GamesBetOnline’s E-sports Betting Guide 2019 is made to give you an overview of the major esports scenes worth your time, and could even turn your bets into thousands of dollars in just one weekend.
You’ve probably heard of the multi-million dollar competitions where professional gamers compete to take home hundreds of thousands if not, millions of dollars. E-sports betting is relatively new to the gambling scene, and much like any new place to gamble, there’s a whole lot of money to be made.
But on which esports game are you supposed to bet on? There are only 3 major games with the biggest pot prizes that attract the most attention: DotA 2, Counterstrike: Global Offensive, and League of Legends.
DotA 2 – Defense of the Ancients (DotA 2)
This popular game launched in 2013 as one of the most awaited games of the year. DotA 2 set the stage, and at the same time, is one of the biggest games in the Massive Online Battle Arena (MOBA) genre. DotA 2 features over 110 heroes each with their own unique set of abilities that can be enhanced with almost a hundred items. The game’s complex mechanics allows teams to create unique strategies and to let individual player skill to shine – making DotA 2 one of the most competitive titles in e-sports even in 2019.
Valve, the game’s developer, has been backing the game through updates and organizing the record-breaking DotA 2 tournament called The International. In August 2018, the tournament held a total prize pool fo 25,000,000 US Dollars – making it the largest esports prize pool in history.
DotA 2 professional matches are perfect for gamblers who like to keep track of a team’s performance and those who enjoy a great deal of depth and nuance provided by the hundreds of possible hero combinations, line-up strategies, and hero items available within the game.
Bettors looking to get into DotA 2 Esports betting only have 4 big tournaments to watch out for in the first half of 2019:
Chongqing Major Event (January 19 – 27)
TBA Major Event (May 2 – 12)
TBA Major Event (June 20 – 30)
The International 2019 (August 2019 – exact date TBA)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO)
Counter-Strike, as a franchise, has always had a cult following, especially among First Person Shooter enthusiasts. First-Person-Shooter games are inherently competitive considering the nature of the gameplay. Professional players of CS: GO have quick reflexes, accurate aim, and excellent control of their given weapons.
CS:GO professional matches are intense and fast-paced at the same time. CS:GO is perfect for bettors who are into fast-paced games and guns – all in a highly competitive environment where the fastest wits make the difference between winning and losing.
Bettors looking to get a piece of the CS:GO action can look forward to a hefty payout on these big events:
iBuyPower Masters IV (January 19 – 20)
Intel Extreme Master XIII (February 13 – March 3)
World Electronic Sports Games 2018 (March 11 – 17)
BLAST Prio Series: Miami 2019 (April 12 – 13)
DreamHack Masters Dallas 2019 (May 28 – June 2)
DreamHack Open Series 2019
Open Tours (May 17 – 19)
Open Summer (June 15 – 17)
Open Montreal (September 6 – 8)
Open Rotterdam (October 18 – 20)
Open Atlanta (November 15 – 17)
Open Winter (November 29 – 1)
League of Legends (LoL)
League of Legends is another game in the highly competitive MOBA game genre. It features over 140 champions and items of almost the same number to complement even more abilities. League of Legends offers its own set of game mechanics which its professional players have to learn, master, and use to their advantage to take out the opposing team.
League of Legends enjoys a constant round of updates throughout the year. These updates constantly change the landscape of what professionals and high-rank players call the meta-game. Granted, the mechanics of MOBAs like LoL (and DotA 2) allow for multiple ways to play the game; the meta-game appears to be the most efficient way of playing a chosen strategy – out of many – in any given matchup. Changes in the meta-game always keep teams on their toes and make every LoL patch more exciting.
Top Tournaments in League of Legends are scattered throughout the year. While the biggest tournaments are still waiting for official announcements, we’ve collected a few of the initial announced major League of Legends tournaments for 2019:
Player Ibe Ekute Series Season 1 (January 2 – 23)
LCS Spring 2019 (January 14 – April 1)
LEC Spring 2019 (January 18 – April 1)
World Championships 2019 (TBA 2019)
These are the 3 hottest esports to place your bets on this 2019. Check out more esports games and their respective tournaments on OppaBet esports live betting today.