Esports Betting Outlook: LoL Worlds Semifinals, CS:GO EPICENTER On Tap

Written By Laurence Stanley on October 23, 2017 - Last Updated on January 22, 2018

[toc]The campaign to crown a world champion in League of Legends highlights this week in esports betting:

  • Four teams remain in the LoL World Championships. Two semifinal matches will take place this week ahead of the grand final next month.
  • With no CS:GO majors planned until January 2018, EPICENTER 2017 will be keeping the bigger pro teams busy while teams from teams from CIS and Asia play for a spot in the main ELEAGUE Offline Qualifier.
  • In Dota 2, Mineski takes the win at PGL Open Bucharest with $130,000 and 150 Dota Pro Circuit points. All eyes are now on ESL One Hamburg, the first Dota 2 major of the season.

Where to bet on esports

With the LoL World Championship final drawing ever closer and plenty of CS:GO and Dota action available, you’ll want to know which betting sites have the best on offer this week.


Bet365 has almost everything an esports bettor could ask for this week. All of the major esport titles are covered, with plenty of odds for LoL, CS:GO and Dota 2.

There’s also a large choice of odds for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, World of Warcraft, Warcraft III, StarCraft 2, King of Glory and Heroes of the Storm. If your partial to betting on smaller esports titles, Bet365 is definitely one to check out this week.


Perhaps we’ve missed it in previous weeks ot the site just got round to adding them, but it’s great to see that Betway has added fixtures for rising esports this week. As well as odds for LoL, CS:GO and Dota, you’ll also be able to browse through PUBG, StarCraft, BroodWar and Warcraft III.

With so many other things going for it, Betway is really pushing itself to the top of the pile with the addition of these extra esports to the site.


SkyBet has very similar fixtures to Betway this week, minus odds for PUBG and Warcraft III. Its choice of betting markets within each esport is quite lacking. For example, there’s no outright market for the LoL worlds.


Pinnacle seems to be listing odds for almost every CS:GO and Dota 2 tournament in existence this week. Besides that, it of course features odds for the LoL Worlds, StarCraft and Heroes of the Storm.

In case you didn’t already know, Pinnacle claims to have the best odds in the industry and after comparing them with other sites, it seems they are right. Its low margins allow for some great value odds in most markets.


Unikrn has more of its special bonuses on offer this week. As part of the LoL Worlds event, the esports-only site is offering money back as a free bet if your team wins the first map but loses the match.

Always check terms and conditions before placing any bets as max bonus amounts or wagering requirements may differ, depending on your country of residence. With this offer on the plate, it makes sense for anyone betting on worlds this week to bet with Unikrn.


Betspawn has plenty of esports to choose from, almost more than any other betting site this week. Available on the site at present are odds for CS:GO, Dota, LoL, Hearthstone, StarCraft, Heroes of the Storm, WoW, World of Tanks, Vainglory and Rocket League.

Besides the more recent trend of PUBG odds, it has one of the widest selections of esports available at any bookmaker.

After its recent redesign, doesn’t have a huge amount of titles to bet on but for those it does offer, it does well. Any serious fan of esports betting will want more than the ordinary winner markets and offers just that. For one of its recent CS:GO matches alone, there were 32 different betting markets.


Last but not least, Unibet has a bunch of different markets to offer again this week. Unfortunately its choice of titles and markets looks fairly small compared to the competition this week, despite it being plenty more than it’s offered in the past.

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This week in esports events


Although there is no CS:GO official major planned until the new year, there’s still plenty of CS:GO action to feast your eyes on.

Up first this week, the battle to be a wild-card qualifier for the EPICENTER 2017 event takes place on Monday. FaZe, Liquid, Tyloo and Vega Squadron will play for two spots in the main event and $10,000 in prize money.

The main event will begin on Tuesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a huge prize pool of $490,000. Eight teams will compete, including the two wild-card qualifiers. The event will run until Sunday and is set to include Astralis, G2, Gambit, North, Virtus Pro and SK, who have all received direct invites.

Ahead of the ELEAGUE Major 2018 in January, the ELEAGUE qualifiers for CIS and Asia will take place this week. Eight teams will compete in each region with prize pools of $50,000 and two entries from each region into the main ELEAGUE Offline Qualifier.

League of Legends

There are now just four teams remaining in the 2017 LoL Worlds. By next Saturday, we will know the winner of the $2 million-plus prize pool event, which will showcase its finale in the “Bird’s Nest” Beijing National Stadium. The total prize pool is expected to be much bigger than the initial base of $2,130,000 as funds from fan contributions are yet to be finalized and added.

Left in the fight for being worlds champions are Royal Never Give Up (RNG), SK Telecom T1 (SKT), Team WE (WE) and Samsung Galaxy (SSG). This Saturday, RNG will play SKT in the first of the semifinal matches. The next day, WE will play SSG in a bid to reach the grand final. Players will have almost a week’s rest until the final takes place on Saturday, Nov. 4.

Following a 3-2 win over Misfits in the quarterfinals, SKT remains tournament favorites with a price of 2.10 at Betspawn. SSG follow as distant second favorites with a price of 4.00, RNG 4.33 and WE as underdogs at odds of 8.00.

Dota 2

Mineski took the win at last week’s PGL Open Bucharest. After holding strong at the top of its group, Mineski went on to beat Immortals 2-1 in the semis and stunned LGD Gaming with a 2-0 win in the finals. Mineski had arguably fought harder to get into the event as it entered as South East Asia qualifier winners. LGD on the other hand, were direct invites.

With a $1 million prize pool and 1,500 Pro Circuit Points, ESL One Hamburg will begin with Newbee vs. Fnatic this Thursday. It will be the first major of the Dota 2 pro scene and will run across three days, with a grand final on Saturday.

The tournament boasts two team invites; Team Liquid and Newbee. Six other teams have made it through their respective qualifiers; SG E-sports, Evil Geniuses, Keen Gaming, Virtus Pro, Team Secret and Fnatic, who replaced Happy Feet after that team was unable to attend the event due to visa issues.

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