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As the world shifts to a new normal, esports events are proving among the few sports that can survive in a COVID-19 world at the moment. For players picking up the new card game Legends of Runeterra in Singapore, the first official tournament will happen this week!
Do note that the status of some events may have changed after publishing because of the coronavirus.
Legends of Runeterra tournament (Singapore)
Date: 28 March
Sign ups: https://bit.ly/lorsgtournament
Those who have been trying out Riot Games' new card game Legends of Runeterra may be aching to give their skills a test, and where better to do it than the first official tournament for Legends of Runeterra.
The tournament, held in partnership with Eliphant, will see players facing off in a six-round Swiss-style tournament, best of three, in the first phase, followed by the top 8 players competing against each other in single elimination matches.
For some tips to get yourself up to speed with Legends of Runeterra, check out Wolfsbanee’s video below!
League of Legends Pacific Championship Series (Asia)
Date: Starts 29 February
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)
Talon (Hong Kong)
Apex Legends Global Series (Online)
Date: 21 - 23 March, 4 and 6 April
Due to the coronavirus, the first-ever Apex Legends Global Series live tournament will be suspended indefinitely. However, the online qualifiers, majors and premiers will still go on as planned. The next fight will be later this March.
Overall, the best teams from Southeast Asia from the top 15 in this battle royale genre tournament are Made in Thailand 1 and Made in Thailand 2, with both teams earning 1,500 and 1,440 ALGS points respectively. The full top 16 list is below:
EXO Clan (Australia)
SCARZ White (Japan)
Aura Esports (South Korea)
Made in Thailand 1 (Thailand)
Team SoloMid (USA)
Korean Rushers (Australia)
_4K (South Korea)
Made in Thailand 2 (Thailand)
2nd (Saudi Arabia)
CPTL eSports (South America)
Sniper Abusers (USA)
BDS Esport (France)
Asia Pacific Predator League 2020 (The Philippines)
Date: June or July
Venue: SM Mall of Asia Arena
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)
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!
Heartbeat @ Bedok Esports (Singapore)
Date: 13 - 15 March
Venue: 11 Bedok North Street 1
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)
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
ESL Pro League Season 11 CS:GO (Online)
Date: 16 March - 12 April
The biggest CS:GO pro league tournament will go online from start to finish due to the current pandemic worldwide. The finals will now take place online; previously ESL was going to have it at a studio location in Europe with no live audience.
Notable Asian teams in this tournament include China’s TYLOO. The full team roster is below:
Ninjas in Pyjamas
Granblue Fantasy: Versus AMG-Chan Grand Tournament (Malaysia)
Venue: Quill City Mall
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.
Call of Duty Mobile Garena Invitational (Thailand)
Date: January - March
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.
Free Fire India Championship (India)
Date: 31 Jan - 29 March
Venue: India (TBC)
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.
LPL Spring 2020 (Online)
Date: March - April
China’s premiere League of Legends regional tournament is underway, with the best teams fighting for the ¥ 1,500,000 1st prize reward and a good chunk of LoL Mid-Season Invitational seeding points. Here are the teams participating in this tournament for the ages, alongside their current ranking.
Oh My God
Royal Never Give Up
Free Fire Champions Cup (Indonesia)
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.
Arena of Valor Star League Season 4
Date: March - May
Venue: Online, Jakarta (Playoffs, Finals)
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:
The remaining players will be confirmed in the ASL Qualifiers.
Asia Challenger League Season 7 (Online)
Date: 23 - 27 March
Stream: https://www.twitch.tv/pro_cast2 (Russian)
Up-and-coming Asian Dota 2 teams fight in a 9-team best-of-3 round-robin format in this 7th season of the Asia Challenger League. The winner will get the lion’s share of the US$28,206 prize pool. The nine teams are:
VCS Spring 2020 (Vietnam)
Venue: GG Stadium Crescent Mall
Vietnam’s major League of Legends championship series boast a number of top teams in the Asia circuit. With about US$51,000 on the line, League of Legends fans will be sure to see at least a few of these teams seed for the upcoming Mid-Season Invitational.
Here are the teams and their current rankings during the past 5 weeks of tournament play.
V Gaming Adonis
Overwatch League 2020 (International)
Date: February - August 2020
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.
New York Excelsior
Los Angeles Gladiators
Los Angeles Valiant
San Francisco Shock
FV Major 2020 (Malaysia)
Date: 19 - 20 September
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
Dragon Ball FighterZ
Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
Under Night In-Birth