Powerups

CounterPick has three different powerups: Hot Streak, Shield and Buddy.

Hot Streak is always active. You win an extra 5% for each game that you win. But be careful! Losing a game will reset your streak.

Shield has a 1 in 5 chance to activate when you finish a game against non-friends. We'll cop 50% of your next loss for you.

Buddy has a 1 in 3 chance to activate when you finish a game against someone on your friends list. If you beat your friend while this powerup is active, you'll win an extra 25%!

Shield and Buddy activate automatically when you are eligible, so make sure you use them wisely! They'll light up on your lobby screen and apply to your next game without any input from you. And yes, they do stack with your Hot Streak.

Hot-Streak

How does it work in practice?

Ignoring other powerups, let's imagine that you pay the $1 entry fee for NBA on PS4.

Games won You'll win:
0 $1.80
1 $1.85
2 $1.90
3 $1.95
4 $2.00
5 $2.05
6 $2.10
7 $2.15
8 $2.20
9 $2.20

The additional win due to your Hot Streak is displayed when your queue pops or you receive a challenge. If you were also rocking a Buddy against a friend, you can add $0.25 (25% of your initial stake) to these values.

Can my Hot Streak go forever?

Hot Streak caps out at a 2.2x multiplier on your entry fee, or eight consecutive wins. After this point, you'll continue to receive your multiplier but it will not increase any further.

Shield

Do I lose Shield if I win?

No, Shield is active until you lose.

Can I use it on any game?

Yes! You can use your Shield on any value game. It will also activate in games against a friend.

Buddy

Do I lose Buddy if I lose?

No, Buddy is active until you win against a friend.

How do I know Buddy is active?

Buddy will light up on your lobby screen and apply to your next game without any input from you. When you are challenged by, challenge, or queue against a friend (shown by a star on their player icon) Buddy will be active. Your queue pop or challenge notification will calculate how much Buddy will add to your win.