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Esports Report for Good Game: Battle Arena Melbourne 2014

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This report covered the event I help run for CouchWarriors, Battle Arena Melbourne. It was a big success, with higher prereg and the biggest attendance of all fighting game events for the last two years. The full text of the report is below.

Good Game aired the report on May 27th, and you can view the News Segment featuring the report Here

The Report

One of the largest national Fighting game events, Battle Arena Melbourne, saw hundreds of players converge to compete in more than 10 games for the iconic BAM boxing glove trophy and over 10,000 in cash and prizes.

As the first Australian event in the Capcom Pro Tour, competition was fierce, but community minded organisers Couchwarriors also catered for new players with a Free to enter New Challengers tournament. Pleasing the crowd with impressive skills, the final between Anzel and Shoki saw Anzel walking away with his very own BAM exclusive arcade stick. It featured art by special guest, Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz of Udon comics fame. (Official Street Fighter comic artist.)

Another special guest was Mick Gordon, sound designer and composer oF Killer Instinct. He shared insights on the game’s development, and even stuck around to play casuals with the players. In an amazing final, the KI winner was Darth Wishh in his very first tournament.

Among the other winners, we saw Sydney’s Myke reclaim the Virtua Fighter throne from two time winner AlexMD, while Tones went back to back in Dead Or Alive 5 Ultimate, Melbourne mainstay Rame took out Tekken Tag Tournament 2, a close Adelaide-Sydney Final saw n-megabytes dominate Injustice and in an amazing skills showcase, Brisbane’s Baxter took first place in both King oF Fighters 13 AND Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3.

There was a huge crowd For Smash Bros across Brawl, Melee and the custom Project M. The amazing growth in the Smash community saw over 70 people compete just in Melee singles with Dekar walking out the champion.

Finally, vying for a trip to Singapore to compete in the South East Asia Majors, the final oF the 80-player Street Fighter 4 event was SL|Sol over DB|Toxy, who had won the 3rd strike tournament earlier. His beast mode Akuma wasn’t enough to overcome Sol’s Cammy to take out the top prize at the 6th Annual event.

Footage
URL/Suggested starting timecode for capture

* New Challengers final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527796061
27:20

* Killer Instinct Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527500631
34:20

Tekken Tag 2 Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527463586
26:16

Injustice Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527519170
32:30

Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527524991
Winner’s favourite moment @ 54:15 (crushing a wakeup kick to turn the momentum)

* VF5FS Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527807318
24:53

KOF13 Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527835594
32:16

3rd Strike Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527835594
4:24 (good comeback/combo)
* Marvel final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527835594
2:18:50

* SF4 Final
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527876009
12min30sec mark
Photos

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/14qiinw75unwzmg/AABBl5SiUf-jBHSEZbsb2ngTa#/

Jeffrey Chamba Cruz’ artwork used on the New Challengers Arcade Stick

Selected Additional Media

Full results post
http://couchwarriors.org/wp/bam6-2014-results/

New Game Plus also produced a half hour special with guest interviews, cosplay and included a lot of match footage:
http://newgameplus.tv/episodes/4610/new-game-plus-s03ebam_rainbow-edition/

Novede.com BAM6 News Report:

(great crowd reaction footage and images of the New Challengers winner)

Fourth Player Podcast from BAM6
http://thefourthplayer.com/project/ep-44-live-from-bam-6/

Mick Gordon Ask me Anything Pt 2
http://www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv/b/527495825


Esports Event Report: Shadowloo Showdown 2013

Tokido, SSF4 SS13 Winner

Tokido, SSF4 SS13 Winner.
Photo credit: Shadowlogic

My latest esports news report for Good Game (see more about my reporting for GG here) finally allows me to report on my favourite scene, fighting games.  Shadowloo Showdown (12-13 Oct 2013) is a great event, the second Melbourne major (see BAM) and one that the Shadowlogic team have worked hard to build as an international event.  While BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) and OHN (Ozhadou Nationals – Sydney) are majors that focus on Australian champions and interstate rivalries, SS centres on inviting players from overseas.

