London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Valiant : Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

London Spitfire

Player Roster :

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Rascal
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Fissure
  • Gesture
  • HagoPeun
  • Closure
  • Bdosin
  • Nus

London Spitfire are one of the strongest teams in the Overwatch League. Their roster is made up of two of the strongest Korean rosters. After Lunatic Hai was picked up by Seoul Dynasty, Cloud9 ( London Spitfire ) were quick to pick up the second and the third best team in the Overwatch League. Performance matters a lot during Season 1 and the possibility of winning the league stands high amongst their priorities for season 1.

London Spitfire consist of the Kongdoo Panthera as well the GC Busan roster. During preseason, their intention was always to field the two teams separately since they did not have enough time together to probably mix the players together. But after the disastrous performance by G C Busan during the first matches, they were quick to mix up the rosters in a way which would be advantageous to the team.

Gesture of London Spitfire

London Spitfire’s first week has looked extremely strong with the team being able to make strong inroads on their attack. The DPS duo of Birdring and Profit have been extremely effective together and have looked unstoppable. However it is their DPS on the bench which evokes a lot of interest and excitement about the team. They Rascal on the bench, who has not played a single map so far in the Overwatch League regular season. The DPS player who plays at a very high skill level and is extremely flexible has been known to pull out different heroes such as Mei, Sombra etc.

Bdosin and Nus have been exceptional on their support performance. It is rare to see Supports being called out for their performance, but Bdosin has been really strong with his showing on Zenyatta.Overall London Spitfire is a very well rounded team with a strong bench. They have not used their bench to the full capacity and that presents a threat to their opponents regularly. If they can practice and prepare for one type of roster from London, it is the other roster that might be subbed in and that just changes the entire gameplay.

Los Angeles Valiant

  • Grimreality
  • Soon
  • Agilities
  • Silkthread
  • EnVy
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Unkoe
  • Verbo
  • Kariv

Los Angeles Valiant came out as one of the strongest teams during Week 1 of the Overwatch League. They were extremely dominant in their matches and despite the strong pushback from the Dallas Fuels in the initial games of the series, LA Valiant were able to win the series with relative ease in the end.

Los Angeles Valiant is owned by Immortals and Noah Whinston, who are one of the earliest investors into the Overwatch League. Believing in the Overwatch League format, Noah Whinston has regularly been a strong proponent for the League and it’s business model to be a success.

The Los Angeles Valiant roster has a lot of DPS Players. The roster consists of two specialist players in Soon and Agilities. While they can play other heroes as well, these two players have been most well known for their Tracer and Genji respectively. Their efficiency on these two heroes is what sets them apart from the remaining players in the Overwatch League. Soon has also had some cheeky plays to his name during Week 1, Stage 1 of the Overwatch League. His capture of Point 2 on Numbani against Dallas Fuel definitely was the highlight of Week 1.

Agilities’ Genji is very aggressive and creates opportunities for the team

Their other two DPS players are Grimreality and Silkthread. These two players mostly play the remaining of the DPS heroes in the game. They have been played in the Overwatch league minimally, often being substituted in and out of the team depending on the map.

But the biggest change for the team has been the improvement in their tank lineup. We have seen huge improvements from Envy from the pre-season. He has put in the long hours and has definitely been impressive with his performance so far in the regular season. They also have Fate and Numlocked as the other tanks, who have been really patient and have done a good job of alternating between being aggressive as well as peeling for their own backlines.

Los Angeles Valiant are probably amongst the top four teams so far in the Overwatch League. Their performance in week one puts them well above Dallas Fuels as the only western player roster team which can provide a decent competition to the Korean teams in the Overwatch League. Subsequent weeks will provide us with more data to work with for this roster, but for now they do look extremely strong, well coordinated and dominant as a team.

This is their second match for this week and they already up against a tough task in London Spitfire.The biggest problem for Los Angeles Valiant will be deciding which lineup London will be fielding during week 2.

Prediction

London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Valiant is probably going to be the most exciting match in the first Stage of Overwatch league. WIth both teams firmly contesting for the No. 2 spot in the Overwatch league, we will have some insane matchups amongst the players on the teams.

The two teams are very close in terms of their skill level. But London Spitfire pull out ahead with their flexibility and the threat of the big hero pool that Rascal brings out. They have had nothing but a dominant performance in Week 1 of the Overwatch League so far.

Birdring vs Soon

This is the matchup that we will be most excited to see in London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Valiant. The two teams have exceptional Tracer players, and with Tracer being as strong as it is in the current meta it is not surprising to see these players shine. Soon is a very good DPS hitscan player, but is most well known for his Tracer plays. He has been known to be extremely aggressive with his Tracer and also present a strong threat to the backlines of the enemy. However he also receives a lot of support from his tanks and support lineup.

Birding on the other hand is a player who has a relatively solo performance to a large extent. His independence from his teammates is what makes the rest of the team extremely strong in their overall performance. Birdring also receives a lot more help from his other DPS in Profit and this enables them to finish off kills with efficiency and a speed which is relatively unmatched in the Overwatch league right now.

Unkoe vs Bdosin

The Support matchup between the two Zenyatta players will be interesting for the two teams. Unkoe has been a consistent player for Los Angeles Valiant team, providing a steady callout of healing and damage to the team. However he is not known for his aggressive plays on the team either, but the fact that he remains alive for enough time is more than important for the LA Valiant to win the team fight.

