Over the past month, players from all around Australia and New Zealand have been battling to be champion. The Australiasian Open brings together Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and Splatoon 2 players. Individuals have fought their way through online qualifiers to earn a spot in the live grand final at Supernova in Melbourne this weekend. Before you read on, make sure you check out our previous Australiasia Open article for tournament format and rules.
After a month of high-quality Splatoon 2 play, two teams have made it to the grand final. It’s Team Morning Sun vs. Team Lime Soda. Creative names, we must say! Team Morning Sun is composed of experienced Splatoon 2 players. They easily stormed home to victory in the first online qualifiers. They lost only one match, dropping a game to last year’s runner-up, ScarthAce. One of Morning Sun’s players, “Rivir” competed at last year’s Splatoon 2 World Championship at E3 with Yeah Nah. Rivir will be looking to use this experience to take on Lime Soda.
Team Lime Soda placed 17th in the first online qualifier. They fought hard during the second qualifier and defeated two-time AUNZ Splatoon Champion Latias’ new team Fresh Fish in the final. Lime Soda has one of the youngest rosters around, with all their members under 18. This team of young guns has played in top-level comps before and is looking to claim victory over Morning Sun.
The finals will take place at Supernova on Saturday, 1 p.m. AEST. If you can’t get to Supernova, tune into the ESL Australia Twitch channel for all the coverage.
After Splatoon on Saturday, it’s over to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Six players from Australia and two from NZ have made their way through the qualifiers. They’ll face off in a single-elimination bracket to decide our champion. You’ll remember from the previous article that players con_lias (AUS), JDash (AUS), LoneZen (AUS), and Narth (NZ) had already qualified from the first round. The second qualifiers saw Ghost and Pillowtalk gain redemption from their losses in the first qualifier. They, along with the youngest finalist SebPro101, make up the final three Aussies. After losing the NZ grand final to Narth, Ichigo dominated the second qualifier. No games were lost, and Ichigo earned a spot in the grand final this weekend.
The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate finals will take place at Supernova on Sunday, 11 a.m. AEST. Similar to with Splatoon, if you can’t make it to Supernova, check out Twitch for all the coverage.
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