Posted 19th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – It was a wild ride for the 8 teams competing for StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5, but the all the hard work of Optic Gaming paid off as they conquered the ladder and emerge victorious against VGJ.Thunder in the grand finals last April 15.
The road to the Dota 2 grand finals went down with thrilling battles among the four remaining teams. VGJ.Thunder successfully defeated Vega Squadron, and Optic Gaming shutdown Fnatic’s defenses by shifting the balance of power in game two and three.
The advantage for the first game was in the hands of VGJ.Thunder since they were in charge of the first two matches in the best-of-three (BO3) series. Regardless, excellent communication, strategic rotations, and solid map controls kept the team together. In game one, Chinese player Jia Jun “Sylar” Liu and his Lycan decided to go mid lane in game one where he was able to rotate easily on top lane, leading his team ahead of the opponent. Meanwhile, the teams were surprised with the appearance of the offlane Underlord in both matches, but VGJ.Thunder put the surprise in good use and Vega Squadron struggled to utilize it effectively. In game two, Liu “Freeze” Chang used his Juggernaut to go for multiple solo kills and team fight control, and eventually led his team to victory.
The next match was between the winning team and Fnatic. In game one, Fnatic had the upper hand after achieving an early 25k net worth advantage over Optic Gaming, thanks to Saahil “Universe” Arora’s Pangolier. It was a poor start for Optic Gaming after losing several towers. Fortunately, In games two and three, Fnatic’s core was shut down while Quinn “CC&C” Callahan’s Lina helped Per Anders “Pajkatt” Olsson accumulate farm and control team fights. The last round emphasized Optic Gaming’s strategies and outed Fnatic early.
The final match is in BO5 format, lengthier and much more exciting to watch than the semi-finals matches. Optic Gaming started the game early with aggressive attacks and won the first round. In the second round, however, VGJ. Thunder went unstoppable with Sylar’s effective use of Terrorblade. Third and Fourth rounds featured Optic Gaming’s clever picks and buys using heroes like Dragon Knight and Troll Warlord as they now have plenty of access to useful resources. The final match was a sure win for Optic Gaming when they eliminated two of the powerful players of Fnatic: Freeze’s Tiny and Sylar’s Sniper, allowing the Dota 2 team to claim the StarLadder ImbaTV Invitational Season 5 championship trophy.
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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.