Bdosin has seen a much more aggressive performance as Zenyatta. This maximises the potential of the Zenyatta and how much of an impact the Zen player has on the match. Dealing lots of damage as a Zen player, while also healing your teammates with the Harmony Orb on a consistent basis is what sets apart the Good Zen players from the average ones. Bdosin might not be a Jjonak, but he definitely has been putting up strong performances as a player. It’s difficult to compare the two Zenyatta’s 1v1 especially since a lot of their survivability depends on their team movement to protect them. A Zenyatta players performance in a match is generally directly related to their teams performance as a single unit.

Rascal

Rascal is the X factor on London Spitfire team


Rascal has to be given a special shoutout as the player is one of the Trump cards on the London Spitfire team. The highly energetic and flexible DPS player for London Spitfire has not been seen in a single game in the first week of OWL. While we do not know the exact reason why they have not used him so far in OWL, the fans are definitely excited to hopefully see him in the next week. His hero pool is very deep with the Meis and the Sombras regularly put on display. It is very unusual to see a player play these heroes at the highest level on a consistent basis. However Rascal makes it work and it shows that the team has also put in efforts along with Rascal to ensure the success of these abnormal strategies.

Overall Los Angeles Valiant are a decent team and can definitely contest with London till the end, but it is difficult for them to practice against the entire London Spitfire lineup. With many players on London still not being played in the OWL so far, it will be difficult for them to assess their strengths, weaknesses and strategies. London Spitfire has a slight advantage over LA Valiant and it might go to the final and fifth map to decide the ultimate winner amongst the two teams. We think London Spitfire will come out ahead in this matchup between the two teams.

London Spitfire vs Dallas Fuel : Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

London Spitfire

Player Roster :

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Rascal
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Fissure
  • Gesture
  • HagoPeun
  • Closure
  • Bdosin
  • Nus

London Spitfire are one of the strongest teams in the Overwatch League. Their roster is made up of two of the strongest Korean rosters. After Lunatic Hai was picked up by Seoul Dynasty, Cloud9 ( London Spitfire ) were quick to pick up the second and the third best team in the Overwatch League. Performance matters a lot during Season 1 and the possibility of winning the league stands high amongst their priorities for season 1.

London Spitfire consist of the Kongdoo Panthera as well the GC Busan roster. During preseason, their intention was always to field the two teams separately since they did not have enough time together to probably mix the players together. But after the disastrous performance by G C Busan during the first matches, they were quick to mix up the rosters in a way which would be advantageous to the team.

Profit along with Birdring have decimated their opponents

London Spitfire’s first week has looked extremely strong with the team being able to make strong inroads on their attack. The DPS duo of Birdring and Profit have been extremely effective together and have looked unstoppable. However it is their DPS on the bench which evokes a lot of interest and excitement about the team. They Rascal on the bench, who has not played a single map so far in the Overwatch League regular season. The DPS player who plays at a very high skill level and is extremely flexible has been known to pull out different heroes such as Mei, Sombra etc.

Bdosin and Nus have been exceptional on their support performance. It is rare to see Supports being called out for their performance, but Bdosin has been really strong with his showing on Zenyatta.Overall London Spitfire is a very well rounded team with a strong bench. They have not used their bench to the full capacity and that presents a threat to their opponents regularly. If they can practice and prepare for one type of roster from London, it is the other roster that might be subbed in and that just changes the entire gameplay.

Dallas fuel

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • XQC
  • Chipsajen
  • Harryhook
  • Custa

Dallas Fuel suffered a very disappointing week 1 of the Overwatch League. Coming into the Overwatch League, Dallas Fuel were probably regarded as the second or the third best team overall. But after their poor performances during week 1, we might not have the same opinion of the team.

The biggest problem on the team seems to do with their tank lineup. While they have brought in new players for their roster in XQC and others, they do not have the same type of synergy and team-play that one should expect off a top team in the Overwatch League.

Can XQC form a good synergy with the rest of the Dallas team?

They have Seagull brought into the team, but many times during the first week we saw him pull out the Dragonblade with no real targets in sight. It might be a huge miscommunication amongst the team or just a bad play by the player, but the Dallas Fuel ultimate advantage was pretty much non-existent. Admittedly they did face off against the strongest opponents during Week 1, but Week 2 does not look easy for the NA roster either.

The Dallas Fuel team is the old EnVyUs lineup who have achieved a lot of success in Overwatch. In addition to the core of the EnVyUs roster, they have also added on Seagull, XQC and Custa on the team. Having an extra DPS, Tank and Support player allows them a decent level of flexibility, but we have already seen them facing team synergy issues with the new players on the team.

Dallas Fuel are regarded as amongst the top 6 teams in the Overwatch league. The season is still very long, and it would not surprise anyone to see the Dallas Fuel probably climb up into a dominant position post the playoffs. But right now they look a shadow of their former glory.

Prediction

The two teams facing off probably does not sound as exciting as a week ago, but this is the good chance for Dallas Fuel to show the fans that they are capable of making it amongst the top teams in the Overwatch League.

Dallas Fuel need to have better coordination amongst their team, especially since we don’t believe that they can make a significant impact if they go for the individual plays and performances. The Dallas Fuel roster does have Effect who can stand up to the very best in the overwatch League. We have already seen his Widowmaker and Tracer being at the top of the game consistently.

