BAM 2022 is Just One Month Away!

There’s a very special atmosphere around the Australian FGC this month – an excitement nobody has felt for several long, major-less years. The twelfth-ever Battle Arena Melbourne finally has a scheduled date and venue, and the biggest international esports tournament on the national calendar is now open for player registration!

Taking place at Melbourne Exhibition Centre from May 13th to May 15th, BAM is a celebration of everything happening in fighting games, right in the heart of the city’s renowned CBD. It’s also the heart of the CouchWarriors League tournament circuit, offering a huge injection of ranking points alongside other prizes and competitions. Attracting champions both domestic and international across a huge range of games, this is the pinnacle of competition for every player (and spectator!) in OCE.

 

BAM11 crowd popoff

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Event Dates & Details: March 2022

March events are now lined up for CouchWarriors League 2022, with another set of CWL Online monthlies and regional ranbats for players to enjoy. Here are the dates and sign-up links for all this month’s CouchWarriors events across Australia.

You can get all this event information delivered by Twitter or email if you subscribe to our new Revue newsletter!

You can also send us your highlights, photos and stream links on Discord, Facebook or Twitter – help us share your favourite tournament moments with the rest of the AUS FGC!

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CWL Online February Results: Street Fighter V & Tekken 7

A fierce new wave of competition has struck the Australian FGC, as the CouchWarriors League 2022 season is officially underway. While the status of in-person ranbat play is still up in the air for certain states, online monthlies will remain a vital source of leaderboard points for their communities.

In addition to the honour of becoming the first points leader for 2022 in their chosen game, our CWL Online winners this month will be rewarded with an Astro Gaming A20 Headset. So who has been keeping their form over the offseason? Who will set the early pace? For Street Fighter V and Tekken 7, we now have those answers.

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BAM 2021 – Postponed to 2022. New Melbourne July Event planned

To all the FGC community from the dedicated BAM team, we are announcing the postponenment of BAM 2021. After careful consideration of the COVID safety state across Australia, and discussions with the venue we have taken the difficult decision to postpone.

We are moving BAM to its traditional month of May, 2022.  In its place, for those that can attend in Melbourne on July 11th, we will have a special alternative event we dub “BANC” or Battle Arena Nightclub. More on this below

Why Postpone

Due to the Melbourne lockdown recently, with a slow rate of changes to restrictions, the scope of the event has been affected. Adding to the decision, new hotspots in NSW and QLD have diminished the ability for interstate visitors to attend our community’s national event.

In this uncertain environment we cannot guarantee an event befitting the scale and style expected of BAM.

What about my BAM registration?

Our team will remove all registrations and refunds will be issued for BAM progressively over the coming week. The event listing itself will remain so you can keep your bookmark for smash.gg/bam12

We will reopen BAM registration closer to the event.

Alternative Event: BANC

We have an alternative event planned called Battle Arena NightClub (BANC) at the nightclub venue, Inflation in the Melbourne CBD. We recognise there are attendees who would still like to travel on the BAM dates, and take the opportunity to play in a fighting game major.

Looking to make the best we can out of the situation, this event will have big pot bonuses and prizes, at a unique venue.

Registration is found here: smash.gg/banc.

This event will be in a bar/nightclub venue opening up for us through the day, making for a cool fighting club atmosphere.

Pot bonus – $500 minimum (up to $1,000)
We are announcing at BANC there will be a Community prize bonus from CouchWarriors:
$500 for each of these titles. If the registrations for each hit 64 or more we will double it to 1,000

  • SFV
  • Tekken
  • Melee
  • Ultimate
  • DBFZ
  • Guilty Gear Strive

BAM Bounties in effect at the Battle Arena NightClub

The recently announce BAM bounties – which reward the top players at the end of June’s CouchWarriors League ladder in 5 feature titles – SFV, Tekken, Melee, Ultimate and DBFZ.

Top of points in each game will receive FREE entry to BANC and a $50 Mwave voucher

However those players are TARGETED.

The first player to beat that player in the tournament for that game at BANC will win a $50 voucher also.

VIC February 2020 Smash Ranbat Results

CouchWarriors VIC Smash Ranbats for February 2020 were held on Saturday the 22nd at Davies St in Brunswick. Here’s a summary of the results in every game and how the top matches played out. A complete listing of match results and brackets for each game can be viewed on Smash.gg here.

Results for Smash U count towards the standings for the BAM Path To EVO series for that game, which can be viewed here.

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BAM11 Tournament List

The Couchwarriors team are excited to announce the full tournament lineup for
Battle Arena Melbourne 11.
The tournament structure is in four tiers – Platinum, Gold, Silver and Retro.

 

All Platinum and Gold have premium stage time, both winners will also get to take home the coveted BAM Trophy.

Silver Tournaments are community run tournaments where the winners are awarded the BAM medal.

Retro Tournaments are community run events run entirely for glory.

Register Here!

 

Platinum+ Tournament

Mortal Kombat 11

Platinum Tournaments (Trophy, Stage Time)
Tekken 7
Street Fighter V
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Super Smash Bros Melee
Dragonball FighterZ

Gold Tournaments (Trophy)
Dead or Alive 6
Guilty Gear Xrd
Soul Calibur VI
Super Smash Bros Project Melee

Silver Tournaments (Medal Prize). 
Million Arthur Arcana Blood
The King of Fighters XIV
Blazblue Central Fiction
Ultra Street Fighter IV
Virtua Fighter 5 Final Showdown
UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe:Late[st]
Super Smash Bros. 64
Pokken Tournament DX
Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Skullgirls
Blazblue Cross Tag Battle
Street Fighter II Turbo (Not Pictured)
Rivals of Aether (Not Pictured)

Retro Tournaments
Akatsuki Blitzkampf
Fate/Unlimited Codes
Hokuto no Ken
Guilty Gear XX Accent Core +R
Vampire Saviors

Fighting game tournaments at Melbourne Esports Open

We’re teaming up with Melbourne Esports Open to bring fighting games to #MEO2018! Catch all the action on the FGC Stage, one of four esports stages on Margaret Court Arena. Join us for the debut of this new major esports event!

