Posted 14th March 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The largest international esports championship, Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) series, returned this year in Katowice, Poland to bring together a united gaming community for esports players and fans from all over the world. Spectators were in for incomparable entertainment as they eagerly waited for the result of which team will win the biggest prize pools and IEM trophies.
IEM Katowice 2018 ran from February 24-25 to March 2-4. It’s the biggest and most eventful week for gamers as the competition attracted over 100,000 fans worldwide filling up Poland’s indoor stadium. The main competitions revolve around Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, all with a total prize pool of over $950,000. The former, obviously, is the most anticipated game of the week.
The main tournament schedule for each game varies per category. CS:GO’s Group play was on February 27-28 and March 1. The Playoffs round 1 and semifinals were held on March 2-3. The grand finals, the awaited moment, was held on March 4. 16 of the best CS:GO teams competed for 8 spots in the playoffs, in accordance with the following format: (1) 2 GSL groups of 8 teams, (2) group 2nds play group 3rds in the first round of playoffs, and (3) group winners are seeded directly into the semifinals.
Fnatic and FaZe were the two podium finishers in the tournament, with the former winning first place along with the $500,000 grand prize. It was Fnatic’s first time to make it to the grand finals since 2016, while Faze always go home as a runner-up.
IEM’s lasting legacy started in 2009 as a product of Electronic Sports League (ESL) and Intel. The Katowice event was considered as one of the biggest events ever conducted by both sponsors. Moreover, the future of IEM is viewed positively by Michael Blicharz, Vice President of Pro Gaming for ESL. He said: “When I started this job in 2009, we had our global viewership. That was before Twitch, before live streaming. We had to pay for bandwidth, pay for traffic and things like that. Our global record was about ten thousand people watching or whatever. And then five years later we had ten thousand people in the seats in the arena.”
Other than the two major tournaments this season, the event also sponsors other esports like League of Legends, Hearthstone, Quake Live, and Warcraft. Previous events have been held in Hanover, Chengdu, Dubai, and Los Angeles.
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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.