Blank Esports has finished second overall in the first-ever Overwatch Pacific Championships.
The Australian team fought hard, but were taken down in the grand final by Flash Wolves, one of the three Taiwan teams that enjoyed home country advantage throughout the competition.
Blank was overwhelmed 4-0 in the first grand final game on Friday, but roared out of the blocks on Saturday, taking a 2-1 lead before eventually succumbing 4-2.
It takes home US$49,200 for its efforts, while Flash Wolves scores US$98,400.
Blank captain Andrew 'Rqt' Haws thanked friends and fans for their support throughout the three month competition.
"A lot closer today but Flash Wolves both deserved and earned their win," Haws tweeted.
"Looking forward to a rematch at the world cup hopefully. GGWP."
A lot closer today but Flash Wolves both deserved and earned their win. Looking forward to a rematch at the world cup hopefully. GGWP.— Rqt (@BLK_Rqt) July 1, 2017
Thanks for all the support we've received during our time in 🇹🇼. From fans here to friends back home it's all appreciated. See you in Syd 🇦🇺— Rqt (@BLK_Rqt) July 1, 2017
Blank got off to a sensational start to the OPC, topping the table in the first round of the regular season, and finishing second in the second round to secure a second place finish overall and a playoffs berth.
Flash Wolves finished third in the first round of the regular season, but then caught fire and went unbeaten in the second round. Notably, the team didn't drop a single map for the entire the second half of the regular season on its way to the best record in the league.
The OPC included six other teams from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan, and is considered a big litmus test for the region ahead of world class tournaments later in the year.
The next big Overwatch fixure for Australian players is the Sydney stage of the Overwatch World Cup, which runs July 21-23. Around the same time, the Kiwi team will be over in California, USA, facing off against Brazil, Chinese Taipei, and the United States.