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With Australia's biggest esports event coming up this weekend, all eyes are on some of the international competitors flying down under. One of those is Renegades, the Aussie team that moved overseas to play in the big leagues -- but it just suffered a defeat against local upstarts Chiefs. The matches this weekend might be closer than we expected.


Out of all the games that make up the global circuit for esports around the world, Call of Duty is the one where Australia has consistently punched above their weight. Our teams have turned in good performances year after year on the global stage, something Activision recognised in part when Australia and New Zealand was given their own region for the inaugural Call of Duty World League.

But you can't punch above your weight forever. And while fans might have been hoping for a resurgence following the drubbing handed out at the Crown Invitational earlier this year, it wasn't to be with all of Oceania's representatives falling at the group stages.


Recently, Australian League of Legends team Chiefs headed over to Istanbul to terrorise the Turkish tournament with gory ganks and flashy wombo combos, in the hopes of qualifying for the World Championships later this year. The Chiefs didn't quite make it -- but they got the furthest we've ever been in an international competition, and that should be celebrated.