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The Weekend In Esports: Rocket League Regional Championships Are Here

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With both BlizzCon and Worlds 2016 behind us, there’s finally a free weekend to catch our collective breath.

(Breathes in, breathes out, breathes in, breathes out).

Ah, that was nice! With the world championships for Blizzard and Riot’s biggest games behind us, a number of others are here this week to pick up the slack, including Rocket League and Dota 2. Details on when and where to catch all of the action are below.


Rocket League

As a result, the big action this weekend is in the Rocket League Championship Series Season 2. The regional championships for both North American and Europe will determine who seeding for the Grand Finals in Amsterdam as well as who from each continent gets the first place prize of $25,000. You can find a recap of last weekends matches, including current standings, here.

Play begins today at 3:00PM EST for NA, joined tomorrow by the EU at 12:00PM EST. Watch all the car on ball action below.


Coming off of last weekends World Cup finals, the action this weekend is sure to feel less pressing, but even as we wait for Blizzard to slowly reveal the precise details of the game’s upcoming Pro League, there’s still plenty to keep you busy this weekend.

The Route 66 Overwatch Cup is going on this weekend for one, featuring the likes of teams like Cloud9 and FaZe Clan. Matches start today at 2:00PM EST with the finals to kick-off tomorrow around 3:00PM EST. You can watch those matches here.

There’s also China’s Pioneer Cup Season 3 with matches taking place between 7:00AM EST and 10:00AM EST tomorrow.


Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

There’s an eclectic mix of different things going on this weekend in the world of CS:GO, beginning with the iBUYPOWER Masters 2016 group stage. Play in Group B started today between Cloud9 and FlipSid3 Tactics, and will conclude later with Immortals vs. FaZe Clan at 3:30PM EST with grand finals scheduled for tomorrow. You can watch those matches here.

The Northern Arena 2016 playoffs in Montreal are also going on, with EnVyUs taking on G2 Esports followed by Heroic against OpTic at 3:00PM EST. You can find those games here.


Finally, there’s a number of series taking place tomorrow in the Esports Championship Series starting with Luminosity vs. Team Liquid at 1:00PM EST. You can watch them live here.


Dota 2

After falling to EHOME in the Northern Arena BEAT Invitational winner’s bracket, Evil Geniuses fight against the tournament’s single qualifying team, Ad Finem, to stay alive. Team NP take on Alliance at approximately 12:15PM EST today, followed by Wings Gaming vs. EHOME at 2:30PM EST. The finals will be held at 2:00PM EST tomorrow.

With the Boston Major less than a month away, the invitational will be a great way to see how some of the game’s top teams are growing into their new rosters.


You can find those games here.

Super Smash Bros.

Last weekend also featured the Smash Summit 3 event. For a nice little respite between now and the UGC Smash Open in early December, you can catch up on the Smash The Record 2016 event going on right now in Florida. You can stream those games here.


GUTS 4 is also going on this weekend. Billed as New England’s largest 3 day fighting game event, you can stream matches for Smash Bros. Melee, Street Fighter V, and Skullgirls, among others, here.