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  • BookMaker.eu We are starting to see some separation in the NA LCS. After a couple weeks of it being Team Liquid, Cloud9, and then everyone else, we now have some teams that have put themselves on different tiers than everyone else. For the most part, things have started to shake out like I thought they would. I thought Team Liquid and Cloud9 were clearly the two best teams in the region, and I believed that 100 Thieves were very overrated. However, there have been some definite surprises too, chief among the... 

  • BookMaker.eu Well…G2 won’t be finishing the regular season undefeated. After finishing up the first round robin undefeated and smashing most of their foes along the way, G2 were smashed themselves by Origen last week. Their Sylas pick fell flat and the bottom lane couldn’t muster a single kill in the defeat, leaving them with some adversity going into a break for the first time all season. They will look to get back to their winning ways, but they face a tough test from second place Schalke.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Through three weeks, we still don’t have a ton of separation in the NA LCS. Team Liquid is the region’s undisputed heavyweight and Cloud9 is looking like the top challenger, but the other eight teams are either 3-3 or 2-4. That should lead to some pretty even spreads, yet that’s not what we’re seeing from the oddsmakers. Only one game is classified as a relative toss up, as they continue to think teams will separate themselves. I think that’s a mistake, especially now that we’re experiencing big changes on Patch 9.3, and I’m loving the underdogs this week. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu We’re in a weird meta right now. During the LCK’s week off for the Lunar New Year, Riot dropped Patch 9.3 and made some significant changes. There have been major nerfs and buffs to a number of champions, but some of the ability changes have broken long-standing parts of the game. The ability to combine Frostfang and Kleptomancy together has made it so where some laners don’t have to worry about farming and don’t try to kill minions. Instead, they are constantly poking their enemy counterpart, a... 

  • BookMaker.eu It turns out that Team Liquid have been as dominant as everyone feared they might be. Liquid are the only undefeated team left in the NA LCS after two weeks of action, and they will be heavily favored in both of their matches this week. They are playing two mediocre teams in Clutch Gaming and OpTic Gaming, and they are close to a -400 favorite in each. The question going into this week is whether or not we will see some separation in the middle of the pack. There are current six teams that have 2-2 records. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The team to beat in Europe is G2. G2’s experiment of moving mid laner Perkz to become the team’s starting AD Carry has paid off tremendously, as they are 6-0 with this current lineup. Bottom lane was the weak spot for G2 all throughout 2018 with Hjarnan needing to play Heimerdinger in order to have real success, so moving Perkz down into the position made the team stronger in the bottom lane and allowed G2 to sign star mid laner Caps. They have shown no signs of slowing down and are the only undefeated team left in Europe, but they have a tough match against 5-1 Team Vitality on Friday. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The second week of the NA LCS Spring Split kicks off on Saturday, and Team Liquid is looking to continue its dominance. Liquid won both split titles last year, and they are the odds-on favorites to win yet again this season. They looked every part the team to beat last weekend, beating both Cloud9 and Counter Logic Gaming to start off 2-0. However, they had some issues in the early game, and teams will be looking to punish that this week.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Can the reigning Kings of Europe finally get their first win of the season? That’s the big question entering the third week of the rebranded LEC this weekend. Fnatic was the best team in Europe for all of 2018. They won the Spring Split and the Summer Split, and they outlasted G2 at Worlds by making it all the way to the finals. However, they have fallen on hard times without mid laner Caps, and they are 0-4 coming into this week. That puts them in a tie with Rogue for last place, and they will ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Every region will finally be in action when the NA LCS starts their season on Saturday. The season starts with a bang as the two best teams from last year meet up in the very first match of the Spring Split. Team Liquid won both split championships last year, knocking off Cloud9 on their way to the first double in the organization’s history. However, it was Cloud9 that was the best performing North American team at Worlds, making it to the semifinals.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Coming into the season, the three favorites to win the first LEC Spring Split were Fnatic, G2 Esports, and Misfits. While two of the three took care of business and are tied in first place at 2-0 after the first week of play, Fnatic struggled mightily in losses to SK Gaming and Origen. That has last year’s two-time champions stunned and searching for answers entering the second week of play. They are looking to get into the win column, but they face a tough test in Team Vitality in Friday’s most... 

  • BookMaker.eu Two teams have dominated European League of Legends since the start of league play back in 2013. Fnatic and G2 Esports have combined to win 11 of the 12 split championships with the former winning seven and the latter winning four. Thus, it comes as no real surprise that these two teams are the favorites to win the 2019 Spring Split. However, there are some questions about both teams heading into this year, and that has teams like Misfits Gaming and Team Vitality believing they can break those t... 

  • BookMaker.eu The LCK and all Korean League of Legends fans are hoping that this year will be a year of redemption. Korea dominated the international scene from 2013 to 2017, and they were expected to do the same in 2018. KINGZONE DragonX, Gen. G, and SK Telecom T1 were the three favorites to win the World Championship at the start of the year, and Korea was an odds-on favorite to be host to the winning team at Worlds for a sixth straight year.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Last year, China showed that they were the best region when it came to League of Legends. Royal Never Give Up won the Mid-Season Invitational, the LPL won Rift Rivals over the LCK and LMS, and Invictus Gaming won the region its first World Championship. That has made this game even more popular in China, and now the LPL is the biggest League of Legends region in the world with 16 teams taking part in the Spring Split this year. Invictus Gaming are the deserved favorites following their performan... 

