[toc]CS:GO is the star of the show this week with an incredibly busy schedule of top tier games.
The results are also in from NEST 2017, Perfect World Masters and IEM Oakland ahead of another week of intense esports action.
- Invictus Gaming won the League of Legends Nest 2017 tournament in a grand final against JD Gaming.
- ECS Season 4 fills most of the midweek CS:GO schedule while the Blast Pro Series brings some huge teams to Copenhagen over the weekend.
- $200,000 in prize money went to teams at the first major PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) tournament, IEM Oakland 2017. After surviving the open qualifier, ‘aAa‘ take first place for $60,000.
- Team Vici and Kinguin are leading their groups at the Dota 2 Perfect World Masters in Shanghai.
Where to bet on esports
CS:GO takes up the majority of Bet365‘s available betting fixtures this week, which is quite right considering the amount of quality tournaments currently in running.
The team at 365 has gone out of its way to accommodate for smaller esports such as Heroes of the Storm (HOTS) and King of Glory which are also available on the site for betting. Of course, there’s also a bunch of Dota, StarCraft II, LoL and even Overwatch games available.
The odds at Betway are edging ahead of Bet365 on certain fixtures such as the Blast Pro Series outright winner market. FaZe is favored to win at 3.25 with Bet365 but 3.35 with Betway. While the difference may be small, any extra value is worth taking when it comes to betting odds.
Betway has been long sponsors of the Swedish CS:GO team Ninjas in Pyjamas, which paid off yet again last week as they successfully defended the IEM Oakland Cup.
SkyBet has spiced things up this week with a redesign of its website to make it easier for mobile users. For fans of esports, it has made it easier to browse through different titles and tournaments that were previously less well organized.
Considering SkyBet us a traditional bookmaker with no strong emphasis on esports, there is more than enough gaming action to get into.
Pinnacle isn’t telling any lies when it claims to hold the best odds for the fixtures available to bet on. However, you’ll have a tough time finding anything besides money-line betting markets as special bets and outright winner markets are nowhere to be seen.
Pinnacle is definitely worth checking out if you are looking to bet the money line on any CS:GO, Dota, LoL or King of Glory matches this week.
Similar to Bet365, Unikrn is also listing odds for Overwatch this week and has priced Boston Uprising as the favorite at 3.00, with Dallas Fuel following close behind (3.25). Overwatch odds sit alongside plenty of CS:GO, Dota 2, and LoL tournaments.
Promotions at Unikrn are mostly focused around the big CS:GO matches, with free bet refunds on certain games, should your team be up by six rounds and go on to lose the match.
Betspawn is still advertising its incredibly generous 2x deposit offer for new customers. Be sure to check terms and conditions for wagering requirements and max free bet amount for your country. The site’s competition to win a top-of-the-line graphics card took place last week, and we’ll be excited to see a similar competition again.
There is a healthy range of esports available at Betspawn to use free bets on, including HOTS, King of Glory and Overwatch games.
GG.Bet may only focus on a few esports at a time, but it certainly packs a punch with those that it does publish odds for. This week on the site is CS:GO, Dota and King of Glory. There’s a nice selection of bet types available for each game if you like to dabble with something a little different from match winner bets.
Interestingly esports are now listed under the “popular” section of the Unibet site, making them more accessible. Ironically though, this traditional bookmaker has only opted to list odds for some CS:GO and Dota tournaments this week so far. Perhaps it is choosing to focus on gaming titles that bring in the most betting action — and one it is sponsoring — but it would be nice to see more variety.
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This week in esports events
In a nail-biting final between Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP) and FaZe Clan, NiP win $125,000 and first place at IEM Oakland 2017.
The two teams traded maps between each other as NiP took Cobblestone 16-10, leading FaZe to dominate on Inferno 16-7. NiP looked much more comfortable on Train, where it finished 16-10 but were left stunned with a 6-16 loss on Overpass in the penultimate map. It was all to play for on Cache, which is a strong map for both teams. Despite Niko (FaZe) holding top spot on the server, NiP edged over FaZe and finished the best-of-five 16-10 and defended its IEM Oakland cup.
CS:GO events this week are more than plentiful. NiP is back in action against Virtus.pro in the European ECS Season 4 league. Of course, we’ll also see the North American side of ECS Season 4 fight for points with teams such as NRG, Renegades and Luminosity taking the online stage.
Over the weekend, most of the big action will come from the 2017 Blast Pro Series in Copenhagen. The event will run from Friday until Saturday evening with a prize pool of $250,000. Just six teams will compete for the prize and those teams consist of Astralis, FaZe, G2, NiP, North and SK Gaming. FaZe is currently favored to win the tournament at odds of 3.25 (Bet365).
League of Legends
After a string of 2-0 wins, Invictus Gaming took first place at NEST 2017 in China against JD Gaming. Although JD pulled out all the stops, it wasn’t quite enough to beat their Chinese rivals.
Invictus had already dominated JD in a 2-0 match during the winners final. Invictus took home over $60,000 in prize money. This has been the first large tournament since worlds, where Samsung Galaxy won The Summoner’s Cup.
The first major PUBG tournament ran last weekend alongside the CS:GO action at IEM Oakland 2017. ‘aAa’ took home first place and $60,000, with Tempo Storm and Ghost Gaming coming in second and third respectively. Considering the technical challenges involved in running a tournament with so many players on one server, the event ran without any major hiccup. Style of play is still a hot topic for fans, as some teams prefer to avoid conflict in order to survive to late game.
It’s been an eventful couple of days at the Perfect World Masters in Shanghai. Group stages are now complete and first to face the early flight home are LGD Gaming and SG E-Sports.
At the other end of the spectrum, Vici Gaming has dominated Group A, although LGD Forever Young is close behind. It was a much more level playing field in Group B, with Team Kinguin edging ahead of the rest of the group by one single point. Quarterfinals are underway ahead of the grand final this weekend.