[toc]This week we saw the ELEAGUE Major come to a thrilling conclusion with a best-of-three final that many are calling one of the most exciting Counter-Strike: Global Offensive games ever played. It’s tough to argue against that, so read on to find out who won.
Where to bet on esports
We can never really complain about the esports betting markets at Bet365, and this week especially the book is really shining thanks to its uniquely in-depth League of Legends offer. If you’re looking for more than just “to win” markets, then you absolutely must head here.
SkyBet definitely has the most coverage this week, though it can’t compete with some of Bet365’s more niche betting offers for League of Legends. That being said, those are the two sites that really merit an odds comparison for potential Split stakes.
Betway is still riding high with a full embrace of the esports world, but it appears it is beginning to be overtaken in the sheer amount of bets available at other sites. It still comes highly recommended, but perhaps the book needs to step up its game?
We’ve finally seen an update to Pinnacle’s outdated schedule page, with a whole heap of 2017 events taking prominence over those that finished months ago. Hopefully, this marks the start of a new ascent to the top for the original esports betting site.
A bit of a shock to see an empty page at Ladbrokes after all the praise we’ve been heaping on it. Fortunately, it turns out our internet was just on the fritz. A refresh found that the UK bookmakers are continuing to offer a very healthy selection of esports bets. Phew!
Naturally, esports betting specialists Unkirn have League of Legends markets dominating its offer. However, it’s embracing its niche with a couple of obscure Overwatch matches and even a Call Of Duty game or two available for betting this week.
PaddyPower, having seen its esports betting offer decline for a few weeks now, seem to have given up entirely, with not an esports bet to be seen in Dublin.
The week in esports events
With the conclusion of a major event, we’ve not a whole lot to report for the world of upcoming esports bets. However, we can still take a look and see what’s going on.
The ELEAGUE Major came to a thrilling close on Sunday, with Astralis defeating Virtuous.pro 2-1 in a close-fought final best-of-three match. Astralis had bested Fnatic 2-0 in the previous match to reach the final. Next up in the world of CS:GO is the ESL Pro League.
League of Legends
There’s simply too much League of Legends action happening in all the Splits across the world for us to sum them all up in one short paragraph. Suffice to say, it’s all happening still. In fact, until February’s Intel Extreme Masters it’s all that’s happening.
Can we make another “Split” joke in this section for the third week running? Of course! In Split, Croatia, Evil Geniuses won the Dota Pit League and now we have to wait another month for the next major Dota 2 event.
Heroes of the Storm
There aren’t any live events to follow right now, but the Global Championship Phase 1 has begun with online qualifiers running for European, American and Korean teams. Watch this space as they continue on.
Another game waiting to head to Katowice, Poland, for the IEM Season XI is StarCraft. The major international action has faded since the WESG, but of course hardcore StarCraft betting fans still have their fair share of action to follow in Korea.