Instead of pitting teams against each other, this interesting new event sees a number of different matches where players from different teams will be put together: representing two teams, Team Ice and Team Fire.
LoL All-Star event format
The teams are assembled based on a number of factors, including fan votes, to compete in a variety of matches during the weekend.
In addition to two main all-star teams, Team Fire and Team Ice, there are a number of other one-on-one matches to see who is the best individual player in the world.
There will also be representative teams from all the major League of Legends World Championship qualifier series, including the European and North American LCS teams, LPL All-Stars, IWC All Stars, and LCK and LMS All-Stars.
The All-Star event takes place in Barcelona and pits fan favorites against a number of all-star teams to create a unique and global event that incorporates some of the less-frequently-played game modes.
Fire and Ice are made up of individuals from a wide range of geographical regions based on their performances at the World Championships. Team Fire was drawn from LCK, IWC, and NA LCS qualifiers, while Team Ice was from LPL, EU LCS, and LMS.
Across the different tournaments, players will represent their team across a series of challenges and earn points for their team. Available points depend on the relative importance and difficulty of the game.
Regional matches see 100 points per win, “fun game” modes 50 points per win, and in the one-on-one tournament, an individual player could contribute 250 points to their team total if he or she wins the event.
Of course, such a big event involving some of the top players in the world means that there will be plenty of interest in the betting markets. Bet365 is running plenty of esports betting markets during the four days of action, from Thursday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 11.
There’s a huge number of matches to bet in the Match Winner 2-way market, featuring both individual and team events, including many that will take just a few minutes to run to completion. This ensures there will be plenty of opportunities to bet on different games.
Bet365 is also offering a wide range of other bets, including many different contextual game event bets, such as the team to draw first blood, the first team to get 10 kills — both on Map 1.
Punters can also bet on the team with the most kills, the team to destroy the first tower, the first team to slay a dragon, the first to slay a baron, and also the first to kill an inhibitor.
Currently, Bet365 has the Korean-inspired Team Fire as the red-hot favourites to win the event overall with esports betting odds at 1/8, with Team Ice the outsiders at 9/2.
The Boston Major reaches exciting conclusion this weekend
After a momentous week, with more than a few upsets, the group stages of the $3,000,000 Dota 2 Boston Major have been completed.
There were a fair few shocks and some familiar faces struggling to find their form in this opening round of competition.
With no teams eliminated in the group stage, and only future seeding at stake for the 16 teams, finding their top form perhaps wasn’t as important as it will be in the knockout phase.
This is the first Dota 2 Major without a double elimination bracket, meaning one loss and teams are gone.
Group A saw something of a surprise: The pre-tournament favourites, Wings Gaming, only managed to come through the group stage in second place.
They were topped by Digital Chaos, which earned top billing in the group and were the best performers in the opening phase overall — along with Virtus.pro and LGD Gaming, which who won Groups B and C respectively.
OG won Group D, but had a 4-2 leg record compared to the 4-0 record of the other three group winners. Following 20 action packed games, the layout of the knockout phase was revealed.
Bet365 has ranked the chances of each of the teams in the Match Winner 2-way market as outlined below:
- Virtus.pro (1/12) vs. iG Vitality (13/2)
- Evil Geniuses (6/4) vs. Wings Gaming (1/2)
- compLexity (4/6) vs. WG.Unity (11/10)
- OG (1/5) vs. MVP Phoenix (10/3)
- Digital Chaos (1/4) vs. Team Faceless (11/4)
- EHOME (4/6) vs. Team NP (11/10)
- Ad Finem (11/4) vs. Newbee (1/4)
- LGD Gaming (2/7) vs. LGD ForeverYoung (5/2)
This is not the only betting market with Bet365 this weekend: There are 23 in total from which to pick. However, most interest is likely to be in the To Win Outright market, and it’s changed since the opening betting.
Virtus.Pro, on the back of some excellent performances in the group stage are the new 11/5 favourites to win the event outright, with the former favourites Wings Gaming now a 4/1 shot. Newbee are 9/2, with OG at 7/1, and LGD Gaming as a 9/1 shot.
Outside of these teams, the odds increase markedly with Digital Chaos and Evil Geniuses both at 14/1, EHOME at 20/1, Ad Finem at 50/1, and compLexity at 66/1.
The rank outsiders include Team NP and Team Faceless, both as 100/1 shots, LGD ForeverYoung at 150/1, IG Vitality and WG Unity at 200/1, and the true outsider remains MVP Phoenix at 500/1.
Remember to check out the In Play esports betting options this weekend at Bet365 alongside all the usual betting opportunities available.
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