It may not be one of the biggest DOTA 2 tournaments in the world, nor does it feature some of the more familiar names from the world of eSports, but if you are looking for some fantastic esports betting opportunities this coming weekend then the DOTA2 Stars Arena event is well worth a closer look.
This is an online eight-team double elimination tournament with a total prize fund of $5,000 on offer, $3,000 for the winning team and $2,000 for the runner up.
It is a two-bracket event with the losers from the first round of quarter final matches dropping into the losers bracket, while the winners play through the semi final and then a final to decide one Grand Finalist.
In the losers bracket, each team that loses a match drops into the bracket at the relevant section until one qualifier from this bracket emerges and takes the second spot in the Grand Final which will be contested on Monday 14th March.
The eight teams that are competing in this only event include seven teams that were invited to participate, plus one that qualified of its own accord.
The seven invited teams were:
- Power Rangers
- Yellow Submarine
- Prodota Gaming Hellraisers
Team Bad English were the team that earned their place in the event through qualification.
The quarter final draw pitted RoX against Hellraisers with the former coming through that match 2-0 and moving into the Semi Final. There they will face qualifiers Team Bad English who defeated Prodota Gaming 2-1 to earn a spot in the semis.
COOKISS also earned a place in the semi final with a 2-1 win over Yellow Submarine. Power Rangers will take on Averia to decide the makeup of both the winners bracket semi finals and the losers bracket Round 1 matches.
Over the next few days, through until Monday 14th March, the teams will compete to narrow the field down to the final two teams who will compete in the Grand Final and take home the prize money between them.
You can bet on plenty of markets for this relatively minor DOTA2 tournament including the Match Winner, the Correct Map Score, Match Handicap, Total Maps Over/Under, To Win at Least 1 Map, Map 1 Winner 2- Way and Map 2 Winner 2-Way markets
In other DOTA2 News, the Shanghai Major came to a close last week and it was Team Secret that ended up celebrating the top prize of $1,110,000 after they defeated Team Liquid in the final. Both finalists actually lost Group Stage games to qualify in second place, but defeated each others conquerors in the knockout phase to qualify for the final.
Team Secret made it through the Winners bracket defeating OG, Evil Geniuses and Team Liquid to claim the final spot, while Team Liquid defeated Alliance and MVP Phoenix before losing in the Upper Bracket Final to Team Secret 2-0.
They then dropped into the Losers Bracket Final where they defeated Evil Geniuses 2-0, but in the final Team Secret proved too strong once again winning 3-1 to claim the first Valve Major Championship of 2016.
Plenty of top LoL eSports betting to enjoy with the Spring Split
If you’ve tuned in to this article over the past few weeks then you will already be well aware that the huge League of Legends 2016 Season Championship Series is well under way with the Spring Split and once again, there are a host of big League of Legends matches from around the world to enjoy with your choice of eSports betting site.
Highlights to look forward to in the betting markets this week from each of the qualification tournaments taking place across the globe include:
- LCS North America – Immortals face off against NRG eSports and Team Dignitas, while second place Counter Logic Gaming face Team Liquid and Echo Fox.
- LCS Europe – There’s a hug eclash between two of the leading 11-3 record teams with Team Vitality taking on G2 eSports while Fnatic face two crucial games against Team Vitality and Origen as they seek to push themselves into a qualifying spot.
- LCK Korea – Week Nine fixtures see some interesting clashes including the undefeated ROX Tigers taking on SBENU and Samsung Galaxy, while SK Telecom face a must win match up against Afreeca Freeks.
In addition to these matches, there is also a large number of games available to bet on from qualification matches in the Spring Series in China, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao and Brazil.
The Spring Series is reaching its final few weeks of games when the teams finishing in the qualification positions in each of the geographic qualifying tournaments will earn their spot in the playoffs, while the bottom 2 teams face a battle for survival in the summer promotion.
If you’re looking for in-depth betting predictions, we’ve got picks for the EU LCS as well as NA LCS eSports betting tips.
CEVO Season 9 Pro Europe Qualifiers offer CS:GO fans top betting
It is a busy time for Counter Strike:Global Offensive teams at the moment with a number of crucial tournaments taking place online with a view not just to winning tournaments, but also earning places in the finals later on in the year.
One such event taking place at the moment is the CEVO Season 9 qualifier in Europe, an online event, which will see one lucky team earn a place in the S9 Professional Finals later in the year.
Fifteen teams qualified for the event:
- FlipSid3 Tactics
- Lounge Gaming
- Team Dignitas
- Epsilon Sports
- ENCE eSports
- Torpedo Gaming
- PENTA Sports
- Team Empire
- Team Infused
- VwS Gaming
- FM eSports
- Team Preparation
One team was invited to participate, SK Gaming.
The tournament is a straight knockout competition with each match played out in a Best of Three format over different maps, with the team first to reach 16 in each Map, declared the winner of that map.
Five of the eight Round of 16 matches have already been contested with DenDD beating Publiclr.se 2-1 and HellRaisers defeating Team Empire by the same scoreline.
The other three matches ended in 2-0 victories for the winning team with Epsilon eSports, ENCE eSports and FlipSid3 Tactics earning their wins against Torpedo Gaming, PENTA Sports and Team Preparation respectively.
Over the next few days the remaining three Round of 16 matches (Team Dignitas v FM eSports, Lounge Gaming v Team Infused and SK Gaming v VwS Gaming) will be completed to finalise the eight teams making it through to the quarter finals.
You’ll be able to place bets on all the games remaining in this tournament at your choice of Sports betting company, though with the scheduling fluid, it is worth checking with your betting company each day to see if any matches are scheduled that you’d like to bet on.
You can also check our esports betting odds tracker for updated odds from Bet365 esports, Betway, 10bet, Unikrn, and others.