Runners up from last years’ ultimate 2v2 CS:GO tournament, Dead Weight, have this year leveled up to take the gong, as teams battled it out to find the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive duos
in Australia for Red Bull Flick 2021.
Australia, July 28. Determined to level up from their 2020 runner up position, Dead Weight have this year claimed victory in the Red Bull Flick 2021 Australian finals.
For the second year running, grassroots competition Red Bull Flick, gave amatuer Australian players the opportunity to get their wings – while playing against some of the nation’s best pro players in custom CS:GO 2v2 maps with a futuristic twist.
Pairs of players faced off in a set of brand new custom Red Bull maps specifically designed for new game mode, Hold the Flag, alongside a new narrative for players to immerse themselves in a sci-fi setting. The 2021 competition featured capture points, with each duo fighting for control with themed maps and content incorporated into the Red Bull event.
The Australian online qualifiers kicked off on June 26 and 27, July 3 and 4. There were more than 550 registrations for the competition, with 16 duos (four from each qualifier) competing in the final qualifying round to determine which eight teams would make it to the national finals. The top eight teams then battled it out in the national final on July 10, with more than 7,800 viewers tuning in across the tournament, with duos Dead Weight and Steam Support making it to the final round.
Dead Weight, made up of Mr Sharky and Velocity (Velo), were no strangers to the series having almost secured the victory last year in a down-to-the-wire finals match against eventual 2020 champions Dynamic Du-Woah. After learning from the experience and focusing on leveling up their game, this year Dead Weight brought with them confidence in spades.
“Our expectation for this year’s Flick experience was no lower than top two, and we were very confident that we could win it out this year in the Grand Final as we wouldn’t have to worry about our nerves this time around,” says Velocity. “We did a lot of practice and scrims prior to joining the tournament so we were confident we would be a favourite to win.”
However, there were a few bumps in the road to victory.
“We came into the tournament as first seed and didn’t drop a single round,” says Velocity. “But unfortunately for us, we ended up versing Steam Support on the only map that we didn’t have any experience on as we thought it was a very straightforward map. After we lost to them and went into the lower bracket we were confident that we would verse them in the Grand Final and come out victorious as the maps for the grand final we were very well versed on.”
For the full interview with Dead Weight and velocity, please go to https://www.redbull.com/au-en/red-bull-flick-australia-dead-weight-interview.
About RedBull Flick
Red Bull Flick first launched in 2019 with a local event in Turkey, and is now a prestigious global tournament, with over 45,000 registrations in over 30 countries competing in 2020. Last year’s 2020 Red Bull Flick Pro EU Invitational saw exciting upsets and incredible duos from Team Vitality, BIG Clan, ENCE and G2, with Team Germany emerging victorious over the likes of Kévin “misutaaa” Rabier and the undisputed best player in the world, Mathieu “ZywOo” Herbaut. Red Bull Flick 2021 will comprise national tournaments in more than 30 countries and international online qualifiers open to all. Winners will earn a spot in the Red Bull Flick Invitational Helsinki. There they will compete against other regional winners, as well as some of the best pro players in the world.
About Global Partners
For the 2021 season, SteelSeries, the worldwide leader in gaming and esports peripherals, joins as the official Peripheral Partner to support the event with their award-winning gaming headsets, keyboards and mice for the ultimate competitive edge. The exciting new partnership will ensure that competitors will have access to the peripherals they need for success. The hyper durable materials, sound quality and input precision are perfect for the fast decision making competitors require.
AOC, the global leader in gaming monitors, returns to join the Red Bull Gaming universe once again, bringing the event to life, and providing cutting-edge hardware for the esports tournament. As the official Monitor Partner for 2021, AOC will provide top-notch high performance gaming monitors for the ultimate gaming experience for contestants. High refresh rates and short response times mean competitors will have the best possible in-game experience.