This match will depend a lot on how much of an impact effect has on his widowmaker. We have seen him shift from the Tracer to the Widowmaker which in his own words is due to the lack of synergy amongst the EnVyUs tanks. He has had a fantastic performance on widowmaker, but it was obviously not enough as Dallas Fuel lost their matches. They also have some exceptional DPS flex players in Harryhook who is probably the only Support / DPS flex player in the League. We have to see a better coordination amongst the tanks of the team as well as some better ultimate usage by Seagull were he to be substituted into the team.

We think London Spitfire should have a relatively easy performance in this match. The London Spitfire team looked well oiled and coordinated. We feel London Spitfire should win this match, probably with a scoreline of 3-1 or 4-0. While 4-0 definitely sounds a bit of a stretch, it is not really impossible considering the difference in the teams’ performances.

New York Excelsior vs Los Angeles Valiant : Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

New York Excelsior

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Meko
  • Janus
  • Mano
  • Jjonak
  • Ark

New York Excelsior

The New York Excelsior are a fully Korean roster team in the Overwatch League. While questions may have arisen about the identity of the team with it’s Korea roster, there is no doubt that this team is one of the strongest teams in the league right now. Going by the trend of Korean roster teams being extremely dominant in the Overwatch League, New York have won both their matches 3-1 in the first week of the Overwatch League.

However, it is to be remembered that they did face one relatively weak team in the Boston Uprising. Despite having received recommendations from various players and teams, Boston have not looked dominant at all in their first week. New York excelsior’s lineup consists of the ex-LW Blue roster, a roster admittedly weaker than that of the London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty. This roster, however, has a lot of potential as we have seen the team being insanely dominant.

Saebyeolbe’s Tracer and hitscan has been on point in the Overwatch League so far

Their DPS lineup consists of three players in Saebyeolbe, Pine, and Libero. Saebyeolbe and Libero are the two principal DPS players on the team, with Pine making an appearance only on two maps so far; both the times on Ilios. Ofcourse his performance on these two times has been worthy of highlights and made him the superstar of Week 1. However, he is limited so far to the Mccree / Widowmaker and that limits the flexibility of the team. For now, Pine remains the X-factor on this team, a player that opponents simply have been unable to figure out so far. We will hopefully see more of him in this match and hope he can keep up the same level of performance during week 2.

The tank lineup for New York Excelsior has some big names in Janus and Mano. These players were amongst the top Korean players in the tank role and that was largely facilitated by their insane support lineup. Jjonak’s statistics might fool you into believing that you are watching a DPS’ statistics. However Jjonak’s Zenyatta has been unstoppable so far in the Overwatch League maintaining a clear and distinct gap between him and the second Zenyatta in the league in Shaz.

New York Excelsior skills will be put to test during Week 2 as they will face off against Los Angeles Valiant and then London Spitfire. These are two teams considered to be contenders for the title during Week 1, and if New York can potentially upset one of them; we will see them in a new light.

Los Angeles Valiant

Player Roster :

  • Grimreality
  • Agilities
  • So0n
  • Silkthread
  • Envy
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Unk0e
  • Verbo
  • Kariv

Los Angeles Valiant came out as one of the strongest teams during Week 1 of the Overwatch League. They were extremely dominant in their matches and despite the strong pushback from the Dallas Fuels in the initial games of the series, LA Valiant were able to win the series with relative ease in the end.

Los Angeles Valiant is owned by Immortals and Noah Whinston, who are one of the earliest investors into the Overwatch League. Believing in the Overwatch League format, Noah Whinston has regularly been a strong proponent for the League and it’s business model to be a success.

Soon is critical to LA Valiant’s chances of winning this match

The Los Angeles Valiant roster has a lot of DPS Players. The roster consists of two specialist players in Soon and Agilities. While they can play other heroes as well, these two players have been most well known for their Tracer and Genji respectively. Their efficiency on these two heroes is what sets them apart from the remaining players in the Overwatch League. Soon has also had some cheeky plays to his name during Week 1, Stage 1 of the Overwatch League. His capture of Point 2 on Numbani against Dallas Fuel definitely was the highlight of Week 1.

Their other two DPS players are Grimreality and Silkthread. These two players mostly play the remaining of the DPS heroes in the game. They have been played in the Overwatch league minimally, often being substituted in and out of the team depending on the map.

But the biggest change for the team has been the improvement in their tank lineup. We have seen huge improvements from Envy from the pre-season. He has put in the long hours and has definitely been impressive with his performance so far in the regular season. They also have Fate and Numlocked as the other tanks, who have been really patient and have done a good job of alternating between being aggressive as well as peeling for their own backlines.

Los Angeles Valiant are probably amongst the top four teams so far in the Overwatch League. Their performance in week one puts them well above Dallas Fuels as the only western player roster team which can provide a decent competition to the Korean teams in the Overwatch League. Subsequent weeks will provide us with more data to work with for this roster, but for now they do look extremely strong, well coordinated and dominant as a team.

Prediction

New York Excelsior and Los Angeles Valiant are two teams that are generally considered to equally matched. New York do have the help of some really amazing players in the form of Libero and Saebyeolbe, but it does feel like Pine will not have as much of an impact during Week Two as he had during Week 1. Teams will be much more conscious about giving him as much space on Mccree as he received during Week 1. Without the adequate backup and Space on Mccree, we will see Pine not be able to pull off the same level of plays.

