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Fortnite World Cup, PUBG, DOTA 2, NBA 2K, League of Legends, & MORE!

First up, we’ve got our Battle Royales, and we’ve got three to talk about, with Fortnite’s Online Opens Qualifier for their World Cup, then in PUBG we have the on-going PEL Kick-Off Cup taking place across the pond in Europe, and this weekend we’ll see the return of North American PUBG with the NPL.

Looking at our shooters, we’ll go over the results of the quarterfinals in CS:GO’s IEM Sydney, then we’re talking the Paladins Premier League Week 6 results, then looking at the Overwatch League, with the results of Thursday’s games plus a teaser for today and this weekend’s coming matches.

Next, we’re turning to our MOBA’s, because we’ve got the big two clashing this weekend. First, we’ll hit up the LoL MSI results from the Group Stage of Play-ins, and talk about what to expect from more of that this weekend, then we’ll look at DOTA 2, which will see the MDL Disneyland Paris Major this weekend. Lastly in our MOBA category, we’re talking the Smite League, the results from May 2, and talk about the games later today.

Though we don’t have any card game news in the esports genre, with Magic the Gathering and Hearthstone on a brief hiatus, we’ll get more later this month. Instead, we’ll turn to our sports games, with the NBA 2K League’s results from yesterday, plus a look at today’s matches, then we’ve got the return of the FIFA Eleague Cup, acting as a qualifier for the FIFA 19 Global Series, then Rocket League’s RLCS will see a return this weekend, and finally to close us out on sports, we’re talking the final days of the qualifiers for Formula 1 Esports Baku.

Up next, we’ve got our fighting games, of which there are three big events to keep an eye on this weekend. In Sweden, Headstomper 2019 will take place this weekend, featuring as a stop on the Capcom Pro Tour, the Tekken World Tour, and even the ArcRevo World Tour. After that, we’re looking at Super Smash Bros. Ultimate with two separate events, one in Long Beach, CA, with Thunder Smash 19, featuring many big names of the community. Across the water, though, we’ll also see the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate European Team Cup 2019, which will run through the weekend.

Finally, to close us out, we’ve got our miscellaneous games, namely Starcraft 2 and World of Warcraft. Starcraft 2 will see a return later this weekend with Group D of the GSL Code S Season 2, and WoW will get another round of the Mythic International, in its East Cup 3.

With all of that now out of the way, let’s get into it. First up, we’ve got the Fortnite online opens kicking back up this weekend. It’s week 4, so we’re back to duo play. Only a limited number of spots per region will advance to the Fortnite World Cup out of this event, though anyone above rank 6 can play in tomorrow’s rounds. Best of luck out there!

This weekend will also see the return of the NPL, the National PUBG League, in North America. Phase 2 starts tomorrow, May 4th, and is expected to run through until June 6th. This is the premier North American PUBG league in North America.

Elsewhere, the PUBG PEL Kick-off cup resumes, as they finished off their group stage earlier this morning. The top 8 teams from Group A and Group B will be advancing to the grand finals, running through today until Sunday. They’re all competing for their own share of 125,000 dollars, and this is a big chance for the PEL Challenger teams to show up with their best, though it should be noted that these results won’t affect any of the PEL and PEL-C Standings. In the finals, we’ve got 3DMax, AVNGR, BJK, Digital Athletics, Desperado, ENCE, FaZe Clan, Jokers, Team Liquid, Na’Vi, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Northern Lights Team, Se7en, teBATTLE, UNITY, and NeNaam. As of the time of this filming, their games should be kicking off just about….. Now.

Looking at our FPS games, we’ll start with Overwatch. Yesterday, we saw the Dallas Fuel challenge the Florida Mayhem, and that match went just about as expected, with the Dallas Fuel going 3 - 1 against the Mayhem and taking the win, though I’m sure stout Fuel fans would rather it was a clean 4 - 0. Afterwards, we got another glimpse of perfection, as the San Fransisco Shock are continuing their undefeated streak, taking a 4 - 0 against the Philly Fusion.

Today, we’ll see the Guangzhou Charge against the Houston Outlaws, then the Toronto Defiant will challenge their Canadian brethren in the Vancouver Titans. Of course, Saturday and Sunday are chock full of games taking place as well, and we here at the esports channel will be doing our all to keep you updated on the comings and goings of those teams and matches as they conclude when we’re back next Monday.

