November 30, 2020
Tom Anderson
Couch Warriors / CouchWarriors League

The pivotal final month of Saturday online events for CouchWarriors League 2020 has delivered a barrage of top-flight competition, with three games having concluded their ranking seasons so far. The last two weekends were a study in contrasts; Smash Melee was reduced to a victory lap for an unstoppable champion, while Tekken 7’s overall season winner wasn’t decided until the very last blow!

Smash Melee

Saturday the 14th saw the final CouchWarriors League 2020 points awarded for Smash Melee. In the now well-trodden arena of The Australian Internet, the top class players of the nation would do battle to try and sneak last minute qualification to next month’s Season Finale, or grab the last few points they need to secure a cash prize for finishing in the year’s overall Top 3! 


That Top 3 race has been entertaining and unpredictable across the season, with stars from every state in contention and a relatively small margin separating them. Unfortunately, second-ranked Davin “Davox” Mai sat this thrilling decider. But we still got a two way race between Miles “LGC|DonB” Dobney and Jacob “GZ|Sock” Waddell to see if either – or both! – would place well enough to leapfrog over him and claim a bigger cash bounty.


With both DonB and Sock seeded on the same side of the bracket, there was an obvious chance for them to sort this out in direct confrontation. Both were up to the task and they met in Winners Quarterfinals for the bigtime Fox ditto, with all sorts of money and pride at stake!


DonB clutched out a last-stock scramble on Fountain of Dreams, then surged to a clean 2-stock win at Battlefield to threaten a whitewash 3-0 set. Appropriately, Sock took him to Final Destination – and under those 20XX conditions, we saw the last game’s momentum and outcome completely reversed.



Yoshi’s Island hosted a cagey game 4, as though both players had just realized they had evenly matched movesets and were suddenly hesitant to try and test eachother’s defense. After this awkward exchange it was Sock who caught a couple of mistakes at the ledge and swiftly took the second match point away from DonB to force a deciding game! Game 5 featured some janky side-B usage from Sock, including a brutal and nearly compromising SD, but he pulled himself together when it mattered and made sure he completed the 3-2 comeback; and in so doing, finally made the leap ahead of Davox on the leaderboard.



Of course, the catch is that all of them were fighting over 2nd place, because the $300 prize for overall season champion has been locked up for Josh “GZ|Sora” Lyras since last month. Theoretically a triumphant Davox return in October could have made this title race interesting, but Sora ended up winning that instead – just as he won a staggering 7 of the 9 CWL events he entered this year! 



More than 20 points ahead of the other competitors in this event, Sora could have taken a month off himself and still won the pot. But instead, he took another 10 points off the table, sauntering through Winners side with Marth to deliver two 3-1 set defeats to Sock and complete a nearly immaculate CWL season. Bravo, Josh.



Tekken 7

While nobody could begrudge Sora his win for being too dominant, there were high expectations for hype passed on to the Tekken 7 decider this past weekend. There were still three players capable of sneaking into the top spot as the tournament began – and with overall points leader Naveed “Kanga|Chand NY” not in the bracket, the odds suddenly looked a lot better for at least one of them to manage it.



Chris “Stuckles” Stuckey and Harlem “Harlem” Barriball soon emerged as the main challengers, both seasoned competitors who have made consistency their hallmark down the stretch of this predominantly-online season. It seemed like a solid bet to have these two meet in Winners Finals at the least – but you would have lost any cash you put down on it when Stuckles fell 0-2 to the relentless assault of Jack “FAM|CottonSock” McCallum’s Feng in the quarterfinals!


Players relaxing with sidebets and banter in the chat

CottonSock’s run was notable enough to spark the interstate betting markets.

This was not the only upset early on in the bracket – dangerous King player The Hangman Kid got caught napping by William “Bobby” Bondarenko 1-2 in the very first round. But elsewhere, the other names we’ve come to associate with CWL Online Tekken: Kun-Mo “FAM|Gun_Mo” Yon, Raphael “FAM|Daitooka” Batskos, and of course Harlem himself – were all doing well. Daitooka got warmed up for his Quarterfinals match against Harlem by overcoming the formidable Abdul “DHT|Deception” Dib 2-1 the round before, proving he was here to seriously play. 



But beating back-to-back badasses proved a little much to ask of Daitooka, and Harlem was able to advance at his expense. Harlem then overcame surprise Winners Finalist CottonSock, who had managed to beat out Gun_Mo but couldn’t produce a third straight upset to make Grand Finals Winners side. 



Meanwhile on Losers side, Hangman Kid was making the runback happen. He blasted by Stuckles, immediately eliminating him from contention. He then thanked Jimmy “BB|McCheese” Mak for avenging his loss to Bobby, before bodying him too. His Losers side momentum was finally corralled by Daitoooka in a hard-fought 2-0. This set up a FAMILY showdown on Losers side, as Daitooka and Gun_Mo went at eachother full tilt. And like any fight between family, it got ugly fast!


Knowing what was at stake, both players really pushed eachother to their limits – but it was Daitooka who finally emerged triumphant. Leaning hard into that momentum he continued to surge past CottonSock 3-1, creating a rematch with Harlem in Grand Finals! 


Harlem had played nearly perfectly to this point, dropping only a single game to Daitooka all tournament. He also had extra cash motivation to win this matchup – based on the points totals coming in, Harlem knew only a win would snatch control of overall 1st.It didn’t matter. Daitooka flipped the script with a 3-1 reset before an emphatic 3-0 victory, cutting off any potential comeback to become the November Tekken champion!



