We start off the week by diving back into the Overwatch League as it heads into week five as we head to our next Homestand weekend in the OWL. This time we head to Atlanta Reign’s home turf as they play host to week five. Next, we head to the UK as we check in with the Rainbow Six Siege ESL Premiership Summer UK & Ireland, as it heads into the final week of regular season play. Lastly, we head to Korea for the StarCraft II Global League Code S.
Overwatch League Atlanta Reign Homestand Weekend
Season 2, Stage 3 of the Overwatch League is now well underway. Right now the New York Excelsior and new sides Vancouver Titans and Hangzhou Spark lead the pack to take the crown off the London Spitfire. This week the OWL heads to its first Homestand week as teams head to Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Reign to do battle on their turf. This is a big week for the OWL as sides look to claim a playoff spot as we enter the final week of stage 3.
Alongside the Season 1 teams, Atlanta Reign, Paris Eternal, Toronto Defiant, Washington Justice, Chengdu Hunters, Guangzhou Charge, Hangzhou Spark, and the previously mentioned Vancouver Titans, will all be looking to gain points and take down Season 1 champions London Spitfire.
Rainbow Six Siege ESL Premiership Summer UK & Ireland
We head to some regional Rainbow Six Siege action as we check in with the ESL Premiership Sumer 2019 Group Stage. We join the action in the final regular season week, which got underway on Monday, with play continuing on Wednesday. Natus Vincere currently leads the pack, with Team Secret tied on equal points as the two face off this week to secure top spot. T3H Esports, Wind and Rain, Horus Esports, Who Knows, Demise and Exilium Esports make up the rest of the pack.
The league follows a single round robin format, in Bo1 matches. The top two sides then head to the Finals, with the third to sixth advancing to the playoffs when matches move onto a Bo3. Once the Group Stage is over, a 6-week Promotion Series will take place in July & August ready for the Winter Split. The top four teams at the stage will then face off against the bottom two sides from the Summer Split of the Premiership in a double elimination tournament.
Stream: Rainbowsix_UK – Location: Online (UK) – Date: 1/7 – 3/7 – Sponsors: N/A – Organiser: ESL Premiership – Prize pool: £2,300
2019 Global StarCraft II League Season 2: Code S
We start the week off with some pro-StarCraft II action, as Group Stage 1 of the Round of 32 gets underway. We kick things off this week with Group A, B and C featuring PartinG, SpeCial, aLive and Rogue (A) Dark, Bomber, RagnaroK and sOs (B) and Hurricane, Scarlett, Cure and Stats (C).
The group stage is played in a Dual Tournament Format, meaning the game one winners and losers will face each other. The format is a smaller scale version of an upper and lower bracket format. All games are played in Bo3 before moving into Bo5 for the Quarterfinals and Bo7 for the semi and Grand Finals. All four players from the Semifinal stage will take seeding into the next season of Code S.
Stream: GSL – Location: Seoul, South Korea – Date: 29/5 – 1/6 – Sponsors: N/A – Organiser: AfreecaTV, Blizzard Entertainment – Prize pool: $151,000 (£120,000)
That’s a wrap on this week’s picks, be sure to check back next week for another edition of the ‘What’s on this week?’