The Weekend In Esports: Intel Extreme Masters, Smash Bros, And Rob Corddry

Image via IEM.
Image via IEM.

The last Intel Extreme Masters event of the year is taking place this weekend in Gyeonggi, Korea, featuring a host of tournaments ranging from StarCraft II to Overwatch. But there’s lots of action this weekend to be found in the ELEAGUE for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive as well as little mobile game called Clash Royale.


You can find details on when and where to watch below, and as always be sure to let me know what you’ll be watching in the comments below.

League of Legends

After South Korea asserted itself at Worlds 2016, demonstrating it was home to many of the best teams around, the country will have a chance to do so again in the IEM League finals tonight. Featuring a prize pool of $100,000 with half of that going to the winner, the tournament will conclude at 1:00AM tomorrow morning, available to watch here.

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A generous $100,000 purse will be awarded to the top finishers in IEM’s Overwatch tournament which features play between Korea’s best teams and two from Europe.

The all-Korean grand finals between Lunatic and LuxuryWatch will take place tonight at 9:20PM EST, and can be streamed here.

You can also check out group stage place at the MLG Vegas 2016 Overwatch Invitational featuring teams EnVyUs, FaZe, and others going on this weekend and available to watch here.


StarCraft II

Top Korean talent coming out of the World Championship at last month’s BlizzCon are battling it out this weekend with $35,000 at stake. The finals will take place tonight at 12:00AM EST between Stats and InNoVation and can be watched here.



The qualifying tournament for ELEAGUE’s first Major of 2017 is being held in Atlanta this weekend. Swiss-system matches are ongoing throughout the today and tomorrow between teams like Cloud9 and Ninjas in Pyjamas, with the grand finals. Play begins on either day at 10:00AM EST, with a full schedule of events available here.


You can watch everything live here.

Clash Royale

Today’s Crown Duel tournament will feature eight Clash Royale players from North America in an event hosted by Daily Show comedians Rob Corddry and Al Madrigal, because what says collectible card, real-time strategy game like Comedy Central?


Matches begin at 3:00PM EST today with the winner of the grand finals taking home $15,000. You can watch all of the matches here.

Smash Bros.

In the world of Smash 4, the 2GGT: ZeRo Saga, One Year Anniversary is going on this weekend, featuring a $10,000 pot bonus and top talent like C9 Ally, Nairo, and the titular ZeRo himself.


Doubles pools resume today at 1:00PM EST, followed by Singles at 3:00PM EST, with Top 8 play scheduled for tomorrow at 9:00PM. You can watch all of those matches here.

In addition, you can always check out the Don’t Park On The Grass event going on this weekend at Seattle and featuring over a 1,000 entrants. Games include Smash 4 and Melee, as well as Splatoon!

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Street Fighter V

In 1777 the nation’s first president was preparing with his army to spend a brutal winter at Valley Forge. Now, 239 years later, one of the Northeast coast’s biggest fighting game tournaments is being held down the street in the Valley Forge Casino Resort.


NEC 17 will have some top Street Fighter V players there, but also people competing in games ranging from Dead or Alive 5 Last Round to Under Night In-Birth: EXE. Also Gears of War 4, cause why not? Play will continue Sunday at 11:00AM EST and conclude later that night with Street Fighter V top 8 play beginning around 9:00AM EST.

You can stream everything from the event right here.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

Also as part of the weekend’s MLG event in Las Vegas, an Infinite Warfare tournament is being held with a prize pool of $100,000 and a format that includes double elimination open brackets, followed by pool play, followed by another final double elimination championship bracket.


You can watch those games here, with the championship bracket going from 1:00PM EST to 8:00PM EST on Sunday. 


The SeatStory Cup VI is this weekend, offering a great opportunity to see how some pros are adjusting to Hearthstone’s latest expansion. Group stage play will go all day today and conclude in the play-off bracket tomorrow.


You can watch all of those matches below.

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Once again the FGC is left out *rolls eyes* Anyway...

NEC 17 is on this weekend with loads of fighting games being played.

All streams found here