This week in esports: OWL playoffs, CS:GO BLAST Pro Series Moscow

The Vancouver Titans face the New York Excelsior on Friday to determine who will advance to the grand final of the Overwatch League playoffs. Ben Pursell For Blizzard Entertainment

Here are news and notes for the major esports events happening this week.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

BLAST Pro Series Moscow 2019

Dates: Sept. 13-14

Location: VTB Arena, Moscow

Prize Pool: $250,000

Teams: Vitality, ENCE, Natus Vincere, MIBR, NiP, AVANGAR/forZe

Format: Two teams will advance from the round-robin stage to face off in the best-of-three grand final.


Friday (Round 1): forZe vs. AVANGAR; ENCE vs. Vitality; NiP vs. TBD; Natus Vincere vs MIBR

Friday (Round 2): NiP vs. MIBR; Vitality vs. TBD; Natus Vincere vs. ENCE

Saturday (Round 3): Natus Vincere vs. TBD; ENCE vs. MIBR; Vitality vs. NiP

Saturday (Round 4): Natus Vincere vs. Vitality; MIBR vs. TBD; NiP vs. ENCE

Saturday (Round 5): Vitality vs. MIBR; ENCE vs. TBD; Natus Vincere vs. NiP

Saturday: BLAST Pro Series Stand-off

Saturday: Grand final

Prize pool:

First: $125,000

Second: $50,000

Third: $25,000

Fourth: $15,000

Fifth: $10,000

Sixth: $5,000

Notes: forZe will play AVANGAR in the play-in match. ... The champion will also earn 10 points toward the BLAST Pro Series season ranking.

Call of Duty

No major international tournaments this week.

Dota 2

Next major international tournament: ESL One Hamburg, Oct. 25-27

League of Legends

LEC regional finals, Sept. 13-15

Next major international event: 2019 world championships play-ins, Oct. 2-8


Stage 4 playoffs

Location: Blizzard Arena in Burbank, California.

Prize pool: $5 million (Winner: $1.5 million)

Teams: 12 (6 remain)

Format: Double-elimination.

Thursday (elimination matches): Atlanta Reign vs. Hangzhou Spark, 7 p.m. ET; L.A. Gladiators vs. San Francisco Shock, 10 p.m. ET

Friday (Winners' bracket): New York Excelsior vs. Vancouver Titans, 7 p.m. ET

Saturday: Matchup between winners of Thursday elimination matches, 3 p.m. ET

Sunday: Saturday winner vs. Friday loser, 3 p.m. ET

Prize pool:

Season champion: $1.5 million

Runner-up: $600,000

Third: $450,000

Fourth: $350,000

Fifth-sixth: $300,000

Seventh-eighth: $200,000 (London Spitfire, Seoul Dynasty)

Notes: The final two teams will advance to the grand final, a first-to-four map series on Sept. 29. ... All three of the expansion teams that reached the playoffs -- Vancouver, Hangzhou and Atlanta -- are among the final six teams alive. ... The San Francisco Shock, who are in the playoffs for the first time, eliminated the defending-champion London Spitfire with a 4-0 win on Saturday.

--Field Level Media