Australia’s Mad Dog proved that esports talent is alive and well across our shores after staging a nail-biting comeback at the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship Asia-Pacific Regional Finals over the weekend and securing their place at BlizzCon in November.
After a disappointing beginning, losing 3-0 to South Korea’s top-seed Give It, third-seed team Mad Dog required four undefeated matches to secure their spot in the grand finals. Their eliminations of second-seed (and fellow ANZ team) Unitas GG, and eliminations of ROC and Team Beast in the preliminaries and Give It in the semi-finals provided them the victories they needed to meet top-seeded ANZ team Gronks in the grand final.
The all-Australian grand final saw Mad Dog come out on top with a 4-2 win over Gronks, claiming a USD$50,000 prize and the tickets to BlizzCon.
The win sees Mad Dog join a talented group of Australian and New Zealand teams going to BlizzCon to compete against some of the best esports athletes in the world after Team Australia qualified for the Overwatch World Cup, 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 Free Marsy was invited to compete at the Mythic Dungeon Invitational All-Stars.