Here are the top events to watch this weekend in esports

Here are the top events to watch this weekend in esports

by Brian Bencomo

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

VALORANT

The NA Challengers 2 closed qualifier takes place this weekend. It will determine the four teams joining 100 Thieves, Envy, XSET and Version1 in the Challengers Finals. After missing out on qualifying out of Challengers 1, Sentinels will be looking to bounce back and keep their dreams of going to Iceland alive. They’ll face Andbox in their opening matchup. If they win, then we might get a very intriguing matchup in the next round. Cloud9 Blue needs to beat T1 in order to set up a C9 Blue vs. Sentinels matchup in the second round, aka the Battle for TenZ.

Read more: Which NA teams playing this weekend will qualify for Challengers Finals?

Streams on twitch.tv/nerdstgamers

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

Call of Duty

The Call of Duty League returns for the first week of Stage 3 this weekend. The Toronto Ultra are coming off their impressive victory over the Atlanta FaZe in the Major II grand finals. The Ultra will face the Florida Mutineers on Thursday, and they will close out the weekend against the Dallas Empire, a rematch of the lower bracket final in Major II. The Atlanta FaZe play only once this weekend, and they’ll face the New York Subliners on Sunday.

Read more: Toronto Ultra's Bance goes from near retirement to regaining confidence

Streams on: youtube.com/CODLeague

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

Rocket League

The third regional for NA’s RLCS Season X spring season takes place this weekend. It’s the last regional ahead of the spring major and the RLCS Championships. Spacestation Gaming won the last regional, which vaulted them over Rogue in terms of circuit points. They sit third in terms of points, just behind NRG and Team Envy. The top four teams have already qualified for the RLCS North American Championship. With the top six teams ultimately qualifying for the RLCS Championships, the teams to watch as they jockey for position on the points leaderboard will be G2 (No. 5), FaZe Clan (6) and the Kansas City Pioneers (7).

Read more: Rocket League community reacts to Psyonix not hosting a LAN championship

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

  • Thursday: Starts at 6 p.m. ET
  • Friday: Starts at 1 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 1 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 1 p.m. ET

Overwatch

Coming out of the first week of the season, the Houston Outlaws were certainly the most surprising team as they went 2-0, beating the Los Angeles Gladiators and defending-champion San Francisco Shock. This week they’ll face the Paris Eternal and London Spitfire. Florida and Toronto also went 2-0, but they don’t play this weekend. In the East Region, both the Chengdu Hunters and the Philadelphia Fusion went 2-0. Those two teams will face each other Sunday morning in an early test of East Region powerhouses.

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Streams on: https://www.youtube.com/overwatchleague

  • Friday: West division play starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: East division play starts at 5 a.m. ET
  • Saturday: West division play starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: East division play starts at 5 a.m. ET
  • Sunday: West division play starts at 3 p.m. ET

League of Legends

There might not be any pro NA League of Legends this weekend, but the Academy teams are wrapping up Proving Grounds Spring aka Academy playoffs. Cloud9 Academy faces No Org on Thursday in the upper bracket, and Evil Geniuses Academy takes on 100 Thieves Academy on Friday in the lower bracket. A champion will be crowned Sunday in the grand finals.

Read more: Why Cloud9’s victory at the Greek Theatre was a breath of fresh air

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

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