The first fortnight of September has kicked off the endgame for CouchWarriors League 2020, with the national FGC organiser announcing that the remaining events on its tournament calendar would award double the normal ranking points to top 8 finishers!
This change goes some way to addressing the unexpectedly low number of points available this season after COVID forced a switch to monthly online events. Now you can imagine a chance for almost anyone to make a late run at top 16 – the cutoff point for invitation to the $2000 season finale event!
The new points bonus looks to be most impactful for the leaderboards in Street Fighter V and Smash Bros. Melee, which were the first two games contested for the month. These points races have been static and lopsided all season, with interstate rivals Joshua “GZ|Sora” Lyras and Davin “Davox” Mai dominating Melee while Ervin-Jason “pahnda” Garanovic and Xavier “DS|Somniac” Nardella were holding it down in SFV.
These players amassed their lead in the first months of the year while full points were still available at offline events, and then have continued to put in enough work over the monthly CWL Online events to remain above the reach of their competition. Will a few months of double points give in-form players like ORDER|Travis Styles or Jacob “Sock” Waddell the chance to reel these frontrunners in, or will they just lift their game to match the higher stakes? These September online events were our chance to find out.
After a successful Season 1, finding champion ANZ players to send to EVO, the world’s biggest tournament, CouchWarriors have announced the BAM Path to EVO Season 2
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
Raising more voices in the Aus FGC on #BAMPathToEVO
As part of BAM Path To EVO, CouchWarriors streams hit the Twitch front page for tournaments. Now, we’re broadening the content on our partnered channels with regular shows during the week from personalities in the scene.
Each week, hang out with players and learn more about weekly practice, strategy, tournament analysis or just chill and play some games.
You’ll be able to catch players on a weekly rotating schedule on a dedicated night for each BAMPathToEVO game. Street Fighter Sundays, Tekken Tuesdays, Smash Ultimate Nightly.
Over the month, there will be an online tournament one week, and a guest host streamer each other week. Just follow and subscribe to CouchWarriors and CouchWarriorsSmash, and check out the streamers own channels too. Plus we have a Team Page to watch.
Here is the starting lineup!