Australia will boast a powerhouse presence at the BlizzCon esports finals events taking place in Anaheim, California this November. After a year of hard work, competition, and qualification, teams from Australia are now set to compete in the Overwatch World Cup, World of Warcraft Arena, and Heroes of the Storm Grand Finals.
Beating opponents from ANZ, the broader Asia-Pacific region, and across the globe, these three teams move on to battle the very best in the world for the ultimate crown as Champions in their respective games.
Thousands of dedicated fans will flock to the Anaheim Convention Center to watch the competitions live in-person, with many more tuning in online via live broadcasts on the BlizzCon website. The tournaments will begin on 30 October, with Opening Week at the new, state of the art Blizzard Arena, with Grand Finals taking place on the main stages at BlizzCon.
World of Warcraft Arena World Championship
Prize Pool: $280,000 USD
In the expanded 2017 format, World of Warcraft Arena teams battled through closely-contested local and regional qualifiers to earn one of 12 places in the World of Warcraft Arena Championship. Begins 31 October AEDT.
Captained by Kane “Yunex” Dennis, Blank Esports, (formerly Team Rock) has been together for three years. The players recently showed they have the focus and skill required for the world stage, qualifying at the Asia-Pacific Championships held in Taiwan. This will be the group’s debut BlizzCon appearance, and the first time a team from ANZ has represented the region at a World of Warcraft Arena Championship Final.
Kane “Yunex” Dennis (Captain)
Nathan “Primez” Saccuzzo
Joel “Streaming” Barker
Team Dark Sided defeated its long-time regional rival, Nomia, at the HGC ANZ Season 4 Final, earning its ticket to BlizzCon. Led by captain, Jeremy “Moops” Setio, the team will face FNATIC in the first round. Dark Sided is focused, and is looking forward to the challenge of taking on the big-name international competition.
Hayden “Sashin” Kang
Joshua “Hacky” Hackett
Ashley “DeMiSe” Branson
Robert “robadobah” Purling
Daniel “Morton” Morton (Team Manager and Coach)
After earning a nail-biting win in overtime against Japan at the Sydney Group Stage, Team Australia has its sights firmly set on claiming the title of Overwatch World Cup winners. The first round will be a Commonwealth showdown, and will see Australia play against Canada. Andrew ‘Rqt’ Haws will lead the team at its first BlizzCon appearance, building on the group’s solid performance at domestic and international events throughout 2017.
Jason “ieatuup” Ho
Ashley “Trill” Powell
Jordan “Gunba” Graham
Ajay “Aetar” Umasankar
Marcus ‘Kiki’ Jacob
Jason “SereNity” Wang (Coach)
More information on BlizzCon esports can be found at https://blizzcon.com/en-us/esp