There are two big Counter Strike:Global Offensive tournaments over the next seven days, and we’ll take a look at the later starting event below.
But first, let’s begin with an event kicking off on the 10th December and running through until Sunday 13th December in Burbank, California, the ESL ESEA Pro League Season 2 Finals.
This $250,000 event has a top prize of $100,000 available for the winner, with even the third and fourth placed prizes being a whopping $25,000. As a result, this premier level competition has attracted eight of the best CS:GO teams from across the globe to battle it out in Burbank.
The teams are a mix of teams from Europe and North America and each of the teams has been drawn into one of two groups:
- Group A: Team Liquid, Fnatic, Conquest and Team EnVyUs
- Group B: ?, Luminosity Gaming, Natus Vincere and Counter Logic Gaming
The ? isn’t a misprint.
This is the new team that has been formed since the disbanding of the former Team SoloMid and ? as they are now known will replace Team SoloMid in this event. In essence, this is only a name change as all the players from Team SoloMid have joined up to form the new team.
Teams will compete against each other in the group stages before the top two teams in each group move forward into the playoffs. There’s no losers bracket stage here; it is simply a straight knockout between the two semi finals (played Saturday) to decide who goes into the final on Sunday and who will win the top prize.
There will be plenty of top betting action on this event in particular over the weekend, so do tune in to your choice of eSports betting bookmaker to enjoy a flutter on the markets available.
Seven days of CS:GO action to enjoy
This week sees the start of the ELEAGUE Road to Vegas, with several qualifier events scheduled across North America and Europe, with the aim of deciding which two teams will contest the finals, with the prize of $50,000 and a seeding in the forthcoming ELEAGUE Season 1 event.
The action begins on Saturday 12th December with the first two qualifiers taking place in Europe and North America. Sixteen, as yet unknown, teams will compete across the day with the top team from the qualifier earning a place in their regional Closed Qualifier.
Then on Sunday 13th December, a second regional qualifier will take place with another 16 teams battling it out to claim another spot in the closed qualifier. By the end of Sunday, we will know the identities of the two teams that have qualified for each of the North American and European Closed Qualifier events.
The Closed Qualifier events will feature six invited teams from Europe and six from North America to compete against each of the two qualifiers, with the top ranked team from each of these competitions (which will run from the 15th to the 18th December) earning a place in the Road to Vegas Finals.
Just one team from each of the Closed Qualifier events will earn a place in the finals in Las Vegas, which will take place on the 7th January 2016 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
The prize up for grabs is $50,000 cash and a seed in the new ELEAGUE season 1 event.
Details as yet are sketchy as to which teams will be competing in the event, so do check back with your preferred sports book to get the latest eSports betting on this big event later this week.
Team Fire and Team Ice collided this weekend in LoL All Star Los Angeles 2015
Americans are very fond of their ‘All-Star’ games as the number of similar themed match ups in Baseball, Basketball and even the NFL Pro bowl clearly show.
Fifteen of the best players from all over the world have been divided up into two teams – Team Ice and Team Fire – to compete over a number of team and individual matches across this coming weekend.
- 5×5 tournament team games.
- Fun matches decided by fan opinion polls (this includes singles games as well as doubles matches).
- 1v1 Player Tournament featuring all players in the event.
The games will be played over four days of action starting on the 10th December with players battling against members of the opposite team in each of the different types of matches in order to try and earn their team points.
At the end of the tournament on Sunday 13th, the team with the most points will be declared as the winner.
With so many different matches across the four days of competition, there will be a huge number of betting markets available for eSports betting enthusiasts to enjoy a wager on, so if you are a huge fan of League of Legends, then this is most definitely one tournament you should be tuning into this weekend.
Starcraft 2 NationWars III – 2 more groups play to completion this weekend
Last weekend, the first two groups of the Starcraft 2 NationWars III event were played to a conclusion.
The first Group saw Norway, Ukraine, China and Taiwan face off and it was Ukraine and China that progressed from the group.
Ukraine were unbeaten in their two matches, while China defeated Taiwan, lost to Ukraine but then came through the loser’s final with Norway in order to clinch their spot in the Grand Final.
The second group of last weekend saw Sweden, Poland, France and Australia battle it out with Poland and France progressing into the Grand Finals with relative ease. Both teams won their opening matches (against Sweden and Australia respectively) 4-0, before Poland defeated France 4-2 in the Winners Final.
France then beat Sweden 4-1 in the loser’s final to progress alongside the Poles.
This weekend will see the final two groups contested and first up will be Group Mexico, with Mexico facing Canada and Denmark taking on Holland in the first two games of the group. The five games in this group will be played to a conclusion over the 10th and 11th December inclusive.
A day later the teams in the final Group, Group Korea, will face off with South Korea taking on New Zealand in the opening match followed by Germany’s battle with Finland. The games will conclude on the 13th December after which we will know which eight teams will take their place in the playoffs, which will start online on January 2nd 2016.
There is a prize pool of $15,000 for the event and each country is comprised of a team of three players. The prize pool will be swelled by 40 percent of the donations made throughout the tournament on the live streams of the game both in France and England.
The Semi Final and Final will be played over LAN at L’Olympia in Paris starting on the 13th January 2016.