LPL https://letsplay.live Esports Australia and New Zealand. Thu, 17 Jan 2019 03:47:12 +0000 en-NZ hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 https://i2.wp.com/letsplay.live/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-Favicon.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 LPL https://letsplay.live 32 32 148523073 What is CyberGamer and what does this mean for the LPL community? https://letsplay.live/what-is-cybergamer-and-what-does-this-mean-for-the-lpl-community/ Thu, 17 Jan 2019 00:35:15 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4508 Happy New Year everybody! LPL has recently acquired CyberGamer.com. CG is a subscription-based website dedicated to competitive online gaming, founded by two gamers in the early 2000s. It provides PC and console users with ladders, leagues and forums related to gaming and esports. So, what does this mean for your average gamer and the wider […]

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Happy New Year everybody!

LPL has recently acquired CyberGamer.com. CG is a subscription-based website dedicated to competitive online gaming, founded by two gamers in the early 2000s. It provides PC and console users with ladders, leagues and forums related to gaming and esports.

So, what does this mean for your average gamer and the wider LPL community?

The beauty of CyberGamer is that the platform allows anyone to sign up to esports tournaments – be it as a solo player or as a team depending on the game – and progress through ranks, winning prize pool money (and those ever-important bragging rights) along the way. Think of it like a traditional sport grassroots programme where one can start in amateur and work their way up to the pro leagues if they so wish.

Not only does acquiring CyberGamer give our community an awesome opportunity to step up into the world of esports, but LPL can now offer a variety of different tournaments at all levels of play for gamers all around the world – all happening simultaneously. This means more players, more matches, more titles and more broadcasts!

The league divisions will be split up into a tiered system like so:

  • PRO – The best of the best, always has LAN finals and is always broadcasted (usually on TV) and on Twitch.
  • Challenger – (Formally CGi/Platinum), often broadcasted, is the top division tier if PRO is not supported in said game.
  • Evolution – (Formally CGm/Gold), requires users to qualify/relegate up from Amateur. This division, for now, will only apply to games with a large pool of players – such as CS:GO.
  • Amateur – (Formally CGa/Silver), the only requirement to compete is to have an active subscription on the platform. A step up from Open for those who want to dip their toes into competitive esports.
  • Open – This is the default free ladder where players can build up some skill before choosing to enter Amateur.

The platform also provides a discussion board for esports enthusiasts to chat about the current leagues, titles and matches, as well as keep up to date with LPL news and announcements and become part of the wider esports community.

For the time being, users can register at cybergamer.com for a free ‘Open’ division account and subscribe from there.

This month we have already announced a variety of LPL x CG tournaments including:

CS:GO
StarCraft 2
COD: Black Ops 4
Clash Royale

and we’re looking forward to announcing more titles in the very near future! To keep up to date with the newest announcements, follow our Twitter account.

At the moment tournament registration is only available on the CyberGamer website – but look out for something awesome launching on LPL’s website early this year. We can’t wait to show you what we’ve been cooking at HQ for the past 6 months.

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LPL acquires Australian esports company CyberGamer https://letsplay.live/lpl-acquires-australian-esports-company-cybergamer/ Sun, 06 Jan 2019 21:34:45 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4490 LPL is extremely excited to announce our acquisition of CyberGamer, which kicks off a whirlwind year of esports in 2019. The sale was completed on the 13th of December 2018.  (If you need to get up to speed on what CyberGamer is all about: CG is a subscription-based website dedicated to competitive online gaming. It […]

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LPL is extremely excited to announce our acquisition of CyberGamer, which kicks off a whirlwind year of esports in 2019. The sale was completed on the 13th of December 2018. 

(If you need to get up to speed on what CyberGamer is all about: CG is a subscription-based website dedicated to competitive online gaming. It provides PC and console users with ladders, leagues and forums.)

CyberGamer was founded in 2007 by gamers Jeremy “Asterix” Klaosen, and James “sn@p!” Burroughs. From a hobby site to serving over 12,500,105 unique users globally, the website has also grown into Australia and New Zealand’s largest community esports website with 387,741 registered ANZ members. The acquisition of CyberGamer marks another major milestone for LPL. 

