Melbourne team Order has been crowned champions of Overwatch Contenders Australia Season 1 grand final at IEM Sydney 2019.
They will now travel to Shanghai, China to compete in the Overwatch Pacific Showdown from May 24th, 2019.
Sydney Dropbears previously won the last three consecutive Overwatch Contenders Australia seasons. However, they weren’t able to manage their fourth straight victory despite playing on their home turf.
Overwatch Contenders Australia 2019 Grand Final
Order started strong, showing the same overwhelming ferocity displayed during yesterday’s semifinal match against Blank eSports. The Melbourne-based team swept the control point without ceding it to take the first round point.
The second round saw Sydney Dropbears maintain control and gain an easy second-round win to equalise the score.
Sydney Dropbears continued their dominance in round three, pushing their opponent into a corner as they came within an inch of victory. But a late-round upset saw Order maintain their choke-hold on the control point to take the map point.
Order Disrupts the Order
Things didn’t get any better for Sydney Dropbears as we moved onto the second map. No matter how aggressively they played, the home team could not deny Order their second map point.
And as we rolled into the third map, Order maintained a comfortable 2-0 lead on the reigning champions.
Sydney Dropbears began to fight back on map three; managing to convert Horizon Lunar Colony into a contested battle that came down to the absolute wire. Despite this, however, Order still managed to hold the line and extend their lead to 3-0.
Dropbears Fight Back
The fourth map, Control, sees Order protecting the payload. The Melbourne team manage to stave off Sydney Dropbears to score themselves an early-round point.
Now on the defensive, Sydney Dropbears worked to deny Order any wriggle room to retake control of the payload. They succeed and manage to carve out a round-point for themselves.
Order mount an aggressive front to deny Sydney Dropbears any more ground. The ensuing fight is frenzied and intense, but the defending champions manage to carve out a victory and claim their first map point making the score 3-1.
Down to the Wire
The fifth map took us to Nepal, where the Control was the order of the day.
Order is quick to sweep Sydney Dropbears and take the first point despite being pushed into overtime. Sydney Dropbears mount a comeback, holding the second control point until Order contests it.
But again Order sweeps the home-grown team. They continue to hold the control point until Sydney Dropbears seize control yet again; when Order retake it a second time, the match becomes locked in a 99% vs. 99% overtime spectacular.
Both teams become embroiled in yet another frenzied clash; at this point, it could almost be anybody’s game. Though, despite their efforts, Sydney Dropbears were unable to hold Order back, who took the game and the championship.
ORDER UP! ORDER UP!
In a surprising underdog victory, Order claimed the grand final to become the Overwatch Contender Australia Season 1 2019 champions.
Now, Order will head to Shanghai, China later this month to represent Australia in the Overwatch Pacific Showdown. There, they will compete against the top teams from China, Korea and the Pacific.
We wish them luck as they prepare to take on the region’s best Overwatch players.
Jayden Williams travelled to Sydney, Australia as a guest of Acer. All accommodation and meals were provided by Acer.