Posted 31st December 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
Before getting into the top-5 teams, we would just like to tell you how we ended up with this list. Well, our basis for the results largely involves the team’s performance in 36 tournaments this year and incurred winnings of at least $100,000. Without further ado, here are our top 5 CS:GO teams of 2017.
The Danish team went through the entire year without making any roster changes, in which they are the only team on this list to do so. With that, Astralis seemed to find the perfect chemistry to still be one of the top teams. Astralis won 3 tournaments, the ELEAGUE Major’s top prize of $500,000, the IEM Katowice’s $104,000, and in June the ELEAGUE Clash for Cash of $250,000. Finally, Astralis made the Finals of the BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen but fell short against SK because they lost AWPer, dev1ce due to health issues before the tourney.
Their major roster revamp was back in February enabled G2 to soar to heights never before seen by the franchise. Players shox and bodyy recruited NBK-, apEX, and kennyS to join G2, which allowed them to win 3 tournaments this year. G2 won DreamHack Open, ESL Pro League Season 5, and Dreamhack Masters that earned them a total of $375,000 in winnings.
The CIS team brought its region its first championship at a major tournament after winning the PGL Major Krakow back in July. But after that momentous win, their past coach and in-game leader left the team and Gambit struggled. But after the addition of fitch, Gambit came out on top again after winning ROG Masters along with the prize of $117,500. Lastly, the team also won DreamHack Open Austin worth $50,000.
It was FaZe’s year this 2017 after loading up its lineup with NiKo, olofmeister, and GuardiaN. This helped the franchise get their first-ever championship at the SL i-League StarSeries Season 3. Also, the European team won 3 other tournaments this year, in which they won a whopping $500,000 at the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017, that went along with their wins at ESL One New York and ECS Season 4.
One of the biggest CS:GO stories of this year was SK Gaming. The Brazilians went through a lot of roster changes this year as they couldn’t grab a single Major win. But SK Gaming won 8 tournaments instead and closed the year out with the best CS:GO rivalries of all time during the ESL Pro League Season 6 when they faced FaZe Clan to determine which team truly holds the number spotone team. But as we all know, SK finished the tournament with the win and ended the year as the best CS:GO team.
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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.