A lot rests of Saebyeolbe and Libero for the team, but the Ark remains their weakest link so far in the team. While Jjonak does extremely well on the Zenyatta with his aggressive plays and damage, it does mean there are few characters left to peel for the Mercy player on the team. If teams can figure out how to deal with the backlines of New York Excelsior; we might see the New York team being dismantled.

Los Angeles Valiant actually have had a lot of mid-round decisions which showed their insane performance in the first week. The Los Angeles Valiant team has a lot of options on the table mainly in the DPS Section. With each DPS player having earned a name for himself on specific heroes, we will see the team using a lot of substitutes based on the map.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

Soon and Agilities are extremely aggressive and form the perfect coordination with their tank lineup as they dive into the backlines. While we have also seen Silkthread play the Genji on many occasions, his Genji is not the same type as Agilities. He prefers a very passive gameplay style, one which is not always in sync with their tank lineup.

Los Angeles Valiant and New York Excelsior are both 2-0 on the scoreboard so far, this match will decide which team takes their first loss in the Overwatch League. The maps for this match are Junkertown, Horizon Lunar Colony, Oasis, and Numbani. Both the teams have played these set of maps in Week 1 and we saw all four maps being extremely high scores. LA Valiant had a 8-7 win on Junkertown against Dallas Fuel, a match which was exciting for both the teams. Their subsequent match on Horizon also was a tied match with a 5-5 scoreline.

New York on the other hand actually lost Horizon to Boston Uprising. It does seem to be their weaker map coming into the matchup. Being matched against a weaker team in the form of Boston Uprising,

The KOTH Map in Oasis, will be the map to watch out for as we will most probably see Pine on this map. New York have shown an inclination to use Pine only on KOTH Maps so far and it has worked out wonders for them. This map type remains their strongest advantage coming into this matchup.

Numbani as a map will be the most even match in this lineup. But New York have shown a problem in getting to finish the map on previous occasions. Their hero pool and especially the long walk back from Point B spawn attack to the payload can prove to be a problem for the attacking team. Los Angeles Valiant have shown a tendency to have a coordinated push. With their team having a specialist Genji in the form of Agilities, it provides them with a slight advantage coming into the Point A push.

We think LA Valiant should be able to win this match, probably with a scoreline of 3-1 or 3-2. They are the slightly better team over New York and their dominance on non – KOTH maps is what will see them through this particular matchup.

 

Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, Dota 2 – Infamous Gaming vs. VGJ.Thunder Analysis, Odds & Predictions

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Tournament Introduction:

Galaxy Battles is an 8-team tournament endorsed by National Electronic Sports Open (NESO) and organized by Fallout Gaming and Purpose Win. The event will be held in Manila, Philippines, where the competitors will fight for their chance at the $500,000 USD prize pool.

Format

  • Qualifiers
    • Four invited teams
    • One team from the CIS Qualifer
    • One team from the  SA Qualifier
    • One team from the  Chinese Qualifier
    • One team from the Wildcard Qualifier

     

  • Main Event
    • Eight teams play in a double-elimination bracket.

Infamous Gaming

 

Infamous is insanely strong, this time around. Although they still struggle facing higher calibre teams, the Peruvian team has been scoring an impressive amount of wins only halfway into January.

Infamous has also competed in the South American Major Bucharest Qualifiers, although they failed to secure a spot in the Main Event. The squad reached the Qualifier Finals, but they were disastrously unprepared for this battle.

Infamous has a habit of standing in the wrong place at the wrong time and can’t withstand uneven engagements. Supports and Drow Rangers usually end up in the frontline of any fight, negating any possibility of counter-attack as well as major damage dealers.

If pressured in the early game, Infamous Gaming’s disadvantage aggravates as the team struggles to regain balance and avoid fights while they farm up their cores. Even so, their nuke-heavy line-ups manage to push overconfident opponents that believe they can exploit their chaotic and unfortunate positioning.

Infamous Gaming should seek to remain calm when fights break out and quickly rearrange the chess pieces so they don’t get sent back to the fountain. Their players and picks favour focus-fire engagements that severely punish graver mistakes than a few misplaced supports.

 

VGJ.Thunder

 

Vici Gaming J.Thunder-The-Second-of-Creepsville has risen among the ranks of the Chinese Dota 2 scene. They recently secured the Chinese slot of the Bucharest Major after 2-0 LGD. Quite the feat!

VGJ is relentless when it comes to map control. Their constant rotations kept their enemies on their toes and desperate to secure areas to farm. Still, no place is safe as the Chinese squad scores kills, some of them going on key heroes such as Legion Commander. Yang and Fade make a terrifying ganking-group, while Freeze confidently takes one-on-one fights is always on the look for stray supports to push him up the NET Worth ranks.

VGJ do bring thunder and lightning down when engaging. Their fights and ganks end as soon as they start, leaving their opponents dazed and shocked as to what just happened. This surgical manner of approaching fights leaves little room for reinforcements. If they do arrive they up stranded against greater numbers.

That being said, VGJ wants to exert pressure and map control in the early game. If they can’t get the snowball rolling early, they can’t pick up the pace in the mid-game, as we’ve seen in their first match-up against LGD. That leaves VGJ in an uncomfortable spot where they constantly play catch-up with their opponents.

