With a top prize of $500,000 for the winning team, dwarfing the $150,000 available for the runner up, this is an event that all the teams will be desperate to do well in over five days of action from 5th July through to Sunday 10th July.
The competition is comprised of eight teams who have achieved Legend status and eight teams that have earned their right to earn themselves legendary status by earning a place in the event through a series of geographical qualifiers.
The teams in each bracket are:
- Legends – SK Gaming, Natus Vincere, Astralia, Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Fnatic, Counter Logic Gaming, Virtus.Pro
- Qualifiers – mouseports, FaZe Clan, OpTic Gaming, Gambit Gaming, Team EnVyUs, Team Dignitas, Flipsid3 Tactics, G2 Esports
The 16 teams have been drawn into four groups of four and they will play against each other in a round robin format within their groups to decide which two of the four teams in each group progress into the quarter final stage.
From this stage, the competition turns into a straight knockout with the winners of the quarters moving into the semis and those winners contesting the final. There is no losers bracket played.
Already through to the knockout phase from Groups A and B are Gambit Gaming and Natus Vincere who have both won their opening two games of the contest. The remaining games in Groups A & B plus the games in C and D will be played over the next couple of days and there is plenty of CSGO betting available on this event at Bet365 Sports.
Eight of Dota 2’s finest teams compete in Shanghai’s Nanyang Championship Season 2
This offline event offers a prize pool of $200,000 and sees four invited teams from China, Europe, America and South East Asia, plus four qualifiers from the same four geographic countries battle it out to claim the top prize of just over $100,000 for the winning team.
The four teams that earned a direct invitation to the event were Newbee (China), Evil Geniuses (America), Team Secret (Europe) and Fnatic (South East Asia). However due to several problems, only Newbee has kept their place in the event, with the other teams replaced by CDEC Youth, Vici Gaming Reborn and LGD Gaming.
They are joined by four teams that made it through a difficult and lengthy regional qualifying competition and those teams are Wings Gaming (China), Team Empire (Europe), Digital Chaos (America) and WarriorsGaming.Unity (South East Asia).
The competition starts at the Quarter Final stage with the eight teams drawn against each other at this stage. The winners progress onto the semi finals, with the two semi final winners contesting the winners final. The winner of this then goes on to the Grand Final.
The reason for this is because there is also a losers bracket which allows all teams competing a second chance to reach the final. All the losers at the quarter final stage and Semi Final stage drop into the losers bracket at various points to take on other losing teams. Win through here and you can still earn a place in the Grand Final. Lose and you are out.
The competition got under way on the 6th July and already CDEC Youth, Wings Gaming and LGD Gaming have secured places in the semi final with wins over Digital Chaos, Team Empire and WG Unity respectively. Those three losing teams will now drop into the losers round one for a second chance to get to the final.
The schedule of the Nanyang Championship Series 2 sees plenty of action across each day until the Grand Final is contested on the 10th July and you can expect to find plenty of top quality esports betting available at Bet365 Sport for these events.
League of Legends Championship Series 2016 update
In addition to the esports betting outlined above for CS:GO and Dota 2, Bet365 are also offering plenty of betting over the week on the current League of Legends Championship Series events that are taking place across the world in North America, Europe, Korea and China.
Currently in North America, Team SoloMid lead the race with a perfect 4-0 record amassing two wins from their two matches so far.
Three other League of Legends teams, Apex Gaming, Immortals and Team EnVyUs, also have 2-0 records, but all have dropped one leg in a match.
Echo Fox and Cloud 9 both have a 1-1 record with four teams (Counter Logic Gaming, NRG eSports, Phoenix1 and Team Liquid) yet to register a point.
In Europe, G2 Esports lead the way with the only 100% record of two wins from two matches so far. FC Schalke 04 and Fnatic both have won one and drawn one game, while Unicorns of love have won one match and lost one to lie fourth on three points. Four teams have drawn two games with two teams yet to record a win.
Meanwhile in Korea, three teams remain unbeaten, Samsung Galaxy, SK Telecom T1 and Jin Air Green Wings, although the two former teams have both won three games thus far, Jin Air just the two. They hold the top three spots in the table ahead of KT Rolster and Afreeca Freecs. So far only MVP and Longzhu Gaming are yet to get off the mark having lost their opening three and four match ups respectively.
The Chinese qualification system is slightly different in that there are two groups of six teams competing initially. So far, Edward Gaming in Group A and Royal Never Give Up in Group B lead the way with three wins apiece and five points.
This coming week sees a number of games in all four of these qualifying sections including some big match ups which will influence how things pan out at the top and bottom of the table. Check out the latest betting on a wide range of matches that are available to bet on now using our esports betting odds tracker.