It looks like being a busy week in eSports betting as big competitions for StarCraft 2 and League of Legends reach an exciting climax.
Let’s take a look at what lies in store for the week ahead starting on Monday 31st August 2015.
League of Legends 2015 World Championship Regional Qualifiers and Regional Finals
As predicted, last week SK Telecom T1 confirmed their place in the League of Legends Summer World Championships in Europe this October as the winners of the Summer Qualification series in South Korea.
Having finished the summer playoffs, four teams from the Korean division, CJ Entus, Jin Air Green Wings, KT Rolster and NaJin e-mFire, will battle it out this week for the third and final qualification place alongside SK Telecom T1 and KOO Tigers in the Regional Finals.
It’s not just in Europe though that League of Legends action is heating up.
On Monday, Unicorns of Love will face off against either Origen or Team ROCCAT in the final of the European Regional Finals and on the same day Team Liquid from the United States will take on the winner of the Cloud 9 v Team Impulse clash to discover the third qualifier from the United States bracket of qualification.
Later this week, the two-day Chinese Regional Finals also get underway on the 4th September with Edward Gaming taking on Snake eSports and Qiao Gu Reapers facing off against Invictus Gaming.
The four teams will battle it out to see which two teams will qualify alongside LGD Gaming for the World Championship event.
The teams already confirmed for the 2015 World Championships from the lengthy qualification process over the summer from the six geographic qualification areas are as follows:
- China: LGD Gaming (+2 from Regional Finals)
- South Korea: SK Telecom T1, KOO Tigers (+1 from Regional Finals)
- Europe: Fnatic, H2k-Gaming (+1 from Regional Finals)
- North America: Counter Logic Gaming, Team SoloMid (+1 from Regional Finals)
- Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao: ahq e-Sports Club & Flash Wolves
- Wildcard Tournament in Turkey: Bangkok Titans
- Wildcard Tournament in Chile: to be played on 5th September
The 2015 LoL World Championship will take place at four venues across Europe throughout October starting at the Le Dock Pullman in Paris, France before moving on to the SSE Arena Wembley, London, England.
The third week sees the cream of LoL eSports head to the Brussels Expo in Belgium before the finals will be held at the Mercedes Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany.
So with a host of key LoL matchups coming up across North America, Europe, South Korea and China over the coming week, there is sure to be plenty of top quality eSports betting available on our most popular eSports betting sites.
Check out the latest bets available from Betway, 888 Sports, Bet365 Sport, 10 Bet, and Paddy Power for a solid list of bookmakers available in the UK that offer excellent eSports betting.
If you are based outside of the UK, then you could also check out Unikrn and Pinnacle Sports as both of these companies also offer a high quality eSports betting service.
While many eSports fans will be glued to their stream to watch the outcome of these matches, there is also plenty of top eSports action going to be available early on in the week, specifically for StarCraft 2 with two major events on the horizon.
StarCraft 2 MSI Masters Gaming Arena 2015 and SK Telecom Proleague
First up this week, and you’ll have to be super quick to catch it, is the two-day MSI Masters Gaming Arena 2015 event, which is being held in Seattle, Washington.
A total of 16 teams, 10 qualifiers from Europe, America, South Korea, China and Japan, Taiwan, Oceania plus six specially invited teams have convened in the northwest of the United States to battle it out over two days to be crowned MSI Masters Gaming Arena champion for 2015.
The 16 teams that have qualified will play each other once in the group stage with the top two teams in each group going through to Monday’s quarter finals, with the semi final and final all being played later that same day.
Group A seems team Hydra take on MacSed, INnoVation face off against Has, while in Group B PartinG takes on Ian, while HyuN take on FireCake.
Group C sees sOS face TooDming and Solar face off against Harstem, while in Group D, the first two games see Polt take on violet and Jaedong face off against Petraeus.
Additional match ups in each group will be decided by the outcome of the first games.
The good news is that there is further StarCraft 2 betting likely to be available with the seventh and final phase of matches in the 2015 SK Telecom Proleague taking place.
Not content with being masters of League of Legends in South Korea, SK Telecom T1’s StarCraft 2 team are leading the standings heading into the final week but they face a tough task against the team that are second in the table CJ Entus.
Other key match ups for teams desperate to make the four play off places available see MVP take on Jin Air Green Wings, SBENU face off against the only team eliminated from the competition, Prime and lastly, Samsung Galaxy face off against KT Rolster.
So far only SK Telecom T1 (5-1) have confirmed their place in the play off finals, with CJ Entus and Samsung Galaxy each almost qualified with a 4-2 record. However KT Roster, MVP (both 3-3) and even Jin Air Greenwings (2-4) could still make it if results go their way in what is proving to be a very tight contest.
The final league games take place on the 31st August and 1st September and will wrap up the fourth round of qualifiers before teams head off to the playoffs.
As always, you can get lots of great StarCraft 2 betting at Bet365 Sport, 10 Bet, Pinnacle Sports, Betway, Ladbrokes, William Hill, 888 Sport and Paddy Power, while you can also get specialist eSports betting markets at Unikrn.