LPL is a business run by gamers for gamers and we understand how imperative it is to make the acquisition as smooth as possible for the CG community. We wish to ensure all current and future community members that this acquisition will still allow users to enjoy what they already love about the current CyberGamer platform. We hope that users will look forward to experiencing even more from the website now that additional hands are on board under the leadership of CG Founder Jeremy Klaosen. 

Klaosen will join LPL as our new Head of Platform to continue on the legacy that he has created through the website. He says “Over the last 11 years since founding CyberGamer I have lived and breathed esports. I am excited about the road ahead and the world-class production and opportunities LPL will bring to the community I love so much.” 

LPL Director Duane Mutu says: “We are delighted that Jeremy has joined the team and look forward to expanding on the phenomenal job he and James and their team have done to date. CyberGamer has a rich legacy in ANZ esports and we have deep respect for their achievements and community focus.”

This acquisition gives LPL the exciting ability to provide more opportunities for grassroots players and a pathway for them to compete in televised and online pro tournaments. All users will have ability to compete in amateur and semi-professional settings, with the opportunity to advance to premier and professional leagues – much like traditional sports. We, along with the CyberGamer team, will ensure that their commitment to grassroots esports advancement in ANZ is carried through beyond the acquisition into the future. 

In addition to the CyberGamer acquisition, we will be announcing in the New Year a number of new Australian partnerships. Everyone at LPL is looking forward to continuing to support esports and its growth across Australia and New Zealand throughout 2019.

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LPL 2018 Wrap-Up & 2019 Announcements https://letsplay.live/lpl-2018-wrap-up-2019-announcements/ Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:39:02 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4473 It’s been an incredible year at LPL in 2018. From the February launch of our brand new esports studio in Auckland’s Sky Tower to executing over 65 successful broadcasts by December, we’d like to thank each and every viewer who tuned in to our content and helped to make the year the achievement it was.

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It’s been an incredible year at LPL in 2018. From the February launch of our brand new esports studio in Auckland’s Sky Tower to executing over 65 successful broadcasts by December, we’d like to thank each and everyone who participated, watched, supported, and worked with us to help make the year the achievement it was!

LPL’s broadcasting line-up included two seasons of the CS:GO ANZ Invitational, NBA 2K18 1on1 Championship, Project Cars 2 NZ Championship, Dragon Ball Fighter Z Arcade Reborn Tour, High School League & its Holiday Cup, and the Tekken 7 Esports World Championship Qualifier. We’re also proud to have participated in several on-site esports activations such as the PlayStation Plus Friendlies Tournament at Armageddon Expo 2018 and the Driven Racing Championship at Big Boys Toys.

LPL accomplished 65 successful broadcasts throughout 2018, including The Night Squad, High School League, LPL PRO and one-off partnerships such as the NRL Fortnite Lunchtime Friendlies. We reached over 1.5 million views on Twitch and 150,000+ New Zealand audience members, with over 157 hours’ worth of broadcasted content.

In 2019, LPL looks to continue on with its successes made this year. We’re excited to announce that we will be broadcasting live on SKY SPORT every Thursday evening at 8pm, starting from February 14th 2019 and continuing throughout the year on a weekly basis. As always, our broadcasts can also be viewed on Twitch.

This weekly time slot will be home to our upcoming LPL Pro CS:GO, DOTA 2, and Project CARS 2 tournaments. Monday nights will also be a key date for LPL, broadcasting 2019’s High School League – also on SKY SPORT. We also have more exciting titles and tournaments to announce in the coming months.

We look forward to seeing you in 2019!

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Meet the DOTA 2 HSL Holiday Cup teams! https://letsplay.live/meet-the-dota-2-hsl-holiday-cup-teams/ Wed, 28 Nov 2018 20:10:50 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4471 The DOTA 2 HSL Holiday Cup kicks off this weekend, with 7 schools from Australia & New Zealand battling it out in our qualifiers for the chance to face off on December 8th in our Grand Final.

