Posted 13th June 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Team Liquid reigned victorious in the grand final of Pro Circuit’s concluding event, China Dota 2 Supermajor. This is the team’s first major victory to date, breaking their major curse of falling short in the finals every season.
Team Liquid, with a major contribution from its Captain Kuro “KuroKy” Salehi Takhasomi, beat Virtus.Pro in one of the most exciting matches in the history of Pro Circuit season grand finals. The battle lasted for five games with both sides consistently taunting each other’s strengths and weaknesses. It was, without a doubt, a delightful show featuring Dota 2 supremacy between two of the top teams in the world leading the Pro Circuit leaderboard.
This event was humorously regarded by fans as the “Major Curse” for Team Liquid, who failed to dominate the past Supermajors. Their three Minor championships and two second-place rankings in other events landed them a safe spot on the leaderboard, but it was their Major title in the last ranking event of the year that gave them the second top spot.
The Supermajor victory earned Team Liquid a total of 3,375 Pro Circuit points, 1464 ratings, and a $555,000 USD cash prize. They have surpassed the overall ranking of PSG-LGD (3rd-1460) and followed the top position of Virtus.Pro (1st – 1499) on the leaderboard. For this reason, they now automatically have a direct invite at the Epicenter XL, the third installment of Epic Esports Events’ tournament that will be held in Moscow from April 27th to May 6th. More importantly, Team Liquid will defend their World Championship against VGJ.Thunder, PSG.LGD, Virtus.Pro, and Team Secret at The International 8 (TI8) two months from now. All the praises, points, and momentum they’ve earned in their recent victory counts as a mental advantage to defend their title in TI8. If everything goes as planned, they will cement their legacy in Dota 2 history as the first team to win two TI titles and the first to successfully defend the title.
With a complete list of invited teams, Dota 2 tournament series and TI will move on to the TI8 qualifiers which commences on June 14. The open qualifiers will run from June 14 to 17, while the regional qualifiers will run from June 18 to 25. The International 8 is scheduled to begin in late August.
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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.