Weekly esports guide (22 - 29 June): MPL Invitational 4 Nation Cup starts this weekend

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Premier Mobile Legends action is back this weekend with the MPL Invitational 4 Nation Cup! How will Singapore’s Resurgence perform this time after their victorious run earlier in the year? Will J J Lin’s esports Team SMG make their mark? To get up to speed, check out Sean “Hades” Goh’s video on the differences between MLBB and Dota 2 below.

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

Pacific Championship Series Summer 2020 (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)

Pacific Championship Series

Date: 20 June to 6 September

Venue: Online

Stream: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYfC038eP_cm9WNo5Cv-tBg 

Which is the best League of Legends team in Asia? Find out as teams from across the continent battle for the top spot in the official League of Legends series for the next few months. With a prize pool of US$71,000, it’s going to be a MOBA battle series to remember.

These are your teams in the tournament:

  • ahq e-Sports Club

  • Alpha Esports

  • Berjaya Dragons

  • Hong Kong Attitude

  • Taipei J Team

  • Liyab Esports

  • Machi Esports

  • Nova Esports

  • Resurgence

  • Talon Esports


Red Bull Mobile Esports Open Tournament (Singapore)

Red Bull Mobile Esports Open Tournament (Singapore)

Date: 18 - 19 July, 25 July (Finals)

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/redbull

Registration: http://win.gs/meosgQ1 , http://win.gs/meosgQ2 

Hosted by Red Bull, this Singapore-based mobile gaming tournament will have  Singapore’s best players competing in PUBG Mobile. The winner will represent Singapore in the upcoming World Finals in Turkey in 2021.

MLBB Professional League Invitational 4 Nation Cup

MLBB Professional League Invitational 4 Nation Cup

Date: 26 - 28 June (group stage qualifiers), 3 July (three-day Playoffs)

Venue: Online

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

The region’s best Mobile Legends: Bang Bang teams will be competing for the title of best Southeast Asia team in this upcoming league. Teams from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, and Myanmar will be fighting for the lion’s share of the US$100,000 prize pool.

These are the teams who will be competing in the tournament:

  • Todak

  • Team SMG

  • ONIC Esports

  • AuraFire

  • EVOS SG

  • Notorious Villains

  • Team Bosskurr

  • Alter Ego Esports

  • Resurgence

  • Bigetron Esports

  • Siren Clan

  • Geek Fam

  • Genflix Aerowolf

Stay Home Challenge Breaker (Singapore)

Stay Home Circuit Breaker (Singapore)

Date: 6 June - 26 July

Venue: Online

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

Singapore’s National Youth Council are teaming up with Redd+E (Reddentes Sports’ esports arm) to arrange a series of community esports tournaments. The games involved with the event are FIFA 20 and Valorant, with livestreams scheduled from 6 June to 26 July.

Here is the schedule breakdown:

  • 23 - 26 July: Valorant/ League of Legends

ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League

ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League

Date: June 4 (Qualifiers), June 18 (Main League), July 15 - 19 (Playoffs)

Venue: Online

ONE Esports, together with IO Esports, will be hosting the ONE Esports Dota 2 SEA League starting June.

The tournament will conclude with playoffs taking place from July 15 - 19 to crown the best in Southeast Asia, with US$100,000 to be split among the teams who rank from 1st to 10th.

Teams who will be playing in this tournament are:

  • Team Adroit

  • BOOM Esports

  • Fnatic

  • Geek Fam

  • Reality Rift

  • T1

  • TNC Predator

Asia Summer Championship

Asia Summer Championship

Date: 15 - 30 June

Venue: Online

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

This Southeast Asian Dota 2 tournament will have teams around the region competing for the top prize of US$6,000. The teams are:

  • Neon Esports

  • Cignal Ultra

  • 496 Gaming

  • Geek Fam

  • NEW Esports

  • Team Strawberry

  • Motivade.Trust Gaming

  • Execration

  • Veteran

  • PG.Barracx

  • GoodFellaz

  • Reverse Heaven

PVP Esports Community Championships 2020 (Singapore)

PVP Esports Community Championships 2020 (Singapore)

Date: 27 and 28 June

Stream: https://www.pvpesports.gg/?page_id=2287

The Singapore finals of Singtel's PVP Esports Corporate Championship takes place on Saturday – with MeetYourMorgans 1 (JP Morgan) and DeloitteOne (Deloitte) going head to head for Dota 2, while TurretHeist (DBS) and Axomamma’s (ST Engineering) compete for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang. On Sunday, 16 teams from ltertiary institutions across Singapore will also compete for the title of Campus Champion.

