Road to Kraków
Team Immunity’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster will be jet-setting off to Beijing, China next week, to compete in the PGL Asia Minor Championship for the upcoming Valve major, PGL Kraków, set to be held In July.
Immunity’s line-up will be led by Cal ‘BURNRUOk’ Henderson, with ex-Tainted Minds player Travis ‘wizard’ Richardson also joining the squad. The remaining three players will consist of Immunity’s core line-up: Sean ‘Gratisfaction’ Kaiwai, Mohammed ‘MoeycQ’ Tizani, and Erdenetsogt ‘erkaSt’ Gantulga.
In total, there will be 8 teams present in China – all vying for a prize pool of $50,000 USD, and one of two invites to the next qualifier stage. Among the invited teams to the qualifier are the North American based Australian team Renegades, and Chinese powerhouses TyLoo.
Among those teams which also managed to qualify for the Asian qualifier is standout Mongolian side The Mongolz, as well as newly-formed Chinese team Flash Gaming. Rounding out the eight teams we see the Lebanese-Jordan mix of Team Spotnet, as well as two Thailand-based teams: Signature Gaming and 7642.
The Journey So Far…
Our journey began towards the end of April, during the Oceania qualifiers for the Asia Minor Championships. Out of the 64 teams which entered, only one spot – the top spot – would see a single team travel to China and progress through to the next stage.
Over the course of the weekend, teams from Australia and New Zealand went head to head in best of one rounds, with best-of-three finals and semi-finals.
Ultimately, Immunity were able to beat out all competition, and managed to secure their spot to June’s Asia Minor Championships; the qualifier for PGL’s Major Qualifier in Kraków.
Below is a recollection of Team Immunity’s individual scores and results throughout the qualifier weekend.
BO1 – Team Immunity 1-0 Paradox (16-5)
BO1 – Team Immunity 1-0 4 Kings (16-2)
BO1 – Team Immunity 1-0 Avant Garde (16-14)
BO3 – Team Immunity 2-0 Legacy eSports (16-2, 16-12)
BO3 – Team Immunity 2-1 The Chiefs ESC (22-19, 13-16, 16-9)
The Journey to Come…?
So, what’s next for Team Immunity?
Should we secure a place among the top two finishers in the PGL Asia Minor Championship, Immunity will receive an invite to the PGL Major Kraków Qualifier – the final step before the premier tournament itself. There, we would become one of 16 teams fighting for a top 8 spot and a trip to the valve-sponsored major, PGL Kraków 2017.
Among those teams however, stands the best-of-the-best from the PGL worldwide qualifiers, as well as the bottom 8 teams from January’s ELEAGUE Major 2017. Big names such as Team Liquid, OpTic Gaming, G2 Esports and GODSENT all stand in our path to victory.
Finally, a top 8 finish in the qualifier would see us on the world stage once again, at PGL Kraków 2017, where a prize pool of $1,000,000 USD is up for grabs, as well as the opportunity to take home the trophy and title of one of the world’s best.
… Of course, this is all theoretical. But should the results be in our favour, this may well be the path that we take.
Regardless, it’s going to be a busy few months for Team Immunity. Along with PGL Qualifiers, we still face the LAN Finals of ESL’s ZEN League, which is to be held in Sydney between the 17th and 18th of June. $50,000 AUD will be up for grabs, and we’ll be facing off against Dark Sided, MVP PK and Recca Esports. On top of that, we have our usual CyberGamer Premier League matches for the Winter 2017 season, as well as Season 25 of ESEA’s Premier Division, beginning on June 2.
We’d like to wish the best of luck to our Counter-Strike roster heading overseas, and hopefully we’re able to make Australia proud by bringing home victory.
Luke ‘Sjambok’ Harris