eSports Betting: Introduction to League of Legends & NA LCS Week 9 Day 1 Odds

SBR Staff

Saturday, July 4, 2015 10:40 PM UTC

Saturday, Jul. 4, 2015 10:40 PM UTC

League of Legends (LoL) is the eSports game with the largest community online. The number of active players in League of Legends is astonishing. 

With over 67 million players every month, it is recognized as the most played video game in the world and the number of viewers that their live streams get is steadily growing.

LoL developer Riot Games launched the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) in 2011. Each LCS features eight teams from Europe, the United States and Asia battling for the championship title. The popularity of the LCS and other professional events like the League of Legends World Championship has been a major driving force behind the current boom of eSports betting.


Why Is League of Legends So Successful?
Riot Games is a player-focused company and the success of League of Legends is due to the great support that they offer to their players, the tactical variety of the game and the constant updates that it gets.

Since League of Legends is the leading eSports game in the world, oddsmakers offer betting lines for the LCS and for most of the worldwide tournaments. eSports betting sites offer betting odds for the winning team and for special League of Legends achievements like "First Blood," "Baron Nashor" or "Pentakill," which makes placing sports picks on this game even more interesting (later in this article we will explain the game modes available). 


Where to Bet on League of Legends
You can bet on League of Legends tournaments and leagues at bet365, bet-at-home, Pinnacle, bwin, William Hill, datbet, Bovada and Egaming Bets.

All these major LoL betting sites have odds available for all matches of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and the LoL Champions Korea. You can also bet on Global League of Legends events like the League of Legends World Championship and All-Stars.

Pinnacle also has odds for select matches of the Garena Premier League, Tencent LoL Pro League  and LoL Master Series.


Game Modes in League of Legends
LoL has a variety of game modes that you can play in, and each requires a different strategy to win. You have the option to choose between one of four maps: Summoner’s Rift (5 vs. 5), Twisted Treeline (3 vs. 3), Howling Abyss (5 vs. 5 ARAM Mode) and Crystal Scar (5 vs. 5 Dominion Mode).

Summoner’s Rift is the most commonly played mode and most of the matches of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) and the rest of the tournaments are from this mode.

It’s important to note that each map can be played with or against random players or bots and you also have the option to invite friends to join your team.


How to Play Summoner’s Rift
The objective of this mode is to destroy the enemy nexus. Each player chooses a champion and they must traverse down one of three different paths (or lanes) in order to attack enemy champions and minions. Both teams have their lanes defended by numerous turrets that will grow in strength the closer they are to their respective nexus. Each turret must be eliminated in order to gain access to the next turret in that lane. Cooperating with the members of your team is vital for success, as it is easy for a champion to get ambushed by a group of enemies.

Killing enemy champions and minions will grant you gold and experience. The gold you earn can be used to buy a large variety of items that will help you customize your character. The experience you earn will allow you to level up your character to a maximum of level 18. Each level will increase your attributes like health, attack power and mana. You can also learn or enhance one of the four different unique skills of your champion. It’s important to understand which champions are strong against other types, and which players like to use them.

A Summoner’s Rift match usually lasts from 30 to 45 minutes and it ends as soon as one of the teams is destroyed or one team surrenders.


Betting Odds for the Next League of Legends Tournament
Saturday, July 25 Starting at 3:00 PM ET


North America League of Legends Championship Series (LCS)
Team 8 +250
Team Liquid -400


Team Dignitas +185
Counter Logic Gaming -270


Gravity -300
Team Impulse +200


Enemy Esports +250
Team SoloMid -400

*Odds provided by Bovada


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