Esport Events to Watch this Week (July 1-8)
Want to know what esports events you absolutely need to check out this week? Look no further!
It’s a jam-packed Sunday for esports, so we want to make sure you don’t miss an important match.
#5 Hearthstone Grandmasters Playoff Hunt Matchup – Rase Vs Purple
Time: Sunday, July 7th, 2:00 PM Eastern Time / 11:00 AM Pacific Time
It’s the last week of the Hearthstone GrandMasters regular season and both Lucas “Rase” Guerra and Ryan “Purple” Murphy-Root are hunting the final spot in their group. Both players enter the final week with 7-5 records and will be looking to secure their final wins this week to get them into the playoffs.
Both Rase and Purple are Warrior aficionados making this an intriguing mirror matchup. The last time the two squared off Rase was able to win their showdown 2-0 so Purple will certainly be seeking his revenge. With so much on the line in this game, this is one grudge match you won’t want to miss.
#4 LCS Rivals Showdown – TSM Vs CLG
Time: Sunday, July 7th 6:00 PM Eastern Time / 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Red Sox and Yankees. Lakers and Celtics. TSM and CLG. This is the esports showdown between two storied franchises that have always been rivals. These two organizations both started and grew due to League of Legends, and when their teams face off there is never a dull moment. Both teams currently have 5-3 records this split making the matchup even more alluring as both will be fighting to gain some separation from the other near the top of the standings.
The key matchup to watch in this game will be happening in the mid lane between TSM’s Soren “Bjergsen” Bjerg and Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage. The middle lane can most easily influence every other part of the map and with both teams have their star player in that position. Expect some early action taking place here as both junglers will be hanging around Mid to make sure their star gets the advantage.
#3 CWL Playoff Hunt Matchup – Team Reciprocity Vs Heretics
Time: Wednesday, July 3rd, 4:30 PM Eastern Time / 1:30 PM Pacific Time
The final week of the 2019 Call of Duty World League regular season is upon us! The playoff picture has still not been fully determined, queueing up some incredibly intense action for us. Only 5 of the 8 total playoffs spots are already determined, leaving 3 up for grabs. Many of the teams still competing for these last spots will face off this week making almost every game a must watch.
Even within such an exciting week of action one game does stand out as the showdown of the week – Reciprocity Vs Heretics. These are the two teams currently sitting in a playoff spot that could most easily find themselves on the outside after this week is over. As such both teams will be treating every game as a must-win making their showdown very interesting. To add an extra level of depth to the storyline, these are the two best all European rosters. The European showdown is one you don’t want to miss.
#2 OWL Playoff Hunt Matchup – Shanghai Dragons Vs Philadelphia Fusion
Time: Sunday, July 7th, 12:00 PM Eastern Time / 9:00 AM Pacific Time
The Overwatch league heads to Atlanta this week for the second homestand in the league’s history. The first one in Dallas last split was a huge success and this one has just as much promising. Unfortunately, many of the teams competing this weekend have already had their playoff fates decided, but there is still one game that could play a big part in determining who makes the cut this stage, and who falls short.
The second day opens with a match between the Dragons(4-1) and Fusion(3-2) that you could very well determine which of them makes the playoffs this stage. The Dragons have a one-game lead on the Fusion heading into the week and both teams have matches against some significantly worse teams on Saturday. This sets up this Sunday matchup to be the most exciting of the entire weekend, with an entire stage’s success or failure on the line.
#1 ESL One Grand Finals
Time: Sunday, July 7th, 10:00 AM Eastern Time / 7:00 AM Pacific Time
ESL One is one of the premier CSGO events of the year, bringing the best teams from around the globe to Cologne to compete for the renowned international title. This is always one of the greatest esports events of the year and this time looks to be no different; if you’re an FPS or esports fan, in general, this will be a week of action you want to tune into.
For the hardcore CSGO fans out there, group play will begin on Tuesday, July 2nd, but for everyone else, the finals taking place this Sunday is still something you will want to tune into to start your day. Team Liquid enters the event as the tournament favorites with recent victories in both the ESL Pro League, Dreamhack Masters Dallas, and IEM Sydney. Astralis and ENCE are other names to keep your eye out for over the course of the week that could very well find themselves in the final showdown on Sunday morning.