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The DOTA 2 HSL Holiday Cup kicks off this weekend, with 7 schools from Australia & New Zealand battling it out in our qualifiers for the chance to face off on December 8th in our Grand Final.

Representing Australia:

  • Melbourne Grammar School (VIC)
  • Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School (NSW)
  • Westminster School (SA)
  • Casino High School (NSW)

And representing New Zealand (all from Auckland):

  • Rangitoto College
  • Lynfield College
  • Auckland Grammar School

We’re delighted to welcome all teams to the league, including fan-favourites Rangitoto College and new faces from Australia. We look forward to seeing if Rangitoto can clutch a trophy in yet another game, or if a new team can shake up the competition.

The final two teams that are left at the end of our upcoming qualifying weekend will compete in a best of three series finale. First place will take home $700 NZD, and our runners up will take home $300 NZD.

These final matches will be broadcast to the HSL Twitch page on Saturday December 8th 2018 from 12pm AEDT / 2pm NZDT with expert commentary for players, teachers, parents, friends and more to view.

Tune in to twitch.tv/highschoolleague to cheer on your school, region or country this weekend.

For more information about the DOTA 2, the HSL Holiday Cup, or High School League, visit  https://letsplay.live/hslholidaycup

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Auckland Tuatara Baseball Team take on Fortnite! https://letsplay.live/auckland-tuatara-baseball-team-take-on-fortnite/ Mon, 19 Nov 2018 02:40:23 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4464 We’re extremely excited to be hosting players from the Auckland Tuatara at LPL this Thursday, 22nd November 2018 from 6pm for a special episode of The Night Squad.

See Zach Clarke (NZ) and Elliot Johnstone (USA) show off their Fortnite skills, chat about baseball in New Zealand, their upcoming match against Sydney on home terf this Friday, and be in to win awesome prizes by chatting on Twitch!

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Join LPL’s HelloMissPotter and the Auckland Tuatara baseball team for a night of Fortnite action!

We’re extremely excited to be hosting players from the Auckland Tuatara at LPL Studios this Thursday, 22nd November 2018 from 7pm for a special episode of The Night Squad.

See Zach Clarke (USA) and Elliot Johnstone (NZ) show off their Fortnite skills, chat about baseball in New Zealand, their upcoming match against Sydney on home terf this Friday, and be in to win awesome prizes by chatting on Twitch!

The Auckland Tuatara is a professional baseball team in the Australian Baseball League based in Auckland, New Zealand. They are the only team from New Zealand to compete in the ABL, and one of two expansion teams entering the league in the 2018/19 season.

The country’s newest sporting franchise opens its inaugural season in the Australian Baseball League next month and has already assembled a formidable-looking roster to take on the Australian clubs. LPL are thrilled to have them along for some Fortnite fun and to chat about all things video games & baseball.

Thanks to the boys, we’ll be giving away 3 double passes to the Tuatara’s Friday November 23rd game vs. Sydney at McLeod Park Stadium, as well as a DualShock 4 Controller thanks to Playstation NZ!

Tune in on Thursday 22nd November from 7pm on twitch.tv/letsplaylive.

For more information about the Auckland Tuatara, to purchase match tickets (starting from as little as $15 for an adult) and/or club memberships, visit www.aucklandtuatara.com.

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Semi & Grand Finals Wrap-Up – CS:GO ANZ Invitational https://letsplay.live/semi-grand-finals-wrap-up-csgo-anz-invitational/ Fri, 09 Nov 2018 01:46:41 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4456 Semi Finals Game 1  The first map of the semifinals was Train, and it was Legacy starting off on the right foot as even on T-side they took out the pistol round and took three more rounds in a game start reminiscent of the Chiefs’ thumping by Tainted Minds the week before. The Chiefs attempted […]

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Semi Finals

Game 1 

The first map of the semifinals was Train, and it was Legacy starting off on the right foot as even on T-side they took out the pistol round and took three more rounds in a game start reminiscent of the Chiefs’ thumping by Tainted Minds the week before. The Chiefs attempted to take it back by loading moey and infrequent with AWPs, but once again it was Legacy who took the round and more and more control of the game.

