Posted 21st July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The direct route to qualification for the League of Legends World Championship is the League of Champions Korea (LCK), and its first week has already started. Many consider the tournament as the battle of the best LoL teams since South Korea consistently dominates all major and minor tournaments year by year. To start your track, here’s a recap of kt Rolster vs Afreeca Freecs and SK Telecom vs Kingzone DragonX.
kt Rolster successfully pulled off a 2-1 victory against Afreeca Freecs in the Summer Split. It was, once again, incredibly surprising as the winning team also handed Griffin its first loss on the same event.
Afreeca got the early lead, but failed to secure their standings on the next rounds. kt Rolster wasn’t on track during Game 1 even though they demonstrated a series of damage threats. They struggled to address Afreeca’s dive-heavy composition. Game 1 and 3 went in favor of kt Rolster. Although the number of kills was identical for both teams, KT held more towers and all of the Elemental Drakes in the end.
Most of the issues that contributed to Afreeca’s loss was the metagame of champions who made multiple appearances over the series—Yasuo and Fizz. Both allowed players from Afreeca and kt Rolster to zone out and eliminate enemy backline threats, but for the most part of the series, players had a hard time controlling them. Nevertheless, all players from the team were outstanding despite the absence Yasuo and Fizz. On the side of Afreeca are Bak “TusiN” Jong-ik’s Tahm Kench who kept his team alive through all of Game 2 and Lee “Mowgli” Jae-Ha’s Zac who stole a Baron that nearly gave them Game 2 entirely. On kt Rolster, they have Woo-Hyun “Ucal” Son who carried Game 2 with his Yasuo, and Song “Smeb” Kyung-ho who went against Afreeca’s Kiin in both Games 2 and 3.
SK Telecom is one of the best South Korean team in LoL, they won numerous World Championships before. That’s why it’s unbelievable that Kingzone DragonX defeated SKT in a 2-0 victory. Some critics believe this is due to teams continuously adapting to the ever-changing meta.
Both teams started the matches aggressively, combining 59 kills in 69 minutes of game time. Kingzone began with popular funnel strategy using AD carry Kim “PraY” Jong-in. SKT tried to counter-attack this by engaging in team fights when necessary. It nearly worked when SKT mid laner Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok continued his resurgence using Swain, The Master Tactician. Because of Faker, SKT won its fair share of fights in the mid game, threatening to score a point after Game 1. In the end, unfortunately, Kingzone and PraY had a 10/2/5 KDA (kills/deaths/assists), and won the necessary fights that led to a 32-minute victory.
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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.