PAX Australia with all the Esports this week
PAX Australia played host to a heap of great esports this weekend as video games fans from around the country converged on Melbourne’s Convention and Entertainment Centre. The esports presence at the show has grown as this year’s PAX Aus featured two stages and literally hours of fantastic competition. Multiple teams secured trips to overseas tournaments at the convention — and the stakes made for some extremely entertaining match-ups.
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Smite – SMITE OPL Championships
Hi-Rez’s third person MOBA featured some of the best competition at PAX this year as two teams — Scylla Esports and the Adelaide Crows owned Legacy — left it all out on the convention floor in their pursuit of a trip to the Hi-Rez Expo early next January. The Gods of Smite were evenly matched as they traded game after game, and while Scylla had the upper hand heading into the tail end of game five, a misplay put them on the back foot. They wound up flanking Legacy hard and sneaking through the side to take out LGC’s Titan — securing their spot at HRX in the process. Watch them ‘Tom Clancy’ sneak their way in below.
Rocket League – RLCS OCE Championships
Considering how close the season was, the Rocket League finals were surprisingly lopsided. Pale Horse Esports beat out JAM Gaming quickly to setup a Grand Finals face-off with the Chiefs, both teams having already secured a place at the RLCS Season 4. Despite the fact that both teams had secured a spot at the RLCS, the Chiefs set out to prove that they were the best in the region — doing so in dominating fashion. Watch them finish off the series with a bit of a BM goal after the timer wound down.
Street Fighter V – Throwdown SFV Championships
The Street Fighter V Championships at PAX Aus featured no international players — a rare situation for a major competition these days, although it’s also rare for a SFV competition to not include Capcom Pro Tour considerations. Instead players duked it out in a cage for a share in $16,000 AUD and a trip to Red Bull Kumite in Paris, and the competition was hard fought. Eventually it came down to BKSama battling his way up and out of the Loser’s Bracket only to find himself facing off against ROF — the same person who sent him to the LB in the first place. He went on to get the Bracket reset and to then win in a Best of 5 where the scoreline was 2-2 and each competitor had a round a piece. It was epic, watch it below.
League of Legends – The World Championships 2017
The Quarter Finals saw to it that only Chinese and South Korean teams remained in the World Championships, and the Semis knocked out another country. The Grand Finals will see South Korean teams SKT and Samsung Galaxy battle it out in a rematch of last year’s finals. SKT took on RNG to kick off the weekend and it was a knock-down drag-out affair as both teams were fighting for their tournament lives. Twitch’s clip system was being a bit goofy so we can’t show you the play from SKT’s Huni that essentially decided Game 5 — instead, get a sneak peek at last year’s champions playing at their best below.
Samsung Galaxy were dominant against Team WE, appearing to have all the answers they needed to shutdown a team who beat them twice in the Group Stages. Were they motivated by revenge? Or had they been taking it easy in groups? It’s unlikely they’d go easy on them in Groups while assuming they’d be able to beat Longzhu Gaming, so it’s more probable they worked hard and secured their vengeance. Watch them earn their Grand Finals spot while WE’s Ben saves the AWP or something.
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Joab Gilroy is an Australian-based freelancer that specialises in competitive online games and esports. You can tweet at him here.