One of the great things about eSports betting is that from time to time, there can be a big upset.
Just like Japan beating South Africa in the Rugby World Cup this past weekend, there was a huge surprise last weekend in the final of Round 4 of the Starcraft 2 SK Telecom Proleague, when the hot favourites SK Telecom T1 were surprisingly beaten 4-2 in the final by KT Rolster.
That result means that SK Telecom won Round 1 and Round 3 of the competition, with CJ Entus winning Round 2 and now KT Rolster the somewhat surprising winners of Round 4.
Those three teams, along with the fourth qualifiers Jin Air Green Wings will this week compete in the final playoffs for the competition to decide the overall winner.
SK Telecom Proleague Playoffs – Round 1 – Best of three match up
The first round of games are played Monday and see third seeds KT Rolster take on Jin Air Green Wings. In the playoffs, each of the six members of the team will play over a series of six maps (Echo, Iron Fortress, Cactus Valley, Vaani Research Station, Terraform and Coda). If no team has won the four games to clinch victory after these six matches are completed, a final Ace Match to decide the winner will be played between a nominated player from each team.
The good news for each team however is that unlike the previous rounds, if a team wins four legs, they do not automatically progress to the next round. The Playoffs are best of three matches with up to seven games in each match. A team needs to win two of the three matches in order to progress to the semi finals.
The first three matches between KT Rolster and Jin Air Green Wings will take place Monday, Tuesday and, if required, Wednesday this week (21st to the 23rd September), with the winner progressing to face CJ Entus in next week’s Semi Final clash over a similar format.
Then a week after the Semi Finals, we will know who will take on the number 1 seeds SK Telecom T1 in the massive Playoff final scheduled for the 10th October.
Of course, you’ll find all the top betting on the culmination of this very long and hard-fought StarCraft2 competition at the likes of Pinnacle Sports, Bet365 Sport, Betway, 10 Bet, Ladbrokes, William Hill and more.
DOTA 2 BTS Series Americas #2 Semi Finals and Final
Last week 16 of the best North, Central and South American-based DOTA 2 teams convened online to compete in the BTS Series America #2 tournament.
Unlike other events, which tend to have a league format, this tournament was a straight knockout through each round, starting at the Round of 16.
Over the past week or so the 16 teams have slowly been whittled down to the eight Quarter Finalists, three of these games are scheduled to be played on Sunday 20th (Cloud9 v ROOT Gaming, complexity v Void Boys and Team Imagine v Wizards&Priests) with the fourth quarter final between Team Unknown and FIRE taking place on Monday 21st September.
Following the four quarter finals, the four winning teams will contest the semi finals on Tuesday 22nd September, with the Final scheduled for Wednesday 23rd September.
The winners of this will het an invitation to comptete in the $100,000+ DOTA 2 The Summit 4 event later in the year, so it is a prize well worth taking, even though it is a relatively minor competition.
Nanyang Dota 2 Championships – Chinese & European Qualifiers
If you like DOTA 2 betting, then you’ll be spoilt for choice this week as not only do you have the BTS Series Americas #2 event outlined above to bet on in the early part of the week, but the Nanyang Dota 2 Championship regional qualifiers really get into across the week.
With the America qualifier already won by Cloud9 Gaming, they will join six invited teams, Team Secret, Virtus.pro, Fnatic, LGD Taobao.cn, CDEC Gaming and Vici Gaming in Singapore for this massive $200,000 event, scheduled to start on the 26th October.
Before that however, three other qualifiers need to be decided, one from China, one from Europe and one from South East Asia and this week, the names of two of those qualification places will be known.
First up from Monday to Wednesday, the winner of the Chinese qualifier will be known. After a ten team league stage, eight teams made it into the quarter finals and the competition will progress over Monday and Tuesday in both the Winners and Losers bracket to see which two teams will compete in Wednesday’s final and earn the Chinese qualification spot.
Then as soon as the Chinese qualifier is known, things swing into action across the globe in Europe where eight teams; Team Empire, 5Jungz, Vega Squadron, Ninjas in Pyjamas, (monkey) Business, Monkey Freedom Fighters, Alliance and Natus Vincere will compete to win the European qualification spot.
The action kicks off on Thursday 24th September with the four quarter finals and continues with the Losers bracket and the Winners Semi Final and Final before the Grand Final is played on the 30th September.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive DreamHack Stockholm
Sixteen of the best CS:GO teams will convene in Stockholm, the bottom eight teams from ESL One: Cologne 2015 and the 8 qualified teams from Europe, North America and Asia, to fight for a place in the next CS:GO major eSports event, DreamHack Cluj-Napoca 2015
The prizes are clear. The top eight teams will make it through to the huge event in Cluj, with a chance to earn a share of a huge $250,000 in prize money plus the chance to earn the coveted Legend status, awarded to the best eight teams in the Cluj-Napoca event each year.
This year’s Legends already confirmed their place in the Cluj-Napoca final are Fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.pro, Luminosity Gaming, Natus Vincere, Team EnVyUs, Team SoloMid and Gamers2.
Eight teams from sixteen qualifiers in Stockholm will join them at the end of October, beginning of November to see who earns legendary status.
The 16 qualifiers are from worldwide: Cloud 9, Counte Logic Gaming, Vexed Gaming, Flipsid3 Tactics, Team Immunity, mousesports, Renegades, Titan, Copenhagen Wolves, HellRaisers, Lounge Gaming, Team Dignitas, MIXCAT, Mythic, Team Liquid and SkyRed.
The action kicks off Tuesday 22nd September with the Group Stages starting. Each of the four groups will be contested to completion from Tuesday to Friday during the week and the playoff events will all take place on Saturday 25th September.
As you can see, with so many big eSports events coming up there’s going to be plenty of top betting available across the sites. So get your cash ready to enjoy what promises to be a top week of eSports betting.