eSports NZ

Good Gaming – Overwatch World Cup NZ Team Matches

The fight has been a fierce one for sure, with the NZ Overwatch World Cup Team being assigned to Group G in Burbank USA they’ve now completed the matches against Team USA and Team Taipei. 

The way this eSports event works is pretty straight forward, each group is comprised of four national teams that will play a full round-robin series of matches, from each group, the top two teams will advance to the single-elimination playoffs.

The top two finishers from each of the four group stage events will qualify for the Overwatch World Cup finals at BlizzCon 2017!

The stadium setup for this event is crazy cool, with an awesome Overwatch themed stage for the players and an excited audience looking on as they play each round. Hosts are setup just behind the audience stands providing both gameplay insights for newer players and some pretty funny banter to fill in the gaps 🙂

Below is the gameplay from players BIRDY, LEGABRIL, SIGNED, HOOWOO, WILLX and CANTUS battling against Team USA.

You can watch all the matches in this eSports event live via the PlayOverwatch Twitch Channel, as I write this I’m watching USA vs Germany and it’s GOOD \o/

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Gear – Logitech G PowerPlay Wireless Mouse Charging Mouse Pad!

UPDATE: PowerPlay incoming to NZ, expected with retailers this September!

Wireless Gaming Mice are good, the only real worry we have is that the charge might run out right at that critical moment when gaming, denying us our glorious Pentakill – which is why GGPC use wired mice in competitive play.

Over the years talented techs have researched and released a bunch of different methods and technologies to improve battery life of our wireless devices, offering up solutions like charging cables rather than docks so you can charge as you use it – but that’s not really the point of wireless now is it 😛 The perfect solution would be never having to plug in at all, and with induction chargers for Smartphones being a common thing now it’s plausible to have your mouse pad charge your mouse – right? The biggest issues apparently are around the requirement for very precise placement, and being unable to deliver charge while the device is moving.

or should we say “were“…

Those incredible engineers at Logitech G have figured it all out, they’ve got something totally new –  and they’re calling it POWERPLAY.

POWERPLAY creates an electromagnetic energy field over a large surface area – so you don’t have to rest your gaming mouse on a tiny charging target. This field is captured and transformed into charging current by the included POWERCORE module, which attaches magnetically to the underside of a compatible gaming mouse in place of the existing weight door. It’s designed to keep charging even through high-speed flick shots or lifting and repositioning, and its base is only 2mm thick – so it’s comfortable to use as a gaming surface, the induction charging works right through both the soft and hard mouse pads as well so whatever surface you want to use it’s going to be savvy 🙂

Logitech has made the setup process super easy, clipping in the POWERCORE battery bit into your mouse is done magnetically and this aligns to the charging points on the battery for you, you can press down on a little circle for quick release and hot-swap between the weightless POWERCORE included with POWERPLAY and the 10G weighted version that comes with the G703.

Currently, the technology is set to work with two of our favourite Logitech G Wireless Gaming Mice – namely the G900, and absolutely epic G403. Both are getting an update as well with the new POWERPLAY ready versions being named the new G903 and G703, in addition to that sweeeeet POWERPLAY compatibility, both of them feature upgraded microswitches rated to 50 million clicks (vs 20 million in the previous version).

Logitech G POWERPLAY is an amazing solution jamm packed with the latest technologies, but the best bit is how simple it is to set up and use, and how easily you’ll forget about the dark times…. when you used to have to charge your mouse 🙂

We’ll update with all the ETA details as stock makes its way to us here New Zealand, Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog and our Logitech G Store for the latest!

 

Good Gaming – Overwatch World Cup 2017 SYNDEY!

The Overwatch World Cup 2017 is underway and the next live event is pretty close to NZ, taking place just over in Syndey 🙂 Running from July 21st through to the 23rd at the Star Events Centre it’s the second of four group stage qualifier events. Australia’s top 100 Overwatch players fought hard to get the 13th position in the pool of 32 qualified nations putting them into Group C where they will be competing against Sweden, Italy, and Portugal. The stage in Sydney will also play host to Group D, which will be a battle between Finland, Japan, Spain, and Vietnam.

Our recently elected NZ World Cup national committee have selected the New Zealand team which is assigned to Group G, with our live event set to take place in Burbank USA! 

Keep your eyes on our PC Gaming Blog and we’ll update with more as the battles continue to rage!

Good eSports – Overwatch World Cup NZ

UPDATE: Congrats to AVRL, SMITE and NESTY for being selected as our NZ Overwatch World Cup Committee!

With the top 32 regions now selected by Blizzard (New Zealand slides in at #30!) it’s time for us to vote on who is going to be on our Overwatch competition committee.

Whoever we choose now will be responsible for selecting and recommending to Blizzard the strongest Overwatch team for our region.

You can cast 3 votes in total, there are seven candidates to choose from – let’s take a quick look at who’s in the running for the positions!

AVRL is the current lead analyst and caster for the Overwatch Pacific Championship, he was also lead analyst and caster for the Oceanic Summer Series and the former coach of JAM Gaming and Team Skyfire!

ezy is a full time eSports host for Full Circle who are currently covering the Overwatch Pacific Championship. He’s got the skills to see what potential players can do based on their mechanical skill and picking which personalities work well together.

Joker has played competitively since the release of Overwatch last May and watched the best players NZ has to offer rise so he knows who works well with who.

Lokistar is a psychology major who has been playing Overwatch since BETA. With extensive knowledge of both the game and the Blizzard gaming community.

Nesty has both experience and passion for the game. Reaching the top 500 on more than one account with a good knowledge around the mechanics of gameplay.

Pixie casts the matches in which champions are crowned, he knows what makes winners win. A vote for Pixie is a vote for knowledge, experience and moustaches!

