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Esports: Weekly preview

It is a big week in the world of Esports, as two of the calendar's biggest events come to the fore in an exciting seven days of action.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive has the playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 16, while the League Of Legends World Championship 2022 kicks off with the play-in stage.

All of the week's key highlights can be found below, as the Esports calendar reaches a fever pitch.

Monday 26th September

Rainbow Six: Siege has the headline action to start the week, with the European League Stage 3 hosting five matches. The feature matches see G2 take on Wolves, while MNM Gaming and Rogue also lock horns.

It is a relatively low-key start to the new week elsewhere, with ESEA Advanced Season 42 Europe being the best of the CS:GO action.

Tuesday 27th September

The playoffs of ESL Pro League Season 16 kick off in Malta, with twelve teams vying for the $175,000 first prize. The winners also receive a direct invite to the BLAST Premier World Final 2022.

The first round of playoff action sees a resurgent Fnatic taking on Liquid, who are fresh off a statement victory over Cloud9 which fired them into the playoffs.

FaZe surprisingly only scraped into the playoffs and will have to do things the hard way too, though they are overwhelming favourites against Complexity, a team that few predicted to make it out of groups.

There is also action from Rainbow Six: Siege, where Stage 3 of the North American League continues with five matches, including Oxygen taking on TSM.

Wednesday 28th September

There is further playoff action from ESL Pro League Season 16, with Brazilian fan favourites FURIA taking on Outsiders in a match that could swing either way to kick off the day.

The other round one match sees Heroic and Natus Vincere lock horns. Both these sides would not be amiss in the Grand Final, so to lose one of them at this early stage in the playoffs will be disappointing.

Thursday 29th September

The action begins from the League of Legends World Championship 2022 with the play-in stage. 12 teams are vying for four spots in the main event and Isurus versus MAD Lions is the curtain raiser in Mexico.

The final match of the day is perhaps the best clash, as Worlds mainstays DRX and Royal Never Give Up lock horns in a familiar encounter. The other match of significant note sees Fnatic take Evil Geniuses in an Europe versus North America grudge match.

The quarter-finals at ESL Pro League Season 16 also begin, with the winner of Fnatic and Liquid advancing to take on the in-form MOUZ. The winner of FaZe and Complexity’s match will advance to take on Cloud9.

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Friday 30th September

The play-in action at the League Of Legends World Championship continues on Friday with a host of fascinating matches, including Evil Geniuses versus LOUD and DRX versus Saigon Buffalo.

The quarter-final stage at ESL Pro League Season 16 continues, with Vitality awaiting the winner of FURIA and Outsider’s Wednesday encounter.

G2 are also waiting in the wings for the winner of Heroic and Natus Vincere, in what could be a rematch of the Stockholm Major final, provided the latter wins that particular match.

Saturday 1st October

The picture will be much clearer at the League Of Legends World Championship play-in stage on Saturday, as teams look to separate themselves from the pack on the third day of play.

ESL Pro League Season 16 reaches the semi-final stage and the winners on Saturday will set up the next day’s Grand Final.

It is also worth noting the VALORANT action, as the Upper and Lower Finals of Game Changers EMEA: Series III take place.

Sunday 2nd October

It is the final day of group play from the play-in stage of the League Of Legends World Championship. The teams who finish top of Group A and Group B will advance into the main event, while those in second will gain a bye to the final round of the play-in playoff bracket.

Those who finish in third and fourth will take each other on to determine who advances to the final round to take on the second-seeded sides.

ESL Pro League Season 16 reaches its dramatic conclusion in a rare best of five Grand Final. It will be a marathon contest and the winner will have truly earned their place in the BLAST Premier World Final spot.

It is also the Grand Final of VALORANT’s Game Changers EMEA: Series III.

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