League of Legends | Complete Guide to US League of Legends Betting

League of Legends is arguably one of the most popular esports in the world, with millions of players and even more individuals watching streams on a daily basis. But what is it that makes LoL such a popular spectator sport, and how long will it be until League of Legends betting in NJ is one of the most popular American pastimes? However long it may take for esports betting to be completely legal, our guide should put you in good stead.

FanDuel NJ:
Top (Future) Betting Site for League of Legends

League of Legends betting has only just kicked off in the US and so we can only predict who will offer the best odds. But our best guess is FanDuel will offer the best odds for League of Legends.

Before You Bet | Go to League of Legends Reddit for Advice

If you're a tech-savvy youngster who already uses Reddit on a regular basis, then this might seem obvious to you — but League of Legends and Reddit go together like cheese and pepperoni. LoL esports bettors have been using Reddit for years now, to share betting advice, tips and even game knowledge. Honestly, it's the best resource out there.
  • Reddit is a solid resource for LoL
  • There are tips on playing and betting
  • /r/leagueoflegends/ is highly rated
  • Community can be hostile to newbies
  • Fairy open forum, but be wary about promoting betting.
But which League of Legends Reddit pages are the best? Well, it all depends on what you're looking for; if it's advice on playing LoL then you should check out the /r/leagueoflegends/ subreddit. Otherwise, if you're big into betting and want advice on betting on League of Legends then we recommend you head to the same subreddit, but search for LoL betting related posts. Sadly, the subreddits dedicated to LoL betting are relatively limited, but there are a few up-and-coming resources such as /r/leaguebetting/ and /r/esportsbettingpro/.

Truly, as esports and League of Legends has one of the most dedicated fan-bases in the world, the Reddit community is often the best place to find advice. Be wary of trolls though, who will often give advice awful advice just to catch out any newcomers. If in doubt, read the comments. 

Are there any alternatives to Reddit for LoL betting?

For sure, there are multiple solid esports websites which can offer you advice on betting on League of Legends — but be advised, due to the esports betting being relatively new in the US and New Jersey, a lot of the hints and tips are focused on European bettors and betting markets. But don't let this put you off completely — the advice you'll get is more than useful for those looking to get started. Top resources include dotesports.com, the League of Legends Liquidpedia and op.gg. These websites are jam-packed with news articles, regular player and team stats and loads more.

The Rise of LoL & MOBAs: A Speedy History of League of Legends

League of Legends was once second to Dota 2, which is Valve's (owner of Steam) also very popular MOBA. Without a doubt Dota 2 had the biggest teams, tournaments and prize pools. But when did the seismic change happen? When did League of Legends become more popular than Dota 2? And how did it happen? That's what we're going to cover in this section.

Pre-League of Legends: Dota Dominates the MOBA Scene

Before League of Legends and even before Dota 2 there was a popular MOBA which stemmed from a World of Warcraft mod — Defence of the Ancients. Defence of the Ancients thrusted the MOBA-style game into the spotlight, not only allowing players to enjoy the original mod created by Eul, but also allowed players to create their own version of Dota each with their own custom characters. This splurge of mods spiralled into a phenomenon and just a few years later in 2013, Dota 2 was released by Steam as a standalone title. The rest is history.

The rise of League of Legends

But this article isn't Dota 2 — it's about League of Legends. Released in 2009, just a couple of years after the original Defence of the Ancients game, it slowly rose to become the most popular MOBA in the industry.  By the time 2014 came around it was the most popular PC game in the world, played by millions of people around the clock — the record being 67 million people playing in January 2014 alone. Further fuelled by streaming services such as Twitch and YouTube Gaming, League of Legends became a household name not only as a popular MOBA, but as a spectator sport in 2015.

Popular League of Legends Teams

  • Unicorns of Love
  • J Team
  • Royal Never Give Up
  • Origen
  • Team Liquid
  • DetonationN FocusME

Popular League of Legends Players

  • Bjergsen
  • Aphromoo
  • Xmithie
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  • Karsa
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How to Place a Bet On League Of Legends

Betting on League of Legends in the USA isn't readily available yet, but we're fairly confident that the MOBA will be ready to take bets in 2020. But, no worries, as League of Legends betting is legal in Europe, there's already a base to create advice from. So here are the best ways to bet on LoL:

  • Match Winner: This one is pretty simple — all you have to do is predict who will win the match. This is referred to as a ‘single' bet. “Match Winner” bets can be stacked into accumulators, which are often placed over the course of a larger tournament. 
  • First Baron/Dragon: If you're unsure what a Baron or a Dragon is, then we recommend you check out our dedicated guide on playing League of Legends — otherwise, you can bet on which team will kill the dragon or baron (two neutral characters which gives a big bonus if killed) first. 
  • First Inhibitor/Tower: Much like a first Baron kill bet, this bet is determined by the first team that destroys either an opponents tower or inhibitor. 
  • Outright Winner: This type of League of Legends bet is placed on a team who a bettor feels will win a whole competition — not just a single match.