Smite is a colour caster and analyst on the biggest Pacific tournaments Overwatch has seen, packed full of sweet as Kiwi pride, he’s a top choice to help New Zealand take on the world.

Vote for your chosen representatives here, as I write this there are just days left so get in quick with your selections!

All 32 teams will compete in a group stage event for a chance to make it to the World Cup playoffs at BlizzCon in November \o/

Good eSports – Overwatch Pacific Championship Full Circle Coverage

It all started with a new Blizzard Event Center opening in Taipei and now it has exploded into an amazing Overwatch Pacific Championship event with team Blank eSports travelling all the way to Taipei and fighting their way up to the TOP of the table!

The event is a massive 11 week gaming extravaganza, so this is just the beginning but in any case the achievements by team Blank and the quality of the games so far has been world class.

Team Blank have been playing really well, in the first week things looked great with 3-0 wins over Japan’s Detonator Gold and Taiwan’s Machi Esports, this continued through week 2 and into week 3 with the team pushing themselves up the table fast.

You can check out the gameplay below that took them to the top spot with 7 wins, with so many teams competing in this one you’ll need to fast-foward to exactly 5 hours into this broadcast to see the match – it’s a massive event with many teams battling each other and while the other gameplay is good we’re here to follow team Blank! 😛

Good Custom PC – Certified Components and Systems

For us here at GGPC the exciting world of PC Gaming splits into two separate parts, the first being all the wonderful components we get to test out when reviewing new tech and the second being actually playing games on the completed systems for fun, our YouTube channel and now eSports thanks to competitive gaming events \o/

For system designers and builders there are literally thousands of component options to choose from, and within each component type there are masses of variants available for each with slightly tweaked voltage configurations, ascetic options and more. Luckily for everyone involved in this process the biggest players at the heart of the manufacturing side like Asus, ASrock and Gigabyte have excellent technicians that make lists available showing which parts they’ve certified for themselves. This certification sometimes carries on to the extreme level, when it does the item actually gets a special badge added to the specific hardware involved – items like these killer Asus Republic of Gamers RAM kits 🙂 These are certified versions of Team Group T-FORCE Dark memory with the classic Mayan style heatsink and have passed ROG stress tests thus becoming T-FORCE Dark ROG overclocking modules. Having these along with a ROG motherboard’s optimizing Ai overclock function (update that bios!) will enable you to automatically tune these kits to ROG limits.

GGPC ROG Certified Gaming RAM

Further down the line there is yet another form of certification, this time as much from the players as it is the makers – like IEM (Intel Extreme Masters) which requires a system to meet certain specs in order to get the special badge. These usually have a set of guidelines that must be followed in order to be considered for certification, as you’d expect with the IEM ones these use specific gaming savvy intel CPU and Kingston RAM. Intel Extreme Masters is the longest running global pro gaming tour in the world. Started in 2006 by ESL, the competition features Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, StarCraft II and League of Legends tournaments across multiple continents with the next big CS:GO event scheduled for May 6th – 7th in Sydney, Australia.

 

Good eSports NZ – High School Leagues About to Begin!

UPDATE: Next matches are set for the 13th of March, you can check the HSL Schedule here for timings 

The HSL (High School League) is a national eSports competition for New Zealand High Schools, they’ve kicked things off this week and though-out its duration (around 12 weeks) 250 students will be taking to their keyboards and mice into battle with this massive a 50-team competition playing the overseas eSports hit – League of Legends 🙂

With the grand final being set to take place on the 9th of June each team will play against each other in a 10 week round robin tournament which leads the winners into a two week long playoff for the top spots.

You can watch the action unfold via Twitch (just click the banner below and you’ll be taken there 🙂 For more information, check out the letsplay.live NZ website!

HSL eSports NZ High School League of Legends Competition by Lets Play Live

 

 

Good eSports – Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic

Things are heating up the in the Paladins Winter Classic eSports event with not long to go till the final match begins 🙂

Paladins has now surpassed 4 million players worldwide and when the team-based shooter became available as an open beta it became one of the most popular games on Steam. In celebration of this achievement, Hi-Rez has decided to expand the Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic event, a competitive tournament that is now open to players around the world.

Initially the Paladins Evie’s Winter Classic was only announced for North America and Europe, but due to the success of the game this tournament now includes players from Oceania, Latin America, Brazil, and Russia. This tournament will be held in an open bracket format meaning that anyone could sign up to compete and the prizepool for each region will be $10,000.

Evie’s Winter Classic provides the perfect chance for Paladins rising stars to show their skills and make a name for themselves! Tune in to the PVP event using the video linked below (you’ll have to view it on YouTube, live twitch links appear as annotations) and check out the action for yourself, if you’re wanting to have a go for yourself the game download link can be found in our GGPC Free to Play PC Games blog 🙂

Good eSports NZ – Hoyts Oceanic Pro League of Legends Event

The League of Legends Oceanic Pro League (OPL) is nearly coming to an end with the Grand Final taking place in Australia later this month, but you don’t have to fly all the way to Australia to enjoy the event.

League of Legends OPL ShowbagHOYTS will also be screening the OPL Finals in a couple of theatres across New Zealand so you can watch the action on the big screen 🙂 Another cool bonus if you’re attending one of these showings is that you can also grab an awesome showbag at the event! 

These special showings are when Oceania’s champion is crowned so that they can progress to Worlds Qualifications.

There are two events being held in NZ, one at Hoyts Sylvia Park, Auckland and another at Hoyts Riccarton, Christchurch – you can get your tickets here 🙂 

Want to catch up on the action so far? League of Legends – Oceania have a YouTube channel where you can watch the games at your leisure, you can also follow the Riot Games Oceania Twitch Channel for live coverage or look out for live match updates within the League of Legends game client 😛