With the closed qualifier completed, just four remain at Oceania’s IEM Fall. Who will ascend and represent the region at the first Major in over two years?
- Renegades inch ever closer to Stockholm qualification
- Vertex take one map from Order, but lose out Overpass 13-16
- Order must win out, need RNG to lose tomorrow to make Major
No James “Roflko” Lytras due to surgery recovery, but Vertex nearly cause one of the biggest upsets in recent memory, going down narrowly 1-2 (13-16, 16-14, 13-16) to Order.
The loss means Vertex are out of IEM Fall, while Order’s slim hopes of major qualification remain alive. They’ll next need LookingForOrg to defeat Renegades in tomorrow night’s qualifying final.
Jeremy “motion” Lloyd stood in for Roflko for tonight’s elimination series, which most pundits had already written off as a sure-fire Order 2-0.
But Vertex flipped the script on it’s head, keeping it close on Dust 2 and defeating Order on Ancient – a day after Order took down LFO, one of the region’s strongest Ancient teams, 16-4.
Vertex went very close to confirming the upset, going eight straight in the first half of Overpass and leading 11-4. But experience prevailed; Ricardo “Rickeh” Mulholland (25-15, 91 ADR, 1.45 HLTV rating) and Karlo “USTILO” Pivac (20-18, 72 ADR, 1.14 HLTV rating) combined for a 12-2 half to send Vertex packing.
Order’s major qualification fate is now out of their hands. If Renegades defeat LFO today, RNG book their tickets to Sweden.
Order will need LFO to win, then must defeat Renegades in the loser bracket final and go on to claim the IEM Fall victory to qualify for the Stockholm Major.
We’re covering everything IEM Fall OCE: schedule, results and more.
IEM Fall: Twitch Stream
IEM Fall OCE streams live on Twitch. Miss the action? Catch-up with full match replays posted shortly following the live broadcast.
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IEM Fall Schedule & Results
This is a double-elimination bracket, with all matches best-of-three. The grand final will be a best-of-five, with the team qualifying through the winner’s bracket granted a map advantage in the final.
For IEM Fall North America, teams are split into two groups of five and will compete via round robin. The top two in each group progress to the playoffs.
IEM Fall OCE Main Event – Schedule
|Wednesday, September 29||Renegades 2-0 Vertex||5:15pm|
|Order 1-2 LookingForOrg|
|Thursday, September 30||Vertex 1-2 Order||5:15pm|
|Friday, October 1||Renegades v LookingForOrg||7:45pm|
|Saturday, October 2||Loser RNG/LFO v Order||3:45pm|
|Sunday, October 3||Grand Final||3:45pm|
IEM Fall NA Group Stage – Schedule (Extremum Matches Only)
|Wednesday, October 6||Extremum v ATK||7:30am|
|Extremum v paiN||10am|
|Thursday, October 7||Extremum v Team Liquid||7:30am|
|Extremum v Extra Salt||10am|
|Friday, October 8||Extremum v Bad News Bears||8:15am|
IEM Fall OCE Closed Qualifier – Results
|Friday, September 17||LookingForOrg 2-0 8Ballers||6pm|
|Vertex 2-0 lol123|
|Saturday, September 18||LookingForOrg 2-0 Vertex||6pm|
|8Ballers W-FF lol123|
|Sunday, September 19||Vertex 2-0 8Ballers||6pm|
IEM Fall OCE Closed Qualifier – Day 3 Recap (September 19)
Vertex are the fourth and final team through to the IEM Fall main event, cleaving their way to a 2-0 (16-2, 16-6) win over 8Ballers.
Christian “ADDICT” Pendleton (40-18, 102 ADR, 1.66 HLTV rating) was sublime for Vertex in their dispatch of 8Ballers, who, while finishing short of the main event, will no doubt thrive off of the experience against the top sides.
8Ballers barely left the starter’s blocks on Overpass – a 13-2 T half from Vertex put the result beyond doubt before the second pistol as the IEM Fall qualifiers got the job done with three straight on CT.
Nuke was more of the same; with 8Ballers starting on T side, they’d need a strong start to threaten a third map, but Vertex put the pedal to the metal at 1-3 down and never looked back.
