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ESL ANZ Champs Season 14: 8Ballers & Kingsmen round out week one victors; Paradox & Overt headline round two


Season 14 of the ESL ANZ Championship is upon us. Sixteen teams will take to the server over the coming months, with a spot at the EPL Conference and title of Oceania’s best up for grabs.

  • 8Ballers survive late 1620 Kings push, draw Renegades in round two match
  • Paradox v Overt headlines week three matches
  • The action resumes Monday, March 14

It was business as usual for the region’s top four in Renegades, Order, Vertex & Paradox at ESL ANZ Champs Swiss Round 1, with only Order dropping a map in their opening series.

Camo took Ancient away from the Rivalry Insanely Awesome CS:GO Tournament champions in shocking fashion, with Nikhil “NikkeZ” Victor (22-17, 106 ADR, 1.36 rating) and Peter “PeetyG” Souvlis (20-17, 82 ADR, 1.26 rating) rolling back the years to win 16-11.

Camo could not capitalise in the series however, going down 16-1 on Nuke. Behind a Declan “Vexite” Portelli masterclass, Order survived the series scare and will face Kingsmen in the next round.

We’ve wrapped up everything ESL ANZ Champs S14: schedule, standings & more.

ESL ANZ Champs S14: Stream

ESL ANZ Champs streams live on Twitch. Miss the action? Catch-up on the platform within 24 hours.

ESL ANZ Champs S14 — Standings (Swiss)

Stage one of the ESL ANZ Champs begins February 28. Hosting a Swiss format, three wins secures a spot in the double-elimination second stage; three losses, and the team is sent packing.

All Swiss matches are best-of-one, with the final round a best-of-three series.

Stage two will see the qualified teams battle it out in a double-elimination bracket.

ESL ANZ Champs S14 schedule & results

Week 3 & 4 schedule, Swiss Round 2 (March 14 – March 24)

Week 1 & 2 results, Swiss Round 1 (February 28 – March 10)

ESL ANZ Champs Preview (February 27)

ESL Australia’s ANZ Champs has returned for Season 14, and will start tonight with Order taking on Camo and Vertex battling against Dynasty.

There are more question marks over the scene than ever before; plenty of top teams have made adjustments over the off-season, with the regulars getting early overseas experience under their belts ahead of the Championship.

Order, Renegades and Vertex received direct invites to this season of ANZ Champs, while 13 more teams made it through the open qualifier, including big names Paradox, Overt and 8Ballers.

Reigning champions LookingForOrg will not be present for ANZ Champs Season 14, with the team still competing and bootcamping in Europe.

Order will be seeking their fourth ANZ Champs title after falling just short to LFO last season, while Renegades enter the Championship for the first time since Season 11.

ESL ANZ Champs, and it’s lower tier in ANZ Main, will run side-by-side throughout the next two months before the playoffs commence in early May.

ESL ANZ Champs S14 rosters

The region is in the midst of a massive reshuffle, with more roster changes planned in the coming month.

Luke “ekul” Bailey announced his retirement following Order’s win at Rivalry’s Insanely Awesome CS:GO Tournament, but will stand-in for the team until further notice.

Liam “malta” Schembri has completed his move from Renegades to Vertex, while Jay “Liazz” Tregillgas will remain in the Renegades roster for the beginning of ESL ANZ Champs. Sources indicate he was standing in for RNG temporarily at IEM Katowice.

UPDATE March 10: Isaac “prodigy” Dahlan announced that Darcy “Mr Shark” Clarke will permanently replace Julian “JoolzCheat” Griffin going forward.

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