The offline finals for the sixth edition of ESL Australia & New Zealand Championship will kick off on Friday, featuring eight Oceanic teams and ~$15,200 prize pool on offer.
The Australian event will run from June 15-17 at Supanova Expo in Sydney Showground, Olympic Park. Twice the number of teams have been given the opportunity to showcase their abilities in a LAN environment this season after the previous seasons' finals originally fielded four teams.
The eight teams have been separated into two groups, featuring a best-of-one, round-robin format. The top two teams of each group will advance to the best-of-three, single-elimination playoffs that will take place on the final two days.
Below are the complete team list and groups:
The Australian on-air talent will feature current Legacy coach Iain "SnypeR" Turner and ex-Athletico in-game leader Stuart "sonic" Rayner analyzing the matches. They will be joined by other local commentators including Jordan "Elfishguy" Mays, who recently made a name for himself on the big stages at IEM Sydney 2018 and ESL Pro League S7 Finals. The broadcast team is as follows:
Danny "dK" Kim - Desk Host
Iain "SnypeR" Turner - Analyst
Stuart "sonic" Rayner - Analyst
Jordan "Elfishguy" Mays - Commentator
Tim "brainstorm" Dunne - Commentator
Mitch "pili" Pilpowski - Commentator
Kevin "KaRath" Zhu - Commentator
Michael "MC" Campagna - Observer
James "FiiSHED" Dolphin - Observer
The $20,000 AUD (~$15,200) prize breakdown is as follows:
1. $8,000 AUD (~$6,080)
2. $3,500 AUD (~$2,660)
3-4. $2,250 AUD (~$1,750)
5-8. $1,000 AUD (~$760)