ORDER strike back to claim ESL Pro League S12 spot

Nicholas Taifalos
June 23, 2020

ORDER have claimed Oceania’s ESL Pro League Season 12 spot in stunning fashion, finding revenge against rivals AVANT Gaming in a final best-of-five sweep 3-1 (0-1, 16-14, 16-7, 16-8).

Led by star AWPer Alistair ‘aliStair’ Johnson (1.43 rating, 72-45, +27 K/Diff), ORDER denied AVANT a single map in the grand final and in doing so, completed the lower bracket run that began on Sunday with a clean 2-0 win over Chiefs Esports Club (19-17, 16-7).

Veterans Ricardo ‘Rickeh’ Mulholland (1.25 rating, +53 K/Diff) & Karlo ‘USTILO’ Pivac (1.18 rating, +44 K/Diff) joined aliStair at the top of the stats board, with AVANT sniper Euan ‘sterling’ Moore (1.14) & Paradox’s Luke ‘ekul’ Blakey (1.14) trailing just behind.

ORDER's aliStair at ESL Pro League (Source: HLTV)

Paradox Gaming began well with a 2-0 win over Ground Zero Gaming and were a map up against ORDER in the winner bracket semifinal, but a 60-frag effort from Jireh ‘J1rah’ Youakim kept his squad ahead on Train and Dust 2 to progress to the winner bracket final.

AVANT overcame Chiefs 2-0 to join ORDER in the much-anticipated best-of-three, with ORDER drawing first blood on Train 19-15 after a flawless 4-0 overtime. AVANT’s 11 CT rounds on map two, Nuke, would prove enough to force the third map 16-12.

AVANT had ORDER on the ropes with seven map & series points but could not capitalise on the lead as aliStair & USTILO combined for thirteen opening kills to tie up the game in regulation. Their efforts would prove to be futile – sterling (1.21, 28-21) & Jared ‘HaZR’ O’Bree (1.28, 26-24) were steadfast on the CT side and held off the ORDER advance 19-17 to lock in the grand final map advantage.

ORDER would meet Chiefs in the lower bracket final, who had taken down Ground Zero & Paradox 2-0 in their lower bracket run. But despite an overtime effort on Inferno, they could not overcome the eventual champions – ORDER hung onto map one 19-17 before an 11-round T side set them up for the AVANT rematch, claiming Train over Chiefs 16-7.

With the one map advantage, AVANT looked for their second with a solid 8-3 CT start before ORDER closed out the half with four straight. In a game of streaks, AVANT hit the lead at 14-12 but another regulation comeback saw ORDER claim first blood in the final 16-14.

From here, ORDER set about dismantling AVANT in brutal fashion; a 12-3 CT shutout on Train was closed out 16-7, thanks to Matthew ‘Valiance’ Hartrick (1.42 rating, 23-16, 103.7 ADR), before breaking AVANT’s CT pistol round win on Nuke to string together five straight bomb plants.

ORDER's Rickeh at IEM Katowice (Source: HLTV)

ORDER’s 9-6 T side lead would prove to be the difference. AVANT managed two bomb plants early on their T side but both were successfully retaken, before an aliStair defuse knocked AVANT out of the qualifier 16-8 – ORDER taking the single Oceania slot 3-1 in the grand final.

ORDER will join compatriots 100 Thieves and Renegades in ESL Pro League Season 12 which is set to begin in early September. However, the premier USD $750,000 event, originally planned to take place offline, will be revised given continued travel restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

ESL Pro League Season 10: Oceania Qualifier

[1] ORDER — ESL Pro League Season 12 

[2] AVANT Gaming

[3] Chiefs Esports Club

[4] Paradox Gaming

[5] Ground Zero Gaming

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