Usually when you hear the phrase “Champions League week” you would automatically assume that the world’s best football teams are back in action in the UEFA-backed competition. In the eSports world however, it means something entirely different.
DOTA 2 fans will be hitting the betting markets this week as the sixth season of the popular Champions League tournament continues with some fantastic matchups in prospect over the coming week involving some of the world’s best DOTA 2 teams.
We’ve also got the latest news about the latest stage in the Fragbite Masters Season 5 qualifiers for Counter Strike fans, with the final eight qualifiers from the earlier rounds of qualifying will face off against eight invited teams in a one off match up with one of the eight places remaining in the main tournament up for grabs for each winner.
And of course, let’s not forget that one of the biggest eSports events on the calendar gets under way with the Riot Games sponsored League of Legends 2015 World Championship getting started later this week in the first of four Europe-wide events that will see the 2015 World Champions crowned on Halloween at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany.
But first up this week, we head back to what is becoming familiar ground in the real of StarCraft 2 and specifically, which of the two teams fighting it out this week will earn their place in the SK Telecom Proleague end of season playoff finals.
StarCraft 2 SK Telecom Proleague Playoffs Round 2
It’s a big week in the culmination of the 2015 Proleague as CJ Entus and Jin Air Green Wings face off in a repeat of the Round 2 Final, which was eventually won by CJ Entus. The winner of this best of three match up will go on to face top seeds SK Telecom T1 in the finals next week.
Each of the three matches sees six individual team members face off against each other across a variety of maps. The first team to reach four wins, achieves victory in that match and the first team to win two of the three matches will clinch their place in the final.
Last week’s matchup between KT Rolster and Jin Air Green Wings was a dramatic clash that saw Jin Air Green Wings run out relatively comfortable 4-1 winners in the opening match up with players Trap, Pigbaby, sOs and Maru winning their match ups and ensuring that the final two games were not required.
However, the following day, KT Rolster roared back to form with their player Flash winning the opening three matches to take a 3-0 lead in this match up. It looked likely that this match would go KT’s way, but then Jin Air played their trump card. Team member sOs came in and defeated Flash in the fourth game and then went on to win the next three games in a row to clinch a sensational 4-3 comeback win for Jin Air.
Will sOs be the star man for Jin Air again this week against CJ Entus, or will another player shine? Check out all the latest odds for this big StarCraft 2 match up taking place from Tuesday 29 September to Thursday 1 October.
DOTA 2 Champions League Season 6
Fans of DOTA2 can have their eSports betting fix this week with the continuation of the DOTA 2 Champions League Season 6 event across Europe. The 16 teams have been split into four groups and at the moment, the competition is still in the midsts of an intriguing group stage.
First up in the fixtures this week is the Group D clash between Kaipi and CIS-Rejects. Both teams will want to win this match up to move into pole position in the group alongside (monkey) Business who won their opening clash against Arcade Power Rangers 2-0.
Then later this week on October 1, the focus switches to Group B where Ninjas in Pyjamas kick off the action in this group with a match against 4 Clover & Lepricon. Then two days later, the action switches to Group C where Alliance will take on Monkey Freedom Fighters on Saturday 3rd October in what is both teams second game of the group after an opening defeat. It is therefore a must win game if either side is to have a chance of progressing.
The setting of fixtures in this event is somewhat fluid, so it is always advisable to check back with your bookmaker throughout the week for the latest news on whether any additional matches have been scheduled.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Fragbite Masters Season 5 Qualifier Finals
Monday sees the start of the Fragbite Masters Season 5 Qualifier Finals as sixteen teams, eight qualifiers, plus eight as yet unannounced specially invited teams will face off in a one-off match up to decide which eight teams will progress to the Main Event later this month.
The sixteen teams will be drawn randomly against each other and the winner of each of the eight match ups will earn the coveted place in the Main Event.
The eight specially invited teams have not yet been revealed, but the eight qualifiers from the previous two qualifying events are the following teams: Publiclir.se, Lions, London Conspiracy, BX3 eSports Club, Team LDLC.com White, touch the crown, Torpedo Gaming and Team Orbit.
Each match is a best of seven game played over the following mapes:
- Dust II
The action starts on Monday 28 September and runs until Wednesday 30 September when the eight teams moving on to the main event in October will be known. Check your bookmakers for the latest odds on this big Counter Striker:GO event.
League of Legends 2015 Season World Championship
After months of matchups from qualifiers all around the globe, the best 16 League of Legends teams have convened in Europe for the huge Riot Games 2015 World Championship. The first and second week of competition takes place at Le Dock Pullman in Paris. Eight qualifiers will then move on to London, England to the SSE Arena at Wembley for the quarter finals. The four winners will then meet at the Expo in Brussels for the semi finals before the big final on Halloween in Berlin.
The first week of competition runs from the 1st October through to the 4th and will see all the teams in each group play their opponents once with a mix of matches from each group played over each day.
The action begins at 3pm on 1st October with the opening ceremony before arguably one of the most keenly awaited first round games gets the action under way as Fnatic take on Invictus Gaming in the opener.
The full schedule of matches for the first four days are as follows:
Day One: Thursday 1st October
- 3pm – Opening Ceremony
- 3.30pm – Fnatic v Invictus Gaming
- 4.30pm – Cloud 9 v ahq e-Sports Club
- 5.30pm – SK Telecom T1 v H2K
- 6.30pm – Edward Gaming v Bangkok Titans
- 7.30pm – Counter Logic Gaming v Flash Wolves
- 8.30pm – paiN Gaming v KOO Tigers
Day Two: Friday 2nd October
- 3pm – KT Rolster v Team SoloMid
- 4pm – LCD Gaming v Origen
- 5pm – Bangkok Titans v SK Telecom T1
- 6pm – H2K v Edward Gaming
- 7pm – Flash Wolves v KOO Tigers
- 8pm – Counter Logic Gaming v paiN Gaming
Day Three: Saturday 3rd October
- 1pm – Edward Gaming v SK Telecom T1
- 2pm – H2K V Bangkok Titans
- 3pm – LGD Gaming v KT Rolster
- 4pm – Origen v Team SoloMid
- 5pm – Invictus Gaming v Cloud9
- 6pm – ahq e-Sports Club v Fnatic
Day Four: Sunday 4th October
- 1pm – Team SoloMid v LGD Gaming
- 2pm – KT Rolster v Origen
- 3pm – Invictus Gaming v ahq e-Sports Club
- 4pm – Cloud9 v Fnatic
- 5pm – KOO Tigers v Counter Logic Gaming
- 6pm – paiN Gaming v Flash Wolves
Aside from the huge first day match up between Fnatic and Invictus Gaming, other notable clashes between well matched sides include Team SoloMid taking on Origen on Day Three. At the other end of the scale, SK Telecom T1 are 1.03 to beat Bangkok Titans who are a 9/1 outsider to win this clash on the second day of action.
This is a huge event running over the next four weeks and one that will likely dominate sports betting at the likes of Unikrn, Bet365 Sport, 10-Bet, Pinnacle Sport, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power or indeed any other bookmaker that offers odds on eSports event.
Why not enjoy a flutter today on arguably the biggest eSports event of the year?