The Weekend In Esports: The ELEAGUE Major 2017 Crowns Its Champion

Four teams left in 2017's first major CS:GO tournament will look to set the agenda for the game with a dominating finish in Atlanta this weekend.

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Under the glare of the lights on the Fox Theatre stage, European juggernauts are looking to unseat the Brazilians and return the game to a deathmatch between top European contenders.

Below you'll find where and when you can catch all the weekends biggest events in competitive gaming. Let me know what you'll be watching in the comments and if you think there's something I missed.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The week-long ELEAGUE 2017 Major came to a head on Sunday with the semifinals beginning around 4:30AM AEDT. There was a prize pool of $US1,000,000 ($1,324,310) with half that set aside for whoever took first place. Once again, the conclusion of the tournament looked to be in European hands. Surprisingly, however, Natus Vincere was not among them, having fallen to Astralis in the quarterfinals after a stellar run through the group stage.

As a result, Astralis was set to face Fnatic in the first leg of the semifinals, followed by Virtus.pro vs SK Gaming, who beat out FaZe Clan for the spot. Astralis and Virtus.pro both prevailed 2-0 in their respective semi-finals, but it was Astralis who went on to win the grand final 2-1, which took place Monday morning at 2:00AM AEDT. You can catch up on all of the games right here.

Overwatch

The Winter Premiere tournament, which began in December with open play and moved to its first group stage earlier this month, concluded this weekend as well with the top North American teams going head-to-head with a prize pool of $US100,000 ($132,431) up for grabs. The conclusion of the tournament was held at PAX South in Texas, where Luminosity faced CompLexity Gaming in the third place best-of-five series at 5:00AM AEDT on Sunday, followed by the grand finals featuring Immortals vs Ghost Gaming at 7:30AM AEDT. Immortals defeated Ghost Gaming to take the $US40,000 ($52,916) first prize, while Luminosity beat out CompLexity Gaming for third.

You can catch up on both series right here.

League of Legends

The second week of the North American and European LCS Spring Splits continued over the weekend. Weekend play kicked-off with Immortals vs Cloud9 and Phoenix1 vs Team Envy. Meanwhile, the European LCS started the weekend with H2K vs Unicorns of Love.

You can catch up on the European matches here, while the North American ones will be available here.

Heroes of the Storm

Games in the Europe Heroes Global Championship resumed this weekend with Misfits.GG and Expert Hot heading up the top of the table at six points each going in. Team Dignitas took on Tricked eSport, defeating them 3-0, followed by Misfits HotS defeating Playing Ducks 3-1.

Then the North American side of the equation began with Tempo Storm HotS defeating B Step 3-0, followed by Team Naventic defeating No Tomorrow 3-2. All of the matches are available to watch right here.

Hearthstone

Geico decided to sponsor the One Nation of Gamers Hearthstone tournament at last weekend's PAX South, because nothing says get insurance to cover the risks in your life like the RNG of a digital collectable card game. Over a hundred players registered with a $US10,000 ($13,243) prize pool available. Matches were spread out across both days, with all of them available to watch here.

The Kinguin for Charity event also began last weekend, and will continue into next month. You can stream all of the matches right here.

Street Fighter 5

The Frosty Faustings IX event ran last weekend. The main games included Street Fighter 5 and Guilty Gear Xrd -Revelator-, as well as a host of others. You can catch the action here, with a full list of streams and match times available here.

Dota 2

Play in the StarLadder i-League Season 3 extended throughout the weekend. European and North American qualifiers will included matches between the likes of Ad Finem and Vega, Na'Vi and Liquid, and Alliance and Secret. The two-game series ran weekend long and continued into today.

You can watch all the action live right here.

Call of Duty

Gfinity's 2017 CWL will saw Call of Duty return to London in a three day tournament featuring a $US25,000 ($33,108) prize pool. Splyce, Elevate, Team 3G and Infused each won their group, though Splyce was sent down to the loser's bracket after their first play-off series against Orbit. You can find a complete schedule here, and catch up on all the games here.

Smash Bros.

Coming off the highs and lows of the previous weekend's Genesis 4 event, you can keep the adrenaline going with Smash Valley featuring talent like Dabuz and MkLeo. It's in Germany though, so the action won't last long. You can find anything you might have missed here.

There's also the The True King event going on this weekend in the States, featuring tournaments for Project M in addition to Melee and Smash Bros. Wii U. Also Clash Royale, cause why not. You can catch up on the matches here.


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