The Weekend In Esports: ESL One Cologne, Dota 2, And ARMS

The Weekend In Esports: ESL One Cologne, Dota 2, And ARMS

Image credit: ESL

Evo 2017 hasn’t even started, DreamHack Atlanta is weeks away, Dota 2‘s TI7 is next month, and this weekend was still packed with esports.

North America’s Cloud9 did the unthinkable and won a spot in the ESL One Cologne grand finals, a premier, $US250,000 Counter-Strike tournament that’s usually dominated by European talent. But if you don’t care about the struggle of America’s best CS:GO team to prove itself an international powerhouse, you can always go rewatch people rocket-punching in ARMS.

Below you’ll find where and when you can catch all the weekend’s biggest events in competitive gaming.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

ESL One in Cologne was one of Counter-Strike’s biggest events of the winter. And with Cloud9 in the unlikely position of being the first to the grand finals, FaZe Clan and SK Gaming squared off in the second leg to see which team would earn the privilege of joining them.

The ESL channel is streaming reruns of all the matches below.

Dota 2

Away from the noise ahead of TI7, teams faced off in Peru as part of The Final Match 2017. You can rewatch the entire tournament here.

The Mars Dota 2 League 2017 also concluded this weekend. LGD ForeverYoung currently sit in the grand finals awaiting the winners of the loser’s bracket. If you’d like to catch up on how those matches went, the tournament is being rebroadcast here.

League of Legends

Rift Rivals, a League event showcasing inter-continental rivalries, took place featuring Unicorns of Love and Team Solo Mid. The Europeans were pretty confident ahead of the match, but you should rewatch the games anyway.

On the other side of the globe, the remaining teams from South Korea and China will resolved their rivalries. You can watch those matches here.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

There were more matches ahead in the Global Pro League Stage 2, starting with Faze Clan vs. Elevate and Faze Clan vs. Enigma6. You can watch all of the matches here.


The HTC Spring Championship kicked off in Shanghai, with top players competing over a $US250,000 ($328,863) prize pool.

You can watch all of the matches here.

The Weekend In Esports: ESL One Cologne, Dota 2, And ARMS


With Nintendo’s latest competitive fighter out in the wild, fans of Smash Bros. gave the game some love at the 2GGC: ARMS Saga event. There’s even a pot bonus of a cool grand for the winner.

You can rewatch the tournament here.

Smash Bros.

Of course, there was also Smash Bros. Wii U play at 2GGC. You can rewatch that tournament here.

In Smash Bros. Melee, there’s also GENESIS: RED, a final competition before this year’s EVO featuring the likes of Leffen and Shroomed. That can be streamed here.

Heroes of the Storm

Phase 2 continues in competitive Heroes of the Storm, starring Team Good Guys vs. Fnatic, and Zealots vs. Team Dignitas. In the North America quarter there was Naventic vs. Tempo Storm, followed by Even in Death vs. Roll20 esports.

You can find a complete schedule for both regions as well as current standings here. The matches themselves will be streaming live here.

Quake Champions

The second round of online qualifiers took place this weekend ahead of the finals at Quakecon next month. Teams of four will face-off in Sacrifice to try and claim a spot in the championships, with the matches streaming live here.

If you just want to see the highlights of the Australian who qualified on 200+ ping, you can check those out below.

Aussie Qualifies For Quake Champions Regional With 200+ Ping

Quake is a hard enough game as is, and that's with a good ping. Now imagine playing in an international qualifier for a $US1 million tournament on 200+ ping.

Read more

Street Fighter

Capcom’s Pro Tour continued online in Europe with the top 8, while Latin American matches playing out as well. You can catch up on the action with all the matches streaming here.

Rocket League

The 7-Eleven Summer Series picked back up again this weekend, with European teams competing for $US6,000 ($7,893). You can rewatch that tournament here.