Internet, assemble! It’s esports time! Despite a long weekend away in Melbourne that threw spanner into the works, I’m back with the weekly esports update!
Here most important happenings in Australian esports last week, as well as everything you can look forward to in the week to come.
Going into last week in the E-League, it was a david vs goliath battle for many teams.
First up we have Perth Glory vs league leaders Sydney FC. Predictably, Sydney comfortably moved past Perth 5-1 on aggregate across the PS4 and XBOX matches. Adelaide United vs Wellington Phoenix was a much closer affair, with Christian Bartolilo scoring the winning goal in the 5-6 goal fest.
Second place Mariners were very eager not to lose sight of Sydney FC and despite a good showing from Brisbane Roar, the Mariners sailed past Brisbane, taking both matches 1-0. Over at Melbourne Victory, Muad Zwed played both games and put in a solid performance against the Western Sydney Wanderers, beating Joseph Nassar 2-1, but losing 1-3 to Rick Tran, which saw the Wanderers win 4-3 on aggregate.
In the final matchup of the night, the Newcastle Jets squared up against Melbourne City and with both Josh Wood and Marcus Gomes in form, City took the matchup 5-3.
You can view the the top goals here and if you’re feeling greedy, can pig out on all the goals from round 7, here.
After all the action from round 7, this is where things stand, with Sydney FC leading the way and The Mariners and Melbourne City on their heels.
Round 8 happens this Thursday at 8pm AEDT. The biggest game of the week is definitely the top 3 clash as Melbourne City take on the Mariners. You can watch the action live on Twitch, here.
2018. Split 1. Grand Finals. It was always going to be a big weekend in the Oceanic Pro League with the Dire Wolves squaring off against the Chiefs. Add to this that the UFC’s middleweight champion Robert Whittaker dropped by,
Coming into the big game, I was backing the Dire Wolves and put out a tasty 3-2 prediction. I felt like while the wolf pack had the chops, but that they would drop games, like they have all split, then they’d dig in their heels and get the job done, or at least put in a very good fight. How accurate was I? Read on!
Game 1 saw the Dire Wolves off to a strong start, but some bad decisions around Baron and a lack of discipline cost them. They almost got back into the game at times and almost won the game with an almost genius move of keeping the Chiefs busy while K1ng took the base. Alas, they got shut down and the Chiefs won the game shortly afterwards. Game 2 followed suit, with Shernfire having a tough time in the jungle. The Dire Wolves almost turned it around, but by that point the Chiefs were too strong and shut the game down.
I’m pretty sure that Dire Wolves didn’t want to be 0-2 down at this point and I’d loved to hear what was said before game 3. Coming into the game they didn’t show any signs of nerves and Shernfire was finding his feet. It was the Chiefs turn to make mistakes and a few critical mistakes later, the wolf pack are back in the fight, taking the game.
What’s that I hear you say? Reverse split? It’s at this point that I’ll mention that I was in and out of comedy gigs, unable to check my phone for an hour at a time. That was nerve racking…
The Dire Wolves got the best of the pick in game 4 and they don’t mess around from that point on, despite a decent start from the Chiefs. A baron and 3 drakes later and Shern and K1ng are nearly unstoppable. A push in the 28th minute and the Dire Wolves take the game, taking us on to game 5!
The final game is a back and forth tug of war that really could have gone either way. Some masterful play from Chippys keeps the Dire Wolves alive in a play that could have cost them the game and the Dire Wolves turn a team fight and march down the middle to end the game.
You can read the full match review here.
There’s a break in the OPL till split 2, but the Dire Wolves will go on to play internationally in a month. I’ll fill you in when it happens!
The ESL ANZ Pro League went down on Wednesday and Thursday.
On Wednesday, the final games in Group B saw Tahoot lose 1-2 to Zero Gaming and saw Athletico beat Taboo 2-1. On Thursday, the playoffs started and Dark Sided beat Athletico 2-1, sending them to the APAC Sydney LAN Finals. They’re joined by Mindfreak, who beat Zero Gaming 2-1. The LAN finals happen on April 14-15 in Sydney, with 8 teams from across APAC battling it out.
Outside of these main events, there was also community cup action on Saturday and Sunday, across PS4, Xbox and PC. On PS4, Dynamite Gaming and WiZe made it to the finals, where Dynamite dominated and took the match 2-0.
