Things were looking shaky for a while this weekend at the Asia Minor, a qualifier for the US$1 million ESL One Cologne event later this year. Eight teams rocked up, two of them Australian -- and that was only after a public furore that resulted in the organisers behind forced to hold an extra qualifier for Oceania.

But while things had been quietly improving for Australian Counter-Strike, the group stages looked tricky. But both Australian teams managed to pull out enough solid performances, with Renegades securing a spot to fly the Australian flag in Germany.