What is League of Legends?
League of Legends is a five-versus-five multiplayer online battle arena first released by Riot Games in 2009. The game is similar in style to other MOBA esports like Dota 2 and Heroes of the Storm. League of Legends is free-to-play and features an international professional circuit. With more than 115 million monthly players, League of Legends is the world’s most popular esport.
Both teams start by choosing their five heroes from a pool of over 100 different champions. They then spawn into a map with three lanes protected by towers, one along the top, one along the bottom, and one cutting straight through the middle of the map. Teams have designated players for all three lanes each with their own goals and toolkits. Squads win in League of Legends by destroying the enemy team’s Nexus located deep in their base. Both sides have to protect their own Nexus while attacking their opponents’.
As the game progresses, champions accumulate experience that improves their natural abilities and gold that can be exchanged for powerful magical items. Each character has a unique set of abilities that can be used for mobility, healing, damage-dealing, and more. Champions have the same abilities each time, but any champion can buy any item. Items usually provide passive effects that make the wielder hit harder, move faster, and more.
League of Legends has become common among esports bettors for a few reasons. Alongside Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, League of Legends is part of the “Big Three” esports. League of Legends enjoys a rich competitive environment in the United States, Europe, and Asia. That means bettors can enjoy League of Legends around the clock. With roots stretching back over a decade, there’s plenty of storylines to follow and superstars to spectate in every region.
Betting Markets for League of Legends
League of Legends doesn’t have a single governing body for competitive play. Developer Riot Games hosts the League of Legends Championship Series, but anyone can host or compete in League of Legends tournaments. That means that there are third-party events all over the world that League of Legends bettors can take advantage of.
Traditional sports fans will also feel right at home with the bet types offered for esports. Listed below are some of the different ways to bet on professional League of Legends matches.
Match-Up Winner is the most straightforward kind of bet. You simply choose which team will win a determined match of League of Legends. These bets can be made on their own or combined with conditions like the ones listed below.
A game of League of Legends only ends when a team destroys the enemy’s Nexus. This means that games can theoretically go on forever, though most last just over a half-hour. Game time bets let you predict when the base will fall.
Race to Kills
As both teams attack and defend, they’ll rack up kills on enemy players that give them extra gold and experience. You can bet on which team will hit a certain kill threshold first, but keep in mind that the team with more kills isn’t guaranteed to be winning.
You can also bet on First Blood (first team to get a kill), Team to Score More Kills or Total Kills Overall.
There are several objectives and goals to accomplish in a League of Legends game beyond destroying the enemy base. Teams can unite to take down structures like towers or inhibitors as well as non-player-controlled mythical beasts to gain powerful passive abilities temporarily. Objective bets let you posture how many alternate objectives are completed by a team.
Odds not what you were hoping for? Use handicap bets to adjust them to your liking. Handicaps apply bonus rounds/maps to one team, letting you shift the odds away or towards your favorite team. A -1.50 map handicap means Team A will need to clean sweep Team B in a best-of-three series.
Remember that the odds for your bet will change as you apply and remove conditionals. Always double-check your wager before placing!
What are the betting lines and options for League of Legends?
Many sportsbooks treat esports betting very similarly to traditional sports betting. Matches are announced with odds, and you can place bets the same as you would with the NFL or NBA. There is one significant difference between sports betting and esports betting; since the competition is entirely digital, multiple rounds of an event can be held on a single day. That means new matchups are appearing throughout the day for League of Legends bettors.
Pro matches of League of Legends are usually played best-of-three, but grand finals often feature best-of-fives. After the players load into the server, they start by picking from the pool of well over 100 unique heroes. The draft is usually led by the team captains who both pick their own heroes and ban out some from their opponents.
Why Should I Bet on League of Legends?
League of Legends has been popular for over a decade largely due to its variety. So many champions means you’ll never see the same game twice. Riot Games is also constantly updating and rebalancing the game, meaning the best heroes are never in the spotlight for too long. Add Summoner Spells, items, and skill builds into the mix and every match of League of Legends becomes its own unique experience.
In addition, no esports is as globally influential as League of Legends. From its humble beginnings in 2010, the game has become an icon of not just esports, but gaming as a whole. It's up there with Fortnite in terms of popularity. League of Legends is a great choice for bettors who want to talk about unique matches with their friends.
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