Esports Betting Outlook: ESL Pro League Season 6 Begins For CS:GO; OlofMeister Joins FaZe

Posted By Laurence Stanley on August 22, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]With The International in the books, the esports betting world turns its attention to some upcoming events in CS:GO and League of Legends.

Where to bet on esports

There’s plenty to bet on this week but not all sites have every tournament and esport listed. Even if they do, it’s worth shopping around to see what good value esports betting odds are on offer. Here’s a rundown of what the esports bookies are up to this week.

Betway

So far this week, Betway has only listed odds for CS:GO, League of Legends and StarCraft 2. I’m sure they will release some more of their special bets, especially for the CS:GO DreamHack Malmo tournament, as it’s clear they are big fans of the game.

Bet365

Bet365 has been pushing boundaries again this week by being the first major bookmaker to release odds for a Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) event, namely the PUBG Gamescom Invitational. Team SoloMid is currently the favorite at odds of 5/1 (6.00) with Cloud 9 and Team Liquid at 11/2 (6.50).

The majority of odds listed on Bet365’s site are League of Legends (LoL) games as they have a variety of markets for each event. As an example, for the LCK Regional Qualifiers alone, there are 20 different bet types.

SkyBet

SkyBet has a healthy selection of LoL games on offer as well as odds for the CS:GO Pro League, Dota 2 Pro Dota CupStarCraft 2 – Global League and Hearthstone LB Brawl. Although its odds aren’t always the most competitive, SkyBet does have some markets available that many other bookmakers don’t.

Pinnacle

Pinnacle has similar esports available to SkyBet this week but with the addition of some markets for the Warcraft 3 – Golden Championship Series. There is a variety of CS:GO tournaments on offer at Pinnacle but as usual, very few betting markets to choose from. Interestingly, its only CS:GO matches are of the Star Challenge tournament, despite there being multiple better options to choose from.

Unikrn

At the time of writing, Unikrn has markets for CS:GO, StarCraft 2 and LoL. I would expect more from an esports-specific bookmaker but fingers crossed Unikrn adds some more odds to the site throughout the week.

Betspawn

Betspawn is certainly one of my favorites again this week, with great odds and a ton of esports tournaments to choose from. There are odds for eight different CS:GO tournaments listed on the site already, as well as odds for Dota 2, LoL, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, Warcraft and Crossfire. It is a seriously underrated bookmaker and always worth looking at when deciding whom to bet with.

GG.bet

GG.bet seems to be releasing its PUBG odds a little later in the week, perhaps taking notes from Bet365, which was the first to list odds for the event. Elsewhere on the site, there’s plenty to choose from in multiple esports, despite missing a few decent tournaments from the list.

Unibet

I mentioned last week that Unibet was worth keeping an eye on when comparing odds, and that’s still sound advice. Its odds will move regularly and sometimes you can pick up some great value on top esports matches. For this week so far, it has listed odds for CS:GO, StarCraft 2 and LoL.

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This week in esports events

CS:GO

This week we will see a huge number of CS:GO matches from some of the world’s best teams such as North, NiP & SK. These games are all part of the European and North American branches of ESL Pro League Season 6. Each region will consist of 14 teams playing a number of online matches until mid-November.

The Pro League will make good practice for teams that are also playing at ESL One: New York 2017, which begins next month. Among the teams confirmed for that event is Cloud 9, which grabbed the final place in the tournament after beating Rise Nation 2-1 in the NA qualifier.

In other CS:GO news, Fnatic will see dramatic changes in lineup with the departure of Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer, who has been with the team since 2014. Olofmeister will join FaZe, taking the place of Fabien “kioShiMa” Fiey. Fnatic has signed Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson with immediate effect to fill in the gap left by Olofmeister.

League of Legends

After some stunning games in NA LCS and EU LCS last week, both tournaments have more to offer this week. EnVyUs put up an incredible fight against Counter Logic Gaming (CLG) in NA LCS but it wasn’t enough, losing 2-3 in a best-of-five. Over in EU LCS, Misfits thrashed Unicorns of Love, 3-0.

Moving forward in EU LCS, Schalke 04 will take on the Spanish team Giants Gaming, while Mysterious Monkeys takes on Ninjas in Pyjamas. Later on in the week we’ll see some great NA LCS games such as Immortals vs Team Dignitas and CLG vs Team Solomid. 

Scorelines aside, there’s been much talk in the LoL community of pro players abusing toilet breaks to disrupt opponents’ play. KT Rolster lost to CJ Entus after being tied 1-1. Roughly 45 minutes into the third map, Seon “Space” Ho-san of CJ Entus called for a toilet break. Upon his return, it seemed to have disrupted the flow of KT Rolster and took a quick victory to win the series.

Dota 2

Dota 2 is relatively quiet this week with one of the biggest events being the Pro Dota Cup South East Asia No. 9. Rex Regum Qeon is currently top of the group stages with a score of 8-0.

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