The action never stops, which means we never stop! This week's highlights from the Aussie and Kiwi Esports scene feature FIFA, PUBG, Rocket League and some Overwatch action!
Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the esports hub! IEM Sydney is this weekend, and you can bet I'll be there! Remember you can email tips to me firstname.lastname@example.org or you can just click to send me an email. If you want, you can tweet suggestions at me as well, my twitter is down the bottom of this article.
FIFA 18 A-League E-League Finals
The A-League E-League Finals took place last Thursday, and the action was nail-biting — Sydney FC were the regular season champions, but Melbourne City were determined to make sure they didn't win the Finals so easily. Marcus Gomes vs Samer96_ was a particularly close match in the Xbox Finals, going all the way down to the final minutes as neither team wanted to give an inch. Eventually Sydney FC broke through, and they'd go on to become the first ever E-League champions too. Watch that last minute goal below.
PUBG - ZIMO PUBG Australia Invitational
Last minute Visa issues meant a few Australian and New Zealand teams got unexpected berths into the Zimo PUBG invitational, and two of them — Pathogen and Athletico — took full advantage of the opportunity. Tainted Minds' Subslayer won the First Person solo tournament on day one, but Athletico managed to win the squad tournament on days 2 and 3, and Pathogen came a close second. It was a third person perspective tournament, which is not typical for the OCE region — that makes the win even more impressive really! Watch Heffaaa win a 1 v 3 against Pathogen in the clip below.
Rocket League - Throwdown Finals
After some highly competitive play-offs, the Finals were a little less contested — the mighty Chiefs stomped their way through to the Finals, and clomped through those Finals as well. Tainted Minds stood against the storm, but found themselves unable to stop the inevitable — although they did well considering. The Chiefs put on relentless pressure, just waiting for their opponents to slip up, and they never fail to seize an opportunity.
Overwatch League - Stage 3 Week 4
Stage 3 saw Aussie support Custa transferred from the Dallas Fuel across to the LA Valiant, where former Blank Esports and Team Australia support Gunba is assistant coach. They've been doing pretty well too — although they fell to the Houston Outlaws this week (before later beating Florida). Watch Custa — who plays Mercy — snag a cheeky long range kill below.
"I spy a Junkrat unawares." - @Custa probably. #OWL2018
Live: https://t.co/U6dIipgQGs pic.twitter.com/nNIHir1GyY
— Overwatch League (@overwatchleague) April 26, 2018
That's it for this week! IEM Sydney is this week, and it should be 100% worth the time. Grayhound's DickStacy can sell it to you.
— TJ @ IEM (@TJBirrd) May 1, 2018
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Joab Gilroy is an Australian-based freelancer that specialises in competitive online games and chicken dinner acquisition. You can tweet at him here.