Sixteen of Australia’s finest players gathered at the Australian Technology Park in Enfield, NSW August 10-11 to fight for the chance to compete at the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) Oceania Finals, which were held immediately afterward on August 12. Only two players would emerge from the melee as Oceania’s best, and the ability to represent their home countries at the Global Final.
As Oceania’s best battled for supremacy, commentary was provided by world famous shoutcasters Nick ‘Tasteless’ Plott, Dan ‘Artosis’ Stemkoski, Alex ‘HDstarcraft’ Do and Taylor ‘PainUser’ Parsons. Local MC, Leigh ‘Maynarde’ Mandalov, hosted the event
The competition was absolutely brutal, and the WCS Australia Nationals saw many of Australia’s best StarCraft II players fall by the wayside. Returning StarCraft: Brood War veteran Peter ‘Legionnaire’ Neate’s run in the tournament was ended in deft fashion by fellow protoss player Zi Ray ‘Light’ Wang, and Tim ‘MaFia’. He dispatched a slew of opponents with his trademark poker face and calculated zerg play.
Through the mid-bracket carnage, Jared ‘PiG’ Krensel’s disciplined approach and meticulous execution took him through to the final without dropping a match. Despite being bested by Krensel earlier in the tournament, Andrew ‘mOOnGLaDe’ Pender fought a determined battle back through the lower bracket to face his nemesis once more in the final. GLaDe’s relentless attacks tested PiG, taking the final to a second series. But in the end it was superb positional strategy that allowed PiG to bring home the bacon in the zerg v. zerg final, and be crowned the Australian champion.
The spotlight was glorious, but it would only last for a moment, because the WCS Oceania Finals on Sunday promised an even more ruthless battle.
mOOnGLaDe was rocked in a first round game by a bombardment of more than a dozen nukes from the terran New Zealander Tilea ‘KnighT’ Flavall, but managed to come back to win the match, and maintained his momentum in the tournament through to the final. Australian champion PiG was knocked out early in the day by the protoss magician Zi Ray ‘Light’ Wang. Though placing well in the Australia Nationals, MaFia stepped up another gear, and fended off a number of tough competitors to meet mOOnGLaDe in the final.
With two zerg forces in a pitched battle for the title once more, mOOnGLaDe’s early aggression tested the defences of MaFia, and ultimately proved too much, with mOOnGLaDe wrapping up the final series in two games. While there could only be one champion for the Oceania Finals, both finalists will advance to the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Final at the Battle.net World Championship in Shanghai, China in November.