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Pinnacle Cup: Malta Vibes | Tournament Overview
The Pinnacle Cup is back! For the next instalment in our event series, we leave the CS:GO servers behind and instead watch the Radiant and the Dire take each other on. Yes, that’s right – it’s time for Dota 2!
Archie Henry CS:GO Yesterday
Can Vitality win EPL back-to-back? | EPL Playoffs Preview
ESL Pro League Season 17 is happening in Malta and sets us up for over a month of Counter-Strike. The Group Stage has concluded after four weeks of matches.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Last week
LEC Power Rankings: Week 1
SK Gaming vs. Astralis used to be a match-up nobody wanted to watch. But in the first week of the LEC Spring split, it was actually the most hyped, as both went into Day 3 undefeated.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Last week
LCS Power Rankings: Week 7
The LCS Spring Playoffs and the Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) are fast approaching, so it’s no surprise that the penultimate week of the regular season shook things up.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Last week
LPL Power Rankings: Week 8
The race for playoff qualification is tight! Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP), FunPlus Phoenix (FPX), and Ultra Prime are on a level playing field and all is to play for. Edward Gaming, JD Gaming and LNG Esports are the first of ten total teams that will qualify for the playoffs. Who else do you think will make it?
Jacob Crick League of Legends Last week
LCK Power Rankings: Week 8
We’re at the end of Week 8, with only two matches left to go for each team in the LCK. The disparity in performance around the playoff cut-off period means that we essentially know which teams have qualified for the playoff bracket already. Given that only the top six teams from the regular season qualify, and the difference in wins between the sixth and seventh team sits at four games, it’s safe to say that nothing will change in two games.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Last week
Can money guarantee success in the LEC?
Money can buy you success, but it can’t guarantee it. The LEC Winter split lasted just a couple of months, but that was still long enough to prove the aforementioned point, seeing as the gargantuan rosters of Fnatic and Excel Esports were the only teams that failed to qualify for the Group Stages.
Archie Henry CS:GO Two weeks ago
Liquid look for revenge | EPL Group D Preview
ESL Pro League Season 17 begins in Malta and sets us up for over a month of Counter-Strike. Group D is stacked to the brim with potential upsets. Many unknown and unpolished teams make up this group, including ENCE and NAVI.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Two weeks ago
LEC Spring Split Preview
After just a week off, the League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) is back with the Spring split as the crazy pace of the new format continues.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Two weeks ago
Is "Upset" the missing piece for Vitality?
If the rumours are true, then the League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) Spring split could be blown wide open, and we could be witnessing a reunion six years in the making. The last time Elias “Upset” Lipp came close to playing with Luka “Perkz” Perković was with G2 Esports as an ADC substitute back in 2017.
Archie Henry CS:GO Mar 1, 2023
Can Vitality retain their title? | EPL Group C Preview
ESL Pro League Season 17 begins in Malta and sets us up for over a month of Counter-Strike. Group C has two strong contenders on either side of the bracket in FaZe Clan and Vitality. However, Brazilian contenders paiN Gaming and 00NATION will look to challenge less confident teams.
Archie Henry CS:GO Feb 23, 2023
Can Heroic reclaim number one? | EPL Group B Preview
ESL Pro League Season 17 begins in Malta and sets us up for over a month of Counter-Strike. Group B is a tough one to call. It has giants like Heroic, but also offers some deadly young talent in the form of MOUZ and Complexity. Can experience prevail? Or will the young guns be too fast?
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Feb 20, 2023
The Lima Major | Noxville's Power Rankings
Despite Dota 2 being over ten years old, sometimes there are periods when things are very chaotic and uncertain - even on the pro scene. We’re in one of those strange stretches now heading into a Major after a big post-TI shuffle without any significant cross-regional play.
Archie Henry CS:GO Feb 14, 2023
G2 enter Grand Slam | EPL Group A Preview
ESL Pro League Season 17 begins in Malta and sets us up for over a month of Counter-Strike. Group A features some of the tournament’s favourites, seeing both G2 and Cloud9 on the same side of the bracket. This group also offers many potential upsets, with an ever-improving Fnatic and the frantic style of Mongolian side, IHC, residing at the top of the bracket.
Archie Henry CS:GO Feb 14, 2023
ESL Pro League Season 17 | Tournament Overview
ESL Pro League one of the largest tournaments in CS:GO by length and the amount of teams participating. It should by now be a familiar site on the Counter-Strike calendar, as we reach it’s seventeenth season. A number quite extraordinary when you consider CS:GO is only 10 years old. This guide will explain everything from the teams competing, the tournament favourites and how to win ESL Pro League Season 17.
Archie Henry CS:GO Feb 10, 2023
ESL Pro League Season 17: More teams, more chances
ESL Pro League has become a staple in the CS:GO calendar. Now in its seventeenth season, EPL is held in Malta and lasts for more than a month. However, the format we have become accustomed to has undergone some changes heading into 2023 and it will be interesting to see how it performs.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Feb 10, 2023
Chaos and Drama in the LEC | Winter Split Groups Preview
Tense games, huge upsets, and even a pentakill. The LEC Winter Split has had it all. After three weeks of intense and chaotic games, we can assume there’s plenty of chaos and drama to come and that’s guaranteed with the new Group Stages format.
Pinnacle Educational Feb 3, 2023
Esports Hub Patch Updates
Pinnacle is always working on improving your experience when using our Esports Hub. The way you place your bet, how you find your favourite betting markets, and whether you have a smooth user experience are always at the forefront when we update our website.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Jan 31, 2023
LCK Power Rankings: Week 2
This week, the LCK has seen a few returning champions, and even more fresh faces in the champion select. However, it is true that these first-time support picks helped T1 earn revenge on Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu’s DPlus KIA in this week’s grudge match.
Archie Henry CS:GO Jan 30, 2023
Regional Major Ranking: How does it work?
BLAST released pre-sale tickets this week for the upcoming BLAST.tv Paris Major. The release of tickets means teams are on their way to the open and closed RMR qualifiers, but how are BLAST running these qualifier events and the all-important RMRs too?
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Jan 26, 2023
IEM Katowice | Tournament Overview
IEM Katowice is one of the most prestigious events on the CS:GO pro calendar. In this guide, we will explain what the event is, which teams are participating in the 2023 tournament, the route to the grand final, and who the favourites might be.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jan 26, 2023
When will the LEC produce a Worlds winner?
Eleven years of hurt, but that never stopped fans dreaming. Despite multiple final appearances, the LEC is still waiting for its first taste of World Championship (Worlds) glory - sorry Fnatic fans, Season 1 doesn’t count and you know it.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Jan 25, 2023
LCK Power Rankings: Week 1
The opening match for the 2023 LCK Spring split was between the world champion Kim “Deft” Hyuk-kyu and his former team, DRX. His new team, Dplus KIA, remain the only team to have not dropped a single game so far this split. Could this be because of picks like Elise, who hasn’t been picked in the LCK in over a thousand days.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jan 19, 2023
LEC Winter Split Preview
Things in the LEC look incredibly different with the 2023 season about to begin. There are new players, new teams, and a brand-new format that could improve international performance. The name has even changed as the E in LEC now stands for EMEA, the region’s new name following the merger of Europe, CIS, Turkey, the Middle East, and Africa.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jan 19, 2023
LCS Spring Split Preview
At last, the offseason is over and the LCS is returning to our screens for another year of frenzied and chaotic action. Now moving to Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, nobody is quite sure what to expect from the league moving forward.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Jan 19, 2023
LPL Power Rankings: Weeks 1 and 2
The LPL has kicked off and some teams have already played two games. Due to the high intensity, seven days a week format of the Chinese league, our first LPL Power Rankings will cover weeks one and two. Our list includes what we believe to be the best 10 teams (out of a possible 17) based on the games that have kicked off the season.
Archie Henry CS:GO Jan 19, 2023
HLTV Awards Show: Who won?
On Saturday, January 14, HLTV hosted an awards show in Stockholm, Sweden. This was an incredible event for both the hundreds in attendance and those viewing on Twitch. It turned out to be a spectacular show with warm words, touching speeches, and drinks flowing. The regular cast of HLTV Confirmed, Chad “SPUNJ” Burchill, Milan “Striker” Švejda, and Zvonimir “Professeur” Burazin, hosted the event.
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Jan 18, 2023
IEM Katowice | Overview of Previous Winners
With IEM Katowice 2023 around the corner, we look back at this legendary Counter-Strike: Global Offensive tournament and the many illustrious winners throughout the years. The event started back in 2014 and has been back every single year since then.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Jan 17, 2023
LCK Spring Split Preview
Coming into the new year for the LCK, there's a lot to look forward - from many big names departing the league to a variety of young academy prospects being given their shot on the main stage. The 2023 Spring split will give some indication of not only who will dominate Korea, but who will be likely to win Riot Games' first global tournament of the year, the Mid-Season Invitational. If you've been a regular viewer of the LEC or LCS and want to see what the next level of competitive League of Legends looks like, the LCK is the place for you.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Jan 17, 2023
LPL Spring Split Preview
If you’re unfamiliar with the League of Legends Pro League (LPL), this is the perfect year to get stuck in. The league’s tagline is “Crazy is Our Game”, so you can be assured that the safe scaling and lane focus that is prevalent in the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK) or the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) is not the aim of the game here. No matter the meta, you can expect early-game Junglers, assassins locked in blind, and level-one fights that rival your bronze placements.
Archie Henry CS:GO Jan 12, 2023
BLAST Premier Spring Groups | Betting preview
The BLAST Premier Spring Groups event is just around the corner and promises to deliver plenty of high-quality games. Featuring 10 of HLTV’s top 20 ranked teams, we’ll get some of the world's best competing at the first event of the year. This tournament is initially split into three groups, followed by a single-elimination bracket. Now we know the opening matches, we can give you our thoughts on the competition.
Archie Henry CS:GO Jan 11, 2023
BLAST Premier Spring Groups | Tournament overview
BLAST ended 2022 with the final S-tier event of the year, which makes it only fitting for them to kickstart 2023 with the BLAST Premier Spring Groups. It will feature 10 of the top 20 teams from the HLTV World Ranking, one of them being G2 – the BLAST Premier World Final victors.
Archie Henry CS:GO Dec 22, 2022
CS:GO in 2022 | A year in review
2022 brought Counter-Strike: Global Offensive back to the live stage, bringing teams from all across the world together to compete at some of the most exciting tournaments we’ve seen to date. These tournaments have made the argument for having best-of-five final matches at big events even stronger, by generating some of the closest and most thrilling finals ever viewed. With the level of competition getting closer, it’s expected that 2023 will be another year with fantastic finals.
Archie Henry CS:GO Dec 21, 2022
20 Best CS:GO Players of 2022 | Top 10 to 1
In our last article, we gave our predictions for who might fill positions 20-11 on HLTV’s Top 20 list in 2022. We’ve already seen names like Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis, Russel "Twistzz" Van Dulken, and Kaike "KSCERATO" Cerato. If you’ve found your way here from that article, you may have formed your own opinions on where you think players may be on the official HLTV Top 20 list, which will likely be released in early January.
Archie Henry CS:GO Dec 13, 2022
20 Best CS:GO Players of 2022 | Top 20 to 11
2022 has been a year where CS:GO, and esports in general, has been able to transition back to in-person events. The period across 2020-2021, where many events were held without an audience, made viewing almost eerie.
Archie Henry CS:GO Dec 9, 2022
BLAST Premier World Final 2022 betting preview
The stage has been set for the BLAST Premier World Final 2022 for some time now and it will be kicking off with Outsiders vs. Team Liquid in Group A on December 14. The event is one of the few events to have taken place in the United Arab Emirates. The Middle East is a hot spot for traditional sports currently, with the FIFA World Cup taking place in Qatar, and we may see it become more involved with esports as this will be the third international LAN event to take place in the UAE.
