[toc]With less than a week to go until Christmas, the esports betting action is now officially very thin on the ground.
The World Cyber Arena and the Intel Extreme Masters were the last two major events of 2016 and both concluded this past week.
So, as much as we like to encourage the world of esports betting, for the next week or two it’s best to play your favourite games, crack open a drink and enjoy the holidays.
We’ll be back before the end of the year with a 2017 esports betting preview.
The world of esports this week
Since we’re essentially all out of events for the year and there’s little action to be had at any of our usual list of esports betting sites, we’ll jump straight into the summary of the past week’s action in the world of esports.
As you might have guessed, it’s essentially a rundown of the World Cyber Arena and Intel Extreme Masters games!
League of Legends
The year’s final League of Legends major at the World Cyber Arena in Gyeonggi, Korea, saw Samsung Galaxy pip Kongdoo Monster to the $50,000 first place prize, with Team Liquid and Immortals picking up joint bronze medal spots.
There was a lack of major Counter-Strike: Global Offensive action this week, but never fear – before the year is out, we’ll be giving you a chunky preview of 2017 esports betting and rest assured that CS:GO features heavily in that plan.
There was a double Dota 2 whammy in China this past week with victories in Yinchuan and Shenzhen for Invictus Gaming/iG Vitality and Evil Geniuses, respectively.
The former win came at the World Cyber Arena, while the latter was in the China Top 2016.
Heroes of the Storm
Besides the ongoing Gold Series League, which won’t wrap up until a week or two into 2017, there’s nothing to report on over in this neck of the esports woods.
The Intel Extreme Masters saw a whitewash victory for INnoVation over Stats, with a 4-0 victory clinching Lee Shin Hyung the $15,000 first prize.
This came alongside a win for ByuN in the World Cyber Arena, defeating Patience in the final.
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Another feature at the Intel Extreme Masters was Overwatch, with LW Red topping the table to take home $50,000 after beating Lunatic-Hai in the final best of five match.
Finally, Hearthstone fans managed to se some action as SilverName topped the list of World Cyber Arena competitors to win $87,200.