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Season 2 of the 2013 ACL Pro Circuit is underway and this past Sunday we played host to the third official Call of Duty Online Round of 2013; ACL Black Ops 2 Online Round 3. We saw an impressive talent pool of 44 teams from across Australia and New Zealand battle it out in the hopes of claiming the top spot as their own.
Once again we had valuable Season and Yearly points for the taking so teams had plenty to fight for and plenty to prove. The competition fielded the best names in Australia and New Zealand Call of Duty including the likes of Avant, Mindfreak, Noxious and the Plantronics ACL Brisbane winners, Team Immunity. This tournament was seeded by Season Points earned in Season 1, though Season 2 will carry its own individual points for Points for Players. With the existing lineups combined with new teams signing up we had an excellent tournament on our hands.
Round 1 was a very tame set of matches. Almost all teams who progressed won convincingly 2-0, the closest series being Team Pulse vs Team Intervene ending 2-1 Pulse's way, paving the way for the Winners Bracket.
Round 2 saw a lot more action with notable match ups including: Inspire vs Dignify, where Inspire pulled through 2-1, freQuency vs seQuence, which saw two teams with similar names battle out to the very end. freQuency edged seQuence out 2-1 moving them through to WBR3. The highlight match up would have to have been Sensual CoD Clan narrowly knocking Saikyo to the Losers Bracket in a 2-1 fashion. The other matches in WBR2 had a pretty standard result of 2-0.
Winners Bracket Round 3 saw a very similar range of results to Round 2. The majority of matches were a straight 2-0 result, however a we did have a few close matches.
Fame took out a strong rickross lineup 2-1 and Sensual CoD Clan caused somewhat of an upset knocking 4th place ACL Brisbane team Noxious to the Losers Bracket.
Immunity continued their dominance moving through the Winners Bracket in Round 4, taking out Mindfreak in a 2-0 clean sweep. Fame had a close encounter with Team Emperor which ultimately saw them being knocked to the Losers Bracket as Team Emperor took the win 2-1. Coup de Grace vs Avant was a highlight grudge-match of the tournament, considering the history shared between the two teams, however Coup De Grace proved too strong on the day walking away with a 2-0 vicoty. Myth.EP vs Sensual CoD Clan was another great matchup, which ended in Myth putting a halt to Sensual CoD Clan's winning streak by winning 2-0.
Up next we had Winners Bracket Round 5, or the Winners Bracket Semi-Final. Immunity maintained their composure throughout the tournament taking out an on fire Team Emperor squad 3-0 and Coup De Grace continued their dominance bidding farewell to Myth.EP 3-0 respectively.
This brings us to the Winners Bracket Final. Both Immunity and Coup de Grace had not dropped a map coming into this match so we were in for an epic match up. The match started off with what looked to be an easy 3-0 for Immunity after starting Hardpoint Slums with a 100 point lead. Coup de Grace knew if they dug deep they could bring it back and managed just that to bring control back in their favor as they took out the first map. Search and Destroy Raid was up next and Coup de Grace took it out convincingly 6-2, which some speculation and raised eyebrows at Naked's Riotsheild strat. All of sudden Immunity were one game away from being knocked to the Losers Bracket, which would of been a first for this dynasty of a squad. Immunity decided today was not going to be that day as the stepped up their game taking out Game 3 Capture the Flag Standoff with an easy 5 captures. In Game 4 Hardpoint Yemen was extremely close for the majority of the game, however, Immunity started taking control towards the end of the game and took the map by 60 points. It all came down to the final map; Search and Destroy Standoff. The map started off going round for round before Immunity took 3 straight to make it 5-2. Coup de Grace were dropping like flies leaving Ray in a 1v3 situation. Ray managed to take down Shockz before being baited in by Naked's Riotshield and getting cleaned up by Fighter. Team Immunity take out the Winners Bracket Final winning three straight rounds and earning themselves a spot in the Grand Final.
Moving on to Losers Bracket Round 1. Traumatize were the only team to put up a fight before being knocked out by Infinite. The other teams all advanced to Losers Bracket Round 2.
Losers Bracket Rounds 2-4 were much of the same. The vast majority of matches were 2-0 clean sweeps with very few seeing any major competition.
Coming into Losers Bracket Round 5 we were finally in for some great CoD. Mindfreak and Avant beat their opponents 3-0 advancing them to the next round. Noxious had to work for their spot in the next round after Fame took a round from them early on. Noxious progressed after a 3-1 win. NoChance and Sensual CoD Clan saw one of the best matches of the tournament up next. Both teams were playing superbly, bringing the match to the 5th and final map. NoChance pulled through securing their spot in the tournament with SCC being knocked out.
LBR6 continued the trend with a couple of impressive match ups. Noxious vs Mindfreak and Avant vs NoChance. Noxious took out Mindfreak with relative ease, only dropping one map however Avant were not so lucky. Vilesyder's mid-series disappearance act did them no favours as NoChance were here for the win and fought right down to the last map. Avant managed to take it out 3-2 but it was an excellent match to watch, with lots of cheeky smack talk thrown around in game and on twitter.
