

“Even though it’s sad, it was an amazing experience here in Sweden and I hope we will be back here soon.”

Also out on day two was Vertex, who fell to Polish squad Illuminar 0-2 (11-16, 7-16) in their eliminator.

“[They were] tough games for us here. It felt like we made a lot of progress in practice but none of that matters if we aren’t able to bring it on the day,” said Liam “malta” Schembri after the Wolfpack’s elimination.

Their international debut, Vertex took it to Illuminar on Mirage — the Aussies led 9-6 on their CT side and, at one point, were up 7-1 behind a Jordan “pz” White (37-37, 1.02 rating) leading effort.

Unfortunately Vertex became undone on the T side as Illuminar’s aggressive CT holds eventually made it impossible for the Wolfpack to recover.

Starting T side on map two Nuke would be tough from the outset, and at 3-3 Vertex dropped a crucial clutch that would set Illuminar on a 8-1 run to close out the half and eventually the map.

While Encore and Vertex will return home in the coming days, Order remains committed to the international circuit for IEM Cologne in a little over two weeks.

EPL Conference Season 16 Schedule & Results

Sixteen teams will be whittled down to six via a full double-elimination bracket.

It’s simple: win two matches, and they’re through to the Group Stage, and a shot at the lion’s share of over $800,000 USD. Lose two, and they’re going home. All matches are best-of-three.

EPL Conference — Standings

PlacementPrizeTeam
1st – 4thESL Pro League Group StageMIBR
ESL Pro League Group StageEndpoint
ESL Pro League Group StageEternal Fire
ESL Pro League Group StageOutsiders
5th – 6thESL Pro League Group StageHEET
ESL Pro League Group StageFTW
7th – 8th$2,500Falcons
Illuminar
9th – 12th$1,500Order
cowana
HUMMER Esports
Tyloo
13th – 16th$1,000Sprout
Vertex
Strife Esports
Encore

EPL Conference — Day 1, Opening Matches (Thursday June 16)

MatchTeamsTime (AEST)
Opening Match 1Encore 0-2 Order8:30pm
Opening Match 2MIBR 2-0 cowana
Opening Match 3Tyloo 2-0 Strife
Opening Match 4Endpoint 2-0 HEET12am
Opening Match 5Eternal Fire 2-0 FTW
Opening Match 6Sprout 1-2 HUMMER
Opening Match 7Vertex 0-2 Falcons3:30am
Opening Match 8Outsiders 2-0 Illuminar

EPL Conference — Day 2, Elimination & Qualifying (Friday June 17)

MatchTeamsTime (AEST)
EliminationHEET 2-0 Encore8:30pm
cowana 2-0 Strife
FTW 2-1 Sprout12am
Vertex 0-2 Illuminar
QualifyingMIBR 2-0 Tyloo3:30am
Order 0-2 Endpoint

EPL Conference — Day 3, Elimination & Qualifying (Saturday June 17)

MatchTeamsTime (AEST)
QualifyingEternal Fire 2-0 HUMMER8:30pm
Falcons 0-2 Outsiders12am
EliminationIlluminar 2-0 Tyloo3:30am

EPL Conference — Day 4, Elimination & Qualifying (Sunday June 19)

MatchTeamsTime (AEST)
Eliminationcowana 0-2 Falcons8:30pm
HEET 2-0 HUMMER12am
FTW 2-0 Order3:30am

EPL Conference — Day 5, Decider Matches (Monday June 20)

MatchTeamsTime (AEST)
DeciderFalcons 1-2 HEET12am
Illuminar 1-2 FTW3:30am

EPL Conference Season 16 Rosters

TeamSquad
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SproutSpiidislaxzraalzStaehrlauNX
Encore Esports ClubHaZRsterlingLikiSaVageapoc
HEETLuckybodyyafroDjokoEx3rcise
MIBRcheloexitTuurtleJOTAbrnz4n
Strife EsportsSLIGHTJ0LZstaminafejtZreck
OrderSicoINSHatzaliStairLiazz
Vertex Esports ClubpzBRACERoflkoapocdudmalta
EndpointSurrealCRUC1ALMiGHTYMAXNertzKjaerbye
cowana GamingkRYSTALstfNmatyHSkolor
Illuminar GamingzaNNNphrmorelzmASKEDblacktear5
FTW EsportsewjerkzDDiasarrozdoceAg1lstory
Falcons EsportshAdjiKeozMakaPythonKyojin
Eternal FireXANTARESwoxicCalyximoRRxfl0ud
HUMMER EsportszqkSHOOWTiMEckzaodelboNidanoco
TylooSummerAttackerSLOWLYDANK1NGBnTeT
Nicholas Taifalos
Nicholas "Taffy" Taifalos got his start publishing the escapades of some of Australia's pioneers in Counter-Strike and Dota overseas. Now, he turns his eye to events closer to home, from grassroots projects to the height of Oceanic competition and everything in-between. He still hopes for the day Dota makes a glorious return to the pinnacle of OCE esports.

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