Australia’s biggest festival of esports kicks off tomorrow, here’s what you need to know.
The Melbourne Esports Open returns in 2019 for its second year after a successful debut in 2018. Melbourne’s rival festival of esports to Sydney’s IEM Sydney, the Melbourne Esports Open will feature massive finals for League of Legends, Overwatch, and Rainbow Six: Siege, as well as huge community events for Pokemon, Starcraft 2, Fortnite, and more.
If you are heading to the event and unsure of how everything is going to pan out, here’s a guide to getting the most out of your weekend.
League of Legends: The Rod Laver Arena will be home to the finals of the Oceanic Pro League on Saturday from 1pm. After a gruelling ten-week season, Mammoth and Chiefs triumphed above the rest and will battle it out for Oceania’s spot at Worlds in Europe in October.
There will also be a showmatch between the OPL superstars and the Golden Guardians preceding the final, starting at around 12pm.
Overwatch: On Sunday, Rod Laver will turn into an Overwatch oasis, with the two best teams in Australia going at it in the finals of Contenders Australia from 12pm. Mindfreak finished the regular season on top, but Order are looking to defend their title.
The Washington Justice will also be flying in after their stage four Overwatch League comeback, taking on the winner of the Contenders final in a showmatch from around 4pm.
Rainbow Six: The Six Masters are already underway, but more games will be on across both Saturday and Sunday in Margaret Court Arena. Coverage of both days starts at 9:30am, with the final starting at 4pm on Sunday.
Fortnite: Fortnite will have two open tournaments running across both days. Anyone with a ground pass can enter for free, and you’ll have the chance to play on Margaret Court Arena. Registration starts at 9am on both days, with games starting from 10:30am.
Starcraft 2: The Melbourne Starcraft Open will give budding Starcraft 2 players the chance to qualify for IEM Katowice. The winner of the Open Division will win themselves a ticket to Poland, while the best performing players in every division will win themselves some physical prizes too.
FGC: Melbourne institution CouchWarriors will be hosting tournaments for five fighting game titles across the weekend: Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Tekken 7, Smash Melee, and Smash Ultimate.
Pokemon: Both VGC and TGC will be at the Melbourne Esports Open at the Pokemon Melbourne Open. It’s an official Pokemon event, but points won’t count towards the World Circuit. Signup will open on Saturday with play on both days.
Rocket League: After watching the META High School League finals for Rocket League, you can try out some Rocket League for yourself in Melbourne Arena. Registration opens from 9am on both days, and games run until 6pm.