Esports Betting Tips July 26 - CWL Global Pro League, Overwatch League, and LCK - Dexerto
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Esports Betting Tips July 26 – CWL Global Pro League, Overwatch League, and LCK

Published: 26/Jul/2018 7:23

by Joe O'Brien

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Dexerto has teamed up with Rivalry.gg to bring weekly insight into the world of esports betting.

Whether you’re a newcomer or esports veteran, looking to play it safe or go for the riskier plays by supporting an underdog, we take a look at the most promising options and why you might want to back a particular team.

This week looks to the Stage 2 playoffs for the CWL Global Pro League for a comfortable favorite, examines the Overwatch League grand finals, and looks at the troubles of a once-great team in the LCK.

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Play It Safe

CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs

OpTic Gaming TO WIN vs FaZe Clan

When: Saturday July 28, 00:30 UTC

Odds: 1.45 vs 2.43 – Bet HERE

Once perhaps the greatest match-up in Call of Duty, both the OpTic Gaming and FaZe Clan squads of today are far removed from the heyday of this historic rivalry.

Right now, OpTic Gaming is in the establishing phase of a new line-up, with the most successful squad of the last three years having finally run its course in WWII. The new roster made their event debut with a top-six finish at CWL Anaheim – a respectable result for most teams, but nothing to shout about in the context of an organization that until this season expected to play in almost every grand final, and win most of those.

Though they didn’t quite deliver in Anaheim, there’s still every reason to believe this new OpTic could be a championship contender. In the group stages of Stage 2 OpTic Gaming claimed the top spot in the incredibly stacked Division B, offering all the evidence necessary that this is a squad that can claim titles when firing on all cylinders.

FaZe Clan is no pushover, but whether they’re quite at the level at which OpTic has been playing is another matter. When you narrow down the top eight teams with as rigorous a process as the Pro League there are no weak opponents, but FaZe Clan does enter with the weakest group stage record.

At the Stage 1 Playoffs, FaZe pulled a miracle run and beat OpTic Gaming in the grand finals – a result that was likely a major contributor to OpTic’s roster change. That event aside, however, FaZe hasn’t routinely challenged for titles, and in Stage 2 of the Pro League they barely managed to clinch a playoff spot in what was arguably the weaker division.

OpTic Gaming is out for blood at the Stage 2 Playoffs. This event is of huge import in beginning to build a new age for the team and move out from under the shadow of the previous line-up. Based on the form they showed to secure a top seed, it’s hard to imagine they’ll fall at the first hurdle here.

Feeling Lucky

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Overwatch League Grand Finals

London Spitfire TO WIN vs Philadelphia Fusion

When: Friday July 28, 23:00 UTC

Odds: 1.98 vs 1.68 – Bet HERE

The Overwatch League finals was never supposed to feature these two teams. As the fifth and sixth seeds in the playoffs, London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion had to overcome the odds to even make it this far.

These are two of the most skilled teams in the league, however, and in the playoffs both found a run of form that allowed them to bring that skill to bear.

It has long been theorized that London Spitfire should have the highest skill peak in the Overwatch League, and that seems to have finally born out. After a rough start to their quarter-final match, the Spitfire is now on a twelve-map win streak in the playoffs.

The fact that Phildelphia Fusion took out the first and third seeds on their way to the final might have helped give them an edge in the odds, but it’s worth noting that of the two other quarter-finalists, the LA Gladiators – who the Spitfire defeated – had been in substantially better form at the end of the season, and many players had predicted that Spitfire’s semi-final opponent, the LA Valiant, would ultimately lift the trophy, despite the dominant season that New York Excelsior had.

On paper, however, it’s actually London that look like they have the edge. Their duos at every position – tank, DPS, and support – are arguably candidates for the best in the league, and now that the team is finally functioning as an effective unit London has been utterly oppressive on their way to the finals.

Philadelphia is no slouch when it comes to skill, but if both teams execute to the same degree it seems likely that London will emerge victorious. Given that the Spitfire seem to have the edge, backing them to win on odds that suggest the opposite is a solid choice for those willing to accept the risk that inevitably comes when two world-class teams face off.

Wildcard

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LCK

Jin Air Green Wings TO WIN vs SK Telecom T1

When: Friday July 27, 11:00 UTC

Odds: 3.14 vs 1.28 – Bet HERE

As far as wildcard picks go this one is perhaps on the wilder side, but there is reason to be suspicious of SK Telecom as a favorite right now.

The most legendary organization in League of Legends is in the worst state it’s ever been. The team struggled in Spring, barely pulling together a third-place finish after narrowly clinching a playoff spot, and Summer looks even less convincing. Right now, they sit at seventh place in the overall standings.

It seems that, finally, even Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-hyeok cannot pull this team through, as he has done so often in the past and as the team has arguably been leaning on since 2017. More bizarrely, however, is the fact that SKT isn’t even fielding Faker at all times – he hasn’t played in either of the team’s last two series.

SK Telecom’s most recent opponent was bbq Olivers, the only team currently below Jin Air in the LCK standings. Even here, against the weakest team in the league on paper, SKT didn’t look overwhelmingly convincing. After taking the first game they lost the second, before closing it out in the third for a 2-1 win.

Crucially, at 1-1 in the series SK Telecom chose not to field Faker, implying that the team really is moving away from their super-star mid-laner. Though the reasons for such a decision remain a mystery, that reality means this team bears little resemblance to the one that dominated two years of LoL.

