With the Dota 2 Asia Championships having dominated proceedings over the past seven days, with now just three teams remaining out of 12, the week brings a whole host of high profile action, as the League of Legends Pro League and CSGO I-League Star Series provide plenty of opportunities to back your favourite team with the bookies.
League of Legends Pro League
Despite the LPL winding down after eight weeks of action, the upcoming week pits a number of big names together, with Team WE and EDward Gaming going head-to-head at the top of Group B. This has undoubtedly been one of EDG’s worst splits in terms of performance, with their macro play and individual performances well below par. Having struggled to overcome Newbee last time around, as well as failing to produce any decisive victories throughout the competition, it would appear to many that Team WE are the strong favourites for the win. However, WE have somewhat stumbled of late themselves, losing 2-0 to QG Reapers last week. However, their performances beforehand show that they are a strong candidate to take the series, with Condi undoubtedly the star man for the Chinese team. The encounter between the duo will perhaps come down to whether Condi can bounce back from their latest loss, with Fireloli potentially the man to contain him for EDward.
Elsewhere, Newbee take on Vici Gaming in a battle for a place in the play-offs, with the duo currently sitting in 4th and 5th respectively in the standings. Both teams have been inconsistent over the entire series, with Newbee relying heavily on the performances of Swift, while Easyhoon has been the main man for Vici. Vici are desperate for a win and are unlikely to go down without a fight, however Newbee are the undoubted favourites. Meanwhile, OMG and RNG face off against each other, with Invictus Gaming the firm favourites to overcome Snake eSports.
Team WE to win against EDward Gaming @ 8/13 (SkyBet)
Newbee to win against Vici Gaming @ 8/15 (SkyBet)
CS:GO i-League StarSeries
Despite there being little to talk about in terms of LAN tournaments in March, April brings the CS:GO i-League, with a number of top teams battling it out for the spoils. The StarSeries is in its third season, taking place in Kiev, with four groups of four teams making up the draw. While invitees will make up first round opponents, the bigger teams will face-off come play-off time. In the opening round, Astralis take on CLG in what should be a convincing win for the Danish team, with their challengers lacking the significant firepower to compete with such a squad. Meanwhile, Virtus Pro are one of the favourites for the entire competition, making them the firm favourites to overcome the little-known Korean’s MVP Project. Meanwhile, comfortable wins are expected for the likes of Navi, SK and Fnatic, while encounters between NiP and G2, as well as Immortals and North, have the potential to be more closely contested.
Astralis to win against CLG @ 1/8 (Bet365)
Fnatic to win against Gambit Gaming @ 1/2 (Bet365)
G2 eSports to win against Ninjas in Pyjamas @ 5/6 (Betway)
Meanwhile, for those looking elsewhere in the world of eSports, the World Of Tanks Wargaming League and the Heroes of the Storm Gold Series Heroes League bring plenty of betting options. Elevate are the strong favourites to overcome Top Tier on Saturday, while the duel between Dare Rising and eClipse promises to be a much tighter affair. Meanwhile form Heroes of the Storm, the likes of X Team and RPG are among the favourites to claim victory in the Gold Series at the start of the week.
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