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Dec 8, 2022
How to bet in-play on CS:GO | Live betting guide
At Pinnacle, we offer a wide arrange of different in-play betting markets on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO). Read this live betting strategy guide to get yourself fully accustomed to the markets we have on offer and what to look out for before placing your bets.
Kristian Medina Educational Dec 6, 2022
Esports terminology and glossary
Esports is one of the fastest-growing industries in the world and has brought with it a range of new terms. In this glossary, we cover some of the most common terms used in esports, identify the different game genres in esports, and list some of the most popular esports titles.
Pinnacle Educational Dec 3, 2022
What is implied probability?
By understanding the implied probability of esports odds, bettors are in a healthier position to make a profit. This article explains how to convert both Decimal and American esports odds to their implied probability.
Pinnacle Educational Dec 2, 2022
How to calculate expected value
The Expected Value of a bet shows us how much we can expect to win (on average) per bet, and as such is the most valuable calculation a bettor can make when comparing bookmakers' odds. How can you calculate Expected Value in esports betting in order to predict your winnings? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Rocket League Nov 30, 2022
A beginner's guide to Rocket League betting
The rocket-powered cars soccer game, Rocket League, is speeding onto the esports scene with a simple yet exciting format that has won plenty of admirers. The number of people playing, watching and betting on Rocket League is on the rise. Continue reading if you want to learn more about the basics of Rocket League betting.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Nov 29, 2022
Jungle Pets and Chemtech Drake! | League of Legends Preseason 2023
Another year, another preseason. With League of Legends being now over 13 years of age, Riot Games are looking to make sweeping changes to their most successful title. When it comes to the most successful esports titles in the world, you adapt or you die.
Jacob Crick League of Legends Nov 28, 2022
Roster Moves and Super-teams | LCK Offseason 2023
The LCK offseason began on November 21 and it’s shaping up to be a busy one. There are big names whose contracts have come to expiration and a large shuffle ahead, with many teams – including current world champions DRX – releasing their entire rosters into the pool of free agency. Notable names facing contractual expiration include Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, Park “Ruler” Jae-hyuk, and Jang “Nuguri” Ha-gwon. Some of the LCK's most memorable and storied players are up for grabs and even though it’s only been a couple of days, lots of big signings have already been announced.
Michael Moriarty Rocket League Nov 28, 2022
How to watch... Rocket League
So you’re wanting to get into watching an esport, and while making your decision you stumble upon Rocket League. Fast paced action, soccer but with cars – you fall for it almost immediately. But you’re missing the finer points on the stream – we’re here to help.
Archie Henry League of Legends Nov 23, 2022
European League of Legends to become EMEA Championship
10 years of European League of Legends has brought immense success to the region and the organisations competing in the LEC. It comes as no surprise that League of Legends wants to continue their success in Europe and they’re looking to do this by expanding the region to include Turkey plus CIS and MENA countries. This is happening to expand the pathway for talent from smaller and less-represented regions into the big leagues.
Archie Henry CS:GO Nov 17, 2022
BLAST Premier Fall Final 2022 - Betting Preview
The BLAST Premier Fall Final begins in late November and offers teams their last chance to qualify for the BLAST Premier World Final that will take place in mid-December. The Fall Final event offers a $425,000 prize pool and the winners will automatically qualify for the World Final.
Archie Henry CS:GO Nov 14, 2022
Elisa Masters Espoo 2022 - Betting Preview
As the year ends and the teams that played in the IEM Rio Major 2022 tournament get back to work to improve for the next major, we see the likes of the Elisa Masters, the BLAST Premier Fall Finals, and the BLAST Premier World Final events take place. The Elisa Masters tournament kicks off a few days after the IEM Rio Major event ends and will feature some teams that had success in Rio.
Archie Henry CS:GO Nov 3, 2022
IEM Rio Major Team Feature - FaZe
For the IEM Rio Major 2022, we take a look at some of the teams participating. We’ll analyse how they secured their spot at the major and what may lie in store for them at the tournament? Up next in this series of team previews are the international team FaZe, under the watchful eye of Finn "karrigan" Andersen.
Archie Henry CS:GO Nov 2, 2022
IEM Rio Major Team Feature - Team Liquid
For the IEM Rio Major 2022, we take a look at some of the teams participating. We’ll analyse how they secured their spot at the major and what may lie in store for them at the tournament? Up next in this series of team previews are the North American Team Liquid, with their legendary IGL Jonathan "EliGe" Jablonowski.
Archie Henry CS:GO Nov 1, 2022
IEM Rio Major Team Feature - Ninjas in Pyjamas
For the IEM Rio Major 2022, we take a look at some of the teams participating. We’ll analyse how they secured their spot at the major and what may lie in store for them at the tournament? Up next in this series of team previews are the Swedish team Ninjas in Pyjamas, with their new IGL Aleksi "Aleksib" Virolainen.
Archie Henry CS:GO Oct 28, 2022
IEM Rio Major Team Feature - Imperial
For the IEM Rio Major 2022, we take a look at some of the teams participating. We’ll analyse how they secured their spot at the major and what may lie in store for them at the tournament? First up in this series of team previews are the Brazilian team Imperial, with the legendary Gabriel "FalleN" Toledo.
Archie Henry CS:GO Oct 27, 2022
IEM Rio Major 2022 - Betting Preview
After its cancellation in November 2020, CS:GO is finally getting a major championship in Brazil. On October 31, 2022, the Challengers Stage at the IEM Rio Major will begin. Brazil has been a long-awaited venue for fans of the game as its teams have consistently been pushing into the world’s top 20 since Luminosity Gaming won their first major championship in 2016.
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Oct 21, 2022
IEM Rio Major 2022 - Tournament Guide
The IEM Rio Major 2022 is one of the biggest and most prestigious esports events of the year. In this guide, we will explain what the event is, which teams are participating, the route to the Grand Final and who the favourites might be.
Archie Henry League of Legends Oct 17, 2022
Worlds 2022 Knockout Stage - Betting Preview
The Group Stage of the 2022 World Championship has just finished. Many tournament favourites qualified for the Knockout Stage, but there were many fan favourites who took a blow in this stage. It won’t be long until we see some incredible best-of-five matches and I’m sure many are looking forward to seeing the players perform in front of large crowds. Bring it on!
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Oct 12, 2022
The International 11 - Compendium Predictions
With The International 11 starting on October 15, 2022, Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen shares his Compendium Predictions. As always, he looks at the data behind the game and combines that with his superb game knowledge. In this article, he shares his insights on the heroes and tournament statistics.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Oct 12, 2022
The International 11 - Power Rankings
Dota 2 expert Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen is gearing up for The International 11 and so are we! “Noxville” has taken a look at the teams entering the competition for us, and has ranked them from Tier D to the top of the board with his Tier S teams. Read on to see where each team ranks!
The International 11 - Tournament Guide
The International (TI) is one of the biggest and most prestigious esports events of the year. In this guide, we will explain what The International involves, which teams are participating, and check out the betting markets for the 2022 edition.
Archie Henry CS:GO Oct 1, 2022
Pinnacle Dream Team - September 2022
Each month, here at Pinnacle Esports, we will be looking at the previous competitive month and selecting five players to be in our Dream Team. September featured the ESL Pro League Season 16, the Elisa Invitational, and CCT Central Europe Series #1. Due to the playoffs not being over at the time of writing, we are only using information from the group stage of ESL Pro League. There have been so many great individual performances seen in this Pro League season, which led to a lot of debate on who we would award spots to in September’s Pinnacle Esports Dream Team.
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Sep 29, 2022
IEM Road to Rio 2022 Americas RMR - Betting Guide
The IEM Rio Major 2022 is one of the biggest and most prestigious esports events of the year. In this betting guide, we will explain how teams will qualify through IEM Road to Rio 2022 Americas RMR, which teams are participating, and who the favourites might be.
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Sep 29, 2022
IEM Road to Rio 2022 Europe RMR B - Betting Guide
The IEM Rio Major 2022 is one of the biggest and most prestigious esports events of the year. In this betting guide, we will explain how teams will qualify through IEM Road to Rio RMR Europe B, which teams are participating, and who the favourites might be.
Simon Teunissen Oligboh CS:GO Sep 28, 2022
IEM Road to Rio 2022 Europe RMR A - Betting Guide
The IEM Rio Major 2022 is one of the biggest and most prestigious esports events of the year. In this betting guide, we will explain how teams will qualify through IEM Road to Rio RMR Europe A, which teams are participating, and who the favourites might be.
Pinnacle League of Legends Sep 23, 2022
League of Legends World Championship guide
The League of Legends World Championship (Worlds) is one of the biggest and most prestigious esports events of the year. In this guide, we will explain what the LoL World Championship involves, look at the past winners, and check out the betting markets for the 2022 edition.
Archie Henry CS:GO Sep 12, 2022
Pinnacle Dream Team - August 2022
Each month, here at Pinnacle Esports, we will be looking at the previous competitive month and selecting five players to be in our Dream Team. August featured the RMR Qualifiers and BLAST Premier Fall Groups. Being the start of a new season, there wasn’t as much Counter-Strike being played as there will be in the months to come, but we have enough to bring you our August Dream Team.
Archie Henry CS:GO Sep 12, 2022
EPL Playoffs - Betting Preview
The Group Stage of ESL Pro League Season 16 has concluded. We’ve seen some shocking results and thrilling upsets. From Endpoint beating NAVI in convincing fashion to Ninjas in Pyjamas failing to qualify and subsequently making roster changes. Taking stage in Malta, the Playoffs kick-off with 12 teams, rather than the eight we are more accustomed to seeing in a playoff bracket. This is due to three teams making it out of each group and will, without a doubt, lead to some breath-taking moments.
Archie Henry CS:GO Aug 21, 2022
Ten Years of CS:GO
CS:GO turns 10 years old. The successor to CS 1.6 was released in 2012 and sparked an esport that has gained a mass following 10 years later. As esports’ first official place to bet, Pinnacle are here to bring you some of the highs and lows of CS:GO, as well some changes that have had a major impact across a decade of the game.
Archie Henry CS:GO Aug 17, 2022
BLAST Premier Fall Groups - Betting Preview
It’s been just over a month since we were graced with one of the greatest finals in CS:GO history at IEM Cologne. Now, the two teams that battled it out, FaZe Clan and Natus Vincere, are back to fight for a spot in the BLAST Premier Fall Finals 2022.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Aug 4, 2022
LCS and LEC 2022 Power rankings
The LCS & LEC are the two premiere franchised leagues in Western League of Legends, we analyse both each week in our LCS & LEC Power rankings.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Aug 1, 2022
PGL Arlington Major - Power Rankings
Dota 2 expert Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen is more than ready for the PGL Arlington Major and so are we! “Noxville” has taken a look at the teams entering the competition for us, and has ranked them from C-tier to the top of the board with his top four S-tier teams. Read on to see where each team ranks!
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Aug 1, 2022
PGL Arlington Major - Betting Preview
With the PGL Arlington Major starting this week, Dota 2 expert Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen is taking a look at the Outright betting markets for the tournament and its first matches. Following up on his Power Ranking article, he has spotted some teams that have value in his eyes – instead of keeping this information to himself, he’s sharing his insights with us.
Who are the top CS:GO teams in 2022? | Heaton's Half Year Review
With IEM Cologne ending on a spectacular high, it’s time for the players to go on their well-deserved break. And it’s also time for Counter-strike legend Emil “Heaton” Christensen to have a look at the first half of the year in the world of Counter-Strike and give us his views on five of the top teams.