While Daitooka still finds himself a few points short of the money placings, the kind of resilience and adaptability he showed in this outing will give him way better betting odds when it comes to contesting the other cash prizes in December!



Only one event remains for this season of CouchWarriors League – the final Smash Ultimate online bracket. You can check out the full archive of this season’s CWL Online events with complete brackets and standings at smash.gg – and as always, the official rankings are available at the CWL website. News on the 2020 Season Finale invitational will be available on this site, on Snowball Esports, and through the CouchWarriors monthly newsletter!

The post CWL November Report – Melee & Tekken first appeared on CouchWarriors.

July 8, 2021

Australia’s premier fighting game esports league and its major event, are now powered by ASTRO GAMING MEDIA RELEASE: ASTRO Gaming today announced it will be pulling on the gloves and supporting the Australian Fighting Game Community as it becomes the presenting partner of CouchWarriors League and BAM (Battle Arena Melbourne) for 2021-22. As the exclusive partner for headsets, CouchWarriors League will be equipped with ASTRO headsets for events, player prizes and commentators to call the action in top fighting game titles including Street Fighter V, Tekken 7 and Super Smash Bros Ultimate...

June 24, 2021

To all the FGC community from the dedicated BAM team, we are announcing the postponenment of BAM 2021. After careful consideration of the COVID safety state across Australia, and discussions with the venue we have taken the difficult decision to postpone. We are moving BAM to its traditional month of May, 2022.  In its place, for those that can attend in Melbourne on July 11th, we will have a special alternative event we dub “BANC” or Battle Arena Nightclub. More on this below Why Postpone Due to the Melbourne lockdown recently, with a slow rate of changes to restrictions, the sco...

June 7, 2021

The fires of competition have burned more brightly than ever before across the CouchWarriors League, as we count down the days before the long-awaited BAM12 major. The month of May set a new all-time record for most ranking points on offer, impacting the race across all five CWL games. In the past, the league rankings have often been dominated by a handful of regional champions who can reliably scoop their local tournament every time – but 2021 is looking different. Not only have we seen a few instances of top players traveling interstate to play spoiler for one event, but almost every g...

May 31, 2021

Get hype! The biggest AusFGC news of the year is the biggest AusFGC event of the year: BAM 2021. Battle Arena Melbourne is making its comeback in 2021. Held from July 9th-11th, #BAM12 will feature the peak of competitive play for fighting games across Australia as part of the CouchWarriors League, as well as a rare chance for our top talent to battle world-class opposition. Expanding the gaming on offer, alongside BAM will be ITZ Gaming PC LAN (more on that below)! BAM’s status as Australia’s top Major on the official circuits brings together players and broadcasters from all sorts of gam...

May 12, 2021

Get ready for the next battle – because CouchWarriors League is back for 2021! Rising from the ashes of last year like a wakeup shoryu, Australia’s first unified fighting game circuit has begun a fresh season, now with more games and more events to compete in! With monthly ranbat events in four state centers and the revamped CouchWarriors Online Series, there’s a huge expansion in the amount of season points available – which seems destined to produce a much tighter title race in each of the five featured fighting games. That’s right, five: Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Smash ...

May 9, 2021

We are proud to announce Mwave is supporting CouchWarriors League, which incliudes BAM, as PC Retail Partner! Mwave have long been a fantastic supporter of the scene, providing digital prize vou...

April 28, 2021

That’s right. BAM is coming back on July 9th to 11th, 2021 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The FGC’s biggest national event will be returning with the hype, community and competition we all love.  This year BAM will be colocated with ITZ LAN, a 1,000 seat BYOC PC LAN. Making this “ITZ BAM” even bigger for the gaming community. Stay tuned for Registration info and more news and updates! The post BAM Returns July 9th to 11th at MCEC! first appeared on CouchWarriors....

March 30, 2021

Over the space of this year and the last, gaming has taken quite the zany trip to bizarro land. We’re still not out of the woods regarding COVID-induced delays, units of next gen consoles are currently outselling the games available on said platforms and to garnish, remasters of games thought to never see the light of day again are slated for release. Among them is a reworking of Square Enix’s cult classic from 2010: NieR Replicant ver.1.22474487139. While the decision to re-release the original game makes logical sense due to NieR Automata‘s overwhelming critical and financ...

March 9, 2021

CouchWarriors League returns for 2021, and as we steadily see restrictions pulled back, we are returning with live, offline events for the community! Online and Offline Online – This year we are once again running Online tournaments with feature games Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, Smash Bros Ultimate, Smash Bros Melee, and now – Dragonball FighterZ! Offline – In addition, look forward to LIVE offline ranking battles every month in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.  Ranking battle events are the best place to learn, level up, just enjoy casuals and of course, to show yo...

December 24, 2020

2020 was not a great year, but you’re probably well aware of that. It was a year that many of us struggled to get through, and saw the world adapting to a new normal in record breaking time. For us here at New Game Plus, we were unable to film out of our studio space at RMIT due to the pandemic. However, thanks to the ingenuity of our team, we were able to quickly and easily adapt the show to work recording from our homes. Up until we’d filmed our Game of the Year episode, we hadn’t filmed a television show in the same space together in over 9 months.  Even amongst the un...

Show More Blogs
Latest Videos
Latest Photos & Events
Site by GMAC Internet Solutions