The next round in the Losers Bracket saw Noxious and Avant continue their dominance. Team Emperor stood no chance against Avant’s momentum ending their journey in a 3-0 fashion. Myth.EP were ready for a fight and slowed Noxious right down taking the match to the final map. Noxious proved to be too strong and took it out winning the match 3-2.
Losers Bracket Semi Finals were up next with both Noxious and Avant ready to battle it out for a top 3 finish. Avant were riding their momentum and looked unstoppable coming into this match but Noxious were here to prove otherwise, starting to really their grove. Dominating Avant 3-0 knocking them out of the tournament and advancing themselves to the Losers Bracket Finals.
Noxious were in a great mindset and their match vs Coup de Grace looked to be a great one for spectators. Noxious looked good but unfortunately for them it wasn't enough. Coup de Grace were just too strong all tournament long and this series was no different as they took out Noxious 3-0 advancing to the Grand Final.
The Grand Final was up next and because both teams had met previously this was to be a continuation series. After being dropped to the Losers Bracket by Team Immunity, Coup de Grace were down 3-2 and wanted revenge. They started CTF Slums strong, taking out the game and bringing the series back 3 a piece. Immunity seemed to need a quick warm up and proved that by taking Hardpoint Raid after a 160 point lead. This summed up the rest of the Grand Final with Immunity taking Search and Destroy Express 6-2 and with hardly any winning confidence shown by Coup De Grace in Game 9 also taking out CTF Raid 5-2. As the dust settled, Immunity walked away ACL Black Ops 2 Online Round 3 - Season 2 Champions winning the Grand Final 6-3.
Congratulations to Team Immunity for gaining yet another tournament win under their belts, doing so only dropping 3 maps the entire tournament and Coup de Grace for taking the 2nd place finsh and being the only team strong enough to take maps of Immunity. The Top 24 results can be seen below:
1 Team Immunity
2 Coup de Grace
6 Team Emperor
10 Sensual CoD Clan
17 Future Icon
19 Candy Shop
Full results here.
The live stream rebroadcasts of the tournament can be found here.
Stats Central will be uploaded in the coming days so be sure to check back and see updated points of players as Season 2 continues
ACL would like to thank everyone who competed in ACL Black Ops 2 Online Round 3 - Season 2, boasting an impressive 44 teams! Congratulations once again to Immunity on your dominating performance. We hope you all enjoyed yourselves and that you look forward to our next Black Ops 2 tournament of Season 2.
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21 May 2013 - 06:01 PM
Plantronics ACL Melbourne has been confirmed for August 10th & 11th, 2013!
lt's time! The Australian Cyber League's second Live Event for our massive 2013 season, Plantronics ACL Melbourne, is confirmed for early August! Continuing on the huge level of support starting from 2012 & seen already in 2013 at our Brisbane event, Plantronics are continuing to step it up massively and are committing to competitive gaming unlike any other.
Think you have what it takes to be a champion? This is your second chance on the road to success that will end at our National Finals event at the end of the year and we want you to experience this journey with us. Don't miss out on your chance to compete against the best Australia has to offer, catch up with your friends, spectate the best professionals go head to head and experience all the action the most prestigious and competitive national gaming league in Australia, Plantronics ACL, and our events provide. Prepare yourself for all the action you saw at Plantronics ACL Brisbane and a whole lot more as we welcome you to be a part of the 2013 Plantronics ACL Pro Circuit, truly taking competitive gaming to the next level!
Union Hall, La Trobe University
College Drive (Off Kingsbury Drive)
The 2011 ACL Melbourne Venue Returns!
La Trobe University Information
More La Trobe University Information
Google Map | Campus Map
This is the first National Live Event that we have hosted outside of scheduled school holidays and we are sure this may disappointment some. We understand and recognise that some of our supporters still attend school or Tafe/University and acknowledge that this date may provide a challenge for some. ACL would like to officially apologise for this and state it was always our intention to host ACL Melbourne in July, instead of August. Due to other tournaments being held during that period and the enormity of PAX Australia (which also effected venue selection & availability), we made the difficult decision to postpone our event. ACL feels this has helped to take strain off a busy July schedule for gamers attending other events, avoided collision with similar tournaments and given us all more time to prepare for another epic National Circuit stop. We pride ourselves on and continue to push to deliver the highest quality of events for the Australian gaming community. We hope you understand our decision and hope to see all your faces at ACL Melbourne in August!
Plantronics and ACL Partnership:
Australian Cyber League is thrilled to continue to be supported by Plantronics and continue their involvement as the naming rights sponsor for ACL Events in 2013. Plantronics have been a long supporter of Australian eSports, sponsoring multiple platforms including Counter-Strike, League of Legends and Starcraft 2. Working together, we look forward to increasing the quality of our online and offline events and providing a more enjoyable experience for spectators and competitors. Plantronics is supporting the Australian eSports community like no other company and we are honoured to continue to work with them.
Starcraft II: Heart of the Swarm - 1v1 - PC
Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 - 4v4 - Xbox 360
League of Legends - 5v5 - PC
Registration will be opened over the following weeks however we must highlight the fact that League of Legends will be INVITE ONLY for this event. This means teams will have to compete in the ACL League of Legends Online Rounds to earn Season points and the teams with the highest Season points will be invited to compete in League of Legends at Plantronics ACL Melbourne (more in-depth explanation will be released with the LoL Online Round 1 announcement). At this point in time 16 teams will be invited for League of Legends.
