It was a relatively quiet week in esports from a competitive point of view as the only major action this past weekend was the final week of regular season NBA2K play. The Overwatch League made some announcements regarding expansion and the following season of play and we can look forward to the start of CWL Champs today, marking the beginning of the biggest Call of Duty tournament of the year.
The inaugural regular season for the NBA2K League has officially come to a close after last week’s matches. We mentioned last time we spoke about the 2K league that the Knicks and Blazers had already secured their positions in this year’s playoffs. Joining them, in order of their regular season finish, will be the 76ers, Pistons, Raptors, Cavs, Heat and Wizards.
Quarter Final action will begin this Friday with the semi final matches being played on Saturday. The Quarter Finals match ups begin at 6PM Eastern live on twitch and are as follows:
76ers Vs. Wizards
Pistons Vs Heat
Raptors Vs Cavs
Blazers Vs Knicks
The Blazers enter these playoffs as the obvious favorite after boasting the best regular season record and impressive performances at the mid season tournaments. The Raptors are another team to keep an eye on for a deep run, as their 5 game winning streak entering the playoffs has them looking like a completely different roster from the one that started the season 1-5. The first quarterfinal match may look like a one sided affair, but in their two regular season encounters the 76ers were only able to win by a combined four points across the two games, giving this game tremendous upset potential. It’s impossible to know how the dust will settle, but we can be positive that the matches will be exhilarating.
Additionally the league also announced 4 new expansion teams for the 2019 season: Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Atlanta and Minnesota. With even more teams signing up for next year the league can close the books on a very successful first season. The only thing left to do now, is crown a champion. We’ll give you a full preview of the finals before next week’s championship match.
While the Overwatch League just finished its first ever playoffs they are not ready to exit the esports news cycle for the year just yet. In the past week Atlanta, Guangzhou and Toronto have acquired teams to represent their cities in the upcoming season, pushing the total number of OWL teams to 15. Talks are also being being finalized for a Paris team according to ESPN reports, which would make the OWL a 16 team league entering next season.
The rosters for the All-Star Weekend were also announced after over half a million fans voted for their favorite players to represent them at the festivities. It all starts on August 25th at 4 p.m. PDT with the official All-Star Game taking place on the 26th at 11 a.m. PDT. You can catch all the action live on Twitch, the Overwatch League app, MLG or on their respective app.
For fans who care only about the highest level of gameplay, they aren’t being left out either. Qualifiers for the Overwatch World cup begin next weekend where you can be sure each nation’s best players will be playing their best to represent their country. All of that action will be streamed live on Twitch and the competition begins at 8 p.m. PDT on August 16th.
The CWL Championships kick off today live on Twitch with the top 32 teams from around the world competing to call themselves the kings of WWII. The teams have all congregated in Columbus for the most intense 5 days of Call of Duty competition all year long but only one roster will survive the gauntlet and with $1.5 million on the line you can be sure the teams will all bring perform at their highest level. This is the Call of Duty equivalent of Dota’s International or the League of Legends World Championship – not a tournament you want to miss.
For a full breakdown of the event including the teams qualified, groups, rules, bracket and schedule check out the official gamepedia tournament page.