VGJ gaming excels at staying on top of NET graph, through constant pressure and ganks that seeks to further add to their farm and erode the opponent’s resolve and morale.

Galaxy Battles II: Emerging Worlds, Dota 2 – TnC vs. Team Spirit Analysis, Odds & Predictions

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Tournament Introduction:

Galaxy Battles is an 8-team tournament endorsed by National Electronic Sports Open (NESO) and organized by Fallout Gaming and Purpose Win. The event will be held in Manila, Philippines, where the competitors will fight for their chance at the $500,000 USD prize pool.

Format

  • Qualifiers
    • Four invited teams
    • One team from the CIS Qualifer
    • One team from the  SA Qualifier
    • One team from the  Chinese Qualifier
    • One team from the Wildcard Qualifier

     

  • Main Event
    • Eight teams play in a double-elimination bracket.

TnC Pro Team

TnC put on quite the show last week, after they came out on top of the SEA Qualifier, of the Bucharest Major. As a result, we will be taking a close look at TnC performance in the said Qualifiers and even the Group matches.

Throughout their journey to the SEA Finals we saw a messy and rather impulsive team. Our attention fell mostly on Kuku who always seemed way to eager to dive and get his fangs, claws, arrows and what not in his enemies.
Granted, his dives did deliver great results in some situations and mostly in the early-midgame, but they were also the deciding factor in some of the matches.

Kuku’s repeatedly took a series risks in the Group matches against CG, alongside other misplays from his teammates, that landed TnC from a 4k NET advantage to a 20k+ disaster that lost them the whole match-up.
On a more positive note, Kuku’s highly aggressive plays kept Execration paranoic in the SEA Finals as he kept scoring lightning-fast kills, alongside his teammates.

And talking about teammates, we saw some fantastic Clockwork plays from TIMS and Sam_H. Their more „poke and run” tactics paired well with their mids style, wither down opponents and setting up the groundwork for that Roshan comeback, in SEA finals. To this we add a series of hairpin Hookshots that kept up rocketing out of seats, cheering at the whole spectacle.  Meanwhile, Raven proved to be a reliable carry, laying low and farming while his teammates keep up the high cacophony of spells and swords clashes. When the time came, Raven would just turn up and, more often than not, dish out a surprising amount of damage, way too much for his enemies to deal with.

We hope to see more of the latter!

 

Team Spirit

 

You really don’t get bored in a Team Spirit match, do you? Seeing their past games, Team Spirit continue to rip and tear through opponents, although clumsily and with some heavy costs.

Taking a look at their performance throughout the Bucharest Major, we saw Team Spirit retaining the CIS style of never-ending conflicts, one that might require a bit fine tuning for them.

The team has the spirit (ha!), but not the finesse to snatch one or two kills and get away unscathed. Team Spirit will more often than not, over-commit to an engagement chasing down opponents (looking at you Biver) out of the safety of their numbers or towers and end up punished or even wiped-out. Another misstep is the fact that the team doesn’t always seem to fully agree when to jump or when to withdraw, as we’ve seen Biver or Illidan go in, while the team retreats halfway into the engagement, leaving their teammates in the line of fire.

This seems odd, as Team Spirit succeeds exactly in these scenarios, but reversed. Stray too far from your team, and Team Spirit will pile up on you and take you back to the fountain; overstay your welcome in their base and you will end up in the same spot.

Team Spirit succeeds mostly when opting for the middle ground between constant aggressions and fast retreats. If they can sync and adopt a more ”elastic defence”, weakening their opponents with each attempt and them going in for the final blow, they might turn out to be unstoppable.


Natus Vincere (NaVi) vs. FaZe Clan (FaZe) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

 

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

_________

 

Natus Vincere

  • s1mple
  • Zeus
  • Edward
  • flamie
  • electronic
  • kane (coach)

Natus Vincere have been looking superb with the addition of electronic. As said before, they won Dreamhack Open Winter 2017 dominantly, destroying their current opponent (mousesports) in the grand finals. NaVi, with so much firepower, are absolutely scary right now. Unlike their old lineup with seized, they have a dedicated IGL (Zeus) who knows how to control and micromanage these talents. Now, with boot camp and added practice, Natus Vincere are truly scary.

Natus Vincere relies on brute aggression and a mix of slow T sides. This is purely for information gaining and to leave opponents guessing. With opponents guessing, this leaves them prone to making mistakes, which NaVi are great at capitalizing on. When it comes to entering bombsites, anyone on this team plays the entry fragger. But, in general, one would expect electronic and s1mple to be the heavy hitters. flamie, Edward, and Zeus are not players to slouch on, as their performances–especially flamie’s–can rise on some occasions. Add s1mple’s AWP, and no one can stay off NaVi’s sight lines. On CT side, Edward and s1mple generally play together on the B site, whereas Zeus/flamie/electronic play together on A. On mid-crucial maps, s1mple will be put at mid with the AWP, whereas Zeus and Edward will play B and flamie and electronic play on A.

Natus Vincere are traditionally a de_mirage team. This has shifted through the evolution of the Natus Vincere lineup. As of current, their best maps are de_inferno and de_overpass, whereas their worst map is on de_cache. On other maps, Natus Vincere can play well against competition on the same level.

