We’re just days away from the sensational last event of CouchWarriors League 2022, and the last Australian major of the year. CouchWarriors Crossup returns to Melbourne this weekend, with a bigger venue and bigger selection of fighting games to cap off another year’s competition. That includes the highlight game from last CWC, DragonBall FighterZ – and the stakes will be high, as we are once again a DBFZ World Tour Power Event.
CouchWarriors Crossup (CWC) returns. The end of year major for the community has all the fantastic FGC and Smash titles. This year we are also hosting Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour with a Power Event, a call back to the first CWC
We’re at a fantastic new venue of St Kilda Town Hall for the CouchWarriors League end of season finals.
Date: November 19-20, 2022
Location: St Kilda Town Hall Auditorium – 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
Schedule: Fully listed on the Registration page above
Prizes: Over $15,000 in prize pool thanks to our sponsors ASTRO and MWAVE
- Major prizes for 1st and 2nd in the top 8 titles
- Minor prizes across additional games
- Door Prizes for players and spectators
CouchWarriors League: Our final event of the year will see Bounties on the top players on the ladder by the end of October.
If you ask the question, “why are the CouchWarriors events all called Ranbats?” It’s short for Ranking Battle – a long standing tradition in the community, offering players an incentive to compare their progress and get ever stronger! Today we’re announcing an update to the point system to make it more inclusive of players of all levels.
Of course, all our Ranking Battle live events are not just about tournaments, they’re perhaps moreso about socialising, casual matches and even long sets, with a great opportunity to learn and improve.
By also having tournaments this adds some goals and structure for a day’s play – and the point system is part of that. Tying all our offline and online events together via the points is CouchWarriors League – the league ladder tracks each game and region, which you can filter here on the website. This has been a great way to determine seeding and invitations for events, and prize rewards.
What’s new and why do we like it?
- Expands the point system down to all participants, not just top 4-8
- This means participation is encouraged for those who think they can’t place, they can build up a small base of points just by entering consistently.
- We have kept the weighting towards offline tournaments vs online, however all points totals are increased, so if you play consistently, even online, you have a chance to post a good score
- This provides a nice second split/half season boost as we go towards finals. We won’t reset the points completely, but it provides an effective reset for those actively playing thanks to the increase.
- Still acknowledges season 1 players who get a kick start, recognizing due to COVID, its been an uneven year for live events.
- The system gives more scope for flexibility in determining prizes and finals seeding.
The point system will be in effect from July events onwards! Yes, that means you can earn more points for playing any of the current tournaments! Register here
We recognise this year has been uneven due to Covid, so some regions may have more events than others. This is why we will award end of season prizes to the top players in every game – in each region.
So if you’re the best player in a feature title in your state, or online, which is treated as its own region, you’ll be rewarded!
Current online feature titles are Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Strive, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate. These run monthly, so there’s a tournament each week and a prize will be allocated each month.
An additional two titles, while not guaranteed to run an online tournament each month, are staples of offline and will also have an end of season prize: Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros Melee.
Prizes are to be announced as the season progresses. You can count on support from our excellent sponsors Astro and Mwave for starters.
Regular titles you find at your local ranbat are all tracked in the points system, and at minimum we will add rewards at the finals.
On finals we will be planning to conclude the CWLeague season at CWC – CouchWarriors Crossup – in December with a boosted prize pool and more, to be announced.
If it is impossible for us to run a live finals event, we will run an online invitational using the league ladder. Last year there were over $5,000 in prizes and we are aiming high for this year. We will have more to share on this soon, but rest assured those points are worth striving for!
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone across the AUNZ FGC! 2019 has been a year of big tournament turnouts and big tournament performances, capped off by the year-ending mini major CouchWarriors Crossup. Full results from the event have already been reported here, but there’s so much more that goes on at any event like this than those results can really tell.
To make sure we can celebrate everything great about our community and the events we put together, this will be the first of a string of tournament recaps focusing on the best moments, images and personal achievements from those events. If you have any great moments to share or captured some good energy on camera, go ahead and send it to [email protected] so we can add them to the list!
THE SEASON FINALE
The BAM Path to EVO has continued to raise the stakes and bring a little continuity to tournaments in its 2nd season. Having shared leaderboards for MK11, SFV, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate across multiple regions has also helped spice up the interstate competition, which finally came to a head at this final event of the season. CouchWarriors sponsored travel for the Season 2 winners from interstate, who then had to run the gauntlet of local Victorian killers to make good on their titles. Read more
The second edition of CouchWarriors Crossup, our end-of-year Mini-Major, was held December 14th at Bayview on the Park in Melbourne. Here’s a summary of the results in every game and how the top matches turned out. A complete listing of match results and brackets for each game can be viewed on Smash.gg here.
CWC2 marked the finale for Season 2 of the BAM Path to EVO! The top ranked players in each of Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11 and Smash Ultimate received sponsored flights to the event to compete. The final standings can be viewed here. Note that NZ players Daniel “Kanga|Wowzer” Cossington (Tekken) and Reagan “S-NET|GhostChips” Kelly (SFV) finished on top in their respective games, but declined the prize.
This special Ranking Series ties across the community monthly RanBat tournaments across Australia and New Zealand, and in regular online events. Gathering these points lets us find the top players across the region, award prize, and provide a free trip to CouchWarriors Crossup at end of year.
Every month as events conclude you can follow the player rankings on a central points ladder. The ladder can be found at BamPathtoEvo.com.au
Each event is live streamed and featured in Twitch.TV front page promotion in ANZ.
Now, as BAM11 has wrapped, we’re resetting the points, adding a NEW game in MK11, and kicking off a new season!
