LEAGUE OF LEGENDS – WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

The stage is set, and the spotlight is on the 2020 World Championship Finals. League of Legend’s 22 best teams from 11 regions qualified for the biggest LoL tournament of the year, but only two remain standing: China’s Suning and South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming. Finals will take place at the Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai, where thousands of fans will see the next League of Legends 2020 World Champions lift the Summoner’s Cup in triumph. 

As the finalists prepare for battle in the LoL World Championship Finals on 31 October, let’s meet the teams and have a look at the betting markets for this explosive match. 

2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PLAYOFFS RECAP

Europe’s Fnatic couldn’t take the heat and dropped out of the competition in the quarter-finals, losing 3-2 to Top Esports who went on to suffer a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Suning in the semi-finals. 

DAMWON Gaming made swift work of DRX in the quarter-finals, winning 3-0, and kept the streak going with a 3-1 victory against G2 Esports in the semis. JD Gaming and Gen.G both left the World Championship tournament in the quarter-finals with scores of 1-3 and 0-3, respectively. 

In summary, DRX, JD Gaming, Fnatic and Gen.G now hold 5th-8th places in the World Championship, while G2 and Top Esports stand at third and fourth-place. Suning and DAMWON Gaming move on to the 2020 World Championship Finals. 

MEET THE TEAMS

DAMWON GAMING

DAMWON are a professional esports team from South Korea, formed in 2017 after signing the full MiraGe Gaming roster. Unfortunately, old talent was not enough to push newcomers DAMWON to victory immediately. The team did not see their first LCK title until 5 September, in the 2020 LCK Summer Finals, after significant changes to the roster over the last three years. Led by coach Lee “Zefa” Jae-min, five outstanding laners are ready to risk it all.

ADC Jang “Ghost” Yong-jun and Support Cho “BeryL” Geon-hee – the only player who survived the MiraGe roster wipe – are heading down to BOT lane. TOP and MID lanes are entrusted to Jang “Naguri” Ha-gwon and Heo “Showmaker” Su, respectively, while Kim “Canyon” Geon-bu is left to roam the Jungle. 

SUNING 

Suning are a League of Legends team from China, previously known as T.Bear Gaming and Suning Gaming. The team was formed in 2016 with the aim of conquering the 2017 LSPL Spring Season. And that they did, winning the playoffs with a 3-0 sweep over Young Miracles. Suning is coached by Kwon “Helper” Yeong-jae, who previously drilled Gen.G, a South Korean team that also made it to the 2020 World Championship.

Bot lane is spearheaded by ADC Tang “huanfeng” Huanfeng and Hu “SwordArt” Shuo-Chieh as huanfeng’s Support. Chen “Bin” Zebin is taking TOP lane, and the world’s seventh-best player, Xiang “Angel” Tao is going to spread his wings once more at MID. The Jungle will be Lê “SofM” Quang Duy’s playground, the first-ever Vietnamese player to qualify for both the World Championship and the MSI Finals. 

2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS FORMAT

The 2020 World Championship Finals will be played in a best-of-five format, set to begin at 11:00 CEST/BTS+1 on Saturday, 31 October. The winners of the tournament will be crowned as 2020 World Champions and receive 25% of the prize pool; they’ll also work with Riot Games to immortalise their glory with a set of unique World Champion Skins.

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

Tune in to watch the League of Legends 2020 World Championship Finals online, streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform

The World Championship tournament schedule, standings and vods are available on the LoL Esports hub. To check out the current matches, click WATCH. Past standings and skirmishes can be viewed through the VODS tab. 

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS 2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS BETTING

Are you ready to wager on the biggest esports event of the year? Check out the latest, top-tier odds for the World Championship Finals and back your favourites to take the enemy Nexus!

DAMWON Gaming, at 4/9 (1.45), are favoured to win Saturday’s match against China’s Suning, who are at 17/10 (2.7) to stand their ground and claim the coveted title of Champions. 

Make your pick and boost your betslip with wagers on the team To Slay The First Dragon, with DAMWON at 5/8 (1.63) and Suning at 9/8 (2.13) to do so in the first game. Think that this year’s finalists have what it takes to secure a World Championship Pentakill? Try and predict the Largest Multi Kill in the Finals, at 23/1 (24.00) and 11/1 (12.00) for a Pentakill and Quadrakill, respectively. 

Although this is the year’s last crowning matchup, the action is far from over. Be sure to come back for more League of Legends news, event previews and tournaments at top-tier betting odds. 

