Posted 23rd December 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
Virtus.pro ended 2017 on a positive note as they claim the record of winning The Summit 3 times in a row. As we’re nearing The International 8 once again, the Russians have proved themselves to be one of the top Dota 2 teams. In addition, VP holds the number 3 spot in Dota 2 team rankings.
3-peats are almost impossible to achieve in esports, it seems. One example is in League of Legends World Championship this year, where SKT had the opportunity to do so after reaching the finals for the third straight year, but could not close it out. Ironically, they were even swept by their opponent. SKT is a top League team and earned success in the Worlds twice in a row already. But for VP, they’ve achieved the seemingly impossible challenge as they won the same tournament series thrice, which on paper, looks to be tougher.
During the Summit 8, VP literally cruised through the tournament. They finished the group stages with a 6-0 win-loss record. Because of that, they automatically advanced to the semis where they faced Team Kinguin. But then again, they dispatched Kinguin without breaking a sweat and achieved another sweep to reach the finals. Moving onto the finals round, SEA team Fnatic had to go through OG to advance to the finals. In which, they did so after a troubling semis series.
The grand finals reached 4 matches with Fnatic taking only one win against VP, which classifies as a Gentleman’s sweep. In which, Virtus’ players showed astounding performances during the series that Fnatic could not keep up with. On the third game, 9pasha unleashed 15 kills on Shadow Demon, a support hero. Also, on the final game, RAMZES666 didn’t allow Fnatic to get a run with an onslaught performance with Broodmother getting 14 kills in 26 minutes, which helped him to complete a build comprising of a Mask of Madness, BKB, and Eye of Skadi in about 25 minutes.
VP just earned 150 Pro Circuit points easily heading to 2018, helping them make a run to make The International 8 yet again. The Russians had a good year, after winning ESL One 2017 in Hamburg, joining the MDL in Macau and placing 3rd, and also placing second in Major, Adrenaline Cyber League.
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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.