Posted 9th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – It seems like 2018 is PSG.LGD’s golden year! Fresh off a major sponsorship from premiere football club Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Chinese powerhouse team LGD Gaming—now called PSG.LGD—wins their first Dota 2 Major against Team Liquid at the EPICENTER XL. They have now climbed up to fourth place in the Pro Circuit rankings with 4071 points.
A total of 12 teams have competed for a portion of the $1,000,000 USD prize pool, EPICENTER XL title, and an exclusive Infinity gauntlet at the VTB Ice Palace in Moscow from April 27 to May 6. In the end, two teams have remained: Team Liquid and PSG. LGD. In actuality, the final battle between the two was not a surprise for some since they have been trying to achieve the title for years now. What’s surprising is PSG.LGD’s smooth victory against The International 2017’s champion, Team Liquid.
PSG.LGD 3:1 Team Liquid
The first game sent Team Liquid straight to the lower bracket, all credits goes to PSG.LGD’s bold choice to match a Morphling for the team’s Carry, Wang “Ame” Chunyu. He single-handedly killed four heroes from the opposing team to defend their base even after Liquid attempted to siege two lanes of barracks in a successful team fight. Despite this, Liquid ditched all sorts of fear in the second game when they introduced new strategies such as reviving the Drow Ranger from the dead and picking Amer “Miracle-” Al-Barkawi’s signature hero, Invoker. The tactic of using the Drow immediately failed since it was known for being very susceptible to ganks. Luckily, the Invoker defeated everyone in teamfights and had survived at a sliver of HP with the acquisition of an Aghanim’s Scepter.
The most crucial round is the third game because it’s a best-of-five (BO5) series. Liquid and PSG.LGD both have 1 point so the supposed winning team is only one short away from claiming the title. Liquid flashed their lucky charm Invoker once again as they have come to believe that it could maintain their momentum. Unfortunately, PSF.LGD managed to teamwipe Liquid and annihilate their Ancient despite all attempts at a retreat. The fourth game had Liquid call out the “GG” to wave the white flag. PSG.LGD may have used meta pics and signature heroes all throughout the game, but Liquid struggled to remain versatile in the Dire base.
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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.