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While there may be fewer titles on the line this week in comparison to some of our most recent weeks, there is still an incredible amount of esports action to take in. The final World Championship slot for the LCK is on the line as T1 takes on Gen.G to claim it. ESL Pro League is still going strong entering its second week of Season 12 in both European and North American competition. EU Masters is the culmination of all the regional leagues in Europe and the final week of their group stage is taking place. Last but certainly not least are the Overwatch League Playoffs which are entering their second round.
Release Date: T1 vs Gen.GWednesday September 9th - 4AM EST / 1AM PST
The regional final in Korea is one of the most important events of the year as the winner of this match will become the third and final team to represent the region at the World Championship. As one of the best regions in the world historically all three teams that qualify for the tournament are always well respected and touted as potential champions. While Korea has struggled in the past two years the top teams in Korea are more motivated than ever to reach the World Championship and demonstrate that their region truly is the best. With Faker looking to qualify for yet another World Championship this match will be one the entire League of Legends fanbase will be watching.
Release Date: Big vs G2Saturday September 12th - 3PM EST / 12PM PST
With one week of competition in the books Big and G2 sit atop the European standings both boasting 2-1 records. This match should help clear up the top of the standings and establish the clear order of the teams entering the latter half of the season. This season of ESL Pro League is particularly important due to IEM New York happening immediately after the league concludes. This will help establish expectations for the teams and their fans entering one of the biggest esports events of the year. Sitting on top of the standings for this season of Pro League will also be a huge boost to any team’s confidence so you can be sure that both G2 and Big will be putting all of their effort into this match.
Release Date: Cloud9 vs TriumphFriday September 11th - 3PM EST / 12PM PST
Cloud9 and Triumph have both struggled to start off Season 12 of the ESL Pro League. Neither team has been able to find a win as of yet and with the season being relatively short it is imperative that they get back on track quickly if they want a shot at making it to the playoffs and winning the Season. With IEM New York right around the corner, none of these teams want to do poorly in this season of Pro League as it will be the benchmark used to measure all the teams entering that event. One of these teams will finally get a win in this match and with both teams feeling backed into a corner you can expect this to be an intense match well worth watching.
Release Date: Movistar Riders vs AGO RogueWednesday September 9th - 2PM EST / 11AM PST
EU Masters is one of the most exciting events of the year for League of Legends in Europe and around the world. It is the culmination of all the European Regional League Champions bringing together all of the most talented prospects from around the continent into one competition. There have been many players that have entered the LEC through dominant performances in this tournament including the current MAD Lions roster making this a great opportunity to see the stars of tomorrow compete today. Our key matchup is between the top two teams in Group B who both have 3-1 records entering the final week of the Group Stage competition. With only two teams emerging from each region and GamerLegion sitting right behind Movistar and AGO with a 2-2 record, winning this series will be pivotal in ensuring a position in the playoffs.
Release Date: Philadelphia Fusion vs San Francisco ShockSaturday September 12th - 3PM EST / 12PM PST
The Overwatch Leauge Playoffs are entering the end of their regional playoffs before the bracket combines the North American and Asian brackets to crown the season champion. The top two seeds from North America in the Fusion and Shock have made it to the final match of the winner’s bracket making it a series that will determine once and for all who the favorite is from this side of the bracket. Both teams were remarkably consistent all year long and throughout this playoffs making this a very difficult series to predict going in. If you haven’t watched much Overwatch this season this is one series that you absolutely should tune into to see what the highest level of Overwatch looks like in 2020.