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Esports: Weekly preview

Some of the biggest events in the world of Esports have reached their conclusions in the last couple of weeks but there are still a handful of key tournaments taking place in the coming months.

This week features the beginning of the next big Counter Strike: Global Offensive event - the Elisa Masters in Finland - as well as matches in the League of Legends pre-season event NEST 2022 in China.

With an overall prize pool of $500,000, the VALORANT Champions Tour 2022: Game Changers Championship also gets underway in Berlin this week with Cloud9 White and Team Liquid Brazil among those involved.

Monday 14th November

Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Action in the European Pro League

On a pretty quiet day in the world of Esports, two matches in the CS:GO European Pro League are among the highlights.

BLINK take on KTRL in the later of the two fixtures.

Tuesday 15th November

League of Legends: NEST 2022 group stage concludes

The League of Legends World Championship may have not long ago reached its conclusion, but already there are pre-season events for next year taking place with the NEST 2022 featuring teams from China's League of Legends Pro League.

The event is also an opportunity for teams to give their development rosters a run out and on Tuesday the remaining matches in Groups C and D take place. 

Groups A and B have already concluded with Invictus Gaming, Bilibili Gaming, Oh My God and Team WE booking their places in the knockout stage. 

First of all in Group C, LGD Gaming are 1/33 to beat Royal Never Give Up, who are 9/1 to prevail as they are not using any of their main roster at this event. 

And then in Group D later on Tuesday, there is a more competitive affair between ThunderTalk Gaming, who are 6/5 to win, and FunPlus Phoenix, who can be backed at 8/13 to triumph.

VALORANT: VCT 2022 Game Changers Championship begins

Played in a double-elimination bracket format, the VALORANT S-Tier event - the Game Changers Championship - starts on Tuesday with the first two upper-bracket quarter finals. 

Cloud9 White are 1/20 to win the first of those matches against KRU.fe, who are 15/2 to come out on top. 

In the other upper-bracket quarter-final, G2 Gozen are 1/12 to beat X10 Sapphire, who are available at 6/1. 

The winners of each of those upper-bracket quarter-final clashes will then progress to the first upper-bracket semi-final, which also takes place on Tuesday.

Wednesday 16th November

The CS:GO IEM Rio Major only finished on Sunday but there is an A-Tier event in the Esport beginning on Wednesday. 

Taking place in Espoo in Finland, the Elisa Masters features 12 teams, eight of which were invited and four which qualified via Spring and Fall Invitationals. 

Among the sides competing in Finland will be ENCE, Fnatic and BIG, and the winners of the event will not only take home $100,000 in prize money but they will also secure a play-in berth for the IEM Katowice 2023. 

Heading into the tournament, ENCE are 11/4 to come out on top, Fnatic are 11/4, BIG are 5/1 and Bad News Eagles are 15/2. 

Astralis, who are confirmed to be without Nicolai "dev1ce" Reedtz for the tournament, are 8/1 shots.

On Wednesday, the other two quarter-finals in the VCT 2022 Game Changers will be played out and, once again, the winners of each tie will face off in the other upper-bracket semi-final, which is on the same day.

Thursday 17th November

Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Elisa Masters action comes thick and fast

There is another long list of matches taking place in the CS:GO Elisa Masters on Thursday. 

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The 12 teams involved are split into two groups of six and the first group will have been played out in one day on Wednesday. 

By the end of Thursday, Group B will have also finished and we will know the line-up for the tournament's playoffs.

Friday 18th November

Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Time for Elisa Masters quarter-finals

The playoff stage of the Elisa Masters in Finland gets underway on Friday with two quarter-finals featuring the second and third-placed teams in the two groups.

Saturday 19th November

Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Semi-finals time in Elisa Masters

Attention turns to the semi-finals of the Elisa Masters on Saturday, when the top two teams from each group will enter the playoffs.

Sunday 20th November

Counter Strike: Global Offensive: Elisa Masters Grand Final the highlight of the day

By Sunday, the Elisa Masters playoffs will have come to an end in Finland and the winners of the A-Tier event will be known.

VALORANT: VCT 2022 Game Changers champion set to be crowned

The VCT 2022 Game Changers will also draw to a close with its Grand Final on Sunday, when we will discover which team will take home the $180,000 in prize money.

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