The Weekend In Esports: Call Of Duty World League Open Comes To Atlanta

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After last weekend’s Rainbow Six Siege Invitational and lots of recent action in the world of CS:GO, it’s back to the land of MOBAs with big games across League of Legends, Dota 2, and Heroes of the Storm, but with one minor exception: the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Atlanta Open.

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


Call of Duty

The CWL Atlanta Open, featuring a $200,000 prize pool, gets into its second day beginning with open bracket play at 10:00AM and pools play to start at 2:00PM EST with OpTic Gaming vs. a to be determined challenger. Matches will resume tomorrow morning at the same time, with the grand finals scheduled for 5:30PM EST.

The format is best-of-three, with over a hundred teams competing from around the world. The open bracket top seeding is led by Tainted Minds, Mindfreak, TGC Blue, and Echo Fox, but with so much competition and little room for error, who knows how the final brackets could turn out.

You can watch every match in the stream below.

League of Legends

We’re now into the fourth week of the North American and European LCS Spring Splits. The weekend action starts today on the other side of the pond with G2 Esports LoL vs. Origen at 1:00PM EST. Meanwhile stateside Counter Logic Gaming and Echo Fox will kick things off at 3:00PM EST with Phoenix1 and FlyQuest eSports playing opposite followed by matches heading into the evening.


You can also catch the South Korean spring league beginning early tomorrow at 3:00AM EST featuring SKT Telecom1 vs. bbq Olivers (look, I don’t make up the names). China’s Vici Gaming and Game Talents will also be playing each other around the same time, with Edward Gaming vs. Newbee LoL playing first at midnight. Games won’t resume for North America until tomorrow at 3:00PM EST.

The Americas stream is here, the European one is here, the Chinese one is here, and the South Korean one is available here.


Dota 2

Qualifiers for Dota 2's Asia Championships 2017 continue in the CIS region
with Team Empire vs. Team Spirit at 12:00PM EST today, followed later by Team Onyx vs. Team NP in the Americas at 4:00PM EST. Of course the big game to look out for will happen this evening between Digital Chaos and CompLexity, with DC coming off a stellar performance at the ESL One Genting 2017 earlier last month looking to transform that momentum into a North American spot at the Asia Championships.


Matches will resume tomorrow at 9:00AM EST, with everything streaming live here.


Heroes of the Storm

The HGC Pro League continues today as Tricked Esports take on BeGenius HotS rumble at the bottom of the table at 12:00PM EST in Europe, followed by the HGC SEA Eastern Clash qualifiers are tomorrow at 1:00AM and South Korean league play that begins at 4:00PM EST.


The action in Europe then resumes with Team Dignitas vs. Fnatic HotS at noon on Sunday. Keep your eyes on Misfits HotS as they try to maintain a five game winning streak in the face of Team Expert HotS who are currently 3-2.

You can find a full schedule for every game here, with a number of the matches available to watch live right here.



Don’t miss the 2017 HCT Europe Winter Playoffs this weekend, featuring top players from across the continent looking to be one of the top four players who will earn a spot at the Winter Championship in the Bahamas this March.


Play will be ongoing throughout the weekend with a full bracket available here and every match streamed live here.



Phase one of the Spring Split Relegations competition kicks off this weekend as Smite teams take their best shot at trying to earn a spot in the Smite Pro League spring season. Play in Europe begins at 9:15 EST today, while North America starts Sunday at 11:15AM EST.


You can catch all the action for both continents here.

Smash Bros.

The 2GGC: Midwest Mayhem Saga for Smash Bro. Wii U is today at the eSports Arena in Santa Ana, CA. Play will begin with Doubles at 1:00PM EST, followed by the first wave of Singles at 3:00PM EST. Since it’s a one day tournament, Top 8 play won’t begin until tonight at 10:00PM EST. Players like ZeRo, Larry Lurr, VoiD, and others will battle for a $2,000 pot bonus and the chance to reorient themselves coming off of Genesis 4.


You can find those games streaming both here and here.

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