Chiefs triumph over Tainted Minds to win the AOC CyberGamer Premier League Winter 2017 Finals.

The two-day Australian event featured four of Australia’s top teams in action this weekend, duking it out for a lion’s share of the increased prize fund of $15,000 AUD (~$11,200) and two spots up for grabs at the CGPL Championship in November.

In the first semi-final, Tainted Minds cruised past Dark Sided in two straight maps, as Sam “flickz” Jones and company could not find an answer to their opponent’s impressive CT defense. Meanwhile, Chiefs—the defending champions of CGPL Autumn—defeated Mohammed“MoeycQ” Tizani’s Grayhound in a close 2-0 series (16-12 de_train, 16-14 de_overpass), also progressing on to the upper bracket final.

Chiefs win back-to-back CGPL splits

Grayhound was the first team to be eliminated from the double-elimination tournament, as Erka “erkaSt” Gantulga’s squad fell to Dark Sided 1-2 in the lower bracket. Dark Sided went on to face Mike “ap0c” Aliferis’ roster  in the consolidation final, who suffered a crushing 0-2 loss to Chiefs, only displaying a total of eight rounds in the two-map series.

Once again, Tainted Minds  emerged victorious, sendingMatthew “Texta” O’Rourke’s crew back home in third place.Chiefs obtained a comfortable lead heading into the best-of-five grand final against the AEM Season 1 champions, due to a 1-0 map advantage from their undefeated status in the upper bracket.

Despite the extra bonus, Chiefs slipped in the earlier stages of the match, as Jesse “InfrequeNt” Barker and company claimed the second map from behind, 16-14 on Inferno. However, Tyler “tucks” Reilly’s side reset themselves for the overall win and secured the next two maps, 16-11 on Train and 16-4 on Cache.

1. Australia Chiefs – $7,500 AUD (~$5,540) + CGPL Championship spot
2. Australia Tainted Minds – $3,500 AUD (~$2,585) + CGPL Championship spot
3. Australia Dark Sided – $2,000 AUD (~$1,475)
4. Australia Grayhound – $2,000 AUD (~$1,475)
5-6. Australia Funky Monkeys
5-6. Australia Legacy
7-8. Australia AVANT
7-8. Australia Athletico