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Starcraft 2

StarCraft 2 is great for players who love real-time strategy fun – constructing a base and fuelling an army for battle. Betting on this esports game could lead to huge financial success for you!

Brief overview & history

Many people would refer to StarCraft as the reigning champion in the RTS (real-time-strategy) department. While the first version of the game came out in 1998, the most popular version is StarCraft 2, which came out in 2010. Just like its predecessor, the Blizzard title entertains players around the virtual world with competitive multiplayer games online.

Constructing a base and getting troops buildings is the main goal in this game. Extracting minerals and gas to fuel an army – stronger buildings granting us better troop quality – is a key component, with the final goal being the destruction of the opponent’s base before they do the same to us.

One of the first RTS games to see high competitive play across tournaments, StarCraft 2 carries the same potential as its older sibling. And despite more popular titles like Dota 2 and LoL currently coming out on top, StarCraft 2 has its fair share of esports betting options available on various platforms.

How it’s played

While there is a 2v2 option to play in StarCraft 2, the main competitive format continues to be 1v1.The game starts with each player choosing a faction to fight with. Most competitive players are used to being specialized in a single faction to maximize their proficiency in high-level matchups. Every faction has their own unique features, abilities, and units compared to the other two:

  • The Zerg – Zergs are legions of insect-look-alikes from an alien race. Their focus is to crush the opponent with large armies and basically destroy everything in their path to the opponent’s base.
  • The Protoss – the most advanced in the pack, the Protoss rely on fewer but more powerful units. This requires more sophisticated micromanagement but can turn out to be more rewarding.
  • The Terran – the Terran is the human faction in StarCraft 2. The play style with them is most flexible, as they are suited for both beginners and expert players.

Esports betting on StarCraft 2 can be conducted in a variety of ways. Depending on the bookmaker site, we get to choose from a number of options.The most common bet to take on is the Single Match bet – decide who will win it, and get profits based on their odds in the website. You can also stake on particular teams winning a series or a whole tournament with Outright betting.

Furthermore, tournaments allow Future Bets – who will win the competition or how many games will be played until we reach a dominant side. Multiple wagers are also possible – we can combine betting options in order to raise our profit odds if we feel up to the task. Those bets are highly complex, but if you can land winnings on a cross-game slip, then there isn’t much left to learn about esports betting. Finally, we have virtual items to bet with – Steam accounts enable trading Skins and in-game content for their bet value. We can win enormous goodies if we are willing to risk our most valuable in-game visual items. We can also lose them, so be careful with that.

How is the game different from others?

StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty was released eight years ago as an heir to the original StarCraft game. The main fan base of the franchise is situated in South Korea.The amazing efforts put into SC2 by Blizzard have made the game virtually unmatched by rival titles. In addition to this, the boom of MOBA games has taken the focus away from RTS games, and for almost a decade, the strategy arena has only been occupied by StarCraft 2. This has given Blizzard the time to enhance SC2 gameplay even more, with some arguing that it’s perfect.

Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void expansions have added tweaks to the game. Mostly, they have introduced solo play missions and campaign advancements.

The strategy game is available for play on Windows and Mac OS devices. If we choose to go back a little and play the original SC version, we can still play it on the Nintendo 64!

Features & Advantages

The main advantage of StarCraft 2 betting is its uniqueness. Having paved the way for competitive gaming in the genre and in esports as a whole, the RTS title relies heavily on players’ skills. The biggest SC2 tournaments offer six figure prize pools but most competitions stick to 4-5 figures. With this in mind, we can see StarCraft 2 being closer to FPS games like CS: GO rather than Dota 2 when it comes to prize money.

While Blizzard hosts their own World Championship Series (with only the best players in the world participating and a $700,000 prize pool), there are also Electronic Sports League events. The Intel Extreme Masters ($400,000 PP) is one of their dedicated SC2 competitions, with other popular events being available at betting sites like Unibet Esports, Paddy Power Esports, Mr Green Esports, Betway Esports, Pinnacle, GG.bet, Thunderpick, or Bet365 Esports.

Competitive events

Major events take place on the StarCraft 2 scene each year. The 2018 Global StarCraft II Leagues Season 1 tournament took place in January, with a prize pool of $159,452. Then, the 2018 WCS Leipzig came, with $101,000 up for grabs. The IEM Season XII PyeongChang competition had $150,000 in prize money, and the IEM Season XII – World Championship got over $412,000 to play for.

The 2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 1 had a rather small PP – $28,185. Next one in line is the 2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 2 – $159,474 in spoils here. Then there was the 2018 WCS Austin with $101,000, the 2018 Global StarCraft II League Season 3 with $159,474.

The 2018 WCS Valencia got $101,000, and the 2018 GSL vs the World event had $94,151 stored for the best teams. The 2018 WCS Montreal had $101,000 in store, the 2018 AfreecaTV GSL Super Tournament 2 had $26,657, and the 2018 WCS Global Finals had $700,000.