In our next shooter, the Paladins Premier League, we opened up with Ninjas in Pyjamas challenging Spacestation Gaming, with NIP taking the win 4 - 0. Afterwards, we had NV taking on the Pittsburgh Knights, and NV claimed victory at a 4 - 2. Later today, we’ll see the conclusion of week 6 with 3 more games. Spacestation Gaming will go up against Renegades, then Na’Vi will clash with Ninjas in Pyjamas, and after, Virtus Pro will challenge Kanga esports. We’ll be getting you those results when we return next Monday.

And in our final shooter genre news, we’re looking at CS:GO at IEM Sydney. Last night, we saw the clash in the quarterfinals, and with only today and tomorrow’s competition left, things are starting to heat up. In the Quarters, MIBR took to the stage against Mousesports. Again, MIBR have been on a tear lately, ever since their wins at Blast Pro Miami, and this momentum isn’t showing any signs of stopping. MIBR took the series 2 - 0, though them maps were probably closer than most MIBR fans would like, with map 1 on Mirage going to 22 - 19, in overtime, and map 2 going to 16 - 10 before MIBR were able to close it out. Our second quarterfinals match had Ninjas in Pyjamas up against Fnatic. Game 1 went Fnatic’s way with a swift 16 - 9, but NiP clutched out game 2 at a whopping 25 - 23 in overtime on overpass. And here’s where it gets even crazier. As of the time of this writing, Game 3 is still going on, entering round 41! It’s all tied up in the elimination final match, both Fnatic and NiP at 20 points apiece. Fnatic’s twist just defended the bomb with a pistol and a knife, getting a knife kill as the bomb went off. The winner of this match will play against NRG Esports tomorrow in the semifinals, and on the other side of the bracket, MIBR will get their chance to rematch against Team Liquid, a callback to the Blast Pro Miami. In the group stage of that tournament, Liquid won the Bo1 between the two teams at 16 - 10, but with MIBR getting third place, they challenged Cloud9 in the Pro Standoff Aim Battles, and HANDILY defeated Liquid, so while Liquid might have advanced, MIBR can be credited with wearing C9 down enough for FaZe Clan to close out the finals, winning the Blast Pro Miami. Will Team Liquid get their revenge against MIBR again tomorrow? Or will MIBR continue to be the thorn in Liquid’s side? Either way, it’s going to be a Bo3 you won’t want to miss.

With all our shooters out of the way, it’s time to look at our next big event, in the DOTA 2 MDL Disneyland Paris Major. We’ll be seeing 16 teams in this massive tournament. The games start tomorrow and will run until next weekend, with the grand finals on the 12th, so if you feel like you’ve been missing out on your favorite DOTA 2 action, the Paris Major has got your fix.

In other MOBA news, the League of Legends MSI rages on, with Group B having played about half of their games. Luckily, though, we did get our resolution to the Group A tie breaker, with Phong Vu Buffalo against 1907 Fenerbace esports at the end of yesterday’s sets. Ultimately, it was Phong Vu Buffalo who took the win, and they’ll be advancing to play against either Team Liquid to advance to the group stage. They are now the third of four teams, and of those four, three will advance, so this is a big sigh of relief for Buffalo fans. Group B will resume and conclude their games starting at 1 am EST on Sunday morning. After those matches, the winner of Group B will challenge the LMS’s Flash Wolves, on Monday Morning, with those Play-Ins Qualifier matches taking place at 4am, EST. Finally, on Tuesday at 6am EST, we’ll get our final Play-Ins Elimination Match, to determine our last team to make it into the Group Stage. But hey, that’s not all our MOBA news! In Smite, the Smite League resumed with its Week 5. Team Rival clashed against Spacestation Gaming, and took the series with a confident 3 - 0. After the result of those games, Team Rival finds themselves at a happy 3 - 1 in the standings, in third place, while Spacestation Gaming are dropping a bit further away from the top of the standings, at 1 - 3 overall, putting them in 6th. Spacestation will get a chance to play again today, against the, so far undefeated, EUnited. And if Spacestation’s match against Team Rival was tough, their set today will be even more of a battle, though knowing their schedule ahead of time could mean that Spacestation spent their week preparing for EUnited instead of Team Rival. Either way, that match will take place (or will have taken place, depending on the time of this airing), at 1:30 PM Eastern.