On Xbox, The23Enigma and Insanity rose through the ranks from the initial 16 teams. The23Enigma went on to pick up the win going 2-0 and KGB Esports battled Obsidium for third place, and won. In the PC Master race cup, Mount Franklin continues their peak performance, defeating Fortnite Building 101, inVaYn and Outlaws Black to reach the final, where they met Downfall. Downfall unfortunately could not be the downfall of Mount Franklin, who took the win for the 3rd week in a row.
There’s no major Australian R6 action this week, but there’s community cup action on Sunday from around 12pm onwards and you should be able to watch it here.
Last week, we entered the fourth week of the ESL ANZ Championship group stage. On Wednesday, Streamline got things started with an easy win over Ground Zero, and Carnage picked up a free win, with Ex-Athletico pulling a no show. As for the rest of the night, both the Chiefs and Order picked up wins against R!OT and Lucky7 respectively.
On Thursday, Dark Sided beat Taboo and Control managed to get a win over Corvidae. Tainted Minds went on to beat Surge, and last but definitely not least, Conspiracy almost managed to take a game from Grayhound, but just fell short, with Grayhound taking the win.
Over in the CGPL, it was the final round before the live LAN finals. Monday saw a huge game between the Chiefs and Grayhound and an unstoppable force met and immoveable object, as the match ended in a draw. On Tuesday, Taboo picked up a win over Avant and Dark Sided beat Orgless.
In the the ESEA MDL Premier Division, the playoffs happened over the weekend, with 8 teams battling it out in a knockout format. In the quarterfinals, Tainted Minds beat Control, The Chiefs beat Legacy, Dark Sided got free pass as Grayhound forfeited and Order also got a free pass, with Corvidae forfeiting.
In the semi’s, Tainted Minds put in a solid 2-0 win over Dark Sided, but Chiefs vs Order was a much closer game, with the match going 1-1 and Order picking up the decider. In the final, Order had an easy time, picking up a 2-0 win against Tainted Minds to qualify for the global LAN Finals.
It was also the finals of the LetsPlay.Live Season, with Tainted Minds and Grayhound Gaming travelling down to Auckland to face off in person. Grayhound put in a solid display and picked up the win.
A busy week for the boys from Grayhound, they also participated in the Perfect World CS:GO Asia Summit. Only 4 teams were invited to the live event in Shanghai and they were Grayhound, B.O.O.T-d[S], Tyloo and MVP PK. Off the back of their New Zealand win, the Grayhound boys their wave of confidence all the way to the final, taking out Chinese giants Tyloo in the process. Unfortunately, they fell to MVP in a close game in the grand final, but they still put in a great performance.
For once I’m not late with the CGPL update! That’s because the CyberGamer Premier League Autumn LAN Finals are happening in Adelaide from Friday to Sunday. Friday is only a meet and greet and the action kicks off from 10am onwards on Saturday and Sunday. The top 4 teams in the league will participating and they are Grayhound, Chiefs, Corvidae and Dark Sided. You can watch the action on CyberGamer’s Twitch, here and a reminder that live tickets are available here.
Over in the ESL Championship Season 6, you can catch the following matches on Friday: Chiefs vs Lucky7, Ground Zero vs R!OT, Carnage vs Order and Streamline vs Ex-Athletico. On Saturday you can catch: Grayhound vs Surge, Taboo vs Conspiracy, Control vs Tainted Minds and Corvidae vs Dark Sided. You can catch the action here from 8pm onwards.
There’s some top tier ESL Pro League Season 7 Qualifiers for Oceania. The action is happening on Wednesday and you can catch Order vs Lucky7 and Corvidae vs Chiefs at 6pm, and Grayhound vs Dark Sided and Legacy vs Tainted Minds at 9pm. You can catch the action here.
There’s no ESEA Premier Division this week.
The gaming gods taketh away and they giveth, with the next phase of the Gfinity Australia Challenger Series kicking off. The Elite Draft showcase is happening over the next few weeks, with the winners from the Challenger Series showing off their talents to impress the drafting teams like the Chiefs. You can catch the weekly CSGO action on Sunday from 4pm AES and you can watch it here.
It was the third week of the Throwdown Championship League play on Sunday. A slightly smaller schedule than normal, likely because of easter weekend, Jam Gaming kicked off the action against Love Decks and Love Decks took the win 3-1. Next up, Tainted Minds picked up a 3-1 win vs Legs Are Silly.
