This Week In eSports Betting Is A Huge One: PGL Dota 2 Pro-Am Final And CEVO 8 Group Stages Kicking Off

Published: Nov 4, 2015 - Last Updated: Jul 14, 2023

The big news this week comes from the League of Legends World Championships where the hot favourites for the event before it started, SK Telecom T1, proved their superiority over the other LoL World Championshipsteams in the League of Legends world, with a stunning 3-1 victory over KOO Tigers in the final.

That single game defeat to KOO was the only time that SK Telecom lost a map during the entire tournament, such was the comprehensive scale of their entirely dominant victory. With that win SK Telecom T1 became the first team to  win the title a second time.

KOO Tigers put up a spirited display, but despite a fine start in the opening crucial game, they couldn’t turn that into a win and with their best player having played, SK Telecom T1 then began to dominate.

The player of the tournament unsurprisingly came from the SK Telecom T1 team and was named as MaRin who excelled throughout the tournament and in the final, in that crucial opening match up.

Team SK Telecom T1 have set the bar very high in LoL eSport gaming, can any team come close to challenging their dominance over the coming months?

That remains to be seen, but now lets turn our attention to three other big eSports betting events that are taking place over the next few days and into next week, starting with the crucial final stages of the $50,000 Professional Gaming League Dota 2 Pro Am tournament.

PGL Dota 2 Pro-Am Finals kick start the weekend’s eSports betting action

This weekend is the final weekend of action in the three-month long PGL Dota 2 Pro-Am tournament. The final event started last weekend with the first batch of games and the competition will be played through to the finals on Sunday 8th November from Friday onwards.

The event pits eight amateur qualifiers against eight invited professional teams to see how the amateurs fare against the teams whose full time job it is to play eSports. It’s a novel idea and although the amateurs tend to be the underdogs, a shock was sprung in the very first game of the tournament.

Here amateur side Team Bad English sprung a shock against pro’s 4 Clover & Lepricon winning their match up 2-1 to progress to the quarter finals.

It wasn’t such good news for four other amateur teams in the other Dota 2 matches played last weekend, as the four pro teams of Team Empire, No Logic Gaming, London Conspiracy and Natus Vincere booked their place in the quarter finals with victories.

Betting will begin with the final three Round of 16 games which see STARK eSports taking on Walrus Punch!, CIS Rejects facing GOOMBA Gaming and lastly Arcade taking on ScaryFaceZ in the final opening round game.

The remaining matches in the quarter finals, semi final and of course the final will be played over the weekend until the competition is finished some point on Sunday 8th November. There should be plenty of top betting action available for this $50,000 prize tournament across a wide range of top eSports betting sites.

StarCraft II National Electronic Sports Open 2015 grips China this weekend

StarCraft2With much of this weekend’s attention (and eSports betting) focused on the 2015 WCS Global Finals, which reaches a climax in Anaheim, California this weekend – which will see arguably the best individual Starcraft 2 player crowned as the WCS Champion – there is another big SCII event that will be played out this weekend, this time in the glorious city of Shanghai, China.

This tournament is known as NESO 2015, which stands for National Electric Sports Open 2015, and it features the top SCII Chinese players battling out to earn the relatively modest top prize of $6,320 and the honour of being crowned the NESO 2015 Champion.

In 2014, it was player Jim who emerged as the winner, defeating fellow Invictus Gaming player MacSed 2-0 in the final, with Top earning third spot ahead of Zycart.

Only two of those players will return in the 2015 competition, with holder Jim back to defend his title and Zycart hoping to improve on his fourth place finish. Top did originally qualify for the tournament but forfeited his spot to leave 23 players competing in the initial group stage.

All players have been drawn into one of four groups, and only the top two players in each group will make it through to the playoff round. It’s a nervous time as each match in the group stage is a best of one match up meaning one mistake could prove vital.

The finals get underway on Thursday 5th November and are played to a finish by Sunday 8th November, so if you want to find some high quality SCII betting over the weekend, you have a choice of two outstanding tournaments to look at each at different ends of the globe.

CS:GO CEVO Season 8 LAN Finals get under way in Columbus, Ohio

If you are looking for some Counter Strike: Global Offensive betting action this weekend, then we can highly recommend the competition that will reach a climax in Columbus, Ohio over the weekend as after almost three months of gaming, the winner of the CEVO Season 8 Professional league will be announced.

The competition brought together the best teams in the European Union alongside the best in North America in two geographically-based qualifying sections. Three teams from Europe will make the trip to Columbus to take on the three qualifying American teams, plus two seeded teams over what promises to be a fantastic weekend of Counter Strike excellence.

The EU Qualifiers were Titan, Team Dignitas and HellRaisers, but HellRaisers pulled out and were replaced initially by G2 Esports, however then G2 Esports also had to pull out allowing mousesports to fill in.

The American teams consist of qualifiers Team Liquid, Luminosity Gaming and Conquest plus two seeded teams, as the Season 8 champion and Natus Vincere as the season 8 runner up.

Betting will start on the 6th November with the first games in the Group Stage. The eight teams have been drawn into two groups of four as follows:

  • Group A – Virtus Pro, Team Liquid, Team Dignitas, Conquest
  • Group B – Natus Vincere, Titan, Luminosity Gaming, mousesports

The group stages will be decided over Friday and into Saturday before the Semi Finals and Final take place on Sunday.

There will be a host of betting from the most respected eSports betting sites available on this Premier CS:GO event, which boasts a $40,000 first prize for the victorious team, as well as a coveted seeding spot in the Series 9 finals for the top two teams.

Ian John

Since: August 10, 2015

Ian is a regular contributor to EsportsBets. Ian is well-versed in the world of esports betting and casino gaming and has written extensively on the online gambling industry. Ian brings fresh insight into all facets of gaming.

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