Weekly esports guide (21 - 28 December): Christmas competitions and looking forward to next year

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Christmas is finally here! While most esports teams are taking the holidays off for some well-earned rest, there are still some events going on to tide us over. With that said, many are already looking towards the new year and the return of most professional competitive scenes.

Do note that the status of some events may have changed after publishing because of the coronavirus.

Mobile Legends M2 World Championship

M2 World Championship (Photo: Moonton)
M2 World Championship (Photo: Moonton)

Date: 18 - 24 January

Venue: Singapore

The second Mobile Legends highlight event will be taking place in Singapore behind closed-doors at the Shangri-La Singapore! With teams from across the globe competing, it will be the first major esports event of the year in the country. A prize pool of US$300,000 and the bragging rights for being the best MLBB team in the world await the team that reaches the top.

Huya Dota 2 Winter Invitational

Huya Dota 2 Winter Invitational (Photo: Huya Weibo)
Huya Dota 2 Winter Invitational (Photo: Huya Weibo)

Date: 13 - 27 December

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.huya.com/dota2cda

Huya and the Chinese Dota 2 Professional Association partnered to host the Huya Dota 2 Winter Invitational, which features 12 teams from China and Southeast Asia competing for a cut of the CN¥600,000 (just over US$91,000) prize pool.

China will be represented by the likes of Royal Never Give Up, Invictus Gaming, Team Aster, and Sparking Arrow Gaming in this tournament, while Neon Esports, Execration, and Team IO will bat for SEA.

The event’s playoffs will begin on 22 December, so this event can make for great viewing if you have nothing to watch over Christmas break.

WCAA Winter Challenge Cup 2020

WCAA Winter Challenge Cup 2020 (Photo: WCAA Weibo)
WCAA Winter Challenge Cup 2020 (Photo: WCAA Weibo)

Date: 10 - 31 December

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.huya.com/22310647

The WCAA Winter Challenge Cup features ten teams from the tier two and three scenes in China and Southeast Asia competing for a CN¥150,000 (just under US$23,000) prize pool and serves as a change for them to make their marks and climb the competitive ladder.

Invictus Gaming and Team Aster will have their development squads competing here, while Malaysian squads Rising Knight and Void will be looking to make a splash.

SEA Fire Championship 2020

SEA Fire Championship 2020 (Photo: eFire League Facebook)
SEA Fire Championship 2020 (Photo: eFire League Facebook)

Date: 15 December 2020 - 14 January 2021

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/=eFireLeague

The first-ever SEA Fire Championship for Valorant features 16 of the best teams in the region competing for a US$5,000 prize pool, with an additional US$500 set aside for the top-performing players of the tournament.

The tournament’s group stage will run until 28 December, after which the participating teams will have a short break before the week-long playoffs begin on 7-14 January next year.

There’s a good mix of squads from most countries in the region competing in the tournament; with Bren Esports representing the Philippines, Team SMG and Team nxl for Singapore, as well as Attack All Around and MiTH.Attitude for Thailand, among others. India and South Korea each have their own representatives here too, so it’ll be a good chance to see how those countries stack up against the best SEA has to offer.

Malaysia Esports Championship

Malaysia Esports Championship (Photo: Esports Integrated)
Malaysia Esports Championship (Photo: Esports Integrated)

Date: December 2020 - January 2021

Venue: TBD

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/esportsintegrated

Local Malaysian initiative Esports Integrated, under the purview of the country’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, has launched the Malaysia Esports Championship to help foster the esports scene in Malaysia. The event will have a RM100,000 (just over US$24,000) split across four titles, namely: Dota 2, MLBB, PUBG Mobile, and FIFA 21.

The event will be split across three weeks of competition, with Week 1 taking place from 21-26 December, Week 2 from 28 December to 2 January next year, and Week 3 from 4-9 January. Weeks 1 and 2 will be dedicated for MLBB, PUBG Mobile, and FIFA 21, while Week 3 is solely dedicated to Dota 2.

Capcom Cup 2020

Capcom Cup 2020
Capcom Cup 2020

Date: 19-21 February

Venue: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/capcomfighters

The biggest Street Fighter 5 tournament from Capcom will be happening soon, after many qualifier tournaments. Features a US$200,000 prize pool.

The most notable Southeast Asian and Asian players who are in the running for this Street Fighter 5 tournament are:

  • Xian (Singapore)

  • SKZ (Singapore)

  • Daigo (Japan)

  • Gachikun (Japan)

  • Jiewa (China)

CS:GO Testament Cup 6

CS:GO Testament Cup 6 (Photo: Proving Grounds Facebook)
CS:GO Testament Cup 6 (Photo: Proving Grounds Facebook)

Date: 26 December 2020 - 3 January 2021

Venue: Online, Singapore

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/pgrounds

The sixth edition of the Testament Cup by organiser Proving Grounds will see some of the best Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) teams in Singapore duking it out, including Huat Zai, arguably the best squad in the country.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the event will hold its qualifiers online from 26-27 December before its LAN finals on 2-3 January next year. The Testament Cup 6 will have a SG$800 prize pool, with the winners taking home SG$400 while the second and third-placed teams will get SG$250 and SG$150, respectively.

