Here is the long form version of the report prepared for Good Game on Australian Cyber League‘s Melbourne event which took place on the 10th and 11th of August. I also submitted a short version which was the basis for the item that aired.
In our first report on the top events in the Australian esports scene, Australian Cyber League held its second major event of the year, in Melbourne last weekend.
Over 400 players and spectators gathered for League of Legends, Starcraft 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops, with the 220 competitors vying to take a share in over 18,000 of prizes.
The event was defined by new blood challenging top players, with unsigned LOL team Wobbly Bears shocked the field with powerful team play and make it the final with Team Immunity. However the winners of the PAX Riot event held firm, showing why they’ll be representing Australia in Germany later this year.
Starcraft favourite Moonglade fell victim to teammate Rossi during regular rounds, but it was another Zerg player, Iaguz, with outstanding micro skills and command over the TVZ (Terran vs Zerg) matchup, who pushed through the base of runner up Petraeus to claim top spot.
Finally, in a nailbiting COD:BO final, newcomers Capital Punishment created a sensational near upset, taking highly touted, Team Immunity to the limit. A clutch comeback after losing 3 flag carriers in the capture the flag round granted victory in a match where a split second difference would have meant defeat.
After climbing the points ladder over the season, players can now look forward to ACLPro’s Sydney National final later this year.
I interviewed ACL CEO Nick Vanzetti for some hard and fast data on the event, then talked with players and team managers for insight into the key moments of each tournament. Thanks to Derek Reball of team NV in particular for his COD insights, and a special thanks to ACL stream master JB Hewitt for being a consummate professional and supplying great raw footage of the event
What is the overall prize pool?
18,000 total pool
ACL Melbourne is the 2nd major of the year. What event does this lead to?
Sydney finals late October (Now confirmed for Oct 19-20 – Event details here)
ACL runs on a points based system?
Players that have accrued enough points will play off at the Sydney national championship finals
What is the next event?
When is the final?
Does a win here add to international standing?
No – not linked to an international event.
What can new players get out of their tournament experience at ACL?
Pool play means every participant is guaranteed to play a minimum number of games
Open entry means everyone gets a chance to play into the finals
Key takeouts from the event:
Call of duty – upsets
Lol team finals, one of the teams was put together as just a group of friends in the last few weeks
Not aligned with any organization
New blood have been showing the top tier can be beaten
With spectators 400
Beat attendance record for COD and Sc2
Specific Game info:
winner – Team Immunity
Runner up – Wobbly Bears – A team made up of players pulled together by young player Matt, who wasn’t old enough to go with Team Immunity overseas. Amazing synergy in a short space of time.
Recent record of winner – Immunity won pax riot event and going to Germany
winner – Team Immunity
Runner up – capital punishment
Clutch moment – “Literal clutch, 3 flag carriers relay-died right on top of the winning capture. Split second difference and it went the other way”
Recent record of winner – Team immunity have dominated recent COD events and were the favourite
Next COD event – CyberGamer COD PC invitiational, end of August.
winner – Iaguz
Runner up – Petraeus
Clutch moment – Iaguz pushed his base with marines and mines, outdid the micro battle with mines marines and nedvacs
Key skill of winner -strong tvz throughout, great multitask
Recent record of winner – went to IEM Singapore and solid performance in group of death
Next event – WCS world finals/ACL Sydney