The Chiefs finally managed to claw one back, limiting the damage to only being 6-1 down, and Legacy’s momentum was halted. The Chiefs have always had a buff when playing on LAN, and they took one more before Legacy quickly executed a play down on lowers and restored their lead to 5. The Chiefs weren’t taking that lying down however, and for the rest of the half put on an absolute clinic to only be down by one heading into their T-side.

Legacy weren’t ahead for long, as the Chiefs claimed the pistol round to tie the game. They took another one but couldn’t keep up with Legacy’s pace as the fourth-placed side decimated Chiefs again and again to lead 15-10. A smart call led four of Legacy to save their weapons for the next round, which proved decisive as they closed that out to take the first map 16-11.

Game 2

The Chiefs chose Nuke, attempting to emulate their last victory against Legacy where they won 16-10. However, it didn’t start out that way as Legacy took the pistol round, however as favoured as they were for that second round it was the Chiefs closing it out with some fantastic play. They followed that up with four more rounds of their own to lead 5-1, but Legacy stayed in it as they often killed off multiple Chiefs players.

Legacy made a run and snapped up three quick rounds to only be down by one, but it was the Chiefs who called a tactical pause, using it to reset. And it worked, as they took five more rounds with some strong control over the sites to lead 10-4 heading into the final round of the first half. They got the bomb down, and some strong play from Legacy led to all of the Chiefs falling, but it was far too late for the bomb to be defused and the Chiefs went to CT leading 11-4

For the first time this match, Legacy lost a pistol round and it was at the worst time possible as they were now facing down a 12-4 deficit, and the boys in blue weren’t holding back as they moved to match point with an epic 4k from flickz before Lacore shut him down. However, it wasn’t long before the Chiefs took that round and the final round to take the win 16-4 and move into the final map with momentum.

Game 3

The decider would be played on Mirage, and it was Legacy starting on CT as they took out the knife round. Three quick headshots from bl1tz quickly put the round into the favour of Legacy and they took the early lead, and the second round was even quicker. A sweet Kobe killed off moey in the third but it was the Chiefs who won the third round after tucks stepped up, and the Chiefs followed up with a second before a pause came through.

After the pause, it was Chiefs who dropped Legacy again with some high IQ play to move 3-2 up. Rounds traded back and forward as both teams were extremely bloodthirsty, eventually trading 2 apiece to go 5-4. However, the Chiefs wanted that finals spot and they burst out and starting popping off, claiming four more rounds as the game went into the last round of the first half 9-5 in Chiefs’s favour.

It was time for Legacy to clutch out the pistol round and get back into the game, having won 4/5 rounds throughout the day. However, a ninja play from Texta set up the Chiefs for the win and now all they had all the cards in this game. They moved to a 14-5 lead before Legacy managed to salvage a round, but Chiefs moved to match point not long after. And Legacy couldn’t stop them as they won the game 16-6 and locked in their spot against Tainted Minds in the final.

Grand Finals

Game 1

Up on Inferno, it was Tainted Minds who picked up the first pistol round on the CT side, and followed it up with the second round to take the early lead. With infrequent and moey extremely low, it seemd like Tainted would take a third no sweat, but a clutch from infrequent filled USTILO and sico with bullets to take the round. They took another one to equalise it, but when it came down to a 1v1 in the fifth round, it was USTILO that fell after a epic Kobe grenade toss to win the round for the Chiefs.

Both teams traded rounds in a very close contest, but it was always the Chiefs edging ahead by one or two rounds before Tainted mounted a small comeback to be down 9-6 going into the second half. The comeback would continue as a strong pistol round gave Tainted Minds the momentum to make a truly phenomenal run, snatching six rounds in a row to now be in prime position to take the first map.

They were poised for their thirteenth with the bomb down on A, but a rush through from the Chiefs gave them the defuse and their tenth round to really tighten up this game. A few early frags gave the Chiefs room to position around A, and it wasn’t long before they killed the two remaining members of TM in zewsy and ap0c to bring it back to 11-12. Tainted Minds were still favoured, but the Chiefs couldn’t be stopped as they took five rounds back-to-back to take the win and the lead in the series.