Without Faker, only Bae ‘Bang’ Jung-sik and Kang ‘Blank’ Sun-gu remain of the rosters that reached the finals of last year’s Worlds, won last year’s Mid-Season Invitational and LCK Spring – and even then, this is the first time that Blank has had to shoulder the weight of the starting Jungler alone.

Jin Air might not be a playoff contender, but they have defeated Kingzone DragonX, a team who – even in something of a slump right now – are far more formidable than SKT. In their current form, SK Telecom are not a team to be trusted as a big favorite, and so if you’re looking for a big upset to back this could well be it.

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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty: Warzone players

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:00 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:32

by Theo Salaun

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Although hackers and stream snipers seem to have broken spirits across Call of Duty: Warzone, the battle royale remains a premier title in the field. As of February, 2021 — here are the 20 highest-earning competitors in terms of total tournament winnings. 

It may not feel as legitimized as esports like Apex Legends and Fortnite, but competitive Warzone continues to overcome cheater drama and the absence of a transparent SBMM system (or ranked league) to stay on top of Twitch’s viewership every week. With numerous high-paying tournaments every month since the game’s March 2020 debut, some players have stood out from the pack and made an impressive salary’s worth of prize winnings. We’ve seen incredible new world records set, a host of celebrities get involved, and a variety of high-stakes, big-bucks tournaments.

Using data from esportsearnings.com, we take a look at the top 20 Warzone players in terms of tournament winnings. We’ll take a more in-depth look at the top 3, and then provide a full list of the top 20.

3. Rhys ‘Rated’ Price – $100,658

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Winning tournament after tournament since partnering with Aydan, Rated has become the third competitor to crack $100,000 in Warzone earnings and simultaneously supplanted SuperEvan as No. 3 on the earnings list. With event wins during the $25K Code Red 2v2 and $25K Dallas Empire Challenge 2v2, Rated and Aydan continue to fly toward the top earnings spot.

A former London Royal Raven, Rated’s accurate mechanics and game sense have seamlessly transitioned to the battle royale. Given his individual talent and the unparalleled comms between he and Aydan, it’s hard to imagine the duo not taking the Nos. 1 and 2 earnings spots within a few months.

2. Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad – $135,721

Aydan Warzone

Based on his tweets and streams, it feels like the only thing that Aydan cares about right now is overtaking HusKerrs and becoming the highest earner in Verdansk. And, down by just around $1,000, he’s making serious progress toward that goal.

From Fortnite to Warzone, Aydan has been a longstanding figure in the battle royale sphere. But, for those unfamiliar with Epic Games’ third-person shooter, the charming beatboxer has truly made his mark on Verdansk by proving that his head is worth appreciating for more than its infamous dent. An absolute demon, Aydan has comfortably shifted from duos with MuTeX and Zlaner to winning every single 2v2 tournament with Rated.

Sitting atop our Warzone power rankings for consecutive months, it should not be long before Aydan overtakes Big Husk.

1. Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas – $136,150

Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is a battle royale star who has also held a number of Warzone world records. He previously made a name for himself in both Black Ops 4’s Blackout and Apex Legends, but has since transitioned over to Warzone. And that transition has proved immensely profitable, as the calm, collected gamer has become the first Warzone player to collect over $100,000 in tournament winnings.

As the most decorated player on Verdansk, HusKerrs shoots straight, rotates with vehicles, and practically never loses his head amid pressure. That mentality complements his skill, resulting in numerous Warzone titles.

Now, Aydan is gunning for his spot and HusKerrs seems to have taken some offense to the hopeful usurper’s lack of confidence in the reigning top earner. Eager to maintain his place, HusKerrs has begun grinding wagers with a new duo, Zlaner, and is quickly regaining top-dog form.

Top 20 Warzone players: highest earnings (as of February 24 2021)

The full top 20 highest earning Warzone players are listed below. In total, across all 20, over $1 million has been earned through Warzone tournaments. And those numbers are sure to increase, as prize pools continue to get larger and larger.

Since this is just a list of the highest earners cumulatively, it doesn’t include averages earned per event, otherwise, some players like Jukeyz and Biffle (whose invitations are limited by region and school, respectively) would likely be higher on the list.

 No.  Player Earnings
1 HusKerrs $136,150.01
2 Aydan $135,720.83
3 Rated $100,658.33
4 SuperEvan $98,370.83
5 Tommey $87,154.46
6 Symfuhny $81,683.33
7 Biffle $73,741.67
8 ZLaner $72,666.66
9 WarsZ $69,888.07
10 Vikkstar123 $60,650.00
11 Frozone $59,454.16
12 MuTeX $58,087.49
13 Jukeyz $57,495.66
14 Swagg $53,233.34
15 TeePee $52,516.67
16 Almxnd $51,721.13
17 UnRationaL $46,100.00
18 DougIsRaw $42,566.00
19 BobbyPoff $40,525.00
20 GaGOD $38,066.67

While Warzone’s tourneys and prize pools dropped for a period of time as attention shifted to Black Ops Cold War and the Call of Duty League, the game is regaining momentum as Season 2 launches. Already, numerous huge tourneys have been announced and the landscape for top earners is on the precipice of shifting.

We will continue to update this article’s figures as the competitive Warzone landscape develops.