If you are wishing to drop your equipment off at the venue first then park your car then drive up to the control gate, press the intercom and say that you're going to the Union Hall. From there, drive to the hall and carry in your equipment. Cars cannot be left in the drop-off area for more than ten minutes. Drive back out past the control gate again and into car park 3 (as seen on Campus Map) then walk back to the hall and enter the LAN. Car park 3 is nearest to the hall, otherwise use car parks 1, 2, 2a or 6.
Parkside Inn - 700m from Venue
Greensborough Motor Inn - 5km from Venue
Best Western Mill Park Motel & Conference Centre - 8km from Venue
Rydges Bell City - 8km from Venue
Saturday: Doors Open 8.30am - 10pm
Sunday: Doors Open 8.30am - 8pm
Exact tournament schedule TBA.
Let us know you are planning on the attending the event on our Facebook Page here.
Plantronics ACL Melbourne Landing Page:
Conveniently find all information in one location here.
An extended article containing further registration details, payment details, prize pool and all other details will be released over the coming weeks. For now, make sure you start preparing for Plantronics ACL Melborune, as it is an event not to be missed! We thank Plantronics GameCom for coming on-board with ACL in a huge way in 2013 and for all the support they provide us and the Australian competitive gaming community with!
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18 May 2013 - 06:32 PM
ACL Black Ops 2 Online Round 3 - Season 2 Results Thread
Use this thread to post the results of your previous match ups. Please include map scores and series scores in your post.
Unite vs Cruelty Incarnate
Winners Bracket Round 1
3-1 to Unite
Game 1: HP - 250 - 230
Game 2: S&D - 4-6
Game 3: CTF - 3-1
Game 4: S&D - 6-1
03 May 2013 - 06:02 PM
Introducing the first ACL CoD: Black Ops 2 Online Showcase Match!
You asked for it, so here it is! Australian Cyber League is hosting its first Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Online Showcase match, a best of 11 series featuring some of the best teams in Australia & New Zealand, showcased to the ANZ community and hopefully an even wider audience. These showcase matches will be streamed lived and commentated over by the best Call of Duty commentators our region has to offer, a chance to show off the talent of our players and casters alike. ACL would like to use these showcase matches as an opportunity to reach out to the community for any talented members who would like to apply to involved in these (hopefully) weekly showcases matches, but more about that below!
ACL Black Ops 2 Online Showcase Match #1
Date: Thursday 9th of May
Time: 7pm Kickoff
Teams: Nv vs Avant
Map Rotation: HP - Raid, S&D - Standoff, CTF - Slums, HP - Standoff, S&D - Express, CTF - Raid, HP - Yemen, S&D - Raid, CTF - Standoff, HP - Slums, S&D - Meltdown
Casters: Bio 'BooYa' Acid & Naked
Live Stream: Tune in at http://www.twitch.tv/ACLPro
How you can help!
ACL Black Ops 2 Online Showcase Matches will continue on a (hopefully) weekly basis from the first addition. The biggest hurdle to overcome to keep these live-streams consist is securing skilled commentators to highlight the gameplay. These commentators must be experienced, knowledgeable, and display fluent commentator skills and if successful this opportunity could lead to commentating at live events. If you feel you fit these prerequisites you may apply by submitting a sample of your work (can be either a live stream rebroadcast or a youtube video) by adding Beware to skype on 'damiencauci'. You do not need to have the capabilities to stream to commentate, at the moment streaming will be done by ACL. Bio Acid will not be around forever and is not always available, we need more than one CoD Caster in ANZ.
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26 April 2013 - 05:13 PM
ACL Black Ops 2 Top 10 #1 Submissions Open!
We are proud to announce our first ever Call of Duty top 10 with submissions now open for ACL Black Ops 2 Top 10 #1! Continuing on the success we have seen from our Halo top 10 series we are hoping to see a large response from the CoD community and see a massive influx of submissions. Don't miss your chance to submit your best plays and clips to be featured in our first ever Call of Duty top 10, commentated over by AusCoD's favourite commentator Bio 'BooYa' Acid.
To submit a clip, all you have to do is PM (Personal Message) Beware via this link here with your Gamertag and information of the clip in your player channel. Make sure the clip is named “ACL TOP 10 SUBMISSION” so we know exactly what clip you are submitting.
Rules & Conditions:
Each player may only submit 2 clips maximum. You do not have to worry about capturing the clip. All clips submitted must be your own, you cannot claim other players clips as yours. All clips are welcome across Scrims, League play or Pub, however obviously competitive clips have a higher chance of being selected.
Submission Time Period:
The submission period closes on May 22nd. Once the submission process has finished a pannel of ACL staff members will select the most impressive clips to been shown off in ACL Black Ops 2 Top 10 #1.
So round up your best clips and get submitting to be featured in our first ever Call of Duty top 10! Check out the #2 edition of the Halo 4 Top 10 series below.
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