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We’re back! 2021 has just begun but there is already plenty of esports action for you to enjoy. This week marks the return of League of Legends in both Korea and North America with the start of the LCK Spring Split and the debut of the new LCS Lock-In Tournament. Rocket League will be concluding the third and final European regional event of Season 11 which is the last regional competition for Europe before the international end of season major. The Street Fighter League will continue to entertain FGC fans with week 12 of the competition. Last but certainly not least is the Last Chance for players from around the world to qualify for the 2021 DreamHack StarCraft II Masters event. It’s an action-packed week so let’s dive right in!
Highlight Match: Opening MatchFriday January 15th - 6PM EST / 3PM PST
The LCS is kicking off the 2021 season with a brand new format and the LCS Lock In will provide the start of the 2021 season. Rather than going straight into a regular-season round robin, the next few weekends will serve as a tournament-based format that will immediately help establish which teams are the frontrunners for the first half of the season. The games on Friday will start at 6PM EST all season long while matches on Saturday and Sunday will begin two hours earlier at 4PM EST. After a long break, competitive League of Legends finally returns to North America so make sure to add all the games to your calendar so you don’t miss a match!
Highlight Match: Grand FinalsSunday January 17th - 3PM EST / 12PM PST
The final regional event in Europe for Season X is coming to a close this weekend which will determine who the best teams representing the region will be at the international major later this year. This is the first major European competition of the new year and the last chance for the European teams to prove themselves as deserving of a spot at that international competition. If you are a fan of Rocket League this is certainly the esports event for you this week.
Highlight Match: Opening MatchThursday January 14th - 7PM EST / 4PM PST
With most fighting game tournaments being moved to online or canceled entirely events like this Street Figher League are a great way for FGC fans to stay engaged with their favorite esport. As the oldest and one of the most popular esports of all time, Street Fighter has found an entirely new format with this team-based competition through this official Capcom league. For any esport fan looking for something to do this Thursday evening, this is an event well worth tuning into as FGC matches are some of the most exciting in any esport. This is the final week of the 2020 competition so make sure you tune in!
Highlight Match: Opening MatchWednesday January 13th - 3AM EST / 12PM PST
With LCK back on top in the global world of League of Legends, the region is going to look to continue to find that success they did in 2020 here in 2021. A few teams have been rebranded and the World Champion roster is no longer the same giving the regional an all-new look and feel. With the new year comes a new challenge for the region as they look to remain on top and for all the teams to assert themselves as the best in Korea. If you are ever awake in the very early morning the LCK is always worth tuning into.
Highlight Match: OPENING MATCHTuesday January 12th - 9AM EST / 6AM PST
This is the last chance these players will have to qualify for the DreamHack Starcraft II Masters event later this year. It features some of the best players from around the world and will be a great preview of the action to come later this year. There is also over $50,000 on the line for the players to earn at this event alone. While Starcraft may not be at the top of esports like it used to be, these events are still very entertaining and well worth checking out.