The Weekend In Esports: ESL One Cologne, Dota 2, And ARMS

Image credit: ESL
Image credit: ESL

Evo 2017 hasn’t even started, DreamHack Atlanta is weeks away, and Dota 2's TI7 is next month, and yet this post-4th of July weekend is still packed.


North America’s Cloud9 have done the unthinkable and won a spot in the ESL One Cologne grand finals, a premier, $250,000 Counter-Strike tournament that’s usually dominated by European talent. But if you don’t care about the struggle of America’s best CS:GO team to prove itself an international powerhouse, now worries, you can always go watch people rocket-punch one another in ARMS.

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

ESL One in Cologne has come and nearly gone, with only a few matches left in one of Counter-Strike’s biggest events of the summer. With Cloud9 in the unlikely position of being the first to the grand finals, FaZe Clan and SK Gaming face will face one another in the second leg at 2:00PM EDT today to see which will have the privilege of joining them.

The grand finals are slated to begin at 10:00AM EDT on Sunday, which you can watch in the stream below.

Dota 2

Away from the noise ahead of TI7, teams will face off this weekend in Peru as part of The Final Match 2017. For once you can forget about names like OG and Newbee and catch the likes of Alliance and SG e-sports competing across a double-elimination bracket. The semifinals start today at 1:00PM EDT with the winner’s finals scheduled for 7:00PM. Then the remaining teams will race through the loser’s bracket seeking redemption and a slot in the grand finals scheduled for 6:00PM EDT on Sunday.


You can watch the entire tournament here.

The Mars Dota 2 League 2017 also concludes this weekend. LGD ForeverYoung currently sit in the grand finals awaiting the winners of the loser’s bracket. You can catch the conclusion of the tournament at 5:00AM EDT on Sunday morning here.


League of Legends

Rift Rivals, a League event showcasing inter-continental rivalries, concludes today at 12:00PM EDT with Unicorns of Love and Team Solo Mid. The Europeans are pretty confident they have this one in the bag and they’re probably right, but you should watch anyway.


Meanwhile, on the other side of the globe, the remaining teams from South Korea and China will be resolving their rivalries beginning at 4:00AM EDT in the morning on Sunday. You can watch those matches here.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

There are more matches ahead in the Global Pro League Stage 2 starting today at 2:00PM EDT with Faze Clan vs. Elevate and concluding later in the evening at 6:30PM with Faze Clan vs. Enigma6


You can watch all of the matches here.


The HTC Spring Championship started yesterday in Shanghai. Top players from across the world are competing over a $250,000 prize pool with the list of contenders already shaved down to eight finalists. The quarterfinals will begin tonight at 10:00PM EDT with CitizenNappa vs. Hoej followed by the semifinals in the morning. For dedicated Hearthstone fanatics, the grand finals will be streaming at 4:00AM EDT on Sunday.


You can watch all of the matches here.

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With Nintendo’s latest competitive fighter out in the wild, fans of Smash Bros. will be giving the game some love at this weekend’s 2GGC: ARMS Saga event. The tournament begins at 3:00PM EDT today, with top 8 starting at 7:00PM. There’s even a pot bonus of a cool grand for the winner.


You can stream the tournament here.

Smash Bros.

Of course, there’ll also be Smash Bros. Wii U play at the 2GGC event, with doubles beginning today at 3:00PM EDT. Top 8 will take place on Sunday starting at 6:00PM EDT.


You can watch that tournament here.

In Smash Bros. Melee, there’s GENESIS: RED this weekend, a final competition before this year’s EVO featuring the likes of Leffen and Shroomed. You can stream the entire tournament here.


Heroes of the Storm

Phase 2 continues in competitive Heroes of the Storm with with Team Good Guys vs. Fnatic at 12:00PM EDT today, followed by Zealots vs. Team Dignitas at 2:00PM. In North America it’s Naventic vs. Tempo Storm at 5:00PM followed by Even in Death vs. Roll20 esports at 7:00PM. Matches will resume on Sunday at the same times.


You can find a complete schedule for both regions as well as current standings here. The matches themselves will be streaming live here.

Quake Champions

The second round of online qualifiers take place this weekend ahead of Quakecon in August. Teams of four will face-off in Sacrifice to try and claim a spot in the championships, with all of the matches streaming live here.q


Street Fighter

In Capcom’s fighter, the Pro Tour continues online in Europe with top 8 having begun at 11:00AM EDT today, in Latin America with matches beginning at 3:00PM EDT. You can stay abreast of the action with all the matches streaming here.


Rocket League

The 7-Eleven Summer Series picks back up again this weekend in Europe with teams competing for $6,000 beginning at 1:00PM EDT on Sunday.


You can stream that tournament here.

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Now if Valve, or anyone really would put out a guide on A) what do I actually do with those player cards and B) if there is anything to do with them, how do I get the most out of it.

These compendiums have really dropped in value for money over the last two years, my TI5 purchase for fewer dollars really got me a lot of goodies. And last years compendium at least allowed me to make the money back on the compendium by selling unwanted treasures and all my card packs.