Season 2 Changes
BAM Path To EVO Season 2 will use the same points system, with a twist for upcoming majors, and provide players a set of goals for the second half of 2019. This Season will lead into our end of year finals event, CouchWarriors Crossup (CWC).
CWC in turn will be the curtain raiser for the next phase, leading to BAM and EVO in 2020.
In a nutshell:
- Season Dates – June to November, 2019
- Mortal Kombat 11 (NEW)
- Street Fighter V
- Tekken 7
- Super Smash Bros Ultimate
- Double Points at Majors – BPTE Points will apply to the following interstate Majors with DOUBLE points. Support your regional major!
- Sunny Side Up (Brisbane, August 10-11) Register Now
- Ozhadou Nationals (Sydney, September 20-22)
- Southern Crossup (Auckland NZ, October 5-6)
- Top points per game get travel & entry to CouchWarriors Crossup
- We’ll reimburse your flight if coming interstate and provide free venue
- Tournament prizes and Subscriber rewards are to be announced.
- Channels To Follow Subscribe – Sub to any below to CrowdFund more ANZ Player Travel!
Read on for upcoming events and details on the points system
Over 500 attendees participated in the inaugural CouchWarriors Crossup esports event, combining our traditional end of year community ranking battle across a wide range of fighting games, and special events. For the first time, we were pleased to host a Saga event for the Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour with international pro talent, and a surge of new players for Super Smash Bros Ultimate, alongside free events for Splatoon 2 and preview of Dead or Alive 6.
Dragon Ball FighterZ (78 entrants): Japanese Champion Kazunoko takes his 4th Saga event title. Top Australian results – Falco (Adelaide) 9th, Baxter (Brisbane) 13th, Dailo (Sydney) 13th, and MajinBeng (Melbourne) 13th.
The final match was a heartbreaker for 2nd place Tachikawa (JP) who came so close, and the anguish of the loss is evident in the series of shots shown here.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate (154 entrants): Long running Smash 4 champion DS Extra has on of the closest grand finals he’s faced, with Melbourne regular Ignis making his first grand final and pushing hard with a bracket reset and just going down 3-2.
Facebook gallery Saturday 15th December
Facebook gallery Sunday 16th December
Event Live Stream Archives
www.twitch.tv/dragonballfighterz – Dragon Ball FighterZ
www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors – Street Fighter V, Tekken 7
www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash – Super Smash Bros Ultimate
www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee – Super Smash Bros Melee
www.twitch.tv/oceaninksquids – Splatoon 2
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Thank you to our event partners:
Thanks everyone for coming!
Thanks to our sponsors we have a great set of prizes to give away at CouchWarriors Crossup!
Sponsors and Partners
This year’s event supporters are:
Ordered by game, here are the prizes you can win by playing at or in some cases watching on stream, the action at CouchWarriors Crossup!
Each of the 10 Tournaments below will have an Unlucky Lucky winner, if you play and go out 0-2, you could win a Dragon Ball Super Movie Buy One Get One Free Pass!
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Aside from the $5,000 prize pool, 7th Dragon Ball as a trophy and trip to World Finals? Ok – sure, here are some more!
1st to 8th: Special Dragon Ball Australia gift package
Top 2 from ANZ will receive a Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admit 2 Ticket
- Dragon Ball Super Pt 5 Blu-Ray (Madman)
- Dragon Ball Z Broly Movie Collection Blu-Ray (Madman)
- Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admin 2 Pass
- Dragon Ball Super Movie: Broly Admin 2 Pass
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
1st to 4th: Warriors Orochi 4 Switch (Koei Tecmo)
1st: Jump Force (Digital Code ready for release, Bandai Namco),
AND Terra Formars S1 Blu-Ray (Madman)
Soul Calibur VI
1st: Jump Force (Digital Code ready for release, Bandai Namco),
AND Granblue Fantasy V1 Blu-Ray (Madman)
Street Fighter V
1st to 8th: Street Fighter Plushies!
1st to 4th Megaman 11 (PS4, Capcom)
Guilty Gear Xrd
- No Game No Life Bluray (Madman)
- Ghost in the Shell Bluray (Madman)
Blaz Blue CT
- Altelier Lydie & Suelle (PS4, Koei Tecmo)
Winning team (x4) – AnimeLab 3mth Premium Subscription
Dead or Alive 6
Saturday and Sunday 1st-2nd: Altelier Lydie & Suelle (PS4, Koei Tecmo)
PLUS MORE PRIZES FOR LUCKY DRAW AND LIVE STREAM INCLUDING ANIMELAB PREMIUM
Thanks to Tecmo Koei and Team Ninja, at CouchWarriors Crossup this weekend, you will be able to play the latest preview build of Dead or Alive 6 direct from Japan’s Dead or Alive Festival. This version of the game is close to finished and has not been shown outside of Japan. More characters are available for play, including Bass, Tina and Mila. Team Muscle!
As the game evolves it’s looking better and better.
Due for release on February 15, 2019, Dead or Alive 6 will be available for casual play and there will be two fun tournaments, 2pm Saturday and 2pm Sunday
All you need to join in is a venue Spectator pass and all Dead or Alive 6 events are FREE to enter.
Register here: www.smash.gg/cwc2018
Try the exciting new fighter before its release, and there will even be prizes! Thanks to Koei Tecmo, the JRPG Atelier Lydie and Suelle will be given away during the tournament. A range of Koei Tecmo titles will also be given away across other games, including Warriors Orochi for Switch, sharing the love with the Smash Bros Ultimate tournament, along with some door prizes too.
Scroll down for full schedule, Click here to View full details on CWC
Doors 9:30am, First Pools 10am