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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


Esports Event Report: CGPL Winter Call of Duty Championships

For my second eSports report for Good Game, I had the opportunity to report on the live LAN finals for one of the CyberGamer Professional League seasons, this time for Call of Duty on PC.

CyberGamer are far and away the leader in online ladder and league sites in Australian gaming, so it was great that they had a LAN finals, and to have a chance to highlight one of their events.

The staff and particularly key organiser Richard Lawes were fantastic in helping provide information, background on players and the league (the Q&A answers for my backgrounding questions, below, came from Richard), not to mention excellent quality footage from their event.  Below is a version of the copy I wrote for the Good Game episode that aired on 10 September 2013.

You can view the segment here

Read on for my full notes and original copy

Event Notes

 

CGPL Winter Call of Duty Championships

First LAN/live gathering for the PC COD community in 6 months.

How many Cybergamer LAN events now?

8th lan event

Follow up event?

League of legends championship November 23

Organiser highlight?

Seeing new faces qualifying for the championships

Final and semi final scores

2-1 each

Prize support?

Total pool $7000

Live event $5500 – 1st $4000 2nd $1500

Lower divisions $1500 online finals

After fighting through a seven week online league with 40 teams competing, Australia’s Top 8 Call of Duty 4 PC teams qualified for the LAN final in the Cyber Gamer Professional League Winter COD Championships.  The community came together for an engaging event highlighted by many new faces competing.

A full weekend of gruelling Call of Duty, playing Search and Destroy in First to Fifteen, Best 2 of 3 bouts led to a climactic tussle between old rivals Frenetic Array and Team Exile5.

Each survived close semi final matches. Event favourites Frenetic array, have won two of last three national championships. They saw off semifinal challengers Coup de Gras to set their sights on Exile5, who had just staged a disciplined semifinal comeback from 15-10 down to defeat Avant Garde, a newer team pulled together from top players.

With the lion’s share of a $7,000 prize pool on the line, Frenetic Array, confident after defeating Exile5 in last year’s final, overcame Exile5’s defensive and strategic play with aggressive pushes relying on skilful individual shots to take down the Championship 2-1.

General Notes

Final

Exile5 against Frenetic Array

Long rivalry between the two teams

Exile 5 style?

Team Captain SpachalaExile 5:

Defensive style – aggressive at the right moments. Play defensive when at advantage. Discipline.

10-15 down in semi and came back round by round. Able to adapt at the right time and

Frenetic array style?

Team Captain Josh –

Aggressive, confident

Strong on individual skill and good tactical teamwork to make up for a lower emphasis on overall strategy

4 Perth 1 Melbourne

Proactive they were reactive managed to push ahead and stay ahead. Finding the opponent and making the kills by individually outplaying opponents

Good affirmation of the newly formed lineup within the team this year

LAN builds intensity and stay hungry playing online

Final score 2-1


Impromptu PAX wrapup

As a lazy blogger, I’m reposting my Facebook post on the inaugural PAX Australia from the Sunday night after getting home. Find it below.

What a weekend. Thanks ‪#‎PAXAus‬ team, attendees, for such a positive vibe & especially everyone who said hi or came to the 3 panels I managed to swindle my way onto!

Just walking the event and chatting to people was great, so many cool things going on and people having fun. Having the time to stop and get a detailed look at something, or take in a panel, is what enlivens any con, and I felt like PAX was set up to make this feel easier to do. The exhibit hall was big, impressive, loud, vertical and cool. The marquee walkways between sections was genius and made it feel inclusive and cohesive. The food vendors were actually really good (MRBURGER!), and the Big Top area was actually relaxing, fun, energising, all the same time, with the mix of bean bags to chill out on, console games to play, and the constant murmur of people enjoying themselves at tabletop. It also had heaters. Oh man.

Had a great response to all of the panels – a real highlight and privilege to run two and be a guest on one.

A panel wrap up and shoutouts:

The Anime and Gaming panel on the Friday really set me on a high note, so many cool questions, people were really engaged and interested. From what felt like a fun, niche subject, to what was a packed out session to which we got heaps of good feedback, its clearly something people felt a strong positive response to. I think we’ll definitely have to do this one again.
Working at the Madman booth all Friday was a treat, even 5 weeks on the trot of doing cons, thanks to my colleagues and the enthusiastic attendees.
Big props to the panelists who joined me, Kwenton Bellette, Nathan Robert Cocks, T-Rex Jones, Jason O’Callaghan, Bradley D-Yoshii Jolly – what a smart bunch. I think we have video and audio of this one that we can piece together, so this will be fun to revisit.

On Saturday the Crafting a Game for the Otaku Crowd was a treat, taking some of the anime panel themes but more strongly focusing on Japanese game development, thanks to special guest Miyauchi-san, of Omega Force, producer of the Dynasty Warriors games. Was really fascinating, and fun to be part of essentially a panel interview of the guest. The search for refinement and perfection in Japanese development was so intriguing, I had many questions to ask myself. Thanks heaps James Kozanecki for inviting me on the panel, Paul Houlihan for erudite, interesting and well crafted hosting, and Brad Jolly again for detailed knowledge! This was great.

Finally today, the State of Play: Competitive Gaming and Esports panel was a rewarding one to be part of, touching on such an indepth topic was always going to be tricky to contain in an hour. Focusing on the organisers/organisations running events now felt like the right way to go, and sharing positive stories on the scene was really fun. I hope it serves as a good conversation starter and inspires some collaboration. BIG thank you and much credit to the participation of panelists Nick Vanzetti, Jessie Vonangel Rozema, Alex Walker, Mark West and Derek Reball, great contributions. Great to talk to and see many other fine esports people at the show and panel who contributed in some way. Working together, we can build it stronger

LISTEN TO THE PANEL – Audio is up on Soundcloud and by Direct Download soon (you can also download from Soundcloud).

I also checked out the Esports Federation Panel with Gamespot’s Zorine Te. Gamespot posted the full video of that panel here.
To my good friends who I shared PAX with, special thanks to you, you know who you are. Lets do this again!