Who are the top CS:GO players in 2022? | Heaton's Half Year Review
The first half of 2022 is behind us and it’s now time for the players to go on their well-deserved break after an incredible IEM Cologne. We asked Counter-Strike legend Emil “Heaton” Christensen to take a look at the first half of the year in the world of CS:GO and give us his views on who he thinks were the five most influential players in that period.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Jul 14, 2022
Puppey Power - a new Dota 2 legacy
Dota2 expert Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen takes a look at the newest Dota2 record in terms of most games played by one player for a single organisation. Up until this week it was "Dendi" who claimed this title but "Puppey" surpassed that. "Noxville" takes a closer look at this impressive record.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jul 4, 2022
IEM Cologne Betting Preview
IEM Cologne is one of the biggest CS:GO tournament of 2022. In his latest betting preview for Pinnacle, Adam Boothe looks at some of his outright picks for the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jun 7, 2022
Pinnacle Cup Championship betting preview
Adam provides his expert insight into the Pinnacle Cup Championship, analysing which challengers could cause an upset, the contenders that might compete to win it all, and where the value may lie in the market. Read on to find out more.
Heroic favoured in Pinnacle Cup Championship Predictions
Who will win the Pinnacle Cup Championship? Accuscore use their advanced simulation models to predict the outcome. Learn why Accuscore think Heroic will take home the title and inform your Pinnacle Cup Championship predictions.
Kristian Medina Strategy Jun 6, 2022
A guide to the Pinnacle Cup Championship
The Pinnacle Cup Championship will see the competition take place in LAN format! Some of the best CS:GO teams from around the world will be competing for a share of the $250,000 prize money. Find out more about Pinnacle Cup Championship in our official event guide.
Pinnacle Cup Championship Team Spotlight - Imperial
The Pinnacle Cup Championship is the flagship esports tournament series created and hosted by Pinnacle. In this series we're putting the spotlight on some of the participating teams - this time it's Imperial.
Pinnacle Cup Championship Team Spotlight - Heroic
The Pinnacle Cup Championship is the flagship esports tournament series created and hosted by Pinnacle. In this series we're putting the spotlight on some of the participating teams - this time it's Heroic.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 May 12, 2022
ESL One Stockholm Dota 2 Major 2022 Power Rankings
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen shares his insight into the teams competing at ESL One Stockholm 2022, ranking the teams in a tier list. Read on to find out more.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 May 10, 2022
ESL One Stockholm Dota 2 Major 2022 betting preview
In his latest piece for Pinnacle, Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen provides his betting analysis for the ESL One Stockholm Dota 2 Major 2022. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO May 9, 2022
PGL Major Antwerp Prop market preview
The PGL Major Antwerp is the biggest CS:GO tournament of 2022. In his prop market preview for Pinnacle, Adam Boothe looks at some of the prop markets available for the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Jack Stewart League of Legends May 5, 2022
Mid-Seasonal Invitational 2022 Preview
The Mid-Seasonal Invitational is bringing the League of Legends champions from every region together for yet another thrilling tournament that will create storylines for the remainder of the year. Jack Stewart takes a look at some top contenders of this year's edition.
Adam Boothe CS:GO May 4, 2022
PGL Major Antwerp Betting Preview
The PGL Major Antwerp is the biggest CS:GO tournament of 2022. In his latest betting preview for Pinnacle, Adam Boothe looks at some of his outright picks for the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Post Pinnacle Cup III Analysis: Playoffs Stage
The Pinnacle Cup is the flagship esports tournament series created and hosted by Pinnacle. The third iteration for CS:GO, the Pinnacle Cup III, concluded on March 29. Let’s recap and break down what happened in the Playoff stage of the Pinnacle Cup III.
Post Pinnacle Cup III Analysis: Group and Swiss Stage
The Pinnacle Cup is the flagship esports tournament series created and hosted by Pinnacle. The third iteration for CS:GO, the Pinnacle Cup III, concluded on March 29. Let’s recap and break down what happened in the Group and Swiss stage of the Pinnacle Cup III.
VALORANT Champions Tour 2022 Masters Reykjavik - players to watch
With all the regional qualifications wrapped up, it’s time to head for the first major VALORANT event of the year, the VCT 2022 Masters - Reykjavik. Here we take a look at the players to watch from each competing region, discussing key aspects of their gameplay, their statistics, and their recent results.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Apr 4, 2022
How roster changes influence win probabilities in CS:GO
CS:GO betting expert Adam Boothe explores how roster changes can influence a team's win probability and identifies the indicators to watch out for when assessing whether a roster change was a success. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina Educational Mar 17, 2022
The ultimate guide to betting on Arena of Valor
With a global player base, Arena of Valor (AOV) is a 5v5, mobile-based, MOBA esports title. In this guide we cover the basics of betting on Arena of Valor, the popularity of AOV esports and more.
Nordic CS:GO - The Awakening Giants
With a strong Nordic presence at the Pinnacle Cup III, we delve into the history and future of the region.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Mar 1, 2022
What is the Pinnacle Winter Series?
The Pinnacle Winter Series is a CS:GO tournament series by Pinnacle that invites up-and-coming and top esports teams to compete. Find out all of the information about the tournament in our guide.
Kristian Medina Strategy Feb 15, 2022
The ultimate guide to betting on Free Fire
Free Fire is one of the fastest-growing mobile esports titles in the world. In our ultimate guide to betting on Free Fire, we go over all of the details you need to know.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Feb 10, 2022
IEM Katowice Predictions
The first IEM event of 2022 will be in Katowice, Poland, with $1,000,000 on offer. Twenty four teams will face off in the Spodek arena to do battle at the first stop on the ESL Pro Tour. Read our preview of IEM Katowice 2022.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Feb 4, 2022
Pinnacle Winter Series betting preview
In our dedicated preview for the Pinnacle Winter Series #2, we analyse the teams participating in the tournament that could make the biggest impact. Find out more about the Pinnacle Winter Series.
Kristian Medina Valorant Feb 2, 2022
A guide to the roles in VALORANT
As a new Tactical First-Person Shooter game with an emphasis on abilities, VALORANT players use a unique mix of terminology to match the roles found within the game. In this guide we go over those roles and how they function within the game.
Kristian Medina Valorant Jan 14, 2022
VALORANT Power Rankings
The VALORANT Power Rankings covers the top teams in VALORANT esports, discussing key aspects of their gameplay, notable players, and results. Find out more about the best teams in VALORANT in our Power Rankings.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Dec 14, 2021
BLAST Premier World Final betting preview
The BLAST Premier: World Final 2021l will see eight of the best CS:GO teams in the world in attendance. Adam Boothe provides his expert betting insight on the potential competition at the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina Valorant Nov 30, 2021
VALORANT Champions 2021 betting preview
The VALORANT Champions 2021 tournament is considered the most prestigious competition on the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT). It will see 16 teams battle for $1,000,000 in prize money and the title of VALORANT world champions. Read our official betting preview for Champions 2021.
Kristian Medina Valorant Nov 29, 2021
VALORANT Champions 2021 - Outright Winner betting preview
The VALORANT Champions 2021 tournament represents the pinnacle of the competitive VALORANT calendar. In this preview, we take a look at the Outright Winner market for the VALORANT Champions 2021 tournament and evaluate the potential of the teams taking part. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina Educational Nov 19, 2021
First-Person Shooter terminology
First-Person Shooter (FPS) is a video game genre that refers to shooter games played from the first-person perspective. Three of the most popular FPS titles include Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, VALORANT, and Rainbow Six: Siege. In this glossary of terms for FPS games, we outline some of the most popular terms used.
Kristian Medina Strategy Nov 19, 2021
Multiplayer Online Battle Arena terminology
A Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) is an online video game genre that has grown massively over the past decade − led by the two of the most popular titles in the space, League of Legends and Dota 2. In this glossary of terms for MOBA games, we outline some of the most popular terms used.
Pinnacle Strategy Nov 18, 2021
Round ups and predictions for the biggest upcoming events and matchups in esports. Inform your bet with our dedicated esports predictions. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Nov 15, 2021
What is the Pinnacle Fall Series?
Looking for more information on the Pinnacle Fall Series? Read our guide to the Pinnacle Fall Series, covering tournament format, teams, and more.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Nov 11, 2021
Pinnacle Fall Series betting preview
In our dedicated betting preview for the Pinnacle Fall Series, we analyse the teams at the tournament and the individuals that can make an impact. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina Strategy Nov 5, 2021
A guide to the Pinnacle Esports Hub
The Pinnacle Esports Hub gets an upgrade with a brand new user interface, integrated on-page livestreams, and much more! Read our official guide to the Pinnacle Esports Hub.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Nov 4, 2021
League of Legends World Championship preview
The League of Legends World Championship is the final event of the LoL esports calendar in 2021. The best teams in the world will gather and compete for the title of World Champions. Read on to find out more about Worlds 2021.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Nov 4, 2021
Analysing the addition of Ancient to the CS:GO map pool
A new and unique experience for Counter-Strike players, Ancient is the latest map to be added to the competitive CS:GO map pool, replacing Train. Adam Boothe analyses the map, looking at how the CT-side and T-side interact on the map and the possible impact the introduction of the map will have at the professional level.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Oct 27, 2021
The biggest snowball in Dota 2 history
After a historic tournament that saw some of the greatest teams in Dota 2 history meet at The International 10, Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen reflects on the tournament and the snowball of events that led to Team Spirit being crowned champions.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Oct 25, 2021
PGL Major Stockholm Prop market preview
After a two year wait, the PGL Major Stockholm marks the return of the highest level of competition in CS:GO. Adam Boothe previews some of the unique and interesting proposition bets available on Pinnacle. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Oct 22, 2021
PGL Major Stockholm betting preview
The PGL Major Stockholm is the biggest CS:GO tournament of 2021. In his latest betting preview for Pinnacle, Adam Boothe looks at some of the favourites at the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Oct 22, 2021
PGL Major Stockholm – Teams that can cause an upset
With 24 teams in attendance, the PGL Major Stockholm features the best CS:GO teams in the world. Adam Boothe shines the spotlight on teams who could cause an upset. Read on to find out more.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Oct 11, 2021
Worlds 2021 - Roleswaps, rivals and redemption for Fnatic
With a rich history at the LoL World Championship, Fnatic have been a perennial contender at the tournament. In his latest feature, Jack Stewart outlines the team's journey and the challenges they have faced.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Oct 8, 2021
Malta Vibes betting preview
Malta Vibes invites some of the best up-and-coming teams in CS:GO to compete over the summer for a combined prize pool of $300,000. In this Malta Vibes betting preview, we take a look at some of the teams competing.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Oct 7, 2021
The International 10 Group stage analysis by Noxville
The groups have finally been announced for The International 10 (TI10)! So we had the Dota 2 stats man Ben "Noxville" Steenhuisen share his thoughts on how the group will go down at the $40 million tournament.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Oct 5, 2021
Worlds 2021 - Abedagge and Upset rise from the ashes
Some of the best players in the world will converge at the League of Legends World Championship, in this player feature Jack Stewart highlights the journey for two unlikely participants: "Upset" and "Abbedagge".
Adam Boothe CS:GO Sep 29, 2021
Intel Extreme Masters betting preview
The stage is set for the IEM Fall 2021. Sixty teams in six different regions will be competing in the final RMR event of the year. Read this article for some expert insight into the Intel Extreme Masters.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Sep 28, 2021
The International 10 Prop bets & Side markets review by Noxville
The International 10 is a unique event in many ways but one of the most interesting aspects of it from a betting perspective is the smorgasbord of side markets. Originally inspired by the in-game compendium, there are almost fifty interesting and unconventional markets available, with more being added as the event draws near.
