Weekly esports guide (24 February - 2 March): League of Legends Pacific Championship Series, ESL SEA Championship

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MOBA fans rejoice! With Riot Games’ League of Legends Pacific Championship Series and ESL’s SEA Championship for Dota 2, there’s lot of MOBA action going on this weekend to sate your appetite.

Do note that the status of some events may have changed after publishing because of COVID-19.

League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (Asia)

Pacific Championship Series

Date: Starts 29 February

Stream: http://www.youtube.com/FunPlusESPORTS

The inaugural Pacific Championship Series (PCS) will kick off in February! A merger of the League of Legends Master Series and the League of Legends Southeast Asia Tour, the PCS will see some of the best teams in Asia facing off. Get ready for some premier League of Legends action!

  • Alpha Esports (Taipei)

  • G-Rex Gaming (Hong Kong)

  • Hong Kong Attitude (Hong Kong)

  • J Team (Taipei)

  • Liyab Esports (Manila)

  • Nova Esports (Bangkok)

  • Resurgence (Singapore)

  • Talon (Hong Kong)

Esports Events and Commentary Mentorship (Singapore)

Esports Events and Commentary Mentorship (Singapore)

Dates: 14 and 15 March (Commentary), 21 and 22 March (Events), 9am to 6pm

Venue: *SCAPE The Ground Theatre

Fee: $10

Link: https://scape-ecm.peatix.com/event/1432631/

Interested in being an esports commentator? Or maybe esports events are more your thing? *SCAPE Esports is working with SIN Productions to mentor interested applicants.

Featuring experienced esports shoutcaster Xyclopz (Treephob Tiangtrong), Singapore's own HungryCast (Daryl Lim) and Abstract (Eugene Eu) on the commentary side, and Kimberlyn See (FSL), Ong Sau Wai (eGG) and Wanda Hu (Armaggeddon) for the events mentorship, this could be the start of an eventful career in esports for those willing to take the leap.

ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2 (Asia)

ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2 (Image: ESL)

Date: 29 February - 1 March, 3 - 4 March (Open Qualifiers)

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.youtube.com/eslasia

ESL will be launching its first season of the ESL SEA Championship for Dota 2. Catch some of the best Dota 2 players in the region aiming for their share of the US$20,000 prize pool. So far, the first team to get a direct invite is GeekFam.

The winner for this tournament will get a direct slot to the SEA Closed Qualifier of ESL One Birmingham 2020.

Granblue Fantasy: Versus Newcomer Tournament (Malaysia)

(Image: Granblue Fantasy Versus Malaysia)

Date: 29 February (8pm onwards)

Venue: GamesFusion, 5b, Nadayu 28 Dagang, Jalan PJS 11/7, Bandar Sunway, 46150 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Registration: Google signup sheet link

Local fighting game group Infinite Carnage, alongside a group of anime fighting game enthusiasts, is highlighting Arc System Works’ latest fighting game with monthly tournaments.

The latest in the ever-ongoing versus competitions is the upcoming Newcomers Tournament this coming Saturday in Selangor.

The grassroots-level tournament aims to foster growth within Granblue Fantasy Versus players as well as invite new players. As such, the top 8 finalists in the group’s previous launch tournament will not be eligible to enter.

China Dota 2 Professional League Season 1 (China)

China Dota 2 Professional League Season 1

Date: 27 February - 1 March

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.facebook.com/imbatvCN 

China’s finest Dota 2 teams will be fighting among themselves in this first major China league of 2020. The prize pool is US$216,242, which is a big deal for the 10 teams to fight over.

The teams in the competition are:

  • EHOME (feat. Malaysian player NothingToSay)

  • Invictus Gaming (feat. Malaysian player JT- and Oli)

  • Keen Gaming

  • Newbee

  • PSG.LGD (feat. Malaysian player xNova)

  • Royal Never Give Up

  • Team Aster (feat. Malaysian player ChYuan)

  • Vici Gaming

  • Typhoon E-Sports Club (feat. Malaysian player Deska)

  • iG Vitality

Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 (The Philippines)

Acer Predator League

Date: June or July

Venue: SM Mall of Asia Arena

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

The Acer Predator League pits all of Asia Pacific’s finest Dota and PUBG teams against each other for the lion’s share of the US$200,000 prize pool. The grand finals of the tournament features the following teams, with more on the way:

  • Flower Gaming (Malaysia)

  • Neon Esports (The Philippines)

  • Lowkey Esports (The Philippines)

  • Reality Rift (Singapore)

  • Veteran (Myanmar)

Unfortunately, due to the current developing situation with the Wuhan virus, the Predator League has been postponed to a later date in June or July. Watch this space for updates!

