Battle Arena Melbourne 10 – Event Recap

It’s that time of year again!

Battle Arena Melbourne 10.

The perfect opportunity to pit the Oceanic’s best against top players of the world (Tokido, Xian, Verloren, Knee, JDCR, Qudans, etc.), in hopes of crowning a local champion, but Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 isn’t quite what I’ve come to Melbourne for.

Dragonball FighterZ is the new hotness, picking up steam all over, and Australia is no exception.

Australia lacks a DBFZ champion, so what better place to crown one than BAM10?

Day 1

We begin our trip a bit earlier than the last, arriving midday with plenty of time to spare before BAM commences!

We decided to situate ourselves in Southbank, around the corner from the venue.
While this was convenient between pool play and other BAM related activities, we would soon learn that other than Crown, most of Melbourne’s attractions are located on the other side of the Yarra river…

Regardless of our location, we decided to get familiar with our surroundings before BAM time.

After a quick run around Southbank and the Yarra, it was time!

Friday night activities at BAM included a variety of side tournaments, with Dragonball FighterZ 2v2 and Marvel vs Capcom Infinite, the tournaments of interest for the few of us.

The DBFZ 2v2 came as a bit of a reality check. Having only played amongst the Sydney crowd since release, I was surprised to find the level of play at BAM was very strong. Most of the player base seemed well versed.

Pairing up with my brother in the 2v2 we ended up going 1-2. Not so good, but some vital intel for tomorrow!

We did a bit better in MvCI. A few of us managed Top 8, with Betterpart taking out 1st place in convincing fashion.
It was cool to see people still enjoying the game. Let’s hope it’ll stick around for BAM11!

To end the night, we opted for a hearty bowl of Pho (@ Twenty-Pho Seven)Β to sooth the soul.
I was too hungry to bother taking a photo to share, so enjoy the photo of the restaurant sign… πŸ˜›

Day 2

A big day…

…calls for a big breakfast! (@ Mr. Hive Kitchen & Bar)
Fortunately for us, our pools we’re scheduled from 12pm onwards, so we had enough time to devour our meals before arriving at the venue.

We made it to the venue with enough time to squeeze in some casual games.
Any opportunity to iron out kinks whether it be related to execution or match-up knowledge!

This would eventually pay off for one of us, with Dave (twofiveseven) making it to Top 32 (out of approx. 120 players for reference) in DBFZ.
I ended up falling short at 33rd, losing my match to qualify for Top 32. *sigh*

The pools would run until the end of the night, to shape the Top 8 bracket for Day 3.
Dave ended up at 17th, winning his first Top 32 match before his elimination.

Thankfully, Sydney would show signs of life through Dailou, making it out in Winners Side Top 8 (pictured above).

Oh yeah, I definitely washed the salt away with a bowl of ramen (@ Hakata Gensuke) afterwards. hah…
BTW, Google Pixel 2 XL camera is very impressive. Bringing a camera around for “extra curricular activities” isn’t always appropriate!

Day 3

After catching some extra Z’s (and making a mess at the Crown breakfast buffet which you’ll have to imagine for now), we decided to rock up to BAM for the tail end of the DBFZ Top 8.

The significance of this Top 8 is pretty huge if you asked me.

It’s been a minute since DBFZ released. The competitive playerbase in the Oceanic region is still a bit of a blur to many.
While New Zealand have a decorated king in Toash (Garden of Might & LPL Arcade Reborn champion) , Australia have not yet had the opportunity to crown a champion until now.

That champion would be Queensland’s Baxter, taking it over Dailou from the Losers side of the bracket. Definitely did not see the Yamcha pick paying off!
I’d like to think he won because of his MvC3 experience, but that’s just me being a Marvel head. hah
No stranger to the Oceanic FGC, his prowess in multiple games has translated well to DBFZ, as evident above.

Both Street Fighter V and Tekken 7 finals would follow.

Thankfully, the internationals flocked to those games, allowing the local DBFZ crowd the opportunity to settle the score before any sort of international trouble. πŸ˜€

EchoFox’s Tokido would take whatever Capcom Pro Tour points available down-under through Street Fighter V, followed by a dominant performance by ROX’s Knee, winning the Oceanic Tekken World Tour premier event.

From what I understand, the highest placing Oceanic competitors in Street Fighter V (DarkSided’s Somniac), Tekken 7 (Kanga Esports’ ChandNY) and Super Smash Bros Melee (DarkSided’s Spud) were awarded flights and accommodation to represent the local scene at EVO 2018. Super neat!

With the champions of BAM10 eventually crowned, it was time to make way for the afterparty!..
But first – dinner! (@ San Antone by Bludsos)

Ok, now the afterparty. πŸ˜€

The afterparty provides attendees with a good opportunity to rid yourself of whatever salt built up within, through money matches.
If that doesn’t work, drinking the sorrow away works too.

For us, it was a good opportunity to put names to faces, chat about the Marvel scene being on it’s last legs and other interesting topics… 😐
All in all, a great way to wrap up the jam packed weekend.

BAM10 was definitely another weekend to remember.

With the growing amount of responsibilities on my plate, I haven’t really had the time to play as many fighting games as I’d like.
Taking time of from said responsibilities to enjoy fighting games in it’s rawest form is an experience I’d recommend to anyone , as a competitor or spectator.

The MCEC is a spacious venue, but the intensity from the competitors and the squeals cheers from spectators definitely outweigh the venue’s capacity. πŸ˜€

Yes, the Australian scene isn’t quite America or Japan, but the energy is all the same.

Also – A gold burger (@ White Mojo) before departing. πŸ˜›

Until next time!

– Dust

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