Ben “Noxville” Steenhuisen Dota 2 Sep 24, 2021
The International 10 betting preview by Noxville
After a fourteen-month delay, it seems like Dota 2 fans will finally get to see the top teams from around the world battling for a share of a record-breaking $40 million prize pool. For the players, it’s not just about the life-changing money, it’s about the recognition of being the best Dota 2 team in the world: having their names written forever on the Aegis of Champions. Welcome to The International.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Sep 17, 2021
BLAST Premier betting preview
The BLAST Premier: Fall features some of the best CS:GO teams competing for a prize pool of $150,000. Adam Boothe takes a look at the teams in attendance and discusses the tournament in his betting preview. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Sep 16, 2021
Inform your CS:GO predictions ahead of this week’s matches in the competitive CS:GO circuit with insight from Pinnacle’s odds, news and analysis.
Kristian Medina Valorant Sep 8, 2021
VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Berlin preview
The VALORANT Champions Tour heads to Berlin for the latest Masters tournament and will see teams from around the world battle it out at the Verti Music Hall for prize money and points toward the end-of-year ‘Champions’ tournament. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Sep 7, 2021
ESL Pro League Season 14 betting preview
ESL Pro League Season 14 will see 24 teams from around the world compete online for a share of $750,000 and coveted ESL Pro Tour points. Read expert insight from Adam Boothe covering the tournament.
William Jarman Call of Duty Aug 16, 2021
Call of Duty League Championship Weekend betting preview
The Call of Duty League Championship Weekend marks the final event on the CDL competitive calendar with a massive $2,500,000 prize pool. Read our in-depth betting preview of the CDL Championship Weekend 2021.
Archie Henry CS:GO Jul 15, 2021
A guide to CS:GO roles
Understanding your ideal CS:GO role can be tricky - using an AWP (as an AWPer) isn’t for everybody and neither is being the In-Game Leader. Over the years, CS:GO has developed a competitive community that has created primary roles within a competitive line-up, and we are going to break down those roles in simple terms.
Kristian Medina Valorant Jul 6, 2021
Inform your VALORANT predictions ahead of this week’s matches in the competitive VALORANT circuit with insight from Pinnacle’s odds, news and analysis.
Pinnacle Cup II predictions
Inform your Pinnacle Cup II predictions ahead of this week’s matches with insight from Pinnacle’s odds, news and analysis.
Astralis and the Last laugh
In his latest column for Pinnacle, Thorin reflects on an era of dominance from Astralis and the achievements of a quintet that can be considered the greatest the game will see.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jun 14, 2021
BLAST Premier Spring Final 2021 betting preview
The BLAST Premier Spring Final will see eight of the best CS:GO teams in the world in attendance. Adam Boothe provides his expert betting insight on the potential competition at the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jun 2, 2021
Intel Extreme Masters Summer 2021 betting preview
The Intel Extreme Masters Summer returns with several of the top teams in the world in attendance. Adam Boothe provides his expert betting insight on the potential competition at the tournament. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Strategy May 24, 2021
Pinnacle Cup: Round Eight recap
It has been a long and gruelling group stage at the Pinnacle Cup - Dota. Several teams are starting to crack under the pressure and round eight of play has seen several stand-in players come in. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina Valorant May 21, 2021
VALORANT Champions Tour Masters Reykjavik preview
The VALORANT Champions Tour goes to Reykjavik, Iceland for the Stage 2 Masters. Ten teams from around the world converge for the first international competition in VALORANT history. Who will prove themselves as Masters Champions?
Dota 2 Predictions
Inform your Dota 2 predictions ahead of this month’s matches in the competitive Dota 2 circuit with insight from Pinnacle’s odds, news and analysis.
Andreea "Divushka" Esanu Strategy May 19, 2021
Pinnacle Cup: Team Spirit takes the lead
The 10 squads battling in the round-robin group stage of the Pinnacle Cup - Dota are half way through their matches and only one has managed to take a small lead and break the long trail of ties. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Cup: Round Four recap
We are nearing the halfway point in the group stage of the Pinnacle Cup - Dota. For a few teams, this is already “do or die” territory. For most, there is still plenty to fight for. So far, no team has been able to separate themselves from the pack and every team has lost at least one series.
Andreea "Divushka" Esanu Strategy May 12, 2021
Pinnacle Cup: Seven teams are tied
Seven teams are tied after three rounds of group stage matches of the Pinnacle Cup. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Strategy May 12, 2021
Pinnacle Cup: Round Three recap
The Pinnacle Cup playoff picture gets clearer with every game played. As we head into our third round of games there are already teams fighting for their tournament lives and others hoping to build momentum for a deep run in the playoff bracket.
Pinnacle Strategy May 10, 2021
Pinnacle Cup: Round Two recap
The first two days of play in the Pinnacle Cup showed how close all of the teams are, with day two hammering that point home. We still have a long way to go before the playoffs but the picture of who will make it remains incredibly opaque.
Andreea "Divushka" Esanu Strategy May 7, 2021
Pinnacle Cup delivers top-notch plays and hilarious mistakes
Upsets, breathtaking teamfights, and a huge misplay – a recap on the thrilling first few days of the Pinnacle Cup – Dota.
Pinnacle Cup: Power Rankings
Some of the best Dota teams from Europe, Russia and the CIS will be playing at the Pinnacle Cup. Here are the official Pinnacle Cup - Dota Power Rankings. Read on to find out more.
Andreea "Divushka" Esanu Strategy May 5, 2021
Pinnacle Cup: The group stage warriors
The Pinnacle Cup is set to bring you explosive Dota 2 encounters between teams from Europe and the CIS region across May 2021. Read GosuGamers preview for the group-stage.
Kristian Medina Valorant Apr 30, 2021
All eyes on VALORANT - A future esports juggernaut
With VALORANT passing its one-year anniversary since launch, we take a look at its growth over the past 12 months and identify some of the key factors influencing its nascent esports scene. Read on to find out more.
Thorin League of Legends Apr 30, 2021
Player vs. Coach – The success behind “Faker” and Brady
In his latest feature for Pinnacle, the Esports Historian “Thorin” takes a look at the relationship between coach and player; contrasting legendary LoL player “Faker” and his coach “Kkoma” with legendary football quarterback Tom Brady and his long-time coach Bill Belichick.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Apr 26, 2021
DreamHack Masters Spring betting preview
Adam Boothe provides his expert betting insight into the DreamHack Masters Spring 2021 and identifies where the value may lie in the matchups at the tournament. Read on to find out more
Adam Boothe CS:GO Apr 12, 2021
BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown 2021 betting preview
The BLAST Premier: Spring Showdown features some of the best CS:GO teams competing for a prize pool of $162,500. Adam Boothe takes a look at the teams in attendance and discusses the tournament in his betting preview. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe Dota 2 Mar 25, 2021
ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021 betting preview
Dota 2 returns to LAN with the ONE Esports Singapore Major 2021! In this preview our resident expert Adam Boothe provides his insight into the teams to watch and where value may lie in the market. Read on to find out more.
Fresh consideration on s1mple vs. ZywOo
s1mple and ZywOo are considered transcendent talents in CS:GO, Thorin considers a more holistic view on their competition to claim the status of world's best player.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Mar 8, 2021
Pinnacle CS:GO Power Rankings
In the first week of each month, we will release the official Pinnacle CS:GO Power Rankings, with curator Adam Boothe offering a brief overview of the teams, and some honorable mentions that missed out.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Feb 18, 2021
Ascending to God status: Gilius has one more miracle run to make
A player who has earnt the moniker of "GodGilius", Schalke 04's Jungler Erberk “Gilius” Demir has established himself as one of the best in the league. Find out more about his rise to the top in Jack Stewart’s feature.
Thorin Educational Jan 29, 2021
Building the Narrative: Esports and the Super Bowl
In his latest column for Pinnacle Esports, Duncan “Thorin” Shields tells us how the biggest events in Esports and the NFL's Super Bowl use similar devices to build a compelling narrative.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jan 20, 2021
The 2020 CS:GO Power Rankings Review
In this special edition of the Pinnacle Power Rankings we recap one of the most unique years in CS:GO history.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jan 19, 2021
Best Roster Moves of 2020
With the 2021 season rapidly approaching, many teams have made changes to their squads, for better and worse. This article sees us look at a few of the teams that, in our opinion, made the best roster moves of 2020.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jan 19, 2021
Worst Roster Moves of 2020
With the 2021 season rapidly approaching, many teams made changes to their squads, for better and worse. This article sees us look at a few of the teams that, in our opinion, made the worst roster moves of 2020.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Jan 11, 2021
LCS 2021 format explained
The evolution of the LCS continues in 2021 with a number of changes to the North American franchise league heading into the new year. Find out more about the changes to the LCS in 2021.
Kristian Medina Valorant Dec 23, 2020
What is the VALORANT Champions Tour (VCT)?
The VALORANT Champions Tour is the official competitive circuit for VALORANT esports in 2021. The VCT takes place throughout the year with the tour culminating at the VALORANT Champions tournament in December. Read on to find out more about the VCT.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Dec 23, 2020
The impacts of Roster Instability
The rapid growth of professional esports has been a major point of focus for the top echelons of CS:GO teams over the past two to three years. When the professional scene emerged in 2013, it began with five dedicated players and a part-time coach and manager for the highest paying organizations. Those clubs have since evolved, with dedicated positions for not only coaches and managers, but also for analysts, trainers, and psychologists.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Dec 23, 2020
Rugby, and the future of CS:GO and VALORANT
There's been a common question of whether or not VALORANT can, or will, overtake and dominate CS:GO in esports. But what if they could co-exist? For that, we look to traditional sports and the example Rugby can offer.
Kristian Medina Valorant Dec 2, 2020
VALORANT First strike preview
VALORANT First Strike is the first official tournament sanctioned by Riot Games' in 2020. First Strike will take place across the globe with regional qualifiers and finals. Who will win the inaugural VALORANT First Strike tournament?
acoR & Nash - The Burden of the Superstar
In his second column for Pinnacle, Duncan "Thorin" Shields draws parallels between CS:GO AWPer acoR and NBA legend Steve Nash, delving into the burden of the superstar.
The hidden depth of MMA and Counter-Strike
Duncan "Thorin" Shields opens his first column for Pinnacle focusing on the hidden depth that exists in both MMA and Counter-Strike, and why so many people become new spectators for both.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Nov 10, 2020
The revolution that fixed Fnatic’s identity crisis
LoL is not a game that is defined solely by kills and deaths - there are a lot of intangibles at play. In this feature we take a closer look at Fnatic and how “Bwipo” and “Hylissang” started a revolution from within to help fix the identity of one of the most storied team in the game.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO Nov 10, 2020
Aspects of communication in CS:GO
Communication. Rightfully one of the most recurrent themes in Counter-Strike, it has also always been a topic of great interest for me. I used to be very affected by the quality of my teams’ vocal exchanges during games.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Nov 5, 2020
Flashpoint Season 2 Preview
Flashpoint is set to commence its second season in November, where 12 teams will fight amongst its unique format in their attempts to achieve the $500,000 top prize.
Kristian Medina Valorant Oct 16, 2020
Is the Operator actually OP?
