Posted 27th March 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Valve recently announced that The International, an annual Dota 2 tournament, takes place in Canada from August 20th to 25th. Surprisingly, that was just a minor part of the good news since it was also revealed that the overall visual appearance of the tournament will center on “Subterranean” theme, with Crystalline Green as the principal color.
This is the first time that The International will be hosted by a country outside the United States. The 19,000-seater Rogers Arena in Vancouver will serve as the temporary home of Dota 2 teams this year. There’s no announcement regarding the number of teams that will be featured in the tournament yet, but it’s possible that the top eight teams from the Pro Circuit rankings will be directly invited and the remaining teams would be chosen through the regional qualifiers in Europe, Southeast Asia, China, South America, North America, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).
With the “Subterranean” theme in mind, Valve also invited all aspiring artists and content creators to use their creative juices and wild imagination for The International’s Collector’s Cache on the Steam Community group. All entries must be submitted to the Dota 2 Workshop by May 13th with the tag “Collector’s Cache 2018”.
To illustrate, the cache is a Dota 2 exclusive loot box that carries virtual cosmetic items for heroes. It is only available for those who purchased the tournament’s Battle Pass, but anyone can send their designs to the cache as long as it follows the principal color and main imagery of the theme. The designs, however, are restricted to concepts with blood, human skulls, or gore. Remember that “Subterranean” is a fictionalized genre in adventure and sci-fi fiction that features underground locations, usually at the center of the Earth. It can commonly found in high fantasy stories with complex magic systems (e.g sword and sorcery fiction) and extinct creatures (e.g dinosaurs).
Additionally, the new set of merchandise release for the upcoming tournament is also being planned by Valve’s partners and sponsors. But participants in the cache design can also send their concepts to the workshop with the tag “Merchandise”.
Last year, Dota 2 players and fans dove into an Aquatic theme with green and blue as the main color combinations. All the banners in the arena, maps’ terrains, and live streaming graphics were filled with oceanic vibes. The underwater map, unfortunately, gained backlash from its confusing stages and text-readability issues. Hopefully, this coming theme won’t have the same problems.
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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.