New Zealand's Xtra e-Blacks have been placed in "promising" draws in their three tournaments for the Grand Final of the 2005 World Cyber Games.

In Halo 2, Xtra e-Blacks Jason and Craig Bourne go up against Australia, the United Kingdom and host nation Singapore at the finals from 16-20 November. The Halo 2 draw is made up of four pools, with the the top two teams advancing to play in the top-eight single elimination stage.

In Warcraft III: Frozen Throne, Han Hang faces South Africa, Estonia, Russia, Spain and Kazakhstan. WarCraft III has 16 groups. The top two players will advance from each group to play in the 32-player single elimination stages.

In Counter-Strike: Source, Parallax faces teams from Portugal and Chinese Taipei. As with last year, only the top team in each pool will advance to the 16-team single elimination stages.

In 2004 the World Cyber Games ceased to provide practice facilities for the Grand Final, and organisers have confirmed that this will again be the case in Singapore. Combined with the single elimination nature of the final stages and the opportunity for only one team to advance in each Counter-Strike pool, the results of the draw are seen as extremely important. Xtra e-Blacks management say this year's draws are reasonably promising and provide a real opportunity for the players to advance to the single elimination stages.

For more information on the World Cyber Games and the Xtra e-Blacks, visit www.worldcybergames.net.nz.