Posted 28th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The newly rebranded StarSeries i-League returns today for its 5th Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) season featuring a $300,000 USD prize pool. From this perspective, let us take into account the participating teams, the possible outcomes of the event, and the three story lines you need to watch out for.
The two leading CS:GO teams in the world are Astralis and Faze Clan. But since the masters are not around to claim the thrones, we are down to the next best candidates: Natus Vincere, Mousesports, and Team Liquid. Which of the three top-tier teams can claim the title this year?
Natus Vincere has been a power team ever since Denis “electronic” Sharipov joined their roster, bagging the fourth place at all five events they recently played. Their MVP, Aleksandr “s1mple” Kostyliev, is also responsible for their victorious debut at DreamHack Open Winter 2017, DreamHack Masters Marseille, and ESL Pro League Season 7 Finals. Meanwhile, Natus Vincere’s current rival, Mousesports, is also a possible candidate for they have recently claimed first places at the previous StarLadder & i-League StarSeries Season 4 and V4 Future Sports Festival – Budapest 2018. Following the two teams’ track records is Team Liquid. They had an impressive performance at ESL Pro League S7 Finals, and despite being defeated by Astralis, they ranked second place.
One of the best things in international esports tournaments is the competition between neighboring regions. Teams and players from the same country make the game even more exciting as they competing for the top spot in homeland. StarSeries i-League S5 brought the most popular CS:GO domestic rivalries of all time: the Polish teams Virtus.pro and AGO Gaming. The two teams faced each other three times in online tournaments and AGO claimed all three victories. The offline environment of StarSeries might test the two teams’ abilities in a new, exciting manner.
This season will only feature a handful of elite teams and a Swiss BO3 system. The viewers and critics are not yet sure if something exciting is waiting in store for them unless an underdog breakout initiates. Many predict that the current teams in the bottom rank of other major tournaments like IEM Sydney and ESL Pro League might turn the tables and level up their rankings. Three of these teams with the biggest potential are VG.Flash, AVANGAR, GODSENT.
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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.