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Esports: Weekly preview

There is plenty of high-level Esports action to enjoy this week with the League of Legends World Championship reaching the quarter-final phase following the conclusion of the groups last week.

And in the realm of Counter Strike: Global Offensive, the BLAST Premier Fall American and European showdowns begin to determine which sides will complete the line-up for next month's finals.

Monday 17th October

VALORANT Superdome: Action continues in Cairo

Although it is set to be a busy week in the world of Esports, it is a relatively quiet Monday but there is action in the form of the VALORANT Superdome.

With a prize pool of $30,000, the A-Tier event taking place in Cairo, Egypt features eight teams playing in one big group before moving on to a knockout stage. Among the teams competing are Acend, Geekay Esports and Fnatic.

Tuesday 18th October

VALORANT Campeonato de Elite: Regional event into second stage

Once again, Tuesday is a quiet day in the world of Esports but punters can enjoy more VALORANT action in the form of Portugal's Campeonato de Elite, which is into its second stage.

Wednesday 19th October

Counter Strike: Global Offensive BLAST Premier Fall: American and European showdowns get underway

It is just over a month until the CS:GO BLAST Premier Fall Finals begin but there are still two more slots to fill in the high-profile eight-team tournament.

Already OG, Natus Vincere, Team Liquid, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports and Ninjas In Pyjamas have qualified for the finals following their performances in the Fall Groups and the last two teams to reach the finals will be determined by the American and European showdowns.

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Both showdowns are straight knockout competitions starting with four quarter-finals and on Wednesday both get underway.

There are two matches taking place in the European showdown on Wednesday - Team Vitality vs TYLOO and Astralis vs Eternal Fire - and one taking place in the American showdown - Complexity Gaming vs Sharks.

Team Vitality are 1/50 to defeat TYLOO, who can be backed at 10/1, while a closer contest is expected between Astralis and Eternal Fire, who are 8/15 and 11/8 respectively to win the match.

In the one American showdown fixture, Complexity can be backed at 1/10, while the Sharks are available at 11/2.

Thursday 20th October

League of Legends World Champs quarter-finals: Rogue face almighty challenge

The first of the four League of Legends World Championship quarter-finals is scheduled for Thursday as Rogue, the only team based outside of Asia left in the competition, face giants JD Gaming.

The LEC outfit could be up against it though and they are 8/1 to come out on top, while JD Gaming are 1/25 to win after topping Group B with a 5-1 win-loss record.

JD Gaming are among the frontrunners at this year's Worlds and can be backed at 7/4 to win the global event. Rogue, meanwhile, are underdogs at 66/1 in the outright betting.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive BLAST Premier Fall: More showdown action on the cards

On Thursday there are another three fixtures in the BLAST Premier Fall American and European showdowns. Two come from the European competition - BIG vs Sangal and Heroic vs ECSTATIC - and one is in the American edition - MIBR vs Team One.

The most competitive of those three matches looks to be the American one with MIBR 4/11 to come out on top against Team One, who are rated 2/1 to win.

Friday 21st October

League of Legends World Champs quarter-finals: T1 expected to slay Royal Never Give Up

Friday features the second World Championship quarter-final and as it stands that is set to be LCK juggernauts T1 against Royal Never Give Up.

Royal Never Give Up can boast plenty of international pedigree, having won the Mid-Season Invitational earlier this year, but they are 7/4 to see off T1, who are 2/5 to book their spot in the tournament's semi-finals.

T1 secured their spot in the knockout stage with five wins from six matches in Group A, while Royal Never Give Up finished with an identical record in Group D but had to settle for second spot behind Gen.G.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive BLAST Premier Fall: American showdown quarter-finals conclude

There are just two matches in the BLAST Premier Fall showdowns on Friday and both matches come from the American showdown, completing its quarter-final schedule.

Evil Geniuses firstly lock horns with Fluxo before 00Nation take on VERTEX.

Saturday 22nd October

League of Legends World Champs quarter-finals: Gen.G favourites for semi-final berth

In the penultimate World Championship quarter-final of the week, red-hot Gen.G are set to lock horns with DWG KIA, who won the event back in 2020 under the banner Damwon Gaming.

This looks like one of the more one-sided quarter-finals in the draw with Gen.G fancied to win at 1/5, while DWG KIA are 10/3 to prevail. Gen.G are 13/8 to go the distance and win this year's World Championship.

Sunday 23rd October

League of Legends World Champs quarter-finals: DRX and Edward Gaming could be tough to separate

After Sunday, the League of Legends World Championship will be down to its final four teams but there is the small matter of the last quarter-final beforehand.

It is set to be between Group C winners DRX and Edward Gaming, who finished runners-up in Group A but are defending world champions. These sides look fairly tough to separate with DRX rated 11/8 to get the win and Edward Gaming available at 8/15.

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