CouchWarriors League 2020 – Half-Season Recap!

Well, 6 months down and 6 to go. 2020 may have turned out to be an inauspicious year to launch our new CouchWarriors League, but just like any FGC great, we’ve adapted. Online events have kept the CWL leaderboards ticking over during the pandemic months, and we’ve even seen new players gain big opportunities from this unusual focus on netplay. Certainly for those who live outside of the main metro regions this season is looking like their best chance to make a tilt at national recognition!

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CouchWarriors League Online Results – June

Well despite the best efforts of 2020 we’ve made it all the way through June, and thu to the halfway mark of the inaugural CouchWarriors League season! Look out for a formal midseason recap to be published soon – in the meantime, here’s last month’s results!

The weekly CouchWarriors League Online events each focus on one of the major games supported by the League, with the placegetters receiving League points as part of our ongoing tournament season. Our monthly winners also received Steam vouchers from CouchWarriors.

A handy reference for our online tournament schedule during the pandemic period is on Twitter. You can always check the current standings for each game and player in CouchWarriors League here.

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Cospendium League Results – June

June 21st brought Smash Ultimate fans the second event of the new online league created by Cospendium and Kanga Esports.

With the first event attracting over 350 smashers there was clearly going to be a lot of competition over the rest of the year leading up to the finals at Cospendium in January. Sure enough, this tournament featured a smaller field but no less elite field, with several players who stumbled in the previous online bracket sharpening up to make top 8 this time around.

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Cospendium SSBU League – May

The Smash scene has gradually adapted to the all-online tournament season of 2020, and now there are plenty of events being run each month to keep the community ticking. One big positive to come out of this is the number of heretofore undiscovered wi-fi warriors who are proving themselves as serious talent through these tournaments. We’re also seeing different orgs step up and help to support the scene, and that’s what has brought us this new tournament series from Cospendium and FGC powerhouse Kanga Esports.

Cospendium is a new-look convention organisation, hosting events for the gaming, cosplay and fandom communities in Melbourne. CouchWarriors have already partnered with Cospendium to run their live gaming arena at these events, and now Cospendium have furthered their support of the FGC by sponsoring online Smash Ultimate events. Kanga Esports are providing valuable admin assistance, and have enabled the creation of a full online league leading up to Cospendium 2021 in January!

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CouchWarriors League Online Results – May

Another month of weekly online tournaments is in the books, and while we’re all pining for a regular ranbat sometime soon, this way of continuing the CouchWarriors League has proven to be a success. Plenty of great matches and stories emerged from the online brackets in May, so let’s run down exactly what happened for those who missed it.

The weekly CouchWarriors League Online events each focus on one of the major games supported by the League, with the placegetters receiving League points as part of our ongoing tournament season.

A handy reference for our online tournament schedule during the pandemic period is on Twitter. You can always check the current standings for each game and player in CouchWarriors League here.

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CouchWarriors League Online Results – April Recap

Welcome back, CouchWarriors family! It’s been a few months since we were forced into isolation by the COVID-19 pandemic. As tough as it has been to not get out to regular ranbats and weeklies, we have seen some great community efforts to stay connected and run online tournaments for any game which supports them.

Chief among these online events has been the CouchWarriors League, which we launched with incredible timing just before the coronavirus news started to hit. What was intended as a national leaderboard for state ranbats and majors has shifted with the times, and become a weekly online tournament for our rotating roster of top games. While that feeling of playing next to your opponent in a live venue is irreplacable, we have at least been able to enjoy some rare interstate matchup as each scene sends its best gladiators into the online arena! And thanks to a stack of $100 prize vouchers supplied by m-wave, there was a little bit more than pride and points on the line…

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COVID-19 Update and Online Tournament Schedule

It has been a tough month or two for any community that relies on live events – our FGC included. Those following our social media accounts will know that the realities of the coronavirus pandemic have forced CouchWarriors to make a number of changes to our 2020 plans, including postponing tournaments or moving them online. To ensure an easy reference for our community over the next few months, we’re collecting those announcements in one place.

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Phantom 2020 Major Results

Note: CouchWarriors apologises for the delay in event reports this month. The results are being reported here for posterity.

 

After a massively successful debut last year, the return of Phantom was arguably one of the most anticipated tournaments for 2020. This year the Smash-focused major was again held at the UNSW Roundhouse in Sydney, with tournament brackets running on March 7th and 8th.

Phantom 2020 also had the honour of being the first Major to hand out double-points for the newly-launched CouchWarriors League. 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.

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CouchWarriors Expands Further Nationally with South Australia and New South Wales

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. 

Alongside, events in CouchWarriors home base in Melbourne also saw a big growth for the FGC. Over 1,500 unique competitors attended the national major, BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) in May, and players across ANZ are participating in the BAM Path To EVO league, in which CouchWarriors sponsored three players to the largest worldwide tournament, EVO in Las Vegas.

Altogether, the Fighting Game esports scene is strong and healthy.

Now, Adelaide FGC and Smash, and Sydney Smash organisers will be working under the CouchWarriors banner to bring the winning formula to monthly events and add to the nationwide circuit of events.

Regular CouchWarriors events in Adelaide and Sydney will start with:

  • CouchWarriors SA “Cheese League” Monthly Ranking Battle
      • When: 3rd Sunday each month
      • Where: Level 5, Union House, Adelaide Uni
      • Next event: Sunday 17th Nov – Click here to Register

 

  • CouchWarriors NSW “Star Forge”: Sydney Smash Monthly
    • When: 4th Sunday each month
    • Where: 5 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007
    • Next event: Sunday 27th Oct- Click here to Register

Majors for Adelaide and Sydney join the Circuit

 

  • Phantom 2020: Sydney Smash/Splatoon Major

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 

About CouchWarriors

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.

www.couchwarriors.org | www.bampathtoevo.com.au 

www.facebook.com/couchwarriors | www.twitter.com/couchwarriors | www.twitch.tv/couchwarriors

BAM8 Qualifiers

Hi guys, just want to let you know about the upcoming BAM8 qualifiers!

canberra

16 April Canberra: BAM8 Qualifier by Stick Addiction

perth
17 April Perth: WA BAM8 Prologue by Ozhadou Perth
NZ
24 April New Zealand: BAM8 NZ Qualifier by Standing Fierce
nsw
30 April Sydney: YSB #41 by Ozhadou

 

A big thank you to our fellow TOs for organising these qualifiers and hope you guys make it out to these!

And thank you to the GC Fighters for throwing a great tourney last week, and be sure to check out Dejan’s post-tournament recap.

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