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS 2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

It all comes down to this. The crowning League of Legends event of the year — the 2020 World Championship — is about to take off! The 22 best LoL teams from all regions meet at the Pudong Football Stadium in Shanghai, China to reach the summit of pro play and raise the Summoner’s Cup in victory. The event spans an entire month, beginning on 25 September and concluding in an explosive finale on 31 October. Our favourite LoL teams spent the year battling for a handful of qualifiers into the World Championship, let’s see who made the final cut!

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFICATIONS

Due to the current state of world affairs, and the cancellation of several major LoL events, the seeding format saw a handful of changes across the regions. In Europe and North America, qualifiers were up for grabs solely in the LCS and LEC Summer Playoffs. After the shutdown of this year’s Mid-Season Invitational, both Europe and China received one extra seed for a total of four. The seeds for PCS (SE Asia) were reduced to two, as opposed to last year’s four seeds after the merger between LMS (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau) and PCS. The two ‘extra’ seeds from last year’s LMS and PCS merger are the ones handed over to Europe and China this year. VCS (Vietnam) is out of the running due to travel restrictions, handing over their Main Event spot to Korea’s third seed. 

WHO MADE IT?

China: Top Esports, JD Gaming, Suning and LGD Gaming. 

Europe: G2 Esports, Fnatic, Rogue and MAD Lions.

North America: Team SoloMid, FlyQuest and Team Liquid.

Southeast Asia: Machi Esports and PSG Talon.

South Korea: DAMWON Gaming, DRX and Gen.G Esports.

Other regions: INTZ (Brazil), Unicorns of Love (CIS), V3 Esports (Japan), Rainbow7 (Latam), Legacy Esports (Oceania) and Papara SuperMassive (Turkey). 

2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FORMAT

The 2020 World Championship is split into two major stages: Play-In and the Group Stage (Main Event), with the Play-In broken further down into two rounds. Only the teams who qualified for the Group Stage are competing for the ultimate prize, those who were seeded into Play-In have yet to prove their worth! 

Play-In Round One:

  • Two groups of five teams play in a Single Round Robin format. 
  • All matches are Bo1. 
  • Top teams advance to the Group Stage.
  • The second, third and fourth in each group advance to Round Two.
  • The last team in each group is eliminated.

Play-In Round Two: 

  • Only six teams from the original 10 make it to Round Two, retaining the two groups.
  • All matches are Bo5. 
  • The third and fourth-placed teams from the same group in Round One will face one another. The winner then competes against the second-placed team from the other group.
  • Two winners advance to the Group Stage.
  • The four losing teams will be eliminated. 

Group Stage — Main Event: 

  • The four teams from the Play-In stage will join the 12 direct seeds in the Main Event. 
  • All 16 teams are divided into four groups, based on seeding, and play Double Round Robin. 
  • All matches are Bo1.
  • The top two teams in each group advance to the Playoffs.
  • The bottom two teams in each group are eliminated. 

Playoffs: 

  • Single elimination bracket. 
  • All matches are Bo5.

Round One is kicking off on 25 September with PSG Talon vs Rainbow7 as the first match of the Play-In stage. Followed by INTZ e-Sports vs Legacy eSports, LGD Gaming vs PSG Talon and MAD Lions vs Team Liquid. The Play-In stretches for another three arduous days of back-to-back skirmishes. Round Two will begin on Tuesday, 29 September, after all Round One matches have been played. 

SCHEDULE 

Play-In Round One: 25-28 September.

Play-In Round Two: 29-30 September.

Group Stage: 3-6 October and 8-11 October.

Playoffs: 15-18 October and 24-25 October. 

Finals: 31 October.

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS 2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Tune in and watch the League of Legends 2020 World Championship online, streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available directly on the platform. To check out ongoing skirmishes, click WATCH. Past standings and concluded matches can be viewed through the VODS tab. 

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS 2020 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BETTING

The Play-In rounds may not be all that we — as fans — hoped for, but we’re still in for some jaw-dropping action from the very first day!

On 26 September, MAD Lions Madrid are roaring for a win, at 3/8 (1.38), in their bout with SuperMassive eSports, at 2 (3.00) to crush their foes on the Rift.

Rainbow7 stand at 7/9 (1.78) to win against V3 Esports, who are at 34/33 (2.03) to reach the end of the rainbow and claim that sweet victory. 

