Posted 11th February 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
For a while there it looked like SKT was not the multiple-time Worlds champion we’re accustomed to. The Korean team finally broke their five-game losing streak over bbq Olivers, putting the team back on a better win-loss record of 2-5.
SKT’s last win, which was their first, happened during Week 1 against ROX Tigers. After that, everything fell apart after losses against Jin Air, King-Zone, KT Rolster, Kongdoo, and MVP. After that stretch, SKT fell to the 9th spot with just a few games behind of MVP.
After the 2-1 win against bbq Olivers, Faker revealed the team’s struggles during the losing streak in an interview with InvenGlobal. Apparently, the 2017’s Esports Player of the Year lost his confidence and how the continuous losses affected his well-being.
“I think the other players had a hard time too because we haven’t lost so much before. Personally, I also had a hard time, I even lost weight.” Faker said in the interview.
SKT’s losses came down to mistakes from multiple members of the League of Legends team. Currently, the jungle position for the team is still erratic after Peanut took the position last year. Substitute jungler Blank, even though a veteran player, still cost the team a loss with a crucial mistake against MVP. Their starting jungler and rookie player, Blossom, still makes mistakes but is partly understandable as he is still catching up to the pace of more competitive matches.
Moreover, their first win against ROX, Wolf, regular support player for SKT, played the jungle position, which was a surprising move, but a much-needed one as Wolf led SKT to a narrow win. But of course, the position needs to be filled in by members who specialize in the role. Faker believes in his current team members and that everyone is committed to reflect and improve to bring the team back up again.
SKT’s next match is against King-Zone, the current number one team in the tournament where they face former jungler, Peanut. This marks another time that Peanut faces SKT in a match, rather than playing for them.
Lastly, here are the match odds, provided by NitrogenSports:
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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.