[toc]The League of Legends World Championship is finally upon us, but worry not – we’ll save the spoilers until after the fact.
Last time we had a major championship, The International 6 was all we could talk about.
Not so much this time. There are a ton of events across the board this week, which means that the esports betting markets are bursting with action. Let’s take a look.
Place your bets here
The esports betting markets at Betway are always fine and dandy and this week is no different.
What always grabs our attention, though, is their regularly-updated esports blog.
This week they have a recap of the ESL One New York event with an assessment of the teams and matches. It’s great to see that extra mile, showing that Betway are really treating esports gambling as a long-term major industry.
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Once again, Unikrn are making good use of their esports specialist nature and remain one of the only esports bookmakers to offer betting markets on the smaller events. That said, there are so many major events going on this month that this may cease to be a huge draw for the time being.
We’ve said it before but, given the League of Legends-centric nature of this week’s piece, we’ll say it again: Bet365 have some nice, unique markets for League of Legends games.
There’s nowhere else that one can bet on the team to slay the first Baron, destroy the first Tower, get 10 kills and so on.
We’ve had no real update from Pinnacle this week, but we were so happy to see some new content last time that we won’t complain lest we push our luck.
PaddyPower, Coral and Ladbrokes
PaddyPower are fine as always, esports-wise. Ladbrokes’ esports section seems to have joined Coral’s in the realm of not existing, which is disappointing.
The week in esports events
This month is seeing a ton of esports action over and above the World Championship, so let’s dive right in and see what’s been going on in the various games.
Dota 2 remains the exception to the rule of an action-packed October, though perhaps it’s some sort of karma from The International 6 dominating headlines for a huge chunk of time earlier this year.
Counting down to The Summit 6…
League of Legends
Pretty sure something is going on here, but because we’re nice, we shan’t be spoiling the action. Suffice to say that the group stage matches are underway and as exciting as you’d imagine.
October is a massive month for Counter-Strike fans, with over $2.5 million to be won in worldwide tournaments. ESL One New York has wrapped up at the time of writing, and later this week the World Championships in Belgrade kick off.
Heroes of the Storm
Heroes of the Storm fans watched L5 defeat MVP.B in Seoul to take the Super League 2016 title.
Next up, we’re heading to the $1 million Fall Global Championship in Anaheim.
In terms of Starcraft, today saw the KeSPA Cup come to an end, with Neeb besting Trap to take the lion’s share of the prize pool. The end of this month marks the $500,000 World Cyber Series Global Playoffs.
The inaugural Overwatch Open took place in Atlanta last week, with Misfits taking the first Overwatch Open title and a tasty $100,000.
Alas, Hearthstone 2 is the more uneventful of the esports this week. We did see handsomeguy win the Asia-Pacific Summer Championship, but there are no premier events scheduled for several weeks now.
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