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.

 

Prediction

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