Want to see if the tides of fortune can be turned? Come back for more backbreaking Play-In matchups on 27-28 September to see who makes it, and who doesn’t, to the long-awaited Main Event. 

If you’re interested in betting on this massive League of Legends event, we’ve got you covered at EnergyBet with our 2020 World Championship betting markets. Check out the latest, top-tier odds for this season’s action-packed matchups and back your favourites to take the Nexus!

Be sure to come back for more, we’ll be keeping you up to date with League of Legends World Championship standings and the next, rip-roaring LoL events at stellar betting odds.

*Odds subject to change. Odds correct at time of publishing.

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

We’re back in action, and the stakes are high — the LCS Summer Playoffs are taking off; the top eight LCS teams will cross swords in a bid for the 2020 World Championship. The teams have earned their spots through epic victories and jaw-dropping action in the Summer Season, but they must prove their worth once more. With only three qualifying spots up for grabs, we’re in for Rift-shattering plays! Let’s recap where we’re at and take a look at some LCS 2020 betting options.

SUMMER SEASON RECAP

North America’s 10 best teams went head-to-head to secure one of eight spots in the Playoffs. Team Liquid dominated the competition with a 15-3 Win-Loss ratio, Cloud9 were right on their heels at 13-5. Both teams are at the top of the LCS 2020 Summer Standings and will start off in Round Two of the winners bracket. 

FlyQuest and Team SoloMid had an impressive showing as well, both finishing the run with 12 Wins and 6 Losses. Evil Geniuses got off to a shaky start but managed to find their footing in the last few matches (8-10) and head into the Round One winners bracket along with Golden Guardians (9-9), TSM and FlyQuest. 

In the final match of the split, Dardoch’s Olaf and Aphromoo’s flawless Soraka plays secured the win for Dignitas, and with it the eighth and final spot in the LCS Summer Playoffs. Unfortunately, the final standings left Counter Logic Gaming and Immortals trailing in the dust. 

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS FORMAT

The LCS Summer 2020 Playoffs will span three rounds and conclude in the early September Finals. 

  • The top eight teams from Summer Season clash in best of fives, with the top two teams receiving a bye into the second round of the winners bracket.
  • Teams who placed 3rd-6th (FlyQuest, TSM, Golden Guardians and Evil Geniuses) are up in the first round of the winners bracket.
  • The last two (100 Thieves and Dignitas) compete in the losers bracket.
  • Double-elimination bracket, where the first seed (Team Liquid) picks between Round One winners. 
  • The top three teams qualify for the League of Legends 2020 World Championship. 

Round One started on 13 August, with TSM and Golden Guardians heading into the first skirmish. In a crushing 3-0 stomp, GG came out on top and are moving on to Round Two. 

FlyQuest made their play against Evil Geniuses on Friday, 14 August. After five exhausting matches, FlyQuest soared into Round Two with a score of 3-2 against Evil Geniuses, who are now demoted to the losers bracket. 

Dignitas and 100 Thieves, in the losers bracket, stormed the Rift against TSM and EG over the weekend. Unfortunately, the underdogs were knocked out of the running in two clean (0-3) sweeps. Pending results from the first matches of Round Two, TSM and EG are awaiting the losers and will be wrapping up Round Two next weekend. 

As the first seed, Team Liquid has the pick of their opponent, and they’re going to clash with Golden Guardians on 21 August, leaving C9 to face FlyQuest a day prior. With the first two eliminations now behind us, Round Two is sure to turn up the heat!

LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE 

Round One: 13-16 August.

Round Two: 20-23 August.

Round Three: 29-30 August.

Finals: 5-6 September. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LCS 2020 SUMMER PLAYOFFS

In the meantime, you can tune in and watch the League of Legends LCS Summer Playoffs from the comfort of your home. The LCS Summer Playoffs matches are taking place entirely online and will be streamed live on the League of Legends Esports platform. 

The tournament schedule, standings and vods are available to registered users and visitors alike, without any restrictions. To tune-in to ongoing skirmishes, head to WATCH. Previous tournaments are available on the VODS tab. You can also check out highlights and commentary by your favourite Youtube creators and Twitch LoL streamers.

LCS 2020 BETTING

The next match will see Cloud9 as favourites, at 1/5 (1.20) to win their first LCS Summer Playoffs matchup against FlyQuest eSports at 32/9 (4.55)

The second brawl is not one you will want to miss! The leading seed, Team Liquid, sit at a comfortable 1/5 (1.20) to emerge victorious, and Golden Guardians will stake their claim at the coveted Worlds qualifier at 32/9 (4.55) to defeat the top dogs. 

