Posted 2nd July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – ESL One: Cologne is the fifth and most-prestigious CSGO major event of the year. The tournament is just around the corner and will return to Germany’s LANXESS Arena for another battle. A total of 16 CSGO teams go head to head against each other to get the biggest portion of the $300,000 USD prize pool and secure a slot in the Intel Grand Slam. Don’t get left behind and have a glimpse of the viewer’s guide for the entire tournament below.
The tournament begins with 16 teams divided into two. Both groups will play in a double-elimination bracket on the first day. After that, the winners move on to the best-of-three (B03) single elimination format in the playoffs where the second and third best teams from the group stage will be determined. Another set of winners heads to the quarter-finals and semi-finals.
Denmark – Astralis
Sweden – NiP
Finland – ENCE
Europe – mousesports
United States – Cloud9
France – G2
Kazakhstan – Gambit
CIS – Natus Vincere
Europe – FaZe
Australia – Renegades
Singapore – B.O.O.T-d[S]
Brazil – MIBR
Sweden – fnatic
Germany – BIG
Denmark – North
North America – Liquid
The tournament is set to begin on July 3rd. It will have a three-day group stage play and three-day playoffs. Once again, it follows the scheduled starting times during the playoffs and will not begin any of the matches early even if the previous matches end faster than expected. The last remaining days, July 6th to July 8th, will hold the quarter-final, semi-final, and grand final. Here are the schedules for the group stages:
Tuesday, July 3rd
18:00 – Astralis vs ENCE | BO1
18:00 – NiP vs Cloud9 | BO1
19:10 – mousesports vs Gambit | BO1
19:10 – G2 vs Natus Vincere | BO1
20:20 – FaZe vs B.O.O.T-d[S] | BO1
20:20 – Renegades vs MIBR | BO1
21:30 – fnatic vs North | BO1
21:30 – BIG vs Liquid | BO1
22:40 – Group A Upper Bracket Semi #1| BO3
22:40 – Group A Lower Bracket Quarter #1| BO3
02:10 – Group A UB Semi #1| BO3
02:10 – Group A LB Quarter #2 | BO3
Wednesday, July 4th
18:00 – Group B LB Quarter #2 | BO3
18:00 – Group B LB Quarter #1 | BO3
21:30 – Group B UB Semi #1 | BO3
21:30 – Group A LB Semi #1 | BO3
01:00 – Group B UB Semi #2 | BO3
01:00 – Group A LB Ro4b #2 | BO3
Thursday, July 5th
18:00 – Group B LB Semi #1 | BO3
18:00 – Group B LB Semi #2 | BO3
21:30 – Group A LB Final | BO3
21:30 – Group A UB Final | BO3
01:00 – Group B LB Final | BO3
01:00 – Group B UB Final | BO3
For viewers tracking the team’s current roster, ESL One Cologne will witness Jorgen “cromen” Robertsen play one more event with Faze Clan. Many believe that the team could also win the Intel Grand Slam if they dominate this upcoming major. In other news, Martin “STYKO” Styk will be playing for Cloud9 after being temporarily replaced by Janusz “Snax” Pogorzelski in mousesports. Lastly, the tournament also marks William “draken” Sundin’s debut with Fnatic, with Jonas “Lekr0” Olofsson playing his second event in Ninjas in Pyjamas.
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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.