A huge weekend of competitive Smash Bros. and fighting game action saw Australia’s best descend on the University of Wollongong to have at it. We had some fantastic matches over the weekend, with participants coming to play a range of titles and engage in a weekend of competitive play. Here’s a quick wrap up of everything that went down, as well as the winners of each game competition.

Dragon Ball FighterZ – 21 Entrants
Winner: Dailou (David Dinh)
Runner Up: Genxa (Henry Sham)

Rivals of Aether – 15 Entrants
Winner: Dave
Runner Up: Gabe (Gabe O’Reilly)

Street Fighter V – 10 Entrants
Winner: RumoursOfGhost (Yuvin Manadeniya)
Runner Up: Staticz (Charlie Dante)

Project M Doubles – 8 Entrants
Winners: Star/Ryzuul
Runner Up: Sora/Azza

Project M Singles – 25 Entrants
Winner: Sora (Joshua Lyras)
Runner Up: Ryzuul (Jacob Biziuk)

Super Smash Bros. Melee Doubles – 6 Entrants
Winners: Team Mungo
Runner Up: Fess

Super Smash Bros. Melee Singles – 29 Entrants
Winner: Sora (Joshua Lyras)
Runner Up: SA Nick (Nicholas Siemelink)

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Doubles – 53 Entrants
Winner: Ridiculously Overqualified
Runner Up: MishMash

Super Smash Bros. for Wii U Singles – 131 Entrants
Winner: VS.DS Extra (Nick Mckenzie)
Runner Up: FOW (Freddie Williams)

For full bracket details and results, click here

Highlight(s) of the Event:

One of Australia’s best Melee players, Masterminds’ Joshua “Sora” Lyras, picked up a well-deserved first placed finish in Melee Singles, whereas Dark Sided’s Nick “Extra” Mckenzie managed to beat American Smasher Freddie “FOW” Williams in a cracking contest to win Wii U Singles. And it was the latter that proved to have everyone on the edge of their seats, with FOW coming from losers finals and resetting the bracket against Extra in a 3-1 set win. The game thereafter was a tense affair, with both players clearly evenly matched throughout. It came down to millisecond movement at times, and with the set poised at 2-2 in a best of three, Extra pulled off an incredible set of quick moves to take the win. Here’s a slice of the action — the excitement was infectious!

Here are some other clips from the weekend, as well:

Expand Gong 3 was an excellent tournament to watch, and continues to play an integral role in the Aussie Smash scene. With a big few months ahead for players, the tournament was a great way of assessing where players currently are at the moment in terms of skill. Similarly, it was a great test for some of our best against International opponents, and will certainly help them in their preparation for BAM10 in May. Overall, the event was excellent from start to finish, and the sheer passion from all involved was wonderful to see — I can only hope these kind of events continue to grow and more pop up over time!