Pinnacle now offers live betting for the major League of Legends eSports leagues. Although a team might look like they’re winning a League of Legends match, a lot can change in a short amount of time. This article explains what to look out for during a match to inform your live League of Legends betting.
There are numerous things to consider if you’re betting on LoL during a match. The champions and how they scale, play styles, team compositions, item builds, current gold, total kills and the number of towers and inhibitors destroyed are perhaps the most obvious. There are also some general rules you can apply for most LoL matches to help you gain an advantage.
What is scaling?
If you have ever watched a game of LoL then you would have heard this word mentioned numerous times and it is one of the most important things when considering live betting on LoL. Understanding a team’s composition and how the champions scale can help bettors understand how a match can be won or lost.
If you’re watching a match on a stream, you will most likely hear the casters talking about whether the line-ups are early or late game compositions. In simple terms, this means how strong the champions are at the early stage of a match compared to later on.
Some champions start the game with stronger stats than others, and upon levelling up a few times, increase this lead.As the game progresses, the stats between the different champions will become closer, until a late game champion surpasses the early game one in terms of health and damage. This of course depends on the items bought, but if all champions had the highest levels and best items, the late game champions would still have higher stats.
The gold lead is important, but which champions have the gold is what matters most. If the support player is the one with the higher gold, theoretically this team might still be behind overall in the game.
An example of an early game champion would be the support Leona. She is famous for being a bully in the early game, pushing back the bottom lane, being able to dive onto the other attack damage carry (ADC) and help to win the bottom lane. As the game progresses however, she becomes weaker. She can no longer bully as she once did and becomes more of a tank champion (a champion that excels in shrugging off incoming damage and disrupting the enemy more so than causing significant damage).
An example of a late game champion would be Azir. Squishy (low natural defences and low hit points) in the early game but can develop into an incredibly strong champion in the late game due to his high DPS (damage per second), mobility and team fighting abilities such as Emperor’s Divide, which creates a wall for three seconds.
Using this knowledge, bettors will know that a composition with Leona in has a high chance of dominating in the early game. In contrast, a composition with late game champions such as Azir might look less likely to win at the start but have a good chance of a comeback later in the game.
Why is vision important?
Vision is something perhaps few people will contemplate when watching a LoL game, but it is of vital importance. Vision is created by the use of wards or trinkets around the map. In simple terms, a ward will show you an area of the map which you are not occupying with your champion. Good vision is one of the most important aspects in controlling the map and surprising your enemy.
If, for example, a team is in the lead but has poor vision and the losing team has superior vision, the fact that they have more control of the map will work in their favour as it could potentially lead to multiple kills and the lead being diminished. Paying particular attention to whether a side has good vision (and is in a losing position) and reacting to it before the bookmaker can give you an advantage when it comes to live League of Legends betting.
Why gold doesn't show the whole picture
Obviously the total gold a team has is usually a good way of knowing who is currently winning, but it does not give you the complete picture. The gold lead is important, but which champions have the gold is what matters most. If the support player is the one with the higher gold, theoretically this team might still be behind overall in the game.
Theoretically, a team with fewer towers but more gold could still be in a worse position than their opposing team.
Using a hypothetical example, if Team A’s support champion has a 5000 gold lead over Team B’s support champion but Team B’s ADC has a 2000 gold lead over Team A’s ADC, Team B are still in a better position. This is because the ADC can make better use of the gold (purchase better items, make their champion stronger).
The impact of objectives
There are a number of objectives in a game of League of Legends that can give one team an advantage over the other – the most important ones being the Dragons and the Baron (there are five types of Dragons and the Baron is the most powerful creature on the Summoner’s Rift).
Apart from the large amount of gold and experience rewarded to a team for successfully eliminating either, they also provide buffs (the Baron buff gives bonus attack damage, bonus ability power, Empowered Recall - an improved recall, as well as an aura that increases the power of nearby minions) that can make all the difference in important team fights.
Vision is something perhaps few people will contemplate when watching a LoL game, but it is of vital importance.
Upon being eliminated, both sides will have to wait a few minutes for the creatures to respawn – Dragons spawn every six minutes and the Baron every seven.
A team’s vision and positioning in the minutes before a Dragon or Baron fight can sometimes ensure they kill either creature without the opposing team even realising. Even if the opposing team does realise, usually the team with more vision and map control has the advantage regardless.
As well as these creatures, there are also buildings that are important to keep note of. Both teams start with 11 towers and three inhibitors. Towers are important in maintaining map control as they attack enemy minions and champions, as well as providing vision. Losing these towers makes playing aggressive a lot more difficult with no towers to fall back to. Theoretically, a team with fewer towers but more gold could still be in a worse position than their opposing team.
Inhibitors are the structures that deny the other team from spawning super minions (powerful melee minion that can cause a lot of damage). Upon losing one inhibitor, the lane the inhibitor was located on only will spawn these minions. They are important because they push the enemy minions back (due to being stronger) and create more map control for the team who spawned them. Also, if the opposing team does not assign resources to deal with them, they can potentially eliminate more towers and inhibitors.
Objectives are often more important than kills in a game of LoL, as you need to eliminate the towers to reach the enemies Nexus (the primary objective which a team must destroy to win the match) and even if your champions are behind, the buffs can make all the difference.
Keeping up to date
Everything above is subject to change slightly as the game is being developed all the time. Updates are released often and as such paying attention to the latest ones will help bettors know what to look out for when betting on League of Legends.
Just like wards are now used differently and the scaling has been changed on a champion, things like the amount of gold received for things may change so it’s always important to keep informed about what’s happening with the game and what could happen in the future.