The ever strong Chiefs picked up an important 3-1 win against Legacy and last but not least, Retirement Home caused a bit of an upset, beating Dark Sided 3-1.
Over at the ESL, the Go4RocketLeague had a break this week.
The Throwdown Championship is back this week from 11am on Sunday. Jam Gaming kick things off by facing Legacy and Legs Are Silly. If you want to catch a rocket league masterclass, make sure you watch the next matches, as the Chiefs take on Legs Are Silly and Retirement Home. Retirement Home go on to face Love Decks and the final game of the day should be a cracker with Tainted Minds up against Dark Sided. You can watch it here.
They also have their monthly Throwdown Cup happening on Wednesday night from 7pm AEDT. Likewise, you can catch the action here.
On the ESL side, the Go4RocketLeague is on a break this week, with the March Finals happening next Tuesday. You can find more info here.
The next phase of the Gfinity Australia Challenger Series is kicking off this week. The Elite Draft showcase is happening over the next few weeks, with the winners from the Challenger Series showing off their talents to impress the drafting teams like the Chiefs. You can catch the weekly Rocket League action on Saturday from 4pm AEST and you can watch it here.
The ANZ Premier Division was on a mid season break this week.
The Premier Division is back this Tuesday and Thursday from 19:30 AEST and with both the OPL and the Dota 2 League on a break this week, you’ll have to get your MOBA esports fix here.
Tuesday night kicks off with Crimson vs EmproX, followed up by Outlaws vs league leaders Nomia. QM Warriors vs Downfall finishes off the night. QM Warriors vs Aztech starts the action on Thursday and that’s followed up by Nomia vs Rich Gang, Downfall vs EmproX and Aztech vs Outlaws. You can catch the games on the Blizzard ANZ Twitch, along with the masterful casting from Skimmy and Vandie.
Thursday saw the ESL Global Series Phase 7 Finals. Crimson knocked out Heatstroke and Surge ESC to face Kanga Esports in the final, who beat LFT and dexesports for their spot in the grand final. Kanga performed a clean sweep and took the match 3-0.
Paladins will be back this Thursday in the usual time slot at 7pm. Catch the action here.
On Tuesday night we had the ESL ANZ Season 1 Open Qualifier Cup #4. Water- knocked out Smooth Gaming, Australian Gaming Network and Diogi to reach the final, where they met Fox Gaming. Fox Gaming defeated Dabbing Pickle Ricks, mK, Failure and CMC before falling to Water- in the finals.
The ESL ANZ Season 1 is on a break this week, with the online Finals happening over the following two weeks and the season finals happening in June.
The ESL’s SMITE Global Series Phase 2 Cup 1 happened on Saturday. The cup appears to have been taken by We Garn Servo, but these results are particularly elusive.
SMITE’s back same time next week, Saturday at 11am AEDT. Catch the action here.
Going into week 3 of the Australia Overwatch Contenders Season, the action happened on Monday and Tuesday.
Dark Sided got things underway on Monday and performed a clean sweep against Kanga Esports, going 4-0. Next up, Blank B picked up a 4-0 win over SereNity and last but definitely not least, Masterminds thumped the Sydney Drop Bears 4-0 in their top of the table clash.
On Tuesday, Legacy picked up a clean 4-0 win against Tainted Minds and Jam Gaming and Alter Ego had a close match, with Jam managing to sneak in a 3-2 win.
Another quiet week, we only have action on Tuesday this week, but the time slot is a much more work friendly 5pm onwards.
Kanga vs Tainted Minds get things kicked off and that’s followed up by Surge vs the Drop Bears, who will be keen to rebound from their bumpy match against MasterMinds last week.
This was the fourth week of the ANZ Pro League Season 2 and in the first game of the night, SYF Gaming beat Rise Esports 3-1. Next up, it was a close match between OSC Elite and Downfall as OSC Elite grind out a 3-2 win.
This week, the action should be on again on Wednesday at 7.30pm and 9pm, with SYF Gaming vs Legacy up first and Rise Esports vs OSC Elite at 9pm. This is the last group stage before the finals, which happen next WednesdayYou can watch the live stream here.
Better late than never, a new addition this week, The Call of Duty National Circuit! There was a break in play this week, but the action is kicking off again next week.
