Expressive: SANick does not hide his emotions when he plays melee. Photograph ZG/CouchWarriors
IN the shadows of BAM7, with curtains closed on the international saga, Australia’s melee super major ushered in a new storyline this year as the local crowd took centre stage.
There were no ‘gods’ in play, no MIOM top 20 stars, just Australia and New Zealand’s best battling it out for the coveted boxing glove trophy.
In eventual champion Nick ‘SANick’ Siemelink’s mind the script had already been written, all he had to do was follow it.
Forced to ad-lib through the loser’s bracket, following a shock loss to ACT Ice Climber main Wibbles, SANick ultimately arrived at the final act he’d anticipated – a clash of light versus dark – good against evil.
There was nothing coincidental about the South Australian champion’s choice of white when he sat down to Marth ditto Te-Tuhi ‘SIN | Spud’ Kelly in grand finals of BAM8.
As far as he was concerned it was a pre-ordained finale to a story arc harking back two years to when his melee journey began.
“I like my little story arcs in my life. It just felt like it was meant to be I should play the white Marth,” SANick said.
“I spent a lot of time on green and blue Marth and I actually quite like black Marth but I thought at the end of the day there’s going to be a good versus evil battle (against Spud’s black Marth) for the heart of Australia.”
There was never any doubt in his mind as to who the hero of this story was.
CouchWarriors proudly presents Battle Arena Melbourne 8, Australia’s largest fighting game tournament
When: May 13-15, 2016
Where: CQ Functions, 123 Queen St Melbourne.
BAM8 returns this weekend for an exciting weekend of top level tournament play and celebration of the fighting game community. The annual Major celebrates the Australian fighting game scene. The Melbourne community is proud to host a national platform for players across the country to come together and compete.
With international attention from global leagues Capcom Pro Tour, Dead or Alive Battle Royal, or to compete with our massive Smash Bros community, BAM8 will be one of Australia’s biggest gaming events – not just in fighting games but in all LAN or esports events.
After a record breaking 2015, where BAM7 saw 628 attendees play and spectate some incredible moments (BAM7 Results, Photos and Replays), BAM8 is on track to handily surpass it. At the close of early registration, BAM8 has 574 registered players, which will increase with on day signups and spectators.
(Note: Smash competitor signup is closed. Street Fighter V signups close Friday.)
International players are also attending, from 8 top Smash 4 players, and two Street Fighter World Champions, RZR.Xian and EG.Momochi, participating in our Street Fighter V Capcom Pro Tour event.
View the Event Trailer (YouTube) Event Trailer (Facebook)
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Summary of the key event features:
CouchWarriors would like to welcome the four confirmed internationals for BAM8! Razer Xian, EG Momochi, MJS Haitani and Mago-san!
We are pleased to announce the return of special guest Jeffrey “Chamba” Cruz to Battle Arena Melbourne in 2016!
The artist for Udon Comics’ Street Fighter Unlimited will be appearing both Saturday 14th 11am-5pm, and Sunday 15th May, 11am-3pm.
Chamba, who was a popular guest at BAM 2014, will be available to draw commissions of your favourite characters, sign prints and hang with fellow gaming fans!
To browse through his fantastic art visit theCHAMBA.com
Follow Chamba on Instagram and Twitter
For a hint of what Chamba will be working on for fans at, browse his website or Instagram above to see recent art including amazing Free Comic Book Day sketches.
Black & White Single character Headshot Commissions:
A6 postcard – $10
A5 Headboard – $30
Blank Cover – $40
Chamba is providing to #BAM8’s prize pool a one custom colour and one black and white piece illustrated on Limited Gold Foil UDON Street Fighter Unlimited #1 blank sketch cover!
Hit the break to read Chamba’s Bio
Be sure to check when your games/pools/finals are on so you don’t miss out!
Check out which pool you are in here: https://smash.gg/tournament/battle-arena-melbourne-8-3/brackets
CouchWarriors is pleased to announced that Bandai Namco Entertainment will be supporting the Tekken 7 tournament at BAM8 with a prize pot bonus of $1000. Register now!
It’s time to reveal the BAM8 t-shirt design! Designed by our own Kenneth Chan and concept by Daniel Chlebowczyk from the CouchWarriors Committee.
Prepare to battle in style, you can pre-order with your registration here: http://couchwarriors.org/wp/bam8/bam8-registration/
Just mention your size preference in order notes. (Sizing: S, M, L, XL, XXL.)
We’re pleased to announce the addition of three side tournaments at BAM8:
Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Sign up now or add the games if you’ve already pre-registered!
Big thanks to Igor Zupanovic aka SpiderCarnage and Jake Lovett aka Naked Jake for running Super Turbo and Marvel at BAM8!
CouchWarriors always encourages DIY tournaments and to reward passionate champions of the game in the community. So if you want to see your game at BAM next year – step up and let us know!
BAM8 is swiftly approaching!
We’ve already announced a $500 pot bonus for the top 3 Australian players for Smash 4 and Melee:
And we’re pleased to announce a new pot bonus – $500 for Street Fighter V!
And one last pot bonus- this time $300 for BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend!
Remember to pre-register for BAM8 before the 7th of May when pre-reg closes! Hope to see you guys there.