 

FaZe Clan

  • NiKo
  • karrigan
  • olofmeister
  • rain
  • GuardiaN
  • RobbaN (coach)

FaZe Clan cemented themselves as the second best team in the world, rolling the competition across the entirety of 2017. Their peak event was at ESL New York, where they limited teams to less than double digit round wins throughout their championship run. As of recent, they’ve been faltering, especially after their EPICENTER run, where they struggled against a stand-in tethered SK Gaming, a pug-heavy Gambit, and a toppled Virtus.Pro. Since then, they’ve been continuously stopped in their tracks by SK Gaming, who karrigan is currently winless against in a bo3.

Albeit, at Blast Pro Series, they fell pressure to the dennis-vitalized Astralis (like many other teams). This same Astralis lineup went on to barely lose the grand finals with dennis standing in for star player device though. Instead, FaZe placed 3rd. FaZe’s consistent results throughout their past tournaments show a true top contender, but how long can it last?

Much favoring the aim-heavy meta, FaZe Clan have an arsenal of play-makers on their team, which can make unfavorable situations favor their own. Regardless of the situation, their skill with deagles and rifles make them one of the most dangerous teams to exist in the entirety of CS:GO’s esports timeline. Topped with their aggression and the tactics of IGL karrigan, all of FaZe’s players have the capability to single handedly change the game on their own. Their only competition seems to be that of Gambit, whose unpredictable and aim-heavy style counters that of FaZe’s.

The most interesting thing about FaZe is their ability to bring back man disadvantages (3v5, 2v5, 2v4, etc.) through sheer firepower and individual play. It has come to the point where FaZe has been dubbed the “team with too many playmakers,” as time and time again FaZe’s players have rose to the occasion and dug their team out of a round they were supposed to lose.

Prediction

Cloud9 (C9) vs. mousesports (mouz) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

_________

 

Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • Skadoodle
  • RUSH
  • tarik
  • valens (coach)

Cloud9 are the North American hope, and there is no doubting that they are the best America has to offer right now. Out of all the teams in North America, they post the best LAN results in recent times, only faltering to the two best teams in CS:GO: FaZe Clan and SK Gaming to cut their runs short.

tarik sets up C9 in a very loose and aggressive play-style. With RUSH and himself at the forefront of many site executes, it is left up to autimatic/Stewie to lurk and/or trade out the enemies defending the bombsites. On the other hand, Skadoodle plays a support AWP role, but that doesn’t mean his potential is very low. In fact, Ska is commonly known to explode with the AWP on the CT/T side of de_mirage and de_train. On defense, it’s a similar case, with RUSH and Stewie usually pairing up on A and autimatic and tarik on the other. Skadoodle plays a stationary turret AWP, and can easily be relied on to hold a portion of the map.

With de_mirage and de_train being mentioned, these are C9’s best maps. In fact, their map pool is very similar with most European teams. mousesports, their opponent shares similar interests except for de_train. They are also dangerous on de_cache, having beaten de_cache-eccentric teams EnVyUs and Ninjas in Pyjamas consistently on that map. Aside from that, the only map C9 could be considered weak on is de_nuke, which is a map they have spoken against playing.

Their run at the ELEAGUE Major so far has been smooth, defeating EnVyUs on de_cache and Sprout on de_inferno. While the competition isn’t necessarily up to par, this will be their first true test at the major.

mousesports

  • ropz
  • chrisJ
  • oskar
  • suNny
  • STYKO
  • lmbt (coach)

mousesports themselves pulled out a monstrous performance at the final event of 2017: ECS Season 4 LAN Finals. They took FaZe the full distance, barely losing on the final map on a 17-19 scoreline (de_mirage). What’s important to note is that they won 51 rounds to FaZe’s 55 rounds, which is a phenomenal statistic considering the ranking of FaZe in the current CS:GO era.

mousesports are a very awkward team. They perform incredibly well against certain teams that are higher than their caliber, yet fail to beat some teams of the same caliber in close contests. Even then, they’ve slowly been improving to the point where they can consistently beat teams that they’ve failed to beat before.

mousesports play an aggressive style on T side branching from default setups called by the IGL/secondary AWP chrisJ. This revolves around suNny lurking and oskar’s AWP, which are the two pinpoints to an opening pick for mouz. After that, they’ll assess the situation and hit a bombsite with chrisJ/STYKO entrying. In most clutch situations, mousesports’ oskar and ropz excel with their solid game sense. Apart from that, suNny and ropz have very high peaks of potential at certain moments in the game. CT side is a similar case, where oskar’s AWP is a very vital part of mousesports’ ability to defend. ropz is a very solid anchor in his own right, whereas STYKO/chrisJ can be seen anchoring the b site alone or in a pair.

mousesports are traditionally strong on de_mirage and de_cache. But, in recent times, they have been leaning towards adding de_nuke as one of their stronger maps. Their perma veto is de_overpass or de_inferno, and can play well on de_train at times–but prefer not to play the map when possible.

mousesports surprisingly crushed Natus Vincere 16-2 on de_mirage. While this branches off the victorious history they’ve had on this particular map against Natus Vincere, C9 should be vetoing this to avoid it.

