How to Research a CSGO Team for Betting

The world of sports betting is a vast one, and it is constantly changing as new betting markets emerge and traditional ones evolve to fit the new environment. One sector that has felt the brunt of this change is Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO). The game has always been seen as a bit of a ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ type of game when it comes to its relatively low amount of inherent strategy, largely deterministic gameplay, and reliance on skill and reflexes to achieve success. This, however, ultimately makes it a perfect game for fans of roulette, black jack, and slots, whose strategy, mathematics, and logic are all applicable in some form or other.

The Basics Of Skill Based Investing

The biggest difference between traditional sports betting and the more sophisticated forms of skill based investing is that the latter builds on top of the previous one. This is achieved through a combination of statistical analysis, market research, and in-depth knowledge of the games and their outcomes. While traditional sports betting is completely dependent on the outcome of a single game, skill based investing allows for the incorporation of multiple games, resulting in an increase in winnings and a decrease in losses.

In order to practice skill based investing, it is essential to have a system, which is why many successful investors in this space use tools such as MetaTrader 4 or 5 and watch lists. These software applications allow for the maintenance of lists of game scores, results, statistics, and more, which can be consulted when setting up a new sport to bet on or when deciding which sports to focus on based on one’s previous performances. When building a watch list, it is important to consider the difference between a good team and a great team, as well as the distinction between a star player and a superstar. Great players can often be found on average teams, while superstars invariably lead successful lineups.

Once a suitable list has been compiled, it can be used to create systematic, repeatable processes for identifying winning teams and the associated probabilities of winning, based on historical data. This is the preferred approach for those who value security over spontaneity and like to conduct their own research instead of accepting the often dubious claims made by bookmakers and casinos.

The Benefits Of Having A System

The biggest shortcoming of any individual sport is that it is, by its very nature, chaotic and unpredictable. This is exactly why many successful investors in the sector place such a high premium on rigorous research and preparation, as well as a willingness to accept losses and learning from them. Having a system ensures consistency of approach and, ultimately, profitability in this increasingly competitive market.

Having a system also means that losses are not necessarily a disaster, but can be turned into potential gains, as there is always the possibility of reverting to a previous, working system or adapting it to incorporate new data. This, in turn, provides a better understanding of one’s strengths and weaknesses as an investor and means that future performances can be improved upon based on the knowledge gained from mistakes made in the past. It is, therefore, no wonder that many successful investors in this space place such a premium on experience. Having said that, even the most seasoned professionals are not immune to making mistakes, which is why learning from other’s mistakes is also a key part of the process.

The Evolution Of Competitive Gaming

As previously stated, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CSGO) has always been a game that is easily accessible and replicable. Due to the nature of the game, its appeal is fairly universal and spans across all age groups, genders, and cultures. This, coupled with its ease of access and simple interface, has led to it becoming a popular choice for tournaments, challenges, and other forms of competitive gaming. Its popularity in this space, however, does not mean that traditional sports betting is somehow obsolete. Far from it; in fact, due to the massive appeal of CSGO and the benefits that come with having a system, many traditional sportsbooks and casinos have adopted a more proactive approach and formed official betting partnerships with top tier esports organizations.

Due to the high degree of stability that comes with a team-based game like CSGO, it has, for some time now, been seen as a bit of a’safe haven’ for active bettors and fans of the ‘older’ generation, who grew up with the original Counter-Strike and its subsequent sequels. As the game has evolved over the years and newer titles such as Fortnite have emerged, attracting an increasing audience of younger people, many sportsbooks have sought to adapt and shift their focus to attract this audience and gain a greater share of the market. To this end, many companies have emerged that specialize in generating intelligent wagers for esports teams, which, as the name would suggest, are based on the skill that is required to succeed in competing games.

Which Teams To Consider As An Investment

Now that you have an understanding of the basics of researching a CSGO team, it’s time to get down to business and see which teams stand out as viable investment opportunities, based on the above criteria. Two popular teams, albeit for different reasons, are Cloud 9 (C9) and Immortals (IMT). C9, for the longest time, was the ‘jack of all trades’ of the esports industry due to its involvement in almost every game, including the relatively unknown FreeCAD, which was released in 2014 as an alpha version and gained popularity within the community for its Steam Workshop integration. FreeCAD is, essentially, a 3D printer game in which players create structures that then become functional objects, such as tables, chairs, or lamps. The game is relatively simple, but its popularity and the tools that were released as part of its initial Steam version make it a contender for bringing in the new generation of esports enthusiasts and the technologically inclined individuals that make up this audience.

Similarly, IMT focuses more on CS:GO betting than any other game, due mostly to the fact that it allows for a great deal of flexibility when it comes to strategic lineup choices and, as a result, a huge range of potential payouts, based on how the game is configured. For example, if one were to set the odds of a win to 2.0, then there would be a maximum payout of 4.0, provided the game is completed under those conditions. If, however, one were to set the odds of a win at 4.0, then the maximum payout would be 8.0, assuming that the game is completed under those conditions.

One final thing to note is that many competitive gaming leagues, such as the North America League of Legends Championship Series (NA LCS) and the European League of Dota 2 (EU DOTA 2), incorporate a ‘treat the player, not the game,’ approach when it comes to official gaming equipment. In other words, special consideration is given to those individuals who participate in the esports industry and, as a result, receive a (usually) free PC, peripherals, and, in some cases, even a cash rebate. This is, in part, due to the high degree of skill that is required to play these games and, in part, because of the unique nature of the tournaments and challenges that these games entail.

Final Takeaway

Traditional sports betting, whether it is done manually or using software, has existed for many years and, over time, has become an indispensable tool in the arsenal of any serious sports bettor or investor. The rise of esports and, in particular, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has led to the development of an entire ecosystem that has arisen around sports betting and the various tools and platforms that can be used to make profitable wagers on games. Due to the huge potential payout and profit that can be made from betting on esports, many traditional sportsbooks and casinos have sought to establish a foothold in this space, forming official betting partnerships with top tier esports organizations. The result is that, while the appeal of CSGO may be somewhat universal, it has also led to the development of a whole industry that has sprung up around it, in the same way that the ‘old’ and ‘new’ tennis industries evolved around and alongside each other, providing a stark contrast to the chaotic nature of individual sports like tennis or even hockey.