League of Legends
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS BETTING
If you’re new to esports betting, there’s no better game to start with than League of Legends. League, or simply LoL, is a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) developed and published by Riot Games in 2009. Like a truckle of mature cheddar, League of Legends aged rather well. To this day, the game continuously shatters tournament viewership records and is regarded as one of the biggest esports titles on the market.
Before you place your first bet on League of Legends and benefit from our competitive LoL odds, take a moment to learn a bit more about the game and LoL bets. We’ll get you up and running with everything you need to know about League of Legends betting!
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS — WHAT IS IT?
First and foremost, League of Legends is a game of strategy. Two teams of five spawn on Summoner’s Rift, the main map used in competitive play. Each player controls one of over 150 League of Legends champions, bringing a specialised skill set to the table.
Unlike other popular esports where non-stop action and tactical mobility are at the game’s very core, like CS:GO, VALORANT or Overwatch, League is all about strategic positioning and using the game’s length to gradually gain an advantage over the opponent.
With a high skill ceiling, action-packed skirmishes and calculated, cooperative gameplay, League of Legends is perfectly positioned to reign as one of the world’s biggest and hottest esports disciplines.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS GAMEPLAY BASICS
The map is divided into two halves, separated by the jungle. On the outskirts of the map are two lanes, Top and Bot, and the Mid lane runs from one side’s base straight to the other. The lanes and base structures are protected by turrets and inhibitors; level them to the ground and you open the way to the enemy’s most heavily guarded structure — the Nexus.
At the start of the game, players split across the map’s lanes: two players are sent to the bottom lane, one each to the top and middle lanes, and the remaining player will brave the jungle’s perils. Any territory outside the vicinity of a structure or player is obscured by the Fog of War, which makes venturing forth to the enemy’s side a risk not always worth taking.
The champions can be categorised into several roles: damage dealers, supports and junglers. Within each role are multiple classes, like Marksman, Controller, Assassin, Fighter, Mage and Tank. As you may have guessed, the class names allude to the champion’s style of play. Marksmen, for example, are known for dishing out a barrage of missiles from a distance but are relatively immobile and vulnerable. Tanks, on the other hand, position at the frontlines and soak up heavy damage like sponges, bouncing back up thanks to resistances and defensive abilities.
Once positioned on the Rift, the players take down minions (enemy AI units that spawn periodically from the Nexus, granting gold to the champion that lands the last hit) while trading attacks with the opposition. The team’s objective is simple: farm gold, build a strong item set, evade enemy attacks and make sure that yours find the target. Through coordinated team play and objective control, like bringing down the jungle’s most formidable monsters or demolishing turrets, teams carve their path towards the enemy Nexus. Bring it down and leave the match victorious!
COMPETITIVE LEAGUE OF LEGENDS
The LoL Championship Series is the pinnacle of competitive League of Legends, divided into two splits — spring and summer— that are played in 12 regions. At the end of each split, the top eight teams battle it out for a chance to snag a seed into the League of Legends World Championship, also known as Worlds, which concludes the annual season. In between, there are series of qualifiers, play-offs and the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), League’s second most important tournament of the year.
REGIONS AND LEAGUES
To level the playing field, all 12 regions compete in dedicated regional leagues. There are only two ways for a team to make it to LoL’s crowning event: be the best in your region, or show that you have what it takes through wins in previous competitions, like the MSI.
The best of the best will enjoy a seed into Worlds, but the number of designated seeds will vary from one region to the next. Here are the 12 competing regions and their respective leagues:
Brazil (CBLOL), China (LPL), Commonwealth of Independent States (LCL), Europe (LEC), Japan (LJL), Latin America (LLA), North America (LCS), Oceania (LCO), South East Asia (PCS), South Korea (LCK), Turkey (TCL) and Vietnam (VCS).
