Posted 7th November 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
StarLadder i-League Invitational was completed after the Australian-based team, Renegades took the trophy home along with a $75,000 cash prize. The CS:GO Major tournament took place in Shanghai, China where every match is offline.
The 2017 SL i-League tournament had 5 teams directly invited and 3 more will be decided by online qualifiers in CIS, Europe, and China. 16 teams will go head-to-head in each qualifier but are separated by two brackets to create an Olympic playoff format. Then, all finalists will advance to the major playoff to complete the 8 teams fighting to win the number one spot. The 8 teams who competed are HellRaisers, Heroic, Renegades, TyLoo, Virtus.pro, Flash Gaming, and HAVU Gaming, and Team Spirit.
So, what happened in the Major tournament? As the final four CS:GO teams, Renegades, Heroic, Virtus.pro, and HellRaisers, fought to get to the Finals rounds, only Renegades and Virtus.pro stayed alive to have a shot at the title. But, Heroic and HellRaisers aren’t done yet. Both teams still have a shot at the third place of the tournament and a $15,000 cash prize.
HellRaisers did not waste any time and went on a 6-0 lead. But, Danes of Heroic finally broke the drought, got to the winning board, and found his groove to catch up at the half with a 7:8 score. The second half of the game was jab after jab with both teams not letting one another get away. But, the match ended on Train map with a win from HellRaisers with a 16:14 score.
Game 2 was similar to game 1 having many lead changes and even going into overtime with the score 15:15. But HellRaiser managed to complete the sweep with a 19:17 score victory and going home as the third placer in SI i-League Shanghai.
In the final match of the tournament, the first game was set on the Mirage map. VP went on a 3-0 run but the eventual winner, Renegades, immediately tied the match with 3-3 and proceeding to a streak to end the half with the lead with 9:6 score. As the match went on, VP won the pistol round but gave up control of the game and the Australians taking advantage, winning 7 straight to win game 1 with 16:8 score. Game 2 was under Renegades’ control. Not slowing down and wanting to finish up the series, they ended the half with a 10:5 score. The champions continued to dominate the game and VP could not keep up. Renegades won 16:10 in two games.
That’s a wrap for the SI i-League Major Tournament. But competitive CS:GO won’t end here. The upcoming CS:GO major tournament is the iESF World Championship happening on November 8 to 12 in Busan, South Korea.
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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.