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The Esports Highlights of the Week for May 28

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A bit of everything in our esports highlights this week!

More Fighting Games, some CSGO, a bit of PUBG and the OCS continues as we take a look at the Aussie Esports highlights of this week! Gfinity Australia's Elite Series kicks off this weekend too — are you amped?

Be sure to head over and check out the rest of the esports hub! Remember you can email tips to me esportsau@ign.com 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.

CSGO - FACEIT Asia Minor OCE Qualifiers

These qualifiers were a bit of a shambles, but it was cool seeing what the community was able to scramble together. Streams weren't prepared, the seeding was a mess — Grayhound and Order played in the first round in a best of 1, for example — but in the end there was some damn good Counter-Strike. Tainted Minds went on to win, and they'll head to the Asia Minor now to compete for one of two spots at the FACEIT Major in England. Watch Yam go HAM (hey I've used that joke already) against ORDER (on an eco round, but still).

Mortal Kombat XL - COMBO BREAKER 2018

Right after Battle Arena Melbourne, a handful of Australia's best fighting game competitors upped sticks and headed to Chicago, to compete at COMBO BREAKER 2018. DarkSided's Wazminator placed 5th in the Mortal Kombat XL tournament against some stiff competition. It was cool seeing the chat slowly but surely start to respect Waz's reads over the course of the comp — by the end, Waz had scored our scene a lot of respect. He fell against Echo Fox's Scar, who went on to place second.

One thing about this play that bugged me, although I totally understand why it works the way it does — they will restart a match the moment it's 'finished'. In many cases, this meant not letting animations play out — it's just a bit odd, because the animations from NetherRealms are a huge part of the appeal, and skipping one of the gut-wrenching 'X-Ray' Moves to save 8 seconds seems odd from a viewer point of view. As a competitor I'm sure it feels more efficient to skip it though.

League of Legends - Oceanic Challenger Series

The Chiefs and Intuition remain undefeated, but the same can't be said about the Dire Cubs, who suffered their first defeat this week at the hands of Essendon's Bombers Academy team. It was actually a really good match, with a lot of room for growth from both sides — the Cubs went in a little overconfident and found themselves behind early, while the B52s' timidity saw them nearly throw a few times. This final execute — showcasing some spectacular patience from the Bombers — was perfect though.

PUBG - ESU Oceanic Series

The PGI Oceanic Qualifiers kick off this weekend, and it's been good checking out the form of local teams. Athletico are still smashing, even with their stand-in Jouxy. Avant got pretty unlucky a few times over the course of this round — their circle death in game two was particularly rough. Still, in the clip below it was a 50-50 and Athletico came out on top — great stuff from Heffaa and Neferhor.

Hit us up in the comments or on twitter if you think I missed any of the best highlights!

Joab Gilroy is an Australian-based freelancer that specialises in competitive online games and chicken dinner acquisition. You can tweet at him here.