After four days of League Play over the last two weekends, it’s time for the top six teams in the OCE Open Series to run the gauntlet and compete for an upper echelon of the share of the $15,000 AUD prize pool on offer.

As a quick recap, here are the current standings after four days of competition, with the top six advancing to the gauntlet series, alongside the team rosters:



Sets Played

Game Count (W/L)

Set Count (W/L)


Dark Sided





Chiefs ESC





Tainted Minds





Retirement Home





Legacy Esports





Love Decks





JAM Gaming





Simple Physics




Chiefs OCE
Matthew “Drippay” Den-Kaat
Jake “Jake” Edwards
Daniel “Torsos” Parsons

Dark Sided
Phillip “Dumbo” Donachie
Jonathon “Express” Slade
Nathan “Shadey” Logan

Legacy Esports (formerly We Win When We Can)
Nathan “Cyrix” Baxter
Christopher “Siki” Magee

Love Decks
Adam “Addzey” Meechan
Cameron “CJM” McGrouther
Connor “Montyconnor” Montgomery

Retirement Home
Michael “Daze” Ignat
Callum “ellusive” E.
Alex “Kida” McDonald

Tainted Minds
Cameron “CJCJ” Johns
Tom “Julz” Jullienne
Cameron “Kamii” Ingram

The rules of the gauntlet series will see the sixth placed team take on the fifth placed team, with the winner then facing the fourth placed side and so on. Games are best of 5, with the final culminating in a best of 7 series.

Here are my predictions for this weekend’s action:

Match 1: Love Decks vs Legacy Esports
Prediction: Legacy 3-1

Love Decks showed some real fight last weekend, after a tough opening in League Play Day 1 & 2. That said, they did manage to beat Chiefs in the first series of the whole competition, but I just can’t see them taking out Legacy, who will be looking to respond after a disappointing weekend of results that saw them lose eight of their nine matches.

I expect this one to go 3-1 to Legacy, and for Cyrix and his team to really show this weekend how good they actually are. They’ve just been signed by Legacy Esports, having been independent side We When We Can when the tournament started, and they’ll want to showcase why exactly they were picked up with some big results.

Match 2: Legacy Esports vs Retirement Home
Prediction: Legacy 3-2

This match is going to be a very, very tight one, that I see going all the way to the fifth game. Retirement Home pulled out some fantastic results last weekend, and I think they’ll be confident going into this weekend’s gauntlet run having one less game to play than Love Decks and Legacy. However, I think, for the first couple of games at least, Legacy will have the advantage of already being warmed up and will, in turn, take those first few match ups.

However, I expect a big showing from Retirement Home, and I have no doubt this will be one of the closest series in the entire competition. Both sides have excellent players, and so it’s hard to predict who’ll go through after the final buzzer goes, but I have an inkling it’ll be Legacy.

Match 3: Legacy Esports vs Tainted Minds
Prediction: Tainted Minds 3-1

Unfortunately I just can’t see Legacy going 3-0 on three of the best teams in Oceania in a gauntlet-styled series like this one, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tainted Minds use the rest to their advantage and stifle Legacy’s run.

Tainted Minds won all three games against Legacy last weekend, so the latter will have to be on their game to be able to take down a Tainted Minds side that will be coming into the comp with a point to prove after dropping a series against Retirement Home. And I expect them to come in strong, and, in the end, take the series 3-1.

Semi Final: Tainted Minds vs Chiefs OCE
Prediction: Chiefs OCE 3-2

Chiefs didn’t play well at all during League Play Day 1 & 2, but they came back with a vengeance the following weekend, defeating every team they faced except for Dark Sided. So I expect them to continue that momentum against Tainted Minds and book their place in the final against the top-placed side, though it’ll be a tight one.

Previous series between Tainted Minds and Chiefs have been hard to call, and it’s worth noting Tainted Minds actually beat Chiefs in Day 2 of League Play. That said, I still think the combination of Torsos, Jake, and Drippay — especially when they’re on their game — are just too hard to defend against. I expect to see a tightly-contested 3-2 win to Chiefs in this one.

Grand Final: Chiefs OCE vs Dark Sided
Prediction: Dark Sided 4-3

Honestly, this game could go either way and I’m really excited to see how it all plays out. Culminating in a best of 7, Chiefs and Dark Sided should have an absolute cracker of a series, and I think Dark Sided will come in with a distinct advantage having beaten Chiefs last weekend and having ample rest time prior to playing.

However, Chiefs will have the benefit of having already warmed up and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take the first game or two, with Dark Sided and their new play style only coming to full force a bit later on in the series — much like we saw in League Play Day 4.

Being a best of 7, I see this one going down to the absolute wire, with a 3-3 tie and a final game ending the run for one team and cementing top spot for the other. It’s going to be an absolute belter, and while these are all predictions it’s hard to argue against the fact Chiefs and Dark Sided have been the most consistent teams in the OCE Open Series over the entirety of the League Play days. They deserve to be here, and I’d be very surprised not to see them square off against one another for a top share of the $15,000 AUD prize pool.

Sunday has all the makings of a classic day of Rocket League action, and I can’t wait to see it all transpire. We’re in for some fantastic matches against some of Oceania’s best teams, and the fact we’ll be watching best of 5’s and 7’s means there’ll be more drama, more goals, and more banter. I can’t wait to watch it all unfold!

You can watch the Rocket League OCE Open Series Gauntlet Series from 12pm AEDT on Sunday via Throwdown Esports’ Twitch channel.