The Weekend In Esports: BlizzCon 2016 And Smash Bros. Galore

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BlizzCon 2016 is in full swing. So in addition to things like new Overwatch characters and the announcement of the Overwatch League, there’s also a ton of actual tournaments going on for each of Blizzard’s major competitive games. Details on when and where to catch all of the action are below.



It all comes down to this. After a rough week for some that saw both the USA and Sweden fall to South Korea, the country that can’t seem to be beat when it comes to competitive gaming now takes on Russia in the Overwatch World Cup finals later today at 2:30PM EDT. Prior to that you can catch the match to determine third place in the tournament at 1:00PM EDT.

You can stream the finals and third place match, live from BlizzCon, here.


The Hearthstone World Championship continues today, beginning with the semifinals at 1:30PM EDT. The finals will follow at 5:00PM EDT today, with $250,000 going to the winner. All matches are played in a conquest format with a single ban.

You can watch both the semifinals and finals below.

Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard’s MOBA doesn’t always get its due, overshadowed by League of Legends and Dota 2. But this weekend belongs to HotS, with the Fall Championship semifinals set to kick-off later today at 3:00PM EDT. MVP Black take on Team Dignitas in the first series, followed by Ballistix vs. Fnatic a couple hours later. The Championship finals are slated for 4:00PM EDT, with $300,000 going to the winner.


You can watch all the games right here.

World of WarCraft: Arena

Often overlooked but never truly forgotten, the PvP tournament for Blizzard’s MMO also concludes this weekend. The Arena World Championship picks back up again today with Splyce vs. Method in the finals. The winner will take home $120,000 as well as the bragging rights that come with being top-dog in all of Azeroth.


That face-off will take place today at 1:00PM EDT, and you can watch it here.

StarCraft II

Semifinals for the World Championship Series Global Finals are today at 3:30PM EDT, followed by the finals at 7:00PM EDT. The first leg will feature Elazer against Dark, while the second will see ByuN face-off against Stats. ByuN won the GSL Season 2 finals a couple months back. All eyes will be on the lone Terran player to see if he can continue his epic comeback story.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

There’s some ELEAGUE action this weekend with Echo Fox. vs. G2 Esports in Group B later today at 2:00PM EDT. Watch that game here.


You can also catch up on the Esports Championship Series Season 2 tomorrow with games running from 9:00PM EDT tomorrow to 5:00PM EDT. Those games will be available here.

Dota 2

Dota never sleeps, which is why if you’re still desperate for some of Valve’s competitive MOBA during BlizzCon, the Dota2 Professional League Season 2 as you covered. Dota2 Professional League Season 2 CDEC Gaming will take on LGD at 1:00AM EDT tomorrow morning, followed by matches featuring the likes of Vici, Wings, and Invictus Gaming.


You can find those games here.

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Smash Bros.

The Smash Summit 3 tournament continues into this weekend, an invitational hosted by Beyond the Summit in Lose Angeles. The tournament will feature top Melee players from around the world, like Adam “Armada” Lindgren and Jason “Mew2King” Zimmerman. The action picks back up today at 3:30PM EDT, with the Doubles Top 4 kicking off tomorrow at 3:30PM EDT, followed by Singles at 5:15PM EDT. A full schedule is available here.


You can watch the tournament here.

Street Fighter V

The Capcom Pro Tour continues with the Red Bull Battle Grounds North America Regional Finals. The event this weekend is in Seattle, with qualifying taking place today, followed by Top 16 and Top 8 tournaments tomorrow. The Grand Finals are scheduled for tomorrow at 8:30PM EDT.


You can find all the action on the Capcom Fighters Twitch stream.

Rocket League

Regional playoffs for the Rocket League Championship Series Season 2 kick-off this weekend. The six teams to qualify from North America are Orbit, NRG, Genesis, Take 3, VindicatorGG and Revival, while their European counterparts are Northern Gaming, Flipsid3 Tactics, MockIt Aces, Precision Z, Red Eye and Reunited. Only the top four teams from each region will have a shot at the grand finals in Amsterdam later this month.


The NA playoffs begin today at 3:00PM EDT, joined tomorrow by the EU playoffs at 12:00PM EDT. Watch all the car on ball action here.

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