It was a story of underdogs becoming top dogs for Mad Dog; at the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Asia-Pacific Regional Finals
The World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Asia-Pacific Regional Finals, were held in Sydney over the weekend; with Australia’s Mad Dog staging an incredible comeback to claim the lion’s share of the $50,000 USD prize pool and their ticket to BlizzCon.
After going down 3-0 in their first match of the tournament to South Korea’s top seed; Give It, third-seeded ANZ team, Mad Dog, needed to win four matches in a row; to secure a spot in the grand finals. Buoyed by their defeat, Yoske, Oxygen, Fresh, and Featherfeet; regrouped and eliminated second-seeded ANZ team, Unitas GG, in their first match; before defeating both ROC (3-1) and Team Beast (3-1) without breaking stride. For the semi-final match, Mad Dog once again went up against Give It, this time smashing the visitors 3-0.
It came down to two Australian teams, top-seeded ANZ team, Gronks, and Mad Dog in the grand final. In a hard-fought match-up, Mad Dog managed to find an edge against the seemingly unstoppable Gronks, claiming top spot 4-2.
Mad Dog’s victory rounds out a stellar few months for ANZ esports; with five teams competing for global honours at BlizzCon:
- Team Australia qualified for the Overwatch World Cup Top 8, today drawn against back-to-back champions, South Korea, for their first match
- Team New Zealand secured a space in the Top 8 at the Hearthstone Global Games
- Mindfreak won top spot at the Heroes of the Storm HGC Intercontinental Clash Phase #2 and punched their ticket
- Free Marsy was invited to compete at the Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars