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As we reach the midpoint of September esports show no signs of slowing down for the year. CSGO fans have plenty to watch with ESL Pro League continuing Season 12 action in both North America and Europe as they enter week 3 of the competition. Halo fans and other FPS aficionados also have the finals of the G Fuel Energy Games Halo 3 competition this week which is a rare opportunity to catch some of the highest level Halo on the planet. League of Legends fans may not have any World Qualifiers this week but they do have EU Masters playoffs and finals, one of the most exciting European tournaments every year. Last but certainly not least Hearthstone players have their GrandMasters League entering week 6 of the season.
Highlight Match: Fnatic vs AstralisFriday September 18th - 3 PM EST / 12PM PST
Our featured match in Europe this week comes from two of the best teams in Group B, Fnatic and Astralis. Astralis currently sits in second place in the group with a 3-1 record while Fnatic is in a 4-way tie for 3rd with a 2-2 record. With the group being so tightly contested this is an incredibly important match to determine who will stay near the top of the group and who will stumble into the middle of the pack. With only 4 teams advancing into the playoffs it is a pivotal match for both teams as a loss here could be disastrous for their overall spot in the standings. This will be an intense series between two very skilled teams guaranteeing this will be an entertaining match to tune into.
Highlight Match: Evil Geniuses vs FURIAWednesday September 16th - 3PM EST / 12 PM PST
Our highlight match in North American competition this week is between the current top two teams in the tournament, Evil Geniuses and FURIA. Neither team has yet to drop a series in this season of the Pro League boasting perfect records but EG has played one more game so far. This means that one of these teams will ultimately be handed their first loss of the season in this matchup which could greatly affect how the playoffs shake out. Both teams will want the highest seed possible to ensure the easiest road through the playoffs and this match could be the one that decides which team ends the season in first place. If you want to watch the absolute best Counter-Strike that North America has to offer, this is the match for you.
Highlight Match: Grand FinalsSunday September 20th - 12 PM EST / 9 AM PST
EU Masters is one of, if not the, most prestigious amateur tournament in all of League of Legends. Many prominent names in the LEC today including the likes of Febiven, Shadow, Carzzy, and Kaiser all rose to fame during this event. This tournament is the closest thing League of Legends has to March Madness where many of the top names competing will soon be playing for some of the best teams in all of Europe. This makes this playoff weekend especially exciting as these players will all be fighting to not only win the tournament, but prove to teams in the LEC that they have what it takes to make the jump to the next level. If you have never watched an EU Masters match before this weekend there is no better time to start than now.
Highlight Match: Sentinels vs The Last DanceTuesday September 15th - 8 PM EST / 5PM PST
The Grand Finals of the G Fuel Energy Halo 3 event is finally here bringing Halo fans a much-needed tournament final. There hasn’t been much professional competition within Halo recently so G Fuel went ahead and organized what has so far been an incredible tournament spanning the last three weeks. Now the fourth and final week of competition is a Grand Finals match between two teams filled with names any competitive Halo fan would be familiar with. Sentinels do enter this match as the favorite as they have not yet dropped a match throughout this entire tournament but The Last Dance has enough talent to pull off the victory themselves. With so few Halo tournaments happening recently and so much talent within this match it is well worth watching not just for Halo fans, but for any general FPS enthusiast.
Highlight Match: Warma vs SwidzFriday September 18th - 11 AM EST / 8 AM PST
As Hearthstone GrandMasters enters week 6 of the competition the standings in Europe’s Division B are completely up in the air. Swidz and Warma are two of the five competitors currently tied for first place but some separation will come soon as they face off against each other in one of Friday’s first games. The B Division only has the top four players advancing to the playoffs making it imperative to stay near the top of the ladder. With the standings so tightly grouped together right now each and every game is crucial, and this is especially true for competitors who hold the same spot in the standings. This game could easily be a defining moment in one player’s journey to the playoffs, and the other’s disqualification.