After ShtanUdachi took home $250,000 for Team Spirt at the Hearthstone Winter Championships last week, the next major Hearthstone tournament takes priority over the coming days, with countries from around the world battling it out for the $300,000 prize fund. Elsewhere, FaZe Clan gained revenge on Danish team Astralis by winning the StarSeries Season 3 Grand Final in Kiev last week, with more CS:GO action to look forward to shortly.
This week brings yet more high quality eSports action, with the League of Legends Spring Split and Pro League continuing, as well as the much-anticipated Hearthstone Global Games and Counter Strike: Global Offensive ESL Pro League providing plenty of opportunities for punters to win big on one of the fastest growing betting markets around.
SK Gaming v’s Team Liquid – CS:GO ESL Pro League – Friday 14th April
Top of the table SK Gaming face a tough few days of matches in the CS:GO ESL Pro League, taking on both Team Liquid and Cloud9 at the end of the week. With SK seemingly unstoppable at the head of the standings, the Germans are understandably the favourites to improve upon their 14-2 record when they face the US team. Team Liquid are in disarray amid rumours of a potential trade involving Jacob “Pimp” Winneche and Joshua “jdm64” Marzano, with Liquid having come unstuck against sixth-place Counter Logic Gaming last time around. The table could well have a very different feel to it come the end of the week’s action in eSports.
SK Gaming to win against Team Liquid @ 1/5 (William Hill)
Team Liquid Map 1 1st Pistol Round Winner @ 6/5 (William Hill)
Cloud9 vs Phoenix1 – League of Legends NA LCS – Saturday 15th April
Despite the split having gone downhill for Cloud9 over recent weeks, they still go into this fixture as the favourites, with the US team having seemed unstoppable at the start of the competition. Although success in the playoffs is unpredictable, the form of former World Championship toplaner Jung “Impact” Eon-Yeong could well have a significant impact on their progress. The second seeds take on third seed Phoenix1, who ended 2016 on a positive note, with the addition of Rami “Inori” Charagh at the end of the campaign seemingly giving the team a significant boost. The underdogs have gone from a bottom half of the league team to one with an outside chance of competing in the playoffs, with William “Mateos” Hartman having also provided them with a major boost.
Cloud9 to win against Phoenix1 @ 4/7 (SkyBet)
Phoenix1 to score a penta kill @ 11/1 (SkyBet)
G2 eSports vs Fnatic – League of Legends EU LCS – Saturday 15th April
Despite shocking the world of eSports last weekend by sweeping past H2K to advance to the semi-finals of the postseason in Berlin, Fnatic are still the firm outsiders for their encounter against G2 eSports. After a disappointing 2016, in which they missed out on the EU LCS Finals for the first time, as well as the World Championships for the second time, Fnatic unveiled a completely new roster, which has had mixed success to date. With G2 having taken first place in week 1 of the competition, the favourites have not looked back since, with the two-time European Champions finishing the split with a 12-1 record. With two-time EU LCS MVP, Kim “Trick” Gang-yun, on their roster, the G2 roster now has even more quality in the solo lanes.