Here's a primer of notable League of Legends action across the 3 regions for this weekend.
Olympus Champions Winter (Friday 12/14 - Saturday 12/15)
This weekend will feature the first set of matches in the tournament to be played on the latest pre-Season 3 patch! Should make for some exciting and entertaining games!
Group Stage Matches
Group A: Azubu Frost vs Incredible Miracle (Friday at 2:30 AM PST | 5:30 AM EST | 11:30 AM CET | 7:30 PM KST) - An incredibly important match for both of these teams in the Group A rat-race for qualification. Frost is tied for 2nd in the group, while IM is currently 4th, behind by only 1 point. Will we see some more amazing Lee Sin play from IM's Ring Troll?
Group B: Azubu Blaze vs MVP Blue (Friday at ~4:30 AM PST | ~7:30 AM EST | ~1:30 PM CET | ~9:30 PM KST) - A mismatch with Blaze being the heavy favorites, but Azubu will be looking to prove themselves after a disappointing couple of weeks.
Group A: Najin Shield vs KT Rolster A (Saturday at 2:30 AM PST | 5:30 AM EST | 11:30 AM CET | 7:30 PM KST) - Another important Group A match. KT Rolster A is currently a whisker below qualification.
Group B: GSG vs KT Rolster B (Saturday at ~4:30 AM PST | ~7:30 AM EST | ~1:30 PM CET | ~9:30 PM KST) - Another mismatch, but tune in if you want to see impeccable AD-carry play courtesy of KT Rolster B's rising star Score.
Official Website | Leaguepedia
Stream: OGN LoL | Twitch
IEM Cologne (Friday 12/14 - Sunday 12/16)
8 teams battle for a share of US$50000 in prize money in the last IEM event of the year. Fnatic look to extend their dominance over every team not named Team WE, while ex-Azubu's Reapered debuts his newly-formed SK T1 team. The tournament will be played on the season 2 patch. Here are the groups and the "Elo" ratings of each team according to the algorithm I use for my ratings list of pro teams.
Stream/Brackets/Schedule (Starts on Friday at 8 AM PST | 11 AM EST | 5 PM CET | 9 PM KST)
Solomid Series Finals (Thursday 12/13 - Sunday 12/16)
4 of the top teams in North America fight for a US$12000 prize pool in the grand finals of the Solomid Series. TSM hope to continue their return to form after last weekend's Series win.
Stream/Brackets/Schedule Stream is Live! (Friday stream starts at 3:00 PM PST | 6:00 PM EST | Sat 12:00 AM CET | Sat 6:00 AM KST)
G-League 2012 Season 2 (Friday 12/14)
The quarterfinals are now set for the 6 remaining teams and a chance at a 270000 CNY prize pool (around US$43,000).
Quarterfinal match: OMG vs Team WE i-Rocks - Team WE's second team have finally started to string together a few wins in the last few days; they actually don't enter this match as much of an underdog as they have been used to.
Stream (10:30 PM PST [Thur] | 1:30 AM EST | 7:30 AM CET | 3:30 PM KST)
Gunnar Invitational (Saturday 12/15 - Sunday 12/16)
The quarterfinals for Gunnar Optik's US$2890 prize pool tournament are scheduled for this weekend. Intra-squad matches are become more and more commonplace in China, with two in this quarterfinal. Royal Club looks to continue their hotstreak; tune in to see their superstar 15-year-old AD carry Uzi tear things up.
Royal Club vs Royal Club 2 - (Friday at 2:00 AM PST | 5:00 AM EST | 11:00 AM CET | 7:00 PM KST)
LGD Gaming vs Wayi Spider (Friday at 2:00 AM PST | 5:00 AM EST | 11:00 AM CET | 7:00 PM KST)
LoLadies vs OMG (Saturday at 2:00 AM PST | 5:00 AM EST | 11:00 AM CET | 7:00 PM KST)
Invictus Gaming vs Invictus Gaming 2 (Saturday at 2:00 AM PST | 5:00 AM EST | 11:00 AM CET | 7:00 PM KST)