Regionals, playoffs, and championships all make for a nice weekend to just sit back and watch people play games while you’re ignoring Far Cry 5’s story.
Dota 2‘s 7.12 patch showed up late for its own welcoming party, as teams had to play on the previous patch for the first day of the Dota Asia Championship in Shanghai. VP may have already qualified for the event, but seeing who might emerge as the second team to secure an invite (and get the $370,000 first-place price) makes a good case for staying up late on a Saturday night for the group stage (or catching the rebroadcast Sunday morning). (Stream 1 / Stream 2 / Schedule)
We’ve got two major fighting game events this week! Starting off, the yearly Northern California Regionals has your mainstay fighting action, with big-league tournaments for Street Fighter V, Tekken 7, The King of Fighters XIV, and Marvel Vs. Capcom: Infinite. There’s even some community-chosen games, like Arms, Super Street Fighter II Turbo, Windjammers, and Pokkén Tournament DX. (Streams and Schedule)
Second, there’s Anime Ascension, which features some of the faster-paced, brightly-colored anime games like Dragon Ball FighterZ, Guilty Gear Rev 2, and Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[st]. (Streams and Schedule)
This week’s big Counter-Strike: Global Offensive event is taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark, where both male and female divisions will face off in high-level matches for supremacy. (Stream / Schedule)
Meanwhile, if you miss Overwatch and want some high-level action, the Contenders league should give you your fix of high-octane action while you wait for the full League to resume next week. (Stream / Schedule)
Also, Hearthstone is having its Wild Open tournament. It’s the biggest tournament where any card is legal, so who knows what card combos will emerge from the chaos! (Stream)
That’s it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed an event, or if there’s a scene you’d like us to cover, in the comments.