Vertex finished Nuke 15-3 after the opening exchange to take the map and qualifier 16-6, Jordan “pz” White (25-12, 113 ADR, 1.86 HLTV rating) proving far too good for the 8Ballers squad.
The win tonight means we have our final four in the race for Oceania’s sole spot at the Stockholm Major. Invites Renegades and Order lead the RMR points standings, with LookingForOrg trailing close behind.
Vertex’s top four finish guarantees their first RMR points of the circuit, but with all three rivals already having earned points from EPIC League in May, their dreams of attending CS:GO’s pinnacle event are all but impossible.
IEM Fall OCE Closed Qualifier – Day 2 Recap (September 18)
Vertex were valiant in the upper bracket final but ultimately fell short to LookingForOrg (LFO), who qualify for the IEM Fall main event with their 2-0 win (19-16, 16-9).
Vertex finally landed the two pistol rounds on Vertigo but LFO stole back momentum with a CT force buy in the second half, and took the lead at 11-10.
In a game of streaks, Vertex secured five bomb plants in the final nine rounds, but LFO’s three successful retakes at the death meant overtime would be needed.
But LFO’s strong CT side prevailed, sweeping the first three of overtime and clinching away Vertex’s Vertigo pick 19-16.
Vertex looked to rebound on Dust 2, sprinting to a 6-0 lead on the CT side.
But the combination of multiple bomb plants and a weakened CT economy meant one breakthrough would reset the CT economy, and in the case of LFO’s T side, when it rains it pours.
LFO put on nine straight to close out the half, then the following four on CT to put the series beyond doubt. A late stand from Vertex was quickly snuffed out, as Euan “sterling” Moore (32-14, 126 ADR, 1.95 HLTV rating) led LFO to a 16-9 win and the main event.
Vertex has one final chance in Sunday’s lower bracket final against 8Ballers, who were granted a win after lol123 forfeited their lower bracket match.
IEM Fall OCE Closed Qualifier – Day 1 Recap (September 17)
8Ballers failed to find any ground in their opening series against LookingForOrg, with the ex-Dire Wolves outfit conceding less than ten rounds in the two maps played.
Jared “HaZR” O’Bree (43-19, 116 ADR, 1.87 HLTV rating) was on point across both maps as LookingForOrg’s 2-0 (16-4, 16-3) has them flying high in the upper bracket final.
Meeting them will be Vertex, who bounced back from a flat August with a 2-0 (16-8, 16-14) over lol123. James “Roflko” Lytras (44-31, 92 ADR, 1.37 HLTV rating) led his squad to victory, with a 26 kill effort on Mirage proving the difference.
Leading 10-5 at the half and taking the T pistol, it appeared all but over but a bounce-back force buy from lol123 quickly turned the match on it’s head.
Five straight rounds from lol123 had them within one, but Vertex held off the comeback attempt, needing the full 30 in regulation to dispatch of lol123.
Vertex will play LookingForOrg in the upper bracket final, with the winner joining Renegades and Order in the main event. For 8Ballers and lol123, they’ll play for their tournament lives in the lower bracket.
IEM Fall – Preview (September 16)
October’s Stockholm Major is in sight, but only one team will get the opportunity to represent Oceania at the Contenders Stage.
Renegades and Order received direct invites to the top four main event, with the remaining two to be filled from this weekend’s closed qualifier.
8Balllers and lol123 pushed past Caught off Guard and Rooster in the open bracket to qualify for IEM Fall. Both now join LookingForOrg (ex-Dire Wolves) and Vertex in the double-elimination bracket.
As it stands, Renegades are the favourites to qualify. Should they finish within a spot of closes rivals Order, their RMR point lead will be insurmountable and their tickets to Sweden booked.
But Order have been nipping on their heels since the season kicked off, and LookingForOrg have gone from strength to strength since the return of Mike “apoc” Aliferis.
One thing’s for certain – the race to Stockholm is not over.
IEM Fall OCE Rosters
The Dire Wolves organisation departed Counter-Strike in early September, with the line-up now competing as ‘LookingForOrg’. The squad still retain their RMR points earned at EPIC League OCE in May.
|Vertex Esports Club||BRACE||pz||ADDICT||apocdud||Roflko|