If you’re interested in placing a wager on League of Legends tournaments, we’ve got you covered at EnergyBet with our LCS 2020 betting options. Check out the latest odds for this season’s action-packed matchups and back your favourites to take the Nexus!

Be sure to come back for more, we’ll be keeping you up to date with LCS Summer Playoffs standings and the next, rip-roaring LoL events at top-tier betting odds. 

PREVIEW: FINALS OF LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC AND LCS

The League of Legends Championship Series in Europe (LEC) and North America (LSC) draw to an explosive close this weekend, as Saturday’s matches set the stage for the Spring Season Finals on Sunday. The stakes are high: the winning teams in both leagues qualify for the 2020 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI). In Europe, Fnatic swept through the competition and are the first team to move on to the final Best of Five. NA’s first contender is Cloud9, who dominated the Rift with equally impressive plays. 

Their opponents will be determined following the last semi-final matches on Saturday. EU’s MAD Lions Madrid are bracing for a challenge as they set up to meet G2 Esports at 17:00 CEST. Their last playoff match was against Fnatic, who dominated MAD Lions in a crushing 3-0 victory. This time they’re in a tough match-up against G2, the runners-up of the 2019 League of Legends World Championship. G2 Esports are switching things up this season and it seems to be paying off well. Following last year’s incredibly successful run, G2 swapped two of their players in this season’s roster: Perkz in the Mid Lane and Caps now in Bot. The fans love to see Perkz shine in the Mid Lane and we’re eager to see what he has in store for Saturday’s match. 

In NA, Evil Geniuses return to LCS for the first time since 2014 with a fully revamped roster and face Flyquest at 22:00 CEST on Saturday. Evil Geniuses are one of the oldest esports organizations around: they’ve been on the scene since 1999, with teams in popular competitive games like CS:GO, Quake, DotA 2, World of Warcraft, and League of Legends. Their return to League has been fruitful, but Saturday’s opponent isn’t to be taken lightly. Flyquest, co-owned by Wesley Edens of the Milwaukee Bucks, is Cloud9’s Challenger brand with a formidable roster. Although their 2019 season didn’t run so smoothly, we’re expecting edge-of-your-seat plays from V1per and WildTurtle this weekend.

LEC: LEAGUE OF LEGENDS EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

Fnatic (FNC) are moving on to the finals after an impressive run in the playoffs. The team is a part of the Fnatic professional esports organization, with players from all around the world competing in the top esports events. FNC entered the League scene back in 2011 and shook the fans by claiming the Riot Season 1 Championship title. To this day they remain a formidable opponent for anyone on and off the Rift. Having won three Global Offensive Majors, Fnatic’s Counter-Strike team is one of the best in the game’s history.

Let’s meet the talent behind this season’s incredible League of Legends lineup. 

ROSTER

Bwipo – Gabriël Rau. FNC’s current TOP laner who briefly switched to BOT in the EU LCS 2018  Summer Split. Bwipo is a solid TOP player, he started back in 2015 with mCon esports and played for Rox before switching to Fnatic. Awarded “Esports PC Rookie of the Year” in 2018. 

Selfmade – Oskar Boderek. Selfmade joined Fnatic in 2019 and roams the Jungle. Received seven Player of the Game awards in the 2019 LEC Spring, more than any other player! Previously jungled for MAD Lions and SK Gaming.

Nemesis – Tim Lipovšek. On the competitive scene since 2016, Nemesis is a stone-cold MID laner. The 20-year-old from Slovenia played for VAPE NAYS and MAD Lions in the past, he’s known for keeping his cool in the roughest match-ups and his rip-roaring Pentakill in the 2019 LEC Spring Playoffs on Kayle. 

Rekkles – Martin Larsson. Rekkles is Fnatic’s ADC down in BOT lane. Prior to joining competitive League of Legends in 2012, Martin Larsson was a very talented football player who had to give up the sport due to injury. His favourite League of Legends champions are Vayne and Kennen, and in 2019 he became the first player to reach 1500 Kills in the LEC.

Hylissang – Zdravets Iliev Galabov. Hilly is the team’s Support player from Bulgaria, who competed for Unicorns of Love before joining Fnatic in 2017. On 09.08.2019, Hylissang reached 2500 Assists in the LEC.  