Game 2

For Chiefs, a win here would be another testament to their LAN prowess. For Tainted Minds, it was a must-win lest they lose a tournament they’d been undefeated in prior to today. Yet for a team that this game was a must-win for, they didn’t start off well as the Chiefs came away with the pistol round and a second after a 4k from infrequent. Even though Tainted Minds full-bought with a cache of AK-47s, the Chiefs shut them down once again.

It took a 5-0 deficit, eerily reminiscent of last week’s match yet in reverse, for Tainted Minds to wake up and take their first round of the game. A man down in the seventh round didn’t stop them from taking a second and it looked like the comeback was on as they took a third. But the Chiefs took a tactical pause, reset, and took three rounds to lead 8-3. A round from TM was interspersed with more rounds from the Chiefs and they ended the first half with an 11-4

It was now do-or-die for Tainted Minds, but they lost the pistol round and the round following to be 13-4. I know that would tilt me, but Tainted Minds calmly executed and took a fifth. They took a sixth before Chiefs once again caught sight of the title and picked off member after member of TM. Now 14-6, the Chiefs moved to match point and and in a final epic showdown, flickz poked his head up to headshot sico and give Chiefs the game 16-6 and the title with it.

That’s all from me for the LPL ANZ CS:GO Invitational, I hope you all had a blast and we’ll see you next time! Congrats again to the Chiefs Esports Club for winning Season 2!


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Driven x LPL at Big Boys Toys https://letsplay.live/big-boys-toys-2018/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 22:01:19 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4453 Driven is the destination for car buyers, car sellers and motoring enthusiasts alike – we’re partnering with them and PlayStation NZ to bring you an awesome GT Sport experience at Big Boys Toys 16-18 November! Come along to the Driven stand across the weekend and race for the ultimate bragging rights, put your lap times up against special […]

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Driven is the destination for car buyers, car sellers and motoring enthusiasts alike – we’re partnering with them and PlayStation NZ to bring you an awesome GT Sport experience at Big Boys Toys 16-18 November! Come along to the Driven stand across the weekend and race for the ultimate bragging rights, put your lap times up against special guest drivers, and the fastest lap time over the weekend will win a prize pack worth over $2,000 including a limited edition GT Sport PS4 console!

We’ll be racing Mt Panorama and you’ll have a choice of 6 cars (balance of power on, don’t worry) to race in! Just head along to the stand and register with one of the staff for your chance to get on the grid.

Driven are also giving you the chance to win 1 of 10 guaranteed positions on the grid in the first-ever Driven Racing Championship at Big Boys Toys this year. Head over to the Driven website here to register, and we’ll see you at the event!

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Tainted Minds vs. Chiefs Grand Final Preview – CS:GO ANZ Invitational https://letsplay.live/tainted-minds-vs-chiefs-grand-final-preview-csgo-anz-invitational/ Thu, 08 Nov 2018 05:45:34 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4451 It’s all come down to this. Weeks and weeks of thrilling head-shots, epic grenades and awesome clutch plays have led to this. Last night we had our semifinal between Chiefs and Legacy, and after a colossal three-map battle the Chiefs emerged victorious as the challengers to tournament favourites Tainted Minds, who have blitzed through the competition undefeated.

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It’s all come down to this. Weeks and weeks of thrilling head-shots, epic grenades and awesome clutch plays have led to this. Last night we had our LPL CS:GO ANZ Invitational semifinal between Chiefs and Legacy, and after a colossal three-map battle the Chiefs emerged victorious as the challengers to tournament favourites Tainted Minds, who have blitzed through the competition undefeated.

The boys repping the #TMNATION have been nothing short of brilliant in this tournament. First they beat Grayhound 16-11 to make a statement, then followed that up with an incredible effort to withstand Breakaway Esports to win 16-13. It then got even better for the fans as they stomped Ground Zero 16-1 and beat Legacy 16-10. Lastly, they took down tonight’s challengers just last week 16-5.

