The region’s best tankers are getting ready to duke it out again for a share of a US$200,000 prize pool, as the first game of Wargaming League Asia-Pacific Season II 2016-17 gets underway in just under an hour from now. This time around, there are two Aussie teams in contention, but they face some stiff competition from across the World of Tanks.
Both Team Efficiency and The Coalition Zoo have a strong Australian contingent among their international playerbase, and both are set to challenge six other teams for the chance to play in this year’s Grand Finals in Moscow.
It won’t be easy, though. Only three APAC teams will make it to Russia, to face off against the best from Europe, CIS and North America. Perennial favourites, China’s EL Gaming are back, after an undefeated Season I. They’re joined by Japanese teams Caren Tiger and B-Gaming, Korea’s Meltdown and DarkWolves and Taiwanese team Horsemen, all standing between the Aussies and their quest for glory.
This season’s format is a little different, too. It’s now a triple round-robin competition, with teams fighting each other three times before the APAC playoffs on March 26th. The four best teams from the APAC region will then compete at an offline event, and the best of those will secure their tickets to Moscow.
Enough talk, time to check out the action. You can catch everything live, in English, on the dedicated WGL viewing platform (Japanese, Mandarin and Korean broadcasts are also available via Twitch).
Today’s matches see Caren Tiger vs Horsemen and B-Gaming vs Meltdown, with the action kicking off at 10pm, Sydney time (click through for your local time). Australia’s first matches are tomorrow, with Team Efficiency playing at 5pm Sydney time and The Coalition Zoo stepping up from 6:30pm, Sydney time.