The first regional tournament for ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 has finally come to an end with VERTEX Esports Club walking away as the champions from Oceania. The Australian-New Zealand lineup who were one of the direct invites for the tournament dropped just one map on their way to becoming the first ever regional champions, receiving $1,000 USD in prize money along with the bragging rights!
ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020: Oceania
ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 which has been split into five regional tournaments featuring a total prize pool of $6,000 USD had kicked things off with the Oceania region on 18th December.
The playoff stage took place through the course of this weekend, coming to an end today with VERTEX Esports Club facing off against Bizarre Gaming in the Grand Final. Though VERTEX managed to win this matchup ‘2-1’ before we talk about their journey, let’s briefly take a look at Bizarre Gaming’s heroic lower bracket run.
Bizarre Gaming: Dream Run To The Finals
The Australian lineup of Bizarre Gaming qualified for the playoff stage of the tournament through the open qualifiers and lost their opening game against Sylyx ‘16-11’, dropping down to the lower bracket. From here on out Bizarre Gaming fought tooth and nail winning four consecutive do-or-die matches to reach the Grand Final, a dream run for the side.
None of their victories amounted to a single side domination but they played really well as a team and got the job done, especially against Animal Squad which was their first lower bracket match. It was hands down the most intense match of the playoff series which witnessed Bizarre claw their way back into the match, taking it to an overtime before winning it ’19-16’.
VERTEX Esports Club: Oceania Champions
The winners of ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020: Oceania VERTEX Esports Club had a dominating run through the upper bracket as they defeated Animal Squad, Sylyx, and R!OT Gaming on the trot to reach the Grand Final.
Here they faced off against Bizarre Gaming who had a terrific run of their own leading up to the finals. With a default one map advantage VERTEX went up against Bizarre on Nuke but even after giving them a good fight they sadly lost the game ‘14-16’ facing their first loss at the event.
Down to a decider the two teams fought it out on Overpass where VERTEX secured a ‘16-12’ win to win the series ‘2-1’, becoming the champions of the land down under and the first regional winners of the tournament this season.
With four more regions still left to fight it out ZOWIE eXTREMESLAND CS:GO Festival 2020 is just getting started. Southeast Asia is the next region that will be crowning a champion with the main event scheduled to take place from 8th-10th January 2021.
The online qualifiers for the SEA region will be taking place from 21st-24th December and the top-four teams will be making their way through to the playoffs. Here they will be joining four directly invited teams for the main event, competing for a total prize pool of $1,500 USD.