The Operator has been a contentious weapon within the VALORANT communnity, in this article we take a look at the weapon and it's impact on the game. Read on to find out more.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Oct 2, 2020
Using maps in your CS:GO betting strategy
For as long as I have been following the competitive Counter-Strike scene, the professional map pool has consisted of seven maps in active circulation at one time. However, beyond this Valve has, at seemingly random moments, swapped in a new map with the intention of updating the one they are removing.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO Sep 25, 2020
The pros and cons of international rosters in CS:GO
We have come a long way in accepting that international rosters can compete at the highest level in Counter-Strike. Teams like FaZe and mousesports have opened up an avenue which other teams have then followed, with G2 being the latest remarkable example.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Sep 24, 2020
Will the West perform at the League of Legends World Championship?
The League of Legends World Championship is as competitive as ever, we take a look at the Western teams at Worlds 2020 and their chances this year. Read on to find out more.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Sep 22, 2020
Top players and Rookies to watch at LoL Worlds 2020
The League of Legends World Championship might look a little different this year, but one thing that will remain the same is the level of competition.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Sep 21, 2020
Looking at the CS:GO coaching bug
Right at the end of August 2020, just after ESL One Cologne crowned Heroic as its winner, a new scandal rocked competitive CS:GO. A bug in the game meant that coaches of teams could exploit the camera to gain information they were not supposed to be privy to.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO Sep 18, 2020
The eternal dilemma of individual consistency
Having watched and participated in expert panels for years, I can safely say that consistency is one of the most recurrent terms in the realm of Counter-Strike. In fact, one of the highest praises we can possibly give to a player is to say they’re consistent.
Michael Moriarty Rocket League Sep 10, 2020
Rocket League Predictions
Inform your Rocket League predictions ahead of this week’s matches in the upcoming Rocket League Championship Series circuit with insight from Pinnacle’s odds, news and analysis.
Michael Moriarty Valorant Sep 1, 2020
Understanding Vanguard: VALORANT’s Anti-Cheat
Alongside VALORANT’s highly-publicised launch, Riot Games also made a big deal out of their new, innovative anti-cheat system - Vanguard. It operates a little differently to the anti-cheat offerings in other games, and we’ll explain more on how it works in this article.
Kristian Medina Valorant Aug 25, 2020
PopFlash x VALORANT Ignition series preview
The final VALORANT Ignition series event for North America will be hosted by Flashpoint in their inaugural PopFlash tournament. Eight of the best teams in North America will clash for a chance to earn the lion share of $50,000. Read on to find out more.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO Aug 24, 2020
Using professional expertise for CS:GO betting
Betting both on CS:GO and in general is a topic I’ve been slightly reluctant to cover and address for a while. I will start off by saying that you should always think any bet through and bet responsibly if it is an activity that you enjoy.
Kristian Medina Valorant Aug 21, 2020
What is the meta in VALORANT?
With the game still in its' infancy, VALORANT presents the opportunity to dissect how a meta evolves from the very beginning. In this article we discuss what is the meta in VALORANT and how has the meta developed at the amatuer level all the way up to the professional level.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Aug 17, 2020
How is CS:GO popular?
CS:GO has been out as a game for eight years, although the Counter-Strike franchise it forms part of has existed for over two decades. Not many games manage to sustain such longevity at the top, so how is CS:GO popular?
Mathieu Quiquerez Educational Aug 7, 2020
The impact of fatigue on performance
Fatigue is a very prominent issue in CS:GO at the moment, with a number of top players recently taking prolonged breaks from competition. In his latest column, former professional player Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez lends his insight into how fatigue can affect a player’s performance.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jul 31, 2020
CS:GO weapons guide
To take part in CS:GO, you need to get to know the weapons. From the different types of guns all the way to the grenades, mastering these elements will be the only way you’ll reach the top of your game.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jul 23, 2020
How different tournament formats affect CS:GO betting
The competitive scene of each game is very different. It is critical to understand how the scheduling affects not only the players, but a bettor’s ability to find opportunity. This article will look at how the CS calendar operates in its current state, broken into two parts and covering the top level of the scene first.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO Jul 22, 2020
What makes a good IGL?
Players that compete in CS:GO often struggle with taking up the role of In-Game Leader (IGL). We asked former professional player Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez on his thoughts about what makes a good IGL.
Kristian Medina Valorant Jul 13, 2020
The maps in VALORANT explained
As a Tactical First-Person Shooter, VALORANT presents a variety of new maps for bettors to understand and analyse. In this article we go over the maps in VALORANT and highlight some of the key points of each map and frequently asked questions about the maps in VALORANT.
Michael Moriarty Rocket League Jul 10, 2020
RLCS X: Rocket League's new esports format
Psyonix have announced a drastic restructure to their flagship competition, the Rocket League Championship Series (RLCS). Changes include dropping the league format, instituting new “Major” competitions and one, annual, World Championship event.
Michael Moriarty Valorant Jul 7, 2020
VALORANT Ranks Explained
Are you starting to make your journey towards the top of VALORANT? In such a case, it’s probably best to understand the game’s ranking system, in order to figure out how where your skill level is at that moment to continue improving.
Kristian Medina Educational Jul 6, 2020
What is Handicap betting in esports?
There a number of markets to bet on in esports, in this article we cover Handicap betting and explain how a handicap bet works in esports.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Jun 26, 2020
What is Gold Difference at 15 minutes?
Gold Difference at 15 minutes, also known as [email protected], is a statistic that tracks the game state of a LoL match at the 15 minute mark. In this article we go over what is [email protected] and how you can use [email protected] in betting context. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Educational Jun 24, 2020
How the Swiss-System works in esports
For those of you that are avid watchers of CS:GO Majors, you may notice that the opening two sections host a format not seen at many other tournaments, the Swiss-system. We’ll look at how it came to be, and where it originated from, before injecting itself into esport tournaments across the world.
Michael Moriarty Valorant Jun 19, 2020
Is VALORANT a viable esport?
With VALORANT’s official release having occurred in the middle of June, naturally everyone’s eyes are looking to where it’ll head next. A big expectation of many is that it’ll explode as an esport, but will it be viable, and what approach will it take? We muse over some potential directions.
Adam Boothe CS:GO Jun 18, 2020
Understanding the CS:GO economy for betting
A noted point of importance of a good betting strategy can be found in the economic bonus. This article will go beyond the pistol round and analyse the economic rules, how their latest update has influenced outcome, and finally how it may affect a betting strategy
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jun 11, 2020
What is CS:GO Danger Zone?
In 2018, Valve released the Danger Zone update for CS:GO. This update added a new map and a Battle Royale mode to the game. With a whole host of differences between it and the main game mode, learn more about how to get the best out of Danger Zone.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jun 10, 2020
128 and 64 Tick Servers: What's the difference?
A long raging discussion found in many CS:GO circles is the difference between server tick rate. While the main CS:GO matchmaking runs on 64-tick, many competitive competition takes place on servers running 128-tick. But what is the difference, and why does that matter?
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jun 4, 2020
How G2 Esports became the Kings of Europe
Four years ago, the League of Legends (LoL) European Championship (then known as the EU LCS) was shaken to its core by the debut of G2 Esports - an organisation that would go on to become, arguably, the greatest Europe has ever seen.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jun 3, 2020
What is the LCS and LEC?
Representing North America and Europe. the LCS and LEC are the the oldest franchised esports leagues in the world. Read on to find out more about the LCS and LEC.
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jun 2, 2020
What is the LPL and LCK?
Representing the two largest competitive regions in Asia, the LoL Pro League (LPL) and LoL Champions Korea (LCK) have an extensive history in shaping the game at the top level. Read on to find out more.
Archie Henry CS:GO Jun 2, 2020
The CS:GO money system explained
If you are sat there watching a CS:GO stream and have no idea what’s going on, or why one side has more guns than the other, then this guide will be useful in your understanding of the game. Continue reading to learn more about the CS:GO money system and what it means for your betting.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Jun 1, 2020
Totals betting in League of Legends
There are a number of betting markets available for League of Legends. In this article we go over Totals betting in LoL, how it functions and how bettors can leverage it as an alternative to a Money Line bet. Read on to find out more.
The Dota 2 Hero Dota 2 May 29, 2020
How does Dota 2 ranked work?
You have decided that now is the time to take a step into the daunting world of ranked matchmaking. The intimidating 'Ranked' button calls you to play for higher stakes. But before you enter, here is some knowledge to take with you on your journey.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 May 28, 2020
The Most Expensive Dota 2 Skins
What are Skins?
Similar to CS:GO, skins are cosmetic items available for purchase within the Dota armoury. These items change the way heroes appear in game and some even affect the appearance wearer’s spells by adding particle effects and unique colouring. Whilst these changes do not provide any power advantage to the player, they are extremely sought after and can fetch a high price on the Steam market.
Pinnacle Educational May 27, 2020
What is the difference between LoL and Dota 2?
League of Legends and Dota 2 remain two of the most played MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) genre within esports. Whilst the games themselves seem very similar in style, characters and general appearance, some key fundamental gameplay differences make these two games stand out from each other.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO May 27, 2020
Best Players in CS:GO
Since its release in 2012, and the franchise’s history dating back to 1999, CS:GO has had a vibrant professional esports scene. In that time we’ve seen a number of players hit the top echelons of play. We’ll investigate a few of these players, both from history and of the present day.
Kristian Medina League of Legends May 20, 2020
Mid-Season Cup preview
The Mid-Season Cup replaces the Mid-Season Invitational in 2020 and features eight of the top teams in Asia competing for the lion-share of $600,000. The online competition will feature three World Championship title holders: T1, FunPlus Phoenix and Invictus Gaming.
Adam Boothe CS:GO May 20, 2020
The importance of Pistol Rounds in betting strategy
In the first-person shooter Counter-Strike, the opening sequence of every single game is what is known as the pistol round, or pistol. It determines which side has the economic advantage into that particular half.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO May 20, 2020
Effects of using a substitute in CS:GO
On occasion in CS:GO, teams have to opt for using stand-in players or substitutes. With teams like Astralis expanding their roster to seven members to allow for substitutions to occur, former CS:GO professional player Mathieu “Maniac” Quiquerez looks into the impact this can have on teams.
Mathieu Quiquerez CS:GO May 13, 2020
The impact of moving to online CS:GO
Due to the current global pandemic, offline esports events have suffered cancellations or postponements. As such, the fledgling industry has returned to a natural home – online. We’ve enlisted the assistance of a former professional CS:GO player to discuss the affects this may have on a number of teams.
Kristian Medina League of Legends May 13, 2020
Betting on League of Legends Dragon
Dragon is one of the major objectives in LoL, we discuss 'What is Dragon' and how bettors can bet on Dragon in League of Legends. Read on to find out more.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO May 11, 2020
The rise of 6-man rosters in CS:GO
Traditionally, teams in the Counter-Strike series have retained a solid 5-man roster. While other esports, like League of Legends and Overwatch, have moved into a larger roster environment, the majority of CS:GO has so far remained steadfast in its commitment to not having more than five people on a team.
Michael Moriarty Rocket League May 7, 2020
Rocket League Spring Series Predictions
With the scheduled RLCS Season 9 finals cancelled due to COVID-19, developers Psyonix have drafted up a new tournament to keep Rocket League Esports active. The Rocket League Spring Series has four tournaments in each of the RLCS regions, and will offer $350,000 in prize pool.
Kristian Medina League of Legends May 6, 2020
Betting on League of Legends First Blood
There are a number of markets to bet on in League of Legends, we breakdown betting on First Blood (FB) and discuss 'What is First Blood'. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina Valorant May 4, 2020
The economy in VALORANT
In VALORANT the economy system plays a vital role in creating a balance between the Attackers and Defenders. It aims to prevent teams from suffering consecutive round losses due to the lack of credits ensuring both sides remain competitive.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Apr 28, 2020
Road to Rio: CS:GO Major Qualifiers
With the Spring CS:GO Major of 2020 delayed to the Autumn due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the qualification system for the event has changed completely. With there being over a year between the two Majors, it was deemed necessary to put everyone’s place back up for grabs to see who will head to Rio in November.
