League of Legends has been at the forefront of the MOBA genre (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) since its release back in 2009. The game is ever-changing and talent levels vary from region to region, so professional play can vary greatly depending on the leagues you follow. Thankfully, any information necessary to succeed as a bettor can be found below.
As you navigate the page, you’ll discover: current match odds for upcoming and recently completed League of Legends matches, the differences between the various websites or sports books available for League of Legends (including the bonuses offered for using the betting service), and general tips for success in League of Legends betting. We’ll begin with how to decipher match odds.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand how to read the given odds before placing a bet. Here is a brief example: Team A is favored to win against Team B at 5.5:1. If you’re confident that Team B will win, then your bet will yield $5.50 for every $1 that you bet. If you put $20 down on the match, then a victory will earn you $110. Pretty simple, isn’t it? Show more.
Additionally, there’s a simple procedure to use when calculating the oddsmaker’s chances of a given event occurring. Take the numbers from the above example again. Use the sum of the odds given for each team to divide the side you’re curious about. The result is the oddsmaker’s probability.
Here’s how that works. 5.5 + 1 = 6.5, and 1 / 6.5 = 15.4. The oddsmaker claims there’s a 15.4% chance of Team B winning against Team A. If (based on what you know about both teams) you believe Team B will win, then it’s about time to capitalize by placing a bet.
The last thing you’ll want to double-check is that another oddsmaker doesn’t have the same game at more profitable odds. Make sure to take the extra step; you’ll be glad you did. Show less.
Bet365 has a diverse selection of betting types; tournaments include bets for specific group winners in addition to the tournament victor and individual matches. Bet365 also offers bonuses just for playing on mobile devices (phones and tablets). Betway includes virtually all League of Legends competitions including some of the less popular events, and features League of Legends Champion Series betting for Europe, Korea, China, and Taiwan (but not North America). GG.Bet is straightforward because the site only shows same-day bets (save for upcoming tournaments). Vitalbet has less betting options than other sites, but offers comparable odds and deserves a look before finalizing your bet on another service.
A full list of the available League of Legends sportsbooks can be found below.
League of Legends bonuses come in various forms depending on the service chosen. Most bonuses are based on the deposit made to place your bets. It’s common for services to use percentage-based increase on the money put into the service. A 25% deposit bonus on a $100 betting deposit will give you $125 to bet with. Show more.
Some services offer a “no deposit” bonus, allowing any registered user to place a bet with real money (because a small cash bonus is given at registration). Smart bettors can use this to their advantage, never paying a dime to make legitimate winnings. This is a rare case, however, and should not be a bettor’s expected result.
From time to time, LoL betting services offer cash-back bonuses. In this case, a percentage of the bettor’s losses are returned to their account.
Also on the rare side is the “free bet”, this is when services allow real bets to be placed at no cost to the user. This is a popular (again, rare) promotional perk, but SickOdds includes any opportunities to bet free of charge. Show less.
It’s important to remember that League of Legends is a team game above all else. Gone are the days of the solo-carry, when one player could truly lift four others to victory. The game has evolved over the last four to five years, and reached a point that any team is only as strong as its weakest link. Show more.
The most impactful players in a LoL team tend to be the Mid Laner and Jungler; these players are less confined to one area of the map than their teammates. It’s the Mid and Jungler that roam around making plays with the remaining three players.
Every team has a different way of allocating the gold earned from taking objectives, but teams that have world-class Mid and Jungle players tend to be the ones that win titles when compared to teams that play around the Top or Bottom lanes. Show less.
A term that bettors will encounter often is “meta”, a term that means “within”. There is a game within the game, a “best/optimal” way to play. Professional League teams are constantly looking for a strategic edge, and teams that find these answers faster than others are teams that succeed long term at the LCS level. Try to determine which teams are smartest, in addition to which are most talented.
With the start of 2017 (League of Legends Season 7), practically all bets throughout the regular season and playoffs will placed on best-of series. Some leagues use a best-of-two format (enabling the possibility of a draw), while the best-of-three is also very common.
Playing series of games means that upsets will take place less often than ever. League of Legends focuses on cohesive team play, not individual talent. A recent trend in esports has been signing international players. Koreans often go to China and North America, which often adds to a team’s talent while decreasing the communication level. It’s usually important to wait before placing bets on any newly formed team (especially when language barriers are present).
International competitions are the biggest (and often most predictable) ones, as the leading teams from each region come together to compete. For the most part, League of Legends has a regional hierarchy because some regions have had head starts over others. Korean teams, for as long as League of Legends has existed, have led the way. The most popular and competitively celebrated player, Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, has won three World Championships representing Korea including the most recent event in 2016.
The League of Legends season is broken up into two parts called “Splits”, one during the spring and another during summer; don’t take too much time looking at a league’s standings when placing bets because the tables can shift dramatically week by week. It’s more important to spend time watching the way each team plays or listening to analysts that give insight on how the team is operating (whether it’s winning or losing). Take a look at which teams your prospective bet has won and lost against, and consider why your expected result could happen or not. This is called examining the “strength of schedule”.
Consider what you know about a team’s strengths and weaknesses as a unit, and consider how the team compares to its competition. Does the team succeed in the early stages, but lack the understanding to close the game out? Perhaps the team tends to struggle early, but consistently mounts comebacks. Awareness of these trends can result in great payoffs, so it’s important to keep a watchful eye.
Stat junkies should visit the official Riot Games website, lolesports.com, when seeking to analyze LCS statistics. They provide stats for all of their competitions, so just select the league you’re interested in learning about.
Former players and coaches often become content creators in the League of Legends community. A great resource for the North American League of Legends Pro Series (NA LCS), is Post League Time with Scarra and Mark Zimmerman. Scarra’s channel is here. Show more.
Scarra is a former head coach of Counter Logic Gaming and Mark Zimmerman is a former coach of Team Liquid, two of the most successful North American LoL organizations. Their show is useful because they go through each game of each series every week. Post League Time can make up a lot of the hours it takes to watch competitive matches yourself. The in-depth analysis is much more helpful than simply watching highlights. These two always have something to share that the viewers haven’t considered yet.
Twitter is a great resource as well, particularly on game days since all sorts of fans and analysts are watching together in conversation. Twitter provides an avenue to bounce ideas off of other LCS followers, which can come in handy if you’re short on friends that follow the game. Also, Reddit maintains that largest LoL community on the internet. This is another place to look for opinions on teams and players, but beware of some bad attitudes. The League of Legends subreddit isn’t known for its good manners, but there are plenty of avid followers to chat it up with. Show less.