Meta.us Philippines Dota 2 Leagues

Meta.us Philippines Dota 2 Leagues
Meta.us Philippines Dota 2 Leagues

Date: Every Thursday and Friday, August 2020 to January 2021

Time: 8pm (GMT +8)

Stream: www.facebook.com/metamaster

Filipino Dota 2 players of all skills levels, there's a special league just for you! JBL has teamed up with esports platform meta.us to create a weekly Dota 2 league running for a grand total of 6 months all the way to January 2021.

Players can register weekly for their Open series to play in a 32-team single elimination competition happening every Thursday and Friday at 8pm (GMT +8).

This league features a ranking system which will promote teams that place high consistently in the Opens into Junior and later Senior series. Not playing but want to catch the newest Filipino Dota 2 teams in action? Tune in at www.facebook.com/metamaster during competition time to watch the livestream casted by Lupon WxC!

Overlap Cup 3

Overlap Cup 3 (Photo: VorteK Academy)
Overlap Cup 3 (Photo: VorteK Academy)

Date: 27 December

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/vortekacademy

The third edition of the monthly Overlap Cup by organisers VorteK Academy and Overlap will see six teams from all around the world duke it out for a US$150 prize pool and some bragging rights.

Some of the participating teams in this event include Indonesian squad Integrity, the mixed Malaysian and Indonesian roster 1NE Esports, as well as Philippine-Singapore-UAE team Rusty Roster.

PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0 (Worldwide)

PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0 (Worldwide)
PUBG Mobile Global Championship Season 0 (Worldwide)

Date: 24 November - January

Venue: Online and offline

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/PUBGMOBILEESPORTS

The PUBG Corporation and Tencent Games are hosting the yearly global championships featuring the best teams from all over the world. It also features a prize pool of US$2 million.

The Southeast Asian teams who are qualified include:

  • Aerowolf LIMAX

  • Secret JIN

  • RRQ Athena

  • POWER888 KPS

  • Team Secret

PVP Esports Campus Championship Season 2 (Singapore)

PVP Esports Campus Championship Season 2 (Singapore)
PVP Esports Campus Championship Season 2 (Singapore)

Date: August - December

Venue: Online

Registration: pvpesports.gg

The second season of PVP Esports Community Championships will be taking place starting this month until December, this time with the addition of Riot Games’ latest team-based shooter Valorant.

In addition, there will be an all-new Open Championship category alongside the Campus Championship, where gamers from all backgrounds and varying skill levels can participate.

Apart from Valorant, the games featured in this upcoming season include Mobile Legends.

Check out esports videos from Yahoo TV:

Onslaught League Season 5 - December (Southeast Asia)

Onslaught League Season 5 - December
Onslaught League Season 5 - December

Date: 1 - 23 December

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/onslaughtscrims

The best PUBG teams from Southeast Asia and Oceania territories will duke it out in this upcoming Onslaught League tournament for a US$2,000 prize pool. The teams are:

  • 24K Gaming

  • Angel Alliance

  • ArkAngel Predator

  • Attack All Around

  • Bahamut Gaming

  • CERBERUS Esports

  • DK Esports

  • FFG.KXS

  • From the Future

  • HASHIRA

  • LG Divine

  • Revive Team

  • SEAGM.WULF

  • Sedna Esports

  • Team Executive

  • Victim Rise

PUBG Mobile Campus Championship Indonesia 2020

Date: 5 November - December

Venue: Online

Stream/Registration: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PUBGMOBILE.ID.OFFICIAL

An officially-sanctioned PUBG campus tournament series in Indonesia. The winning team will get the lion’s share of the US$13,653 prize pool.

Brawl Stars Singapore Community Rumble (Singapore)

Brawl Stars Singapore Community Rumble (Singapore)
Brawl Stars Singapore Community Rumble (Singapore)

Date: 27 August - January 2021

Venue: Online

Registration: https://play.eslgaming.com/brawlstars/challenger/community-rumble-2020-singapore

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/esl_asia

Supercell and ESL will be teaming up to launch the Brawl Stars Singapore Community Rumble, where the country’s Brawl Star players will be competing for a total prize pool of S$14,000 over a period of 6 months. After 3 weekly cups per month where 8 top teams are determined, a monthly finals will be held. The top team will win up to S$1,000 from the prize pool.

PUBG Mobile Campus Championship Indonesia 2020

Date: 5 November - December

Venue: Online

Stream/Registration: https://www.facebook.com/pg/PUBGMOBILE.ID.OFFICIAL

An officially-sanctioned PUBG campus tournament series in Indonesia. The winning team will get the lion’s share of the US$13,653 prize pool.

AMD Streamer Challenge: Triple Threat & Domination (Southeast Asia)

AMD Streamer Challenge
AMD Streamer Challenge

Date: September - December

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/amd

AMD will be bringing its streamer-led gaming series online and feature popular online personalities from East Asia and Southeast Asia.

There will be two tournaments: the Triple Threat which will involve Japanese and South Korean streamers in a Valorant tournament, and Domination, where streamer teams and their fans form teams in round robin fights involving Valorant and Fall Guys.

In addition, Fnatic will be making an appearance and Dota 2 fans will be able to sign up to play with or against them.