Welcome to eSports Weekly, your guide to all the big results and events from the weekend.
The Copa International featured some of the best Starcraft 2 players, but some of the results proved to be surprisingly one sided affairs. All four quarter-final contests ended 3-0, with lone Aussie competitor iaguz losing out to his much higher ranked opponent, Neeb. The semi-finals were no different, with highly ranked players ShoWTimE and Snute pulling off comfortable wins before Snute pulled off a 4-2 victory in the final. He goes home with $18,000 USD and 1000 WCS circuit points to his name. Two Team Liquid members made the overall top 4, with Snute joined in fourth place by uThermal.
Speaking of Starcraft 2, the GSL (global Starcraft league) season 2 finals were held over the weekend as well, with “ByuN” Hyun Woo upsetting Kim “sOs” Yoo Jin over five matches in South Korea. Byun will now head into the World Championship Series deciders full of confidence with, again, a lopsided victory over a fancied opponent.
My own home town of Perth played host to Di Another Day 2, a Smash Bros. tournament run by Outplay and Smash West out of Curtin University. Players competed across various different editions of Super Smash Bros., including the most recent edition on WiiU and the more fancied GameCube version, Super Smash Bros. Melee. Congrats to everyone involved and to the winners of the event, where over 190 people competed from around Australia along with some incredible performers from the US. In the end, MacD took out the Melee tournament and Joshua Francis aka Ghost won the Smash WiiU comp. You can check out the full results, scorecards and ladders for all the tournaments held over the weekend here.
In other news over the weekend, one of the best CS:GO teams in Cloud9 were knocked out in the semi-final stages of the StarSeries Season 2 finals, by Sweden’s Ninjas in Pyjamas (that has to be the best eSports team name out there). That team went on to win overall thanks to a smashing result over G2. Mobile hit Vainglory held its Summer Championship series in Germany, with the event still running as I write this. And finally, the Mineski Pro Gaming League Season 8 finals saw Execration beat out the tournament favourites, MVP Phoenix.
What did you watch over the weekend? Catch any awesome action in your favourite game? Let us know in the comments below.