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Esports is becoming more and more popular these days. As the size of the audience grows, and the world tournaments have started getting more attention from the media, the prize pools are increasing. If you’re wondering how much esport players make in a year, the answer is – a lot. Last year, The International Dota 2 had an astounding $34 million US dollars of the prize fund, which was the largest sum in esport history. According to online sportsbook news in the US, one of the equally popular Dota 2 tournaments is the ESL One Los Angeles. The finals tournament is less than a month away, so check out the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds as soon as possible.
What is ESL One Los Angeles?
What’s the first place that comes to your mind when you hear a video game tournament? Well, anything but a theater, I guess. However, this year’s ESL One Los Angeles is going to take place at the Shrine Auditorium, an almost 100 years old theater. With a capacity of 6300 spectators and one of the largest stage in North America, it is one of the landmarks of Los Angeles.
The ESL One Los Angeles 2020 is going to take place for three days from March 20th till 22nd. The three-day event will include mobile game tournaments such as Clash of Clans and Asphalt 9 finals along with the main matches. On the last day, Cosplay competition will be held right before the Grand Final. The best Cosplayers will share a prize pool of $3000 dollars and every approved Cosplayer will get free access to the events.
Out of 6 regions, 16 teams have qualified for the finals. The regions are- Europe, CIS, North America, China, SEA, and South America. 3 teams from each region advance to the main event except for North and South American and CIS regions. Two teams from each of these regions get to play in the finals. Even though this uneven distribution of the slots has received heavy criticism from the fans, the organizers have decided to go with it. The qualifiers’ list is already out and ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds are favoring OG has the highest chance of winning.
OG and Team Secret has the highest ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds
OG is no longer that Cinderella team that broke through the giants to win one of the biggest tournaments of Dota 2. The former members of the (monkey)business have formed this team and got their first big breakthrough in 2015. Since then, they have been playing quite successfully, but not in the major’s level. Nobody has expected them to win 2018 The International and win the huge prize of $11.324.200. Then they defended their title last year and won the largest prize in the esports’ tournament in history. For the ESL One Los Angeles odds, they’re sharing the first place with the Team Secret with +250 betting odds according to the Unibet.
Despite several controversies and changes that had happened to the team, Team Secret is still one of the best Dota 2 team at the time. Starting from 2015, the team captain Puppey has built the team from scratch three times. Team Secret was the only team to go undefeated in the group stage, with a 4-0 record. Being in the top seed has definitely given them some advantages in the European region. After crushing Nigma in their zone, they have secured their spot in the play-offs. The amazing record of 10-0 has given them a right to be on the top spot of the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds with +250 betting odds.
Evil Geniuses placed second in the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds
Evil Geniuses is one of the oldest North American professional gaming team. The team has formed in 1999 and is known for excelling in every game they play. Starting from 2011, the team has founded the new Dota 2 division. After several tournaments, the team has decided to focus only on Dota 2 in order to be the best in the picture. The team had been competing with the Team Secret ever since 2015 when two of their players Arteezy and Zai has left the team for Team Secret. The ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds have chosen Team Secret as their favorite over Evil Geniuses who have betting odds of +600.
Other honorable mentions of the qualifiers
For the third place of the ESL One Los Angeles 2020 odds, team Invictus Gaming has taken the spot. Created in 2011, they specialize more in the CSGO than Dota 2. They have moved to the Dota scene by getting four of the main members of the LGD, one of the strongest teams in China. With this shocking entrance to Dota, they have achieved a 58% winning rate. As for the last 10 months, the team’s average winning rate is around 80%, ranging from 87% to 55%. They have qualified for the ESL One Los Angeles by winning the Team Aster in the qualification by 2-0.
The next spot goes to the StarLadder Minor Winners. The event will take place in early March in Kyiv, Ukraine. Eight teams from 6 regions compete in the game. These include two teams from CIS, North America and one team each from Europe, Southeast Asia, China and South America. The champions of the tournament get $72.000 along with the right to participate in the ESL One Los Angeles to compete for another $300.000. Even though which team is going to be the champion is not known yet, they have a winning odd of +1200 according to online sportsbooks in the US.