Last week we brought you some more generalised new about how the different Spring Season of League of Legends World Championship 2016 qualification events were taking place, however this week we are going to drill a little deeper into some of the top events and preview some of the huge match ups that are likely to dominate the eSports betting markets this weekend and beyond.
In the United States, the first round of matches in this event takes place on January 16th and 17th and there are some cracking games to enjoy including Team SoloMid taking on Counter Logic Gaming in the opening match, Cloud 9 V Immortals and Team Dignitas against Counter Logic Gaming.
The European qualification section kicks off a day earlier, with a big match up between Fnatic and Origen, two of the biggest LoL teams in the Eiropean section. Origen also face H2K Gaming towards the end of Week 1 fixtures while the match up between G2 Esports and Team ROCCAT in the final round of fixtures will also be hugely competitive.
There’s no doubt however that the likely strongest qualification series will come in South Korea with the LCK 2016 Spring Season. Matches are already under way there with the likes of SK Telecom T1, KT Rolster and Samsung Galaxy already posting up wins in their opening games while the likes of CJ Entus and Jin Air Green Wings have already suffered defeat in their opener.
Four more games including Jin Air taking on SK Telecom T1 are scheduled for this weekend, and next week from the 20th January the second week of action gets underway with SBENU against CJ Entus, Samsung Galaxy against SK Telecom T1 and e-mFire taking on Jin Air Green Wings in what looks like being a must win game for the latter.
With a host of other games taking place in China, South East Asia and across the globe as part of the International series (in Japan, Brazil and Turkey) there are sure to be a huge number of games to bet on over the next few weeks for League of Legends fans, so be sure to check out the esports betting odds at your favourite esports betting sites.
Americas Minor Championships offer CS:GO fans a nice warmup
Counter Strike: Global Offensive is always one of the most popular games that eSports betting enthusiasts enjoy a flutter on and usually at most of the top eSports betting sites, you will find a number of different markets across a wide range of tournaments to bet on.
This weekend is prior to the big DreamHack Leipzig 2016 event coming up in Germany next weekend where eight of the best teams will compete to overcome the others and be proclaimed champion. Of course the eight teams in this event are keeping their powder dry ahead of that event, but this week in America, eight other teams will battle it out in the CIS Minor – Columbus event.
That said, there is still a prize pool of $50,000 up for grabs from sponsors StarLadder and Valve and the winner of the event will become a seed at the MLG Columbus ’16 Qualifier in a few months time. In addition, they will take home a $30,000 first prize, with the 2nd place team taking home $15,000 and the two third and fourth place teams each taking $2,500.
Teams that finish 2nd to 4th in the event will also earn a place in the Americas Last Chance Qualifier for the MLG Columbus 2016 event.
The eight teams will be drawn into two groups and the competition will see the teams involved in a round robin of group games initially before the two two teams progress through to reach the semi finals.
From then on it is a straight knockout between the teams to decide who eventually wins the final and earns that enticing top prize.
The eight teams taking part in this American event in Columbus this weekend are: CompLexity Gaming, OpTic Gaming, Enemy, Splyce, Winterfox, Obey Alliance, Leader-1 eSports and another team as yet to be decided.
Check back on your chosen eSports betting provider for all the latest on the Americas Minor – Columbus event over the weekend
Two major StarCraft 2 events mean lots of eSports betting options
If you are looking for some top quality StarCraft 2 betting, then in the past few weeks it has been a little thin on the ground, but you will be glad to know that January has seen the start of two huge events in Korea, offering the very best players in the world a chance to compete against each other in two different events.
The first is the Global StarCraft II League Season 1: Code A which sees 60 players competing after qualifying from the 2016 GSL Season 1 qualifier. Each match is the best of five and the winner of the match advances to the next stage of the competition, Code S, which starts a little later in the year and which will see 64 players face off against each other.
The losers of the event are eliminated for this year but can qualify for it again through qualifying events for next season.
From January 5th through to February 5th, the 60 competitors will clash in a series of one off best of five games with each player either progressing into the next Code S round, or being eliminated for the year.
There has already been something of a shock in this tournament already with players ByuL and HyuN both being eliminated on Day One.
Matches are scheduled to be played this week on the 15th, 20th and 22nd January so keep your eyes open for the latest betting on these important qualification games.
The second event is the StarCraft II StarLeague Season 1 Main Event, which sees 16 players (7 Protoss, 3 Terran and 6 Zerg) face off having qualified from the preceding qualification competition.
This is a knockout event with players that lose their matches, given a second chance to qualify in the losers round, however defeat in the losers round means that you are eliminated from the competition. The Winners finalist and losers round finalist will meet in a best of seven grand final in April this year.
Four matches have already been played in the event with Ragnarok, ByuN, ByuL and Solar recording victories, sending Innovation, Soo, Trust and Soulkey into the losers round. The final phase of Round of 16 games will be played on the 21st January and see Dark V MyungSik, Classic v aLive, Stats v Hurricane and Patience v herO.
You will find that most top quality eSports betting sites – such as Betway, Bet365 Sports, and 10Bet – should offer a range of bets on both these key StarCraft 2 events over the coming weeks.