Posted 24th September 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Team Astralis has once again proven themselves to be the best in the world at the FACEIT Major London 2018. After beating Na’Vi in a 2-0 series, Astralis is now the third team to ever win multiple CSGO Majors, following Fnatic and Made from Brazil (MiBR). This new title tops their E-League Atlanta 2017 Major last year.
The battle for the Major started out on Astralis’ map pick, Nuke. Natus Vincere started the game on the front foot as they took the first 3 consecutive rounds with the help of Egor “flamie” Vasilyev. A few heartbeats after, Astralis came back and took 9 rounds in a row. Na’vi tried to salvage what’s left of their momentum, but Astralis closed half the game by ending the last 3 rounds 11-4.
Na’Vi kept reviving the game with a team ace in the pistol round, but after losing to a force buy, they responded in the same style. Astralis’ Lukas “gla1ve” Rossander’s timely smoke grenade delayed Na’Vi’s plan to plant a bomb. The second half of the game went back and forth until Astralis eventually claimed Nuke for themselves in a 16-6 victory.
Na’Vi’s map pick, Overpass, is the same map where Astralis had lost their last game against Na’Vi back at ESL One Cologne. Obviously, the outcome is completely different this time. Astralis took the first 4 rounds aggressively, while Na’Vi managed to bounce back on the two traded rounds to score. They tried to win the third round, but Astralis destroyed most of their cache.
After getting their economy back, Na’Vi took hold of the game and equalized the tally at 5-5 without needing AWPs to back them up. A series of mistakes turn the tide around, and the game went back in Astralis’ favor. The winning team picked up where they had left off and stormed the B site to win the pistol round without losing a single member of the team.
Astralis’ top player Nicolai “device” Reedtz is the winner of the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award given by HLTV.org and Betway. His greatest performances were his team’s victories against Vega Squadron (1.88 rating) and MiBR (2.19 rating) at the New Legends and Champions stages. This is device’s eight MVP award in his entire career, and the third this season after winning ECS Season 5 Finals and ELEAGUE premier.
1. Denmark – Astralis – $500,000 + Legend status
2. Ukraine – Natus Vincere – $150,000 + Legend status
3-4. North America – Liquid – $70,000 + Legend status
3-4. Brazil – MIBR – $70,000 + Legend status
5-8. Europe – FaZe – $35,000 + Legend status
5-8. North America – compLexity – $35,000 + Legend status
5-8. Germany – BIG – $35,000 + Legend status
5-8. Other – HellRaisers – $35,000 + Legend status
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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.
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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.
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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.
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