Posted 25th March 2018 By: Kyle-Tipify Staff
Esports News – After the CS:GO map, Nuke, received a much-needed revamp, it still fails to see enough screen time on the competitive scene. For example, the Intel Extreme Masters (IEM) Katowice tournament in February only had Nuke picked twice for the entire duration of the week-long tournament.
Like IEM Katowice, it boasts a hefty $400,000 prize pool which makes it one of the hottest tournaments to watch in the CS:GO scene. With that in mind, you’d think that the teams who competed in the tourney would do everything that they could to win the major. In which, teams should have the ability to play on any map against any team.
In reality, though, that’s not the case. Thanks to the veto process, even the top teams avoid playing Nuke. Even if they dedicate time and effort to it, with boot camps and daily training, there’s not a team that can play all the maps at a high level. Nuke has been a part of the competitive map pool for a while now. It received rework after rework, but teams avoid playing it any chance they get.
Moreover, the changes Nuke received didn’t bring much difference to the map. But, key areas were removed and changed with the notable additions of the new boxes. This can only mean two things for non-Nuke and Nuke players, and those who are accustomed to playing the map before could be surprised with the new changes. Similarly, non-Nuke players may find the revamped map much more playable, like G2 Esports’ AWPer, kennyS, who prefers playing on the revamped Nuke because of the absence of the catwalk, which made the map more open for him as an AWPer.
The map is unused and unpopular and was speculated that it may get removed from the map pool with the hopes of the return of Dust 2 in the active pool instead. Furthermore, Dust 2 received a new look as well. But with the changes to Nuke, the map may stick around longer. Especially, if the teams were to find out the strategies that work on Nuke, it could easily become the more popular map. We’ll just have to wait if the map is really viable in the pro-level. Although this may mean that our hopes for the return of Dust 2, might not be pushed through.
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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.