Esports Betting Outlook: League of Legends Worlds Group Stage Begins

Written By Laurence Stanley on October 2, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]It’s another busy week throughout the world of esports betting, including more competition in worlds for League of Legends.

  • In LoL, the first play-in stage at worlds is complete, with the group stage to begin this week.
  • In CS:GO, SK Gaming was knocked out of the ELEAGUE Premier ahead of the quarterfinals.
  • There’s plenty of action in Dota 2 and smaller, upcoming esports such as PUBG, Vainglory and Rainbow Six Siege.

Where to bet on esports

While the world’s biggest esports titles have plenty of big events upcoming, the smaller games seem to be picking up plenty of steam. The best esports betting sites will no doubt feature odds for the biggest, the best and the fastest growing esports titles at present.


Bet365 continues to push boundaries in esports betting by working tirelessly to price up new markets for relatively small esports tournaments and titles.

On top of this, it has some great prices for the more established esports tournaments such as the LoL Worlds, where it has favorites Sk Telecom T1 priced at 2.75. Longzhu Gaming has slipped from joint favorites to second at odds of 3.00.

Besides LoL, Bet365 has plenty of odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, Heroes of the Storm and StarCraft 2.


So far this week, Betway has listed odds for the three major esports (LoL, CS:GO, Dota) but has gone to the effort of including much smaller tournaments such as the CS:GO Cyber Gamer. 

Betway continues to be the one traditional bookmaker that is most in tune with esports, as it regularly releases esports-specific promotional material and price boosts.

Also worth noting: Betway is hosting a community Q&A with HeatoN, the founder of Ninjas in Pyjamas in its next session.


SkyBet has odds for almost all of the same esports and tournaments as Betway this week, but with fewer markets available within each.

The site has yet to release any esports-specific promotions or price boosts, unlike most of its competitors. Although SkyBet is certainly an option when deciding where to bet on esports, it isn’t doing much to stand out.


Pinnacle seemed to have been expanding its esports offerings in recent weeks, but there seems to be a serious lack of esports fixtures available on its site so far this week.

They have just two esports markets available, and both of those are outright markets for the LoL Worlds. This shortfall will likely disappoint any newfound fans of Pinnacle that have topped their accounts up over the past few weeks, as there are now almost no fixtures to place bets on.


Pricing SK Telecom T1 at odds of 2.50 and Longzhu at 2.75, Unikrn has almost identical odds to Betway for the League of Legends World Championship. The esports and tournaments they have available are extremely similar also.

However, Unikrn really sets itself apart with an incredibly generous welcome offer and ongoing free bet offers. Keep an eye out on its homepage to see which matches it will be offering free bet refunds on.


Betspawn is one of the most impressive esports-specific betting sites yet again this week. This is largely due to to its consistently high odds and huge welcome offer.

There are plenty of esports tournaments to choose from as well, with odds for CS:GO, LoL, Dota 2, Hearthstone, StarCraft 2, Heroes of the Storm, World of Warcraft and Vainglory. has stepped up its game this week by releasing some attractive welcome offers.

It’s also promoting a $10 money back on its Roll the Dice game. As always, check the terms and conditions carefully before depositing. Besides the bonuses, have tons of esports tournaments available to bet on for the big three titles (CS:GO, Dota 2 and LoL).


Unibet has a nice amount of esports on offer this week compared to what it’s had available recently. At present, it has betting markets available for CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL and StarCraft 2.

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This week in esports events


In a shocking twist to the ELEAGUE Group Deciders, the Brazilian squad of SK Gaming leaves almost empty-handed after being knocked out by Heroic in the Group D decider match. Like most tournaments it enters, SK was among the favorites to win the league with a total prize pool of $1 million.

The ELEAGUE Premier 2017 will now progress to the single-elimination best-of-three stage with eight remaining teams:

  • FaZe (Group A)
  • G2 (Group A)
  • North (Group B)
  • Fnatic (Group B)
  • Cloud9 (Group C)
  • EnVyUs (Group C)
  • Astralis (Group D)
  • Heroic (Group D)

The event will run until Oct. 13, making room for DreamHack Open Denver 2017 ($100,000 prize pool) which will begin Oct. 20. This comes shortly before EPICENTER 2017, starting on Oct. 23 with a $500,000 prize pool.

League of Legends

The first-ever edition of the play-in stage for the LoL Worlds came to a close last week with Fnatic, Team WE, 1907 Fenerbahçe Espor and Cloud9 progressing on to the group stage.

The knockout stage of the play-ins lived up to its name, with every game besides Fenerbahçe Esports vs Team oNe Esports finishing 3-0. Team oNe only managed to win one map more than other teams who met the same fate, as the game finished 3-1.

The qualifying teams will have just a few days rest, as Royal Never Give Up will play 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports to kick off the group stage this Thursday.

Worlds are being hosted in China this year, and will be run through Nov. 4, with a minimum prize pool of $2,250,000 plus fan contributions. The total prize pool for the 2016 event held in North America reached a huge $5,070,000.

Dota 2

The 2017-18 season of competitive Dota on LAN will begin Oct. 12-15. Favorites to win the event (2/1 with Bet365), Team Liquid will be up against seven other teams.

For a prize pool of $300,000 and 300 Pro Circuit points, the teams involved are as follows:

  • Team Liquid
  • Newbee
  • Team Secret
  • Natus Vincere
  • CompLexity Gaming
  • SG e-sports
  • Vici Gaming
  • Mineski


Fans and tournament organizers continue to push forward developing the esports scene around PUBG, which is yet to be officially released as the game is still in early-access mode.

Last weekend, a tournament at the biggest video gaming convention in Italy was postponed as servers crashed. The game does not yet have LAN capability but the developers of the game, BlueHole, has been said to be in talks with tournament organizers and other esports bodies to develop the esports aspect of the title.

Despite this, there are already tournaments well underway, such as the Auzum Premier League, which was featured in last week’s outlook.


Singapore will host the Vainglory World Championship 2017 at the Kallang Theatre from Dec. 14-17.

Twelve teams will compete to be crowned world champions on the same stage where the developers are set to announce the all-new 5 vs. 5 game mode which is hoped to increase the game’s esports potential.

Rainbow Six Siege

ESL is set to host the Rainbow Six Siege league in UK and Ireland from January 2018. This follows the cancellation of the ESL Overwatch Premiership earlier this year.

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