The Weekend In Esports: Another Season, Another Reason To Love Blanka

It's the start of a new season for the Street Fighter V pro tour.

Players have been (mostly) taking a breather since MenaRD took the Capcom Cup title. But the leaping green monster has returned, heralding the start of a new season of competitive Street Fighter. Some big names are heading to Atlanta to carve out some early circuit points, and given the changing format, an early lead makes for a nice cushion. Tekken also kicks off its world tour at Final Round, so expect to see some great matches there.

Here's the action going down this weekend:

Final Round 2018

Besides being the start of both the Capcom Pro Tour and Tekken World Tour, Dragon Ball FighterZ will also have a big to-do in Atlanta. Plenty of other fighting games will be featured on the streams as well, so head to the tournament's smash.gg page to see a schedule and list of the different stream channels.

Overwatch League

Week four wraps up as the stage playoff picture is starting to come into focus. The headline clash was Seoul v. London, a fight for a top three spot with only a week and change left to determine who plays the big Sunday match. The action has already wrapped up but you can catch up on the Overwatch League channel's video page.

League of Legends

The EU LCS matches are already underway today, the North American matches started at 8:00AM AEDT the Riot Games Twitch channel.

Dota 2

Bucharest is over and the next step had players head to Indonesia for the GESC Minor, to gather up some more precious circuit points for The International (held in Vancouver this year!). It's already over but if you want to catch a replay, grab some coffee and tune in to the GESC Twitch channel.

Counter-Strike

One tournament was unable to escape the horrors of last year. The WESG 2017 World Finals wrapped up this weekend, pitting national representative teams from around the world against each other in CS:GO. I heard the winner got to go straight to 2020. The stream started today at 1:00AM AEDT and wrapped up a few hours ago. You can still catch replays over on the WESG channel.

Rocket League

The championship series for Rocket League starts league play for its fifth season today. Look for plenty of Nice Shots! and Holy cows! when NRG and Out of Style started the North American action yesterday. Europe will start its season tomorrow at 3:00AM AEDT, with a kick-off match between Paris Saint-Germain and Excel. All the matches take place on Twitch over on the Rocket League channel.

Anything we miss? Got a tournament you wanna shout out? Do you also love Blanka? Let us know in the comments.

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