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It might be a short week with Thanksgiving in just a few days but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of esports for you to enjoy. Status Effect is kicking off the week with a Rainbow Six Seige showmatch before CSGO and Rocket League dominate the rest of the week. Rocket League features action from The Grid in Europe and Season X in North America while CSGO fans will have both DreamHack Open November and the BLAST Premier Fall series to enjoy.
Highlight Match: ShowmatchMonday November 23rd - 12:30 PM EST / 9:30 AM PST
Status Effect is bringing some of the best players from the world of Rainbow Six Seige together to compete in a show match in support of Prince’s Trust. It is an excellent group that helps vulnerable young people get their lives on track. It supports 11 to 30-year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. You seldom need a good reason to watch an esports event apart from enjoying the competition, but there is no better way to spend your time on Monday than tuning into this event to show your support.
Highlight Match: Grand FinalsFriday November 27th - 3:00 PM EST / 12 PM PST
The Grid is a variation of the traditional Rocket League format featuring weekly competition for points that will eventually qualify teams to international competitions later in the season. This week marks the opening of the competition in Europe and will pit all the best players in teams from across the region against each other in this weekly tournament competition. Instead of the matches being simply regular-season round-robin games, it now contains an entire tournament with group play and a single-elimination bracket. Tune in both days or just Friday afternoon to catch the very best teams battle it out to claim the title of Week 1 Champions.
Highlight Match: Grand FinalsSunday November 29th - 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST
DreamHack continues their tradition of giving up and coming players and teams a place to make their names known with their Open events. This one is a European Regional for challenger level teams that contain many players that could one day be on some of the biggest and best in the world. The tournament is being played for $100,000 making it an incredibly important opportunity for these players not only to demonstrate their skills, but also earn some significant cash in the process. The entire weekend is sure to filled with excellent matches but the Grand Finals will be an excellent way to begin your Sunday afternoon.
Highlight Match: Round of 4Sunday November 29th - 10:30AM EST / 7:30AM PST
The events run by BLAST have quickly become a staple of the CSGO community providing some of the highest quality competition and one of the best viewing experiences across all of esports. The Fall Showdown is set to be no exception to that high standard bringing some of the best teams from around the world together to compete over the course of this week for $150,000 and direct qualification into the Fall Finals. This event has no Grand Finals as the true purpose is not to determine the single best team, but instead, to determine the two teams that will enter the Fall Finals in early December. That means the matches on Sunday are both equally important and easily warrant your Sunday screen time.
Highlight Match: Grand FinalsSunday November 29th - 5PM EST / 2PM PST
The RLCS is experimenting with a new format this season replacing the weekly round robin extended season for more tournament-style competitions that will provide points and qualification opportunities to majors and international events later in the year. This regional competition marks the first of three in the Winter portion of the season. With the competition getting started last weekend there are now only 14 matches left to be played to determine the first RLCS X Champion of the Winter. All the games will be exciting but if you want to throw on some esports around dinner time on Sunday look no further than the Grand Finals.