[toc]It’s a busy week for several major esports:
- The League of Legends World Championship is now in full swing.
- In the CS:GO ELEAGUE Premier, Ninjas in Pyjamas and Virtus Pro are knocked out ahead of the final group stage games this week.
- Dota 2 is also back on the cards with the SL I League Invitational.
Where to bet on esports
With one of the world’s biggest esports tournaments continuing this week, you need to know the best sites to place your bets and make the most of high value odds and offers.
Bet365 has been great throughout the LoL Worlds so far. It currently has SK Telecom T1 and Longzhu Gaming priced as joint favorites at odds of 2.75.
It was also one of the few bookmakers to list odds for the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Auzom Premier that took place over the weekend. Gorilla Core e-Sports was listed at odds of 13.00 but is already joint top of the league with 107 points and 42 kills.
Betway has a surprising amount of CS:GO tournaments listed on their site. These are:
- Balkan League
- Blast Pro Series
- CSesports Cup
- ESL Pro League
- Hellcase Cup
- Liga Pro Gamersclub
- The WCA Qualifier
Outside of CS:GO, it has plenty of Dota 2 tournaments to choose from: Dota Pit League, PGL Qualifier, SL I League Invitational and the WCA Qualifier. Last but not least, they have plenty of great betting markets available for the LoL Worlds.
This week, SkyBet has similar esports tournaments available as Betway. Although the site doesn’t seem as well-tailored to esports as others, you can find some great odds. It’s a nice bonus to find it also has odds for the World of Tanks – NA War Gaming League which features Elevate vs Dare Rising on Wednesday.
Pinnacle has certainly stepped up their game over the past few weeks with the amount of esports events they have listed on their site. In essence, they have listed every event that SkyBet and Betway have, but also included odds for the Halo Championship Series.
Despite previously listing markets for World of Tanks, Unikrn has not yet listed odds for the Championship Series. However, it has plenty of markets available for the big three esports (CS:GO, Dota & LoL).
As mentioned in previous week’s reports, Unikrn has stepped up its promotional game recently. Not only does it have a generous welcome bonus, but it’s also regularly adding one-off free bet refund offers for certain games.
It’s always great to see Betspawn with a large variety of esports to choose from. Its odds are frequently way ahead of other sites, and it still have a tempting “2x your initial deposit” bonus offer. As always, check through the terms and conditions as there may wagering requirements.
Although it has odds available for CS:GO, LoL and Dota 2, GG.bet seems to be pushing most of its attention towards the live PUBG bets that take place every day between 8 a.m. 9 p.m. CEST.
After just listing three esports last week, Unibet has added some Starcraft 2 tournaments to the site this week.
This week in esports events
League of Legends – World Championship
By far the biggest event of the week and the year for League of Legends fans is worlds. It’s the first time that the event has ever been held in China, and last week it began the play-in group stages in the city of Wuhan.
We’ve already seen some incredible performances by teams such as Team WE and the NA squad of Cloud9, both of which sit at the top of their groups (A and B respectively) with 4-0 scores. Over in Group C, Fnatic sit at first place with 2-0 and 1907 Fenerbahçe Esports hold an identical position in Group D.
PUBG – Auzom Premier League
Whilst there was little attention from bookmakers and plenty of arguments in the community as to whether PUBG is “esports ready,” the Auzom Premier League kicked off last week.
Teams (up to a maximum of six players) will compete against each other for an unknown prize, as this has not yet been disclosed by tournament organizers. There are plenty of big names in esports competing for their chance to dominate the PUBG scene early on. Gorilla Core e-Sports are currently joint first place with Team Kinguin at 107 points.
CS:GO – ELEAGUE Premier
It’s been another exciting week in the ELEAGUE Premier, with a total prize pool of $1 million.
After a frustrating 2-1 fight against EnVyUs, Ninjas in Pyjamas find themselves knocked out of the tournament in 9-12th place. Also in a similar boat is Virtus Pro, which ironically was knocked out by Ninjas in Pyjamas in a 2-0 slam on Overpass and Train.
Astralis will play Liquid on Friday to open up the Group D matches before the playoffs take place over the following weeks. It’s all to play for this weekend, as surviving teams will be guaranteed over triple the amount of prize funds than those who are knocked out in the group stages.
Halo – Championship Series
Kicking things off this week as part of the Championship Series will be EnVyUs vs Splyce. EnVyUs is a heavy favorite to win with Pinnacle, at odds of 1.149.
Later that evening, OpTic takes on Liquid, Luminosity fights Naventic and Evil Geniuses play RONIN.
Halo – DreamHack Denver
DreamHack has just announced that the HCS Pro League Fall Finals will be taking place in Denver Oct. 20-22. After including crowdfunding contributions, the prize pool now sits at a whopping $200,000. There will be 64 teams in total playing for their share of the prize.