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.
The second edition of Big Cheese, the South Australian Major, was held over the weekend of December 6th-8th at Union House in Adelaide. 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.
Results for Tekken 7, Mortal Kombat 11 and Smash Ultimate count towards the standings for the BAM Path To EVO series for those games, which can be viewed here.
The heavy Smash scene involvement made this the biggest event of the Major, as well as having double points at stake for the BAM Path To EVO. The top 8 was a who’s-who of Australia’s best Ultimate players, as befits a true interstate Major.
Another month of fiercely contested events have accelerated the BAM Path To EVO points race. With a trip to EVO 2020 on the line in each of Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate, every ranbat and online event is a high-stakes showdown! Who will have the skill and consistency to be crowned the season champion for their game across Australia & NZ?
Here’s your monthly breakdown of all the BPTE results and rankings for November. For more information about upcoming BPTE events, current standings and the points system itself, check out the Path to EVO website.
Date: 17th of November 2019. Time: 11am (booking to 5pm) Venue: Level 11, 179 Queen St Melbourne. (
It’s time for the CouchWarriors Annual General Meeting!
Another successful year behind us, we have a lot to talk about and a lot to be excited for.
CouchWarriors Mission Statement:
CouchWarriors is a non-for-profit association that was created in 2006 to help grow the Fighting Game Community. We aim to do this by providing services and events for the community such as: creating welcoming spaces for new and veteran players to learn and play, running monthly ranking tournaments, hosting our national-level tournament Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), and providing support and resources for companion events in the community.
Annual General Meeting:
Our AGM is open to the public, if you feel like you would like to be a part of CouchWarriors and to help out with tournaments and building up the fighting game community in Melbourne, please feel free to come along. Our scene is built on the passion and dedication of volunteers and organisers.
2020 Officer roles and positions of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer will be determined at this event via the nominations of the CouchWarriors Committee. The first round will be recieved via nomination. Nominees can make themselves known by emailing us at [email protected].
Only CouchWarriors Committee Members can cast votes, be nominated and elected.
At the AGM we will discuss an agenda of the following:
– Review of majors including BAM, Ranking Battles and Conventions,
– Financial review,
– Review & clarification of our mission statement.
– Report from each interstate team
– Our direction and strategy moving forward
– Review of event and management structure
– Look ahead to 2020
The secretary will add a detailed agenda based on last year’s AGM agenda soon.
Another month of fiercely contested events have accelerated the BAM Path to EVO points race. With a trip to EVO 2020 on the line in each of Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat 11, Tekken 7 and Smash Ultimate, every ranbat and online event is a high-stakes showdown! Who will have the skill and consistency to be crowned the season champion for their game across Australia & NZ?
Here’s your monthly breakdown of all the BPTE results and rankings for October. For more information about upcoming BPTE events, current standings and the points system itself, check out the Path to EVO website.
CouchWarriors Expands Further Nationally with South Australia and New South Wales
After successful growth from Victoria into Queensland, Fighting Game Esports Events organisation brings in Adelaide and Sydney organisers under the CouchWarriors umbrella.
CouchWarriors has announced today it is broadening its brand to support esports events in the fighting game and Smash Bros communities of Adelaide and Smash Bros community in Sydney.
The request from these scenes to join the banner comes after a successful expansion into Brisbane last year, which saw events grow to an average of 160 attendees each month, and launch a successful national major, Sunny Side Up, with over 450 attendees.
These events join BAM, Sunny Side Up and the FGC end of year event, CouchWarriors Crossup, which will be on December 14 at Bayview on the Park. Details here.
You can find all the events listed regularly on the CouchWarriors Facebook events page here, and announced on the Couchwarriors website.
Look for announcements on how these events and more fit in to the 2020 season of #BAMPathToEVO www.bampathtoevo.com.au
CouchWarriors, established 2006, is an expert in gaming tournaments and esports events. A not for profit with over 10 years experience, grown from the vibrant fighting game community.
Hosts of Battle Arena Melbourne (BAM), Australia’s largest open entry esports tournament event. CouchWarriors offer casual and grassroots events, scaling to professional tournaments at the national level. Both beginner to expert players have room with our inclusive approach, from an experienced tournament team.
CouchWarriors also offers commercial events services from tournament organisation and administration, live streaming, event management and staffing.
We’re returning to Melbourne Esports Open to bring fighting games to #MEO2019! Catch all the action on the CouchWarriors Fighting Game Stage as part of this major esports festival! MEO is coming up on August 31 to September 1
Five fighting games. $1,000 Base Prize Pool Each.
Compete in Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros Ultimate and Super Smash Bros Melee. Melee has an extra $500 thanks to Melbourne Melee, and Dragon Ball has something extra special!
Dragon Ball FighterZ World Tour
We’re bringing DBFZ World Tour to the MEO arena! Take part in this Tenkaichi event, claim a share in an added $1,000 cash prize pool and earn points on the world leaderboard. More info on DBFZ World Tour: https://dbfzworldtour.com/
When: August 31 to September 1. Rego by 10am, Tournaments start 11am
With your tickets for event entry, registration for the fighting games are free. Each game is double elimination, entry is open to all comers and skill levels. Compete to show you’re the best, or improve your skills!
SCHEDULE FOR FIGHTING GAMES AT MEO
Tekken, Street Fighter V and Dragon Ball FighterZ
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.
Brisbane has been lacking a major FGC national event for some time now and thanks to the Couchwarriors team in Brisbane we will finally have a national series grace the sunshine state once again!
Sunny Side Up will be the 2nd fighting game major that Couchwarriors has run this year with BAM11 having being the largest open entry esports event in Australia once again breaking its own record and Couchwarriors Crossup being planned for a sequel later on in the year.
Sunny Side Up is being held at the University of Queensland on the 10th and 11th of August with Australia’s best players gearing up to make the journey to Brisbane, it is expected to be a thrilling weekend of pure FGC action.
Sunny Side Up will earn double points in the second installment of the BAM Path to EVO series! This series finale of the first iteration of the Path to EVO series saw three players win trips to compete at Evolution 2019 in Las Vegas! Information on the BAM Path to EVO series can be found at http://www.bampathtoevo.com.
Schedule: To be announced
Dates: Saturday, August 10th – Sunday, August 11th 2019
Location: University of Queensland Union Building, St Lucia, 4067, QLD
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
Super Smash Bros Ultimate
Double Points at Majors – BPTE Points will apply to the following interstate Majors with DOUBLE points. Support your regional major!