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Real7 is in 4th place on the overall CS:GO total profit chart on FanTeam with nearly €10K won in three months since the cybersport fantasy made its appearance on the platform in spring 2020. With Dota2 fantasy in FanTeam's plans, let us ask this prominent CS:GO regular how hard it is to start playing and what you must know in order to win in esports daily fantasy.
I was a big fan of Counter-Strike back in my school years. Somewhat surprisingly, my interest sparked after the era of the so-called 'computer clubs' had ended. School kids spent all their waking hours playing games in those clubs. The first version I played was the CS:1.6, but I spent the most time being indulged in the CS:Source version. I and my mates had a clan that ventured into small-time online tournaments. It didn't last long, however, and the game was forgotten in a few years' time. I tried the Global Offensive version when studying at university in 2014. I logged in about 50 hours while on a summer break back then but haven't launched the game since like 2017.
The difference is minimal, the principles of creating a team are pretty much the same. The only notable difference is that in esports fantasy you have to consider picking lowest-priced players for your team more often. The player selection is limited compared to classic daily football tournaments. A defensive midfielder's goal might go unnoticed and won't make a huge difference with other players pitching in. In esports fantasy, it's nearly impossible to win if a fourth-fifth ranked player (there are only 5 players in a CS:GO team) on a team produces a massive point haul and he is not on your fantasy team.
I start by looking at teams to evaluate who has been on form lately, then I correlate that with odds to win and single out teams I will be focusing on when creating my lineups. I then analyze the players' form and enter all the acquired data into an Excel table.
It is important to analyze player's data over the span of 1 month and not 3 or more as players lose and regain form quite often
Then I proceed to draft my teams which usually takes me about 2 hours, data analysis included. When I have less than 2 hours to prepare for a slate, I might end up making mistakes in evaluating players' form and when creating lineups. The exact time spent also depends on a slate, of course. You might get it all done in 60 minutes when there are only 3 matches in a slate. On the contrary, three hours might not be enough if there are 6+ games that make up a fantasy tournament.
I enter 25-30 teams on average. In general, I try to make sure that my combined buy-in into a tournament never exceeds 5% of the tournament's prize pool.
The only thing that comes to mind is a team being in utter shambles. When it is evident that a certain team is demoralized and playing outright badly. But I have to say CS:GO tournaments are full of surprises with the biggest underdog always capable of upsetting a top team.
I do. While all football was on halt due to COVID-19, I got hooked. Watched every game for at least 30 minutes to familiarize myself with teams. After the restart of the EPL, I watch it a lot less not only because I have less time, but because I already know more or less what each team is capable of. In my opinion, the nerve of the CS:GO matches is even more intense than in football.
I believe the CS:GO tournaments to be the most balanced of all other sports I have played on Fanteam both in terms of scoring and tournament formats. I tip my hat to Fanteam reacting and making all the necessary changes after the launch of esports fantasy. At first, you could only draft 3 players into your teams which I didn't particularly like. I also thought the scoring wasn't optimal and the last map bonus a bit unbalanced. I remember contacting support with suggestions to make it better and was really happy when almost all of my ideas were implemented.
I played only the first LoL tournament because of a big overlay. I know virtually nothing about the computer game and can't say I want to get into it that much. I simply don't have the time and I don't think LoL tournaments will be very popular with bug guarantees on offer. I will pass on Dota as well since it will be impossible for me to play both CS:GO, football and Dota fantasy at the same time.
It comes down to a combination of luck, time invested into watching games, analysis and lineup creation. The competition is also weaker in CS:GO compared to football fantasy on Fanteam as well. Most people knew a lot about football when they started playing fantasy. CS:GO fantasy was an open book for me and most others. I had a feeling if I kept on learning the game I would be quite successful at it.
I failed miserably in my first tournaments played. The whole process seemed entirely random to me due to 3-player teams and scoring. I also wasn't in love with the very top-20 heavy payout structure. I stuck to playing micro-limits the first month and tried different things every day when creating my lineups. I used different stats, looked at different bookies odds, but couldn't grasp what should be the foundation for building my lineups.
Only after the scoring had changed and 5-man teams had been introduced, only then I understood how to create winning lineups. Fanteam also reintroduced a flatter payout curve which made me believe I could tackle the higher limits.
Definitely. The game is quite simple, the scoring is also very straightforward. Watch a couple of games and you will understand how everything works.
I doubt it. Season-long fantasy is a different game altogether. A footballing season is long with players changing teams, receiving injuries etc. Seasonal fantasy in CS:GO is only plausible for a series of tournaments which are quite short-lived compared to football with no changes in the squads. If it is implemented, it would look more like a series of daily events rather than a full-fledged season-long game.
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Alexey, also known as KJIIOIIIKA, has been playing daily fantasy football since 2015 on various European sites. Scratches his fantasy itch mostly on FanTeam, where he has a net profit of €6000+ with more than 2000 tournaments played and a 40% ROI. FanTeam's 2018 World Championship of Fantasy Football finalist. As the chief editor at DraftGym, his mission is to help our young European fantasy community grow. A proud father of two, plays ice-hockey at the regional level, loves board games.