Melee report: SANick races to BAM8 crown


Expressive: SANick does not hide his emotions when he plays melee. Photograph ZG/CouchWarriors

IN the shadows of BAM7, with curtains closed on the international saga, Australia’s melee super major ushered in a new storyline this year as the local crowd took centre stage.

There were no ‘gods’ in play, no MIOM top 20 stars, just Australia and New Zealand’s best battling it out for the coveted boxing glove trophy.

In eventual champion Nick ‘SANick’ Siemelink’s mind the script had already been written, all he had to do was follow it.

Forced to ad-lib through the loser’s bracket, following a shock loss to ACT Ice Climber main Wibbles, SANick ultimately arrived at the final act he’d anticipated – a clash of light versus dark – good against evil.

There was nothing coincidental about the South Australian champion’s choice of white when he sat down to Marth ditto Te-Tuhi ‘SIN | Spud’ Kelly in grand finals of BAM8.

As far as he was concerned it was a pre-ordained finale to a story arc harking back two years to when his melee journey began.

“I like my little story arcs in my life. It just felt like it was meant to be I should play the white Marth,” SANick said.

“I spent a lot of time on green and blue Marth and I actually quite like black Marth but I thought at the end of the day there’s going to be a good versus evil battle (against Spud’s black Marth) for the heart of Australia.”

There was never any doubt in his mind as to who the hero of this story was.

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CouchWarriors February Ranking Battle Round-Up

Thanks everyone for coming to the February Ranking Battle. It was a great event, we had 307 attendees, and huge tournaments for Smash 4 with 160 attendees and a fantastic first tournament to launch Street Fighter V with 85 attendees. Here are the results

12734257_1000572996656413_6586182108268743408_nYou can find all of the Challonge brackets for the FGC games at the CouchWarriors Challonge page, and all the Smash brackets on the Melbourne Melee Challonge page.

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Stay Sharp: The Lost Warriors results


Carnage (Hakan Dorter) recently ran a farewell SFIV tournament at the CCH venue in Melbourne, and it was a successfull round robin style 32-man tournament with many old faces and hidden dragons returning, such as Jeff “Renzuo” Budiman, Sol, Penh, Rayray, Exis, Bosslogic, Geese, Andy, MiceElf and even Robsux from Sydney came down! It was streamed by Burnout at

And you can check out a YouTube playlist here:

Final results:
1st Robsux
2nd Sol
3rd Toxy
4th Som
5th Carnage
5th Hoppa
7th MiceELF
7th Renzuo

Full bracket can be found here.


Street Fighter V at CouchWarriors Coverage

With our first chance to play SFV at CouchWarriors Ranbat for August last weekend, many in the community had their first hands on with the game.  Here are a couple of the photos from our Facebook page on the day.  Read on for impressions and video!

Getting the chance to play on on one with live opponents in the gamescom build of the game was a great chance for community to get a feel for the upcoming game.  The reactions have been generally very positive, and players are looking forward to the game.

CouchWarriors member and avid youtuber, Kevin “Burnout” Kim did a great job at pulling together some analysis of changes between the online beta version, which received coverage on

Check out the videos below and look for more community impressions and video from the event soon!

July 2015 Monthly Ranking Battles points updated

Every month at the CouchWarriors Ranking Battles, the results are tallied and at the end of the year, we’ll celebrate our most consistent placers with a top of table medal.

See how players in each game are faring – take a look at the Results Section for the latest total rankings table.

In short, our current leaders are:

Melee Points Smash 4 Points Project M Points
SD 40 Earl 44 SD 36
Redact 32 Viva 27 Redact 30
Dekar 26 Jei 19 Moxie 22
USF4 points MKX points DOA5U points GGXrd points
Toxy 58 Geoffbedlam 18 Ebabil 48 Scalora 38
Burnout 26 Pan1cmode 12 Berzerk 36 Javi 36
Hoppa 18 GoogiePLZ 10 Touko 28 Feri 22

Join us for our next event on August 22 for fun casuals and perhaps to add your name to the ongoing tallies!

August Ranbat Facebook Event

Ranking Battles Section

Battle Arena Melbourne 7 Tournament Results and Videos

Battle Arena Melbourne 7 was the largest Fighting Game event on record in Australia, with 628 attendees, and competitors playing for fun and vying for glory, cash, prizes and a coveted BAM trophy or Medal across 16 events.  The chance to get together with fellow players in a big community with the excitement and atmosphere of a big tournament makes for a lasting experience.  We’re excited to share the results and videos with you.

There is also fantastic BAM7 Photo gallery on Facebook, including the Friday night Dinner and Cosplay events.


smashinternational yelizcosplay

We had over 8 international guests hosted by the event and community, with some additional visitors besides.  Including Perfect Legend (MKX, DOA5LR, KI, USF4) and a host of amazing guests in Super Smash Bros Melee, including Mango, Leffen, Lucky, Wife, Hugs, S2J, ChillinDude and Alex19

Brackets for most games found on the CouchWarriors’ Challonge page and Smash Challonge brackets are posted here.

You can find the results with embedded finals videos below.  Replays start here Read more

BAM7 Pools are up!



Smash pools:

Melee Singles 1
Melee Singles 2
Melee Doubles
Smash 4 Singles
Smash 4 Doubles


For Ultra SFIV, MKX, UMVC3, KOFXIII, DOA5, VF, Skullgirls, KI, ST, GGX:


Brackets will be found over the weekend at:

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