Allameen Ally started his road to the Cineplex World Gaming Canadian Championship at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto with an upset over pro player Matt Faithfull, a.k.a. Royalty. By the end of March 6, the 18-year-old Brampton native was crowned Canada’s first Call of Duty: Black Ops III ace, given a $20,000 cheque, and raised a humongous glass trophy over his head like a Grand Slam master.
Under the alias of TheAnonAlly, Ally (top, photo by Brian Baker) found his winning stride in Game 3 of the finals against Evan Howard (a.k.a. EvanHoller). After two draws, Ally won a decisive 6-1 third round, though not before verbal shots were fired. Howard continued to pepper Ally with insults only to discover his adversary was unperturbed.
“I personally try to stay humble,” Ally said. “I don’t want to get into the mind of an opponent in that sort of manner. He kept calling me trash, and some foul words, so I just talked back and told him, at the end of the day, I’m the one who won 6-1.”
EvanHoller did not go home empty handed after finishing second. The 19-year-old Scarborough resident earned an $8,000 cheque and spoke warmly of the experience, though he suggested that the rules of the tournament left the match open for playing styles like the TheAnonAlly’s “camp out” strategy.
Howard is a professional player, earning $250.00 at UMG Washington D.C. in September. Ally, though not a professional, is a recent high school graduate looking to attend Sheridan College or Humber College to study computer science. He plans to use his winnings to pay for college and to purchase a new car for his parents. When pressed further, he did express interest in throwing his hat into the professional ring.
“I guess I can follow (that) path,” he said. “I’m definitely going to blow up now.”
However, Ally had some trepidation about hitting the LAN circuit.
“I like to play online. I have no problem playing on LAN, it’s just that I haven’t been able to find a team with the same consistent skill level,” he said. “I know that sounds a little cocky, but at the same time you have to establish that connection.”
After the finals, Cineplex announced that game for their next tournament would be Street Fighter V, much to the delight of the crowd. Online pre-registration started March 7, with online qualifiers running from March 24 to April 17.