3 November 2019

OMEN Challenger Series 2019 Semi Finals and Grand Finals – Recap

Finally, the day of the Grand Finals are upon us. Before that however, we still have to go through the Grand Finals between ALPHA RED, BREN Esports, Greyhound Gaming and Team Absolute. The local Indonesian casters were Wooswaa and Wawa Mania. The English casters were BlackenBlue and Jaeger! You can catch the stream here.

Semi-Finals

Match 1: ALPHA Red vs BREN Esports (7:8; 14:16)
Winner: BREN Esports
Map: Inferno

 

A positive start for ALPHA Red as they get the pistol round, giving them a good head start. BREN Esports seem to be a little overconfident with their movements, and gave up a few careless kills throughout the game. However the first half ended closely, at 7:8. BREN Esports are the favorites for this game, so the first half ending that closely surprised the crowd. BREN Borkem’s performance was insane, getting 28/5/20. Even till the end, it was a very close game all the way to 13:13 before BREN lurches forward to match point. Unfortunately, ALPHA Red drop the ball right towards the end at 14:15, failing to push the game to overtime and letting the victory slip out of their hands into BREN Esports’ hands.

Match 2: BREN Esports vs ALPHA Red(4:11; 9:16)
Winner: ALPHA Red
Map: Dust

 

Although BREN ESports (CT) got the pistol round, ALPHA Red came back more fearsome than ever, pushing back hard and aggressive. Economy-wise, ALPHA Red was rolling in dough, being able to keep their arsenals stocked, locked and ready to go. Meanwhile, BREN dropped behind and had to do eco rounds time and time again early game. The first half went downhill as ALPHA Red push their advantage forward, ending at 4:11. However, Dust is a T-sided map so the outcome wasn’t sealed yet as the team swap happened.

 

BREN Esports pick up the (much needed) pistol round in the second half. This gave them the cash injection they needed to start a snowball rolling and they catch up incredibly fast. However, ALPHA Red started to inch towards the match point and managed to steal the win with the 7 round advantage they got from the first half. Dust2 does not seem to be BREN’s forte it seems

Match 3: BREN Esports vs ALPHA Red(5:11; 8:16)
Winner: ALPHA Red
Map: Overpass

 

Again, ALPHA Red took the pistol round of the first half, which gives them a strong position to start in. BREN seems to be tripping up over themselves, losing rounds on their full buys and putting themselves into bad eco and ALPHA Red were chugging forward steadily. The first half ends at 4:11, a full 7 rounds lead. And to make things worse, ALPHA Red take the pistol round in the second half as well. One of the casters mentioned that this isn’t quite the dagger in BREN’s back, only the needle. But I say Arya Stark (from Game of Thrones) only needed one Needle for all her fights. Ultimately, ALPHA Red really did get the needle that they needed to put in BREN’s back, and they’ll be the ones proceeding to the Grand Finals.

 

Meanwhile, while the game between ALPHA Red and BREN Esports were running, Grayhound Gaming had taken out Absolute 2:0. Which means the Grand Finals will be ALPHA Red versus Grayhound Gaming.

Grand Finals

Match 1: ALPHA Red vs Grayhound Gaming (9:6; 16:13)
Winner: ALPHA Red
Map: Inferno

 

Grayhound Gaming are the favourites for this matchup. Interestingly, ALPHA Red were able to get a very strong start on the first half of Inferno as the CT, going strong into an 8:3 scoreline. But Grayhound Gaming were able to pull the game back in by ending the first half at 9:6. On top of that, they also get the pistol round, giving them the opportunity to bounce back. Grayhound weren’t quite able to reach the finish line before ALPHA Red, however, as their economy started to falter through attrition. ALPHA Red took the victory at 16:13, the first game out of this BO5.

Match 2: Grayhound Gaming vs ALPHA Red (12:3; 16:3)
Winner: Grayhound Gaming
Map: Dust

 

Absolutely dominant performance from Grayhound Gaming here, getting a huge lead at 12:3 by the first half. Just blazed through the first half, only giving 3 rounds away to ALPHA Red. Not much that could be said, as Grayhound’s prestige shows through on the most classic map in CS:GO. After the first half, the 3 rounds that ALPHA Red got from the first half were the only ones they got by the end of the match. Grayhound Gaming shows who’s the top dog by tying the match score 1:1.

Match 3: Grayhound Gaming vs ALPHA Red (11:4; 16:5)
Winner: Grayhound Gaming
Map: Overpass

 

The stakes are high, and this is the final match of the whole series! I wondered if I’d see another stomp like in Match 2, or if the underdogs will upset the audience with an unexpected win again. Grayhound Gaming gets the pistol round and the blitzkrieg begins. ALPHA Red get blown out of the water and the first half ends 11:4. There isn’t much of a resistance that could be mounted in the second half either as Grayhound Gaming pick up the second pistol round as well. Shattering blows were delivered by Grayhound Gaming and ALPHA Red are wavering slowly. ALPHA Red tried to utilize their utility better and the smokes and mirrors were working. ALPHA Red put up a valiant effort, getting so close to victory but ultimately were struck down by Grayhound Gaming as they ran out of gas at the last few moments. Grayhound Gaming were able to hit match point JUST as ALPHA Red ran out of cash, and that’s why they weren’t able to push the game to overtime.

OMEN Challenger Series: 12 teams, 11 countries, 3 days and our one champion has finally been revealed. Our OCS Grand Champions are Grayhound Gaming! Congratulations to them, they will be taking home a total of $20,000 USD. But not all is lost for ALPHA Red, as their consolation prize is still a solid $10,000 USD!


Conclusion
At the end of the day, there was a performance my MTV, featuring RAMENGVRL on the stage with her popping energy and her soda-sweet flow as she delivers some hot bars and blew up the exhibition hall. It was a powerful performance and great note to end the day on. Thanks to everyone who followed the events of the OMEN Challenger Series! My name is Trilz and I hope to see you next year, for the next OCS.

Written by: Dexter Lim aka Trilz