There’s been a flurry of action in the offseason as teams are setting their rosters for next season in the hopes of eSports glory. KT Rolster has made the flashiest pick-ups, but other Korean stalwarts like SK Telecom T1 and Samsung Galaxy are considered solid picks to win Worlds next season too. Even though only three teams from South Korea will make the 16-team field, the region is the overwhelming favorite to produce next year’s champion.
John John Florence is favored to win the Billabong Pipe Masters which begins on Thursday in Oahu, Hawaii. Florence has already clinched the season title so this season-ending event won’t have any championship implications. Florence is listed as the 3-1 top choice in the surfing betting odds with Kelly Slater and Gabriel Medina next at odds of 7-1. Let’s look at this event and surfing predictions.
Just a week after ELeague Season 2 crowns its champion, some of the best CS:GO teams in the world will head to Anaheim in order to take part in the Esports Championship Series Season 2 Finals. In this tournament, four teams from North America will square off against four teams from Europe for a chunk of the $750,000 prize pool. It will be the last premier tournament of the season and one last chance for any of these teams to get a major win and some momentum heading into next year.
Virtus Pro is looking to defend their title as ELeague Season 1 champions in one of the most lucrative CS:GO tournaments of the season. After a month of pool play, we are now at the Quarterfinal stage and with the best teams in the world set to square off in Atlanta, next weekend is sure to be can’t miss entertainment.
The National Electronic Sports Tournament is one of the premier eSports events in China. Almost every major team gathers for a weekend in order to determine which side is best in League of Legends, FIFA, Hearthstone, and CrossFire. Edward Gaming was considered a massive favorite to win the LoL title, just like it has every other major Chinese competition this season, but pulled out after winning the Demacia Cup last week.
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We’re down to eight teams in the Heroes of the Storm World Championship and only one can be named as the champion of the tournament. MVP Black and Ballistix look dominant early on, having cruised into the semi-finals thanks to undefeated records in their group stages. On the other end of the bracket, the two teams that finished last in each group now face off to see who will go home and who will make the playoffs this weekend.
There’s no denying which country produces the best League of Legends teams in the world. Korean teams filled three of the four semi-final spots at Madison Square Garden last week and the two Korean sides that met there gave us a series for the ages while the other Korean team made short work of their European counterpart. Which of these Korean teams will raise the Summoner’s Cup and be crowned champions of 2016?
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League of Legends World Championships Semifinals Samsung Galaxy vs. H2K Odds, Picks, and Predictions
The second Semifinals match-up taking place Saturday doesn’t have the star power that SK Telecom T1 and ROX Tigers have, but the winner will nonetheless make it to the Finals where they have a shot at being crowned World Champions. Samsung Galaxy is trying to make it an all-Korean final for the second straight year and win its second title ever, while H2K is carrying the banner for all of Europe at this point. SSG is the heavy favorite, but can H2K pull off an upset and become the first European team to make the Finals since 2011?
The more things change, the more they stay the same. After a year of hype for teams from China, Europe, and North America, the story has once again been the dominance of the Korean teams at the 2016 League of Legends World Championships. Korean teams are now 18-4 at Worlds and hold three of the four spots in the Semifinals. Two of those teams will face off in Madison Square Garden on Friday night when SK Telecom T1 takes on the ROX Tigers.
The group stages are now out of the way and we have our final eight teams ready to square off in the knockout rounds. Now, the best-of-five quarterfinals will take place Thursday through Sunday at the Chicago Theatre.