League of Legends is one of the largest esports competitions on the planet, with millions of people playing, watching and following Riot Games. League of Legends betting is available at most bookmakers and LoL is one of the most common games.
Main LOL ESPORTS Events in 2020
League of Legends World Championship: Riot Games has announced that the 2020 LoL World Championship will be held in Shanghai. This will be the 10th MOBA Championship and will feature many of the best LoL players again. It will also be a massive LoL betting event.
The Legends Championship Series: LCS or Legends Championship Series is LoL’s regional professional esports event. The best teams from each region then go through playoffs to determine the best LoL teams in the world. North American LCS and Korea LCS are the two strongest regions in League of Legends.
What is League of Legends?
League of Legends is a massively multiplayer online battle arena game for PC, Mac and has become one of the largest esports games in the world since its initial release in 2009. There are dozens of tournaments around the world dedicated to professional LoL players, on which nearly a million dollars have been spent. Prize pools and ticket sales are selling like hotcakes.
League of Legends is a fast-paced and frenetic Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) ideal for both friends and pro competitive play. It combines gameplay from several genres, including real-time strategy (RTS) and role-playing games (RPG). As an invisible commander with an isometric third-person perspective over the battlefield, players control one of more than 135 characters, each with their own unique abilities, skills and playstyles, allowing them to use a large number of different strategies, tactics and set them up against enemy opponents.
A typical League of Legends match starts with two teams of five on opposite sides of the map, which is the only map in the game. The starting area is called the Respawn Pool, which also houses an important structure called the Nexus. The main goal of the game is to destroy the other team’s Nexus, which is protected not only by members of the opposing team, but also by defensive structures and obstacles such as minions, neutral monsters and turrets. A match is ultimately won when a team is the first to successfully destroy the other team’s Nexus.
All characters are quite weak at the beginning of the game, but as gold and experience accumulate, their competitive advantage can change quite quickly, depending on the individual team skills and team cohesion. Much of an average LoL match is about completing goals to earn gold and experience points and spend them on purchasing items, improving character stats, and further improving character abilities for additional benefits.
Characters and their types
The list of 138 League of Legends characters can be incredibly overwhelming for newbies, as it sets itself apart in its variety from many other video games. Each playable character has unique abilities and playstyles, and not all of them can be clearly attributed to a particular type. However, the LoL developer provided six main types: assassin, mage, fighter, shooter, tank and support.
Assassin: An agile character specializing in quick damage, designed to take out enemy foes as quickly as possible, usually with weapons and melee abilities. Great for killing characters with low health or low attack speed due to their mobility, but also weak in defense to compensate for their high speed. Examples: Ahri, Shen, Twitch, and Zed.
Mage: A character wielding magic, specializing in powerful spells and auxiliary skills that quickly destroy opponents and strengthen allies with various advantages depending on the character. Many have AoE (Area of Effect) spells that deal damage to multiple enemies at the same time, while others have DPS (Damage Per Second) spells that focus on quickly killing single enemy characters. Their abilities are offset by long casting times, low mobility, and low health. Examples: Anivia, Galio, Karthus, Lulu and Swain.
Fighter: A jack of all trades, usually specializing in being the damage leader, with decent health and above average damage dealt. Usually uses melee weapons, but some ranged characters also fall into this category. Examples include Irelia, Lee Sin, Jax, and Wukong.
Gunslinger: A ranged character who specializes in dealing physical damage safely at a distance, usually supported to harass opponents during a match. Many characters falling under this classification are high DPS (damage per second) characters, but their attack lethality is offset by their low defense. Best used to take out neutral monsters or take out important targets such as barons, dragons and enemy turrets. Examples: Draven, Caitlyn, Kindred, Tristana and Varus.
Tank: A strong character who specializes in crowd control and control of opponents due to the large amount of health. Their toughness and ability to absorb damage are offset by their low base attack damage. Examples: Amumu, Dr. Mundo, Garen, Malphite and Leona.
Support: A support character who specializes in supporting team members with useful buffs and healing abilities or incapacitating enemy foes with debilitating effects. They are best paired with other teammates, and are useful for scouting invisible parts of the map with their warding ability. Examples: Leona, Janna, Maoki, Morgana and Taric
Types of bets in League of Legends
Every online esports betting site offers lines to the major League of Legends tournaments, many of which are simple and straightforward for the average player, and some are more specific to the unique format of the game.
Match Winner: You are betting on the outcome of the match – which team will successfully destroy the other team’s Nexus and win. Odds reflect the perceived skill level of each team and are usually based on their latest record of wins and losses, line-up changes and other potential player failures.
First Baron or Dragon: You are betting on the team that will kill the first baron or dragon. Both the Baron and the Dragon are neutral AI-controlled enemies that both teams can kill to gain various buffs and benefits, by leaving their flanks unprotected and the enemy left unattended if killed by one of them.
First Tower: You bet on the team that will destroy the first tower. Each lane on the map has towers that can be destroyed by both teams for gold and experience, as well as other benefits such as creating friendly super minions to distract the enemy team by being distracted by these side targets.
Handicap: You are betting on whether a team with a handicap wins one card in a series or wins without losing any cards.
Absolute Winner: This is a bet on the overall winner of specific tournaments – not individual matches, but the entire tournament in question.