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Dota 2 And League Of Legends Fans Set For A Busy Month Of Esports Betting


If you are one of the growing number of esports fans that enjoy a wager on the big tournaments taking place around the world each year, then this week you are in luck.

That’s because this week the two biggest esports tournament in the world are going to start within a day or so of each other. One in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, the other in the Romanian capital of Bucharest.

You only need to see how quickly bet365 Sport has seen its esports section grow over the years to appreciate how much this industry has grown. Esports is now a multi-billion-pound business with hundreds of tournaments across many different esports available for the top professional players to compete in.

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Similarly, bet365’s esports betting service has increased from just a few bets available across the major esports titles, to encompassing far more betting markets across far more titles and across many more tournaments and competitions all over the world.

Add to that an extensive In Play betting service for esports too, including live streams of some events, and you can see why esports betting has been one of the fastest growing parts of the online betting industry in recent years.

However, there is still a significant proportion of the population that hasn’t bet on esports and doesn’t really engage or understand with it. Well, this week could be the perfect chance to change that situation with two of the biggest esports events in the world getting underway.

What Are The Key Esports Events Starting This Week?

  • League of Legends World Championships

Starting today, the 5th October, the League of Legends World Championship will get underway in Reykjavik, Iceland.

The month-long tournament, which will be completed on the 6th November, will see a total of 22 teams competing in the event. 10 of these teams will start in the initial Play In stage, which begins today, with the remaining 12 teams seeded through to the Group Stage Main Event, which starts in a week or so.

Following the Group Stage there is then a straight knockout tournament for the eight qualifiers to decide who are the latest League of Legends World Champions, following Damwon Gaming into the record books.

The teams are competing for a prize pool of $2,225,000 across the month of action.

  • Tournament History

The League of Legends World Championship is the most popular esports tournament in the world in terms of the number of viewers and participants who play the game. The event has long been dominated by teams from China and South Korea and it is these teams that are the favourites to win the title again this year.

This will be the 11th year the tournament has been held and the most successful team across these first events have been Korean team T1, who have won the world title three times and they will be in attendance this year to try and make it four.

Damwon Gaming though are the current holders of the trophy, winning it last year in Shanghai and they will defend their title in Reykjavik this week.

The full list of teams competing are as follows:

Play In Stage Teams

  • Group A – Hanwha Life Esports (Korea), LNG Esports (China), Infinity Esports (Thailand), PEACE (Australia), RED Canids (Brazil)
  • Group B – Beyond Gaming (Macau), Cloud9 (USA), Unicorns of Love (Russia), Galatasaray Esports (Turkey), DetonatioN FocusMe (Japan)

The four teams that qualify for the Main Event group stage from the Play IN Stage above will then be allocated into one of the four groups outlined below, which host the 12 seeded teams.

Main Event Group Stage Seeds

  • Group A – Damwon Gaming (Korea), FunPlus Phoenix (China), Rogue (EU) + Play In Qualifier
  • Group B – Edward Gaming (China), 100 Thieves (USA), T1 (Korea) + Play In Qualifier
  • Group C – PSG Talon (Indonesia), Fnatic (EU), Royal Never Give Up (China) + Play In Qualifier
  • Group D – MAD Lions (EU), Gen.G (Korea), Team Liquid (United States) + Play In Qualifier

The top two teams from each group will qualify for the quarterfinals of the tournament.

In the Group Stage and Play In Stages, all games are a best of one contest, however from the quarterfinals onwards in the knockout phase, games revert to a best of five format, or more.

You can enjoy a massive selection of betting on this event with bet365 Sport right now, including betting on the outright tournament winner, as well as betting available on every game in the tournament, including Live In Play betting while the matches are in progress.

  • Who Will Win The Tournament?

The strength of the challenge from China and South Korea is huge this year and it is 80% certain that the winner of this tournament will be one of those teams. Form suggests that it should be Edward Gaming, FunPlus Phoenix, Damwon Gaming or T1 that should go close, although don’t rule out 100 Thieves or Team Liquid just yet.

My pick though would be Royal Never Give Up, beaten finalists in this event a few years back and who have enjoyed another very consistent season. Can they break their runner up hoodoo in the biggest League of Legends tournament of all? They are an 11/2 chance with bet365 to win the tournament.

  • Dota 2 – The International 10 – 2021

Then on Thursday 7th October, the richest tournament in esports history will get underway in Bucharest, as The Dota 2 International 2021 gets underway.

Running until the 17th October, the tournament already boasts a world record prize pool of over $40 million, and the 18 teams competing will stand a chance of winning the largest cash prize in esports history, which could well be worth close to $20 million for the winning team.

This tournament sees two groups of nine contest the opening phase, with just the bottom team in each group eliminated at this stage. There then follows a Swiss-style knockout with Winner and Loser brackets, with the top four seeds in each group going into the Winner and the bottom four in each group into the Loser.

Losing teams in the Winner bracket drop into the Loser bracket, but if you lose a loser bracket game, then you are eliminated from the tournament.

The knockout continues until we have the winner of the Winner Bracket and the Winner of the Loser Bracket ready to contest the Grand Final for that massive cash prize.

  • Tournament History

This will be the first The International for a couple of years and it means that OG are going for their third win in the tournament in a row as well as being the defending champions. The tournament had been contested every year from 2011 to 2019 until it was cancelled last year and winning teams have come from all over the globe, especially where Dota 2 has a strong following.

The International has set records for prize money consistently over the years and the 2021 tournament will be no different with the prize money available already at over $40 million meaning that its comfortably more than the amount competed for in 2019.

The tournament has been switched from Sweden to Bucharest in Romania this year and runs from the 7th October through to the 17th October.

The list of teams competing in this year’s event are as follows:

  • Dota Pro Circuit Qualifiers (12) – Evil Geniuses, PSG.LGD, Virtus.pro, Quincy Crew, Invictus Gaming, T1, Vici Gaming, Team Secret, Team Aster, Alliance, beastcoast, Thunder Predator.
  • Regional Qualifiers (6) – Team Undying (North America), SG Esports (South America), OG (Western Europe), Team Spirit (Eastern Europe), Elephant (China), Fnatic (Southeast Asia)

The 12 teams that qualified from the Dota Pro Circuit have been amongst the most consistent Dota 2 teams across the year, with the six Regional Qualifiers coming through an event in their region to earn a spot at the finals.

  • Who Will Win The Tournament?

Picking the winner of The International 10 is never easy and there have been a few surprise winners over the years but in terms of consistency of performance, PSG.LGD deserve to be the 6/4 favourites to win the event. However, they face a stiff test from the likes of Team Secret, Evil Geniuses, OG and Elephant in particular when it comes to landing the title.

So with two huge esports tournaments available to bet on, now is the perfect time to explore what this new and exciting form of betting can offer alongside all your usual sports bets.