A Brazilian Dota 2 team looks to make history in the Ukraine this weekend but one of the best teams in the game still stands in their way.
With the League of Legends spring season behind us, the spotlight this weekend is on the Valve’s $3,000,000 Major in Kiev where the stage is still being set for tomorrow’s semifinals, and upstarts SG Esports from South America have already drawn blood against favorites Team Secret. Of course, there’s also a little something called the DreamHack LAN in Austin, Texas, happening this weekend as well featuring tournaments in everything from Counter-Strike: Global Offensive to Pokkén Tournament.
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.
After months of Invitationals and qualifying stages, Valve’s Kiev Major comes to a head this weekend with the rest of the single-elimination bracket playing out before the grand finals on Sunday at 10:00AM EDT. Both Invictus and OG have made it to the semifinals and await the winners of Team VGJ vs. Virtus.pro and Evil Geniuses vs. SG Esports. The semifinals are scheduled for the dark, dark hours of 3:00AM EDT Sunday morning.
League of Legends
After the spring seasons from each of the regions have come to a close, this weekend marks the start of the Mid-Season Invitational, where the winners of other regions will get to test their mettle against one another and eventually the reigning champions of the big four.
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
DreamHack Austin is hosting a number of big competitive gaming tournaments this weekend, including a CS:GO open. Matches for the group stage, which began on Friday will be seeded into the four-team single-elimination bracket.
Street Fighter V
Austin also marks the fourth stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, with players competing for $15,000 in prize money and their standing heading into the autumn’s Capcom Cup tournament. 2016 champion NuckleDu will be present alongside the rising star of PG Punk, in addition to a host of other top-tier talent.
Melee and Smash Bros. Wii U will both have tournaments at DreamHack, while the finals for Smash Wii U are scheduled for Sunday at the same time, followed by the Melee finals. The prize money is paltry but the talent is not, with the best from across the Smash Bros. landscape, including Hungrybox, Mew2King, MKLeo, and ZeRo all vying for the spotlight.
The Hearthstone Grand Prix will be going on at the same time as well with hundreds of players competing to make it into the sixteen-person single-elimination bracket alongside the likes of GreenSheep and Rdu. .
The Smite Masters LAN in Atlanta, GA, the game’s big spring tournament, concludes this weekend with the semifinals beginning at 11:00AM EDT today, with the best-of-five finals scheduled for the same time on Sunday. Obey will take on underdog RivaL first, followed by North American favorites eGr vs. Europe’s DIG, with a total prize pool of $120,000 on the line.
No major pro gaming event would be complete without an SCII tournament, and DreamHack Austin’s will pit champions from across the world against one another for a shot at $100,000 in prize money and better seeding in the WCS Global Finals later this year. Play picks back up today at 12:00PM EDT with the semifinals and finals getting underway on Sunday around the same time.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
The Call of Duty Pro League enters its second weekend. Matches in the Blue Group began yesterday and will go the rest of the weekend as the bracket for the $700,000 tournament gets seeded ahead of its May conclusion.
Heroes of the Storm
The regular season continues in North America today with Superstars vs. Team 8 at 5:00PM EDT followed by Team Naventic vs. Gale Force eSports at 7:30PM. In Europe the action begins with beGenius vs. Team expert, and Team Liquid vs. Fnatic.
Looking beyond the start of South Korea’s APEX Season 3, there are a handful of matches this weekend, beginning with group matches in the Pacific Championship at 2:00AM EDT Sunday morning with ahq e-Sports vs. DeToNator.Gold, and later some group stage matches for the spring Premier Series 2017 featuring FTD Club vs. Oh My God.
Last but certainly not least, the Splatoon U.S. Inkling Open concludes this weekend, with matches for the final sixteen.