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This Weekend’s Rocket League Tournament Will Set The Stage For The World Championship

With a $100,000 prize pool at stake, this weekend’s big Rocket League tournament in Dallas will give some of the game’s biggest teams one last chance to test one another before next month’s World Championship.

Now in its seventh season, the Rocket League Championship Series is divided across four continents. The winners of the biggest divisions, North America’s NRG Esports and Europe’s Renault Vitality, both battled through their groups in matches that started earlier today, and Vitality has already stumbled on their way to the grand finals in a shocking upset.

Mousesports, which finished last in the European division with a one and six record, managed to edge out Vitality 3-2 in the Group A semifinals, sending the European champions down into the loser’s bracket. Though Vitality eventually qualified for the single-elimination bracket later in the day, the early results have shown that even the game’s top teams aren’t unstoppable. For its part, NRG Esports cruised through its group matches, while Cloud 9 and FC Barcelona, the runners up of North America and Europe respectively, will be tested later this evening.

After a full day of matches on Saturday, the play-off stage will get underway on Sunday starting at 12:00 p.m. ET. You can watch all of the matches live on DreamHack’s Twitch channel.

DreamHack Dallas will be home to a number of other big tournaments this weekend, including Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, Classic Halo, and a number of fighting games like Mortal Kombat 11 and Smash Bros. Ultimate. You can find stream listings and match times for all of them over on DreamHack’s website

Source: Kotaku.com

Top Players Look To Drink, Chill, Maybe Win Some Cash At This Weekend’s Smash Ultimate Summit

The first ever Smash Ultimate Summit is here. After years of success in bringing its collective weirdness to Super Smash Bros. Melee, Beyond the Summit is finally launching its hybrid esports tournament format, complete with casual couch banter and comedy sketches, for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Invited players include the likes of MkLeo, ZeRo, Mew2King, and Leffen. Others, like Mang0, were voted in by fans. There will be one notable absence: Gavin “Tweek” Dempsey. While not as much of a household name as some Smash players, he’s established himself as one of the best Smash Ultimate players currently competing after taking first place at Frostbite 2019 in a tough two-set series against Leonardo “MkLeo” Lopez Perez.

Tweek didn’t campaign for a vote-in spot, however, and didn’t get a direct invite. He also failed to snag one of the remaining spots by winning last weekend’s Ultimate Nimbus tournament. While the event boasts booze and gags with an eye toward entertaining the audience back home and generating the next wave of Smash memes, the roughly $50,000 prize pool means the competition will be stiff.

Crew battles are tonight, followed by singles pools on Saturday at 1:00 a.m. Eastern, followed by more shenanigans that night, including a commentator crew battle. The final bracket will get underway on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. The entire thing will be streamed live on Beyond the Summit’s Twitch channel.

The second season of Overwatch League is in its fourth week. Paris Eternal takes on the Vancouver Titans tonight at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, while on Saturday, things kick off at 3:00 p.m. with Los Angeles Valiant, who will be looking for their first win of the season against the Houston Outlaws. The full schedule is available on the OWL website, with matches streaming on the Play Overwatch Twitch channel.

You can also catch Saturday Fight Night live on NBC right after Saturday Night Live ends at 1:00 a.m. It’ll be North vs. South in Street Fighter V, as California’s best players duke it out in a Los Angeles-based open tournament. If you’ve already cut the cord, you can always catch the proceedings streaming live on the Level Up Live Twitch channel.

Source: Kotaku.com

The World’s Top StarCraft II Players Will Battle This Weekend

It’s not every day there’s a big StarCraft II tournament going on, and this weekend’s could offer a rematch of one of last year’s great showdowns.

The Intel Extreme Masters Season XIII StarCraft II started this week with 24 teams and will soon be down to 12 as the playoff stage gets underway this weekend. The $400,000 prize pool event is taking place in Poland where all of the best players will be looking to secure their spot at this year’s world championship with a first-place win.

Last year’s champion, Joona “Serral” Sotala, came out on top in his group, although it was his closest rival, Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob, who managed to make it into the playoff round without dropping a single game. If the two meet again during the bracket stage, which seems likely, fans could end up getting rewarded with a sequel to last November’s glorious six-game showdown between the two pros. Even if you’re not a huge StarCraft fan, watching arguably the current best Zerg and Protoss players in the world duke it out in one of 2019’s biggest tournaments to-date is worth checking out.

Matches between the remaining 12 players start on Saturday at 6:00 a.m. ET and continue into the afternoon. Then on Sunday the semifinals begin at 5:00 a.m. with the grand finals scheduled for 8:15 a.m. The entire event is streaming live on ESL’s StarCraft II Twitch channel and you can stay caught up on match times and results over on Liquipedia.

Meanwhile the best Hearthstone players from around the globe are descending on the Blizzard Arena in Los Angeles for the HCT Winter Championship.

The remaining decider matches from the group stage as well as the quarterfinals will run all day on Saturday starting at 11:30 a.m. The remaining matches leading up to the finals will start at the same time on Sunday, with everything streaming on Blizzard’s Hearthstone Twitch channel.

Finally, if you, like me, are always looking to have more competitive Smash Bros. Ultimate in your life, there’s a tournament going on in Australia over the next couple of days called Phantom 19. It’ll host competitions in all of the Smash games, but the main showdown for Ultimate takes place on Saturday at 2:00 a.m. ET. You can always watch the VOD the morning after on the Sidney Smash Twitch channel.

Source: Kotaku.com