Coming up this Friday on the 2nd of September, the Australian eSports League (AEL) will be debuting their first national LAN appearance in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive with a tournament featuring an overseas trip to Jakarta for the eventual winner – In this article we will take an overall look at the tournament as well as the competing teams, Athletico and SYF GAMING.
Starting off in early August as an open online tournament, AEL have spent three weeks in determining two of Australia’s most premier teams where the first place victor will represent Australia at the 2016 IeSF World Championships in October. The Australian Qualification finals will be held in their own studios in Sydney, Australia.
The entire prize pool breakdown is as follows:
1st Place – Qualification into 2016 IeSF World Championships, 5x BOMBERG timepieces valued at $900 AUD, 1 medallion per player, $1,000 AUD spending budget in Jakarta
2nd Place – $2000 AUD cash
Qualifying Team One: SYF GAMING
Grinding their way through Group E of this tournament, the lineup of forge, KStaar, ino, Squishy and nova have qualified for this tournament by conquering numerous profound teams including the likes of Legacy eSports. Despite this gained momentum, SYF GAMING still have the strong task of squaring off against previous national title holders Athletico as well having to use Ferg as a substitute in place of their captain, forge – We caught up with team captain Daniel “forge” Fox to gather his thoughts about this upcoming tournament:
“Despite the delay forcing us to use a substitute, I know the team has been very excited to compete on LAN for the first time. We have a great deal of respect for Athletico and their quick rise to the top, but we’re focused on showing everyone what we’re capable of.
Preparation for the event hasn’t gone according to plan with one of our players dealing with an illness all week, but I’m really confident the guys can make a good showing and have what it takes to beat Athletico on their day – I know I’ll be watching their progress closely while overseas.” — Daniel “forge” Fox, CS:GO Captain of SYF GAMING
Qualifying Team Two: ATHLETICO
Hot off the press with their recent victory at ESL’s AU & NZ Season 1 Championship as well as a top two finish in the CyberGamer Oceanic Esports Masters, Athletico are looking in dominating form to take out this tournament. However, by only defeating Team Skyfire 2-1 in their last AEL match it is important that they remain composed in taking out first place at this national event – Here’s what team captain, Stuart “Sonic” Rayner had to say:
“Our preparation for AEL hasn’t been ideal, having to balance our competitive games as well Chuch’s busy year 12 schedule. We have had some time to change some of our maps up but others have been neglected. Coming into the event all the guys are confident, having played at big events and nationals before will give us a massive advantage that we will look to exploit against an inexperienced team such as SYF.” — Stuart “Sonic” Rayner, CS:GO Captain of Athletico
The grand finale of this tournament will commence on Friday the 2nd of September at 9:30pm AEST, broadcasted on SBS 2 as well as AEL’s CS:GO stream: twitch.tv/ael_cs