Posted 11th October 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The Commonwealth of Independent States or CIS is one of the regions in Dota 2 that has advanced the most in terms of representation. It consists of ten former Soviet Republics: Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. With the Dota Pro Circuit 2018-2019 coming up, it’s time to look at which teams are on top of the charts:
Natus Vincere is the leading multi-esports organization from Ukraine. They are the first team in the CSGO history to win three major tournaments in one calendar year: Intel Extreme Masters, Electronic Sports World Cup, and World Cyber Games 2010. Because of this winning streak and other competitions they’ve joined, Na’vi held the largest prize money in 2010 for the entire history of CSGO—$215,573. In the same year, popular esports website HLTV.org had made rankings for the 20 best Counter-Strike players and most of the players on the list were from Na’Vi. Yegor “markeloff” Markelov was 1st place, Sergey “starix” Ischuk was 4th, Ivan “Edward” Sukharev was 5th, and the captain of the team bagged the 19th place, as well as The Best Captain of the Year Award.
Of course, the team brings its reputation in the Dota 2 circle as well. Na’Vi joined the 2018-2019 DPC season with a new and improved roster. Their recent performances were nothing but impressive because of the new line-up. Recently, Na’vi made their way into the Closed Qualifier for the Kuala Lumpur Major via the Open Qualifier for the CIS region. The team still has a long way to go before achieving their former glory, but they’re on the right track.
Gambit Esports is a relatively new in the esports industry. The organization had signed the team of HS.GG, completing a line-up of Russian and Kazakhstan players. Their first offline showing was at the CIS Minor for MLG Columbus 2016, followed by ESL Cologne One, Dreamhack Masters, and ELEAGUE Major. They had a series of ups and downs, as well as roster changes, before cementing a legacy in the CIS region.
This 2018-2019 DPC season, Gambit Esports only have four active players in the roster. They will soon complete the line-up after finalizing the tournaments they’re set to compete. They recently won 3rd-4th at ESL One: New York 2018 and Dreamhack Masters Marseille 2018.
Virtus.Pro is a known and well-established Russian organization. They franchise competes in both CSGO and Dota 2 competitive scenes, and have been gaining attention even before Counter-Strike 1.6. The team is prone to periods of inconsistency but still remains one of the most successful esports teams of all-time. They had accumulated several premier and major tournament wins in the past, most notably winning the EMS One: Katowice Major back in March of 2014.
The old roster of Virtus. Pro is still going to compete in the DPC 2018-2019 season as the players signed contracts with the organization to remain a part of the team until 2020, for better or for worse.
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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.