There will also be a charity event, PVP Showdown, on Day 1 of the finals, featuring popular local gaming and esports personalities who will be gaming for a good cause, such as RZR Xian, Blysk, Game Changer host Ashley Rita Wong and streamer CheeseZu. Fans can also sign up to compete against some of these celebs in showmatches for Dota 2 and Mobile Legends.

China Dota 2 Professional League Season 2 (China)

China Dota 2 Professional League Season 2 (China)

Date: April - June

Venue: Online

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

Some of the best Dota 2 teams from China and Asia will go head to head in the next season of China’s Dota 2 Professional League, organised by ImbaTV.

Here are the teams in this tournament, with some of them featuring Malaysian players:

  • Ehome

  • Invictus Gaming

  • Keen Gaming

  • Newbee

  • PSG.LGD

  • Royal Never Give Up

  • Team Aster

  • Vici Gaming

  • Sparking Arrow Gaming

  • CDEC Gaming

League of Legends Champions Korea Summer 2020

League of Legends Champions Korea Summer 2020

Date: 17 June - 23 August

Venue: Offline, LoL Park, 33 Jong-ro, Cheongjin-dong, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/lck1 

The best Korean League of Legends team will contend once again in this official South Korean league for a big portion of the estimated US$81,980 prize pool. The teams who will be competing are:

  • Afreeca Freecs

  • APK Prince

  • DAMWON Gaming

  • DragonX

  • Gen.G

  • Hanwha Life Esports

  • KT Rolster

  • T1

  • SANDBOX Gaming

  • Team Dynamics

Razer SEA Invitational 2020

Razer SEA Invitational 2020

Date: 22 June - 5 July

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOsLfEqAwim8MFOhPddwwFw 

Held entirely online, this SEA-focused tournament will pit the best players across the region in three games: Dota 2, Mobile Legends, and PUBG Mobile. This tournament will be hosted in partnership with Tier One Entertainment. The countries involved are:

  • Malaysia

  • Philippines

  • Myanmar

  • Brunei

  • Cambodia

  • Indonesia

  • Laos

  • Vietnam

  • Thailand

  • Singapore

Valorant Malaysia/Singapore Community Scrimmage

Valorant (Image: Riot Games)

Date: 27 - 28 June

Venue: Online

Registration: https://forms.gle/PeY88nak8f4h87Wr9

With Valorant being the new team-based shooter on the block, the esports community are finding new avenues to practice their skills and co-op play. This grassroots tournament is one such tournament: to have a friendly group match between Malaysian and Singaporean players.

Beyond Epic: China

Beyond Epic: China

Date: 21 - 28 June

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/team/epicenter 

Epic Esports Events, RuHub, and Beyond The Summit are teaming up to bring Dota 2 fans the Beyond Epic tournament series. In this special tournament, the best teams in China and EU/CIS will be competing for a prize pool of US$250,000.

The teams who will be playing are:

  • PSG.LGD

  • Vici Gaming

  • Royal Never Give Up

  • CDEC Gaming

  • Invictus Gaming

  • Team Aster

  • Sparking Arrow Gaming

Rainbow Six Asia Pacific League North Division

Rainbow Six Asia Pacific League North Division

Date: TBA

Venue: Online

Stream: http://youtube.com/UbisoftSEA 

Ubisoft’s major APAC Rainbow Six Siege league tournament will be happening later this year. The tournament will be divided into two divisions: north (Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia) and south (Oceania, South Asia). The winners of each division will face off at a later date, where the victor of that tournament will represent Asia-Pacific at the upcoming Six Major.

