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The Weekend In Esports: The Smite World Championship Returns To Atlanta

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2017's only just started and there’s already a ton happening in esports this weekend. If you’re snowed in or just looking to completely ignore the world around you, we’ve got you covered. Here’s when and where you can watch the biggest events happening in pro gaming this weekend.


The World Championship for Smite is going on this weekend at the 2017 Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta, Georgia. The top teams from the around the world have been duking it out since Thursday to see who will claim the largest portion of the tournament’s $1,000,000 prize pool and be able to declare themselves the best team coming out of the game’s third season.


Play resumes today at 1:30PM EST with the first leg of the semifinals featuring Team Eager vs. Obey, followed later by NRG Esports vs. Luminosity Gaming at 6:00PM EST.

The game’s console finals are scheduled for tomorrow at 12:30 PM EST, followed by the PC finals at 5:00PM EST. You can watch all of the matches in the stream below.


If the name Paladins sounds familiar, it might be because of how much it was compared to Overwatch when the game’s beta released earlier this year. Months later, the game is getting is getting its first major tournament at this year’s Hi-Rez Expo with the Paladins Invitational. The tournament began on Thursday, and of the eight teams who started out, only half remain. Those that are left will be fighting over a $$150,000 prize pool.


The semifinals take place today at 1:30PM EST and 2:45PM EST, followed by the finals tomorrow at 10:00AM EST

You can watch all the matches here.

Dota 2

The good news is that, barely a week into 2017, we’ve already got a pretty big Dota 2 tournament to dive into as some of the game’s best teams struggle with the 7.00 patch and try to sort out the meta before the next Major. The bad news, if you’re in the States at least, is the ESL One Genting 2017 is being held in Malaysia, leading to all the games being played at the most ungodly hours.


Direct invites Digital Chaos, and Wings Gaming all made it out of the group stage, along with Chinese qualifier Newbee. The teams will now face one another in the semifinals beginning at 9:30PM EST tonight, followed by the best-of-five grand finals series at 5:00AM EST tomorrow morning. The prize pool is $250,000, but more importantly, there’s the prospect of a TI6 rematch between champions Wings Gaming and runners-up Digital Chaos should both teams make it out of the semifinals.

You can catch up on all the action here.



Depending on how you look at it, the Winter Premier has either been something of a mess or refreshingly unpredictable. But however you feel, you can catch up on this past week’s most recent action in phase one of group play here.


Otherwise, there’s plenty of Chinese Overwatch to check-in on this weekend, with Newbee OW vs. IG.Ice and TCelestial vs. OMG OW in the Overwatch Team Story Chapter 1 starting tomorrow around 6:00AM EST and available to stream here.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The ESEA Season 23 Global Premier Challenge is a contest to see who will gain a chance to play in the ESL Pro League’s season 5. Team Rush will face Muffin Lightning today at 1:00PM EST, followed by Bravado Gaming vs. Rogue at 5:00PM EST. The semifinals will take place tomorrow beginning at noon, with the grand finals scheduled for tomorrow evening at 7:30PM EST.


You can find the matches here.


Street Fighter V

The Kumite in Tennessee 2017 event kicked off yesterday, with tournaments in Street Fighter V as well as Smash Wii U, Mortal Kombat XL, and a number of other fighting games. A complete list of schedules is available here. Top 8 play in all of the major games will conclude on Sunday beginning at 1:00PM EST, with both Mortal Kombat XL and Smash Wii U finishing the night off starting at 6:00PM.


You can find all the bouts playing in one of these five channels.

Smash Bros.

If Kumite 2017 isn’t enough for you, there’s also Nebulous Gaming’s Monthly Melee series Apollo this weekend in preparation for Genesis 4 later this month. Doubles play for Melee will begin concluding tonight around 8:00PM EST, followed by singles tomorrow at 4:00PM EST. You can watch all of the matches here.


Midwest Mayhem 6 is also this weekend, with over 300 entrants across both Smash Wii U and SFV. A full schedule for the event is available here. Matches will be streamed live here and here.

Street Fighter III

The 15th edition of Cooperation Cup is taking place this weekend in Japan. As one of the premier annual Street Fighter III tournaments in the world, it’s not to be missed. Let the gloriously fluid animations of one of the series’ greatest games wash over you this weekend and find yourself transported back to the late 90s.


Play begins at 8:00PM EST with the finals schedule to start at 3:30 AM EST. You can watch the action streamed live in English here.