Weekly eSports Forecast March 28 – April 3

Here is the weekly eSports Forecast for the week of March 28th, 2011. Updates will be added as I find them.

MLG Dallas: The first MLG competition of 2011 is here starting Friday the 1st and running through the weekend. There will surely be some amazing matches as some of the best players in North America begin battling it out for a chance in the MLG Grand Finals. Should be a very exciting weekend as always.

GOMtv (SC2): The 2011 LG Cinema 3D World Championship in Seoul starts Monday the 28th and will run till April 9th with some of the best SC2 players in the world battling for the title “world’s best SC2 player.”

ClanBase EuroCup XXIII – This week also starts the beginning of the EuroCup over at the ClanBase website. Additional information here.

Ultimate Gaming Championship The Italian Ultimate Gaming Championship starts this Thursday and runs steady till Sunday the 3rd. This large LAN will feature some exciting tournaments with a respectable prize pool. Additional information here.

ESEA: Early this week ESEA has some exciting TF2 matches for both the Open and Intermediate divisions. They’ll also have one or two Counter-Strike matches for their Main division. Otherwise looks kind of quiet over there. Check the schedule here.

Esports Heaven (CoD4) – This week starts the Sapphire Challenge, a Call of Duty 4 tournament hosted over at Esports Heaven. It runs from tomorrow till April 6th ending with a grand finals.

iCCup Legendary Tournament (SC2) – The iCCup Legendary Tournament continues this weekend April 3rd and 4th with the finals approaching April 9th.

ETF2L (TF2) – This is the second week of the ETF2L Season 9 league.

NEW: Xperia PLAY 2011 Prelude – This Danish event/tournament starts this week, I believe the dates are the 30th and 31st, then continuing on next week and concluding April 10th. Hope that’s right. More information from HLTV.

NEW: FNATIC PLAY / MSI HoN 5-on-5 Tournament – The FNATIC MSI HoN tournament began yesterday and will continue on this week until Saturday the 2nd. Additional information here.

NEW: iCCup Defiler Tournament n15 – Sunday the 3rd starts the iCCup Defiler Tournament.

Team Loaded

To keep the week interesting here at SR we’ve decided to have some recurring, day-related posts. The first one is called Top Team Tuesday and it’s a chance for either myself or another writer to talk about a team they are interested in. It could be a pro team, a main or amateur team, or even just a casual scrimming team in a free league. I’m especially excited about this because it directly ties into the eSport database I want to build for the website. It also will help me, and maybe even you, get a feel for who’s out there and who you might consider cheering for in various leagues.

This week I’m going to keep the post a little shorter than anticipated because I didn’t really sleep last night, what with Reach coming out, and my day today was extremely busy. So anyways, the team I chose for this week is Team Loaded. The reason I am interested in this team is because I actively followed them in the ESEA TF2 Invite league last year (Season 4). It was an exciting season with a bunch of ups and downs, with a finals match between Loaded and Evil Geniuses. From what I remember I think EG was slated to win considering their record, but Loaded swept through both Blands and GPit to take the Grand Finals. Unfortunately Loaded appears to have dropped their professional TF2 team, but still maintain a CS 1.6, WoW, MW, HoN, and Quake team. If they ever get back into TF I would definitely keep an eye on them.

If you’re interested in learning more about this team, check out their website here.

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