- FaZe wins the ELEAGUE Premier 2017 and half of the $1 million prize pool.
- The LoL World Championship progresses into the quarterfinals with eight teams remaining.
- In Dota 2, the PGL Open Bucharest takes place this week ahead of ESL One Major Hamburg the following week.
Where to bet on esports
Esports bettors will definitely want to check out Bet365 this week if looking to bet on lesser known esports and tournaments.
This bookmaker has been one of the few esports-only betting sites to host odds for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Heroes Of The Storm and King of Glory. Bet365 also has also competitive odds for the major esports such as CS:GO, Dota 2 and League of Legends.
Betway is one of the best traditional bookmakers for esports. Although it features just four esports this week (CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL and StarCraft 2), it has plenty of odds available for each title. As an example, each of the LoL Worlds fixtures has 27 different bet types available.
As well as having odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, StarCraft 2 and LoL, SkyBet is also listing odds for King of Glory and Overwatch this week. It’s refreshing to see KoG and Overwatch odds listed on any site, considering KoG struggles to attract much attention in the west, and Overwatch is slowly losing momentum.
Pinnacle has kept up its pace of having a full calendar of esports odds to choose from. With some of the best odds around, you’ll find betting markets for titles such as CS:GO, Dota 2, Rocket League, StarCraft 2, Broodwar and Warcraft 3. It’s also got a handy section for new esports markets, where you can find odds for the latest esports events.
At Unikrn this week, you’ll find odds for CS:GO, LoL, Dota 2 and StarCraft 2. Not only does Unikrn have a great range of free bets for new and existing customers, but it also runs a great esports community via its Discord channel. Betway does a similar thing, so it’s worth joining both rooms if you want to stay in the loop with the sites.
There are many reasons why Betspawn is one of the best esports betting sites, but this week its range of esports really stands out. It is one of the only betting sites to list odds for World of Tanks as well as having plenty of other titles to browse through.
Fans of LoL will be impressed with the range of bets available for the Worlds, and SK Telecom T1 fans will be happy to know they are still available to win the tournament at odds of 2.50.
GG.bet has had a facelift since we had a browse through it last week. It seems as if the site is now much easier to use on mobile devices and generally works very well on desktop too.
Along with the visual revamp, it has listed a few more esports than previously. Currently available on the site are odds for CS:GO, Dota 2, LoL, Overwatch and StarCraft 2. With Twitch streams embedded on to any available live matches, it makes the site a great choice for live betting.
Unibet has a good choice of esport titles to bet on but unfortunately lacks choice of betting markets. Take the LoL Worlds for example. You are only able to bet on the match winner and handicap winner markets. It would be nice to see more betting options available for such a big tournament.
This week in esports events
With one of the biggest CS:GO tournaments of the year now in the books, all attention draws to the LoL Worlds and the ever-evolving Dota 2 pro season.
After an intense fight against Astralis, FaZe took home $500,000 in prize money and first place at ELEAGUE Premier 2017.
It all started so well for Astralis on the first map, Cache. By the first half, Astralis were up 12:3 on the Terrorist side. Any attempt by FaZe to gain momentum was quickly shut down by the Danish squad, who forced up nearly every round that they were low on cash.
The second half was a completely different picture. Astralis only managed to secure two round wins, which led to FaZe taking 14 rounds and the first map of the Bo3 series.
Next up was Overpass, which also happened to be Astralis’ map pick. Unfortunately for them, FaZe didn’t show any signs of weakness on the map and took the first half with ease (12:3 to FaZe). After both teams won another four rounds each, the map and the first place prize was won by FaZe with a final score of 16:7. This result came just weeks after FaZe won ESL One New York in a grand final against Team Liquid.
Later on this week will see eight teams — including the likes of Cloud9, Mousesports and NRG — compete for $100,000 at the DreamHack Open Denver 2017.
League of Legends
Eight teams remain in the LoL 2017 World Championship. The likes of Team SoloMid, G2 Esports and EDward Gaming are now out of the competition.
Starting Thursday, there will be four more quarterfinal matches across four days. Playing against Misfits on Friday, SK Telecom T1 is still the favorite at odds of 2.50 with most major bookmakers.
Arguably the most disappointing team was 1907 Fenerbahçe, which found itself without a single win throughout the initial stages of the tournament. Longzhu Gaming on the other hand, placed top of Group B with an incredible 6-0 record.
With ESL One Hamburg just around the corner, the Dota 2 pro scene is busy as ever with the PGL Open Bucharest taking place this week.
Starting on Thursday and with 300 Pro Circuit Points to play for, the minor tournament will be a great opportunity to see how teams perform ahead of next week’s major in Hamburg. Eight teams will compete in Bucharest for $300,000.
Only two teams gained entry to the event via direct invites: Evil Geniuses and LGD Gaming. Immortals, Infamous, Team Secret, Natus Vincere, Mineski and VGJ.Thunder all fought for their entries via their respective regional qualifiers.