With the final games in Riot Games League of Legends Spring Series completed last week, it is now known who the six teams competing in the 2016 Mid-Season Invitational will be in Shanghai, China at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre.
Each of the five winners of the five geographic qualifiers, alongside the International Wildcard Invitational winner, will take their place in what promises to be one of the most keenly contested eSports events of the spring season.
The qualifiers from the Spring Series are as follows:
- EU Qualifier – G2 Esports
- Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macau Qualifier – Flash Wolves
- North America Qualifier – Counter Logic Gaming
- Korea Qualifier – SK Telecom T1
- China Qualifier – Royal Never Give Up
- International Wildcard Invitational Qualifier – Supermassive eSports
The action starts on Monday 4th May and will continue through until Friday 8th May. Over the course of the five days of action, the teams will be competing for a prize pool of $450,000, of which $250,000 will go to the winning team, $100,000 to the second place team and $50,000 apiece to the teams finishing third or fourth in the event.
The first stage of the competition is a group phase where each of the six teams will face off against each other twice with the aim of securing one of the top four places in the group. These are the qualifiers for the second phase of the competition, with the fifth and sixth placed teams being eliminated.
This week’s matches will decide which of the four teams will qualify for the playoffs (which takes place on the 13th, 14th and 15th May). There are six fixtures in the competition scheduled each day from Monday through to Friday with each team being in action twice over the course of each day.
The betting on this competition has already begun to intensify with the outright eSports betting market with Bet365 Sports revealing that the Korean giants SK Telecom T1 are the 4/11 favourites to win the event according to current eSports betting odds.
That is despite several roster changes and some poor performances in the league section of the Spring Series, but once the competition hit the knockout phase, the current World Champions showed their class to win the Korean Qualifier with relative ease.
Royal Never Give Up are 9/2 chances, G2 Esports are 6/1, Flash Wolves 8/1, Counter Logic Gaming 25/1 and the outsiders are SuperMassive eSports who are rated a 50/1 shot to win the event. You can bet on all those options, plus all the usual match betting when the competition gets under way at Bet365 Sport.
We’re not quite done with the Spring Season however as in the Korean qualifier, the Summer Promotion matches are still to be played as teams battle to stay in the elite qualification group for the next phase of the LoL Series of events.
These matches see the bottom two teams from the LCK Qualifier event, SBENU Soniucboom and Kongdoo Monster take on the top two teams from the tier below, Ever and MVP, with the winning team earning their place in the next LCK Qualifier event (the summer series).
WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3 kicks off in Kiev
To complete your early part of the week for fantastic eSports betting, why not head over to Bet365 Sport and check out the latest eSports betting on the hugely popular WePlay Dota 2 League Season 3 event, which kicks off on the 28th April, running through until Sunday 1st May in the beautiful city of Kiev.
This offline event features eight of the best Dota 2 teams, four of whom have been directly invited to the tournament and the remaining four teams who earned their place in the finals by coming through their regional qualifiers.
The qualifiers for the tournament are:
- Evil Geniuses – Invitation
- Natus Vincere – Invitation
- MVP Phoenix – Invitation
- Team Spirit – Invitation
- Vega Squadron – Eastern European Qualifier
- Team Empire – Western European Qualifier
- Elite Wolves – Americas Qualifier
- Ad Finem – South East Asia Qualifier
The teams have been split into two groups for the first phase of the competition. The top two teams in each of the groups will qualify for the semi finals, while the bottom two teams will drop into the losers round.
The groups have been drawn as follows:
- Group A – Elite Wolves, Natus Vincere, Team Empire, Team Spirit
- Group B – Vega Squadron, MVP Phoenix, Evil Geniuses, Ad Finem
There is a total prize pool of over $200,000 up for grabs for the teams finishing in the top four places, with the winning team taking home $100,000.
There are a number of bets available at Bet365 for this event including betting on the winner of each match, the team to draw first blood, the first team to 10 kills, the team to destroy the first tower, the team to slay the first Roshan and the team to destroy the first barracks.
CS:GO CEVO GFinity Pro-League Season 9 to conclude this weekend
After an extensive qualification schedule that saw five teams join the Season 8 Champions Virtus.pro, plus the two invited teams SK Gaming and Tempo Storm, the CS:GO CEVO GFinity Pro-League Season 9 will reach its climax at the Gfinity Arena in London from Thursday through to Sunday with the eight CS:GO teams doing battle for a prize pool of $125,000.
The eight teams in the competition have been drawn into two groups outlined below and will play each other in the group once to decide which of the two teams from each group make it through into the semi finals.
- Group A – Virtus.pro, Hellraisers, OpTic Gaming, Splyce
- Group B – Team Dignitas, Tempo Storm, SK Gaming, Selfless Gaming
Once the top two teams in each group have been decided, it is then a straight knockout competition through from the Semi Final stage into the final to decide which team will succeed Virtus.pro as the Season 9 Champions.