The Weekend In Esports: A West Side Story

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It’s a global weekend for esports as Montreal, California, and Manila are all hosting big events across the competitive gaming spectrum.


CS:GO is back in full swing, with the Eleague Premier kicking off its group stage and two other tournaments on deck as well. Smash is showing California some love, Rocket League is hitting the pedal on its fourth competitive season, and several League teams are playing to see who will get to punch their ticket to Worlds 2017.

Below you’ll find where and when you can catch all the weekend’s biggest events in competitive gaming. Let us know what you’ll be watching in the comments or if you think there’s something we might have missed.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The Eleague Premier 2017 is here, and some of Counter-Strike’s finest are facing off in Atlanta today. Natus Vincere, FaZe, G2 Esports, and Renegades kick off the group A matches, and FaZe has already led with a commanding 2-0 lead. You can catch the tail end of the action when play resumes here.

For those not in Atlanta, there is the DreamHack Astro Open in Montreal. Teams like Cloud9, North, Immortals, and Complexity are playing it out on the DreamHack channel here. Meanwhile in Mykonos, the ESG Tour is well underway, as teams like Virtus.Pro, SK Gaming, and Mousesports play near the beautiful Destiny Villa. You can catch the matches on ESG’s Twitch channel here.

Super Smash Bros.

Super Smash Bros. For Wii U is going back to Cali with the West Side Saga, a tournament featuring some of the west coast’s best. ZeRo, Nairo, Void, Tweek, Abadango, and more will duke it out, in an event that’s highlight the area’s top players and sending bonus prize money to other region’s events. The West Side Saga will be fought out on 2GG’s Twitch channel.


Melee fans have a bevy of tournaments to watch this weekend, including the DreamHack Montreal championship, Show Me Your Moves 18 in Urbana, Illinois, and Emerald City V, which features chair-raising hero S2J. Lift your seat for whoever you’d like for any of the games going on throughout today, or at the DreamHack finals tomorrow afternoon.

League of Legends

The LCS regional qualifiers, sometimes known as “the gauntlet,” are being played out to determine who will make the journey to this year’s Worlds. In North America, FlyQuest takes on CLG, the winner of whom will face Cloud9. The European gauntlet has Fnatic awaiting the winner of Unicorns of Love vs. H2K. Matches will play out on the North American and European LCS streams through the weekend.



Season One of Overwatch Contenders rolls into week four, with matches featuring action in both Europe and North America. Singularity vs. eUnited kicks things off today for the former, while Renegades and EnVyUs get the matches started in America. You can follow all the games on the Contenders channel here.


Street Fighter

Fighters will duke it out later this weekend in Manila Cup’s top eight, where a bevy of talent like Go1, Momochi, GamerBee, Verloren, and more have assembled. If you’re looking for more action, DreamHack Montreal has a Street Fighter V tournament as well, where the likes of NuckleDu, K-Brad and Justin Wong are duking it out through the weekend. You can catch the action here, on DreamHack’s Twitch channel.


Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm is full steam ahead into week eight of league play. Tempo Storm and Lag Force kick things off Saturday, while Gale Force and Team Freedom clash Sunday. Catch the Blizzard all-star action on the Heroes Twitch page, as matches start at 5 p.m. ET.



The 2017 HCT Asia-Pacific summer playoffs land right after some well-earned Druid nerfs, so if you’re looking to find some new decks to take into ranked this week, this is your tournament to watch. Get your new netdecks throughout the weekend from Hearthstone’s Twitch channel. DreamHack is also hosting its own Hearthstone grand prix, where I’ve already seen Priests and Mages get some playtime. Check out the matches on DreamHack’s Hearthstone channel.


Rocket League

Sound the alarm, we’ve got Rocket League back with the Season 4 championship series kicking off this weekend. Europe started yesterday with The Juicy Kids and The Leftovers both putting up impressive opening sets. Let’s see if North American teams can match it later today and throughout the weekend, as the season gets underway on the Rocket League Twitch landing.

Freelance writer, Dota enthusiast, Texan.