Posted 4th October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – With an undefeated winning streak, Filipino team TNC Predator is now qualified for the ESL One Hamburg 2018 SEA qualifiers via direct invite. They took the sole spot for the Southeast Asian region after defeating their opponents, Tigers and EVOS Esports, twice in the qualifiers.
TNC Predator has been part of the competitive Dota 2 scene for 5 years now. After acquiring Jimmy “Demon” Ho as captain, TNC placed first in The International 6 Southeast Asian Qualifiers to become as the first Philippine squad to qualify since Mineski. The team started in the lower bracket of the TI6’s group stage but quickly got back on their feet to secure a B03 rematch against OG—this year’s TI champion. They lost the finals against the second placer, Digital Chaos, but they still secured 7-8th rank and went home with over $500,000 dollars. Their match was considered by some as the biggest upset in the history of Dota 2 Championship series.
Not long after the conclusion of the International 6, five original players left TNC’s roster. Marc Polo Luis “Raven” Fausto, Nico “eyyou” Barcelon, and DeMoN eventually joined Fnatic. The original roster consists of Carlo “Kuku” Palad and Sam “Sam_H” Hidalgo then formed a new roster with John Linuel “Teehee” Abanto, Ryo “ryOyr” Hasegawa, and Mark “Cast” Pilar. In 2017, TNC qualified for the WESG 2016 LAN Finals in China and later moved to the playoffs stage after reaching first place in the group. They won the tournament and once again cemented their name to the Dota 2 international scene. Their continued run with other heavy favorites gave them opportunities to compete at the China Top 2917, Starladder i-League Invitational, and Dota 2 Asia Championship.
This 2018, TNC Predator bid farewell to Sam_H and Raven after their disappointing year at The International 8 where they only placed 13-16th. They announced their replacements afterward, picking players from Mineski and Clutch Gamer’s previous rosters. Since the shuffle, the team finally found their balance to qualify for the first major of the new DPC 2018-2019 season: The Kuala Lumpur Major. With their consistency and impressive winning streaks this year, they received a direct invite for ESL One Hamburg 2018 which will culminate on October 23 to 28.
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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.