Posted 22nd October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Russian CSGO tournament EPICENTER is back for the 2018 season. The Wild Card Qualifier and the official tournament are set to culminate this October in Moscow and will feature eight teams competing for the $300,000 prize pool. The Wild Card will have four teams in a double-elimination playoff which will determine two spots in the main competition, while the qualifier will have two groups of 3 top teams each.
See the competing teams and key storylines below:
Wild Card Qualifier
Team Liquid and Natus Vincere will see each other in the CSGO arena once again. Three months have passed since Na’ Vi won a major event, the ESL One Cologne 2018. But since then, they have been unable to win any title at the five events they attended. Liquid, on the other hand, is soaring high in the power rankings. They won the 3rd-4th place at the Major and the 2nd place at ESL One New York. In the EPICENTER, Liquid and Na’ Vi both have an exciting opportunity to win the title. But the question is: who will be the underdog?
Faze Clan has been having a good run since Olof “olofmeister” Kajbjer’s returned to the team last season. The team showed exemplary performances at the DreamHack Masters Stockholm and FACEIT Major, despite their BO3 losses at ESL One New York. They have yet to cement their names next to Astralis, Team Liquid, and Na’ Vi, so the EPICENTER is definitely the biggest opportunity for them. Will the team live up to the expectations?
One of the headlines in the CSGO tournament season was Ninjas in Pyjamas’ poor start at the ESL Pro League (4-12) and ECS (3-5). But they made average appearances at the Major and BLAST Pro Series Istanbul. As the EPICENTER approaches, can NiP makeup for their online losses?
Team Liquid, Natus Vincere, Faze Clan, and Ninjas in Pyjamas are just some of the teams you need to watch out for in EPICENTER 2018. Surprises and upsets are not common in major tournaments, but the probable impressive performances of the underdogs are still being anticipated by many.
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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.