LSC: NORTH AMERICA’S LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES

North America’s first LCS finalist are Cloud9 (C9), a professional esports organization based in Los Angeles. Cloud9 was formed with the acquisition of the Quantic Gaming League of Legends roster in 2013. Their success in the NA LCS led the organization to form divisions in other esports: Hearthstone, DotA 2, Call of Duty, CS:GO, Overwatch, and others. Cloud9’s Counter-Strike roster became the first and only NA team to win a Global Offensive Major. 

C9’s track record in League is equally impressive: they won the 2018 NA Regional Finals and consistently place in the top three in all major tournaments. 

Here’s the Cloud9 roster for the 2020 LCS Spring Finals.

ROSTER

Licorice – Eric Ritchie. Licorice joined C9 in 2017 and plays up TOP with his favourite champion picks like Fiora and Poppy. The young Canadian previously played for eUnited, who dominated the NA Challenger Series in 2016.

Blaber – Robert Huang. Blaber is C9’s versatile Jungler who joined the team in 2018. He prefers aggressive champions like Kindred, Lee Sin, Nidalee, and Elise. 

Nisqy – Yasin Dinçer. Nisqy is a Belgian MID laner who competed in the EU since 2015, prior to joining Cloud9 in NA. He prefers to mages to AD champions, some of his favourites are Orianna, Syndra, Ryze, Cassiopeia, and Zoe. 

Zven – Jesper Svenningsen. Previously known as “Niels”, Zven is a 22-year-old BOT laner from Belgium. He previously played for outstanding teams like G2 Esports in EU and TSM when he switched regions to NA. He’s been competing in League since 2013, and is one of two players to record a Pentakill in both the EU and NA LCS.

Vulcan – Philippe Laflamme. Philippe “Vulcan” Laflamme is a Canadian Support player for Cloud9. He briefly played for Dignitas in 2019, shortly before joining C9 in November of the same year. This season he’s running champs like Tahm Kench, Blitzcrank, Nautilus, and occasionally pulls out his favourite: Thresh. 

WHERE TO WATCH THE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS LEC AND LCS FINALS

Now that you’ve met the top two teams of the EU and NA pro leagues, here’s where you can watch the League of Legends LEC and LSC Finals.

The semis and finals will be streamed live directly on the League of Legends Esports platform. You don’t need to register an account or sign-up for anything, the tournament schedule, standings, and vods are available to everyone. To tune-in to Live matches, head on to WATCH. Previous tournaments with highlights and commentary are available on the VODS tab. You can also enjoy the LEC and LSC Finals on Youtube and Twitch, where many League of Legends streamers follow the biggest LoL events.

LEAGUE OF LEGENDS BETTING

If you’re interested in placing a wager on League of Legends tournaments, we’ve got you covered at EnergyBet. Check out the latest odds for this weekend’s action-packed matchups and back your favourites to take the Nexus!

DOTA 2: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

The Multiplayer Online Battle Arena esports scene is dominated by the two MOBA goliaths: League of Legends from Riot Games and Valve’s Defense of the Ancients 2. These real-time strategy games are entirely free-to-play sequels to the astonishingly popular Defense of the Ancients mod for Blizzard’s Warcraft III. We’ve already covered LoL here, so in this guide, we’ll focus on DotA 2; taking a behind-the-scenes look at this MOBA and what led to its prominence.

WHAT IS DOTA 2?

The success of the fan-made DotA game mod caught the eye of Valve Corporation, an American video game developer and publisher known for titles like Half-Life, Counter-Strike, Portal, and Team Fortress (Valve is also the developer of the video game digital distribution service Steam). In 2009, Valve made a move to hire the lead designer of Defense of the Ancients, IceFrog, to remake the mod with a more modern look and feel. The game was released on a free-to-play model, maintained by a Battle Pass subscription and non-game altering enhancements like cosmetics and audio packs. Since its release, DotA 2 has been continuously updated and even made the impressive leap to virtual reality.

LOL VS DOTA 2

Much like League of Legends, DotA2 is a 5v5 clash of two teams who coordinate map and objective control to siege the enemy base and claim victory. Before we dive into the DotA 2 gameplay, we’ll give you a quick rundown of the key differences between the two MOBA giants: League of Legends vs DotA 2. 

