Posted 9th December 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – As of today, there are 116 unique heroes in Dota 2—most are transferred from DotA AllStars, the game’s predecessor based on Warcraft III. With that massive selection, it’s difficult to master, let alone play each and every character in amateur and professional matches. But Team Liquid captain and The International 2017 (TI7) champion Kuro “Kuroky” Takhesomi managed to accomplish the impossible. Kuroky is now the first-ever Dota 2 player to play all 116 heroes in professional matches.
During Team Liquid’s journey at the European Qualifiers of the Chongqing Major, the team was set to face the Swedish team Alliance in a seeding match. To complete Kuroky’s mission, Liquid has chosen hero Meepo for Kuroky in Game 1, leaving Templar Assassin as the last hero the captain has yet to pick. Templar Assassin was then chosen in the next game.
The Templar Assassin, also known as Lanaya, is an agility hero known for her ability to deal huge bursts of physical damage to enemy swathes with expert timing and positioning. Choosing her as the last hero, despite her very short-ranged agility, is an impressive feat. Besides, Kuroky and Liquid’s dedication to try out all the 116 heroes is an accomplishment on its own since most esports professionals only stick to their signature heroes in a certain position. Each hero is also affected by the current metagame so it’s difficult to switch heroes for the next matches if a player hasn’t mastered the gameplay yet.
Kuroky is one of the most popular players in the history of Dota 2, and his story has inspired players from all over the world. Kuroky grew up in Berlin, Germany and suffered from a leg disability when he was younger. This particular weakness inspired him to play video games and join the competitive Dota 2 scene.
Kuroky played with a few German Dota 2 teams before making his international debut with Mousesports. The succeeding years saw Kuroky joining other giant teams in the scene, Natus Vincere, Virtus.Pro, and Team Secret. It was in 2015 when Kuroky joined Team Liquid to cementing his name at TI6 and TI7 with his signature heroes Rubick, Visage, and Io.
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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.