It’s another big week of eSports betting action ahead with a number of key events across a number of different games.
The League of Legends World Championships is dominating the betting market at present but the SK Proleague Final is another huge game while the CS:GO World Championships are also a very noteworthy event.
We’ll bring you a preview of the key action coming up this week in all of these events below.
League of Legends World Championships 2015 – Week 2
After a fantastic first week of action, the second phase of group games in the Riot Games World Championships is now underway at Le Dock Pullman, Paris France as the 16 best League of Legends teams in the world fight it out to be crowned the 2015 World Champions.
We already know the names of the two teams that have qualified for the next stage of the competition in London from Group A as Flash Wolves and KOO Tigers both confirmed their place in the knockout stage with a 4-win and 2-defeat record from the group stage.
Things were very tight in the group heading into the final day of fixtures on Thursday with all teams in with a shout of progressive but two victories for KOO Tigers in their opening two games put them through and when Flash Wolves defeated Counter Logic Gaming in the fourth match, they too were all but assured of a place in the final.
They then went on to defeat KOO Tigers in their final game to claim top spot in the group, with Counter Logic Gaming 3rd and Pain Gaming fourth.
Today (9th) sees Group C come to a close with SK Telecom T1 in the driving seat after winning their opening three games and a win over Edward Gaming in the opening match would secure them a place in the knockout phase. H2K could challenge Edward Gaming for the 2nd knockout spot, but much will depend on the clash between the two teams in the penultimate game.
On Saturday, Group D will play to a close with team Origen in pole position with three wins from three. KT Rolster lie second with two wins, while Team SoloMid will be hoping to overcome that one loss deficit on the final day.
On Sunday, the focus turns to Group B where one win for Cloud 9 will put them into the knockout phase after winning all three of their opening games. All the other teams in Group B, Fnatic, Invictus Gaming and ahq e-Sports Club have won one game apiece and so the competition for the second qualifying spot is sure to be fierce.
The eight qualifiers will then move from Paris to London for the beginning of the knockout phase, coming up next weekend, which we will bring you a preview of.
Starcraft 2 SK Proleague playoff final promises to be a classic
After many months of playing, four rounds (each with their own playoffs) and a final playoffs, the Starcraft 2 2015 SK Telecom Proleague is now at the final point.
Two teams out of all those competing over the past few months remain as favourites SK Telecom T1 take on Jin Air Green Wings for the title of the overall 2015 Proleague Champion.
It’s been a real battle through the event for Jin Air Green Wings. Seeded fourth in the playoffs and the only team in the playoffs not to have won one of the preceding four rounds, many people assumed they would be the outsiders to progress.
However, the team made light work of their two opponents on the way towards Saturday’s big final, defeating KT Rolster 4-1 and 4-3 and then defeating the Round 4 champions CJ Entus 4-3 and 4-2 to earn their place in the final against top seeds SK Telecom T1.
The teams have met several times throughout each of the four rounds, four times in the Round-Robin league format and twice in the playoff finals of the championship and this is how the results have gone:
League result: SK Telecom T1 3-2 Jin Air Green Wings
Playoff final: SK Telecom 4-2 Jin Air Green Wings
League result: SK Telecom 1-3 Jin Air Green Wings
League result: SK Telecom 3-0 Jin Air Green Wings
Playoff final: SK Telecom 4-3 Jin Air Green Wings
League result: SK Telecom 3-0 Jin Air Green Wings
What this shows us is that in the head to head, SK Telecom lead Jin Air Green Wings by 5 wins to 1 over the course of the season and they have won 18 individual matches within those games to Jin Air Green Wings 10.
It is relatively clear then why SK Telecom T1 are the clear favourites for the overall win, however Jin Air Green Wings have shown that they enjoy the battle of the playoffs more so than the Round Robin stage. With one victory over SK Telecom in the league already, plus several close call games in the playoff stages, this result is not a foregone conclusion.
The six individual matchups for each game in the final have been announced and you can bet on both the overall match winner out of the two teams, as well as each individual player game, plus (if required) the ace match up, at sites like Bet365 Sport right now.
Counter Striker:GO: The World Championships 2015
The 16-team World Championships got under way last week in Belgrade and immediately there was a problem when the Portuguese team were unable to make the trip to Serbia on such short notice. As a result, they withdrew from the competition, meaning Group B was down to three teams.
Results this week have seen Germany and Sweden qualify from Group A (eliminating Indonesia and the hosts Serbia in the process) while in the shortened Group B, Russia and Kyrgyzstan made the knockout phase eliminating Tunisia in the process.
The games in Groups C and D will be played today (9th October) confirming which four out of the eight remaining teams in the competition will progress into the finals, with France looking strong contenders having racked up a solid 16-4 win over the USA in the opening Group C game.