With the inbound release of Advanced Warfare, ACL Sydney was set to be the last major Oceanic event for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Familiar top tier teams would be attending the event, minus Curse AU who were unable to attend. Curse’s absence left a significant opportunity for new teams to break into the finals.
Staying true to tradition, Team Immunity and Avant Garde took the Pro Pool Play group by storm, being seeded first and second respectively. Alongside them, open bracket teams; Plantronics.Nv and Team Storm would quickly surge ahead of the rest of the competition in the double elimination bracket.
Although Immunity and Avant were performing well, Team Storm would be the talk of the entire tournament. In Round 2 of the Winner’s Bracket, they knocked professional team Pathfinder to the loser’s bracket. Storm would continue to cause trouble for the rest of the pro teams, defeating Immunity in the next round, followed by Avant Garde in the Winner’s Bracket Semi-finals.
Avant Garde’s performance thus far was exceptional with Team Storm being the first team to take maps off them throughout the bracket. Being forced to the Loser’s Bracket, they would have to fight off long-term rivals Immunity for a chance to break their stigmatised, 3rd place curse.
With the odds stacked against Avant, the series began. Game 1 would be Domination on Sovereign, which would end up indicating just how close this series would be. With an almost unbelievable ending, a draw in domination, pressure and intensity were at a whole new level for the rest of the series.
Games bounced back and forth between the teams, until finally the series would be decided under almost surreal circumstances. A Game 5 replay of Domination Sovereign would decide the team moving on to face amateur squad Team Storm in the final. The game starts and immediately frags and points are racking up for both teams. With the time ticking and less than a minute remaining, the scores are still dead even. However, with one incredible play from the Avant Garde captain Vilesyder, the game got flipped on its head. Avant went on to close out the game and the series to break their curse and meet Team Storm in the final.
For the first time, we would be seeing two new faces in the grand final. Team Storm, led by young gun Louqa, facing off against Avant Garde who were coming off their victory against Team Immunity. Although with a lot of experience under their belt, it was clear from the beginning of the series that Avant would struggle to keep up with newcomers Storm. Team Storm went on to dominate the best of 11 series, only dropping two maps to the seasoned Avant squad, taking out the entire event.
ACL Sydney was not only another outstanding segment to the Australian circuit but a perfect ending for competitive Ghosts. A combination of a endeared team achieving their goals and a squad of hopefuls breaking out from the pack made this event one for the community to remember. Congratulations to Team Storm for taking out the event and Avant Garde for breaking the top two. In addition, a big thankyou to ACLPro for another great event and their continued work in the Oceanic scene.
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Article by @EGN_Zeror