  • Team Notorious (Taiwan)

  • Xavier Esports (Thailand)

  • Qconfirm (Thailand)

Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 (The Philippines)

Acer Predator League

Date: TBC

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 coronavirus, the Predator League has been postponed to a later date in June or July. Watch this space for updates!

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

Granblue Fantasy: Versus AMG-Chan Grand Tournament (Malaysia)

(Photo: GBVS AMG-Chan tournament page)

Date: TBC

Venue: Quill City Mall

Registration: https://smash.gg/tournament/gbvs-amg-chan-grand-tournament/?fbclid=IwAR3jjd7SmMtqut33ykv6BrBZECX3tHqj07EBYuEa4o8zWl-Yn4HnqzgehkA

Malaysia’s fighting game community will continue supporting Granblue Fantasy: Versus with a tournament held during Animangaki’s mini-event AMG-Chan. The tournament’s entry fee is RM15 and features an RM350 Top 8 payout.

Apart from testing your skills against the top players within the region, this is also a great opportunity to mingle with the country’s fighting game community.

Unfortunately, this event has been postponed due to the coronavirus.

EVO Online 2020

EVO Online 2020

Date: July 4 - 2 August

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/evo

The world’s biggest fighting game tournament is going online. Held over the course of 5 weekends, the tournament will feature the best fighters in the following games:

  • Street Fighter V: Champion Edition

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • Samurai Shodown

  • Granblue Fantasy Versus

  • SoulCalibur 6

  • Tekken 7

  • Under Night In-Birth Exe:Late[cl-r]

  • Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath (open tournament)

  • Killer Instinct (open tournament)

  • Them’s Fightin’ herds (open tournament)

  • Skullgirls 2nd Encore (open tournament)

Free Fire Champions Cup (Indonesia)

Free Fire Champions Cup

Date: TBA (formerly 19 April)

Venue: Jakarta, Indonesia

The battle royale tournament event for this mobile game was supposed to be on 19 April in Jakarta, Indonesia. Due to the evolving global situation regarding COVID-19, the event will be postponed to a later date. Stay tuned here for more updates.

VCS Summer 2020 (Vietnam)

Date: 19 June - September

Venue: Online, GG Stadium at Ho Chi Minh City

Stream: http://www.youtube.com/VETV7%20ESPORTS 

The best Vietnamese teams in League of Legends will be fighting for the top spot once again in this Riot Games and Garena Vietnam-sanctioned tournament. The teams who will be competing are:

  • Cerberus Esports

  • Dashing Buffalo

  • EVOS Esports

  • GAM Esports

  • Team Flash

  • Team Secret

  • OverPower

  • Percent Esports

Overwatch Contenders 2020: Pacific

Overwatch Contenders 2020: Pacific

Date: May - June

Venue: Online

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

The best Overwatch teams from the Pacific region will be fighting for the top prize of US$14,000. Right now, the top 8 teams with the most points by the end of the regular season will face off in the playoffs.

The Asian teams and their current rankings are as follows:

  1. Talon Esports - 250 points

  2. Far East Society - 140 points

  3. BAYABA - 120 points

  4. Electric Gaming - 90 points

  5. Green Leaves - 65 points

  6. Lord of Dragon Esports - 65 points

  7. UND - 60 points

  8. Team For Revenge - 35 points

Hearthstone Masters Tour Online 2020 Asia Pacific

Hearthstone Masters Tour Online 2020 Asia Pacific


Date: 17 - 19 July

Venue: Online

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

Blizzard will still be keeping Hearthstone’s esports scene alive with the upcoming Masters tour for Asia Pacific players. The tournament will be offering a US$500,000 prize pool.

To participate, you may need to visit Battlefy for more information.

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.

FV Major 2020 (Malaysia)

Date: 19 - 20 September

Venue: TBC

Registration: Link

One of Malaysia’s biggest fighting game tournaments will be opening its registration link for Malaysians this week under an early bird price.

The games that will be in the tournament include:

  • Tekken 7 (Tekken World Tour Challenger)

  • Street Fighter 5 Champion Edition (Capcom Pro Tour Ranking)

  • The King of Fighters XIV

  • Samurai Shodown

  • Dragon Ball FighterZ

  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

  • Under Night In-Birth