It’s been a busy September for Team Immunity as the male Counter-Strike: Global Offensive team have found themselves competing in multiple competitions and leagues.
Asus ROG MASTERS 2016 Oceania Qualifier
Just two days after their 2-0 win over Avant Garde in the ESL AU & NZ Championship Series two weeks ago, the Immunity boys competed in the Asus ROG MASTERS 2016 Oceania Qualifier Series, for the prize of a trip to Malaysia to compete in the grand final match. Unfortunately, Immunity just fell short in the quarter-finals, being knocked out 13-16 on Cobblestone by The Chiefs.
EB Expo 2016 LAN Qualifier #3
The next day, Immunity competed in the EB Expo LAN Qualifiers, where the top four teams from four separate qualifiers would be invited to the EB Expo in Sydney later this month, for a prize pool of $10,000. Immunity, blazing through their first game on Mirage to an easy 16-2 win against SSU White, had to face Australian rivals Athletico in a best of three. Losing the first map on Overpass 11-16, Immunity bounced back on Nuke to secure a close 16-13 victory. However, in the third and final map of the group qualifier, Immunity could not close out another win, losing 9-16 and missing out on a top four spot.
ESL CS:GO AU & NZ Championship Season 2 Week 4 Matchday 7
With two days to recover, it was time for Immunity to compete in the fourth week of the ESL AU & NZ Championship, this time against third-placed oneStop. With a strong CT half of 11-4 on oneStop’s map choice of Train, Immunity managed to stay one step ahead of their opponents, closing out Train 16-10.
As the game progressed onto Immunity’s Map choice of Nuke, the two teams would find themselves nearly inseparable by half time, with a score of 7-8 to oneStop. As Immunity switched from T to CT, they pulled ahead to a healthier lead of 13-9. OneStop though, not content with losing the night 2-0, fought back, claiming victory in the final moments of the game with a score of 14-16 at the expense of Team Immunity, bringing the final score to 1-1.
ESEA Premier Season 23 Week 1
With the ESL AU & NZ Championship league fully underway, another league was just beginning – Season 23 of the ESEA AU Premier League. Immunity’s first two games in the league consisted of a disappointing 5-16 defeat to The Chiefs, and a 16-12 win against Legacy eSports, with both maps being played on Overpass.
ESL CS:GO AU & NZ Championship Season 2 Week 5 Matchday 9
Fast-forward a week and we’re brought up to date with Immunity’s latest match in the ESL AU & NZ Championship, with a top of the table clash against second placed Parallax. With Parallax selecting Mirage and Immunity electing to play Cobblestone, the two best-of-ones were underway.
In what was always going to be an extremely close match-up, the rounds in the first half of Mirage were back and forth between the two teams. Team Immunity were slightly ahead at half time, with a score of 8-7. Moving on into their T-side, it seemed to be a similar story, until Parallax managed to pull ahead in the last five rounds of the game, beating Team Immunity out 12-16 on their own map choice of Mirage.
With a game in hand, Parallax got off to a flying start on Immunity’s map choice of Cobblestone. Winning the first five rounds, Parallax built up an enormous economy on their T-side, with the Immunity CT struggling to hold ground. With the score of 4-11 at the half-time switch, Immunity needed what seemed to be a miracle to bring themselves back in the game. With Parallax looking for what seemed to be a comfortable win, Immunity were there to spoil Parallax’s day by fighting hard and bringing the game back to 12-12. It was only then when Parallax woke up and became aware of the comeback which was happening before them, fighting hard and trying to secure their second game. Immunity though, had gathered enough momentum to break through the CT defense of Parallax and managing to achieve a win against the odds, with a score of 16-14. Overall, the night ended at a score of 1-1 between the two teams.
After two weeks of tough games, there is still much work to be done in the Immunity camp. Now sitting second on the ESL AU & NZ Championship ladder, just one point behind leaders Athletico, Immunity still have two games to go in the series against The Chiefs and Team Skyfire.
Immunity will continue their run in the ESEA Premier League tonight starting at 7:30pm AEST against teams SSU White and Evil Monkeys.
Luke “Sjambok” Harris
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