Both games are highly competitive, but LoL favours accessibility and entertainment above all else. Every League of Legends champion is available for purchase using in-game currency which can be obtained simply by playing. The easiest LoL champions are also the easiest to acquire: limiting the pool when you are just getting started creates a smooth transition that doesn’t overwhelm new players. Cosmetic upgrades, like champion skins and summoner icons, can be purchased for real currency or unlocked through RNG and special events. As a result, League of Legends is a very user-friendly game that makes it easy to explore and enjoy the universe of Runeterra. 

DotA 2, on the other hand, stakes its wager on depth to create a far more complex gaming experience. It offers unrestricted access to every hero in the game from the very beginning, multi-step customisation options, and many useable items. The depth of detail shines through each of the over 100 playable DotA 2 characters, known as heroes. League of Legends champions tend to have a standard set of five abilities, with a few exceptions, while DotA 2 heroes crank it up and tune in to their wild side. Many of the heroes have multiple sets of abilities and spells: with so many combat mechanics, no DotA 2 tournament goes without mindblowing plays. Although the game offers tutorial and player vs bots modes, the sheer abundance of choice doesn’t make it easy for novice players, with the game more appealing to dedicated MOBA veterans who thirst for a little more “OOMPH” in their gameplay. 

DOTA 2 GAMEPLAY

The main objective of DotA 2 is to breach the enemy defences and lay siege to their stronghold. Destroying the most important building of the opponent’s base, the Ancient, is the only way to achieve victory. The DotA 2 map is split into two sections, Radiant and Dire, and has three lanes divided by the river and jungle. Players slay minions (in-game AI units) and enemy heroes to gain experience, gold, and strategic advantage. The mechanics of how to play DotA 2 have many similarities with League but retain that flair of complexity and depth that the original DotA mod once had. 

HEROES

Players can choose one of 119 heroes and work together to coordinate team fights, objective control, and lane dominance. The primary roles of DotA 2 heroes are Core and Support. Cores, or carries, are fairly vulnerable in the early game but their survivability can be enhanced through in-game items. Carries grow stronger as the game progresses and deal absolutely devastating amounts of damage as they carry their team to victory. Supports focus on utility and control. They don’t shine when it comes to dealing damage, but their healing, shielding, crowd control, and team buff abilities excel when it comes to setting up plays or protecting the carries. 

AGILITY

Agility heroes gain attack damage and attack speed as their primary attribute increases over the course of the game. They scale well with offensive items and have the highest damage output in the game. These damage dealers are a threat in any lane!

STRENGTH

Strength heroes gain attack damage, health, health regeneration, and magic resistance, with every increase of the strength attribute. Most are melee and some often fill the support role as tanks, but their ability to deal damage shouldn’t be overlooked! These resilient heroes strike a balance between aggressive and defensive play, staying relevant throughout all stages of the game. 

INTELLIGENCE

Intelligence heroes focus on improved spell-casting. The intelligence attribute grants them mana, mana regeneration, attack damage, and spell amplification. They have an immense pool of crowd control abilities and spells that wreak havoc in the mid and early game.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

THE ANCIENT

All of the lanes in DotA 2 are direct paths connecting the Ancients of Radiant and Dire. These massive structures are found inside the centre of each team’s base, near the respawn Fountain. Each Ancient is protected by a series of towers running down the lanes and will be invulnerable to damage until the last two towers fall. Teams must protect their base and seek out opportunities to destroy the opposing team’s Ancient in order to win the match. 

ROSHAN

Aside from striving to gain the most experience and gold to tip the scales in late-game, both teams should keep an eye out for the most formidable monster in DotA 2: Roshan the Immortal. Roshan spawns at the beginning of the match, but very few heroes can take him on alone before late-game. Engaging Roshan is a team decision and can be a decisive turn point of the match. Roshan grows stronger as the game progresses but slaying this beast will award plenty of gold and powerful items!

DOTA 2 BETTING

DotA 2 does not back down when facing the uncertainty around sporting events. While live DotA 2 tournaments have been postponed, this spring’s biggest competitive events – the Electronic Sports League (ESL)  – have been split into online leagues. 

Check out EnergyBet for top-tier odds on upcoming DotA 2 ESL One Los Angeles 2020 group stage matches in Europe and CIS. As DotA 2 teams around the world brace for their climb to Valve’s The International tournament, we’ll keep you covered and informed every step of the way! 

We’ll also continue to post esport guides on EnergyBetWorld, so stay tuned to the site.

LOL: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Whether you are a newcomer to the universe of esports or a seasoned veteran, you’ve probably come across one of the industry’s giants: League of Legends. Commonly referred to as League, or LoL, this strategy game is a free-to-play multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed and published by Riot Games.

