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League of Legends Betting Guide

In the following guide we will cover what you need to know to start your league of legends betting journey, including game mechanics, basic game and betting terminology, the available markets and much more.

Whether you’re new to esports gambling and/or to league of legends, there will be much to learn in the following chapters. Before we dive into the betting aspect of the guide, we need to understand the basics of how League of Legends works so let’s start there.

Rogue at the League of Legends European Championship
Rogue at the League of Legends European Championship

What is League of Legends?

League of Legends is a MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) video game for PC released by Riot Games in 2009. It’s currently one of the most played video games and biggest esports with many leagues around the world and multiple international events throughout the entire year.

In a 5 vs 5 epic battle, each team is looking to destroy the enemy base through the use of different characters, items and strategies. With over 150+ characters each one with different abilities, strengths and weaknesses, variety is something that you will see in every League of Legends match.

A typical match will last between 20 and 35 minutes but it can be shorter or much longer than that. You have 5 positions, a lot of different roles and many different strategies to choose from so there is a unique playstyle for everyone.

One of the main aspects of the game that gets people hooked into League of Legends is that it’s an ever changing videogame, this is because Riot Games delivers bi-weekly patches, sometimes doing small tweaks to certain characters or mechanics of the game, and sometimes doing a complete overhaul of how a certain role or aspects of the game works. With all of this in mind, League of Legends can be a very complex game, but we will cover all the bases so you can get a good grasp of it.

Summoner’s Rift: The League of Legends Map

League of Legends is played in a 5 vs 5 map called Summoner’s Rift which has the following properties for each team: 1 base, 3 different lanes and 1 neutral zone called jungle. The main objective is to destroy the enemy nexus found in each base, but there are multiple structures called towers along the lanes that are placed there to defend the nexus. You will have waves of minions spawning from your nexus that will help you defeat the enemy minions, players and structures.

In between each lane you will find the neutral zone called jungle which has a diversity of neutral minions called monsters, these can be captured by any of the two teams. These monsters grant different bonuses for the killer, including enhancements that will make your character much stronger. There is also a river that connects the lanes between each other, along this river you will find two really big and powerful monsters that grant the best enhancements of the game to whichever team conquers the objective.

League of Legends Team Composition

Now that we have learned about the map, let’s talk about the teams playing in the battlefield. Each team is formed by 5 players using different characters called champions, each of them have different properties like health, attack power, speed, and many more, these are called “stats” and every player has a different role and positions, let’s go over them.

Top Laner: This player is usually in charge of being a strong pillar of the team during the fights, playing really durable and strong champions, the top laner acts as the main front line so the rest of the team can deliver the damage.

Jungler: The junglers is the one capturing the monsters in the jungle and he also has the possibility of helping his teammates in any of the lanes. He is also capable of capturing the powerful monsters located in the river but most of the time he will require help from his team.

Mid Laner: With his lane being placed in the center of Summoner’s Rift, the mid laner has the easiest access to the entire map. This is extremely important because this means that he can aid whoever needs it the most through roaming around the map.

Bot Laners: The players in this position (often called ADC, short for Attack Damage Carry) will be the designated carry while maneuvering the champions with the highest potential of dealing damage to the enemy team. Most of the time they are weak during the beginning of the match but will be deadly towards the later stages of the game.

Support: Sharing the bot lane with the ADC, the supports are the ones who take the least resources in the map, they are in charge of helping their team be it by roaming to a different lane or protecting his carry.

How to Win a League of Legends Match

Now that we have gone through what constitutes a team, let’s understand what the teams are looking to achieve in a match. One of the main objectives is making your champion stronger so you can overtake the enemy team, this is done through gathering different resources in the map.

One of them is Gold and it is granted to a player every time they kill something. With Gold you can buy upgrades in the shop located in your base, these upgrades are called items and grant very powerful stats and different enhancements to your champions.

The other resource is experience which is granted by killing or being near the place where an enemy player, enemy minion or neutral objective died. Experience points are used to level up, upgrading your statistics and unlocking new abilities depending on what level your champion is.