And it wasn’t close at all, even less so than the scoreline belies. TM ran out to a monstrous 10-0 lead, only to be stopped by moey who did so by taking his first kill of the game. Tainted Minds took three more rounds before Chiefs won the final round of the first half, and the 13-2 deficit was only compounded as both teams won three rounds apiece and Tainted took the map.

I had a chat to apoc from TM about the matchup tonight “We are feeling very confident going into tonight. We’ve been on the slow grind of improvement since the formation of our roster. Think we are about ready to peak. We have to limit chiefs randomness to win today. They can turn games scrappy and find holes in our game. As long as we maintain our cohesion over the series I think we will be sweet

Tonight can definitely be a whole ‘nother beast. Three maps means plenty of opportunities for both teams to step up, and although Tainted Minds will get the extra map selection, Chiefs with their first map choice can easily ride the momentum and take the series. The Chiefs will be looking to bounce back from their loss to Grayhound last night in the MDL straight after their victory over Legacy.

Tainted Minds, on the other hand, have all the cards. They’ve got the form. They’ve got the momentum. They’re well rested. It is going to be a massively hard ask for the Chiefs to take them down, but either way, tune in to SKY Sport 6 and twitch.tv/letsplaylive tonight for some epic frags and for the Kiwi fans, to score yourself some free food from Carls. Jr.


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Chiefs vs Legacy Semi Final Preview – CS:GO ANZ Invitational https://letsplay.live/chiefs-vs-legacy-semi-final-preview-csgo-anz-invitational/ Wed, 07 Nov 2018 04:59:11 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4445 After five weeks of intense competition, Tainted Minds emerged as the front-runners of the LPL Pro ANZ CS:GO Invitational, going undefeated against the likes of Grayhound Gaming, Chiefs Esports Club, Legacy Esports, Breakaway Esports and Ground Zero. The reward for that was being seeded directly into the grand final to be held at LPL Studios […]

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After five weeks of intense competition, Tainted Minds emerged as the front-runners of the LPL Pro ANZ CS:GO Invitational, going undefeated against the likes of Grayhound Gaming, Chiefs Esports Club, Legacy Esports, Breakaway Esports and Ground Zero. The reward for that was being seeded directly into the grand final to be held at LPL Studios inside Auckland’s Sky Tower on Thursday the 8th of November.

However, they needed a challenger, and the second and third placed teams were set to battle it out to claim that position. After Grayhound Gaming unfortunately pulled out of the final, their opponents in the Chiefs Esports Club will instead be matched up against Legacy Esports for the right to challenge Tainted Minds, who by all measures look unstoppable in this competition.

The two teams had met in the second round of the round robin, after both teams had produced comeback victories the week before against Breakaway Esports and Ground Zero, also straight after the in-game changes that altered the economy as well as the gameplay. It had been Legacy who’d secured the pistol round on T side, but it was Chiefs who had bounced back to take three rounds.

The entire game had been a slugfest and the teams were evenly matched until Chiefs secured five rounds in a row to blow it wide open. It’s a best of three, so there will be no flash-in-the-pan victory tonight as both teams will get the opportunity to play to their strengths. However, momentum may play a key factor as the Chiefs will be running hot after their recent LAN victory.

I had a chat to bl1tz from Legacy about the upcoming matchup, and they’re feeling confident about their match against the Chiefs “We are feeling good about our match up against the Chiefs. Our map pool is quite similar and we are confident in our ability to give our best on our maps.

They also know what they need to do to take the win, as bl1tz said, “to lock in the TM matchup we will need to come into the Chiefs game ready individually, as a team & most importantly mentally – able to handle any situations of nerves that can come up with LAN games and pull ourselves through it. Any team can win on LAN, and we are ready.”

The teams are evenly matched, so make sure you have enough popcorn to last all three games. It’s sure to be a thrilling contest, so tune in to SKY Sport 6 and twitch.tv/letsplaylive tonight to see the Chiefs Esports Club and Legacy Esports fight it out for the right to challenge Tainted Minds in the Grand Final!


