Posted 2nd February 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
January 30’s Overwatch patch brought new additions and changes to the game, a new map, the Blizzard World, and a much-dreaded nerf to Mercy’s ability, Valkyrie. Anyone who gets to play against a Mercy has been anxiously waiting for this nerf to arrive.
The recent patch made the ultimate a less powerful ability, drastically changing its length from 20 seconds to 15 seconds. Before the patch, using Valkyrie instantly casts Resurrect. Now, the revised cast time also leaves behind the Ressurrect bonus charge. Lastly, Mercy’s speed boost was reduced by 50 percent when using the ultimate and flying around using Guardian Angel.
Mercy is an instant pick on most games due to of her overpowered mobility and healing abilities, causing irritation among the community because. This is why Blizzard nerfed Valkyrie to make the support role diversified and make other heroes relevant once more.
Good news for the pro players of Overwatch League, the meta will remain part of the pro league as the Mercy Valkyrie nerf won’t hit the Overwatch League game version until the middle of February at Stage 2 of the league.
Furthermore, the Valkyrie nerf is not the only change to take place. Junkrat’s Concussion Mine now deals less damage to targets farther away from the explosion. The ability was found too powerful because of the added boost of mobility. Apparently, this change now requires accurate throws to fully capitalize on the ability.
Overwatch’s new map is a theme park based on Blizzard’s Universe. These include map-themes or references from other developed games by Blizzard, Hearthstone, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, Diablo, and The Environment–think other Blizzard games coexisting in the Overwatch game itself. Stormwind, Azeroth, Nexus, and Zerg? Do these words ring any bells?
Lastly, for those who play World of Warcraft as well, if you pre-order Blizzard’s new expansion, Battle for Azeroth, you are entitled to Overwatch Warcraft-themed goodies. The package includes emotes for Tracer, Horde and Alliance voice lines for Torbjorn, sprays for Anduin, Jaina, Sylvanas, and Saurfang, and Kul Tiras and Zandalar player icons. It’s a pretty good deal for $50 with the added Overwatch cosmetics.
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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.