ESports Events Worth Catching

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If you’re like us, you have six canisters of Pringles Salt and Vinegar chips next to the sofa right now, and a 12-pack of Steamwhistle on ice in a cooler just waiting to be demolished. Now all you need is something to keep you entertained. Here are four eSports events worth tuning in for this weekend.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Vegas Golden Knights vs. Nashville Predators

Friday (April 10) at 7.m. EST on the Nashville Predators Facebook page. Do you know what the greatest things in the world are? Take a bow if you said “Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs”. That’s when the upsets tend to happen, the fights are plentiful, and—because no one is banged up—the hitting is particularly punishing. Imagine the adrenalized insanity that might have been in 2020 when the Preds face off against the Knights for a simulated Round 1 series that kicks off at 7 p.m. Friday night. Don’t forget that, at playoff time, you don’t pick up your teeth–you kick them into the corner and get ready for the next shift.

Call of Duty League – Dallas Empire Home Series

Friday to Sunday (April 10 – 12) at various times on YouTube Gaming. Go here for a full schedule. Eight teams including Seattle Surge, Paris Legion, Florida Mutineers, Toronto Ultra, Chicago Huntsmen, Minnesota RØkkr, Dallas Empire, and Los Angeles Guerrillas, will battle it out over the Easter long weekend. The favorites going into this tournament are Dallas Empire and the Chicago Huntsmen, but the darkhorse RØkkr could surprise everyone with a victory. Follow the Call of Duty action on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Overwatch League 2020 – Week 10

Saturday and Sunday (April 11 and 12) at various times on YouTube Gaming. Go here for a full schedule. Overwatch is one of the most fun team-based multiplayer first-person shooter games to watch right now. We’re not just saying that just because hometown heroes Vancouver Titans are in the mix. The six versus six battles are always intense because you never know which players will come up with big clutch plays or mistimed attacks. Strap in for a weekend of Overwatch action.

eCPL Home To Play Tournament

Friday (April 10) at various times on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook. Remember when you used to feel sorry for yourself every time you had a rainsoaked beer-league soccer game at Trillium Park last November. What you wouldn’t now to be able to take to the pitch–weather be damned. Live the beautiful game vicariously with the Canadian Premier League’s eCPL Home to Play, which members of FC Edmonton and Forge FC competing with FIFA 20 games.

Mike Usinger once took the better part of two years to finish Grand Theft Auto. Over the course of his career he has written about everything from eSports to music to movies to travel.

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