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What To Watch This Weekend: Hearthstone, Rocket League, And Street Fighter V

Splits, Invitationals, and more collide this weekend! Well, not really. They're not taking place in the same venue or anything. But they are all happening this weekend and there's a lot of them, so hunker down and watch something!

The Hearthstone Trinity Series finals will pit some of eSports' top teams (like Team Liquid and Virtus Pro) against each other for a shot at the $ 75,000 for first place. (Stream / Schedule)

Street Fighter V's premiere players will face off in a short, invitational tournament, the finals of which take place today. Matches begin at noon central. (Stream / Schedule)

The Call Of Duty: Infinite Warfare World League Dallas Open is this weekend as well, with teams vying for a huge $ 200,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule)

The Rocket League Championship Series returns after a inter-season break. The first week of matches should give us our first glimpse at who's put in the time to improve, who's dropping off, and who's on top. North American Matches begin at 12pm Pacific Time today, and European matches begin at 5:00pm Central Europe Time tomorrow. (Stream / Schedule

The Super Smash Bros. scene will once again unite its top talent in Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. For Wii U at the second Frame Perfect Series tournament. (Stream and Schedule

Phase 1 Eastern Clash of the The Heroes of the Storm Global Championship, which pits top teams from China, Korea, and Singapore for a shot at the first-place $ 30,000 will conclude tomorrow, so make sure to check it out. (Stream / Schedule)

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Spring Split Finals are this weekend, and the final four teams have proven themselves worth of facing off live at the ESL Studio in Leicaster, England. (Stream

We're coming up on its final weeks, but the League of Legends Spring Split has some steam left in it yet. .Tune in to see who'll punch their ticket to the Mid-Season Invitational. (Europe Stream / Europe Schedule / North America Stream / North America Schedule)

And of course, the Smite is having its own Summer and Fall Splits (for regions above and below the equator), which you can follow along with every week. (Stream / Schedule)

That's it for this weekend! Make sure to let us know if we missed anything or if there's a scene you'd like us to keep any eye in the comments.

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Fly To Hyrule Castle On This Airship In Breath Of The Wild

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is one of our favorite games this year, in large part due to the freedom it gives players to explore and experiment with new mechanics. For example, using a fire sword keeps you warm in cold climates, octoroks will eat rusted weapons and spit out rust-free versions, and attaching octorok balloons to a raft will result in a first-class ticket to Calamity Ganon.

YouTube user BeardBear posted the video below showing how to reach Ganon via airship. Using a raft, the paraglider, and about 60 octorok balloons, Link was able to bypass the majority of the obstacles along the path to Hyrule Castle's inner sanctum. Granted, BeardBear's plan went a little sideways toward the end, but it's still an entertaining and creative approach to travel to the final boss in style.

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Check out our review of Breath of the Wild, Nintendo's documentary series for the game, and recently released early concept art as well. You can also find all our previous coverage in the Breath of the Wild hub by clicking on the banner below.

[Source: BeardBear on YouTube]

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This Limited Edition Uncharted Statue Shows Off One Of Drake’s Most Brutal Finishers

Uncharted's rugged hero, Nathan Drake, has a slew of cool moves at his disposal, but none carry the visceral impact of his signature aerial takedown, in which he pounces on his foe from a high ledge and punches them with the force of a freight train. Now, Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment America are immortalizing the iconic maneuver with a limited edition collectable statue.

Only 1,500 of the 20-inch polystone figures are being produced, and they are available for pre-sale now, for the sarcastically low price of $ 350.00! Sure, it may be out of the price range of all but the most die-hard collectors, but at least it's not as pricey as that Mortal Kombat X Goro statue!

For more on Naughty Dog's universe of thieves and explorers, check out our hub of exclusive content on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.

[Source: PlayStation Gear]

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World Of Goo, Little Inferno, And Human Resource Machine Coming To Switch This Week

Developer Tomorrow Corporation announced today the release date for three of its previous releases coming to Switch.

On Thursday, March 16, World of Goo, Little Inferno, and Human Resource Machine will all be available on Nintendo's new console. These three games will join the eight others that were added to the Switch's eShop last week.

The games were meant to be launch titles for Switch, but were delayed to this week.

[Source: Tomorrow Corporation]

 

Our Take
More games on Switch is a good thing. More new games would be better, but I never did get around to finishing World of Goo. Maybe now is the time.

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World Of Goo, Little Inferno, And Human Resource Machine Coming To Switch This Week

Developer Tomorrow Corporation announced today the release date for three of its previous releases coming to Switch.

On Thursday, March 16, World of Goo, Little Inferno, and Human Resource Machine will all be available on Nintendo's new console. These three games will join the eight others that were added to the Switch's eShop last week.

The games were meant to be launch titles for Switch, but were delayed to this week.

[Source: Tomorrow Corporation]

 

Our Take
More games on Switch is a good thing. More new games would be better, but I never did get around to finishing World of Goo. Maybe now is the time.

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What To Watch This Weekend: Pax East, Final Round, And Dota 2

Lots of qualifiers and splits are going on this weekend, but we also have a number of marquee events for the year. Final Round is the biggest fighting game tournament of the year thus far, and with the number of games being covered, it's definitely something to have on your radar. We also have PAX East, which is sure to bring a ton of fun panels with it, as well as a few tournaments.

