It's a muggy, sleepy summer here in video game country, but esports do not rest. This weekend gives us a complete series of Smash League Heroes and Fortnite and more PUBG and Rocket League and Rocket League .
Super Smash Brothers
While most of the other battlegroups still go up after Evo 2018 this weekend, Super Smash Brothers players keep the party rolling this weekend with Super Smash Con. The rivalries between these long-term players burn as bright as they did this weekend.
Smash 4 players Leonardo "MkLeo" Lopez and Gavin "Tweek" Dempsey both missed Evo this year. At Super Smash Con, they get the chance to shout it against Evo winner Tamim "Lima" Omary and runner-up Zack "CaptainZack" Lauth, both booed for their Bayonetta plays on the Evo scene.
Meanwhile, William "Leffen" has, after throwing the "gods" to Melee earned the top prize of the Evo scene to defend. He has posted the whole morning of sin but maybe Adam "Armada" Lindgren can prove that he deserves the "god" status. Armada also posted about wear like this month's Smash majors have taken, so if someone else wants to devote a god in pools, this may be your moment. They are all very tired. Super Smash Cons competitions started last night with Combo Contest, won for the third consecutive year by Prince Yoshi with this amazing Red Shell centric Yoshi Maneuvering . Smash competition pools streams all day today and tomorrow at Twitch via the channels VGBootcamp, VGBootcamp2, SSB64 and SmashStudios; Here is a link to the schedule. Smash Brawl Top 6 airs tomorrow at 12.00, with Smash 64 final at 18.00. This Sunday Smash 4 finalizes air at 3 pm, followed by Melee final at 18.00.
Over at the Riot Games Twitch Channel, the Nordic American League Championship Series enters its eighth week, with Team Liquid in the top, followed by 100 Thieves and Echo Fox. The last two teams will meet the first of the weekend (tomorrow at 18:00 ET), thus determining which rival fluid is most likely to fear. They probably will not be alarmed in any way, though, given their five-game win this summer. Team Liquid Powerhouse goes up against OpTic Gaming on Saturday and Cloud9 on Sunday; The rest of the match is on the League esports website.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes Global Championship starts its Western Clash this weekend, with eight teams of relatively similar standing, so it's someone's guess about which teams will rise to the top. Team Dignitas and HeroesHearth Esports both went into this event without a single loss under their belts, and Dignitas only beat Team Octalysis 2-0 in their first match today. Catch the rest here.
Dignitas PUBG game talked about Dignitas dominance. It earned only the top game on the first competition day of the Grand Final in the second season, barely outperforming Wildcard Gaming with just 10 points. Tomorrow's grand finale will continue at 9 ET on Global Loot's Twitch. There are only six games down and 12 more to go before the top team takes the trophy this weekend.
If there is not enough PUBG for you, the Broadcaster Royale invitation also has its regional finals all weekend. The North America finals start tomorrow at 3:00 pm ET followed by Europe, Asia and South America regional finals leading here.
Tomorrow, the North American Open Qualifiers for the sixth season of the Rocket League Championship Series will start at 1:00 ET, with the first day in Europe's qualifying players starting Sunday at 7:00. The Rocket League Twitch Channel already provides some qualifying matches, but they are for a completely different competition: Rocket League Universal Open, hosted by FACEIT and NBC Sports. The Rocket League channel will switch over to air the Championship Series tomorrow; If you want to see Universal Open's West Regional Finals the same day, go to the FACEIT Twitch Channel at 14:00 ET.
Summer Skirmish enters its fifth week tonight, with more games continuing tomorrow at 13.00 ET via Fortnite s Twitch. After a rocky start, Epic Games has experimented with the rules for these events, and this week they try a new format. An elimination earns a point for your team, but if you get a Victory Royale, eliminations will be worth three points in the next round. The team with the highest score after eight matches wins. The three-point increase after Victory Royale should motivate players to be aggressive, even though they are already in the lead, instead of hiding and avoiding fighting, which may make Fortnite very boring to see. If this format works, Summer Skirmish can be a lot more fun.
This weekend, QuakeCon organizes a couple of esports tournaments, such as The Elder Scrolls: Legends Masters Series Championships, currently presenting their finals. Tomorrow, Quake Champions QuakeCon Open wants air 2v2 matches on Quake Twitch Channel, working up to the final at 6:30 ET. On Sunday, Quake Twitch will show 1v1 Duel Showdown, with the final closing at 5.30 ET.