Summer is officially here in Australia and New Zealand, and it seems that the scene has woken up and is ready to kick into gear. More events, more roster rumours and plenty of international esports news rounds out this week’s news wrap-up.
■ The ANZ Royal Rumble is on this Saturday at 11.30am AEDT! Registration for this solo sign-up tournament closes tonight at 8pm AEDT, so there is still time to sign up. However, if watching is more your thing, you’ll be pleased to know that we’ll be streaming the event live on our Twitch channel. The broadcast will be hosted by Disconcur, Vandie, GLPhoenix + Zenox.
■ The crew at DB Esports have teamed up with the National Academy of Technology to put on a Heroes of the Storm LAN event in Melbourne on Tuesday, 6 December. Teams will be formed on the day, but if you rock up with a mate you can enter in pairs. PCs will be provided and the event has a $250 prize pool. Click here for more information.
■ Sign ups are still open for the MC Mortgage Solutions Winter Veil Classic. This double elimination, single day event is happening on Saturday, 10 December and has $400 prize pool. Two teams — Masterminds and Morton’s Monkeys — are signed up so far.
■ Streamer and long-time supporter of Heroes of the Storm esports here in Australia, Zeplion, has completed his gaming house and is in the process of putting together his own competitive team. The roster has three confirmed members, with the other two spots still unclear.
■ Lock up your team mates, because word on the street is that ex-Reborn players Arcaner, robadobah and Benjamin94 are actively recruiting to fill their roster and they have no issue approaching those already on teams. Scandalous!
■ In other news, the Gold Club World Championships are officially underway, and to celebrate Blizzard are granting all players 50% bonus exp during the finals this weekend.
■ The Damascus Boys and beGenius are the latest two European teams to qualify for the 2017 HGC League. That means there is just one chance left for aspiring teams to qualify when the third and final European Qualifier is held this weekend. The US qualifiers are also set to resume this weekend after taking a break for Thanksgiving.
■ Malfurion has a new skin, and it is absolute fire. The Druid of the Flame Malfurion skin bundle is available for purchase from the in-game store from now until December 14, 2016. Click here to check out the weekly sale items in $AUD.
■ Last but not least, we leave you with this meme-tastic video by Aussie YouTuber Kategari Yami titled ‘2 blokes walk into a fort‘. Enjoy!