What is League of Legends?

Following the success of the fan-favourite Defense of the Ancients mod for Warcraft III, League emerged in 2009 and soared to worldwide popularity in the blink of an eye. League of Legends streamers on Youtube and Twitch sprung forth with the explosive growth of the game, drawing in millions of views from every corner of the world. With over 100 million active players, multiple game modes, and record-breaking championships, League is instrumental in propelling video games from at-home entertainment to the global competitive stage. 

The matches take place on Summoner’s Rift, the main League of Legends map, where two teams of five embark on a strategic crusade to lay siege to the enemy team’s base. Players assume the role of one of 148 champions: unique League of Legends characters with special abilities and vital roles. There’s only one way to victory, and that’s to bring down the main structure of the opponent’s base: The Nexus.

The LoL World Championship 2020 is on the horizon and there’s a lot to learn, let’s take a look at the basics of how to play League of Legends!

LANING

The Rift is split into three lanes, separated by the jungle. The enemy territories and the jungle are veiled by the Fog of War, concealing approaching enemies and several of the game’s objectives. Players must work together to coordinate control of the map, siege of objectives, and tactical team fighting in order to breach the enemy defences. Victory is claimed by bringing down the main structure of the opponent’s base: the Nexus.

TOP LANE

Top laners are the solo brawlers, they’re tough and they pack a punch! Champions contending for dominance of this lane excel at protecting objectives and bringing down the enemy team’s strongest players.

MID LANE

Champions in the mid lane are versatile and wreak havoc when it comes to damage output. They take on the lane alone, facing an equally threatening opponent. Mid lane is always bursting with action, from 1v1 skirmishes to full-on 5v5 team fights.

BOT LANE

The bottom lane is reserved for the team’s unstoppable duo: the Attack Damage Carry (ADC) and Support. Much like the mid laners, ADCs can unleash terrifyingly high amounts of damage. Supports are versatile guardians of the game, armed with crowd control skills and defensive abilities, like healing: they protect their teammates and help set up brawls all across the Rift.

JUNGLE

The shrouded jungle is not for the faint of heart! Junglers utilize the Fog of War to their advantage, to devise ambushes on unsuspecting laners or catch the enemy jungler off-guard. Junglers are also tasked with securing monster objectives like buffs, Drakes, and the bloodcurdling Baron Nashor.

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The mechanics of gameplay require an inclination towards mathematics and incredible attentiveness to detail. All five members of the team have distinct roles to fill and must work together to gain control of the map. Players scout the map for intel, keep eyes on strategic locations, and work together to coordinate team fights.

THE NEXUS

The Nexus lies in the heart of each team’s base. It is protected by a series of defensive structures, like towers, and spawns your team’s minions: small combatant units that march down the lanes. Killing enemy minions awards gold and experience, which are vital in preparing the champions for the gruelling late-game team fights. There are only two outcomes to every League match: bring down the enemy Nexus, or surrender in defeat.

DRAKES

In the depths of the jungle rests the Drake pit, where the powerful dragonesque monster spawns. Killing a Drake awards unique buffs to the entire team and transforms the Rift in late-game, creating new obstacles and strategic advantages across the map.

BARON NASHOR

Baron Nashor is the jungle’s most menacing monster. Defeating a beast of such calibre pays off: the team to land the last hit will enjoy a generous boost to damage, faster recall (to base), and empowered minions.

Before Baron spawns at the 20-minute mark, the stony pit is visited by the Rift Herald. Killing the Rift Herald also provides a faster recall and offers one player the ability to summon the Herald to advance on a lane.

League of Legends Betting

As sporting events around the globe come to a staggering halt, esports are uniquely situated to continue thriving: online. League of Legends reaches every corner of the world, establishing a competitive scene like no other that culminates in the annual World Championship. The final event of the year brings in over 100 million tuned-in viewers online, while tens of thousands of roaring fans fill stadiums worldwide.

No two matches are alike in a League of Legends tournament: every decision that players make can turn the tide! Every step is a calculated risk, one wrong move can change the course of the game and force the entire team to adapt and seek new opportunities to regain the advantage. As teams are gearing up for the upcoming matchups in the League of Legends European Championship (LEC) and North America’s Championship Series (LCS), tensions are on the rise – and so is the array of betting possibilities! 

