Weekly esports guide (16 - 23 March): MPL MY/SG, ONE Esports World Pro Invitational Jakarta postponed

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Yet another major esports tournament had to go on a break because of the coronavirus situation, this time the Mobile Legends: Bang Bang MPL MY/SG. Meanwhile the ONE Esports World Pro Jakarta invitationals have also been affected. But don’t despair, there’s still lots of online esports to catch, including the FSL Dota 2 Solos!

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

Female Esports League Dota 2 Solos (Online)

FSL Solos

Date: 14 and 21 March

Stream: Watch it live on Yahoo TV

While the FSL Elite might have been postponed, you can still get your fix of female esports competition with the Dota 2 solos! Watch as 30 competitors battle it out at the grand dame of MOBAs!

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 local esports shoutcasters Lysander, HungryCast (Daryl Lim) and Abstract (Eugene Eu) on the commentary side, and Kimberlyn See (FSL) 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.

Apex Legends Global Series (Online)

Apex Legends Global Series (Online)

Date: 21 - 23 March, 4 and 6 April

Venue: Online

Stream: http://www.twitch.tv/playapex 

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:

  1. EXO Clan (Australia)

  2. SCARZ White (Japan)

  3. Aura Esports (South Korea)

  4. Made in Thailand 1 (Thailand)

  5. Hallediciler (Turkey)

  6. INTZ (Brazil)

  7. Team SoloMid (USA)

  8. Kebabrulla (Europe)

  9. Korean Rushers (Australia)

  10. Nora-Rengo (Japan)

  11.  _4K (South Korea)

  12. Made in Thailand 2 (Thailand)

  13. 2nd (Saudi Arabia)

  14. CPTL eSports (South America)

  15. Sniper Abusers (USA)

  16. BDS Esport (France)

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!

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.

ESL Pro League Season 11 CS:GO (Online)

ESL Pro League Season 11 CS:GO (Online)

Date: 16 March - 12 April

Venue: Online

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

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:

  • Astralis

  • Complexity Gaming

  • ENCE

  • Evil Geniuses

  • FaZe Clan

  • Fnatic

  • G2 Esports

  • mousesports

  • NaVi

  • Ninjas in Pyjamas

  • Team Liquid

  • Team Vitality

  • 100 Thieves

  • TYLOO

  • Sharks Esports

  • North

  • Heroic

  • Renegades

  • forZe

  • BOOM Esports

  • FURIA Esports

  • GODSENT

  • OG

  • Virtus.pro

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.

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.

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.

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.

PUBG Mobile Pro League Spring Split 2020: MY/SG League (Malaysia/Singapore)

Date: 3 - 22 March

Venue: Online

Stream: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvrebwQujh0ugAHVEXZcDrA 

The best of Malaysia and Singapore’s PUBG Mobile teams will go toe-to-toe in this pro league season this month. The winners will get US$15,000 in the finals, which is the lion’s share of the US$99,000 prize pool.

The following teams will be participating in this free-for-all.

  • Team Secret

  • Yoodo Gank

  • Bigetron AROV

  • Bapak Ah Esp9orts

  • Geek Fam

  • EVOS ViP

  • FV Unbeatable Gaming

  • Traitor Esports

  • N.E.D Brotherhood

  • Resurgence MY

  • XPERT MY

  • Last Survivor R2K

  • Team No Recoil

  • Axis MPX

  • TARA Proyecto X

  • ESG Gaming

  • Tone WoW Esport

  • Dingoz MZ

  • MRe Syndicate

  • Team Bosskurr

  • Impunity Kage

  • Steel Hearts Esports

  • DivinityEsports

  • Team H2O

So far, the top 3 teams with the most points in the regular season  are Team Secret, Bapak Ah Esports, and Yoodo Gank.

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

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