With the rise of eSports, especially in the last couple of years, there are many of those who realized the opportunities in the industry, including some of the biggest companies in the world, many of which participate in the business by making sponsorship deals with teams, introducing tournaments, leagues and pretty much everything they can get their hands on. In other words, eSports have been getting more and more publicity and are coming to the big screens with more and more tournaments and leagues being held each month.
I am sure you are all familiar with one of the biggest names among the eSports – Valve’s extremely popular FPS game called Counter Strike Global Offensive (from now on CS:GO). Needless to say, the game itself is flourishing in every aspect of its existence and as such is pushing the industry to amazing heights especially over the course of last two years. One of the reasons behind this is surely the sheer number of leagues and tournaments this game has to offer, a huge number of professional teams competing in them and a globally wide fan-base which makes it all worth it.
With all of this in mind, it is important to mention that the newest addition to the roster of CS:GO leagues, which we will thoroughly discuss in this article, is called eLeague which just made its debut on May 24th. With a worldwide broadcast, huge number of competing teams and a large prize pool, the eLeague promises great things which is exactly why we are going to take a closer look at it in the paragraphs down below.
eLeague is the newest professional CS:GO eSports league in which some of the best teams will be facing off against each other for a set of amazing prizes.
- Date: 05/24/- 07/30/2016
- Playoffs: 07/21/ – 07/30/2016
- Location: Atlanta, US
- Prize Pool: $1,400,000
- 24 Teams
- Format: Group Stage Bo2, Playoffs Bo3
- Betting odds available for all matches.
- Live Streaming available for all matches.
The league itself is sponsored by Turner Sports and WME / IMG and will feature live broadcasts over the entire world. This is first such case for an eSport title and will surely be under the spotlight during the entirety of its length.
eLeague Format and Schedule 2016
As stated above, eLeague has already started on May 24th and will last till July 30th when the finals will be held. With this in mind, let’s take a closer look at the league’s structure.
The league will last a total of 10 weeks, divided as follows:
- The group stage will be held from week 1 to 6
- Week 7 is reserved for a break
- The last chance qualifiers will be held on week 8
- The playoffs of eLeague Season 1 will be held from week 9 to 10
As for the format, the league is separated into three main parts:
- Group Stage
- Last Chance Qualifiers
- Single Elimination Bracket (playoffs)
Group stage will feature 6 groups with 4 teams in each.
During each week a total of 15 matches will be held:
- 12 double round robin matches where each team will be facing two times against all other teams in its group, battling for points. Matches are BO1 (best of one) and every victory brings 1 point.
- 2 semifinal matches: 1st vs 4th and 2nd vs 3rd
- 1 weekly final match: winner of 1st semifinal vs winner of 2nd semifinal
The overall weekly winner gets a place at the playoffs which starts on week 9 while the runner up gets a chance at the LCQ (last chance qualifiers) which will be held on week 8.
Last Chance Qualifiers
The LCQ will feature a total of 8 teams; 6 runner ups from the weekly finals along with 2 best 3rd placed teams across all 6 groups (3rd placed teams with the most points). They will be randomly placed in a single elimination brackets and all matches will be played in a BO3 fashion.
Teams that meet in the finals are going through to the playoffs. Keep in mind that the winner of the LCQ will also get a special reward, but more on that later on.
A total of 8 teams (6 weekly winners along with 2 LCQ finalists) will be facing off in a single elimination brackets with all matches played in a BO3 fashion. Read more about eLeague Playoffs
Teams that will be competing in the eLeague
|GROUP A | Standings
|GROUP B | Standings
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|GROUP C | Standings
|GROUP D | Standings
|GROUP E | Standings
|GROUP F | Standings
Want to bet on eLeague matches?
If you want to place a bet or two on eLeague matches you can consider yourself lucky because the eSports bookmaker Bet365 has all you need for a pleasant betting experience.
Simply head over to their main page, navigate to the eSports category (find it in the list on the left side of the page) and you will notice the eLeague among other eSports tournaments.
BET365 INFO: Find CS:GO betting in the menu on the left: E-Sports
The first thing you will notice, in addition to the regular bets, is the absurd number of special ones solely for the eLeague.
Let’s take a closer look at all of the available bets for eLeague:
- To win outright – represents the winner of the entire tournament rather than a single match
- Rounds Handicap – represents the match winner with a certain number of rounds advantage.
- Correct Map score – represents the correct map score of a single match.
- Map / round winners – represents the winners of the desired map / round.
- Total Maps over / under – represents the number of maps that will be played (2 or 3).
- Match Handicap – represents the match winner with 1 map advantage.
- To win at least 1 map – well, this one is pretty self-explanatory, isn’t it?
Keep in mind that some of these bets will not be available during the group matches due to the fact that they require BO3 scenarios.
24 teams that are shown above will be competing for the following prizes:
- 1st place – 390,000 USD
- 2nd place – 140,000 USD
- 3rd place – 60,000 USD
- LCQ winner – 10,000 USD
If you want to watch eLeague matches live don’t despair, there are plenty of streams which will be working throughout the entire tournament. The major thing with eLeague is the fact that it is being broadcasted on cable television, ABS to be more precise. If you do not have access to ABS there is always the official Twitch Channel of eLeague which will be streaming all matches, along with VOD’s shortly after.
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