Starcraft II is the one eSport where betting has been available for the longest time. To become a successful bettor you really need to understand the game and to do that, you need to put in a lot of time. As a start, be sure to find the right bookmaker for your needs. You can see all the different bookmakers as well as their strengths, weaknesses and what eSport bonuses they offer on our Review page
. Be sure to check out what tipster competitions are available as well to add even more value to your bets.
In the betting guides for the other eSports we have mentioned that professional bettors think they need information on a lot of crucial variables. Several studies have shown that when they rank these variables and actually only get information on about 5-7 of the ones they ranked as the most important, they perform better than if they had all information. With that said we at eSportbetting.eu have compiled a list of the most important aspects to analyze before a Starcraft 2 match to achieve great, winning results.
Of course, you have to watch a lot of games, and keep up with the current meta-game and the players' day form. It takes a lot of time to achieve good results in Starcraft 2 betting. When you acquire this base knowledge, you have to use it to find value in odds that are mispriced by the bookies.
We can’t emphasize the importance of the match format (Best of ?) and the map balance in Starcraft 2. Blizzard has built the game and is trying to accomplish an even balance between the races. This does not mean that they aim for a complete balance between the races across a single map, but rather the current map pool.
If a game between two players is played as a best of three but on two Zerg favoured maps. The Zerg player (priced at say 2.5 times the money because he normally is a lesser player than his current opponent) might have a better chance to win. These are the kind of situations that you are looking for to make winning bets.
Look at the odds the bookmakers are offering, analyze the two players' playstyle and the decided maps for the match. For example, a Terran player’s true strength might be the mech strategy, but on this map, the mech strategy vs Zerg has a poor winning percentage. In your opinion, do the bookmakers' odds really reflect these factors? If not, find the odds that are higher than they should be and make a bet. It might not happen just in this game, but you have put your money in with a positive expected return which will make you a winning player in the long run.
As with all bets you make, the value might not be in predicting who wins but rather how often they win and if the odds are right. To become a better eSports bettor we recommend that you play the game of guessing the odds at a specific match or event before looking at what odds the bookmakers are offering. This gives you experiences that is worth a lot. If you do this for a long period of time you will become more accurate and hopefully, better than some of the bookmakers!
Remember, stats are very important! Track your bets in a betting tracker or excel and use the external resources of information available. There is a list of Starcraft II resources compiled for you below: