The 15th OzHadou Nationals (OHN15) may not have had the epic scale of the mega tournaments we’ve seen recently, but the enthusiasm, excitement, and passion was just as prevalent.

The exhibition space at the Hilton Sydney was tightly packed with fans from all over Australia, and the World, ready to hang out, play games, and for some, compete on an international level. Row upon row of monitors and TV’s, new and old, lined the space, with an abundance of options for players to fight who they wanted, how they wanted.

This is triggering my cable management OCD.

OHN15 took place from the 15th to the 17th of September this year and had over 25 playable games, with trophy games including Street Fighter V, Super Smash Bros Wii U and Melee, Injustice 2, and Tekken 7, as well as some gems like The King of Fighters ’98 and the unreleased Dragon ball FighterZ for casual play.

Prizes for winning included Razer Headets, ViewSonic Monitors, and various trophies and medals.

Damn that’s some sweet loot.

The room was full of gamers keen to hone their skills against the very best. Crowds gathered around tables housing more notable players and huge sections of the room we’re constantly erupting in cheers and cries as upsets abounded.

While the tension was palpable mid-game, even the high-level games ended in smiles on all sides and good sportsmanship was on full display.

There was plenty of casual banter between players and the audience too, none of it cruel and all in good spirits, everyone was having a blast.

Oh the memories…

The event was also part of the Capcom pro tour with major players such as RZR|Infiltration, Ponos|Moke, and Mago making an appearance, as well as many other top tier pros.

It’s also a challenger event for the Tekken World Tour and brought in similarly large names in the Tekken community.

Minor competitors from all over the world turned up, some from as far off as Texas and Germany, who stopped by on their travels just to flex their gaming prowess in front of hundreds of thousands of online streamers.

Hundreds of thousands were tuning in.

Starting from a few years ago, OzHadou made bringing your own controllers to the competition compulsory, citing security and cost issues as major reasons, but this led to the added bonus of seeing some awesome custom controllers being brought to the competition, with some really creative designs, and this year, even an arcade controller constructed out of a shoebox.

All for the aesthetic.

And despite the complexity of the event, aside from some minor issues, Brand Manager Henry Sham saying it all ran fairly smoothly, with that “there were a few hiccups, some power issues, some streaming issues, but it’s all been ironed out.”

OzHadou started as a small interstate friendly competition between Melbourne and Sydney over 16 years ago, in the words of Event Coordinator Phrances Xharmagne, “Who’s the best? Come prove it.” It was founded by Andrew Ziogas and Justin Hogie, better known as Ziggy and Final Atomic Buster, and was made to help promote the Australian Street Fighter scene via regular tournaments, meet-ups, and online discussion. OzHadou subsequently transformed into the company now running Australia’s longest running major tournament, the OzHadou Nationals (OHN). For more information around the event, go to the OzHadou website here

See below for results:

Trophy Games:

Street Fighter V Tekken 7 Injustice 2 Guilty Gear Xrd REV 2 Super Smash Bros. Melee Super Smash Bros. Wii U
1. PONOS|moke (Rashid) 1. FOX|SAINT (Jack-7) 1. Bob_Kustard (Black Adam) 1. IGNORANT|chuunietzsche (Raven, Ky Kiske) 1. DS|Spud (Marth) 1. MISH|Extra (Mr. Game & Watch)
2. MAGO (Karin) 2. Yamasa|NOBI (Dragunov, Feng) 2. JAM|Castiel (Green Arrow, Deadshot, Batman, The Flash) 2. Audacity (Johnny) 2. Sora (Fox) 2. JDizzle (Toon Link)
3. DNG|Tachikawa (Ibuki) 3. kkokkoma (Dragunov, Kazumi) 3. YungCole (Starfire, Poison Ivy) 3. CYCLOPS|GO1 (Millia Rage) 3. Zxv (Sheik) 3. BluB (Bayonetta, Fox)
4. INFILTRATION (Juri) 4. Yamasa|TAKE (Kazumi, Bryan) 4. OZH|Gilbagz (Joker) 4. ESG|Giggles (Sin Kiske) 4. Jungle|SA Vic (Marth) 4. XO|Waveguider (Greninja, Wii Fit Trainer)
5. CYCLOPS|GO1 (Menat) 5. Eastone|9ra(gura) (Leo) 5. VS.DS|Waz (Catwoman) 5. Feri (Elphelt) 5. Rainbow (Peach) 5. Ghost (Bayonetta)
6. ZOWIE|Oil King (Rashid) 5. iNf|Rame (Eddy) 5. GB|Saggat83 (Cyborg) 5. ceraph (Sol Badguy) 5. Quetz (Peach) 5. SFZ|Tru4 (Shulk, Sheik)
7. gachikun (Rashid) 7. ZEP (Akuma) 7. Shade667 (Scarecrow) 7. Nerk (Jam Kuradoberi) 7. MGP|Wibbles (Ice Climbers) 7. Snugs (Ryu)
8. VS.DS|Somniac (M. Bison) 7. DEE-ON GREY (Jack-7) 7. Travis Styles (Supergirl, Aquaman) 7. Nu|AwakenedBeing (Ramlethal) 7. Splice (Falco) 7. Luco (Ness)



BlazBlue: Central Fiction Virtua Fighter 5: Final Showdown Street Fighter 3: 3rd Strike Super Street Fighter 2: Turbo King of Fighters 14 Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Ultra Street Fighter 4
1. ESG|Giggles (Ragna, Jin) 1. Myke (Kage) 1. GRPT|MOV (Chun-Li, Ken) 1. IGNORANT|chuunietzsche (Raven, Ky Kiske) 1. CO|Go1 (Yuri, Nakoruru, Mai) 1. Baxter (Magneto, Spencer, Dr. Doom) 1. AfterDeath (Zangief)
2. NU|AwakenedBeing (ν -No.13-, Susanoo) 2. Chill (Shun) 2. Yohei (Chun-Li, Urien) 2. Vlade (Zangief, O. Ryu, O. Sagat) 2. BobKustard (Kim, Kukri, Benimaru | Others) 2. MagnumInfinity (Morrigan, Dr. Doom, Vergil) 2. DS|Somniac (Decapre)
3. 39|Firery (Carl) 3. AlexMD (Jacky, Lei-Fei) 3. DS|ZG (Makoto, Ken) 3. KG (Balrog) 3. ChenChen (Benimaru, Iori, Clark) 3. KG (Hulk, Sentinel, Wesker) 3. StreamMonsters (E. Honda)
4. Prods (Susanoo, Jubei) 4. CW|Berzerk (Pai) 4. OzH|Genxa (Ken) 4. Kisou (E. Honda, Blanka) 4. Falco (Andy, Clark, Mai)
5. OhMaiGoodness (Mai) 5. Jihoon (Vanessa) 5. 420S|MyResolve (Oro) 5. OzH|MadeMan (Zangief)
5. Mulletcap|Javi (Makoto) 5. OzH|MadeMan (Wolf) 5. osima (Oro) 5. OGYG|MartyKen (Ken, Balrog)
7. Ceraph (Jin) 7. Toto (Lion) 7. Kisou (Hugo) 7. OzH|Genxa (Chun-Li)
7. Esera (Amane) 7. GRPT|MOV (Taka-Arashi) 7. TFA|SpruceMoose (Alex) 7 .Sketch (Dee Jay)
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