As previously mentioned, Pax East is going on this weekend, and there are a five streams to keep an eye on. Along with the regular panels and roundtables, the PAXArena stream will have tournaments for a number of games, including Hearthstone, Brawlhalla, Rocket League, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U.  (Streams / Schedule)

Final Round is one of the longest-running fighting game tournaments in the world, and as part of the Capcom Pro Tour, you can bet the world's best Street Fighter V players will be there. But the tournament will also host major events for Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, Guilty Gear: Xrd Revelator, Tekken 7, For Honor, and more. (Streams / Schedule)

While we wait for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive' ECS tournament, we can watch the Starladder StarSeries Season 3 Qualifiers, which will determine which teams will make it to the main event in on April 7. (Stream / Schedule)

In other major qualifers, Dota 2 is having its open qualifiers for its upcoming Kiev major. If you think it's a little confusing to have two major lead-ups (this and the Dota Asia Championships) happening at the same time, you're right. Enjoy the freewheeling Dota action! (Stream / Schedule)

And of course, we have the ongoing League of Legends Spring Split, which will seemingly go on until the end of time (also known as March 19). (Europe Stream / Europe Schedule / North America Stream / North America Schedule)

Smite is having its Challenger Circuit Relegations tournament, which pits amateur teams against each other for the chance to make their name known in the world of competitive Smite. (Stream / Schedule

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if you missed any events you'd like to see covered, and have a great weekend!

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BoxBoy Returning And Promptly Leaving With Bye-Bye BoxBoy This Month

BoxBoy, Nintendo's charming little puzzle platformer from the creators of Kirby is getting a third, and possibly final, entry.

The game, which Nintendo's tweet defines as the third game in the trilogy, released in Japan in February and even received an accompanying amiibo. The English version of the game will be available on March 23 for 3DS. It's currently unclear if we will also be getting the amiibo.

For our review of BoxBoy and its sequel BoxBoxBoy, follow the links.

[Source: @NintendoAmerica]

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Gran Turismo Sport Closed Beta Starts This Month

Originally slated for release last year, Gran Turismo Sport has announced a closed beta phase for U.S. players with a new trailer.

Starting on March 17, select PSN users will be invited to participate in the beta. These players will have access to a rotating selection of cars and tracks that will change each day of the beta. The game's Driver Profile feature, which tracks online stats such as sportsmanship and race performance, will be included, as well.

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Read more about Gran Turismo Sport in our previews about the game's London presentation last year and a gameplay trailer showcasing photo mode and online play.

[Source: Playstation Blog]

 

Our Take
We haven't heard much about Gran Turismo Sport since the game's delay into 2017. Hopefully the beta will rev fans up for the racing title's new cars and features.

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Play Steep For Free This Weekend

Ubisoft is throwing a free weekend for Steep for anyone who wants to try out the game on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Furthermore, not only can you try out the winter sports title and its recent free Alaskan update, but you can get a big discount on purchasing the game digitally.

Here are the dates for the free play weekend:

  • Xbox One: 3/10 at 12:01 a.m. PT to 3/13 at 11:59 p.m. PT
  • PS4: 3/10 at 10 a.m. PT to 3/13 at 10 a.m. PT
  • Uplay (PC): 3/10 at 10 a.m. PT to 3/13 at 10 a.m. PT

During the free weekend, the game is 50 percent off (standard edition) and 40 percent off for the Gold Edition. This sale runs until March 13 on XBL, and March 20 on PSN. Meanwhile, at the Ubisoft store, both editions are 50 percent off until March 14.

For more on Steep, check out our review as well as an Afterwords with creative director Igor Manceau.

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What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Super Smash Bros., And For Honor

You probably have your hands full playing either Horizon Zero Dawn or Breath of the Wild, but that's no excuse to not watch something this weekend. You can play the Switch in tablet mode while watching any of the fun events going on this weekend, and you can do it with Horizon too, if you have a Vita or, like, a second TV in your living room. Like a good eSport, you gotta work for it!

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is in Katowice, Poland this weekend for the finale to its Intel Extreme Masters tournament, which will offer a $ 250,000 prize pool. (Stream and Schedule

Tagging along in Katowice is StarCraft 2, which will have its own tournament at the event all weekend long. (Stream / Schedule)

Meanwhile, Blizzard is hosting a tournament for its other big isometric eSport, Heroes of the Storm, in the HGC Western Clash, an exhibition tournament featuring top talent from the region. (Stream and Schedule)

Though it doesn't take place over the weekend, For Honor has been having what might be its first professional tournament series on Mondays, and will continue on 'till the end of the month. If you've been playing the game casually but wondered how the best players block, evade, and jump off bridges on accident (that's a pro move, right?) here's your chance. (Stream / Schedule

If Super Smash Bros. Melee is more your thing, Beyond the Summit will be hosting its regular Smash Summit tournament, pitting top players from around the world against each in other in a venue that looks like your rich aunt's summer home. (Stream / Schedule)

If you're looking for Some Super Street Fighter V, Guilty Gear Xrd: Revelator, Mortal Kombat X, or The King of Fighters XIV action, you can watch the Canada East Championships, which will have tournaments for those games and more live from Ontario. (Streams and Schedule)

Of course, the League of Legends Spring Split is still going on (and will be for a while), so you can catch up on the all the latest matches this weekend. (Europe Stream / Europe Schedule / North America Stream / North America Schedule)

Smite's own Spring Split continues as well, and should offer a respite from anyone tired of League's Spring Split but still looking for something to Split. (Stream)

That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed anything you'd like to see highlighted below, and have a great weekend!

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