What to watch this weekend in esports

by Brian Bencomo

Don’t know what to watch this weekend? Looking for something besides the Super Bowl? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of some of the most intriguing games and tournaments happening this weekend.

VALORANT

The VALORANT Champions Tour continues with the first Challengers closed qualifier, organized by Nerd Street Gamers, taking place this weekend. Eight teams — Immortals, Envy, NRG, Sentinels, Gen.G, Luminosity Gaming, Andbox and XSET — are competing in a double-elimination bracket, with the top four teams qualifying for the second Challengers closed qualifier. 

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/nerdstgamers

  • Friday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET

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League of Legends

The LCS Spring Split kicks off this weekend. Among the games to watch this weekend are Lock-In champion Team Liquid taking on FlyQuest on Sunday, and Cloud9 facing TSM on Saturday. FlyQuest might have the toughest opening weekend schedule as they will face TSM and Evil Geniuses in addition to TL.

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/lcs

  • Friday: Starts at 6 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 4 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 4 p.m. ET

Read more: TSM 2021: Same high expectations, but with rookie coach Bjergsen and overhauled roster

Rocket League 

Nerd Street Gamers’ Winter Championship for Rocket League takes place this weekend. Group play and a Round of 16 for the 20 qualified teams will be on Saturday, and the rest of the playoffs are Sunday.

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/nerdstgamers

  • Saturday: Starts at 7 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 7 p.m. ET

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

BLAST Premier: Spring Groups starts this weekend. Twelve of the best teams in Europe are competing for a share of the $150,000 prize pool. This is the last major CS:GO competition before the IEM XV World Championship later this month.

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/blastpremier

  • Friday: Starts at 10:30 a.m. ET         
  • Saturday: Starts at 10:30 a.m. ET
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