What to watch this weekend in esports

by Brian Bencomo

Don’t know what to watch this weekend? We’ve got you covered. Here’s a rundown of some of the most intriguing games and tournaments happening this weekend.

VALORANT

The VALORANT Champions Tour continues Saturday with the second closed qualifier of NA Challengers, organized by Nerd Street Gamers. Originally scheduled to start Thursday, the weekend matches were pushed back due to the bad weather causing power outages in Texas. 

Following this qualifier we’ll finally find out the first four teams that are qualifying for Masters in March. The eight teams competing in the qualifier are 100 Thieves, Sentinels, Immortals, Luminosity Gaming, XSET, FaZe Clan, Gen.G and Team Envy.

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/nerdstgamers

  • Saturday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Monday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET

Read more: 100 Thieves rising star Asuna proving himself to fans, his parents

League of Legends

Week 3 of the LCS Spring Split starts Friday. Cloud9 faces a surprising Dignitas team, currently tied for third in the LCS standings, to kick off Saturday’s action. 100 Thieves take on Golden Guardians on Sunday in a matchup that sees four of the five members of 100T’s roster facing their former organization. The weekend wraps up with the always intriguing Cloud9 vs. Team Liquid matchup.

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/lcs

  • Friday: Starts at 6 p.m. ET
  • Saturday: Starts at 4 p.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 4 p.m. ET

Read more: 100 Thieves rise to top of LCS with cohesion, camaraderie

Call of Duty League 

Week 2 of Stage 1 of the Call of Duty League was supposed to take place this weekend. Instead, as a result of widespread bad weather and power outages in Texas, the league has pushed matches back to Monday, resulting in a “Super Week.”

Streams on https://www.youtube.com/CODLeague

Call of Duty League Super Week starts Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Read more: Call of Duty League Week 1: FaZe dominate, 100 Thieves steal show

Blizzconline

This year’s edition of Blizzcon has moved online. There won’t be as much competition at this event as is usually the case — such as the Overwatch World Cup. However, there will be a showmatch called “Shock vs. The World,” in which the two-time reigning Overwatch League champions will face off against a team featuring other pros, streamers and community members.

Streams on https://blizzcon.com/en-us?stage=overwatch

  • Saturday: Starts at 3 p.m. ET

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The group stage of the IEM Season XV World Championship takes place this weekend. Astralis and Evil Geniuses kick off the upper-bracket action in Group A on Friday, while Team Liquid and Team Vitality face off in Group B’s upper bracket on Saturday.

Streams on https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo

  • Thursday: Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Friday: Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET         
  • Saturday: Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET
  • Sunday: Starts at 9:30 a.m. ET
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