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October is an action-packed month in the world of esports. The League of Legends World Champion will be taking place over the course of the month and will crown the 2020 World Champion. CSGO fans have IEM New York to look forward to which will crown regional champions from Europe, North America, and the CIS. The Overwatch League has its Grand Finals weekend which will be crowning their third ever champion. ESL is hosting a DOTA 2 tournament as ESL One goes to Germany. Last but certainly not least, RainbowSix Siege Pro League Europe begins Stage 2 of its 2020 season.
Highlight Match: Group StageSaturday October 3rd - 4AM EST / 1AM PST
The League of Legends World Championship is one of the biggest esports events of the year and will be one of the biggest events around the world in 2020. This is the only time this year fans will get to see their favorite domestic teams face off against international competition making it an event every fan should tune into. Some teams to keep an eye on are DAMWON Gaming, Top Esports and G2 Esports who are the Korean, Chinese and European Regional champions respectively. As a result they are automatically some of the favorites to win the entire event and claim the 2020 crown.
Highlight Match: North AmericaTuesday October 6th - 8AM EST / 5AM PST
Rather than canceling IEM New York ESL has decided to move the event online and host three separate regional tournaments. Europe, North America, and the Commonwealth of Independent States will each be holding regional tournaments to crown three individual champions. While we won’t get to see teams compete across regions we will be able to see three champions emerge that will undoubtedly be viewed as the teams to move going forward. The lack of international competition won’t be a problem for viewers who now get over two weeks of the highest quality CSGO competition.
Highlight Match: Grand FinalsSunday October 10th - 9AM EST / 6AM PST
The third season of the Overwatch League will come to a close with an action-packed weekend. There are now only 4 teams left with a chance to win the 2020 title. The Seoul Dynasty, San Francisco Shock, Philadelphia Fusion and Shanghai Dragons all still have their championship hopes alive. For the Shock, winning the title this year would make them the first and only team to claim two championships in the OWL. The Dynasty, Fusion, and Dragons are all looking for their first but for their Dragons, winning this year would be an incredible turnaround from their winless season in the previous year.
Highlight Match: Group StageMonday October 5th - 8AM EST / 5AM PST
ESL One Germany is bringing the top 16 teams from Europe and the CIS together to compete for $400,000 and the ESL Crown. With most of the best teams in the world in attendance, this tournament will be one that every DOTA fan will be tuning into. With TI being postponed until further notice due to the pandemic this DOTA event will be the biggest one in the latter half of 2020 generating even more attention and hype.
Highlight Match: Day 5Monday Oct 5th - 12PM EST / 9AM PST
This stage of the European Pro League is the most important stage of the season with the top 4 teams making it to the Six Invitational at the end of the year. Europe will get to test themselves against the other best teams from around the world so sending the absolute best four teams is of paramount importance. Four the European teams themselves, this is an excellent opportunity to prove themselves against their regional competition and get themselves in top shape for international competition.