[toc]If you thought the esports tournaments might dry up over the holiday period, you won’t be disappointed to hear that there is still plenty of action on offer from a variety of titles.
- SK Gaming won ESL Season 6 and remains the top-ranked team in CS:GO. As runners up, FaZe will have another shot at success this week at the ECS Season 4 Finals.
- The DOTA Summit Series is back with DOTA Summit 8. The prize pool is triple that of last year.
- In League of Legends, LoL Pro League win the 2017 All-Star Cup, while Uzi takes first place in the 1v1 arena.
Where to bet on esports
Dota 2 and CS:GO are center stage this week, with DOTA Summit 8 and the ECS finals. Here’s a run down of all the best esports betting sites.
Despite being one of the quieter weeks in the year, Bet365 still has a large choice of esports and betting markets available. Besides the larger tournaments, the site has also gone out of its way to include smaller events such as the CS:GO OZ Cup and the Stream.me Gauntlet.
Pinnacle has really gone to town on its CS:GO fixtures this week. In total, there are ten different CS:GO tournaments on offer at this award-winning bookmaker. Pinnacle’s low margins make for some of the best odds in the industry and with a healthy choice of esports to choose from, what’s not to like?
There aren’t as many tournaments available at SkyBet, but all the big events are covered. If you’re a fan of accumulators, you can use their esports accumulator section to put together a huge bet for this week’s events. You can find this by clicking on “Build An Accumulator” in your betslip.
Betspawn has practically every available tournament on offer besides the StarCraft II IEM PyeonChang this week, although it is just the qualifying stage at the moment. The Betspawn site makes it easy to browse through your favorite esports, find stats about your chosen teams and choose from a great range of betting markets for each game.
The team at Betway is big fans of CS:GO, and this week it is proving it with a special promotion. Have a risk-free bet for your first bet at the ECS Season 4 finals this week up to £10. Check the terms and conditions before taking part, as terms may differ depending on your place of residence. Besides CS:GO, there’s also a bunch of LoL, Dota 2, StarCraft II and Overwatch odds on offer.
Esports available at GG.bet this week are King of Glory, CS:GO and Dota 2. It’s clear that it is another esports betting site with a big focus on CS:GO. However, it still works hard to bring a large variety of bet types for the other esports listed on their site. As an example, there are over 42 bet types for one single King of Glory match.
Unikrn is still going ahead with its free-bet refund offers for the major esport tournaments. This week, the site is offering a bunch of free-bet refunds on matches such as Cloud9 vs. Astralis. Get your money back as a free bet if you back a team to win, but they fail to win after being six rounds clear. Be smart and always check terms before taking part in any promotion.
Overwatch, Dota 2 and CS:GO are on offer at Unibet this week. Considering it is primarily a traditional sports bookmaker, Unibet has opted to only include certain tournaments from the esports they have available. For example with CS:GO, they have chosen to just publish markets for CEVO and the ECS Finals.
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Esports events this week
While it isn’t the busiest of weeks in the esports calendar, there are still some huge events going on. Dota 2 and CS:GO will largely take up most of the stage.
League of Legends
If you’re a League of Legends fan, then you will have almost certainly been aware of the 2017 LoL All Stars that took place last week. Hosted in Los Angeles, some of the world’s best players came together to play in a “dream-team” style tournament that pitted the biggest LoL leagues against each other.
Alongside this, there was also a 1v1 tournament which gave fans a chance to see how their favorite players could hold their ground on their own. Uzi came out on top of the 1v1 tournament after an intense 2-1 best-of-three against Bjergsen. Over in the main event, LoL Pro League took home the trophy after defeating the LMS Allstars 3-2.
This week in LoL, the main attraction is the LVP Superliga. This tournament is available for betting at most esports betting sites mentioned above. Expect to see some carnage in the next few days as Giants Only The Brave (1.010 Bet365) go up against heavy underdogs Movistar Riders (15.0 Bet365).
Los Angeles will host Dota Summit 8 this week through Sunday. There’s $300,000 in prize money and 300 pro circuit points up for grabs. Nine teams from around the world will compete, with big names such as LGD Gaming, OG and Evil Geniuses all taking part.
The group stage will split the teams into three groups of three. Virtus Pro took first place at DOTA Summit 7 last year, although the prize pool was only a third of this year’s event. Virtus came up against Team Secret in the grand final, who will not be attending the tournament this year following its direct invite in the previous year.
It’s one busy week in the world of CS:GO. There’s a whole host of smaller tournaments going on, but here are some of the best bits.
SK Gaming was crowned champions of ESL Pro League Season 6 on Sunday in a best-of-five against FaZe. Having won the first map on Inferno, FaZe seemed confident going into the second map on Overpass. Unfortunately for FaZe, SK Gaming began to dominate after half time and took the map 16-11. Although FaZe kept pushing until the very end, both remaining maps (Mirage & Train) were won by SK Gaming, which took the first prize share of $750,000. After a stunning season and with no signs of slowing down, Coldzera (SK Gaming) won HLTV’s MVP award for the tournament.
Just as ESL Pro League came to a close last week, ECS Season 4 will hold its grand final this weekend. Held in Cancun, Mexico, there is another $750,000 up for grabs and eight teams with a shot at taking home the trophy. Runners up of last week’s ESL Pro League finals, FaZe will have another shot at victory as it shares the Group B stage with Astralis, Cloud9 and Liquid. Over in Group A, Fnatic, Luminosity, Mousesports and OpTic are all within reach of winning one of the largest events in the CS:GO calendar.
Alongside the big names this week are plenty of lower-tier CS:GO tournaments such as CEVO Main Season 13 and the DaddySkins Western League. Both of these tournaments and many more are available to bet on at the sites mentioned above.