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This weekend, whether you love strategy or twitch reflexes, fighting games or sports, there’s something going on in the world of competitive gaming for you. So let’s get right to it, and as always, let me know what you’ll be watching in the comments or if there’s something I’ve missed.

Rocket League

After several weeks of tough-fought matches, the World Championship Series Season 2 Grand Finals in Amsterdam are finally here. Games started early today at 7:00AM EST and will go through 3:00PM EST this afternoon, before picking back up tomorrow around the same time.


North American and European teams will face-off against rivals from their region across both a winners and losers bracket, with the grand finals scheduled for tomorrow around 2:00PM EST featuring play between the best of either continent, with a grand prize of $50,000 going to the winner.

You can catch all of the matches live in the stream below.

Dota 2

After some smaller tournaments sprinkled here and there, the biggest Dota 2 event since the 2016 International last summer gets underway this weekend. The Boston Major group stage began this morning with Wings Gaming vs. Warriors Gaming at 10:00AM EST, and play will continue tomorrow at the same time.

You can watch the games live here, or find them after they’ve aired here. It’s Dota, so of course the prize pool for the tournament is a cool $3,000,000. This weekend’s group stage will seed teams into a single elimination bracket which will play out across next weekend beginning on Friday.

Heroes of the Storm

Meanwhile, Blizzard’s MOBA will be having its Gold Cup World Championship of 2016 this weekend. It’s one of the game’s premier invitational tournaments, and there’s $90,000 on the line for the winner, who will be crowned tomorrow in Beijing.


You can catch the grand finals here at 12:30AM EST tomorrow morning, or re-watch the matches you missed here.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The ELEAGUE season 2 post-season is wrapping up this weekend, with the finals starting today at 4:00PM EST. You can find the previous matches available to watch here. After Astralis came out on top against SK Gaming yesterday, they will go on to face OpTic Gaming to wrap-up a successful season that saw the competitive CS:GO league make the jump to television airing on TBS on Friday nights.

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Vainglory, alongside games like Clash Royale, has shown that mobile gaming is ready for esports primetime as much as anything else. The 3v3 MOBA played on Android and iOS devices finished both its spring and summer seasons, with this weekend’s World Championship tournament topping off the year.


Quarterfinal matches start today at 3:00PM EST, and will conclude tomorrow with a best-of-seven finals. You can watch all of those matches right here.

Street Fighter V

The 2016 Capcom Cup takes place this weekend in California at PlayStation Experience. After weekend upon weekend of the pro tour visiting countries around the world to give players a chance to compete in the end-of-year championship, everything came to a head starting yesterday.


The action resumes today with the Top 8 beginning play at 9:30PM EST, followed by a closing ceremony after the finals at 1:00AM EST tomorrow morning.

You can watch all of the matches right here, or wait to see the 2016 Capcom Cup broadcast in its entirety tomorrow on ESPN2 at 8:00PM EST.

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Call of Duty

The CoD tournament at this weekend’s PSX marks the first competitive LAN event for Infinite Warfare. There’s a prize pool of $20,000, with teams Evil Geniuses, Luminosity Gaming, Rise Nation, Elevate, Orbit, Faze Clan, and Renegades in attendance. Play will continue through 11:15PM EST tonight, with the grand finals taking place tomorrow at 6:00PM EST.


You can watch the tournament here.

Smash Bros.

The UGC Smash Open is going on this weekend in St. Louis. There should be enough action there to satisfy all of your Melee and Smash 4 needs. Some of the best players in both competitive scenes will be playing there, with matches stretching across both days and several streaming channels, all of which can be found right here.


If you missed the Overwatch APEX Season 1 finals in South Korea at the crack of dawn this morning, you can rewatch them here.


Otherwise, there’s more competitive Overwatch to behold with the SEA Invitationals this weekend, starting tonight at 11:00PM EST here, or the Pioneer Cup Season 3 Playoffs tomorrow at 6:00AM EST.

Madden 17

The NFL Madden 17 Classic will be broadcast today from Burbank, California. Featuring a $100,000 prize pool, the tournament starts today at 5:00PM EST, and will be available to stream at our corporate sister site, Play between the sixteen finalists, who survived months of competition dating back to August, will be re-broadcast on Monday on the Univision Deportes Network at 8:00PM EST.


MechWarrior: Online

There’s also a MechWarrior tournament going on this weekend with a prize pool that’s nothing to shrug off. It’s going on right now.

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