After another big week of news in the world of eSports, with French football club Paris Saint-Germain unveiling a whole new team of eSports players, as well as the estimate that eSports revenue will reach £1billion by 2020, the coming days bring some high profile action, with a whole host of bookmakers offering some attractive odds on competitions including the League of Legends Spring Split Play-offs, CS:GO eSports Championship Series and Global Starcraft 2 League to look forward to this weekend.
League of Legends: NA LCS Spring Split 2017
With many fans awaiting the much talked Dota 2 Asian Championships in April, the League of Legends Spring Split play-offs continue this week, in what is the final week of the competition, with teams looking to avoid relegation, make the play-offs and gain valuable first round byes. With the tournament having already given us many surprises, heading into the final week it looks as though Team SoloMid and Cloud9 have all but secured first round play-off byes, with Phoenix1 and Counter Logic Gaming also in a strong position to join them.
Elsewhere, FlyQuest will be looking for favours from those around them in the standings, with a strong-roster of players making the Immortals team the favourites to reach the season ending play-offs. In the battle for survival in the Split, Team Liquid are battling Echo Fox for 8th place, however their 4-12 record this season hardly inspires confidence.
Action kicks off on Friday with Cloud9 taking on Team Dignitas, with action continuing across the weekend, with Phoenix1 facing a tough double header against Cloud9 and top of the standings Team SoloMid.
Betting Tips for NA LCS Spring Split
Value Bet – Cloud9 to win against Team Dignitas @ 2/5 (Bet365)
Long Shot – Immortals to win against Counter Logic Gaming @ 5/4 (SkyBet)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: eSports Championship Series
Despite many fans already counting down the days until the StarLadder i-League in Kiev, this weekend’s Esports Championship series certainly provides some competitive action, with Space Soldiers, the most successful team from Turkey, taking on Virtus Pro having finished second in the European qualifiers. Despite their recent success, Space Soldiers go into the encounter as the rank outsiders for victory, with their opponents having finished in first place at the 2017 Las Vegas DreamHack Masters event, picking up $200,000 in the process. Elsewhere, Scandinavian rivals Fnatic and North do battle, with the Swedish team’s new players Twist and Lekro looking to shine on the big stage.
Betting Tips for eSports Championship Series
Value Bet – Virtus.Pro to win against Space Soldiers @ 1/7 (SkyBet)
Long Shot – Space Soldiers to win 3-2 against Virtus.Pro @ 9/1 (SkyBet)
StarCraft II: StarLeague Season 1
Despite plenty of StarCraft action to look forward to this week, the biggest event undoubtedly comes from Seoul with the StarLeague Season 1 getting underway. Having reached the grand finals with a battling 4-2 win over Jin Air Green Wings’ Kim “sOS” Yoo Jin last week, Eo “soO” Yoon Su will take on Kim “Stats” Dae Yeob on Saturday, with the South Korean looking to demonstrate the same resistance and defence that saw him win his latest match. However, with little separating the duo, it is perhaps anyone’s guess as to who will take home the $35,000 prize fund and 4,000 World Championship Series Korea points.
Betting Tips for StarLeague Season 1
Value Bet – Stats to win against soO @ 8/13 (SkyBet)
If that is not enough eSports action to sink your teeth into, the League of Legends EU LCS also continues this week, with Group A leaders G2 the overwhelming favourites to overcome bottom placed Giants at odds of 2/25 (Betway). In the same competition, Group B leaders Unicorns of Love face off against struggling Origen, with the German side unsurprisingly the strong favourites with odds of 1/20 (SkyBet) for Friday’s encounter.