It was a relatively quiet week in esports with the fighting game community taking the week off after some intense weeks of competition around the country and the Call of Duty community gets ready to compete in Anaheim this weekend. We saw the Overwatch conclude its second last week of play and the NBA 2K league have its first mid-season invitational; Rocket League also decided its world champion. Let’s get right into it!
The Overwatch League is in its final regular season week in the fourth and final stage. The Los Angeles Valiant have continued to look impressive this stage, having yet to drop a single series. Their last match of the season will come against a Dallas Fuel team that has been performing significantly better this split, but should still prove to be quick work for the Valiant. If LA beats Dallas in the final match, they will join Boston as one of the two teams to put together an undefeated stage in the inaugural season of play.
The Gladiators have also been performing extremely well this stage sitting on an 8-1 record with their only loss coming against their LA counterparts. They sit in second place and are locked in for the final stage playoffs. New York and Houston currently hold the final two slots in the stage playoffs and will face off against each other in the final regular season match to determine seeding. It is also possible that Philadelphia qualifies in the final stage slot instead of Houston if Philadelphia gets a sweep while Houston gets swept.
London is notably absent from these playoffs, accruing a dismal 4-5 record on the stage they will certainly be looking to bounce back in the League playoffs.
The League playoff picture is also beginning to become clearer. New York and the LA Valiant clinched the Atlantic and Pacific crowns respectively. In the Pacific division the playoff picture is already all set with the Gladiators locking down the second seed, Seoul the third and San Francisco the fourth and final slot.
The Atlantic division has been significantly more competitive this season. At the moment Boston, London and Philadelphia round out the playoff picture but if the Fusion were to lose their last match and Houston wins theirs, the Outlaws will clinch that final playoff spot instead.
With so much on the line the last round of regular season matches won’t be something you want to miss. Check out the official schedule for all match times in your local time zone and tune in to the official stream to catch all of the action this weekend.
The first mid-season tournament for the NBA2K league took place this last weekend and Blazer5 Gaming, the only team to still have an undefeated record in the regular season, managed to come out on top being crowned The Turn Champions. Although their victory wasn’t too much of a shocker, there were plenty of other surprises to keep things interesting. The Pistons were eliminated in the first round despite being one of the strongest teams in the regular season so far, only posting one loss to date.
The 76er’s, the champions of the first tournament, were knocked out in the semi finals but the Warriors were able to win their opening matchup and make it to the second round, despite only posting a single victory in the season to date.
The teams are getting right back into it this weekend with the regular season resuming where it left off before The Turn.
Rocket League had its largest international event of the year bringing together the best teams from around the world to compete in the world championship. The weekend was full of surprises but ultimately it was the European Team Dignitas that managed to earn themselves the title of Rocket League World Champions.
Coming out of the loser bracket they were able to beat North American NRG 4-1 in the first round to reset the bracket. In the final series it came down to the final game but ultimately Dignitas was able to clinch the win and take the series 4-3.
North American champions G2 esports heavily underperformed at the event, finishing 7th / 8th.