Australian Dan "Astroboy" De Sousa has won his way to the Quake World Championships at QuakeCon despite competing at a massive ping disadvantage.
Because there is no local road to the World Champs, De Sousa entered the North American online qualifier, and after smoking fools in the first round in early July, he repeated the feat over the weekend to guarantee himself a place at the Dallas, Texas event later this month.
There, he will take on the world's best in the US$1m prize pool event.
To qualify for the World Champs, De Sousa had to finish in the top 12 of a 32-person field. After winning his first match, he was pushed to the loser's bracket, where he went on a tear, carving up American players and – despite a ping of around 272 – he made the cut.
De Sousa isn't the only local lad heading to the States to compete. Australians Frazer ‘Fraze’ Hockley, David ‘ZenAku’ Addati and Tyler ‘Steej’ Joseph of Corvidae, and Andrew ‘Python’ Cha Cham of JAM Gaming are signed up for the Quake Champions BYOC (bring your own computer) tournament at QuakeCon, where they hope to secure their own spots in the Quake World Championships.
QuakeCon runs from August 25 AEST, and you can watch it all on the official Quake Champions Twitch channel.