Prediction

Renegades (RNG) vs. EnVyUs (nV) CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

_________

 

Renegades

  • Nifty
  • USTILO
  • AZR
  • jks
  • NAF-FLY
  • kassad (coach)

Renegades have been looking stellar in their recent LAN showings. The best this current lineup has to boast is their win at StarLadder, taking the grand finals win over Virtus.Pro in a dominant performance by NAF and Nifty.

That being one of their 3 most recent LAN performances, Renegades are at their best ever since the Australians took flight to North America. With a stable star player in NAF, NAF can handle the inconsistent performances of the bunch. Thus, Renegades have found solace in finding consistency. Nifty remains to be a huge question mark, though. Burdening him with the dual role of AWPing and IGLing has led to inconsistent performances. Though, when Nifty shows up, he has proven to be an absolute beast. jks is the secondary star of the team, playing a lurk role and using his exemplary game sense to catch enemies off guard in lurker-favored positions (e.g. de_mirage palace). AZR works primarily as an entry fragger, whereas USTILO plays a support role on T side and an anchor role on A site defenses.

Renegades’ best maps are de_cache and de_cobblestone. They have proven to show strong performances on de_mirage and on de_train, but are prone to faltering to an underdog team like Vega Squadron. That being mentioned, the loss to Vega Squadron tells that the Renegades aren’t exactly in top notch form. If NAF and Nifty do not show up for the match against EnVyUs, things are going to look very scary for Renegades.

 

EnVyUs

  • RpK
  • Happy
  • ScreaM
  • SIXER
  • xms
  • maLeK (coach)

EnVyUs are the sleeper team of the ELEAGUE Major. While one would generally expect them to bomb out, they have always proven to be a tough dinner course for top tier teams across many LAN competitions.

The team’s mainly composed of infusing Happy’s lurking with ScreaM and xms’ entry potential. SIXER plays a supportive AWP role, while RpK is considered to be the cleanup/trade on this team. xms is considered the B site anchor for the team on CT side, whereas ScreaM and RpK; Happy and SIXER work together at A site/mid. In some cases, Happy/SIXER will partner up with SIXER at the B site defense. Two things hinder this EnVyUs lineup. For one thing, EnVyUs is affected Happy’s lurking, as it can completely leave him out of the round’s foray if things go awry. On the other hand, SIXER as a support AWPer has been a hit or miss, but this is due to a lack of potent AWPers in the French scene.

nV, on LAN, while generally better online, are not one to slouch on. Much like their opponents, their best maps are de_cache and de_cobblestone. In some cases, they are very strong on de_inferno, having taken FaZe and Astralis to close matches on it. de_cache and de_cobblestone are arguably their trademark maps, having defeated teams like fnatic, Ninjas in Pyjamas, and Cloud9 on it.  Coincidentally, they lost to C9 on that very map (de_cache), but EnVyUs definitely looked way better against a much tougher opponents than Renegades against Vega Squadron. Had a few clutches gone the way of EnVyUs on T side, they could have beaten Cloud9 in a close affair.

Prediction

Los Angeles Valiant vs Dallas Fuel: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction



The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

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Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July

 

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Dallas Fuel

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • XQC
  • Chipsajen
  • Harryhook
  • Custa

Dallas Fuel is the only western team to be picked up in its entirety for the inaugural season of Overwatch league. The former EnVyUs roster has a huge fan following in North America as well as the Korean mainland. This comes after the team was able to win the inaugural OGN Apex Season scoring an emphatic 4-0 series win over Afreeca Freecs Blue in the finals. Their stellar performance saw a lot of Korean fans respect the western team that came to Korea and obliterated their best team. The fact that they were the first western team to win an international tournament in Korea in a team based game made the win special.

The Dallas Fuels are considered to be one of the strongest teams in the Overwatch League. Their stellar track record with their core lineup presents a team which is not afraid to try out team compositions in important matches. The team has survived through several meta changes in the game, whereas we cannot say the same for other non-Korean teams. The best European team in Ninjas in Pyjamas definitely had a dip in their performance post the triple tank meta.

Effect showed us his Widowmaker skills in their first OWL match

Dallas added three new players to their OWL Lineup. Custa, XQC & Seagull definitely add to the firepower of the roster while also adding a significant increase in their fanbase. These players are extremely talented but are also big streamers who bring their fans along with them for the team.

The team has two of the best players in their DPS and Tank roles. Mickie’s D’va is legendary for the aggressive stance he takes with the off-tank. Lately, he has been peeling back for his supports a lot more than previous and that allows a lot of help for the supports as they deal with the opponent DPS.

Los Angeles Valiant

  • Grimreality
  • Soon
  • Agilities
  • Silkthread
  • EnVy
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Unkoe
  • Verbo
  • Kariv

The Los Angeles Valiant is the former Immortals team and were one of the first teams to join the Overwatch league. Noah Whinston is extremely optimistic about the Overwatch league, the league format, and its success. The team did not make any changes to their roster when they announced their OWL roster.

The Valiants lineup is made up of a lot of specialist DPS players. They have Soon and Agilities, two of the best on Tracer & Genji respectively. Agilities has a very aggressive Genji, one who works well with the team. The team peels for their Genji when he has his ultimate online which enables Genji to get a lot of Dash resets.