At EnergyBet you can bet on the major LoL series and place your stake on a wide variety of wagers, from Match Winner to First Blood, First To Slay Baron, Total Kills and more!

In the next few articles, we will be taking a deeper look at tournament structure, upcoming LoL events, the contending teams, and where to bet on League of Legends at top-tier odds. League of Legends Season 10 is in full swing, tune in to EnergyBet to stay on top of the game: we’ll keep you updated on the League of Legends meta, betting odds, and the latest in LoL esports!


WHAT ARE ESPORTS?

The booming billion-dollar electronic sports industry is proving to be a revolutionary rival to the traditional sports market. In short, esports is competitive gaming, and we’re here to keep you in the know on the latest events, betting odds, and upcoming tournaments. Whatever your interests, there’s sure to be something you’ll enjoy and we’ll be exploring everything from Formula 1 to Counter-Strike: Global Offensive.

Esports growing popularity

For some perspective on just how popular esports are, let’s take a look at some numbers.

In 2018, the League of Legends World Championship Finals reeled in 100 million viewers, decimating the 17.6 million who tuned in to view the NBA Finals and falling just short of the 103 million 2018 Super Bowl spectators. And it’s not just in terms of spectators that esports rival traditional sports. There are some pretty big prizes on offer too!

In August 2019, the EU team OG won the Dota 2 International, with each player banking $3.1 million of the top prize of $15.6 million. The same year, Tiger Woods took home $2 million in the Masters, and Novak Djokovic left Wimbledon with $2.9 million.

The similarities with traditional sports don’t end there. Just like football, basketball, or tennis, esports has well-supported teams, stars who’ve dedicated countless hours of practice, important championships, and millions of passionate fans worldwide.

The unprecedented growth of esports goes hand in hand with the meteoric rise of the video game industry. With dozens of titles released each year, the competitive scene of esports never runs dry. Even newcomer Fortnite made an explosive entrance to the international arena, with 250 million players and a $100 million World Cup prize pool.

What’s in store in esports?

Here’s a look at some of the major events coming up. With events taking place across the globe, across a variety of games, it can be hard to keep track. So, let’s take a look at the latest global hit and the esports competitions that are getting to crunch time.

F1 Esports Virtual Grand Prix series

Until F1 returns to the tarmac, F1 Grand Prix will be replaced with esports racing events on the F1 2019 PC game. Real F1 drivers of past and present, will be joined by celebrities around the world for some wheel-to-wheel action on the Virtual Grand Prix tracks. The next event takes place on the Melbourne GP track on April 5th. You can read our review of the inaugural event, the Bahrain Virtual Grand Prix here.

League of Legends

The first split of the League Champions Korea kicked-off on April 1st, with ten teams competing in the 9th season of the top-level Korean pro league. The reigning champions, Griffin, will face last year’s second-place winner T1 on the 3rd, possibly paving the way for an unforgettable rematch in the finals.

The Tencent LoL Pro League runs from early January until May 1st. The top eight teams will progress to the playoffs, so April is poised for action. Last years victors, FunPlus Phoenix, face worthy contenders Topsports Gaming, while second place winners Invictus are set up to crush Victory Five.

With EnergyBet, you can wager on your favourite LoL team, go straight for the Match Winner or back them up with bets on First Team to Slay Baron and Most Kills. Check back for more guides on how to bet on League of Legends and LoL betting tips.

Defence of the Ancients 2

The first week of April is packed with action in the Chinese Pro League’s second season. Last year’s third-place Invictus Gaming kick-off the week with a rematch against EHOME, and VG are going strong to stake their claim at PSG.LGD’s crown. The much-anticipated ESL One Birmingham showdown has been moved entirely online. Meanwhile, you can place your bets on ESL One Los Angeles, with options to wager on the victor, Game Duration, First to 15/20 Kills, Total Kills, and more.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

The 11th season of the EU and NA Pro Leagues are wrapping up on April 12th. This week we’ll see Team Liquid take on Evil Geniuses in NA and EU’s mousesports face G2 in a last attempt to defend their title. Tune in to the streamed events and explore betting options on the Match Winner, Maps Total, or Rounds Handicap.

Esports at EnergyBet

The Spring Season is in full swing, and at EnergyBet we aim to have you have covered when it comes to betting on esports. We’ll continue to publish useful guides that offer in-depth explanations of the major esports, starting with League of Legends. We’ll also be posting betting previews for all the upcoming major events. So, stay tuned and enjoy all the exciting esports action that’s coming up!




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