Esports Betting Outlook: FaZe Beats Liquid At ESL One New York; LoL World Championships Begin

Written By Laurence Stanley on September 19, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]FaZe breezed past Liquid to take home $125,000 and first place at ESL One New York. Meanwhile, League of Legends World Championship groups are drawn ahead of Saturday.

Where to bet on esports

With one of the biggest esports events of the year starting this weekend, there should be plenty of great odds and offers to choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the best esports betting sites this week.


It seems like one of the few weeks that Betway isn’t sponsoring a CS:GO tournament, but it still has plenty of esports events to bet on. The site currently has odds available for the SL I League Invitational, ELEAGUE and the ECS D League.

Over in League of Legends, Betway has odds for NEST and of course the worlds, which will be kicking off on Saturday.

There’s also odds available for the Dota 2 SL I League Invitational.


Bet365 boasted one of, if not the fastest video streams of ESL One New York last week. This makes it incredibly useful for live betting on CS:GO when it has the video streams available.

The site’s odds have also been quite appealing throughout most esports events. Bet365 seems to have odds for every CS:GO tournament in existence this week, including lesser known events such as the BLAST Pro Series and the Esports Balkan League.


On top of plenty of CS:GO, Dota 2 and LoL tournaments to choose from, SkyBet also has odds listed for  StarCraft 2, Overwatch and World of Tanks tournaments.


Pinnacle has much the same events listed as SkyBet but with the added bonus of Warcraft 3, King of Glory and Heroes of the Storm odds. It seems the bookmaker is really trying to cater to all esports audiences this week.

Coupled with having some of the best odds in the industry, Pinnacle is arguably the best choice for esports bettors this week.


Unikrn has continued to offer some great promotions over the past few weeks. Not only does it offer an eye-watering welcome bonus, but it’s also giving away free bets as refunds if your CS:GO team is up by six rounds but fails to win the game.

Be sure to check the terms and conditions as there may be wagering requirements and limits on the events this is available on.


The choice of esports events seems to be lacking this week at Betspawn. Be sure to keep an eye out for when it does release new betting markets though, as its odds can be incredibly competitive and well worth the wait.

On top of odds for CS:GO, Dota 2 and StarCraft, is also offering bets on PUBG streams between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m. CEST. For an esports only bookmaker, it seems odd that it is yet to release odds for the LoL Worlds.


Unibet has taken the approach of only listing events with big prize pools this week and so far, that is just ELEAGUE and the LoL Worlds.

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This week in esports events

League of Legends

Twenty four teams have now been grouped for the worlds, which begin Saturday, with the final on Nov. 4. The total prize pool has not yet been finalized, but last year’s event boasted the largest LoL prize pool ever, at a staggering $5,070,000.


ESL One New York

After an unexpected winning streak at ESL One New York, the North American side of Liquid eventually lost out to FaZe in the grand final of the $250,000 prize pool event. Olofmeister is clearly working well with his new teammates in FaZe after leaving Fnatic, .

After being knocked out of the tournament by Liquid, SK went home in joint third place alongside Cloud9.

IEM Oakland 2017 Qualifiers

Regional open qualifiers begin on Saturday for IEM Oakland 2017. Teams from North America, South-East Asia and Europe will battle it out for a chance at playing some of the biggest teams in CS:GO.

Nine teams have already been invited (Astralis, FaZe, G2, SK Gaming, Cloud9, Team Liquid, Gambit, Immortals and NiP), leaving room for three qualifier spots. The main event will take place in Oakland, Calif., on Nov. 18-19, with a total prize pool of $300,000.

ELEAGUE Premier 2017

The $1 million prize pool event of ELEAGUE Premier 2017 has been home to some incredible over the past few weeks and will continue to impress fans until mid-October.

Mousesports, Immortals, Natus Vincere and Renegades are all knocked out of the tournament already, leaving 12 other teams to fight for their share of the remaining prize money. Group C matches will begin this week with Virtus Pro vs. EnVyUs and Cloud9 vs NiP.

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