Agilities’ Genji is very aggressive and creates opportunities for the team

The hitscan player on the roster is Grimreality who is well known for his Mcree. His High Noon usage gets him multiple kills which swings the fight in favor of the Valiants. The player plays a very passive style with Mcree, which ensures he can always peel for his support and backline. While Silkthread is very good Tracer and Genji, but his skill level is not as high as that of Soon or Agilities on the hero. While Agilities plays a very aggressive game with the tanks with his Genji, Silkthread likes to hold on to his ultimate. His passive gameplay is quite contrasting to that of Agilities.

The Preseason saw Valiant come out on top of their local counterparts, Los Angeles Gladiators. They were also able to win against San Francisco Shock albeit with much less comfort. They have already played one match on the first day of the OWL and impressed everyone with their performance. A clean sweep of the San Francisco Shock in the opening match of the season definitely puts them as a strong team and a potential Playoffs Contender.

 

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FlipSid3 (F3) vs. Misfits CSGO Esports Betting Analysis @ ELEAGUE Boston Major

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Introduction

ELEAGUE is back at it again to host another major! With top notch quality production backed by one of the leading television companies in the U.S.A., CS:GO will make its return to prime-time television in one of the most competitive months of this year.

The major event itself expands to 24 teams with the merging of the major qualifier. Originally with 16 teams, more competition and more map case drops will be up for grabs in this tight packed qualifier. With some top teams weak due to roster locks, this is a major where many will be questioning who the champions will be. The “strongest” team overall is FaZe Clan, one of the only top teams to be fielding their full roster for this event.

Some teams have fallen out of favor in the qualifiers for this event, such as the Ninjas in Pyjamas. But, the competition is still fierce, as home favorites SK Gaming and Astralis are in attendance. Many story-lines precede the upcoming major, and it will be up to the team and esports spectators to make sure that ELEAGUE Boston will live up to the hype as one of the Valve-sponsored majors in CS:GO.

The ELEAGUE Boston Major sports a prize pool of $1,000,000. With the top 8 teams (the playoff finalists) taking home a guaranteed spot in the next major, many of the teams are here for bragging rights. On the other hand, some are looking to rise up to the upper echelon of competitive CS:GO and make a name for themselves as a team to be feared.  It will all be up to what game they bring to biggest event to kick-start the new year: ELEAGUE Boston.

Format

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  • The New Challengers Stage: January 12th – 15th, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly the Major Offline Qualifier
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Legends Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Legends Stage: January 19th – 22nd, 2018 in Atlanta
    • Formerly called the Group Stage
    • 16 Team Swiss System Format
      • All matches are Bo1
      • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
      • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • The New Champions Stage: January 26th – 28th, 2018 in Boston
    • Formerly called the Playoffs
    • Single-Elimination Bracket
    • All matches (including the finals) are a Bo3 series

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FlipSid3

  • markeloff, wayLander, B1ad3, WorldEdit, seized

To be honest, there isn’t much to say about FlipSid3. Their last played game was a few months ago during the ESEA MDL Regular Season. Since then, there has been zero activity from the CIS side.

There’s one thing to note though: FlipSid3 always make it out of the qualifier/initial stage of every major. They’ve made an appearance at every major since the CIS lineup was signed by FlipSid3, and have made the playoffs once in all their appearances. Even without a star player like electronic, they have been able to compete against teams who have been predicted to blow them out of the major with a 0-3/winless record.

B1ad3’s style is very structured and tactical based, playing the map slow and waiting for their enemies to make mistakes before following through with an execution. The primary stars will be WorldEdit, who can be a hit or miss, and seized. Seized himself is a huge question mark, having been on a downward spiral in performance ever since taking the IGL reign on Natus Vincere. Now will be his time to shine, as he will be thrust into electronic’s old position: the star player of FlipSid3.

Arguably, out of all the teams here, FlipSid3’s firepower is one of the weakest, but it’s made up by tactical structure and individual performances on certain rounds. That being said, when it’s the major, it’s like they’re on a whole new level. That is why FlipSid3 are always known as the dark horse of the CS:GO major.

 

Misfits

  • AmaNek, devoduvek, ShahZaM, seangares (sg@res), SicK

Misfits surprised everyone at the ESL Pro League, defeating Ninjas in Pyjamas, North, and HellRaisers on their way to a semifinalist finishing. With the reign of seangares, Misfits have found the potential that was originally expected from them finally. Now, with the current shifting landscape of NA, they have cemented themselves as a top 3 North American squad in the region.

Misfits sport a very unique map pool, favoring de_cache and de_overpass as their best maps.  Before their loss on Liquid at the iBP Masters, Misfits had been on a long winning streak on de_cache itself. Seangares, like many tactical-heavy in-game leaders, runs a very structure and execute based team, relying on the power of AmaNek, SicK, and ShahZaM to open up bombsites in the confusion of smokes and flashbangs. On the other hand, devoduvek plays a lurk and support role on the offense and defense, usually pairing up with his fellow countryman (AmaNek) and working as a tag team duo.

Misfits’ firepower is finally showing, and finishes at the North American Minor and ESL Pro League LAN Finals show just that. The next obstacle will be this major, where seangares’ strats will be put the test against aim-heavy squadrons like FaZe, G2, Natus Vincere, and further. While seangares himself has found it easier to play better against the Europeans, those words may be bitten by their enigmatic opponent in FlipSid3.

Misfits are not to be overlooked, as they are a dangerous team who can show any team up on any day. Slip up on the map veto, and you’ll be playing against the dungeon master on their best map.

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