For the second time this year, Zone Laser Tag Albury in New South Wales has hosted a Pre-Nationals competition, with 17 teams attending – which falls just shy of Pre-Nationals 1, which had 19 teams. Read more about it here.
Albury’s Trump Troop – Winner of the Teams Competition Left to Right: Ben “Bootza” Baker, Jacob “Jackal” Elliott, Brendan “ZoneWolf” Graham, Ethan “Molten” McDougall, Cameron “Camsta” Ellis, Brock “Firebird” Antone (Captain) Photo Credit: Emily Elliott – for the ZLTAC Facebook
GP sweep the competition. After a day of ups and downs, the day belonged to the Finns, GP.
Ascensions threw in some surprises. Majestic 5 (Sweden) rose from 10th place to finish 4th, playing an astounding 3 hours of laser tag in a row. Australia 2 dropped from 3rd to 6th, and the Americans, Identity Crisis, took a disappointing 8th spot.
The best three teams went into the final three games: GP (FIN), Cobras (NZ) and Legacy (FIN). The three games were live streamed with hundreds watching around the world. The Cobras and Legacy put in a valiant effort, but it wasn’t enough to see them over the line. We have a new world champion: GP.
After a few days of Triples, Lord of the Rings, French Format and Elimination, the main event is back. Each team plays a number of games in each round.
GP (Finland) dominated the day, not dropping a single game and in an upset, forced the Cobras (NZ) into a third. In a surprising turn of events, Australia 2 and the second NZ team, Honey Badgers, both had great days and placed well ahead of expectations in 3rd and 5th respectively.
Now it all comes down to the finals! Tune into the Twitch stream: twitch.tv/zoneworlds
Elimination. The format that the Nordic and Scandinavian teams love, but the Aussies, New Zealanders and Americans struggle with. Day 4 was all about elimination. I also had an interesting discussion with Marion (Cooper) about female representation in the sport.
Lord of the Rings—one of the most popular competitive formats—played all day. It’s a solo format played in a ‘ring’ not an arena. Despite looking very different from what we typically think of as laser tag, with no obstacles, it is the format that relies totally on individual skill, knowledge of the vests and tactical dodging.
We ended up with the top 21 players in the world. In a surprise, we had a first time competitor, necrack (France) make the finals.