Blue Flame Cup (Asia)

Blue Flame Cup (Asia)

Date: 18 - 29 February

Venue: Online

Schedule: https://docs.qq.com/sheet/DWXRLWllwVndCWFFa?c=F8A0A0 

The Chinese Dota 2 scene will be seeing some online action later this week until the end of the month in this upcoming tournament. This tournament features a prize pool of US$14,312 and a slew of teams:

  • Lowkey Esports

  • EHOME.Immortal

  • Neon Esports

  • You Know Who

  • Aster.Aries

  • Ocean

  • StarLucK.Fly

  • Desperado

  • Fairy Tale Team

  • Hillary Gaming

  • Team Strawberry

Heartbeat @ Bedok Esports (Singapore)

Date: 13 - 15 March

Venue: 11 Bedok North Street 1

Registration: TBA

A Call of Duty Mobile Singapore qualifiers will be held in this location, organised by SCOGA. The event aims to bring the mobile gaming community together with this tournament as well as other activities.

Konami PES 2020 Southeast Asian Cup (Singapore)

eFootball PES2020

Date: May

Venue: TBA

Website: https://www.facebook.com/264740356974580/posts/2638427636272495/?d=n

The top Southeast players in Konami’s premiere football game will compete in this May tournament to determine the best PES players in the region. The event was originally planned for March, but was postponed due to the situation with the coronavirus

Hearthstone Masters Tour 2020 Indonesia (Indonesia)

Hearthstone Masters Tour 2020 Indonesia (Indonesia)

Date: 20 - 22 March

Venue: Nusa Dua, Bali

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

Blizzard’s Masters Hearthstone tour will take place all over the world, including Indonesia. The offline tournament features a US$250,000 prize pool using the Conquest format.

ONE Esports Dota 2 World  Pro Invitational Jakarta (Indonesia)

Date: 17 - 19 April 2020

Venue: Indonesia  Convention  Exhibition

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

ONE Esports partners with PGL to bring fans of DOTA 2  a new series of US$500,000 tournaments in Southeast Asia. This particular Indonesian tournament will have 12  of the world’s best teams clash next April.

Call of Duty Mobile Garena Invitational (Thailand)

Call of Duty Mobile Garena Invitational (Photo: Garena)


Date: January - March

Venue: Thailand

Updates: https://www.facebook.com/codm

It was bound to happen - the mobile version of Call of Duty will be getting its own tournament series courtesy of Garena.

Teams from all over Southeast Asia and Taiwan will be competing in various qualifier tournaments for a spot at the invitationals. With a prize pool of US$65,000 and more, we’ll be seeing a lot of people tuning into this.

Check out the invitational tournament schedules below. The first online qualifiers for the Philippines, Malaysia, and Singapore will be on 8 February for the first two countries and 13 March for the latter.

The winners of each qualifiers will win a huge share of up to SG$13,000.

Invitational tournament schedules (Photo: Garena)

Free Fire India Championship (India)

Free Fire India Championship (India)

Date: 31 Jan - 29 March

Venue: India (TBC)

Registration: ffic.garena.com

Garena’s flagship battle royale title is getting a major tournament held in India.

Free Fire India Championship will feature teams fighting it out online to secure the top 24 spots.

The winner of the tournament in the offline portion will win up to US$21,000 from a prize pool of US$50,000.

PUBG Mobile Thailand Pro League 2020 - Spring League (Thailand)

PUBG Mobile Thailand Pro League 2020 - Spring League (Thailand)

Date: 14 Feb - 22 March

Venue: True Digital Park, Bangkok

Stream: https://www.youtube.com/UCtXuFMDmBedKwy77VAZY8eg

This PUBG tournament is held by the PUBG Mobile Thailand pro league and features the top battle royale teams in the country.

This leg of the tournament will culminate at the PUBG Mobile World League 2020 Spring which will take place in mid-2020.

Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV Counter-Strike (Katowice)

Intel Extreme Masters Season XIV Counter-Strike

Date: 25 February - 1 March

Venue: International Congress Centre, Katowice

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

Intel’s Counter-Strike: GO tournament series is now in its 14th season, featuring a US$500,000 prize pool. Notable Asian teams include ViCi Gaming which features Malaysian pro player Kaze among China players ZhokiNg, AumaN, Advent, JamYoung, and GRiFFIN. 