Kristian Medina Educational Apr 28, 2020
Esports events in 2020
With the current situation surrounding COVID-19, we take a look at esports in 2020 and the major events that could be taking place for the remainder of the 2020 esports calender.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Apr 27, 2020
CS:GO callouts explained
While you may know your Inferno’s from your Dust2’s in the CS:GO map pool, knowing the names of each part of the map may not be in your wheelhouse. Read on to get a better understanding of where exactly these places are that casters and players talk about.
Michael Moriarty Educational Apr 21, 2020
Esports in China
One of the esports industry’s current growth hotspots is found in China. Regularly challenging, and beating, the likes of North America and Europe in terms of competitors, sponsorship and viewers, it’s worth knowing what’s popular in the country.
Mathieu Quiquerez Valorant Apr 17, 2020
VALORANT vs CSGO: A pro's perspective
VALORANT has burst onto the esports scene and is gaining momentum with the potential to become a top title. With so many questions about similarities and differences between VALORANT and CS:GO, we enlisted a former professional CS:GO player to run through an in-depth analysis of VALORANT vs. CS:GO.
Kristian Medina Valorant Apr 13, 2020
What is VALORANT?
VALORANT is Riot Games' newest title and is a 5vs5 Character-based Tactical FPS shooter. Read our article on what is VALORANT and how it has been built with esports in mind.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Apr 9, 2020
What is FPL?
Outside of regular competition, a number of professional CS:GO players take part in the FACEIT Pro League (FPL) to engage in some slightly more relaxed, but still competitive, matches. But what exactly is the FPL? Read on to find out.
Michael Moriarty Educational Apr 8, 2020
Esports in South Korea
For those new to esports, you’d imagine the hotspots for the fledgling industry to be North America, Europe and China. That belief would completely miss out the contribution South Korea made to the start of esports as the first country where it hit the mainstream
Michael Moriarty Rocket League Mar 25, 2020
RLCS Season 9 North America and Europe Preview
The ninth season of the Rocket League Championship Series is underway, with ten teams featuring in North America and Europe's leagues. Each week we’ll preview games from the two main regions with insight from Pinnacle's odds and statistical analysis.
Pinnacle Strategy Mar 24, 2020
The difference between LAN and Online esports
When betting on esports it is important to take into account whether the tournament is a LAN event or online. Many factors can enhance a player’s performance - or have a negative impact - and understanding why a player played better or worse in a match can be beneficial when betting on events in the future. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Strategy Mar 16, 2020
How to use an esports in-play betting strategy
While the simplicity of pre-game esports betting markets make them ideally suited to novice bettors, in-play betting is becoming increasingly popular with more advanced bettors. Want to know how in-play esports betting works and how it can help you make a profit? Read on to learn how.
Jack Davidson Call of Duty Mar 16, 2020
What is Call of Duty: Warzone?
The recently released patch for Activision Blizzard’s long-running franchise Call of Duty added a Free to play Battle Royale mode. This content is free for all users and does not require a purchase of the base game. But what makes CoD: Warzone stand out from the other games in the genre?
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Mar 12, 2020
A guide to Dota 2 positions & roles
The fluid nature of Dota 2 roles can make them seem more complex than they are. Mid players tend to rely on mechanical skill and outplaying their opponents, whereas support take a more tactical approach to out-think the opposition. We’ll break down each role into simple terms so you can understand how each position operates and affects the game.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Mar 10, 2020
The history of League of Legends esports
League of Legends is the leading esports title in the world, Pinnacle reflects on the history of League of Legends esports and how it has evolved from humble beginnings to a global phenomenon.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Mar 10, 2020
How to improve your League of Legends predictions
The goal of making a LoL prediction in betting is to determine the outcome of a Team A vs. Team B match with greater accuracy than bookmaker odds. Predicting LoL matches requires bettors to analyse an evolving set of variables both inside and outside of the game. How can you improve the accuracy of your LoL predictions? Read on to find out more.
Michael Moriarty Educational Mar 5, 2020
The history of esports
Esports is tapping on the door of mainstream sport status across the globe. Where did it begin? This a brief look at the history of esports, including the start of a number of tournament organisers and a number of the big esports.
Kristian Medina Rainbow Six Siege Feb 7, 2020
Six Invitational 2020 previewThe Six Invitational 2020 returns to Montreal to crown the best Rainbow Six: Siege esports team. Read our betting preview for the Six Invitational 2020 as we break down the top five contenders at the tournament.
Kristian Medina Rainbow Six Siege Feb 7, 2020
Rainbow Six Siege Invitational guideThe Rainbow Six: Siege Invitational is the premier tournament in the R6 esports scene. The Six Invitational features 16 teams fighting for a share of the $3,000,000 prize pool. What is the Rainbow Six Siege Invitational? Who won the Six Invitational 2019? Who will win the Six invitational 2020? Read on to find out more.
Michael Moriarty Educational Feb 6, 2020
What is the GSL style format?
A large number of esports tournaments use a group format that’s not used outside of the space. We’ll take a look at the format commonly known as GSL-style groups, how it works, where it came from and how many events use it.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Jan 14, 2020
DreamLeague Leipzig Dota Major - Event preview
The second Major in the Dota 2 calendar is DreamLeague Season 13, in Leipzig, and features a much tougher field of teams compared to MDL Chengdu. With top-tier teams returning to professional play, there’s a high possibility that we’ll see some upsets in Leipzig. Here’s our predictions for the Leipzig Major.
Benjamin Doughty CS:GO Jan 13, 2020
CS:GO: The year in review
2019 has brought us many memorable moments in Counter-Strike. We witnessed Astralis dominate the Major circuit, and saw Team Liquid break records to take the Intel Grand Slam in record time eventually resulting in Intel changing the requirements.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Jan 7, 2020
WePlay! Bukovel Minor Preview
The Bukovel Minor is the second event of the DPC 2019-20 season, featuring some regular faces. NiP return to the Minor system again along with Geek Fam, as they compete for the final slot at the Leipzig Major. A surprise appearance from Nigma looks to shake up this minor and make it the most competitive to date!
Jack Stewart League of Legends Jan 1, 2020
The major events in League of Legends explained
Keeping track of each Major League of Legends event can be tricky and with different formats for each event, confusing to understand. We break-down four of the Major events that take place throughout the year.
Michael Moriarty Rocket League Dec 11, 2019
Rocket League Championship Series Finals preview
The eighth season of the Rocket League Championship Series is approaching. Twelve teams from all over the world are set to face off in Madrid’s Palacio Vistalegre to compete for a $529,500 prize pool.
Jack Davidson Educational Nov 19, 2019
The role of an esports psychologist
Sports psychologists have been a core team member in traditional sports for a while now, but esports organisations have recently begun exploring the advantages of employing professionals for their players. There are already a few case studies where psychologists have had a tremendous effect and helped push a team to the top of their game, Astralis and OG to name a couple.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Nov 14, 2019
ECS Season 8 Finals - MIBR and Sharks preview
The Esports Championship Series is set to conclude its eighth season with its finals in Dallas, Texas. There, two teams hailing from Latin America are set to take part. We look at their chances.
Kristian Medina Call of Duty Nov 8, 2019
A guide to the Call of Duty LeagueThe Call of Duty League (CDL) is a city-based franchised esports league that features 12 teams from across the United States and around the world. Find out more about the CDL in our guide.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Oct 29, 2019
The Summit 11 Dota Minor - Event previewThe Dota Summit is back for its 11th incarnation and this time, the stakes are even higher. The summit has been designated a minor event within Valve’s Dota Pro Circuit meaning that the winner of this tournament will qualify for the first major of the 2019/20 season and the all-important DPC points are up for grabs.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Oct 28, 2019
ECS Season 8 North America preview
The Esports Championship Series resumes for its eighth season, where each week eight teams will face off for $25,000 worth of prizes and a spot at the ECS Season 8 Finals.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Oct 28, 2019
ECS Season 8 Europe previewECS Season 8 brings together some of the best CS:GO teams from around the world to compete over five weeks to win the lion-share of $500,000. Read our Europe preview to find out more.
Michael Moriarty Rocket League Oct 2, 2019
Understanding the RLCS
The entire Rocket League esports ecosystem revolves around the Rocket League Championship Series (or RLCS), in which teams compete to reach two world championship finals a year. If you’re new to betting on the circuit, read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Sep 10, 2019
ECS Pinnacle Cup preview16 challengers enter the ECS Pinnacle Cup for a chance to earn a spot to the ECS Season 8 Regular Season. Find out the top teams to watch.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Sep 2, 2019
Interview with North's mithRAfter announcing our new partnership with North, we sat down with the team to gain an understanding of who they are and how they approach the game. In the final interview, we speak to the team’s coach, Torbjørn “mithR” Nyborg.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Aug 30, 2019
Interview with North's JUGiAfter announcing our new partnership with North, we sat down with the team to gain an understanding of who they are and how they approach the game. The final player we’ll speak is the team’s newest addition, AWPer Jakob "JUGi" Hansen.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Aug 28, 2019
Interview with North's valdeAfter announcing our new partnership with North, we sat down with the team to gain an understanding of who they are and how they approach the game. The fourth in the series sees us talk to the team’s IGL, Valdemar “valde” Bjørn.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Aug 23, 2019
Interview with North's KjaerbyeAfter announcing our new partnership with North, we sat down with the team to gain an understanding of who they are and how they approach the game. The third interview sees us talk to former Major MVP, Markus “Kjaerbye” Kjærbye.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Aug 19, 2019
Interview with North's gade
After announcing our new partnership with North, we sat down with the team to gain an understanding of who they are and how they approach the game. The second in the series sees us talk to one of the newer team members, Nicklas “gade” Gade.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Aug 15, 2019
Interview with North's aizyAfter announcing our new partnership with North, we sat down with the team to gain an understanding of who they are and how they approach the game. First in this series is the team’s longest serving member Philip “aizy” Aistrup.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Aug 8, 2019
Origins in Teamfight Tactics
Teamfight Tactics has an extensive Origin system which gives players the ability to create their own unique strategies while playing the game. In this article we discuss the origins in Teamfight Tactics. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Jul 30, 2019
Classes in Teamfight Tactics
Teamfight Tactics has an extensive Class system which gives players the ability to create their own unique stragies while playing the game. In this article we discuss the classes in Teamfight Tactics. Read on to find out more.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Jul 29, 2019
A beginner's guide to Teamfight Tactics (TFT)What is Teamfight Tactics and how to play TFT? Check out our beginner's guide to TFT, covering Origins, Classes, Gold and the best strategy for TFT. Read on to find out more.
Dota 2 Betting: How to bet on Dota 2
Dota 2 betting is becoming increasingly popular within esports betting, with Dota's action-cum-RTS style being a perfect match for the excitement of online betting.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jul 22, 2019
StarLadder Berlin Minor Championships Preview - Asia and CIS
CS:GO is ramping up to its spectacle event. With the StarLadder Berlin Major set to start at the end of August, the only tournaments remaining to confirm the eleven remaining teams are the four Minor Championships. Up next are the Asian and CIS region Minors.
Jack Davidson League of Legends Jul 18, 2019
Teamfight Tactics (TFT) vs. Underlords - What are the differences?
The Auto Battler genre has taken two of the biggest gaming communities by storm with both Riot Games’ Teamfight Tactics (TFT) and Valve’s Dota Underlords proving massively popular. So, what is the difference between TFT and Underlords?
