There are six geographic qualification competitions. Open Qualifier 1 took place earlier this week. Each competition sees hundreds, if not thousands of teams competing in online, best-of-one clashes until they are whittled down in each qualifying section to one team.
The one or two best teams out of these Main Qualifiers (China and Southeast Asia have two qualifiers, while North America, South America, Europe, and CIS have one each) will take their place in the Kiev Major 2017. It’s one of the biggest prize pools in the history of esports: $3,000,000 up for grabs.
They will line up against eight teams that have already earned direct invites to the event based on their past performances. These teams are:
- Wings Gaming
- Ex-Ad Finem
- Team Liquid
- Evil Geniuses
- Digital Chaos
- Team VG.J
This stage of the tournament represents a chance for any team of Dota 2 players to battle other teams in their geographic location for a chance at the Main Qualifier.
With up to 1024 teams able to compete, the initial single elimination matches continue until the semifinals, where the matches will switch to best-of-three contests.
Although betting on these Open games is not available at Bet365, punters can still bet on which team will win the Kiev Major in a few months.
Evil Geniuses are the 7/2 favorites, ahead of OG and Team Liquid, which are both 4/1 shots. Check out all the latest esports betting odds on this event at Bet365.
Two unbeaten teams left at LoL Spring Split tournaments
The League of Legends Spring Split is reaching a crucial stage as we enter the last month of competition before the next tournament phase starts. There are already some intriguing situations developing in all of the five main qualifying competitions.
In North America, things are looking good for both Cloud9 and Team SoloMid. They sit atop their tables with 10-2 records, three points ahead of FlyQuest eSports and Phoenix 1 in third and fourth place.
The European qualification system has two groups. In Group A, G2 Esports is one of just two undefeated teams. At 8-0, they’re one game ahead of Misfits at 7-1. Things are tighter in Group B: H2K Gaming is just ahead of Unicorns of Love on leg difference, both with 6-2 records. Splyce is just one win behind at 5-3.
Most eyes are on the Korean section of the competition. World champions traditionally hail from here, and once again, it is current champs SK Telecom T1 leading the way with a 10-1 record. KT Rolster is second at 7-3, and Samsung Galaxy and MVP are both 7-4.
Punters can bet on many key games this week via Bet365. For example, in the LCK Spring Split (Korea), KT Rolster has two very winnable games against BBQ Olivers and ROX Tigers.
As Spring Spilt rolls on, people can also bet on a number of forthcoming fixtures. Visit Bet365 to take a look.
Don’t forget the great StarLadder i-League betting
Although the prize money on offer for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournaments isn’t quite on a par with bigger events for League of Legends and Dota 2, there’s plenty of CSGO action to follow and bet on each week.
This week is crucial for teams hoping to qualify for the StarLadder i-League Season 3.
Eight invited teams will be joined by three qualifiers from China (MVP Project, 5Power Club, and TyLoo), plus three from Europe and two from North America. They will compete in one of the most hotly contested CSGO tournaments of the year in Kiev, with a $300,000 prize pool on offer.
European and American qualifiers will be decided in the coming weeks. The tournament has moved from the league stage into the knockout stages, and the qualifying schedules become complex here.
In Europe, there are two qualifying sections, with one team qualifying from the first and two teams qualifying from the second. In North America, it is simply two qualifying sections, with one team from each earning their place in the main event in Kiev.
Bettors should keep their eyes peeled in the coming weeks. Bet365 will offer a wide range of bets throughout the knockout phase.