Konistra University of Malaya Esports Tournament (Malaysia)

Date: 29 February - 1 March

Venue: Kolej Kediaman Tun Syed Zahiruddin, University Malaya

Registration: http://wasap.my/60133500541?fbclid=IwAR1DuU9Zv0xY-x5WfqqtSKKcM9Y2wXPoKbyKd5aJMivfux53Dx9cdOyL0tY 

Malaysians who want to test their Tekken 7, PUBG, Dota 2, Mobile Legends, and FIFA 20 mettle will want to check out this grassroots tournament this February. Prize pools here are worth RM1,500++; all you need is RM25 per person to sign up.

“Esports For All” Pulau Pinang (Malaysia)

Date: 29 February - 1 March

Venue: Sunshine Mall Bertam, Kepala Batas, Pulau Pinang

Registration: Facebook

Esports Pulau Pinang will be hosting a grassroots tournament featuring PUBG, Mobile Legends, and Pro Evolution Soccer during the weekend.

The tournament features a prize pool of RM7,500 split between the three games.

If you wish to participate, you will need to pay an entry fee of RM30 for both PUBG and Mobile Legend, and RM20 for Pro Evolution Soccer.

AESF e-Masters Invitational Tournament (China)

AESF e-Masters Invitational Tournament

Date: 22 February - 3 March

Venue: Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre

Website: https://www.facebook.com/asian.esports/

This upcoming tournament series is hosted by the Asian Electronic Sports Federation, recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia. The games that will be used for the tournament include Arena of Valor, Pro Evolution Soccer 2020, and WarCraft 3: The Frozen Throne.

The countries that are eligible include:

  • Hong Kong

  • Japan

  • Taiwan

  • India

  • Pakistan

  • Indonesia

  • Laos

  • The Philippines

  • Thailand

  • Singapore

  • Vietnam

Notable teams who will be in the tournament include:

  • Hong Kong Attitude

  • Team Flash

  • Liyab Esports

  • DG Esports

Hainan Master Invitational (China)

Hainan Master Invitational

Date: 15 Jan - 7 Feb (online qualifiers), 3 - 8 March (Offline)

Venue: Haikou (TBA)

Link: https://weibo.com/7348218582 

An upcoming China Dota 2 tournament that will feature qualifier tournaments all across the world. This tournament features a US$200,000 prize pool. In any case, expect the top Chinese Dota 2 players to duke it out in the March offline finals.

Arena of Valor Star League Season 4

Arena of Valor Star League Season 4

Date: March - May

Venue: Online, Jakarta (Playoffs, Finals)

Stream: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFaFM_YTvfGP8B78ligvnrA 

Garena’s yearly Arena of Valor tournament will be starting next month, with the world’s finest teams fighting for mobile MOBA domination. The tournament will feature a US$73,000+ prize pool and seed points to AWC 2020. The following teams are confirmed so far:

  • EVOS Esports

  • Dunia Games

  • Boom ID

The remaining players will be confirmed in the ASL Qualifiers.

Overwatch League 2020 (International)

Overwatch League

Date: February - August 2020

Venue: TBA

Stream Link: https://www.twitch.tv/overwatchleague 

The best Overwatch teams in Asia will be fighting against competition from America and Europe in next year’s big Overwatch tournament. The teams are divided into both the Atlantic and Pacific conference for this massive league tournament.

The Wuhan virus situation has already made four Chinese teams make the decision to relocate, the latest being the Shanghai Dragons moving to South Korea temporarily, but the moves hope to allow the teams to continue training with little disruption ahead of the start of the league.

Atlantic Conference

  • Boston Uprising

  • London Spitfire

  • New York Excelsior

  • Paris Eternal

  • Toronto Defiant

  • Atlanta Reign

  • Florida Mayhem

  • Houston Outlaws

  • Philadelphia Fusion

  • Washington Justice

Pacific Conference

  • Chengdu Hunters’

  • Guangzhou Charge

  • Hangzhou Spark

  • Seoul Dynasty

  • Shanghai Dragons

  • Dallas Fuel

  • Los Angeles Gladiators

  • Los Angeles Valiant

  • San Francisco Shock

  • Vancouver Titans