The Weekend In Esports: The Manila Masters, Combo Breaker, And More

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TheMid-Season Invitational is over and done. The best team in League of Legends is, it turns out, still the best. This weekend, all eyes are on the Manila Masters Combo Breaker, the giant fighting game event with something for everyone.


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.

Dota 2

The Manila Masters tournament kicked-off earlier this week in the Philippines. With five invites and three qualifying teams from the local region battling for $250,000, the tournament has already narrowed the field down to just three: Newbee, Evil Genieuses, and Team NP. A dominant looking OG, winners of the most recent Dota 2 Major in Kiev, found themselves completely outmatched by Newbee early in the event and unable to claw their way out of the lower bracket during a best-of-three series with Team Faceless.


As a result, Newbee now sit in the grand finals awaiting the winner of EG vs. NP in the loser’s finals at 12:30AM EDT Sunday, with the winner’s finals to take place at 4:30AM EDT later in the morning.

You can watch both series here.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The Esports Championship Series continues this weekend with games both today and tomorrow. Europe’s Fnatic and FaZe play today at 11:00AM EDT, followed by CLG and Immortals in North America at 2:00PM EDT. On Sunday, the action resumes at 9:00AM EDT with Astralis vs. FaZe, while stateside Team Liquid and Cloud9 kick things back off at 2:00PM EDT.

You can see a full schedule and find the current league standings here, and watch the matches live in the stream below.

League of Legends

With MSI behind us, things in the world of League of Legends move on to EU qualifying to see who will get promoted to the Challenger Series. The group stage will finish up today with matches beginning at 12:00PM EDT before the top two teams from both groups face each other to see who will get promoted and who will get left behind.


You can watch all of the matches here.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

The Global Pro League playoffs enter stage one this weekend with top teams from North America and Europe fighting for a first-place prize of just North of $212,500.


You can watch those matches here.

Street Fighter V

Following last night’s nail-biter in the Eleague, The action moves today to Combo Breaker, a packed fighting game event featuring top games in the genre as well as more obcure ones. For Street Fighter V, that means pool play throughout the day today, followed by top 16 on Sunday at 6:30PM EDT. You can stream those matches here.


In addition, Red Bull will be hosting Kumite. You can find complete information, including match schedules and stream channels, here.

Injustice 2

The newest fighter on the block, Injustice 2 has only been out a short while, but players will get to see whether or not it’s completely broken and unbalanced by way of its Combo Breaker debut. Pool play will finish up this morning, followed by top 48 this evening, and then top 16 on Sunday at 4:00PM EDT.


You can watch all of the matches right here.

Tekken 7

Meanwhile, the Tekken 7 tournament, a competition ahead of the game’s full release, begins and concludes today, with top 8 play scheduled for 7:00PM EDT.


You can watch those matches here.

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Combo Breaker Cont.

For the rest of the games getting time at the event, including Killer Instinct, Guilty Gear Xrd, and Mortal Kombat X, you can find match times and streaming options available here.


Smash Bros.

Smash Bros. Melee and Wii U are also both at Combo Breaker, with pools play throughout the day today followed by Melee top 8 at 12:00PM EDT on Sunday, and Wii U top 8 play at 4:00PM EDT. Those matches will all be available to stream here.


MomoCon 2017 is also this weekend, an animation, gaming and comics convention in Atlanta that will feature tournaments across a ton of different games, including Melee and Wii U, but also Brawlhalla and Rivals of Aether. You can find more information on those match times and streaming options here.

Heroes of the Storm

This Crucible is underway in Heroes of the Storm, with would be champions competing to see who will get one of the two spots available for teams looking to move up to the HGC league from the open division. Today, Imported Support plays Team Naventic at 3:00PM EDT, while on Sunday it’s Even in Death vs. No Tomorrow at the same time.


You can see current standings, as well as the schedule for matches in Europe and elsewhere, here, while matches will be streaming live here.

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Dinky Earnshaw

The Injustice 2 Pro Series offering a $600K prize pool is damn nice. There’s gonna be a flock of new players trying to get that money.