It’s a great way to expose local players to high level play – bring the internationals here.  The latest SS took place in a beautiful new venue at the Flemington Racecourse.  The lineup of guests was more modest than last year, but I expect that’s a positive to keep things more manageable.  Being an organiser in the scene, I applaud this, and think that’s definitely a positive for the SS team.

My report is below.  The Good Game version aired tonight (22/10) at 8:30pm on ABC2 – watch it here  (Note, The GG version of the report made a mistake in the Virtua Fighter segment, confusing the historical information about AlexMD’s win at BAM earlier this year and naming Myke as his SS opponent. Myke was not at SS, it was Gab who came second, as listed below)

Due to the number of games to cover, there wasn’t as much flourish in the copy this time around. A lot to get through!  Results and links to the stream archives all included.

General copy:

The fourth annual Shadowloo Showdown, one of 4 major fighting game events this year, hit Melbourne with fierce competition by both interstate and notable international players.

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Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown

Won by AlexMD
2nd Gab
3rd CM

With Super solid play, AlexMD followed up his breakaway win at Battle Arena Melbourne in May over world class rival Iron Myke, dominated this event, winning undefeated with the flashy Jacky

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469415427
Timecodes
Final set 7:22
Final round 9:19

Injustice: Gods Amongs Us

Won by Falco (Adelaide) with Superman. A 2D prodigy who also placed top 8 in KOF13
http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469415427
Footage
End of match 4:12:17 (roll back a bit)

Tekken Tag Tournament 2

Winner JDCR from Korea
2nd Luper Sydney
3rd Marimo Bris

Korea’s JDCR was dominant, beating 2nd place Luper 9-0 (3 matches at 3-0)
JDCR was always ahead, with the best defense in the world – capitalizes on all opponent mistakes using perfect reactions.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469694016
Timecode 1:43:43  – 1:44:23

Super Smash Bros

Local team Dekar and Redact took out Melee, while in Brawl, Canadian entry Tinman, used an unusual character Olimar, cleverly outplaying and overwhelming opponents in a barrage of attacks.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234
Timecode 48min (Shows Olimar doing his thing)
52 min end of final match

King of Fighters 13 (KOF13)

1st Xian (SG)
2nd Tokido (JP)
3rd Luffy (FR) (pronounced Louffy)
The last Aussies were knocked out in the early part of the top 8 Falco and Colonov as a stacked international bracket that saw top players Xian (Singapore) and Tokido (Japan) fight it out, This years Evo Street Fighter champ Xian took the crown.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234
Timecode 3:03 Final match

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (UMVC3 or just “Marvel”)

Abegen (Japan) was a crowd favorite fighting through losers bracket with an unusual team of Tron, Thor and an incredible She-Hulk with heartstopping, crowd pleasing solo comebacks, but it wasn’t enough as Xian took out his second tournament win.

Footage http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234
Timecode
3:17 start of Marvel
5:04:15 final match

Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition 2012 (SSF4AE or simply Street Fighter 4)

In the Grand Final Gamerbee, famously an Adon player, ran with Yun as his counter to Tokido’s Akuma which proved its value as a hard fought battle saw him win the first match and reset the bracket.
Yet the charismatic Tokido adjusted to impose a convincing win in the last set to finally win Shadowloo Showdown after four years of visits to Australian shores.

1 Tokido JP
2 Gamerbee TW
3 Uryo JP

Footage
http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469818974

Timecodes
00 Starts with Gamerbee vs Uryo
18 min 20 Gamerbee resets bracket (crowd response in shot)
18:44 Final set begins
24:00 final match of set
26 min Tokido congratulated by crowd
33min Winners presentations (Tokido with Sword)

Earlier: Luffy defeating top Japanese player Mago, then elimination by Uryo. http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469812033

Bonus: Cosplay competition 5:18 http://www.twitch.tv/shadowloohq/b/469737234