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#5 NBA2K Playoff Security – Pacers Gaming Vs Celtics Crossover Gaming
Time: Thursday, July 18th, 7:00 PM Eastern Time / 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Now entering the final week of regular-season play in the NBA2K League tensions are rising as teams gear up for the playoffs. Only 3 teams have secured their playoff berths while the remaining 5 spots are to be determined this week. This matchup between the Pacers and Celtics Crossover could be a preview of what we see in the first round of the playoffs as both teams are currently sitting in the middle of the playoff picture.
Both of these teams will want to get this win in order to make sure they make the playoffs, but the stakes are certainly higher for the pacers as they only have 8 wins on the season. Celtics Crossover currently have 10, giving them slightly more security entering the final week. Expect this to be a heated showdown and a perfect example of the playoff environment the league is about to enter.
#4 LEC Top Dog Showdown – Splyce Vs G2 Esports
Time: Saturday, July 20th 3:00 PM Eastern Time / 12:00 PM Pacific Time
The most interesting matchup in the LEC this week is the final match of the week between Splyce (6-2) and SK Gaming (7-1). Splyce is coming off an incredible week, winning our match of the week from last week against SK Gaming, and handing Fnatic their first and only loss of the split. G2 Esports has been incredible this entire split and still looks like the team that won the MSI earlier this season. This makes this match one any fan will want to keep their eye.
These rosters have clearly established themselves as the top teams in this split and this match should represent some of the highest level gameplay in all of League of Legends. The most hardcore fans out there may even want to use Pro View in this game to gleam the most knowledge possible from this high-level showdown. Regardless of how much LEC you watch on a regular basis, this is one game you won’t want to miss.
#3 LCS Top Dog Showdown – Cloud9 Vs CLG
Time: Sunday, July 21st, 4:00 PM Eastern Time / 1:00 PM Pacific Time
Despite having a rough last week dropping both of their games, CLG(7-5) is still sitting in the upper half of the LCS standings. They have had some incredibly tough games in the past few weeks and unfortunately, this week won’t be any easier, squaring off against a red hot Cloud9 (8-4) roster.
These two squads already faced off earlier in the split and Cloud9 was ultimately able to best them with relative ease. Since then CLG has stumbled, falling all the way to fourth after beginning the split in first place. To turn things around CLG will need some big performances from both Tristan “PowerOfEvil” Schrage and Tevor “Stixxay” Hayes in the middle and bottom lanes respectively. If CLG wants to start climbing back towards the top of the standings they need to do so with a victory in this game.
#2 CWL 2019 Playoff Matchup – FaZe Clan Vs 100 Thieves
Time: Friday, July 19th, 2:00 PM Eastern Time / 11:00 AM Pacific Time (Estimated)
The Call of Duty World League enters its playoff tournament this weekend and while the first rounds of any postseason can be lopsided at times, the matchup in the middle is always fun to watch. 100 Thieves has won the last few major tournaments but this first-round matchup against FaZe Clan is not one they can easily overlook.
These are two of the most storied franchises in Call of Duty, boasting gigantic fan bases and superstar players. Furthermore, the feud between the two organizations over a Fortnite related scandal adds further fuel to what was already sure to be an entertaining firefight. This is one quarter-final showdown you’ll want to tune in for.
#1 CWL 2019 Playoffs Grand Finals
Time: Sunday, July 21st, 2:00 PM Eastern Time / 11:00 AM Pacific Time (Estimated)
While the entire weekend of Call of Duty action will be entertaining the culmination of an entire season of the pro league will take place in this final series. It is the last major tournament before the World Championships later this year and as a result, the entire Call of Duty fanbase and community will be watching.
While it’s impossible to know exactly who will be participating in this match just yet it would be safe to assume we will see 100 Thieves in the finals. They have won the last two major tournaments and finished the season strong making them difficult to bet against. Likely candidates for their final opponents include the likes of OpTic Gaming, eUnited, Splyce, Gen G and even another rematch with FaZe Clan. Regardless of who is involved in this final showdown, it isn’t a match you will want to miss.
That does it for us this week! We hope you have a fantastic weekend watching esports and don’t forget to check out our event guide so you can stay on top of every event!