Last week Team SoliMid held off Clou9 to win the NA LCS Spring Split, while G2 Esports came out on top in the European equivalent, while SK Telecom lived up to their favourites tag by winning the CS:GO CS Summit, in a week that was dominated by League of Legends and Counter: Strike action.
Meanwhile, the upcoming seven days bring eSports fans the Dota 2 Kiev Major, the CS:GO ESL Pro League and the start of the League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational, with the likes of OG, Cloud9 and SK Telecom hoping to successfully defend their titles. With a week that is jam-packed with high quality eSports encounters, there is certainly plenty of opportunities to beat the bookmakers.
CS:GO ESL Pro League
Action in the ESL Pro League continues in both North America and Europe on Thursday, with just two rounds of the competition remaining, as teams battle it out to reach the League Finals in Dallas in June. It is in North America where the most intrigue lies, with little separating the likes of SK Gaming, Immortals and Cloud9 at the top of the standings.
SK Gaming vs NRG Esports
Despite both teams having suffered different fortunes of late, with SK struggling at the top, while NRG have found some form thanks to their new roster, it is SK who are the undoubted favourites to consolidate their position at the top of the standings. The difference in skill between the two teams is still substantial, with NRG unable to attract the right calibre of players, despite backing from celebrities such as Alex Rodriguez. With a 16-4 record in the Pro League to date, SK look set for another comfortable victory.
SK Gaming to win against NRG Esports @ 1/6 (SkyBet)
Team Liquid vs Cloud9
Two of the most recognisable teams within the whole of eSports come head-to-head on Wednesday, as Team Liquid take on Cloud9, in one of North America’s biggest rivalries. Cloud9 have looked nowhere near their best over recent weeks, partly due to the absence of “Skadoodle”, however as the reining ESL Pro League Champions, they are still a major threat, as their 15-5 season record demonstrates. Meanwhile, Liquid have impressed since replacing “Pimp” with “Twist”, with little separating the duo heading into the contest.
Astralis vs Fanatic
Meanwhile in Europe, one of the biggest encounters of the week see’s Astralis take on Fnatic, with the Swedish team having disappointed during the competition so far. However, the fact that the Danish superstars sit at the top of the standings despite a 13-7 record so far this season, suggests that the likes of “Olof”, “JW” and “Flusha” can certainly pose a threat.
Fanatic to win against Astralis @ 11/8 (Betway)
LoL Mid-Season Invitational
The much anticipated 2017 Mid-Season Invitational kicks off in Brazil this week, with all 13 regions sending their most recent split champion to face off for the grand prize.
The likes of Europe’s G2 Esports, Taiwan’s Flash Wolves and Korea’s SK Telecom are among the favourites.
However, with the play-in stage taking priority throughout the opening days, teams such as Virtus.Pro and Lyon Gaming will be hoping to make it through to the group stage.
Virtus.Pro vs Lyon Gaming
Having scraped through the LCL Playoffs with two narrow victories over M19, Virtus.Pro will represent Russia in the hope of achieving the same levels of success as their Dota2 and CS:GO counterparts. However, standing in their way are a team that took a clean sweep in the Latin America North League Spring Finals, as well as picking up their 8th LAN Championship, with Lyon Gaming hoping to avenge their loss at the IWC Qualifiers last year.
Lyon Gaming to win against Virtus.Pro @ 1/2 (SkyBet)
Marines Esports vs Isurus Gaming
Isurus Gaming are one of the most well-known LoL teams in their region, having been installed as the favourites for the CSL Spring Split in 2017. Despite a formidable roster and stellar coaching staff, they go into their encounter with Marines Esports as the underdogs for victory, making them a very attractive bet. Marines stormed their way through their VCSA and the GPL to qualify, failing to drop a single point in both competitions, and as a result of their aggressive playing style, they are a team to keep an eye on during the MSI.
Isurus Gaming to win against Marines Esports @ 2/1 (Bet365)