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Week 5 Wrap-Up: CS:GO ANZ Invitational https://letsplay.live/week-5-wrap-up-csgo-anz-invitational/ Tue, 06 Nov 2018 22:27:15 +0000 https://letsplay.live/?p=4442 Our round-robins wrapped up last week in Week 5 of the LPL PRO CS:GO ANZ Invitational. These matches would decide who would go through to the Semi Finals on Wednesday 7th and Grand Finals on Thursday 8th November LIVE from LPL Studios in Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower. See how it all went down in our […]

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Our round-robins wrapped up last week in Week 5 of the LPL PRO CS:GO ANZ Invitational. These matches would decide who would go through to the Semi Finals on Wednesday 7th and Grand Finals on Thursday 8th November LIVE from LPL Studios in Auckland’s iconic Sky Tower. See how it all went down in our weekly wrap-up:

Game 1 – Legacy vs. Grayhound

Our first game of the last day of the group stage was sure to be a great game, as Legacy took on Grayhound in direct competition for a finals position. Grayhound came out swinging, securing the pistol round after catching Legacy’s B rush and allowing erkaSt to pick himself up an early 3k. With Legacy opting to fully save, it was no sweat for Grayhound to rush in with their SMGs and claim another round.

However, the script was flipped as Legacy took not one, not two, but three rounds in a row to put Grayhound on the back foot. It did seem like the winds had changed but Grayhound smelled blood and went on a quick run to pick up six rounds, with erkaSt and sterling nailing frag after frag to have 16 and 13 kills respectively. Legacy countered however, with two rounds before they traded to give Grayhound a 9-6 lead heading into the second half.

Picking up the pistol round, Grayhound forced Legacy off the site in the second round, making them leave with their pistols as Grayhound’s economy kept building. Leading 12-6, the game was getting further and further out of hand for Legacy, and their seventh round would be their last as they won a 2v2 fight around A. Grayhound closed it out a few minutes later to take the strong win.

Game 2 – Tainted Minds vs. Chiefs

It was competition leaders Tainted Minds going up against the Chiefs Esports Club in our second game of the night, and what might have seemed like a close game at the outset certainly wasn’t. TM took the pistol round and round after round to astonishingly reach a 10-0 lead before moey picked up his first kill of the game to win a round for the Chiefs. Texta, on the other hand, limited the damage as he tied the most kills in the game with sico from TM.

Tainted Minds picked up three more rounds before Chiefs managed to take their second after flickz stepped up massively to pick off player after player from TM. Down 13-2 at the changeover, the Chiefs couldn’t manifest a victory in the pistol round, but did manage to sneak a round here and there. They almost took their sixth in an epic showdown at the B site before marquez stepped up to pick off three members of the Chiefs and take the game with it.

Game 3 – Breakaway vs. Ground Zero

The final game of the invitational was Breakaway heading up against Ground Zero, and it started with a bang as Breakaway took two rounds quickly before a flank from deStiny annihilated their health bars. Ground Zero equalised before Breakaway bounced out to a strong 5-2 lead with some spectacular site control. Looking hot, Breakaway hunted for an opportunity to press their advantage, but it was Ground Zero who lit up Dust II as they stormed back into the match to lead 9-6 at the changeover.

The game was shaping up to start getting out of control for Breakaway as Ground Zero took the pistol round and a second one straight after thanks to a 4k from NikkeZ. Leading 11-6, the game was firmly in the favour of Ground Zero, but it started going downhill from there. Both teams were hunting for their first win, and Breakaway were determined to seize it.

Breakaway equalised, much to the shock of Ground Zero, but they weren’t content with that as they ran over the game to take round after round to move to match point with Ground Zero stuck on 11 for now 9 rounds in a row. A last ditch effort from Ground Zero didn’t get anywhere as Breakaway closed out the game fantastically and end the round robin on a high.

Join us for our LIVE Semi-Finals this Wednesday 7th November at 8pm on SKY SPORT 6 and Twitch.tv/letsplaylive when Chiefs take on Legacy – and see who will come out vitorious to challenge Tainted Minds on Thursday 8th November at 8pm on SKY SPORT 6 and Twitch.tv/letsplaylive!


Written by Alex Leckie-Zaharic
Image credit: @TJBirrd

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