Grayhound Gaming, an Australian team, won a thrilling show in front of an Aussie audience in ESL Challenger Melbourne 2022 at DreamHack last weekend. The team was able to defeat its Oceanic counterpart, VERTEX, but failed to take any maps off the international Counter-Strike teams in attendance.
Is Australian CS:GO broken beyond repair as the Aussie squads struggle to hold off non-Oceanic teams?
According to Grayhound AWPer Alistair aliStair Johnston, no.
AliStair made a bold statement following DreamHack: Grayhound may have failed in Melbourne, but that does not mean the Aussies will not face North American CS:GO opponents.
Europe and its heavyweight teams are a different beast, all of which are unrelated.
Grayhound and their compatriots are confident in their abilities to compete against EU leaders, but there's certainly more they could do to maintain their status long-term.
AliStair stated that they are quite competitive with NA. Europe is a lot harder, and its quite difficult because we didnt get to test our entire line-up here and get Vexite in for some experience, which would have been huge for him.
The whole scene will flourish as long as Australian teams can get time against European teams.
The Australian shared that the top-tier teams in the AU region had been scrimming against American teams, which has had an enormous impact on the Oceanic teams and their development.
Evil Geniuses keep coming here and [get to] practice against Australian teams, it's amazing, according to AWPer. It's an increasing amount of exposure to this facility that drives things forward.
It's a plus for the whole scene when such events happen in Australia.
Despite the disparity between regions, aliStair denied suggestions that he would switch teams. Instead, he's focused on developing his CS:GO playstyle to assist his team in the right direction as they enter the 2022 season.
For sure, I will continue to battle it out with the boys.
Im trying to learn constantly and am reversing my super-aggressive attitude I was previously. Were heading in the right direction as a team and individually.
Although the team failed to win the Melbourne championship, the team received the whole support of the Australian public, with supporters appreciating the team's return to CS:GO.
With RMRs around the corner, ORDER's demise put the Aussie squad in between a rock and a hard place: Only weeks before the start of ESL Challenger Melbourne 2022, the squad had no org to represent them, and the team was opened up to other potential purchasers.
Fans were eager to see the underdog Australian org back in action in Melbourne and beyond.