Last weekend, the first stage of the BenQ ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND ANZ Qualifier tournament kicked off, with 30 of Australia & New Zealand’s upcoming teams facing off in a day of CS:GO action.
There was no shortage of frags on Saturday, with the action streamed on twitch.tv/Flakes_TV and twitch.tv/CappingTV enough to fill a few highlight reels. Up against the squad from DedSet, 15 year old Isaac ‘Prodigy’ Dahlan from Team Noxide was letting everyone know he meant business, with a first pistol round play that was so exemplary it had British caster ‘Flakes’ turning Aussie for a moment.
The young gun didn’t stop there, with some awesome pistol play to clutch out a defuse win on Mirage:
Kids these days…
Onto some more expected results, the experienced squad from AVANT Gaming breezed through the upper bracket without dropping a match, and the Riotous Raccoons recent matches in the ESL AU & NZ Championship kept them from losing a match in the upper bracket as well.
One surprising result was the first-round matchup between GallipoliBombers and Team KiD, which saw GB take the win against the more mature squad and send them into the lower bracket. GB didn’t go too hard though, with plays like the “Friendly Frag” probably out of the playbook:
After a tough battle through the lower bracket, Team KiD ended up taking the fourth place finish and qualifying for the Closed Qualifier stage of eXTREMESLAND, where they will be joining Team Noxide, AVANT, Riotous Raccoons, and invited teams Kings Gaming, Tainted Minds, Legacy and Athletico.