Well, it is all happening in the world of eSports at the moment with a host of top events either taking place or scheduled to start over the coming week. All four of the top eSports games – Dota 2, Starcraft 2, League of Legends and Counter Strike: Global Offensive – have at least one major event underway or set to start in the next seven days.
In this week’s preview of eSports betting action, we’ll bring you all the latest on four of the major events across each of the eSports named above that will dominate eSports betting sites for the next week or more.
Let’s begin with one of the most eagerly awaited Dota 2 tournaments of the year by taking a look at the forthcoming Nanyang Championships which is being hosted in Singapore.
Dota 2 Nanyang Championships set to kick off on 26th October
Ten of the best Dota 2 teams in the world will descend on Singapore for six days of top quality eSports gaming action as the Nanyang Championships get under way on Monday 26th October.
The ten teams have been split into two groups of five with the top two teams in each group being placed in the Winners Bracket in the knockout phase and the 3rd and 4th place teams in each group entering the Losers Bracket. The fifth place team in each group is eliminated.
There are four rounds of matches in the Losers bracket to decide which of the losing teams reaches the Grand Final, while winners bracket face a simpler path through to the final with just two rounds of matches to complete before the Grand Finalist is known.
The Groups have been decided and are as follows:
- Group A – CDEC Gaming, Virtus.pro, Team Liquid, Vici Gaming and Mineski
- Group B – Team Secret, Fnatic, LGD Taobao.cn, EHome and Digital Chaos
The action starts on the 26th October with the league section of the competition being played out over the first two days of action. The teams will then return on the 28th October and play through the Winner and Loser Brackets over the next three days before the Grand Final is played on the 1st November.
Early betting on the outright winner for this competition has been relatively even with Vici Gaming the current 3/1 favourites, though Team Secret (10/3), EHOME (15/4) and CDEC Gaming (5/1) are also all well backed. Mineski are the outsiders with the South East Asia qualifiers rated the competitions long shots at 30/1.
4 teams remain as League Of Legends Worlds reaches Semi Final stage
The first round of knockout games is over and we now know which of the four teams will be heading to the Expo in Brussels for the semi finals of the 2015 League of Legends World Championships.
London was fortunate to witness four superb quarter final clashes with Team SK Telecom 1 looking imperious in their match up with ahq E-Sports Club winning 3-0 to book their place in the semi final with relative ease. SK remain the hot favourites for the tournament and remain the only unbeaten team in the event.
They will face off in the semi finals against Origen as the Group D runner’s up performed well to defeat Group A winners Flash Wolves 3-1 in their semi final.
Fnatic booked their place in the semi’s with a comprehensive and somewhat surprisingly easy win over Edward Gaming while KOO Tigers produces a fine performance to defeat Group D winners KT Rolster 3-1 to earn the right to take on Fnatic in the second semi final.
As expected, the bookies are very hot on SK Telecom T1 right now with the crack Korean outfit 3/10 to win the Championship outright. You can get 4/1 on Fnatic, while KOO Tigers are now 10/1 shots and Origen 18/1 outsiders.
StarCraft 2 Kung Fu Cup sees 4 players in with a chance of the top prize
It’s been a busy week at the Starcraft 2 Kung Fu Cup Season 2 in this online event for individual Starcraft 2 players. Sixteen of the world’s best players competed in four group stages earlier this week to qualify for the knockout phase and we already know which four players will line up in the semi finals.
After the group stage had been completed, the quarter finals kicks into action with two surprising results based on group stage performances, in the first two quarter finals. In the first Stats, who finished second in Group B defeated runaway Group A winner soO 3-2 and in the second Trap ended up defeating Ukranian ace Bly 2-0 after a power outage meant Bly had to automatically forfeit the third and final game.
The other two quarter finals went to form as Life beat Parting 3-2 and then Zest defeated Stork 3-1 to set up a huge semi final clash between the two unbeaten individuals remaining in the tournament.
Stats will take on Trap and Life faces off against Zest on the 23rd October before the players get a few days rest before the final takes place on Monday 26th October.
DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca offers CS:GO gamers a betting bonanza from 28th October
One of Valve’s premier events of the year kicks off on the 28th October as 16 of the finest Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams convene in Cluj-Napoca, Romania to participate in the latest Dreamhack Open.
The sixteen competing teams, who qualified from a series of Dreamhack events across Europe earlier this year, have already been drawn into four groups. There will be a Group Stage in the competition, before a straight knockout phase between the eight teams that qualify from the Group Stage.
The draw for the Group stage has pitted the teams together as follows:
- Group A – Fnatic, Luminosity Gaming, Cloud9, Vexed Gaming
- Group B – Team SoloMid, G2 Esports, mousesports, Flipsid3 Tactics
- Group C – Virtus pro, Ninja’s in Pyjamas, Titan, Team Liquid
- Group D – Team EnVyUs, Natus Vincere, Counter Logic Gaming, Team Dignitas
The first matches in each group will all be played on the 28th October. The eight matches to be played on the 28th are: Fnatic v Vexed, Luminosity Gaming v Cloud 9, Team SoloMid v Flipsid3, G2 Esports v mousesports, Virtus Pro v Team Liquid, Ninjas in Pyjamas v Titan, Natus Vincere v Counter Logic Gaming and finally Team Envyus v Team Dignitas
Early bookmaker prices see Team EnVyUS, winner of the London 2015 Dreamhack event, as the 3/1 favourites, just ahead of Fnatic and Team SoloMid who are both 10/3 to be the outright winners. Virtus Pro are 6/1 shots with all other teams 14/1 or greater bar those four selections.