Posted 17th April 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Starladder’s StarSeries i-League has begun its fifth season as the first matches and qualifiers for North America, Europe, Asia, and CIS started last April 16. The entire event will run from April to June and has a lot of surprises waiting in store for players and fans.
The StarSeries i-League is considered as one of the biggest CS:GO tournaments in the world. This year, there will be 12 CS:GO teams competing per region—with 48 participating teams in total. The qualifiers for each stage is divided into two stages, but all will run for the entire month of May. The Group Stage Single or GSL will have a two-double elimination format and best-of-three (BO3) matches. 4 teams, together with 4 other invited teams, are qualified for the second qualifier stage. Afterward, only two from each group will advance to the playoffs.
The next challenge for the playoffs requires 4 invited teams and 4 winners from the group stage to compete in a single-elimination bracket and BO3 matches. The winners of the North American and CIS qualifiers will then be granted a spot in the LAN finals, and the Asian and European qualifiers will get two slots for each of their two leading teams. Accordingly, the top 2 teams that will emerge victorious from the 8 are qualified to the StarSeries i-League Season 5. They will participate in the grand finals for the title and $300,000 USD prize pool. The final matches, including the last playoffs and the grand finals, will transpire from June 2nd to 3rd in National Palace of Arts “Ukraina”.
The previous season’s winners were the legendary Mousesports, Faze Clan, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Which team is next in line to the throne this season?
Below is the list of teams in attendance:
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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.