When looking at the current standings and previous competitions, you’ll see that the winners pool is not that homogeneous. Historically, China’s LPL and South Korea’s LCK have dominated the competitive ladder, with Europe’s LEC popping in every once in a while to put up a solid fight.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS TOURNAMENTS
Top teams from each region clash in two major events: the Spring Split and the Summer Split. The Spring Split kicks off in January and concludes in late March or early April. After a short break, the action picks up in early June and concludes with Summer Split play-offs in late August or early September. The competition dates will vary from one region to the next, but generally fall within a week or two of one another.
Of the twelve competing regions, Europe, China, South Korea and North America have shown the most promising results in the last five years. If you’re interested in trying your hand at League of Legends betting, we recommend starting with the splits — look out for LEC, LPL, LCK, LSC and LCL betting markets.
League of Legends Mid-Season Invitational (MSI)
The Spring Split winners from all 12 regions will head to the second most anticipated League of Legends tournament of the year — MSI. The top four MSI winning regions secure a spot in the World Championship’s Group stage, while the best Wildcard region grabs a Worlds seed for that region’s Summer Split champions. The Mid-Season Invitational kicks off when all regions wrap up the Spring Split, usually around early May.
League of Legends World Championship
The competitive LoL season culminates in the World Championship, a massive tournament that breaks viewership records left and right. In 2021, Worlds reached peak viewership of 4.01m, becoming the first competitive PC esports event to break 4m! Live viewership rivals that of traditional sports too, with massive arenas and stadiums packed to the brim with thousands of roaring fans.
The event takes place in autumn, usually in October and November, and is hosted across multiple venues around the world. The tournament structure has been altered throughout the years, but generally comprises Play-Ins, Groups and Knockouts (play-offs). Only 24 teams compete in Worlds, and only one will lift the Summoner’s Cup in victory and bag the lion’s share of the multimillion prize pool.
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS BETTING, ODDS AND BETTING TIPS
Looking for the best League of Legends odds and a diverse range of LoL online betting markets? You’ll find everything you need at our Sportsbook, along with in-depth coverage of top LoL tournaments at our Sportblog.
To get started, let’s take a quick look at some of the most common betting markets and unique LoL bets you’ll come across.
The most straightforward LoL wager you can place. Back your favourite to take the match! You can also wager on outright winners of the entire tournament, but we recommend starting slow and closely following the action in the tournament’s early stages.
Don’t get fazed by the name, this is simply a wager on which team will take down one of the enemy champions first.
First To X Kills
Similar to a Totals bet in CS:GO or Rainbow Six Siege, this wager is a bet on which team will be the first to reach a specific number of eliminations. Pay attention to how aggressively (or passively) the teams play to help you predict who is more likely to pursue the action.
First To Slay Baron
Baron Nashor is the jungle’s most ferocious monster, spawning at 20:00 and six minutes after a team has claimed its buff post the 20-minute mark. Bringing down Baron grants the team 180 seconds of raw power, boosting attack damage, ability power, buffing nearby minions and providing a quick escape through Empowered Recall. Bringing down Baron can drastically alter the game’s course, so keep your eyes on the pit!
First Dragon (Drake)
The elemental Drake is one of the game’s main objectives, which spawns at the five-minute mark and grants a buff to the team that brings it down. Only the last hit counts and claims the elemental buff, so you are bound to see hair-raising skirmishes around the Drake’s lair. A Drake will respawn five minutes after each takedown. Bringing down four dragons will grant the team an Elemental Dragon Soul, six minutes after which the Elder Drake will spawn (alternatively, it will appear at 35:00). The Elder Drake can be compared to Baron Nashor in power, and you can wager on which team will claim its buff. You can also bet on the type of Drake that spawns: Chemtech, Cloud, Hextech, Mountain, Infernal or Ocean.
League of Legends is a highly strategic game where pixel-perfect precision, timing and communication are the key to victory. The toughest part in understanding League of Legends betting is understanding the gameplay. With over 150 champions and even more combat items and actions, the particle effects alone can get overwhelming!
We highly recommend tuning in to lolesports.com to view VODs of ongoing competitions and enjoy some top-tier LoL commentary from the pros. You can also check out YouTube and Twitch streams of high-ranking players; learning what it takes to reach the peak of competitive League will help you make the most of your League of Legends bets.
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