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Jul 18, 2019
The International 9: Betting preview
18 teams, two weeks and the biggest prize in esports history. The International 9 (TI9) prize pool is set to break $30,000,000, making it the biggest esports tournament to date, so we take a look at whose odds on to take how the aegis! Read on for our International Dota 2 betting preview.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Jul 16, 2019
A beginner's guide to Dota Underlords
Dota Underlords is Valve’s official version of the Dota 2 mod Auto-Chess. The ‘Autobattler’ genre has exploded in recent months to become a new genre, as Riot have also released their own version of the autobattler mod. Plus, the original creators of the Auto-Chess mod, Drodo Studio, are releasing a stand-alone version on the EPIC store. But just what is an autobattler?
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jul 16, 2019
StarLadder Berlin Minor Championships Preview - Americas and Europe
CS:GO is ramping up to its spectacle event. With the StarLadder Berlin Major set to start at the end of August, the only tournaments remaining to confirm the eleven remaining teams are the four Minor Championships.
Stuart Bridges League of Legends Jul 11, 2019
The different League of Legends roles explained
Roles are the cornerstone of how LoL is played and if you are unaware of what the roles are or what they mean, then understanding a game of League of Legends can be difficult. For example, why is that champion just standing there not hitting anything? If this is a question you have ever asked yourself, then this simple guide should explain everything you need to know.
The complete history of Dota 2
If you’re betting on Dota 2, knowledge of the game and the teams or players competing is a basic requirement. While learning more about the history of the game itself won’t necessarily inform your betting now, it’s still an interesting subject for esports bettors. Read on for a brief history of Dota 2.
Pinnacle Educational Jul 5, 2019
How to bet on esports: The basics
Whether you’re new to esports or have been a fan for years, this how to bet on esports guide is the perfect place to start for any novice bettor. Starting with the very basics, this article will help you learn more about esports betting and the available markets at Pinnacle.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Jul 5, 2019
Success and Failures of the DPCThe Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) is primarily used to assign qualification spots to the top 12 teams for the year’s International competition. In the first season, players were assigned points depending on their team’s placement at each of the DPC events and offered a level of security to the players.
Kristian Medina League of Legends Jun 26, 2019
Rift Rivals 2019 preview
North America and Europe are set to clash at Rift Rivals 2019, with both vying to claim bragging rights for the best Western region in League of Legends. Current reigning MSI champions G2 return to the stage alongside Fnatic and Origen to represent Europe, while Team Liquid, Cloud9, and Team SoloMid hold the banner for North America. Who will win? Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Strategy Jun 22, 2019
Esports betting strategy: Do's and don'ts
If you want to become a serious esports bettor, developing your own esports betting strategy is essential. In addition to knowing what you should do in order to be successful, it is important to avoid the common mistakes that most bettors make. Keep reading to learn how to inform your esports betting.
A beginner’s guide to CS:GO betting
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has reinforced the franchises' position as one of the most important esports games of the last decade. Its popularity has also seen a huge growth in CS:GO betting, but if you are one of those esports fans that is new to the idea of betting on CS:GO, this introduction will help you start.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 Jun 19, 2019
EPICENTER Dota 2 Major 2019 - Event previewThe EPICENTER Dota 2 Major 2019 qualifiers have been concluded and we analyse the remaining teams chances of taking home the trophy, the lion’s share of a $1,000,000 prize pool and the ever precious Dota Pro Circuit (DPC) points. Read on for our EPICENTER Dota 2 2019 Preview.
Pinnacle League of Legends Jun 14, 2019
An introduction to live betting on League of Legends
Identifying the earliest possible stage of any prediction is important. Consider the pre-game element of LoL during the initial pick and ban phase - if Team B bans Team A’s most important Champion, this can have a tremendous impact on the game. Understanding multiple different stages to the game is vital when handling live betting on League of Legends.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO Jun 14, 2019
ESL Pro League Season 9 - Finals preview
The culmination of the ninth ESL Pro League season is set to be held in Montpellier, France over the upcoming week. The tournament will see 16 teams face off against each other to claim the $250,000 top prize. The teams attending represent four different regions: the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Jun 14, 2019
A recap of the ECS Season 7 - Finals
The ECS Season 7 - Finals saw the birth of new stars and the fall of old titans. We recap the Finals and how they unfolded. Read on to find out more.
Benjamin Cronin Educational Jun 8, 2019
The difference between betting on Esports vs. traditional sports
The popularity of esports has soared in recent years and the influx of new fans has brought with it a new wave of bettors. Although the basics of betting are the same no matter what you bet on, there are some major differences between betting on esports and more “traditional” sports. Read on to learn more.
Kristian Medina CS:GO Jun 3, 2019
ECS Season 7 - Finals: Top players to watch
Welcome to the ECS Season 7 - Finals. We take a look at the Top players to watch at the ECS7 Finals and their individual statistics for 2019. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Educational Jun 1, 2019
Does home field advantage exist in esports?
It is widely accepted that teams playing at home in competitive sports benefit from improved performance compared to playing in their opponent’s stadium (or a neutral venue) but does this also apply to esports? What is home field advantage (HFA), does it exist in esports and why is it important for bettors to understand? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Educational May 30, 2019
Interview with a Pinnacle Esports Trader
With the demand for esports betting sky-rocketing, we got one of our Live esports traders, Michael Prim, to give us an interview. Why is live betting so popular with esports bettors? What game state changes are the most critical? When do bettors overreact to a situation? Read on to find out.
Kristian Medina CS:GO May 28, 2019
ECS Season 7 - Finals preview
The ECS Season 7 – Finals are upon us and we are taking a look at all of the teams that made it through from the Regular Season, to the finals. The best teams from North America and Europe converge on the SSE Arena in Wembley, London after an exciting Regular Season to battle it out for the ECS Season 7 trophy and a share of the $500,000 prize pool.
Jack Davidson Dota 2 May 24, 2019
ESL One: Birmingham 2019 event preview
On 31 May 2019 twelve of the best DOTA teams from around the world converge at ESL One Birmingham 2019 to fight for the lion share of the $300,000 prize pool on offer. Read on to find out more.
Using map knowledge to inform CS:GO betting
Some bettors may think all seven maps play out the same way in CS:GO, but they are actually incredibly different. Certain maps have a slight bias to different sides, while others will be better-suited to different play styles. Read on to find out why map knowledge is important when betting on CS:GO.
Kristian Medina CS:GO May 21, 2019
ECS Season 7 Week 5 - Europe bracket preview
The final week of the ECS Season 7 regular season is upon us! Week 5 is set to be a game of inches for the European circuit as team’s battle it out to claim the lion share of the Week 5 prize pool. The ECS Season 7 – Finals are being held at the SSE Arena, Wembley on the 6 June 2019.
Michael Moriarty CS:GO May 21, 2019
ECS Season 7 Week 5 - North America bracket preview
The final week of ECS Season 7 North America is upon us, with the opening games either set to repeat from last week, either reigniting regional rivalries or creating new ones. All teams have a shot at attending the ECS Season 7 – Finals at the SSE Arena, Wembley on 6 June.
Kristian Medina League of Legends May 16, 2019
Mid-Season Invitational preview
The Mid-Season Invitational (MSI) is League of Legends’ first major international tournament of the year, held between the Spring and Summer Split. MSI features the Spring Split champions from every region battling it out be crowned the ‘MSI Champion’. Read on to find out more.
Archie Henry CS:GO May 14, 2019
An introduction to the CS:GO map pool
There are currently seven maps in the active duty map pool – the most balanced and competitive maps that are used in all official Valve events. If you want to make money from betting on CS:GO, knowledge of the different maps and the impact they have on a match is crucial. Read on to learn more.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Feb 25, 2019
IEM Katowice 2019 Major preview
The Legends Stage has now concluded and only eight teams move over to the Champions Stage in the IEM Katowice Major 2019 - and only one team will be crowned the winner. Which of the eight teams will progress through to the Grand Finals? Read on for our IEM Katowice Major 2019 betting preview.
Stuart Bridges League of Legends Feb 25, 2019
A beginners guide to League of Legends betting
League of Legends is officially one of the biggest competitive online games in the world. In response to the demand, Pinnacle has consistently expanded its LoL betting markets, from the LCS, LEC to the LPL and LCK. Continue reading for a beginner’s guide on how to bet on League of Legends.
Stuart Bridges League of Legends Feb 15, 2019
League of Legends Twitter accounts to follow
League of Legends (LoL), can be incredibly difficult with the game changing all the time. Following the right Twitter accounts can provide you with vital information which can be the difference between winning and losing a bet. What are the best LoL Twitter accounts to follow? Read on to find out.
Stuart Bridges Overwatch Jan 22, 2019
Overwatch League - Season 2 preview
The return of the Overwatch League is here! What have we learned from Season 1? Who are the new teams? What will happen once the new season starts? Read on for an in-depth Overwatch Season 2 betting preview.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Jan 16, 2019
IEM Katowice: 2019: What is a CS:GO Major?
The first CS:GO Major, IEM Katowice XIII – 2019 Championship, is starting on 13 February 2019 and in order to aim for the best results, we need to analyse the teams. But firstly, we need to understand the format, structure, qualifiers, and how progression works. Want to learn what a CS:GO Major is? Read on to find out more.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Jan 4, 2019
IEM Katowice 2019 - Europe Minor
The IEM Katowice - Europe Minor 2019 begins on 16 January and precedes 2019’s long-awaited European Major. The winning team will take home a share of $30,000 and a place in the Challenger Stage at the Katowice 2019 Major. Read on for our preview of the event.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Dec 21, 2018
How to improve your CS:GO predictions
The goal of making a CS:GO prediction in betting is to determine the outcome of a Team A vs. Team B match with greater accuracy than bookmaker odds. Predicting CS:GO matches requires an approach that involves greater insight into game mechanics, decision making and tactical play. How can you make accurate CS:GO predictions? Read on to find out more.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Nov 28, 2018
BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon 2018 preview
The BLAST Pro Series heads to Lisbon on December 14 to round off its year of events. The same six teams from Copenhagen will battle it out once more for a share of $230,000. What has changed since Copenhagen? Have we learned anything since the ECS Season 6 - Finals? Read on for our preview.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Nov 27, 2018
ECS Season 6 - Finals: results and stats
The ECS Season 6 - Finals have come and gone and now all eyes are going to be on BLAST Pro Series: Lisbon 2018. Analysing past events can help when thinking about the future. Which teams performed well at the ECS Season 6 – Finals? Read on to find out more.
Stuart Bridges CS:GO Nov 20, 2018
DreamHack Winter 2018 preview
We’ve had to wait a year for DreamHack Winter but now it’s back and on November 30, eight teams will compete at the Elmia Convention Center in Sweden for a share of $100,000. Could there be an upset among the top contenders? Has anything changed since Dreamhack Atlanta? Read on for our preview of the event.
Pinnacle Overwatch Oct 17, 2018
Overwatch World Cup quarter-finals preview
After competitive qualifying stages across North America, Europe and Asia – the Overwatch World Cup has reached the quarter-final stage. Which nations will progress to the semi-finals? Could there be an upset? Who will take the lion share of the $488,000 prize pool? Read on to inform your Overwatch World Cup predictions.
Pinnacle Educational Aug 1, 2018
What eSports game best suits you?
There are a whole variety of different eSports games around at the moment and those new to the world of eSports will probably be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which games to play or watch. Want to know what eSport best suits you? Read on to find out.
