If you are a soccer fan, you will be aware of competitions such as the Community Shield, the traditional curtain raiser to the English Premier League season, which pits the winners of last years Premier League title against the FA Cup Winners.
Similarly, the European Super Cup sees the winners of the previous seasons Champions League take on the winners of the Europa League.
Although perhaps not as prestigious as the tournaments that saw the teams qualify for these finals, they are nonetheless a prestige event to take part in. Now the world of esports and in particular, StarCraft II, is following that lead with this weekend’s forthcoming 2016 WCS Korea Season 2 Cross Finals.
Inside the WCS Korea Season 2 Cross Finals
This event is a special event which only the very best of the best can qualify for.
Qualification is simple: The best two players from the Global StarCraft League Season 2 will be pitted against the two best players from the StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2 over one intense day of competition.
The qualifiers this year are, unsurprisingly all Korean aces and there are some very familiar names in the line up.
The SSL qualifiers are both Zerg players Dark (of SK Telecom T1) and Solar (of Samsung Galaxy) while the GSL qualifiers include Protoss player sOS (of Jin Air Green Wings) and SCII legend and Terran player ByuN (who is currently not signed to any SCII team).
The competition, is a very simple format with just four players.
ByuN will be taking on Dark and Solar will face sOS each in a best of five semi final match up. The winners of these matches will then contest the final (which is also a best of five match).
With 1,000 WCS KR pts up for grabs, plus $17,160 on offer for the winner (considerably more than the $4,290 on offer for second spot), there is plenty of incentive for all four players to show their best form this coming Sunday.
However, in addition to the main competition, there will also be contested a 2v2 player Archon Showmatch which will pit Dark and Solar from the SSL against ByuN and sOS from the GSL to decide the winner.
Bet365 is already offering esports betting odds on which of the two semi finals will be won with the company reckoning the clash between Solar and sOs will be a hugely tight affair. The esports bookmaker can’t split the two players and both are 5/6 shots to win this match and advance to the final.
After his stunning victory in the 2016 GLS Season 2 Finals – the first time ever a team-less player has reached the final of a premier Korean league and won it – ByuN is the hot favourite to win the second semi final against Dark.
The GSL player is, at time of writing, a 1/2 shot to win the match, with Dark being the 6/4 outsider.
The action takes place on Sunday 25th September for one day only so make sure you are tuned in to enjoy all the betting on this big SCII event.
China’s Dota 2 Pro League Season 2 kicks up a notch
With a prize pool of $900,000 (the majority of which goes to the top division competitors), the Dota 2 Professional League is China’s first-ever large scale individual esports league competition.
The tournament features two divisions of ten teams, a top division (featuring the best teams) and the secondary league (featuring teams who want to break into the top division).
Action in the secondary league has already got underway with some interesting results. All matches in the tournament are best of two events, so it is possible for teams to draw a match up.
So far, five of the eight matches have ended in a draw with FTD club A leading the way being the only team to have won both their secondary league matches thus far.
However from Friday 23rd September through to Sunday 25th September, the first round of games in the top league will take place. This league features some of the more recognisable teams from the DOTA 2 esports community:
- LGD Gaming
- Vici Gaming
- Wings Gaming
- iG Vitality
- FTD club C
- CDEC Gaming
- Invictus Gaming
- LGD Forever Young
The event is a league format only, which means that once the teams have played each other once, the final league table will be decided and the top three teams in the table from the top division will earn their share of the $800,000 prize pool for top division teams (secondary division teams will compete for $100,000).
Match winner betting is available on both the top division and secondary division matches at Bet365 over the coming weeks, with the tournament expected to run through the 31st December.[show-table name=cta-alphadraft region=US] [show-table name=cta-betway region=ROW]
Four top talents clash in this weekend’s CS:GO GFinity Invitational
British-based CS:GO fans will be heading in their droves this weekend to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham to witness four of the best CS:GO teams compete in the prestigious CS:GO GFinity Invitational with a prize pool of $100,000 up for grabs.
Starting on Friday 23rd September and running through until Sunday 25th September, Bet365 will be offering a number of betting markets on each of the matches in this three-day event.
Each day sees one match taking place, with the first semi final on Friday, the second Saturday, and the final taking place on Sunday.
The draw has pitted Team EnVyUs against Epsilion eSports, while GODSENT will take on mousesports in Saturday’s semi final.
Bet365 currently have Team EnVyUs as the massive 1/10 favourites to win their clash with Epsilon eSports, while the second semi final on Saturday looks a much closer run event with both mousesports and GODSENT being priced up as 5/6 shots for the match.
Bet365 are also offering a number of other betting markets on this big event in the UK with the ability to bet on which team will win each of the three maps they will contest, what the correct map score will be, as well as an outright market.
Team EnVyUs are the current favourites to win outright at 11/8 with GODSENT and mousesports both 2/1 shots and Epsilon eSports the massive 40/1 outsiders.