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Everything you need to know about the upcoming Gfinity Elite Series

The robust Australian sporting scene adds a new league to its number this weekend, with the launch of the Gfinity Elite Series esports competition. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s been dubbed the ‘Big Bash League of esports’.

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Why you should watch Overwatch Contenders

The Overwatch Contenders is sort of like the minor leagues, but for Overwatch. It’s the official path for players looking to join the league and sees teams compete within their country.

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Everything you need to know about Stage 4 of Overwatch League

Today marks the return of Overwatch League but in this ever-evolving game, a new stage always comes with some key differences to keep in mind.

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Simpson wins PGA Tour Players Championship

Webb Simpson believes his dominant Players Championship win marks the resurrection of his career after hitting rock bottom in the years following his 2012 US Open triumph.

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Gfinity will live stream tonight’s FIFA 18 Global Series qualifer

Viewers will have the chance to watch Australian esports athletes compete live tonight in the FIFA 18 Global Series qualifier after Gfinity Australia today announced the event will be live stream via Twitch.

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Is the Overwatch League sustainable?

The Overwatch League’s Stage 3 finals ended with Stage 2 victors, New York Excelsior, coming back for a second win, defeating the Boston Uprising in the finals with a 3-0 clean sweep, having done the same to the Los Angeles Valiant in the semis.

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The ins and outs of esports commentary

With the Intel Extreme Masters wrapping up in Sydney this past Sunday, we had the opportunity to speak with one of StarCraft II’s premier casters – South Australia’s Leigh “Maynarde” Mandalov.

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Jason Day seals second PGA Tour win of the year

Jason Day has won the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow to claim a second win on the PGA Tour in 2018.

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How a South Australian amateur footballer became a big name in esports

With StarCraft II making an appearance at last weekend’s Intel Extreme Masters in Sydney, we caught up with revered esports caster Leigh “Maynarde” Mandalov.

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Australia qualifies for Overwatch World Cup; gets drawn in ‘group of death’

Australia have punched their ticket to the Overwatch World Cup for the third straight year, but will face a monumental task in moving out of the group stage after being drawn to play several powerhouses in the group stage.

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How to choose your Overwatch League team

The past few weeks I’ve written introduction articles to help initiate new blood into the world of Overwatch and hopefully by now I’ve piqued your curiosity to at least consider watching and enjoying the esport.

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Mary’s Wonder Women: Super Netball returns

After an exceptionally long off-season, due to the Commonwealth Games, Super Netball finally returns this weekend, with a series of matches across the country.

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Key Overwatch terms explained

I’ve been outlying some of the basics for those looking to start watching competitive Overwatch over the past few weeks, but there’s still one fairly large blockade new watchers.

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Gfinity unveils the final three Elite Series teams

The final three teams for the upcoming Gfinity Elite Series esports competition have been announced – with the Brisbane Deceptors, Perth Ground Zero and Sydney Roar set to join the Melbourne Avant, Melbourne Order and Sydney Chiefs in the inaugural season starting on Saturday, June 2.

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The origins behind The Witchwood’s most discussed legendary cards

To coincide with the recent launch of Hearthone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood, we’ve published a three-part interview series with Lead Final Designer Dean Ayala.

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Lance Armstrong pays $5 million for being awesome

America’s greatest ever cyclist has paid $5 million for bringing pride and glory to the nation he represented. Sounds about fair.

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Art depicting the theme of the next Hearthstone expansion, The Witchwood.

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Hearthstone's Lead Final Designer, Dean Ayala.

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Logos for both the Gfinity Elite Series Australia esports competition, and the Melbourne Order esports team.

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Members of the New York Excelsior esports team celebrate being crowned Stage 2 champions of the Overwatch League.

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Australian flag-bearer Mark Knowles

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Kurt Fearnley has set his sights on competing at the Rio Paralympics in 2016.

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Overwatch World Cup Stage

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Kyle Chalmers of Australia

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The Roar of the crowd

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Australian and New Zealand esports round-up: 18 April 2018

Welcome to The Podium, looking at all the action from across the world of esports in Australia and New Zealand.

