Posted 11th December 2017 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
The past weekend was filled with action-packed tournaments. Hence, we will talk about each tournament and the highlight moments, along with the crowned champion of each competition. Getting on with the results, there’s one thing we can promise you. There were a few upsets and of course, dominating teams who squashed their opponents and emerged on top.
The CS:GO community was bombarded with four exciting tournaments during the weekend. Wherein the ESL Pro League 6, ROG Masters 2017, Gfinity Elite Series, and the Australian Esports Masters all opened their playoff stages where new teams were crowned as tournament champions.
Both Dota 2 tournaments were held in Asia. But, the major tournament MDL’s finals, were met with the European team, OG and Philippine team, TNC. At the end of the day, OG took home the $130k cash prize along with 150 Pro Circuit Points. Meanwhile, in the ROG Dota 2 division, Team Empire claimed the win after stretching the series to 5 games against OpTic Gaming.
The new Overwatch tournament brought back more interest to the game again with its new spectator-friendly additions. The jersey skins helped distinguish players better along with the team-colored abilities, so players would easily identify which ability came from who. Switching over to the eventful preseason games of the Overwatch League, the 3-day slate was dominated by Seoul Dynasty (3-0), Dallas Fuel (2-0), and LA Valiant (2-0). Although this might be just tune-up games, it gives viewers a rough estimation of the team’s performance before the League opens in January 2018.
The annual star-studded event featured new formats that introduced tournament style 5 vs 5 games with brackets. And also, the new tournament, 1v1. For the 1v1 tournament, it was carry player for RNG in the LPL region, UZI, who won against NA’s Bjergsen to claim the championship trophy. Furthermore, the 5v5 tournament showcased Chinese teams, LPL and LMS for the right to be called as the All-Star champion. Even though both regions failed to win the World Championships yet, they showed they can still go toe to toe with the big guns. One of the many notable moments of the finals series was during the Game 3, when the game broke a record for the longest match ever, lasting for 80:01 minutes. But their series stretched for a total of 6 hours game time after the very close 5th and deciding game of the All-Stars event was won by the Chinese, LPL Team. It was also a celebratory win for the Chinese, as Uzi won the 1v1 tournament and the 5v5 tournament.
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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.