Posted 30th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The playoffs and the All-Star Weekend are ready to begin as the Overwatch League regular season has finally come to an end. The dominating teams and top players are determined to show off their skills through non-stop weekly battles, and they are now in preparation for a bigger fight. But before we move on to another era, let us look back at the noteworthy stories of the first season.
Mercy is a “support” hero whose jobs include healing weak teammates, assisting the teams in laying waste to the enemies, and resurrecting the eliminated ones. But to some players, Mercy isn’t just a healer, she can turn aggressive when she needs to. Through Stage 1, Mercy was always selected by players because of her dive composition, Valkyrie, and Guardian Angel ability. According to Blizzard, players use her more than 96 percent of the time, which is almost 7 percent more than the next most selected hero (D.Va at 89.3 percent). They even ultimately identified that Mercy’s ability was too powerful. This caused concerns among players and saw Blizzard perform nerfs on the hero.
Before the official Overwatch League, Seoul Dynasty player under Lunatic-Hai, the same back-to-back winners of the OGN OverWatch Apex Seasons 2 and 3 (the previous premier league for professional Overwatch play). Seoul Dynasty and its captain, Ryu “ryujehong” Je-hong, set the bar high for being one of the top players in the world.
The Dynasty started the OWL Stage 1 and 2 with a 7-3 record in a four-way tied for the second rank, but they lost their magic on the next stages. They finished stage 1 and 2 with 14-6 win-loss rate and stage 3 and 4 with 8-12.
If Seoul Dynasty failed to meet expectations, Shanghai Dragons didn’t meet anything at all. They finished the inaugural season with a 0-40 win-loss rate, seven games behind the next team and 34 games worse than top team New York Excelsior. Their map differential and maps won minus maps lost were -120, directing them to 42 maps worse than any other team.
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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.