With your tickets for event entry, registration for the fighting games are free. Each game is double elimination and has a Prize pool of $1,000!

SCHEDULE FOR FIGHTING GAMES AT MEO

Saturday

Tekken, Street Fighter V and Dragon Ball FighterZ

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 11am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 12pm. All games are double elimination.

Finals:

Street Fighter Top 8: 3pm

Soul Calibur VI Exhibition 3pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Tekken Top 8: 3:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

Dragon Ball FighterZ Top 8: 3:30pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/newgameplustv

Sunday

Smash 4 and Smash Melee

Doors Open for registration:Check in at the MEO registration desk between 9am and 10am on the day to confirm your spot in the bracket.

All tournaments will start at 11am. All games are double elimination.

Finals:

Smash 4 Top 8: 2:00pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/couchwarriorssmash

Smash Melee Top 8: 2:3pm – Streamed on www.twitch.tv/melbournemelee

 

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Tekken World Tour: Australian Contenders, Tekken Scene Trailer

Recently we announced Tekken World Tour coming to Australia and covered the top players from the international scene heading to Melbourne. Now, lets look at the top Australian players thanks to our Tekken TO, Abi Adegbola.

The main threats to the international from Australian soil come in the form of newly sponsored Kanga|ChandNY and Dee-On Grey. Both have won multiple Australian majors between them. Dee-On Grey has amassed a great amount of international experience travelling to various tournaments around the world and even placing top 16 at EVO 2016.


Dee-On Grey 

Among the many international events Dee-On has attended, most recently competed in the Tekken World Tour Korea Masters.

–          EVO 2016: top 16

–          Battle Arena Melbourne 9: 4th

–          OzHadou Nationals 14: 1st

–          OzHadou Nationals 15: 7th

–          EVO Japan 2018: 33rd


Kanga|ChandNY 
Keep careful note of that third place for ChandNY at BAM9.  Who were 1st and 2nd? Only world champion Korean players SAINT and JDCR!


–          OzHadou Nationals 13: 1st

–          Battle Arena Melbourne 9: 3rd

–          OzHadou Nationals 14: 5th

–          OzHadou Nationals 15: 13th

 

Aside from them there are plenty of other high level Australian talent, some who have gain international experience as well that are vying for the top spot such as Aken, 4LCH3M15T, Cuteguy, and many more.

The Tekken community is always hyped up and full of energy at events, so look forward to an awesome gathering and spectator experience. To get a feel for the community as they practice, take a look at this trailer from Phil Boquida of PHILMS produced at the latest CouchWarriors Ranking Battle

The BAM9 Week of Smash!

The week leading up to BAM9 is chock full of events, so you can some serious last minute practice in before the big day!

 

Smash 4

Date: Tuesday, 9th of May
Name: “EBS Big Bam Saga”
Time: 4:30PM
Cost: $5 Entry $5 Singles
Events: Singles Bracket and Friendlies
Location: 109 Koonung Rd, Blackburn North VIC 3130

Date: Wednesday, 10th of May
Name: Guf Geelong
Time: 6:00PM
Cost: $5 Entry, $5 Singles
Events: Singles and Friendlies
Location: 28 Mallop st Geelong

Date: Thursday, 11th of May
Name: The BAM9 Salty Suite
Time: 12:00PM
Cost: $10 (Free Beverage included!)
Events: Friendlies and Mafia
Location: 3 Wellington St St. Kilda

Date: 12th-14th of May
Name: Battle Arena Melbourne 9
Time: Friday – 4:00PM, Saturday and Sunday – 10:00AM
Cost: $60
Events: Multiple Smash and FGC games
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

 

Melee + Project M

Date: Thursday, 11th of May
Name: The BAM9 Salty Suite
Time: 12:00PM
Cost: $10 (Free Beverage included!)
Events: Friendlies and Mafia
Location: 3 Wellington St St. Kilda

Date: Friday, 12th of May
Name: Project Melbourne 3
Time: 10:00 AM
Cost: $50 Entry, $10 Singles, $10 Doubles
Events: Project M Singles, Doubles
Location: 6-8 Davies St. Brunswick

Date: 12th-14th of May
Name: Battle Arena Melbourne 9
Time: Friday – 4:00PM, Saturday and Sunday – 10:00AM
Cost: $60
Events: Multiple Smash and FGC games
Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

March ’17 Ranking Points Update

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.

Here are the Top 3 in each game after March’s Ranbat.
Take a look at the Results Section for the full total.

RoA Points Smash64 Points Melee Points Smash4 Points ProjectM Points
SNC 30 Pete 20 Dekar 28 Snugs 18 Tyler 30
Jet 18 Indefa 20 Fess 20 Ghost 16 Dekar 24
Neeson 16 Mitch 20 SANick 10 Extra 16 Nido 16
SF5 Points DOA5U Points GGXrd Points KoF Points
Somniac 30 AlexMD 26 Feri 26 Somniac 16
Reepuplzorg 18 Berzerk 24 Javi 24 Sketch 16
Zed 12 Ebabil 10 Julian 16 Toxy 10

Ranking Battles Section

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