Posted 14th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The conclusion of Dota Pro Circuit 2018 passed by with Team Liquid winning the China Dota 2 Supermajor. For this reason, The International 8 (TI8) now has a complete set of the teams heading to Rogers Arena in Vancouver, Canada to compete for possibly the biggest Dota 2 title this year.
The past Dota Major Championships have determined the best international teams for 2018, but only one of these teams will be crowned the best of the best for TI8:
Virtus.Pro — Commonwealth of Independent States
PSG.LGD — China
Team Liquid — Europe
Team Secret — Europe
Mineski Pro Team — Southeast Asia
Vici Gaming — China
Newbee — China
VGJ.Thunder — China
OpTic Gaming — North America
Each one of this player has high rankings in the Dota Pro Circuit leaderboard. The team standings are determined by points earned per championship, earnings, majors and minors popularity, and number of matches. The 1st in rank is Virtus.Pro, followed by Team Liquid and PSG.LGD. The top 9 and below fell short and will not be competing for TI8: Optic Gaming, VGJ Storm, Evil Geniuses, Fnatic, and more.
The Supermajor determined the last points to be given this year, Team Liquid earned the highest by winning the title. All spots were determined by standings, but VGJ.Thunder earned themselves a direct invite. Optic Gaming, the 9th placer, competed in the lower bracket of the Supermajor and their early loss against Virtus.Pro gave way to the top 8.
The distribution of the teams is in favor of China which has five teams attending from the region. All other regions see representation, save for America. Soon, the additional participating teams will emerge from upcoming Europe, CIS, China, Southeast Asia, North America, and South America Qualifiers. The final 18 will be determined in the first week of August.
A total of 18 teams will fight for a portion of the $1,600,000 USD prize pool. All of them will compete in the group stage where Round Robin and Best of 2 (B02) matches await. Only 16 teams will remain after that and they will compete for the main event in double-elimination format over 6 days. There will be eight teams each for the upper and lower brackets.
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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.