Posted 16th November 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
As the Oracle Arena in Oakland roared during the opening of the Intel Extreme Masters 2017 where Counter-Strike: Global Offensive(CS:GO) and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) joined forces to create a two-day esports event filled with the hottest and strongest players competing to be called as the IEM Champion. Although, CS:GO pro team Immortals officially withdrew from the tournament because of Visa issues preventing players from entering the United States.
The Immortals team was automatically invited to IEM as they topped the North America rankings. The players who were supposed to join in the tournament were, boltz, steel, qkS, horvy, and destiny. It is currently unclear which player had ‘visa issues’ but Immortals stated that they could only field two players out of the five. According to the IEM rules, three of the five players are required to be able to join the tournament. The organizer filled Immortals’ spot with the Renegades.
CS:GO team Renegades has been taking the competitive scene in a storm. The Australian team took the championship home for the Asia Minor and the StarLadder i-League Invitational in Shanghai just this month. Could this give the hot-gunning Renegades a shot to win the IEM title this year?
The Renegades will run with the same lineup they fielded in the past tournaments. Aaron Ward/ AZR, Justin Savage/jks, Karlo Pivac/USTILO, Noah Francis/Nifty, and Keith Markovic/NAF.
Currently, Ninjas in Pyjamas leads the Group A with a 4-1 win-loss record. Followed by Cloud9 with 3-2. SK Gaming with 3-2, Astralis 3-2, EnVy with 2-3, and ending this group with Mongolz having yet to earn a win in this tournament, 0-5 record. In the Group B however, FaZe edges the group with a 4-1 record but the group seems to be more balanced as Gambit, Renegades, and Liquid all have 2-3 records following with Optic and G2 having 2-2 records. This means that NiP and Faze will immediately head to the playoff rounds but their opponents from their respective groups are yet to be determined. We’re almost down to the final four teams. Who do you think will take this year’s IEM title?
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When you first start out you’ll be tempted to try to bet as frequently as possible, don’t. Wait for matches with good odds where you or the predictors know the teams. Never force yourself to bet, bet on matches that you are confident in. You may go days or weeks without placing a bet, you’re not in a rush, wait for bets you are comfortable and confident in and profit should follow.
If there’s any uncertainty, don’t place a bet. Save your skins for another day. There will be plenty of other matches that you can bet on.
Betting is always risky, that’s unavoidable. But staying inside a ‘safe zone’ will help cover you off from some really silly bets. When starting out with a low inventory, large bets placed on matches with 80%+ odds aren’t going to return much in general (on lounge, even less due to the inconsistent returns) but you’re still risking a large amount of your inventory for very little.
Equally, odds below 30% sound very, very attractive with huge returns possible. But if you don’t know the teams or all the details, it’s very possible the team doesn’t stand any chance. If you think there might be a chance, reduce the size of the stake or consider an ICB.
Always bet with a percentage of your inventory. Think, what happens if you lose an ‘All in’ bet, do you stop betting for the rest of your life, or just get your wallet out and go again? You may think there’s no risk, however there is always risk. If you’re placing a high bet, stick to an absolute maximum of 20% of your betting inventory.
Always leave enough to bet another day.
If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, your judgement get’s very cloudy. You’ll make a stupid bet and lose. If you just lost a big bet or are on a losing streak, instead of trying to force a bet, you should take a step back, calm down and just take a break, come back refreshed with a fresh mindset.
Betting blind is a purely relying on luck, if the underdog odds are 30%, that definitely doesn’t mean the team has a 30% chance of winning. It just means 30% of the betting community chose that team. A late roster change could mean there’s zero chance for the team to win. Check in with our predictions to help give you some more background on the game.
Use the lounge odds tracker to predict the final odds as the start of the match get’s closer. If the odds are increasing/decreasing for the team you intend to bet on the return may not outweigh the risk anymore. A huge significant switch of odds at the last moment may mean that something shady is going on, mostly in very low tier games, or a sudden announcement, E.g standin may have occurred.
Bookies will put up their odds based on their own expectations, as the bets start coming in they'll tweak the odds to ensure it's still profitable for them. That early stage is key to getting an edge on the bookies.
As soon as you feel like you have to bet again to recoup loses, you’ll feel compelled to make bigger bets with bigger risks. This often starts an endless cycle driving your losses further and further. Instead, after a big loss, take a day off from betting (or a week if was really big). .Keep to the proper bet sizing based on the risk of the match no matter what. You are not in a race to win it back, just take it easy.
Do not blindly follow betting site odds and think that they are correct to the true odds. If a betting site has ‘Team A’ as a heavy favorite, it does not always mean that it’s an easy win for ‘Team A’.
SK beat Na’Vi… Na’Vi beat E-Frag. That means SK can beat E-Frag now, right? No.
There are many factors which contribute to the team winning a match, these factors such as player performance, map selection, strategy and tactics which may not apply to other teams.