The League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational semi-finals take place this week, with SK Telecom T1, Flash Wolves, Team WE and G2 Esports having made it safely through to the last four. Sunday’s final in Brazil is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the season, with Korean team SK Telecom hoping to defend their crown from last year.
Elsewhere, the Counter Strike: Global Offensive Esports Championship Series and Hearthstone Global Games continue, with the likes of FaZe Clan and SK Gaming hoping to come out on top in their respective events, along with Hearthstone players such as Pavel and Orange.
Counter Strike: Global Offensive Esports Championship Series (Wednesday 17th May)
Astralis vs Team Dignitas
Danish team Astralis take on Team Dignitas on Wednesday morning, with the duo sat in third and fifth in the standings respectively. Having already won the ELEAGUE Major and IEM Katowice so far this year, Astralis will be confident of giving themselves an opportunity to add the Esports Championship Series to their collection, with a win over their British opponents leaving them in a strong position.
Value Bet: Team Dignitas to win against Astralis @3/1 (Betway)
League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (Friday 19th May)
SK Telecom T1 vs Flash Wolves
Despite the two teams being ranked as number one and two in the League of Legends rankings, it is SK Telecom T1 who are the overwhelming favourites to reach the Mid-Season Invitational final for the third consecutive year. The Korean superstars made it through to the knockout stages thanks to an 8-2 record, however a defeat against Friday’s opponents will give the Taiwanese team hope. Both “Peanut” and “Faker” have been in fine form throughout the competition so far for SK Telecom, however “Maple” and “Karsa” will be hopeful of getting the better of their rivals once more. SK Telecom have undoubtedly been the dominant force in Asia over recent years, with Flash Wolves having narrowly made it through to the semi-finals after a 6-4 record in the group stages.
Value Bet: Flash Wolves win against SK Telecom T1 @10/1 (SkyBet)
G2 Esports vs Team World Elite
With Team WE having defeated G2 Esports twice during the group stages, the Chinese outfit are the undoubted favourites to make it through to Sunday’s final. Despite G2 Esports being regarded as the most competitive LoL team across Europe, Asian dominance is set to continue, with Team WE’s unorthodox playing style set to once again cause their opponents major issues. G2 have already improved upon their shocking performance in the same competition last year, however this is set to be a step to far for the Spanish organisation, as the likes of “Condi” and “957” set to take their team through to the final.
Value Bet: G2 Esports to win against Team World Elite @5/2 (William Hill)
Elsewhere, the Hearthstone Global Games continues this week, with Italy looking to continue their hot streak, having started the competition with a 3-0 record. Matches this week include teams such as Spain, South Korea, Russia and Austria, all of whom are competing for the $300,000 prize pool. At present, it is the German, American and South Korean teams that are among the favourites for this unique event, with Hearthstone becoming increasingly popular among punters, achieving a global revenue of almost $400 million in 2016.