Everyone’s throwing down this month, and it might be getting hard to keep up with it all. Seasons are rounding out and world champions are ready to rise. Let’s take a minute to look back at September’s biggest esports news so far.
League of Legends: Worlds Kicks Off
One of the biggest esports events annually, Worlds is on the horizon. The participating teams have flown over to Shanghai and are gearing up for competition. The Play-In stage kicked off today where 10 teams compete to enter one of the following Main Event groups.
Group A: G2 Esports, Suning, Machi Esports.
Group B: DAMWON Gaming, JD Gaming, Rogue.
Group C: Team SoloMid, Fnatic, Gen.G.
Group D: DRX, FlyQuest, Top Esports.
Touted as this year’s Group of Death, we wish good luck to any Play-In team unlucky enough to land in Group B.
Overwatch: Washington Justice Rock the Overwatch League
It’s been a surprise month in the OWL, with the struggling side of Washington Justice having an absolute miracle run this month, beating teams people expected to dismantle them. Capitalising on a meta change, the Justice took down top 5 seeded North American teams Paris Eternal, LA Valiant, and Florida Mayhem before falling just short of the next stage with a loss to top seed Philadelphia Fusion. Philadelphia Fusion and San Francisco Shock are set to take on Shanghai Dragons and Seoul Dynasty respectively in October’s Grand Finals.
Call of Duty: Call of Duty League Goes 4v4
Big changes have been announced for the 2021 Call of Duty League with a return to the 4v4 format. Stepping away from the current 5v5 format that’s been in play since Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 came around in 2018, the league will be brought closer to its traditional esports roots. The decision to change back came around as a result of talks with the league’s teams, players, and management, announcing it in good time, the day after the championship finals and before contracts expire and a ‘Rostermania’ transfer season begins.
Rainbow 6 Siege: World Cup Announced, Team Format Decided
We all love a good world cup in football, but how about in esports? The Rainbow 6 Siege World Cup has been announced and the format for deciding each countries team has been unveiled. This Autumn, each team will have a national committee composed of three members: a Ubisoft representative, a Community representative, and a representative for Pro Players and Coaches. These three people will select and manage the national team. Qualifying matches are set to be played this Winter where 6 winners will join the 14 directly invited teams for the Final Stage in Summer 2021.
Dota 2: ESL One Germany Announced
The latest Dota 2 tournament has been announced, the online event will take place between October 5th to November 1st, where 16 teams are set to clash for a share in the $400,000 prize pool. 12 top-tier Dota 2 teams have been invited to the event, with a further four slots taken up by winning teams from this month’s qualifiers. The tournament will follow a Swiss format, where the top 8 teams will advance to the double elimination playoffs. The top 3 Dota 2 teams in the world will all be there, so expect intense, high impact gameplay whenever they meet.
Astralis Consolidates Brands
This month, Astralis, a team well known globally, merged all their brands under one identity. Prior to this, Astralis were represented by popular brand Origen in League of Legends and by Future FC in FIFA esports. The move is set to push the Astralis core name out further, positioning themselves as a leading international organisation in the industry. To any League of Legends fans reading this, it’s officially time to stop asking “When does Origen play?”, and start asking “When does Astralis play?”.