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The Witchwood: Early standout decks

By Johann Leffler, 17 Apr 2018
The Witchwood: Early standout decks

It’s been a few days since the yearly rotation and the arrival of the newest Hearthstone expansion. With it has come the inevitable meta shakeup as players experiment with the new cards and synergies on offer.

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Why the Commonwealth Games matter

By Pat Hornidge, 16 Apr 2018
Why the Commonwealth Games matter

It has been fashionable for a while to denigrate the Commonwealth Games. They are a minor, pointless competition, it is said. They have no real international importance. I fundamentally disagree.

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Australian Diamonds vs England: Commonwealth Games Netball Gold Medal Match live scores, blog

Match result: The Diamonds fell just desperately short of gold at the Commonwealth Games, falling short by one goal against England in the final.

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Australian Boomers vs Canada: Commonwealth Games Men’s basketball gold medal match, live scores, blog

Match result: Australia cruised to the gold medal in style on Sunday, smashing Canada by 40 points.

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Rags to riches: Subs tipped to break big four stranglehold

The Suburban (Subs) Lions Hockey Club have a good chance to do the unthinkable and win the Hockey WA (HWA) Women’s Premier League in 2018.

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Australian Kookaburras vs New Zealand: Commonwealth Games Men’s hockey gold medal match live scores, blog

So this is it: the Commonwealth Games gold medal game between Australia’s Kookaburras and New Zealand’s Blacksticks, on the Gold Coast. Join The Roar for live scores and blog from 9:15pm AEST.

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Australian Opals vs England: Commonwealth Games Women’s basketball gold medal match live scores, blog

Winner takes the gold as the powerhouse Australia takes on the old rival England in the gold medal game of the women’s Commonwealth Games basketball. Tune into The Roar for a live blog and scores from 8:30pm AEST Saturday 14th April.

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Australian Diamonds vs New Zealand: Commonwealth Games netball semi-final live scores, blog

The Australian Diamonds take on their arch rivals the New Zealand Silver Ferns in the second semi-final at the Commonwealth Games in the match that many had predicted would be the final. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 5pm AEST.

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Australian Hockeyroos vs New Zealand: Commonwealth Games Women’s hockey gold medal match live scores, blog

The Australian Hockeyroos will go for gold on Saturday afternoon when they take on Trans-tasman rivals New Zealand in the women’s hockey final at the Commonwealth Games. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 12:45pm (AEST).

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Australian Boomers vs Scotland: Commonwealth Games Men’s basketball semi-final live scores, blog

The Australian Boomers were solid without being spectacular during the group stage of the Commonwealth Games, but they may need to go up another level when they face Scotland during the semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 10am (AEST).

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Australian Kookaburras vs England: Commonwealth Games Men’s hockey semi-final live scores, blog

The Australian Kookaburras will look to match their female counterparts and advance to the final of the Commonwealth Games when they take on England in the second semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9:45pm (AEST).

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Australian Opals vs New Zealand: Commonwealth Games Women’s basketball semi-final live scores, blog

The road to the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games starts here as women’s basketball powerhouse the Australian Opals take on their neighbours from across the Tasman, New Zealand. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9pm (AEST).

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Australian Hockeyroos vs India: Commonwealth Games Women’s hockey semi-final live scores, blog

The Australian Hockeyroos have marched through the group stage of the Commonwealth Games without many issues, but that might be all about to change when they take on one of the favourites, India, in the second semi-final. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 9:15pm (AEST).

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Australian Diamonds vs Jamaica: Commonwealth Games netball, live scores, blog

The Australian Diamonds take on Jamaica in their final pool match at the Commonwealth Games. Join The Roar for live coverage and a blog of the match from 9pm (AEST).

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RBC Heritage preview

By Nicholas Richardson, 11 Apr 2018
RBC Heritage preview

With the dust settled on what will be remembered as a classic US Masters, the focus turns to the RBC Heritage, at the iconic Harbour Town Golf Links.

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Mitch Larkin

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Australian rider Cameron Meyer

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Chris Goulding

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Mitch Larkin

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Liz Cambage

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Cameron McEvoy

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Brandon Starc

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