League of Legends (LoL) is the esports game with the largest community on the internet. The number of active players in LoL every day is tremendous and the numbers of viewers, watching the competitive eSports matches in front of the live streams has steadily grown over the years. This article takes a look at the betting markets that have evolved for League of Legends and the sites that offer bets for LoL.
In 2011 Riot Games launched their own professional LoL esports leagues, the League of Legends Championship Series (“LCS”) in Europe, the United States and Asia. Since than the best teams are also batteling for the title World Champion. Now in 2018 the scene is bigger than ever and millions are watching the biggest tournaments like the League of Legends World Championship, the MSI 2018 or the LoL All-Star. The bond between fans and players has become so strong that even years after the retirement of former stars they get cheered at tournaments like the Return of the Legends 2017. The popularity of professional League of Legends leagues is also one of the major driving forces behind the boom of bets on esports events. The outstanding success of LoL and its eSports division is due to the great support Riot Games offers its players, the quality and quantity of the free live stream broadcasts, the tactical variety of the game and the constant updates provided by Riot Games.
Bets and Bookmakers for League of Legends Match Betting
League of Legends is the leading esports game for quit a while now and thats the reason why bookies not just offer bets for the LCS (Europe/North America) but for nearly all of the international LoL tournaments and leagues. All esports betting sites offer bets on the winning team (win bet or normal match bet), a bet which most people who already placed bets on sports like football will be familiar with. In addition to win bets, for alot of matches (especialy for the matches in the LCS) odds on special LoL in game achievements like “First Blood”, “Baron Nashor” or “Pentakill”, are offered, which can make betting on the matches even more interesting. Besides this most of the bookmakers have odds for handicap bets during the playoffs or knockout-stages which are played in a best of 3 or best of 5 series.
Betting odds for the next LoL tournaments and leagues
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Betting Odds presented by bet365. The listed odds are intended as a guide only and are subject to change. Please check current LoL odds on the bet365 website before placing any bets. Read more about esports betting at Bet365
LoL Betting Sites Reviews
At the moment 5 online bookmakers offer real money betting odds for League of Legends tournaments and leagues: Bet365, Pinnalce Sports, Bet at Home, William Hill and Betway. Moreover there are some more websites that have no valid license for online gaming. In our opinion a valid betting license is mandatory therefore we did not review these bookmakers. You can find out more about the 5 League of Legends bookmakers in our review.
We have reviewed the bookmakers offering bets for LoL towards the following criteria:
- Betting license
- Bonus and Promotions
- Offered odds for LoL tournaments and leagues
- Depositing and Withdrawal options
- Customer Support
While Pinnacle Sports, Bet365 and Bet-at-Home are well known in the world of online sports betting, egamingbets is only a couple of years old bud dedicated to eSports only. All other 3 betting sites are having many other sports and other gmaes as well. Pinnacle Sports and egamingbets are offering speical bets for some of the League of Legends matches like Handciap. For the biggest tournaments like the LoL World Championship egamingbets and Pinnacle Sports have bets on special in-game events like first Turret or First Blood. Bet365, egamingbets and Bet-at-Home having a welcome bonus for new costumers.
Bookmakers available betting types:
- Win bet (all 5)
- Handicap betting (Pinnacle, Bet365)
- League / tournament winner (all 5)
- Special bets (Pinnacle Sports, Bet365, William Hill)
- Live Betting (Pinnacle Sports, Bet365 – for selected matches of LCS and LCK and all major tournaments)
Watch our Video about betting on League of Legends
LoL Daily Fantasy eSports in the NA area:
Fanatsy League of Legends is available for some of the bigger LoL leagues as well. This form of competition is mostly played in the US and some other regions in the world. Since Vulcun closed down its paid fantasy section the only major platform that offers daily fantasy League of Legends contests is Draftkings. You can learn more about their daily fantasy LCS for cash here.
LoL Leagues you can bet on
All major LoL betting sites are offering odds for all matches of LCS and LCK (OGN) and of course the global League of Legends events like the World Championship and All-Stars. Pinnacle Sports and Bet365 are offering odds for selceted matches of GPL, LPL and LMS as well.
Betting tips and League of Legends news:
- Grand Finals LoL Worlds 2018 – Preview and Predictions – will Europe be the world champion again? October 28, 2018
- Semifinals LoL Worlds 2018 – Preview and Predictions for the fight in Gwangju October 22, 2018
- Quarterfinals LoL Worlds 2018 – Preview and Predictions for the Busan-Encounter October 19, 2018
- Play-In Stage #2 – LoL Worlds Championship 2018 | Preview + Predictions for the long journey to the Playoffs October 4, 2018
- Play-In Stage #1 – LoL Worlds Championship 2018 | Preview + Predictions for the first encounters! September 29, 2018
Game modes in LoL
League of Legends offers a variety of game modes to play, which require a differend strategy to win. First of all you can decide which map you wanna play. At the moment you can choose between one of 2 permanent maps:
- Summoners Rift (5 vs 5)
- Howling Abyss (5 vs 5, ARAM Mode)
The most commonly played mode is the 5 vs 5 Summoners Rift in which also the matches of the LoL Championship Series (LCS) and most other tournaments are played. Other maps and game modes, such as Poro King, Dominion, Hexakill or URF (Ultra Rapid Fire) are available for a short periods throughout the year.
Each map can either be played with/against bots or random players. Furthermore you have the option to invite friends to play in your team.
During special events like the Allstars the 1 vs. 1 mode is played as well.
How Summoner's Rift is played
Once each player has chosen his champion, the goal of this map is quite simple. All you need to do is to get into the enemy base and destroy their Nexus before they destroy yours.
To achieve this you will have to kill Minions or enemy champions, which in return will grant you gold and experience. With the gold you earned you can buy a large variety of different items that allow you to customize the character you have chosen. The experience you earned will allow you to level up your character to a maximum of level 18, and each level you gain increases your attributes like health, attack power and mana, which makes it so important to level up fast. In addition to the increase in your attributes you can learn or enhance one of the four different unique skills of your character each level.
A match in the Summoners Rift of League of Legends mostly lasts for 30 to 45 minutes and is finished as soon as the nexus of one of the teams is destroyed or one team surrenders.
There are all kinds of League of Legends tournaments throughout the year, ranging from small regional tournaments with small price money up to Riot Games official League of Legends tournament series LCS. We have gathered some information about the biggest LoL tournaments in the following articles:
- LoL Worlds 2018 (League of Legends World Championship)
- MSI 2018 – Mid-Season Invitational
- Spring Playoffs | LCS 2018
- LCS 2018 | Season 8
- LoL All-Star 2017
- LCS 2017 | Season 7
- Summer Playoffs | LCS 2017
- LoL Worlds 2017 (League of Legends World Championship)
- Return of the Legends 2017
- Rift Rivals 2017
- MSI 2017 – Mid-Season Inviational
- LoL IEM Katowice 2017
- LCK – South Korea
- Garena Premier League (GPL)
- League of Legends Master Series (LMS)