Posted 15th July 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Dota is one of the most popular video games—which some consider as the pioneer of esports and competitive gaming tournaments. But for more than a decade now, only professional gamers get a chance to compete in international arenas. Many amateurs, meanwhile, are hidden from the public eye.
Breaking the status quo, Peter “ppd” Dager, former CEO of Evil Geniuses and current captain of OpTic Gaming, has announced a new semi-professional Dota 2 league entitled “the North America Dota Challengers League (NADCL)” to give more gaming opportunities to all aspiring players in the region.
Dager stated, following the exciting announcement: “I think this will be a great opportunity for up and coming players to develop crucial teamwork and game knowledge skills. There are too many talented DOTA players in North America who either can’t or won’t create an opportunity for themselves, and I think we can help.”
The tournament’s first season officially begins in October 2018, succeeding the first Valve Dota Pro Circuit 2018-2019 season qualifiers. It will last throughout the year while carefully adjusting to the conflicting schedules of other Dota 2 minor qualifier events.
The league’s objective is not just to launch a platform for semi-professionals, but to also provide these teams with a chance to earn extra income for practicing and competing at lower level competitions. Any team without sponsorship or any team not being paid to play Dota 2 are qualified to register and compete.
As for the format, the NADCL will not follow other league tournaments where teams are grouped depending on player availability and individual rankings system. Its structure puts together a set of teams competing through the season for an already determined prize pool. An initial qualifier determines the eight teams that will be able to participate in the first season league/group stage. After that, four of the best teams move on to a best-of-three (BO3) single elimination tournament format.
All eight teams receive a portion of the prize pool, in addition to donations given by NADCL. The money will be distributed in a “relatively flat structure” across all teams, regardless of placements.
NADCL registration, chat, and other updates are available on the league’s Discord channel. The action, on the other hand, can be viewed live on Twitch.
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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.