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Honor of Kings Betting Tips & Live Streams
About Honor of Kings
Honor of Kings was developed by TiMi Studio Group and published by Tencent Games in 2015. It's a multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) that was initially released in China, and in 2016 Level Infinite published an international adaptation titled Arena of Valor.
In July 2022, Level Infinite announced that they would be rolling out a global version of Honor of Kings by the end of the year.
It’s one of the most popular games in the world, with Tencent reporting in 2020 that they’d hit over 100 million daily users.
The game has a huge esports presence especially in China, and the Honor of Kings World Championship is one of the most well-funded esports tournaments in the world.
Where you can bet on Honor of Kings
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Honor of Kings Live Streaming & How to Watch
You can catch live streams of Honor of Kings games on popular streaming sites. You’ll be able to catch the majors tournaments at betting sites such as bet365, Stake and Pinnacle.
You can also check out Honor of Kings esports on major platforms like YouTube or Twitch. Try the official King Pro League channel on YouTube, kpl3447, to catch the league games.
The International Championship will also be streamed live on several Chinese platforms, such as:
The games will be broadcast in several languages aside from Chinese and English, including Japanese, Korean, Brazilian, Cambodian, and Turkish.
Honor of Kings eSports Structure
The Honor of Kings World Champion Cup is the game’s biggest international esports event.
Its first edition was held in Shanghai in 2016, involving 10 teams and a prize pool of $600,000, under the name Kings Champion Cup. eStar Gaming became the first world champions.
That year, the King Pro League, China’s biggest Honor of Kings domestic league was conducted for the first time as well.
The Arena of Valor International Championship kicked off the next year offering similar winnings, and the two events ran in parallel for the next four years.
By 2018, the Champion Cup had expanded to 16 teams and the prize pool was worth well over $4 million. The structure of the King Pro League was altered that year to seed the top teams into the main event.
Up until 2022, separate global events were conducted for the Arena of Valor and Honor of Kings games. Both these major tournaments have now converged into a one single grand event, the Honor of Kings International Championship, and features content from both games.
The Champion Cup now involves 16 teams and a prize pool of $10 million. The 16 seeds include:
- 4 KPL seeds
- 4 Global seeds
- 8 Non-seeded teams (Four from KPL Phase 2 and four Wildcard entries)
They will split into four groups of four for the Group Stage. A double round robin conducted across each group will determine the top two, and the eight teams in total that will proceed to the Knockout Stage.
During the round robin, teams will earn 3 points with an outright 2-0 win, 1 point with a 1-1 draw, and 0 for a loss.
The knockouts are a single-elimination bracket featuring the top eight teams, and all matches will be played as best-of-seven.
Qualification For Honor of Kings Tournaments
The new format has divided the championship into a number of phases - the Wildcard Phase, KPL Phase 1 Qualifier, KPL Phase 2 Qualifiers, the Group Stage and the Knockout Stage. The latter two are considered the main event, but the earlier stages determine the contesting teams.
Eight teams participate in the Wildcard phase, with the top four seeding through to the main event. Participation slots include:
- Winner of the RoV Pro League Winter
- Winner of the Arena of Glory Winter
- A direct invite from the Garena Challenger Series Summer
- Winners of the South Asia and Japan Qualifiers
- One invite each from Korea, Europe and North America
The KPL Circuit Points system awards points to the top 10 KPL teams. They’re counted from the previous Fall, Spring, and Summer KPL, and will be awarded after the playoffs based on each team’s seed and their overall performance.
Here’s the qualification path to the final through the KPL:
- The KPL summer champion will qualify directly for the final tournament as KPL’s 1st seed
- The team with the most KPL Circuit Points also earns a spot at the final
- The teams in 2nd-5th place on the points board will head to the KPL Phase 1 Qualifier
- The teams in 6th-13th place on the points board will head to the KPL Phase 2 Qualifier
KPL Phase 1 is a single-elimination gauntlet for teams 2nd-5th on the KPL Circuit Points board. The two winners will advance to the championship while the losers must proceed to Phase 2.
KPL Phase 2 is a single round-robin played between 10 teams, the two Phase 1 losers and eight teams between 6th-13th place on the KPL Points Circuit. The top four teams will proceed to the main tournament.
Best Honor of Kings Teams
eStar Gaming became the first to lift the premier Honor of Kings title with its first edition in 2016. They would go on to win the tournament for a second time in 2019, now rebranded as eStar Pro. During the two seasons in between, they finished as runners-up.
Most would argue that the most successful Honor of Kings team of all time is QGHappy, who are now known as the Chongqing Wolves, after being acquired by the Wolverhampton Wolves.
They’ve won three editions of the tournament, back-to-back in 2017 and 2018, and completed a hat trick of titles in 2021. In the two intervening years, they made it as far as the quarterfinals.
Here’s the full list of the Honor of Kings World Champion Cup winners:
- QG Happy in 2021
- Turnso Gaming in 2020
- eStar Pro in 2019
- QG Happy in 2018
- QG Happy in 2017
- eStar Gaming in 2016
eStar Pro have been hugely successful at the King Pro League, the biggest Honor of Kings league after the World Champion Cup, since it began in 2018.
They’ve won three times, in 2019 and back-to-back during the Spring and Fall of 2021. Hero JiuJing have also won it thrice, both editions in 2018 and and once more in 2021.
Here’s the full list of the tournament winners:
- Summer 2022, Wolves
- Spring 2022, eStar Pro
- Fall 2021, eStar Pro
- Spring 2021, Hero JiuJing
- Fall 2020, Dynamite Gaming
- Spring 2020, Turnso Gaming
- KPLGT Global Tour Spring 2020, Ghost Owl Gaming
- Fall 2019, AG Super Play
- Spring 2019, eStar Pro
- Fall 2018, Hero JiuJing
- Spring 2018, Hero JiuJing