This weekend in eSports
Last Updated: 04/05/17 7:56pm
The weekend approaches, but while the hoards get time away from the office, the esports professionals get down to business. Here's what to look out for this weekend.
Overwatch APEX Season 3
The premier Overwatch tournament rolls onwards into Seoul, South Korea. Fans have already been treated to the best of the best in the opening weeks, but now a new prospect emerges as French side Rogue enter the arena.
How will the European lineup fare against the likes of the South Koreans, considered by many to be the most dominant region in the world?
Rogue will face off against The Mighty AOD. Their opponent qualified for APEX after a successful season in the Challengers league. The aggression of the European team has been highlighted as a potential stumbling block for the sides in South Korea, who have yet to face this iteration of the lineup.
Elsewhere in group B, X6-Gaming make their debut in the league against KongDoo Uncia, who last season secured a top eight finish in the league.
To truly demonstrate the global powerhouse that is CS:GO esports, why not have two outstanding events, on the opposite sides of the globe?
$100,000 is up for grabs in Tours, France, and French team G2 Esports are heading in as the hometown favourites.
They'll face competition though. Fellow French side Team EnvyUs will be looking for revenge after losing a great deal of their lineup to G2 Esports earlier this year. While upset kings Heroic will be hoping to stamp their mark on the scene. Potential wonderkid Robin "Ropz" Kool makes his LAN debut for Mousesports.
The main competition for G2 comes in the form of Natus Vincere and Hellraisers. The former is a global powerhouse with a lineup talented enough to make any team shake, while the latter comes off the back of a very positive top-four performance at StarLadder season three.
IEM Sydney Play-offs
Australia's largest Counter-Strike event to date will enter the play-off stages this weekend, as IEM Syndey cuts the slack from the Swiss stage of the tournament.
SK Gaming head into the play-offs with all the momentum, having completed a clean sweep in qualification, including victories over North and Astralis. The Brazilian team will meet North American representatives, Optic Gaming, in the play-offs.
While the first match-up may seem fairly cut and dry on paper, the second certainly is not. Two premier tournament champions of 2017, FaZe Clan and Astralis, will meet to determine which progresses through to the finals. The two met in the first stage of the tournament on Cobblestone, where the Danish Astralis came out on top with a decisive 16-7 victory.
It's not quite the World Championships, but League of Legends fans can quench their thirst for international competition this weekend as the Mid-Season Invitational kicks off in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The tournament features the best of the best from the major regions of the world, who will battle it out for at least $1 million. The prize pool will be bolstered by sales of Conqueror Karma, and in-game purchasable skin from the game. Meaning that it could rise a lot higher.
The entire competition is sure to bring out the best of League of Legends, however, it's the opening game of the tournament that fans should make sure to tune in for. South Korea's SK Telecom T1, the undisputed best team in the world, will take on the uncontested number one from Europe, G2 Esports.