Time To Try Esports Betting This Week With The Start Or The LoL World Championship
How would you like the chance to enjoy some outstanding betting this week, though this time rather than sports betting, you will be betting on the outcome of a game so popular that it drew more viewers last year than the NBA Basketball finals?
The popularity of esports has now grown so much that last year’s League of Legends World Championship event in the United States attracted a bigger internet viewing audience than the biggest basketball series of the year.
Don’t be fooled by thinking esports are played by bespectacled geeks who live in their parents’ bedroom. At the top level, esports professionals are now earning hundreds of thousands of pounds a year and in some parts of the world, notably Korea, they are feted like pop stars, movie stars and top footballers are in the UK.
This year’s League of Legends (often shortened to LoL) World Championships takes place at four venues across China from 24th September through until the final is contested on the 4th November. The action began this week with a Play-In stage.
Play-In Stage Round 1
The bookmakers had already identified Fnatic, Team WE and Cloud9 as three of the teams most likely to win their respective groups in the Play-In stage with some bookmakers having these teams as short as 1/1000 to qualify from the group.
Sure enough, Team WE and Cloud9 both progressed as top seeds with 4-0 records, while Fnatic, despite suffering a loss in their final group game, managed to win their group with a 3-1 record. In Group D, things were a lot closer however with Fenerbahce in the end taking the top seed in the group after a tiebreaker victory.
That left Lyon Gaming, Young Generation, HK Attitude and Team oNe eSports as the four teams that qualified from each group as second seeds and shortly after the first round of games took place. The draw for Round 2 of the play in took place.
Play-In Stage Round 2
All the matches below will be played on the 28th and 29th September over a best-of-five format. The winning team from each of the four games below will qualify for the Group Stage which is set to start the weekend after these games are played.
- Team WE (1/150) v Young Generation (16/1)
The consensus here is that Team World Elite are arguably, along with Cloud9, the best team in the Play-In stage and as such, they are hot favourites to defeat a Young Generation team that did well to get to the second round. The Chinese side famously beat current World Champions SK Telecom T1 during the recent Rift Rivals event and they should be far too strong against a Young Generation side that is not used to playing against teams of this calibre. I expect an easy win here for the top seeds even if Team WE have not yet hit their best form.
Our prediction: Team WE to win 3-0
- Cloud9 (1/25) v Lyon Gaming (8/1)
This was the first match draw in Round 2, with Lyon Gaming unable to play Team WE as they were in the same group in the first round, so they automatically play the next team out of the hat, Cloud9. In truth the North American side should be way too strong against the Lyon team who have done very well to win two of their group games. This will be closer than the opening game, but once again it is hard to see any other possible result other than a Cloud9 comfortable win.
Our prediction: Cloud 9 to win 3-0
- Fenerbahce (1/10) v Team oNe Esports (11/2)
According to most experts Team oNe Esports were the second seeded team that all the top seeds would want to play as they are reckoned to be the weakest of the teams in Round 2 and it was Fenerbahce who were the seeded team that ended up facing them. The Turkish side needed a tiebreaker to beat Hong Kong Attitude and claim top spot in Group D but did so in style and they should be too strong here against a team that have surpassed their expectations by reaching this stage of the tournament.
Our prediction: Fenerbahce to win 3-1
- Fnatic (1/8) v Hong Kong Attitude (9/2)
If there is one team that could be due for an upset out of the banker teams then it is the EU side Fnatic. EU teams have endured a miserable time at the World Championships in recent times and these former World Champions (they won it in the first season) are evidence of that as although they were top seeds in their group, they were sensationally defeated in their final group game by Young Generation. Hong Kong Attitude have already shown they are a decent side, winning three group games and I think this could be the closest of all the games in Round 2.
Our prediction: Fnatic to win 3-2
The Group Stages
The four teams that win through Round 2 will join the Group Stage where 12 teams already await them, drawn into four groups of four teams. The four groups are detailed below:
- Group A – EDward Gaming, SK Telecom T1, ahq e-Sports Club + Play-In Qualifier
- Group B – Longzhu Gaming, Immortals, GIGABYTE Marines + Play In Qualifier
- Group C – G2 Esports, Samsung Galaxy, Royal Never Give Up + Play In Qualifier
- Group D – Flash Wolves, Misfits, Team SoloMid + Play In Qualifier
The Group games are scheduled to take place over two weekends with each team in the group playing the other teams in the group twice in total. The first set of matches will take place from 5th October to the 8th October, with the second set from the 12th October to the 15th October.
Only the top two teams in each group will qualify from this stage, with the eight teams entering the playoffs. Once again the teams will be bracketed for the draw with the winners of each group going into pot one and the runners up from each group going into pot two.
Once teams reach the playoffs there is a quarterfinal stage, followed by a semifinal stage and lastly the final. There is no second chance for teams as this is a straight elimination event with only the winning teams progressing into the next round.
The Playoffs are played at different events each week across China with the quarterfinals in Guangzhou, the semifinals in Shanghai and the final will be held at the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing.
We have already seen the odds for the Play-In Round 2 games, but what are the odds on the outright winner market. Well given the dominance of Korean teams in this event it is perhaps unsurprising that the three big Korean teams, SK Telecom T1, Longzhu Gaming and Samsung Galaxy are the three shortest price options with Bet365 Sport.
You can back SK Telecom at 7/4 and Longzhu have drifted to 2/1, while Samsung Galaxy are a longer priced 13/2.
My money however is on Longzhu Gaming, who have been the most consistent Korean side in qualifying and who recently beat SK Telecom T1 in the final of the Summer Split.