The Weekend In Esports: Pokémon Championships And Overwatch Contenders

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With the Dota 2 TI7 qualifiers behind us and ESL One Cologne yet to begin, this weekend belongs to some of pro gaming’s other scenes. Most notably Pokémon with the North American Championships pitting the best trainers across the continent against each other. Who’s ready for the parade of Arcanine?

Below you’ll find where and when you can catch all the weekend’s biggest events in competitive gaming. Let us know what you’ll be watching in the comments or if you think there’s something we might have missed.


Pokémon Sun and Moon

The North American Pokémon Championships are going on right now for both Moon and Sun as well as the trading card game. The Masters Division Finals will be Sunday at 3:30PM EDT with a complete schedule of events available here. You can watch the entire event in the stream below.

League of Legends

Week four of the summer league continues today with Ninjas in Pyjamas vs. Unicorns of Love at 2:00PM EDT in Europe followed stateside by Team Solo Mid vs. Immortals at 3:00PM EDT. Matches, as always, will go through 6:00PM before resuming on Sunday between the same hours.

Overnight, bbq Olivers vs. Ever9 Winners kicks things off in South Korea while in China Team WE play NewBee at 5:00AM EDT.

You can find all of the matches streaming live on each region’s respective channel (NA, EU, China, Korea).


Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The Pro League moves to London this weekend as Stage Two proceeds. Matches began at 6:00AM EDT this morning and will resume on Sunday with a full schedule available here.


You can watch all of the matches here.


Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

Reported on yesterday, the Mario Kart World Cup, a fan-created and run event, is going on right now as well. It includes competition in both the Wii U and Switch versions of the game, Team Switzerland vs. Team Netherlands at 2:00PM EDT followed tomorrow by China v.s Spain at 9:30AM EDT. A full schedule of the group stage matches, which continue into next week, is available here.


You can watch the entire event right here.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Ahead of the ESL One in Cologne beginning next week, the PGL offline qualifiers conclude today with G2 vs. Flipside at 1:30PM EDT. You can stream that match here.



Quarterfinals for the Wild Open are set for 1:00PM EDT today with the semifinals beginning on Sunday at 1:00AM EDT, followed immediately by the grand finals.


You can watch all of the matches here.

Smash Bros.

Bad Moon Rising 2 will be going on all day today in Melee. Stars like Hungrybox, Plup, and the long awaiting return of PPMD (to doubles) will compete in North Carolina with top 48 set to begin around 7:00PM EDT.


You can watch that tournament here.


The Overwatch Contenders League continues this weekend. Team Singularity vs. Laser Kittenz and 123 vs. Bazooka Pippiez finish things up todayz, follwed by heavy-weights Immortals and FaZe Clan kicking things off on Sunday at 2:00PM EDT.


You can stream all of the games here.

Heroes of the Storm

Week two will finish this weekend with Team Expert vs. Zealots kicking things off in Europe at 12:00PM EDT and Superstars vs. Even in Death in North America at 5:00PM. You can find a complete schedule for both regions as well as current standings here.


The matches themselves will be streaming live here.


Clash Royale

Players are also currently competing in the Crown Championship to become the season’s Clash Royale champion. The six players left from each region will proceed through winner’s and loser’s brackets to see who makes the grand finals for their continent.


You can stream those matches here.

Quake Champions

Online qualifiers ahead of Quakecon in August are going on this weekend, with teams for 4v4 Sacrifice mode competing in Europe to represent their continent at the championship.


You can stream the matches live here.


Finally, Trackmania Cup 2017 is on right now. The pro racing series will see its best compete with spectators allowed to partake via this stream.

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