Last week we saw the Semi Finals of the League of Legends World Championships and for the first time in the history of the event, the two finalists will be from the same country as two legendary South Korean teams swept past their European opponents in the Semi Finals.
In the first semi final, favourites for the competition SK Telecom T1 became the first team ever to qualify for the final without losing a single game, let alone a match. After six wins without dropping a match in the Group stage, the undoubted favourites for the trophy then roared through the quarter finals and semi’s defeating both ahq and Origen by a scoreline of 3-0 to book their place in the final.
Their opponents in that final will be their Korean opponents KOO Tigers. After a tough group phase where the Tigers lost two matches, they qualified in second spot behind yoe Flash Wolves in Group A, but found their form in the quarter final defeating KT Rolster 3-1, before cementing their place in the final with a surprisingly easy 3-0 win over European team Fnatic in their semi final.
The final this year will take place in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin on Saturday 31st October, Halloween and the bookmakers think it could be a bit of a nightmare for KOO Tigers, with SK Telecom T1 the strong 1/5 favourites to win the tie. KOO Tigers are the outsiders at 7/2 to become the 2015 World Champions.
Indeed so dominant are SK Telecom T1 in the betting that you can get 4/11 with Bet365 Sport on them winning each of the first three maps and becoming the first ever team to win the World Championship without losing a single Map to their opponents.
You can back SK Telecom T1 to win the match 3-0 at 6/4 with Bet365 Sport.
The Final kicks off at 12:00 CET on Saturday 31st October and the winner of the massive $1,000,000 prize for the winners, plus the $250,000 prize for the runner up will be known at some point on Saturday afternoon.
Nanyang Championships reaches its climax this weekend
If you are a fan of Dota 2, then no doubt you’ll have your eyes glued to the action taking place in Singapore over the past week as ten of the best Dota 2 teams from across the globe compete to be crowned the winners of the prestigious Nanyang Dota 2 Championships.
Earlier this week, the Group phase saw the ten teams face off against each other and four teams, Virtus pro, Vici Gaming, EHOME.cn and Team Secret earned the top two places in the Group and with it a place in the winners semi finals.
In those matches it was European Team Secret and China’s Vici Gaming who came out on top of their respective games, beating Virtus.pro and EHOME.com 2-0 respectively to clinch a place in the Winners final, just one step away from the Grand Final. That Winners Final will take place tomorrow on Thursday 29th October.
In the last chance Losers bracket, Team Liquid, Digital Chaos, LGD Gaming and CDEC Gaming made it through the group stages in 3rd and 4th place. Team Liquid moved into the Losers Round 2 game against Virtus.pro defeating Digital Chaos in their Losers Round 1 match up, while LGD and CDEC will clash later today to decide who makes it into Losers Round 2 to face EHOME.cn.
Both the winners and losers brackets will play to a conclusion over the next couple of days until we know the two teams that will contest the Grand Final on Sunday 1st November.
Keep your eyes peeled for some match betting across the remaining matches in the DOTA 2 Nanyang Championships over the next few days through to Sunday’s Grand Final.
Starcraft 2 World Championship Series Global Finals 2015 gets under way on 1st November
If you are looking for a competition that captures the essence of competitive gaming, then the forthcoming 2015 WCS Global Finals for the most elite Starcraft 2 players is arguably one of the purest forms of competition there is.
Throughout the year, the top individual SCII players have faced off in a variety of WCS events until the top ranked 16 individual players remained.
The clear leader in terms of points is CJ Entus player herO who amassed 7900 points in total, almost 2000 more than second place Maru of Jin Air Green Wings. Seven players in the final have chosen Protoss as their race, with five selecting Terran and four opting for the Zerg race.
The 16 qualifiers have been seeded based on their point ranking from the WCS series of events and the draw will be seeded, so that the top seed, takes on the 16 ranked player and so on.
Underlining the strength of South Korean players in the SCII gaming world, 15 of the 16 finalists are from South Korea with just one, Lilbow, being from outside the country (France).
The great news for lovers of competition is that this is a straight knockout, there is no group stage, it is simply the winner progresses and the loser goes home.
The competition starts on the 1st November with the first set of matches from the Round of 16 and throughout the next six days, all matches will be played through until the winner of the $100,000 first prize is known.
DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca 2015 To Conclude This Weekend
Sixteen of the best Counter Striker: Global Offensive teams are in Romania competing as we speak for the right to become the DreamHack Open Cluj-Napoca Champion 2015. A top prize of $100,000 awaits the winning team, along with the ‘Legend’ status enabling them to qualify for future DreamHack events.
The action is broken up into two stages with the Group Phase starting today (28th October) and progressing through until the 30th October when the top two teams in each of the four groups will qualify for the knockout phase.
The four quarter finals will start the knockout phase on Saturday 31st October and will be played to a conclusion with the Semi Final and Final being contested on Sunday 1st November.
There’s plenty of match betting to enjoy from all the events taking place in this tournament with some intriguing match ups between the teams over the next few days both in the group stage and also the knockout phase.