Esports Events to Watch This Week (June 24-30, 2019)
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#5 NBA2K League Top Dog Matchup – Blazers Gaming Vs Mavs Gaming
Time: Friday, June 28th, 8:00 PM Eastern Time / 5:00 PM Pacific Time
The top two teams in the NBA2K League square off on Thursday night in what will undoubtedly be the match of the week. The Blazers (12-1) currently sit on top of the standings but the Mavs (11-2) are right on their heels making this a must-win game for both teams if they intend to finish the season in the top spot.
Fans will want to keep their eyes on the Mavs duo of Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd and Peter “PeteBeBallin” Malin. The pair combined for 52 points, 8 rebounds, 10 assists and 3 steals in their game last week against the Warriors Gaming Squad and shutting them down will be the key to victory for the Blazers.
#4 Hearthstone Grandmasters Top Dog Matchup – Eddie Vs Frozen
Time: Sunday, June 30th, 7:00 PM Eastern Time / 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Eddie “Eddie” Lui and Frank “Fr0zen” Zhang will be squaring off for the second time in this Hearthstone Grandmasters season. With both competitors currently boasting 8 wins on the season, they are tied at the very top of the standings in the Americas. With only two weeks of regular season play remaining this match could very likely decide who will enter the playoffs with the top seed.
Their last matchup was an incredibly close encounter going the full three games but ultimately Eddie emerged victorious. Making things even more interesting is the fact they both ran very similar decks in every game, utilizing the Warrior class to great effect. Such similar playstyles makes this already even matchup even more difficult to predict making it the one match you should make sure to watch in Grandmasters action this week.
#3 CWL – FaZe Clan Vs 100 Thieves
Time: Tuesday, June 25th, 6:00 PM Eastern Time / 3:00 PM Pacific Time
Fresh off their victory at CWL Anaheim, 100 Thieves will be facing off against FaZe Clan in their most difficult matchup of the week. Both teams are in second place in their respective groups but only 100 Thieves has already clinched their spot at the Nationals event in August. With FaZe needing a few more victories to secure their spot this game will be of significant importance to that roster, and a chance at taking down the reigning champs will make a victory over 100 Thieves even sweeter.
To get the victory FaZe will have to do their best to shut down Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, who won the tournament MVP in Anaheim with an impressive 1.18 KD Ratio. This responsibility will largely fall on Trei “Zer0” Morris who is currently the main AR for FaZe.
#2 OWL – Hangzhou Spark Vs Los Angeles Valiant
Time: Thursday, June 27th, 8:30 PM Eastern Time / 5:30 PM Pacific Time
The opening match of the week will be one to make sure you tune into as both the Spark and Valiant are sitting near the very top of the standings in this third stage. With both teams currently boasting 4-1 records, this matchup will go a long way in determining who stays at the top of the standings and who will have to claw their way back to the top.
The Valiant found incredible success last week breaking the 19-match regular season win streak of the Vancouver Titans. They accomplished this through the utilization of Sombra comps and promoting Johannes “Shax” Nielsen to the starting lineup to play everyone’s favorite hacker. Hangzhou will have to come up with a creative solution to the problem Shax’s impressive play poses, or face a similar outcome to the toppled Titans last week.
#1 LoL Rift Rivals NA Vs EU Showdown – Team Liquid Vs Fnatic
Time: Thursday, June 27th 4:30 PM Eastern Time / 1:30 PM Pacific Time
The top teams this split from North America and Europe will square off in a battle that will be sure to have the whole western world watching. These showdowns always garner immense interest from the LoL fan base and this match will be no different.
Team Liquid will be representing North America, and despite their rocky start to the split have risen to the top of the domestic standings. You can be sure this will be a motivated Liquid roster after falling to G2 Esports in the finals of the MSI earlier this year, they will certainly want their revenge against Europe. Meanwhile, Fnatic has yet to lose a game this split in Europe and will not want to drop their first against a North American rival when nobody in their own region has been able to defeat them.
The bottom lane matchup in this game is the one to keep your eye on here. Yilliang “Doublelift” Peng and Martin “Rekkles” Larsson are widely considered to be two of the best ADCs on the planet, giving this international showdown an extra level of depth as the two battle it out for their own supremacy as well as their teams.
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