We don’t have a lot of news on the Card Game front, so let’s look at what happened in Sports games last night. Up first, the NBA 2K continued. In our first match, we saw Grizz Gaming vs the Bucks, with Grizz closing out at 61 to 52, taking their first win of the NBA 2K Pro League. After that, Celtics took their win against NetSGC at 65-59. Then, the Blazers burned out the Knicks at a whopping 86 to 48 overall. Finally, the Warriors saw a similar smashing game, going 82 to 43 against Wizards District Gaming.

To close out this week’s series of games, we’ll get the 76ers vs Blazers, then Warriors vs Jazz. After that, Bucks will take on Raptors Uprising, and from there, the 76ers will clash with the Knicks. Finally, our last game of the day will see Jazz Gaming against Grizz gaming, and we’ll be bringing you those results on Monday, when we return.

This weekend will see the return of FIFA Esports as well, with the FIFA ELeague Cup. That’ll be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, and we’ll get you the results as they come in. At the same time, we’ll be seeing the RLCS return with its week 5 of play in Europe and North America. Of the eight teams in North America, Splyce are already eliminated from advancing to the Regional Championship, and Rogue are hot on their heels, in that if they lose one more game, they’ll fall out of contention. No team has locked in the finals spot yet, though a few are close, in NRG esports, G2 Esports, and Cloud 9 a clear head and shoulders above the middle of the pack. In Europe, Vitality has already locked in first, to advance to the finals, though as we mentioned earlier, the teams are split into a top-bottom, as opposed to a top-middle-bottom that we see in North America. Still, aside from that one team locking in first, everything else is up for grabs.

Finally, in our sports games, this weekend will see the conclusion of the F1 Esports Baku Qualifier. You’ll be driving a Mercedes W09 of Lewis Hamilton on the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and have until the end of the weekend to score your best time. But hey, if you falter here, we’ll see the Catalunya qualifier from the 5th to the 19th of May, before the final race off on the 27th to the 29th of May.

And while thats all of our sports game coverage, we’ve still got more action this weekend. In fighting games, there are two Super Smash Tournaments, alongside the Headstomper 2019 in Sweden. Headstomper is set to be the premier fighting game tournament in Scandinavia, featuring as a stop on the Tekken World Tour, the Capcom Pro Tour, and the ArcRevo world tour. And while it won’t feature Smash so aggressively, thats because we’ve got Smash at two more tournaments this weekend, in the European Team Cup happening in Amsterdam. On North American shores, we’ll see Thunder Smash 2019, which will feature a lot of popular and famous members of the Smash community, for those of you who can’t quite afford a drop of the hat ticket to Amsterdam. Thunder Smash features a 20,000 dollar winner take all prize pool, though the European Smash Ball Team Cup 2019 Final features as a qualifier for the Super Smash World Championship in June in Los Angeles.

Finally, to close out our esports coverage, we’ve got our favorite Miscellaneous section. First up is Starcraft 2, with the return of the GSL Code S Season 2 Group D this Sunday.  We’ll see Dear, Creator, Alive, and soO all fight to become the top 2 in their group. After that, on the morning of Monday, the 6th, we’ll get Group E, with Rogue, Fantasy, Leenock, and Stats taking to the stage.

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Our last tournament coverage for the weekend will be the WoW Mythic Dungeon International East Cup 3. Eight teams are vying for the last spots in the upcoming LAN finals happening later this year. We’ll update that picture as it becomes clearer, but for the time being, the East Cup 3 should keep your PvE needs sated.

And that’s our coverage for today in esports! We’ve still got a bit of gaming news to cover, in that it’s recently been announced that the live action Sonic the Hedgehog movie is expecting a few tweaks, the Detective Pikachu Movie is being well-recieved. We’ve also seen some news that Apex Legends will receive some new playlists to play in.

Sonic getting tweaked - Director Jeff Fowler responded to the internet’s criticism of the humanoid hedgehog on twitter

“Thank you for the support. And the criticism. The message is loud and clear... you aren't happy with the design & you want changes. It's going to happen. Everyone at Paramount & Sega are fully committed to making this character the BEST he can be…”

What does this mean for the current iteration of the movie?

Detective Pikachu reviews are starting to drop, and most of them are remarkably positive, noting the love put by the creators into their creation.

Finally, in Apex Legends news an EA community manager confirmed on Reddit that the Apex Legends team is exploring new ways to play. Does this mean new game modes? Modifications to the existing mode? New Heroes? Only time will tell.

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