Meanwhile, a league based on the new esports title Paladins is announced.
Where to bet on esports
With so many huge esports events taking place this week, the best sites will stand out by offering odds on most of them. As always, we’ll keep an eye on who’s providing the best odds and offers too.
Betway was recently announced as the main sponsor for the ESG Tour Mykonos, so it’s no surprise it’s put a lot of focus on that event. The site listed a bunch of special bets that are exclusive to Betway, such as “Any map to finish 16-0” and “Least played map.”
Besides the ESG Tour, Betway has odds for all the ESL Pro League games and the WCA Qualifiers. In other esports, it features odds for the LoL EU LCS Regional Qualifiers, Starcraft 2 GSL and Overwatch OGN.
Bet365 impressed esports betting fans last week by being one of the only betting sites to keep overall winner odds for DreamHack Malmö online, despite the tournament being underway. Overall winner markets are usually suspended the moment the first match begins.
Pushing forward this week, Bet365 seems to have odds available for practically every esports event that’s happening right now.
SkyBet has an impressive amount of esports odds listed, including some for the Heroes Of The Storm – Gold Series Heroes League. Although is isn’t much better than any other esports betting site, its odds can sometimes be good value, especially on underdogs.
Fans of Warcraft 3 should pay a visit to Pinnacle this week, as the site is listing odds for the Neo Star League again, a tournament that many others seem to have left out. Pinnacle has also included odds for the Rocket League Championship Series, which are tough to be found elsewhere.
Unikrn has caught my attention recently for its money-back offers. The esports betting specialist has been promoting a bunch of offers along the lines of “Money back as a free bet if your team win the first map but fail to win the series.”
As ever, be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully as there may be turnover requirements before you can withdraw free bet winnings as cash.
Betspawn has been one of the fastest betting sites to publish odds for the CS:GO ELEAGUE Premier, starting later this week. So far, the site has released odds for the group stages, with NiP, SK Gaming and Astralis being among the most favored to win their groups.
Alongside odds for plenty other major esports, Betspawn also has Vainglory odds available, which can be hard to find elsewhere.
Despite only listing odds for CS:GO, Starcraft 2 and LoL, GG.bet has also listed some special odds for Shroud’s PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds stream. Betting markets include Total Kills and Over/Under Total Kill markets.
Unibet has a similar amount of esports titles and markets available as SkyBet. It’s always worth comparing the two, along with others to see who has the best odds before placing your bets.
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This week in esports events
Last week was packed with CS:GO action from DreamHack Malmö, where the French side G2 was crowned champions after beating North 2-0. As runners up, North took home $50,000 of the $250,000 prize pool whilst the winning team took $100,000.
DreamHack will be opening up DreamHack Montreal Open 2017 on Friday and will run over the weekend until Sunday. The tournament will consist of eight and boast a prize pool of $100,000.
Another tournament starting this week is the ESG Tour Mykonos, held in Greece for a prize pool of $235,000. The tournament will run from Sept. 7-10 and will consist of eight teams, including PGL Krakow Major winner Gambit.
With one of the biggest prize pools in CS:GO, ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 will start this week and continue through Oct. 13, with a massive prize pool of $1 million. Sixteen of the world’s best CS:GO teams will battle it out until the grand final in Atlanta.
Dota 2 teams have been busy swapping players this past week. Most notably, ex-MVP Phoenix players will be reuniting once again ahead of the new season. Over at LGD.Gaming, Ren ‘eLeVeN’ Yangwei’s loan contract comes to an end and is replaced by Xu ‘Fy’ Linsen.
League of Legends
After an epic battle against Misfits 3-0 in the final of EU LCS, G2 finds itself champion again and qualified for the top seed of worlds.
Paladins is a fairly new title that has started to pick up momentum in recent months. Pushing that momentum even further, is the announcement of Paladins Premier League (PPL). The ten teams that have been confirmed so far are:
- Natus Vincere
- Ninjas in Pyjamas
All of those are World Esports Association member teams.