Elliott Griffiths
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Source: ESL

They say everything in Australia is upside down, which explains why they seemed to be aiming for last place in the group. Sorry, VERTEX.

Two Aussie teams met six non-Aussie teams in Melbourne, with OG coming in as a massive favourites, followed by Entropiq.

If you looked at the team list and thought “f*ck off am I staying up all night to watch OG coast to a trophy”, we can’t really blame you.

You were massively wrong, though. Take that, strawman!

OG, much like both Australian teams, couldn’t get out of groups. Yeah, really.

They got popped in a BO1 by Entropiq, which happens, but got 2-0’d by Wings Up Gaming. Wings Up. Despite their sensational name game, they shouldn’t be beating OG in two maps.

Wings Up were very much the surprise package - players like gas, lan and ChildKing all made names for themselves - but they were helped by a horrendously average OG performance.

On the other side of the bracket, two Brazilian teams bested two Australian teams, which was to be expected. Those same two Brazilian teams would meet in the final: The stars of the future vs the history of Brazil.

Wings Up were outclassed by paiN, and Imperial outmuscled Entropiq. Somehow. We’re… not sure how that happened.

It had been four years since FalleN and fer had won a trophy on LAN… and it would remain that way. paiN needed three maps, and an overtime, but they had toppled their own heroes.

The additions of zevy and skullz look inspired. They’ve come out of almost nowhere to be some of the most dangerous players in the region and been a major part of them winning an international trophy.

OG are well and truly back - a great performance at BLAST followed by a complete chokefest in Australia. It’s like Aleksib never left.

1st: 🇧🇷 paiN Gaming ($50.000 + EPL Season 17 Conference)

2nd: 🇧🇷 Imperial ($20.000)

3rd-4th: 🇨🇳 Wings Up, 🇷🇺 Entropiq ($10.000)

The rest: 🇪🇺 OG, 🇦🇺 VERTEX, 🇦🇺 Grayhound, 🇺🇸 Evil Geniuses

September 4, 2022

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