This Weekend in Esports: What to Watch from May 4-6

The video game landscape is covered in competitive gaming. Shacknews would like to offer an overview of what to watch for this coming weekend. This weekend, CS:GO goes Down Under, Overwatch gets a Stage 3 winner, and Super Smash Bros. Melee reaches the Summit once again.

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Welcome to This Weekend in Esports, a brief overview of what to watch in the world of competitive gaming for the coming weekend.

For this weekend, it's a wild world of esports action across the globe, from the U.S. to all the way Down Under. Speaking of which...

Intel Extreme Masters - Sydney 2018

Game: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
When: May 4-6
Where to watch: Twitch.tv/ESL_CSGO

Intel Extreme Masters has returned to Sydney, Australia and so have 16 of the best CS:GO teams in the world. By the time this feature goes live, some of the quarterfinal matchups will already be in the books.

It's taken a hot second, but Astralis is starting to once again show why they are one of the elite CS:GO teams in the world. They're coming off a strong victory at DreamHack Marseilles and are currently through to the semifinals, following a group stage in which they've already bopped NRG, mousesports, and Fnatic.

On the other side, there's Chinese squad TyLoo, which is currently playing some lights-out CS:GO. So far, they've beaten SK Gaming, Cloud9, and Renegades quite handily and now sit comfortably in the semifinal. They'll face some stiff competition the rest of the way, but considering who they've already knocked off thus far, TyLoo may be a team to watch out for this weekend.


Overwatch League - Stage 3 Finals

Game: Overwatch
When: May 6
Where to watch: Twitch.tv/Overwatch_League

There's $125,000 on the line during this Sunday's Overwatch League Stage 3 Finals, but a few things have changed from the last stage. It's now the Top 4 teams who will compete this Sunday, with the first place winner getting an extra $100,000 and the runner-up getting $25,000.

The Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior are in. Both Los Angeles teams should be able to make it in right behind them, except the Uprising can play spoiler for the Gladiators on Friday. A loss wouldn't necessarily put them behind the San Francisco Shock, who have already finished their week, but the Philadelphia Fusion and Seoul Dynasty both have outside shots to sneak their way in.

The field will be determined this Friday and Saturday, but right now, it's looking like we're headed towards a rematch between the Uprising and the Excelsior. The Uprising are the only undefeated team in this Stage, while the Excelsior have a single loss to that Boston team. Look for fireworks if they meet again.


Smash Summit 6

Game: Super Smash Bros. Melee
When: May 4-6
Where to watch: Twitch.tv/BTSSmash

It's that time of year again. The top Super Smash Bros. Melee players in the world all gather together in the Beyond the Summit house, along with players voted in by the Melee fanbase. They compete to see who's the best among them, while also getting into various shenanigans inside the house.

Over Smash Summit's three-year history, the event has always belonged to Adam "Armada" Lindgren. But something funny happened at Smash Summit 5. After losing to Armada in the Grand Finals of Smash Summits 2, 3, and 4, Juan "Hungrybox" DeBiedma actually turned the tables and beat Armada in the Grand Finals of Smash Summit 5.

History says we're bound to see another rematch, so be sure to follow all the action and check out all of the skits that are sure to pop up throughout the weekend. And remember, be sure to save a CRT today.


So what will you be watching this weekend? Join the conversation and let us know in the comments.

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