Top esports events of the upcoming week – October 12-18 2020
As we look towards the next week, there are plenty of esports events for us to watch and enjoy. While all the spotlight will be on the 2020 League of Legends World Championship playoffs, we cannot ignore other esports titles such as Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota2 and their high-profile esports events in IEM New York and the continuation of ESL One Germany 2020.
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League of Legends World Championship Main Event (3.10 – 31.10 2020)
The first stage of LoL Worlds is slowly coming to an end, with only two more groups left to play out their games. Group C fixtures are slated for tomorrow, while Group D is set to conclude on Sunday, October 11, when we will get introduced to the final two teams that will enter the playoffs.
The LoL World Championship playoffs will kick off on Thursday, October 15, with the quarter-final matches. The quarter-finals will run from Thursday to Sunday, followed by the semi-finals scheduled to be played on October 24-25. The draw will be held in preceding days.
As of today, we already have the first four names that will enter the playoffs in G2 Esports, Suning, JD Gaming and DAMWON Gaming, who will be joined by four of the remaining eight teams. Although the final seeding in Group C and D is far from final, we can be sure DRX and Top Esports are the main two candidates to advance from their group.
Group C is still very much open with Fnatic, LGD Gaming and Gen.G all tied for first with 2-1 record. Team SoloMid, meanwhile, will have to produce a perfect 3-0 run in the next round to stand a chance of advancing into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
Watch live: lolesports.com
Intel Extreme Masters XV – New York Online NA and CIS
Straight after the conclusion of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: ESL Pro League Season 12, some of the best CS:GO teams from all over the world entered the Intel Extreme Masters XV – New York Online, which is played across three regions – Europe, North America and CIS.
The North American division has already begun on Tuesday with the group stage which will conclude on Monday, October 13. The current leaders include some of the biggest name from NA CS:GO scene including Evil Genuises, FURIA, Chaos Esports Club, Team Liquid and 100Thieves.
The playoffs, featuring only the top four teams from each group are scheduled to begin on Thursday, October 15 with the quarter-finals, and conclude on Sunday with the grand finals. The IEM New York NA champions will receive $25,000 in tournament winnings, 2500 Regional Major Ranking points and a ticket for the IEM XV – Global Challenge.
The CIS division, meanwhile will begin on Monday, October 13 with the opening four games of the group stage. The field features some of the best CIS CS:GO teams, including the reigning IEM Katowice champions Natus Vincere, who are billed as the main favourites to go the distance and claim the largest slice of $50,000 prize pool.
Watch live: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_csgo
Dota2 ESL One Germany 2020 (5.10 – 1.11 2020)
Starting on Monday, October 13, we will see the continuation of ESL One Germany group stage. The first stage of the tournament will run until Tuesday, October 20, when the top eight teams will receive a direct bye into the playoffs.
As it stands now, the usual suspects in OG, Team Secret, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Alliance and Natus Vincere all already picked up a win and are all only two wins short of advancing into the next stage. Meanwhile, Team Nigma, HellRaisers and 5men all failed to show up and are entering the next round in a tough spot as they look to bounce back and claim their playoffs ticket by the end of the next week.
Even before we enter next week, however, the standings are in for a shakeup with four exciting fixtures including OG vs Vikin.gg, Team Secret vs. Yellow Submarine, Natus Vincere vs Team Liquid and NiP vs Alliance.
Watch live: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_dota2
AfreecaTV Starleague Season 10 (6.9 – 15.11 2020)
The AfreecaTV Starleague Season 10 will continue on Tuesday, October 13 with the Group D fixtures featuring Park “Soma” Sang Hyun, Byun “mini” Hyun Je, Kim “Shuttle” Yoon Joong and Kim “Soulkey” Min Chul, who will duke it out for one of the two tickets leading into the playoffs.
As of Friday, October 9, we already have our first four quarter-finalists in Kim “ZerO” Myung Woon, Yoo “Rush” Young Jin, Lim “Larva” Hong Gyu and Doh “BeSt” Jae Wook who finished top-two in their respective groups. The playoffs, however, won’t feature 2019 Korea StarCraft League Season 4 champion Lee “Light” Jae Ho, who crashed out of the Round of 16 group stage, after he got eliminated by BeSt on Thursday.
Watch live: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK5eBtuoj_HkdXKHNmBLAXg