Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2) is one of the largest and most popular eSports games in the industry. All top-rated US eSports betting sites offer Dota 2 markets on both local and international games.

For those who are interested in League betting, there are officially 493 Dota 2 Leagues in active competition around the world. These can be split into premium, professional and semi-pro status. The premium leagues and tournaments draw the most attention, have the highest prize money and generally offer the most wagering action. Take a look at the top Leagues to bet on and why they are a great choice.

The International

The largest and most prestigious Dota 2 tournament on the planet is The International. If you are going to be involved in online eSports betting, chances are you are putting money on the International. The competition starts with 12 open qualifiers, then six regional qualifiers and a group stage round robin event. The top teams then qualify for the Main event, which sees 16 teams battle it out for a chance to be crowned World Champions and the lion’s share of over $25 million in prize money.

Dota 2 Supermajor

The Dota 2 Majors are reserved for the highest-ranking teams and those seeking DPC points before the International, at the conclusion of the season. The Supermajor is the final Major of the year, and offers a $1.5 million prize pool and a massive 2250 points up for grabs. The tournament sees 16 pro teams compete in qualifiers, double elimination group stage and a main event.

WESG

Dota 2 betting has recently seen a massive boost with the introduction of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG). Held each year, this premier invitational event sees 32 pro teams start with a group stage single elimination. Teams are split into eight groups of four played as a Bo1. The surviving 16 teams then play State two Bo2 with the 8 winners moving on to the playoffs. The playoff matches are played single elimination Bo3 for a prize pool of $1.5 million.

Dota 2 Majors

Dota Majors are held in different locations around the world. Multiple Majors are held each year for the different regions. Each major is a valuable chance for Pro teams to gain DPC points for the International, as well as nab a share of the $1 million in prize money. The Majors are also incredibly popular for online and mobile eSports betting, with the tournament being streamed live around the world. The Majors are invitational events where the top 16 teams compete in qualifiers, groups stage and a playoff final offline event.

ESL One

The ESL One is the successor to the ESL Major Series One. Organized by the Electronic Sports League, it is a multi-game tournament for Dota 2, Counterstrike and Battlefield 4. The competition has a massive prize pool of $1 million and also 1500 PDC points towards the International. 16 pro teams are invited and play a qualifier, group stage and playoff in the offline format.

DAC

The Dota Asia Championships (DAC) is the biggest tournament in Asia with six invitational teams and 10 regional qualifiers. The event is ideal for US eSports betting enthusiasts as the markets are posted on all top sites and the competition is streamed live. The Asia Championships offers a total prize pool of $1 million and 1500 DPC points for teams aiming to qualify for the International. The offline tournament sees all 16 teams compete in a group stage single elimination with Bo1 games. The top eight teams then move on to the playoffs where they play double elimination games until a winner is determined.

Dota 2 offers plenty of US eSports betting opportunities, and avid and new fans are sure to find the markets they prefer at leading online sportsbooks.