Quake Champions is a first-person shooter video game which is developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. id Software became famous with the game Doom, and their first person shooter games are some of the best ever created. This explains the excitement behind their newest release.
It should be noted though that Quake Champions is still not released for the general public, but it was announced on the E3 2016 that it should be out by the end of this year. Quake Champions is the latest release of the Quake series of multiplayer shooters and the first one after a break of 12 years (Quake 4 was released in 2005).
When the announcement was made it was said that the new Quake title will be free for everyone, but that there will also be an option to purchase additional characters, called Champions. Players will also be given the option to buy the so called Champions Pack (which is the whole game) and have access to all of the game's features.
The game creators proudly announced however, that their plan was to make players who play the game for free equally as important as purchasing customers. This means that free to play players will have the option to use one Champion, Ranger, and will have all maps, modes, and weapons at their disposal as all other purchasing customers.
Some of the features of the game include the upgradable and customizable armour appearance, vanity items, weapons, and other interesting add-ons. They will come in Common, Uncommon, Rare, and Epic forms through a loot box-style system. These boxes will be earned either by moving up the levels, using the in-game currency to buy them, or purchasing through the in-game store for real-world money.
The game will be very fast, speaking in gaming terms, as its graphics will be running at 120hz with unlocked frame rates. This means that Quake Champions will stay true to its original Quake roots and deliver to its players the fast paced and instinct based gameplay that their fan base has been expecting ever since the game was announced.
Quake Champions is bound to appear in many tournaments in the future. However, because it has been released so recently it has only appeared at a couple world famous eSports events. The most popular and lucrative eSport tournament that Quake Champions has made an appearance in is id Software's very own, QuakeCon 2017. By far the largest gathering of Quake Champions enthusiasts since the game was first envisioned took place in Dallas, Texas from August 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017. The QuakeCon 2017 came in with a prize pool of $1 million, and it wasn't surprising that it caused an enormous interest among first person shooter games lovers.
In the tournament, the event that caused the biggest stir was the Duel Tournament, in which players such as Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager, Shane "Rapha" Hendrixson, and Nikita "clawtz" Marchinsky fought for the $100 thousand which were awarded to the winner of the tournament. Clawz, who comes from the Belarus, managed to come out as the winner with some sizzling gameplay which was met by standing ovations by Quake enthusiasts and players as well.
However, in addition to single players battling it out for the Quake Championship title, teams from around the globe consisting of four players each, competed in the Sacrifice mode. Sacrifice is the new team-based, four versus four competitive mode in Quake Champions. In QuakeCon 2017, the team which won the Sacrifice mode was 2z (clawz, Latrommi, Silencep, and Xron) and they were given $300 thousand for their efforts.
The Sacrifice game mode will be the primary team competitive mode for all major eSports tournaments in the future. This is because this game mode requires team coordination when you select your Champion and developing different strategies when playing, two things which are crucial to being successful in Quake Champions.
In addition to the QuakeCon, Bethesda hosted a $75 thousand Quake Champions Championship in Denver which was in September and the first Quake Champions Invitational, which will be held this December in Sweden. In both tournaments players compete in both Duel and Sacrifice modes.
It is still too early to speak of famous Quake Champions players, but if this year's QuakeCon is anything to go by then we will definitely have to pay close attention to players such as: Sander "Vo0" Kaasjager, Shane "Rapha" Hendrixson, Nikita "clawtz" Marchinsky, Anton "Cooller" Singov, Tim "DaHanG" Fogarty, and Richard "Noctis" Gansterer.
In addition to these players appearing in the Duel mode, popular teams competing in the Sacrifice mode are also emerging. These include teams such as 2z, NOTOFAST, The Defendants, Team Liquid, Myztro Gaming, OnTime, and other less illustrious teams.
Quake Champions betting will soon be available at almost all popular sportsbooks which enable eSports betting, as well as at skins betting sites. We are pretty sure that this will be the case, because in the short time since its release, betting companies have already started offering various betting markets for Quake Champions tournaments. These betting operators usually come out with four possible types of betting markets from which the betting enthusiast can choose. These include: the match winners market, the handicap market, the futures or outright winners markets, and the betting specials markets.
Betting on the match winners market does not require a lot of betting knowledge since it is a straight pick between one team or another. The only thing the punter has to do is to guess which team will come out of the match as the winner. For example, in the final of QuakeCon 2017, clawz played against Vo0. Both players were evenly matched coming into the match and Vo0 was even considered as the favourite by some. However, clawz managed to triumph 3:0 and confirmed that not always the favourite wins the match.
The handicap market is similar to the match winner market. However, it has one small difference and that is the starting advantage of +1.5 or +2.5 which is given to one of the teams. If we use the same example from above in the context of the handicap market we will notice that when Vo0 got the starting advantage of +1.5, his odds dropped as a result of his better starting position. Unfortunately for those who backed him, this wasn’t enough for the Dutch player to come out as the winner in the handicap market as the match ended 3:1.5 in clawz’s favour.
The futures or outright winners market and the specials markets are the last two types of markets that a punter can bet on when it comes to Quake Champions. In the first one, punters can predict the winner of a specific tournament such as the QuakeCon or the Quake Champions Invitational and in the specials markets they can wager on specific betting outcomes such as predicting the Correct Score of a given Quake Champions match.
When betting on Quake Champions, or any first shooter game for that matter, it is crucial that a punter knows the style of play of a certain player or team. This will help the punter understand how that player or team will react in a certain game situation and it will make it easier for him to come up with a winning bet.
In addition to knowing how a team or player will play, it is also important to know in what kind of form the players have recently been. If they have been on a winning run in recent tournaments and events, then a betting enthusiast should back them. However, if the opposite is true, and they cannot get a win if their lives depended on that, then it is definitely better to stay away from them.
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