Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, usually referred to as CS:GO, has been around since 2012, and some of the world’s biggest esports tournaments are CS:GO events. The game is a first person shooter, played over a map, with two teams of four competing against each other.
One team is the Terrorists, whose objective is usually to plant a bomb and prevent their hostages being freed. They are up against the Counter Terrorists, whose mission is usually to free the hostages, and prevent the bomb from being detonated. The game lends itself to tournament play, as it consists of two four member teams in direct competition with each other. Matches usually consist of the best of three or best of five maps.
When it comes to CS:GO betting markets and odds, things are actually pretty straightforward, and should follow a format which will be fairly familiar to anyone who has already experience in sports betting. The most common type of bet is placed on individual matches, with the punter attempting to choose the winner. Odds for this type of bet can often be low, especially in the early rounds of tournaments, when favourites usually win, but punters can make the best of them with accumulators.
An accumulator is where a punter makes a number of selections on the same betting slip, with the odds from each being multiplied together. The winnings from each bet are used as the stake on the next one on the slip. If one bet loses, then the entire slip fails. Accumulators are a useful tool for anyone who wants to place a CS bet on finals and important games here at esportsbetting.com.
As well as betting on simple match outcomes, punters can also place futures bets on the overall winners of tournaments. Again, this is a very straightforward type of bet. Variations can occur when punters are given the option to bet on teams who will finish in the top four or top two of tournaments.
In addition to futures bets, punters can also sometimes see handicap markets for match betting on CS:GO. Here, each team in the match is awarded a negative or positive number. The team with the positive number can lose, but still be a winning bet, if they lose by a score which is less than the number awarded to them by the bookmaker.
The opposite is true for the team with the negative number, who can win the game but still be a losing CS:GO bet. They must win by more than the handicap value awarded to them for the bet to be successful.
Another popular form of CS:GO bet is to bet on events within the game. Punters can place wagers on, for example, which team will win the first map, whether a team will win at least one map, or the number of maps that a team will win. This type of bet can also sometimes be placed live and in play, while matches are taking place. The esports betting odds for this type of wager can often be very good value, especially for people expert within the CS:GO esports scene.
League of Legends is one of the most popular MOBA games available, and it is considered now as the biggest online game in the world. The game itself was released in 2009, and the first competitive professional LoL events were staged two years later. Somehow similar to a Warcraft universe, LoL is a real time strategy multiplayer game, played between two teams of five players each.
The game is played over a map, with teams starting the action at opposite sides, in an area called the Spawning Pool. This is located close to their Nexus. Each team competes to destroy the opposition’s Nexus alongside the Summoner’s Rift.
To do this, the team must destroy turrets, which are located along lanes, which are paths to each Nexus. Players must defeat the opposition’s champions and minions, as well as kill neutral monsters, as the game progresses. For each of these achievements, players are awarded gold, which can then be used to purchase items which improve performance.
Defense of the Ancients 2, usually referred to as Dota 2, combines action gaming with real time strategy, and is played between two teams of five players. Based on a mod of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne, Dota 2 combat between the teams takes place across a series of maps, while players also collect runes which enhance their characters. Characters are drawn from one of three types: Intelligence, Agility and Strength.
Characters can carry up to six items, drawn from an inventory of 123, which enhance their abilities and fighting skills. The aim of the game is for each team to destroy their opponents’ main base, known as an ‘Ancient’. They must also destroy towers which are located along paths which link the bases. Complicating the issue are the teams of ‘creeps’, which are small, AI-controlled combat teams, which emanate from each team’s base, and attack the opposing team’s heroes and structures. Bookies offer a variety of esports betting odds on the game.
Again, the most common, and most easily understood, type of betting we offer on Dota 2 is the straightforward match bet. This is where the punter picks a winner in a match between two teams. These bets can be combined into an accumulator, in order to maximise the often low odds which are provided on many tournament matches, especially in the early rounds, when favourites rarely lose.
Markets are also frequently offered for futures bets, where a bettor selects the overall winner of a Dota 2 tournament. It is also possible to bet on which teams will reach the semi-finals or final. Handicap betting is also offered by some bookmakers, using the same structures as alluded to above, in that weaker teams will receive a positive rating, such as +1.5, and weaker teams a negative, such as -1.5, for the number of games or maps they are expected to win within a match.
Other markets for Dota 2 betting include betting on in-game events such as the number of kills, deaths or assists that a player achieves during a game. The roles for each player on a team are highly specific when it comes to Dota 2, with each role, whether that of, for example, Carry or Support, being likely to achieve different things during a game. Punters need to be aware of the different roles within each team, and which player is fulfilling those roles, in order to place successful bets. Bookies will tailor their esports odds to reflect this.
StarCraft II was released in 2010, as a sequel to 1998’s original StarCraft game. Its popularity has become huge, especially in South Korea, where it has become something of a national obsession. The game is a real-time strategy affair, which has a science fiction, space war setting.
Each player plays as one of three separate species, who compete for resources and territory, while building a base and an army. Fans of earlier game Command and Conquer will recognise much of the game’s structure and style, as it was developed by the same designer. The game is storyline based, and each of its expansion packs has a different narrative, focusing on different characters and events in the history of the game universe.