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SKT Pull A Worlds Three-peat, Overwatch Cup Gets Going, And More This Week In Esports Betting

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In one of the most exciting, surprising, and eventful LoL World Championship events in history, in the end, it was one of the two pre-tournament favourites that landed the title and around $2m in prize money, once the fan contribution cash was added to the guaranteed prize pool.

That team was the all-conquering SK Telecom T1 who claimed their second successive Summoner’s Cup in a row, and their third in total, following an exciting final at the Staples Center in Los Angeles this past weekend.

The South Korean team have now won this event in three of the past four years and two players, Faker and Bengi, have been instrumental in all three of those successes.

Brief recap of Worlds 2016

The final was a best of five matchup that saw SKT run into a 2-0 lead, ending a run of ten successive game wins for their opponents Samsung Galaxy in the process.

However, any notion that the final would turn into a stroll for SKT was abruptly halted in the third and fourth games when with SKT on the verge of victory, Galaxy bounced back to win the next two and take us to a decider.

However, in the final game, with Bengi and Faker back in tandem, SKT dominated the deciding game from the outset, strangling the life out of their opponents who could not fight back and thus claimed their third title.

Voting has started for the All Star tournament taking place in Barcelona in November, which will see a slew of talented players competing in another exciting League of Legends event.

2016 KeSPA Cup

The top Korean sides, including the two finalists, will be in action next from Nov. 9, when the 2016 KeSPA Cup gets underway featuring the ten teams from the 2016 LCK Summer event, plus four teams that earned their places from lesser events.

Bet365 have ROX Tigers as the current 7/4 favourites to win this event following their disappointment at their semi final exit at the Worlds.

Meanwhile the winners of Worlds, SKT, are a close 9/4 second favourite for this all-Korean affair.

Another team that pushed SKT hard during the season has been KT Rolster and they are 4/1 third favourites with losing Worlds finalists Samsung Galaxy a 13/2 shot.

Outside of these six teams the esports betting odds increase markedly with Jin Air and Afreeca Freecs both 12/1 shots, Longzhu Gaming 14/1, and MVP 25/1.

Outside bets are Kongdoo Monster at 40/1, Ever at 50/1, Rising Star Gaming at 150/1, with the rank outsiders being Chungcheongnam and Seoul City at 200/1.

There’s plenty of pre-event betting on the KeSPA Cup available at Bet365 Sport right now in their dedicated esports betting section and you can also keep an eye on what is available when the action kicks off next week through the sites in play betting section, which now also offers in play betting on a range of esports events.

CS:GO ELEAGUE season 2 gets underway

Back on Oct. 21, season two of the CS:GO ELEAGUE got started with the four teams in Group A competing to earn a place in the playoff quarter finals.eLeague Logo CSGO

After the end of some highly competitive gaming, it was mousesports and FaZe Clan who were celebrating after both teams made it through the group stages.

Topping the group were mousesports, while FaZe Clan came through a tense decider with Cloud9 to claim the second spot in the knockout phase.

After a break the following weekend, the action starts to come thick and fast over the coming weekends. On Nov. 4 the teams in Group B will be in action.

Virtus.pro, Ninjas in Pyjamas, G2 Esports and Echo Fox will be battling it out between themselves to claim the next two spots in the playoffs.

These will be followed on successive weekends by teams in Group C (Natus Vincere, Astralis, ALTERNATE aTTaX and SK Gaming) and also Group D (Fnatic, Team Envyus, Team Dignitas and OpTic Gaming) duking it out to claim the final spots in the playoffs.

From the playoff stage, the teams will face a straight knockout competition through to the final, which will be played on Dec. 3.

Bet365 Sports are already offering odds on which of the 14 remaining teams will likely win the event with SK Gaming the current 9/2 clear favourites ahead of Natus Vincere at 5/1 and Virtus Pro at 6/1.

Team Dignitas is at 8/1, Ninjas in Pyjamas at 9/1 and Team Envyus, FaZe Clan and mouseports at 10/1 are also rated as having a decent chance.

The rank outsiders are Echo Fox and ALTERNATE aTTaX, who are both rated as 3000/1 outsiders, with all other teams rated at no worse than 33/1 to win the event.

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Overwatch World Cup playoffs to decide first Overwatch world champions 

Eight teams have made it through the group stage into the playoff quarterfinals at the Overwatch World Cup at Blizzcon in California.

After a dramatic end to the group stage, which saw Group D’s qualifiers eventually decided after three tiebreak matches, the quarter finals will line up as follows.

Overwatch Cup quarter finals betting odds

Russia, who won Group B comfortably will take on Group D runner’s up France in the first match up, with Spain, Group A winners, taking on Finland who finished second in Group C.

South Korea who won that group face the USA who were runners up in Group B while China, who eventually topped Group D face the pre-event favourites Sweden, who only managed to qualify second in Group A.

The playoffs will be fought on Friday Nov. 4, with the final taking place on Nov. 5. It is a straight knockout event with no losers bracket, so it will be the winners of each matchup only that stand a chance of lifting the first title.

After the group games concluded, there has been a significant shift in the betting with Bet365 Sports , with the former favourites Sweden now ranked as a 4/1 shots while South Korea are the new favourites at even money ahead of Russia at 7/2.

Spain are 5/1, with USA and Finland both 14/1. France and China are ranked as the outsiders at 66/1 apiece.

You can bet on the outright tournament winner as well as winners of each of the individual matches remaining in the Overwatch World Cup at Bet365 and other esports bookmakers over this coming weekend.

Ian John

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