How to use Kelly Criterion for eSports betting
Bettors should always look for a mathematical edge rather than rely on their impulses. Learning how to use the Kelly Criterion, for example, is a great way for bettors to determine how much they should stake. Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Hearthstone Aug 1, 2018
A beginner's guide to Hearthstone
The popularity of Blizzard’s card game Hearthstone has been increasing in recent years, with playing numbers now hitting over 70 million. Game updates are frequently released so Hearthstone betting offers a unique challenge. Read on to learn the basics of Hearthstone betting.
Dota 2 The International 2018 betting preview
The International 2018 is nearly upon us and on August 20, 18 of the best Dota 2 teams are ready to battle it out for the $20m+ prize pool. Which team offers value in The International 2018 odds? Could one of the outsiders cause an upset? Read on for an in-depth The International 2018 preview.
Pinnacle Educational Jun 5, 2018
What is the best gaming equipment?
Playing eSports titles yourself is the best way to understand the complexities of a game you’re betting on and owning the correct equipment is essential to have the best gaming experience. What are the best gaming peripherals available? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Starcraft Broodwar Jun 5, 2018
A beginner's guide to StarCraft: Brood War
The remastered version of StarCraft: Brood War (SC) bred new life into the game and 2017 saw the highest amount of prize money distributed since 2011. With the game having a resurgence, the betting market is thriving. Read on for an in-depth guide to StarCraft: Brood War betting guide.
Is CS:GO becoming more T sided?
Playing on the counter-terrorist side in CS:GO has always been seen as an advantage. Multiple updates have changed CS:GO extensively, leading many to believe CS:GO is becoming more terrorist sided. Is this actually the case? Why is it important for bettors to analyse the T side bias in CS:GO? Read on to find out.
May's eSports Player of the Month
Pinnacle’s Player of the Month for May is Jake ‘Stewie2k’ Yip. Despite winning the Boston Major with Cloud9, he decided to take a leap of faith and join the Brazilian side of SK Gaming in March 2018. What makes Stewie2k one of the most exciting players in CS:GO? Read on to find out.
ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals betting preview
The conclusion of Season 7 of the ESL Pro League kicks off on May 14 in Dallas, Texas, featuring 16 teams competing for a share of the $750,000 prize pool. Who will manage to clinch the title? Read on for a detailed analysis of the tournament format and teams taking part.
MDL Changsha Major betting preview
On May 14, the fifth Valve Dota 2 Major this year kicks off. With a reduced number of teams in attendance and Virtus.Pro pulling out, the potential for a team to make a name for themselves is higher than usual. Who will seize this opportunity? Read on for insight into the format and teams.
EPICENTER XL betting preview
On April 27, the sixth Major of the Dota 2 Pro Circuit season kicks off with 12 teams from across the world competing for a prize pool of $1 million. Who will keep their cool in the VTB Ice Palace? Read on for expert insight into the EPICENTER XL odds.
Pinnacle Overwatch Apr 17, 2018
The best Overwatch Twitter accounts to follow
As Overwatch is regularly updated, betting on it without having up-to-date information is difficult. Following the best Twitter accounts will provide you with essential data that can be the difference between winning and losing a bet. What are the best Overwatch Twitter accounts to follow? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Starcraft 2 Apr 17, 2018
March's eSports Player of the Month
Pinnacle’s Player of the Month for March is Sasha ‘Scarlett’ Hostyn. By winning the IEM PyeongChang tournament sponsored by International Olympic Committee in February, she became the first female in eSports to win an international event. Why is Scarlett a role model for women across the globe? Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle World of Tanks Apr 13, 2018
A beginner's guide to World of Tanks
World of Tanks holds the record for the highest recorded amount of players on one server at a given time and has one of the highest number of active players of any eSports game. The game’s increasing popularity means bettors are now turning their attention to World of Tanks betting markets. Read on to find out how to bet on World of Tanks.
DreamHack Marseille betting preview
On April 18, DreamHack Masters Marseille will kick off with 16 teams fighting for a share of the $250,000 prize pool. With so many roster changes happening, the unpredictable nature of this event makes it especially exciting. Read on to find out about the format and teams.
IEM Sydney betting preview
IEM Sydney gets underway on May 1, with 16 CS:GO teams heading down under to compete for their share of the $250,000 prize pool. Some teams will be looking to build on their DreamHack performances while others will be hoping to prove themselves on the big stage. Read on for some in-depth analysis of the IEM Sydney odds.
Interview with a professional CS:GO player: Petra
We recently sat down with Petra from the CS:GO team Singularity to ask her a few questions. How do you get a career in playing eSports? What’s it like to play CS:GO for a job? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle League of Legends Mar 19, 2018
February’s eSports Player of the Month: Faker
Pinnacle’s Player of the Month for February is Lee ‘Faker’ Sang-Hyeok. He was crowned eSports player of the year for 2017 but has begun 2018 disappointingly, having his worst ever start to a season in the LCK. What is so special about Faker? Read on to find out more.
V4 Future Sports Festival betting preview
Hungary’s first international eSports tournament begins on March 23, featuring eight teams from around the globe competing for a share of almost $600,000. With the players and first-time organisers both determined to put on a spectacle this should be a weekend remember. Read on for expert insight into the V4 Future Sports Festival odds.
WESG World Finals betting preview
The WESG World Finals are taking place on March 13 at the Haikou International Convention and Exhibition Centre in China. With a prize pool of $1.5 million, all teams in attendance will be eager to secure first place. Read to learn more about the format and teams competing at WESG China.
Pinnacle Educational Mar 5, 2018
A beginner’s guide to Street Fighter betting
Capcom released Street Fighter 5 (SFV) in February 2016 and has sold almost two million copies since. Punching its way into the world of eSports betting, SFV is now one of the most entertaining games to watch thanks to its fast-paced, action-packed fights. Read on to learn the basics of Street Fighter betting.
Pinnacle Educational Mar 2, 2018
Will PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) be the next major eSports title?
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) is beginning to thrive as an eSport despite the game being unfinished and large issues still remaining. Read on to find out more about the problems in the game and what it needs to do to become one of the major eSports titles.
The PGL Bucharest Major betting preview
On March 4 2018, the next event in the Dota 2 Pro circuit will kick off. The top 16 teams will compete for a share of the $1 million dollar prize fund and the 1500 qualification points for the International 2018. Read on to find out more.
Pinnacle Overwatch Mar 1, 2018
Interview with a professional Overwatch player: Logix
If you are interested in eSports, you probably want to know what it’s like to be a professional player. Logix from the Overwatch team Florida Mayhem was kind enough to sit down and answer a few of our questions. How do you make it as a professional eSports player and what is it like to play Overwatch full-time? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Heroes of the Storm Mar 1, 2018
A beginner’s guide to Heroes of the Storm betting
Heroes of the Storm (HotS) is trying to bring something new to the world of MOBA games with its unique features and approach. Under the wing of Blizzard, HotS has everything it needs to compete with LoL and Dota 2. Read on to find out more about Heroes of the Storm betting.
IEM Katowice betting preview
On February 27 2018, IEM Katowice will kick off. It is regarded as one of the most prestigious events on the CS:GO calendar and there’s plenty of value on offer for bettors. Read on to find out more about the format and teams to help you with your Intel Extreme Masters Katowice betting.
January’s eSports Player of the Month: coldzera
The first person to win Pinnacle’s eSports Player of the Month title was an obvious choice. Marcelo ‘coldzera’ David is well on his way to becoming the best CS:GO player there has ever been. How does coldzera compare to other CS:GO players and why is he so good? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Overwatch Jan 24, 2018
A beginner's guide to Overwatch betting
Although it was only released in May 2016, Overwatch has quickly become one of the most popular eSports games to both play and bet on. Understanding how the game works will help bettors find an edge over the bookmaker when it comes to Overwatch betting. Read on to learn how to bet on Overwatch.
ELEAGUE Major Boston betting preview: Champions Stage
On January 26, the final stage of this year’s ELEAGUE Major Boston will begin – The newly named Champions Stage. During this stage, one team will add their name to the history books by winning the Major. Read on to find out more about the format and teams to help you with your ELEAGUE Major betting.
The best CS:GO Twitter accounts to follow
To be a successful bettor you need to have the most accurate data available. Researching player or team statistics is important, and following the correct Twitter accounts can also give you this and an edge over the bookmaker. What are the best CS:GO Twitter accounts to follow? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Educational Jan 19, 2018
A beginner’s guide to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds betting
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has achieved a lot in its short lifespan. Nominated for Game of the Year multiple times, this still technically unfinished game is now becoming increasingly popular amongst eSports bettors. Want to learn how to bet on PUBG? Read on for a beginner’s guide to PUBG betting.
ELEAGUE Major Boston betting preview: Legends Stage
On January 19, the top 16 teams will face off at the ELEAGUE Major Boston to secure Legends status and fight for a chance to win a share of the $1 million prize fund. Now that the Challengers Stage is over, read this article for some expert insight ahead of the Legends Stage.
Pinnacle Overwatch Jan 3, 2018
Overwatch League betting: A new competition format
The revamped Overwatch League is returning on January 10, boasting an exciting new system for the way teams are presented. We got our first glimpse of this new format in December when Blizzard hosted an Overwatch League preseason event to test out the new system. What does this new format mean for the upcoming Overwatch League? Read on to find out.
ECS Season 4 Finals betting preview
The conclusion of the ECS Season is heading to Mexico for an event that will close out an excellent year of CS:GO. This unique location will host the final event of the Counter Strike season between December 15-17, and teams will be keen to end the year on a high. Read on for some expert analysis of the ECS Season 4 Finals odds.
ESL Pro League Finals betting preview
The ESL Pro League Finals is the LAN conclusion of the 28 team weekly online tournament. The top six teams from both the EU and NA regions come together to form a twelve team event, competing for a share of $750,000 over a six-day LAN event, held in Odense, Denmark. It’s an excitingly diverse lineup, but where is the value in the ESL Pro League Finals odds? Read on to find out.
CS:GO BLAST Pro Series betting preview
The BLAST Pro Series has promised to raise the bar when it comes to CS:GO events. Coming off the back of IEM Oakland, six of the world’s best Counter Strike teams are taking to the stage in Copenhagen, for what is sure to be an action-packed event. This betting guide will provide you with all the insight you need for finding value in the BLAST Pro Series odds.
Pinnacle Educational Nov 8, 2017
Staking: One method to improve your betting
There is a strong case to suggest that the amount you bet is actually more important than what you bet on. We reviewed five popular staking methods. Continue reading to discover which is best.
Pinnacle Educational Nov 8, 2017
Arbitrage betting explained
Arbitrage betting promises risk-free returns - the Holy Grail of gambling - so is naturally a very popular topic within the betting community, but how does arbitrage betting work? We have laid out everything you need to know; this is arbitrage betting explained.
Benjamin Cronin Educational Nov 1, 2017
An introduction to esports betting
Following the launch of Pinnacle’s new Esports Hub, our Content & Social Media Manager - Benjamin Cronin - has sat down to answer the questions that every novice esports bettor will be asking. Is esports betting for you? How do you bet on esports and why should you choose Pinnacle? Read on to find out.
Pinnacle Starcraft 2 Oct 31, 2017
The basics of StarCraft 2 betting
StarCraft 2 is the fastest-selling real-time strategy (RTS) game in history. Understanding how to bet on StarCraft 2 is therefore of great importance to esports bettors. Despite hefty competition and a decline in playing levels, the game still gave out over $3.5 million in prize money last year. Read on to find out more about StarCraft 2 betting.
Pinnacle Educational Oct 16, 2017
The road to five million eSports bets
Our Head of Sportsbook is an avid eSports gamer. Back in early 2010, convinced of the huge betting potential it presented, he decided to post Pinnacle’s first ever eSports market. Find out how we got from that first bet to surpassing five million eSports bets.