Posted 2nd May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The 2018 Mid-Season Invitational is fast approaching. Tomorrow until May 20, 2018, esports fans and gamers will witness the world’s best teams fight to the death for massive prize pools and the most coveted MSI title. The competition is the second-largest annual League of Legends tournament, with the LoL World Championships being the first.
The pressure is on for the 14 invited regions participating: China, Europe, Korea, North America, Taiwan/Hong Kong/Macao, Vietnam, Brazil, CIS, Latin America North, Turkey, Japan, Latin America South, Oceania, and Southeast Asia. The fans and critics’ expectations heavily follow the representatives from the recent Spring and Summer Split championships. The winners from these LoL teams will take a portion of the prize pool, medals, and trophies. But apart from those, 25 percent of the sales from the new Conqueror Varus and Conqueror Ward skins will be added to the first placer’s purse.
The invited teams are to compete in two main stages: Play-In and Main Event. The Play-In features the group stages where eight teams participate and will be divided into two groups with four teams each. After that, they have to face the opposing sides in double round-robin and best-of-one (BO1) formats. The winners of each group advance to Round 2 where only four teams will participate. Two are directly seeded from Taiwan and Vietnam, while the other two are the winners of Round 1. Group winners are randomly drawn against one of the directly seeded teams, and all will follow BO5 matches.
The Main Event contains the Group and Knockout Stage. In the Group Stage, six teams go head-to-head in double round robin—four of which are directly seeded from Korea, China, Europe and North America while the two advancing teams are from the Play-In. The top 4 teams will all proceed to the Knockout Stage with single elimination bracket and BO5 matches, but the main winner of the Group Stage has the power to choose between the 3rd and 4th places to be their semi-final opponent.
The Play-In stage will be held at the LCS studio in Berlin, and the Group and Knockout stages will move to Paris right after Round 2. See the schedule below:
Day one: May 3 at 7 AM ET/1pm CEST (7:00 AM to 12 PM)
Day two: May 4 at 7 AM ET/1pm CEST (7:00 AM to 12 PM)
Day three: May 5 at 5 AM ET/1pm CEST (5:00 AM to 10:00 AM)
Day four: May 6 at 5 AM ET/1pm CEST (5:00 AM TO 10:00 AM)
The opponents of the top invited teams in the Knockout and Group Stage rounds will be revealed after the Play-In, but expect to see Flash Wolves, Fnatic, KING-ZONE DragonX, and Team Liquid in the lineup.
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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.