LoL is a multiplayer online arena battle game, comparable to Dota 2, and thus lends itself to all kinds of betting. The game itself consists of two teams of heroes competing across a map. Each team of five heroes seeks to destroy the other team’s base, or ‘nexus’. Each hero, or ‘champion’ on each team, is controlled by a player.
The vast majority of competitive LoL matches are played by teams of five. This game structure, where two teams compete over a fixed piece of territory for clearly defined objectives makes the game pretty similar to mainstream sport in its concept, which makes it ripe for live sports betting.
Games usually last between 20 and 60 minutes, which is another factor which makes the game ideal as a competitive esport, and easy to stream live to large audiences. Each champion on each team has their own unique range of skills and abilities. As the game progresses, each character acquires experience and gold. This means that they can improve their skills and abilities by rising in level, and purchase additional items to further strengthen their capabilities.
Each player on the team will be assigned to a certain role, covering a specific area of the game map, and using their skills and abilities to the best advantage of the team.
Live betting is betting that occurs while a match is taking place. It is very common in mainstream sports, especially football, and most people will have seen it advertised on television. At esportsbetting.com we are passionate about bringing the excitement of live-betting to esports fans around the world.
The basic idea behind it is actually very simple indeed. Although it is a very common concept in mainstream sports, live betting is an idea which also translates well into an esports betting concept.
This type of League of Legends betting means that the punter needs to pay close attention to the action. It works best when the punter is watching the game live, either in the stadium or via stream or television. Odds change frequently, and betting in this way is a very immersive experience. It generates unique experiences, with every match throwing up different possibilities and combinations of bets.
Successful live betting depends on your knowledge, insight and experience of your chosen sport. Betting novices can sometimes find it a little fast-moving, and it is wise to research as much as possible before diving into a live betting experience and opting to bet live on League of Legends.
In terms of esports betting, live betting transfers over from mainstream sports fairly easily, as you can see from our range of in-play betting tournaments.
While live betting is offered by many betting sites, not many boast a range of live esports betting markets like we do. If you’re looking for the best range of in-play odds, we’re the bookmaker for you.
Take a closer look at League of Legends live betting, and which tournaments are good for a flutter or two. We will also examine some of the top teams and players, who make good selections for the next time you are putting together a strategy for esports bets, and want to bet on LoL.
Due to LoL’s popularity, which is huge and still growing, there are plenty of opportunities to bet live on League of Legends, with many of the world’s biggest esports tournaments focused on the game. More than 100 million people are reported to play LoL every month, a sign of just how immense the game’s popularity is. Although LoL live betting is not yet as popular as Dota 2 live betting, LoL is certainly up there when it comes to possessing a truly global reach. With so many recreational players and fans out there, it is little wonder that the professional scene attracts such interest from spectators, sponsors, and, crucially, fans of esports betting.
Many of the biggest LoL tournaments available for live betting fall under the banner of the League of Legends Championship Series, usually referred to as the LCS for short. There are two separate competitions: the LCS Europe, and the LCS North America. Divided into spring and summer seasons, a host of tournaments take place under this banner every year, providing punters with plenty of opportunities to bet live on League of Legends.
South Korea is considered a true hotbed of esports and League of Legends gaming, so it is no surprise that one of the highest quality leagues is based in Korea. This is the League of Legends Champions Korea, usually referred to more simply as the LCK, and it offers plenty of potential value for fans of League of Legends betting. Another Asian series of tournaments is the League of Legends Master Series, or LMS, which features teams from the Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao regions. Also in Asia, a Chinese competition is the LoL Pro League, or LPL. Edward Gaming were the team who won the LPL in 2016.
The Mid Season Invitational (MSI) is another of the world’s biggest LoL tournaments, and offers punters plenty of opportunity for League of Legends live betting. Hosted by Riot Games, the 2017 edition of the event took place in April and May, and was won by South Korean powerhouse team Sky Telecom T1, who have shown themselves in recent years to be one of the true all-time great teams of League of Legends. LoL fans were not surprised when the South Korean outfit took the title, as they have shown superb form in a number of tournaments in recent times. The Mid Season Invitational features the number one teams from all the different regions across the world, and is a treat for spectators and punters alike.
All of these major tournaments feed in, in some way, to the LoL World Championship and features the world elite of LoL - attracting plenty of attention from esports betting sites such as ours. South Korean teams featured strongly again, with SK Telecom T1 beating Samsung Galaxy Blue in the final.
There is a host of other smaller tournaments which are also played across the world, often in a regional or national context, and can provide good value for fans of League of Legends betting. For example, in Australia, there is even a ‘League of Origin’ event, which features teams representing the Australian states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, as well as New Zealand.
This concept mirrors the Origin idea which is prevalent in other, mainstream sports, such as rugby league, and is a measure of just how popular LoL betting has become.
It is also possible to bet live on League of Legends markets like the race to a certain number of kills.
You can bet on the first team to reach five, 10 or 20 kills on a map. Obviously, being successful with this type of live betting on LoL requires expert judgement on the form a team is showing, and whether individual team members are doing their jobs properly.
You can also bet on which team will make the most kills on a map. This type of bet can sometimes be spiced up with a handicap. Handicap betting is where one team is given a positive or negative number to reflect their abilities. A positive number means that team must score more than that number for a bet to be successful. A negative number means that that figure can be subtracted from a team’s score, and the bet is still considered successful.
Another market for live betting on LoL is which hero will be next to make a quadra or penta kill. This event occurs when a hero manages to kill multiple opponents within 10 seconds of each other. A quadra kill is when the hero has managed to kill four opponents, and a penta kill is when five opponents have been despatched. This type of LoL betting requires great judgement, as well as game knowledge. Possessing good knowledge of individual player’s abilities is very important when it comes to judging this type of bet.