What’s Happening In Esports – Who’ll Be The SCII King Of The Hill This Week In Esports Betting?

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One of the most exciting thing about the world of esports is that there are always new and novel competitions being dreamt up to test players of different games in different ways and this weekend sees one such event taking place with the StarCraft II SHOUTcraft Kings August 2016 tournament hosted by Total Biscuit.

The tournament features a host of top players from Europe, Korea and North America battling it out to be named King of the Hill. Quite simply, this is the player who continues to defeat all-comers across a total of 20 different maps until they are defeated and replaced by another King of the Hill.

In July 2016, the last event was held and saw six different players out of the 21 that participated earn themselves a share of the prize pool. This is set at $5,000 and every time a player successfully wins a map against an opponent, they will receive a $250 prize.

At the last event, TLO (1 win), Nerchio (2 wins), Stephano and Dear (3 wins) and Polt (4 wins) all had a spell as the King of the Hill, but currently holding that position at the moment following a winning streak of seven wins (earning themselves $1,750 in the process) is SK Telecom T1’s Lee “INnoVation” Shin Hyung.

The 23-year-old will therefore start August competition as the incumbent King ready to take on a fresh batch of challengers to his throne.

That won’t be an easy task for the players taking part in the event, many of whom come from the most well known StarCraft II teams in the world today. INnoVation has earned a reputation as one of the very best SCII players in the world today and there is a high likelihood that he could well earn another nice sum of money from a run of victories this weekend.

So far, of the other 20 contestants, just three are known and they include another hugely talented Korean player in ByuN, as well as Norwegian ace SolO and the American PandaBearMe. The remaining competitors will be announced just before the tournament gets under way on Saturday 27th August.

If you are a fan of StarCraft II gaming then there is also exciting news from the popular 2016 StarCraft II StarLeague Season 2 Main Event with the semi finalists of this hugely popular event now known.

After a competitive Group Stage taking place throughout July and into August, eight players made it through to the playoffs. Dark and Zest from Group A, Stats and Dear from Group B, Solar and Classic from Group C and finally Patience and TY from Group D.

The first round of matches saw the only Terran player remaining in teh competition eliminated when Dark defeated TY 3-1 in the opening quarterfinal. Two other semi finals were all-Protoss match ups and in these Classic defeated Stats 3-2 in a very closely fought encounter, while Patience got the better of Zest with a 3-1 victory.

In the fourth quarterfinal, the only non-Protoss player in the semi finals, Solar, earned his place in the next round with a comprehensive and unexpectedly easy 3-0 win over Dear.

This means that on the 25th August, Dark and Classic will contest the first semi final, with Solar and Patience contesting the second on the 2nd September.

The esports bookmakers have Dark as the 15/8 favourite to win the event, with Solar a 9/4 shot and Classic a 5/2 shot. The outsider is Patience who is a 7/2 shot with Bet365.

European and North America ESL Pro Leagues taking shape in Group Phase

There’s plenty of top quality CS:GO betting to enjoy this weekend once again as part of the ESL Pro League events taking place in Europe and North America.ESL Pro League CSGO

In the European section things have got off to a good start for a couple of teams.

FaZe Clan top the league with seven wins out of eight matches, while Natus Vincere are second having won all four of their games thus far. Fnatic also have a 100 percent record thus far with two wins from two.

Other teams making a decent start include Team EnVyUs (3-1) and Ninjas in Pyjamas (4-2).

Three teams still are searching for their first win of the competition with mousesports, Astralis and G2 Esports all having winless records (0-2, 0-4 and 0-6 respectively).

Things are not yet quite so advanced in the North American section with fewer games played at the time of writing in this half of the tournament. Echo Fox and Cloud9 lead the way in the US section with perfect 6-0 records at the time of writing and they are some way ahead of Immortals (4-4) in third place.

Selfless Gaming (0-4) are yet to win a game while five teams, SK Gaming, NRG eSports, Renegades, Winterfox and Counter Logic Gaming will get their league campaigns under way over the coming couple of days.

You can find plenty of great match betting to enjoy on this and many other CS:GO themed tournaments taking place over the next week or so at Bet365 Sport in their dedicated esports betting section.

And don’t forget…

Don’t forget too that you can enjoy plenty of great betting on the League of Legends Summer Playoffs taking place in North America, Europe and South Korea at the present time.

There are a number of top quality matches taking place in these events over the next few days and as always Bet365 Sport has all the latest betting for these matches, as well as a host of bets on each individual games, such as betting on:

  • The team to draw first blood
  • First team to get 10 kills
  • Team to destroy the first tower
  • Total Towers Destroyed
  • Team to destroy the first inhibitor
  • Team to slay the first dragon
  • Total dragons slain
  • Team to slay the first baron
  • Total barons slain

You can enjoy all these bets and more every week on Bet365 sports esports betting service as the LCS and LPL series head towards the World Championships at the end of the year.

Ian John

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