Each team will have their own way of achieving these goals depending of what type of team composition they are running, and once they start gaining enough advantage then it’s going to be easier for them to destroy enemy structures, kill the enemy players, conquer the strongest neutral objectives in the game and finally destroy the opponent’s nexus.

League of Legends Moneyline Betting

After learning basic League of Legends strategy, it’s important to nurture that knowledge by watching professional games, reading articles and even playing the game yourself. It’s also a good time to start learning how to bet League of Legends. We will start by talking about the most basic and standard type of bet you can place in a League of Legends match, the moneyline bet.

In sports gambling, moneyline betting is pretty straightforward, when you bet on a team’s moneyline you’re betting on that team to win regardless of how and when they do it. In a series (typically best-of-3 or best-of-5) you’re backing the team to win the entire series.

Take for example a Best-Of-3 match between T1 and DRX during the LCK Spring Split. The lol odds for this match may look something like T1 -140 DRX +180. When reading odds, a negative number denotes that team is the favorite to win the match while a positive number denotes that team is the underdog. In this case, we can assume the linemakers are assuming T1 will win the best-of-3 series against DRX. If you had placed an $140 wager on T1 (-140) you would only win $100. The negative odds tell you what you’d have to wager in order to win $100. If you placed a $100 wager on DRX (+180), you would win $180. The positive odds show you what you would win on a $100 wager.

League of Legends Totals Betting

With the understanding of how odds work, the other types of lines available are quite easy to understand. Totals betting applies to a variety of aspects of the game. Typically, esports betting experts bet on the map totals which determine how long a series will be. For example, in a best-of-3 series the totals line would be set at 2.5 and you would have to determine whether at the end of the series there will be more or less than 2.5 maps in the series.

Totals are also known as Over/Under. In the example discussed above, you could take Over 2.5 Maps as your esports pick which means the series has to go to a third map, hence meaning each team has to win at least one map for you to win your bet regardless of which team wins the match. On the other hand, if you determine the game is going to be Under 2.5 Maps, any of the teams has to win the series with a 2-0 score for you to win your bet.

Totals betting can also come in the form of prop bets which we’ll cover last in the guide. For example, you can bet on over/under dragons, towers, heralds, kills and many more.

League of Legends Handicap Betting

Handicap betting can be a bit overwhelming at first but once you understand it, it’s a very powerful tool. In a best-of-3 series, you would typically see handicap lines accompanied by -1.5 or +1.5. For example, T1 -1.5 +100 DRX +1.5 +260. The -1.5 is the handicap and it means that it applies to the final score in order to settle your bet. T1 -1.5 basically means that T1’s map score in the series will be reduced by 1.5 to settle your bet. If T1 were to win the series 2-0, you would win your bet as the final score for your bet would be 0.5-0 after the handicap was applied. However, if T1 were to win the series 2-1, you would lose your bet as the final score for your bet would be 0.5-1 after the handicap was applied.

The same logic applies to the other team with the +1.5, that number would be added to the final score to settle your bet. In short, DRX +1.5 in the example above means that DRX would have to win at least one map to win your bet. Handicap betting can also come in the form of prop bets as kills handicaps. Handicaps are a great way to get better odds by tightening your prediction in a game with a heavy favorite where the moneyline odds may be too low.

League of Legends Prop Betting

We will close this esport betting guide with props, which can be some of the most fun types of bets in the market. Prop bets come in all sorts of types, you can bet on which team will get the first blood or the first tower, as well as who will win a specific map and even which dragon will spawn first. The reality is that while some prop bets are made for fun, some others can be used as bankroll boosters if you have the right numbers to back your pick.

As mentioned above, some prop bets can come in the form of moneylines, totals and handicap. For example, you can bet on the moneyline for a specific map of a series, or totals for dragons in a specific map and even handicap kills. Feel free to shop around the BetUS Sportsbook and carefully study League of Legends matches to determine what your first esports pick will be.

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