  • BookMaker.eu We’ve only entered the new year, but CS:GO fans are already asking one question. Which team will reign supreme in 2019? Astralis were clearly the best team in the world in 2018, but CS:GO is a fickle game. The Danes are likely to drop off simply because no one stays at the top for too long in this Esport. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu We have seen a lot of great play at the KeSPA Cup thus far. The competition has taken on added meaning this year given the poor performance of Korea on the international scene, and every team is out to prove itself. Many of the top teams in the region made major moves this offseason, and those teams are using this competition to hone their chemistry. On Thursday, three of the best teams in the region and a strong newcomer will take the stage.... 

  • BookMaker.eu Eight of the top teams in Chinese League of Legends will take part in the Demacia Cup starting this Thursday. The three best teams in China throughout the course of the year (Invictus Gaming, Royal Never Give Up, and Edward Gaming) will be taking part in the four-day double-elimination competition, and some of the other top teams in the region will be looking to take them down. ... 

  • BookMaker.eu Next week, the KeSPA Cup will get underway and provide us with the League of Legends fix we have needed. League of Legends is the most popular Esport in the world in and has the largest global reach due to its structure. Korea is the heart and soul of the game, and more Korean players are on rosters than players from any other country in the world. That will make the KeSPA Cup incredibly interesting as 19 Korean teams battle for supremacy over a two-week period. Whereas this competition was some... 

  • BookMaker.eu The only CS:GO team anyone is talking about heading into the CS:GO BLAST Pro Series in Lisbon is Astralis. Astralis became the winners of the first-ever CS:GO Grand Slam following their victory over Team Liquid in the ESL Pro Series Season 8 Finals last weekend, and they earned themselves an additional million dollars by winning the Grand Slam. It was an incredible feat in a year full of incredible performances for Astralis, and they are likely to go down as the best team in CS:GO history as a r... 

  • BookMaker.eu The Call of Duty World League will have their first major tournament since the release of the popular game Black Ops IIII this weekend in Las Vegas. It will be a huge Esports weekend as both COD World League and League of Legends All-Star Weekend are happening in Sin City this weekend, turning the Strip into a gamer’s paradise. Optic Gaming are decent favorites to top a 269-team field that will be whittled down considerably before the pro teams get involved in the latter stages. Let’s take a loo... 

  • BookMaker.eu The most anticipated event of All-Star Weekend is the 1v1 Tournament featuring 32 of the top players in the world. Since its inception in 2015, this has been the most talked about part of the weekend as rivals from around the world square off for bragging rights and the chance to say they knocked off one of the best players in the game today. This event features players that play a variety of roles, and usually mid laners and AD Carries are heavy favorites given their positions on the team. Seei... 

  • BookMaker.eu Although it doesn’t have the prestige of some of the DreamHack tournaments earlier in the year or even some of its predecessors, DreamHack Winter will give you a chance to win some money over the weekend. This is an eight-team tournament being played in Jonkoping this weekend, and while it is kind of playing second fiddle to SuperNova in Malta, there will be many tuning in to watch these matches too. For most of the teams involved in this competition, this is a chance to get your first win of th... 

  • BookMaker.eu It’s Astralis’ world, everyone else is just living in it. The CS:GO scene has been dominated by Astralis this season. They have won seven tournaments already this year, and they have claimed well over $4 million in prize money. Next weekend they will look to end their year with a bang in the ESL Pro League Season Eight Finals. The Danes are close to odds-on favorites to win the tournament, which is incredibly impressive given the history of CS:GO. There are 15 other teams looking to knock them f... 

  • BookMaker.eu For the first time in the country’s history, Malta will host a major Esports event next weekend. SuperNova Malta will be the first, but hopefully not the last, professional Esports competition to take place on the tiny island off the coast of Sicily. Eight teams have come from different parts of the globe in order to take part in this event, and they will be fighting for a $150,000 prize purse. Team Liquid are the overwhelming favorites entering this competition, but there are plenty of reasons ... 

  • BookMaker.eu The action is a little light in the Esports world this week as North America celebrates Thanksgiving, but there are still a few competitions going on and prize money to be won. The big event this week is the ECS Season Six Finals, which kick off on Thursday, and there is plenty of cash to be distributed in that event. Astralis are the big favorite coming into the competition after winning six different tournaments and over $2 million worth of prize money this season, but others will be out to kn... 

  • BookMaker.eu Next week, eight of the best CS:GO teams in the world will square off in Arlington, Texas for the right to be declared the champions of ECS Season Six. As the name indicates, we are in our sixth season of ECS and the Esports Championship Series is still going strong after being founded in 2015. European organizations have largely dominated the proceedings with Astralis winning two titles, Faze Clan winning one title, and G2 Esports winning one title, and SK Gaming are the only team to have ever ... 

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