Posted 9th January 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
Five out of 16 teams have officially withdrawn from competing in the coming Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds tournament in Manila, Philippines after Valve revoked its major tournament status. However, this also forgoes Valve’s sponsorship of covering the $500,000 prize pool along with the Pro Circuit Points to qualify for the International 8 this year.
According to Valve’s released official statement, they felt that the “unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players, as a condition to enter the country” was the reason behind the decision to remove the Major status of the tournament.
Although it was not clear which specific regulation in the Philippines caused the issue, the Philippines’ Games and Amusement Board (GAB) require athletes to obtain a license from the board to be able to participate in local competitions. Since the regulatory board considers esports professionals as athletes, the same license requirement also goes for the players. In this case, it seems as though that GAB required the invited foreign players to procure licenses which involves drug testing, forms, reports and tests, organization sponsorship, photo ID’s, and fees as mandatory requirements to be able to compete in the country.
Pro Circuit Points leader Virtus.pro was one of the first teams to officially withdraw from the event, while Team Secret, Team Liquid, OpTic Gaming, and Newbee followed suit. As of this writing, these are the only teams that formally withdrew from the tournament.
Furthermore, Valve allowed Galaxy Battles II to continue, but Valve will no longer be involved. In which, Valve claims that they are working with Fallout Gaming—the tournament organizer—to organize another similar Major event, with the same invited and qualified teams, along with the prize pool and Pro Circuit Points rewards that were supposedly for Galaxy Battles II.
Finally, the tournament will still proceed according to Galaxy Battles Management. “We at the Galaxy Battles Management respect the decision made by the Valve Corporation, rest assured, the event will go on as scheduled.”
With the top teams pulling out of the event, there is still no word on who will replace the vacant team slots of Galaxy Battles II. So for now, hold your bets on the tournament until more word comes out. If you’re itching to bet on the event, you can carry on placing predictions on Tipify, which gives you a chance to win top prizes through the New Tipster 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.