The LPL NBA 2k18 1on1 Championships continue on this weekend as the tournament heads into its 5th week.
Zane Scott will look to continue his giant-killing form in this week’s round of the LPL Pro NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship, due to face off with defending champion and fan favourite Shakor “Te_Shakor_Pakii” Paki this Sunday.
Knocking esports professional Campbell “airbrn” Knowles out of the competition in the first week of the North Island Elite, Scott – who plays under the screen name “stonecoldkilla” – caused the biggest upset of the opening matches and turned tournament predictions upside down.
“It gave me a little boost as this is my first tournament and I didn’t really expect to make it to the top eight,” Scott said.
Defeated player Knowles, who was seeded fourth, is contracted to the recently-launched Breakaway Esports club, owned by the New Zealand Breakers basketball franchise.
Scott, the North Island’s fifth seed, showed he could foot it with the country’s best – a great start when going up against Paki this weekend, who’s got his eyes on his second championship trophy.
Paki accounted for Sharaz “Tyceno” Aslam during his first clash and brings plenty of experience to the contest. Arguably the country’s No. 1 player, many would assume a sure-fire win for Paki – but if Scott’s upset in the first week says anything to fans, it’s not to underestimate him.
Despite this, Scott knows it won’t be an easy ride on his journey to secure a spot in the North Island Conference Final.
“I know that he is really good playing as GSW, so I’m going to have to bring my A game and my defence has to be lock down if I’m going to come out with the victory.”
Playing as the Golden State Warriors has been most players’ first choice during the tournament, so finding a way to defeat the Warriors would provide an edge to the Auckland native.
That is exactly what Scott has worked on in his preparation.
“I’ve just been playing as the Spurs lately because I think they are the team that has the striking power to defeat the Warriors.”
This week’s coverage will get underway at 2.30pm on Maori TV and online on Twitch.
In the round’s other clash, second seed Paul “Zirinic_” Cooper will meet No 3 Jahkel “Notorious-God” Mita.
Mita said he had not done anything different in his preparation ahead of this week but knows he has a tough opponent on his hands this Sunday.
“He’s big in the New Zealand 2K world,” Mita said. “He’s a good player; also, a cool dude.”
So there appears to be more mutual respect than trash talk setting up their match as players vie for that Conference Final berth, setting the tone of good sportsmanship for the second half of the tournament.
All players are trying to work their way towards claiming a share of the $15,000 prize pool, including a $5000 first prize.
In last week’s matches, Jake “JD” Downes, the tournament’s youngest player and third seed, swept sixth seed Jordan “Hendo” Henderson 2-0 to book a spot in the South Island’s Final Four.
Joining him will be seventh seed Regan “TROPIC_Superstar” Small who beat second seed Sahan “GhettoClownFish” Petta 2-1.
The Grand Final, taking place on Sunday September 30th, will see the top player from both the North and South Island duke it out for the title of the NBA 2k18 1 on 1 Champion.
Event: LPL Pro NBA 2K18 1on1 NZ Championship
Game: NBA 2K18
When: Every Sunday, 2:30pm, July 21-September 30
Watch: Maori TV and www.Twitch.tv/letsplay.live