Despite a quite week at home, Australia’s only team in the global pro league, Mindfreak was away in Birmingham, competing in the Birmingham Open stop in the CoD World League. It’s a huge event, with 140 teams participating and a $200,000 prize pool. Sadly, Mindfreak had a disappointing tournament, finishing far below where they would have liked, in 17th place. They’ll look to bounce back in Atlanta, which happens later in April.
This week, there’s action on Friday night from 7:30pm AEST and you can catch the following games in the 7:30pm time slot: Taboo vs Deleted Gaming, SYF Gaming vs Frontline, Tainted Minds vs Rivalry and HRZM vs Sanday. At 9pm, you can catch: Taboo vs Tainted Minds, SYF Gaming vs HRZM, Frontline vs Sanday and Deleted Gaming vs Rivalry.
Make sure to catch the Taboo vs Tainted Minds game, as the two top of the table teams duke it out. You can watch the action here, to the silky sounds of Miles Ross voice.
A new addition this week, I’ve finally added the CyberGamer PUBG Squad Leagues! They have two leagues, the CGa league, which is the tier 2 division and the CGi league, which is invite only and consists of the top talent in Australian PUBG. Both leagues have 3 matches every Wednesday from 7pm.
In the CGi league, Game 1’s Chicken Dinner went to Carnage, with the rest of the top 5 made up of Hench Kids, Incognito, Chiefs and SYF Gaming respectively. Game 2 was picked up by Raging Knights, with DZ Resurge, Incognito, Trident Esports and Hench Kids in spots 2-5. Game 3 was won by Athletico, with Carnage, Tainted Minds, Vanguard and Raging Knights in spots 2-5. At the end of the night, Carnage are firmly at the top of the table, followed by Athletico and Incognito. You can view the full results here.
In the CGa league, There are more matches, so I’ll purely focus on the winners. The Chicken Dinners for the games went to New Genesis Gaming, onTILT, Da Boyz, Team Immunity, Zero Tolerance, Sylph Gaming and Outplayed esports. At the end of the night, Outplayed esports are at the top of the table, with Corvidae and Sylph Gaming in 2nd and 3rd. You can view the full results here.
The action is back on Wednesday night and you can watch the CGi League live here from 7pm onwards.
On Saturday, we saw the first of two Splatoon ANZ Qualifiers, with the winners getting the opportunity to take place in the global finals at E3 in June. 82 teams participated in 9 hard fought legs to get through to the finals.
Adequately named Yeah Nah progressed all the way through the winners bracket to meet Yurika in the winners bracket finals. Over in the losers bracket, Blue Ringed Octolings progressed to face Yeah Nah in the grand finals, and Yeah Nah won. Cup #2 is on this Saturday and you can find details here.
Starting on Tuesday the 2nd of April, there are EA Fifa World Cup Qualifiers, run by Gfinity Australia for your very own shot at going to the EA Fifa World Cup in London. All the information you need is right here. If you’ve been watching the E-League and reckon you’re better than Mitch Austin, it’s your time to shine.
There’s more GFinity action with the Elite Draft Showcase for Street Fighter V happening over the next few weeks. The winners from the Challenger Series show off their talents to impress the drafting teams like the Chiefs. You can catch the weekly Street Fighter action on Thursday from 7.30pm AEST and you can watch it here.
If you’re vocal chords are more dextrous than your hands, you should also be aware of GFinity’s Gift of the Gab contest, where aspiring casters and commentators can submit an entry to be one of the voices of the Elite Draft Showcase that runs over the next 3 weeks. At the end of the Elite Draft, a winner will be chosen from Dota 2, Rocket League and Street Fighter and will get to cast the Elite Series! Get around it.
This week sees the start of the Australian Esports League’s University Cup Series. This great grass roots initiative has a league for CS:GO, Rocket League and Dota 2. The matches take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively and things kick off at 6.30pm AEST. You can watch the matches here. I may add this to the weekly wrap up, time permitting.
Not exactly fresh news, but a reminder that the PUBG Zimo Invitational is happening later this month on the 25th-27th at the MCEC in Melbourne. Tickets are available here and it’s a great chance to see the best teams in APAC face off for their share of $150,000.
The Intel Extreme Masters Sydney draws closer. Go get your tickets if you haven’t already. Both Cloud9 and Fnatic are confirmed, NRG has just qualified, and there will now be Starcraft 2 action as well. Get on it now!