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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.
As we head into the fourth week of Stage 2, the Playoff Predictions are slowly taking shape. The table is still filled with Korean teams at the top, but there are several NA based teams with a good chance to make it into the playoffs. As Chris Puckett says, Every Map matters.
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.
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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 
- 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.
Dallas Fuel has been in the news a lot recently, but it has all been for negative reasons. The Dallas Fuels have barely been above the bottom tier teams in the League, despite having some of the most famous streamers and personalities in Overwatch. With the likes of Taimou, Seagull, Rascal and AKM on Dallas Fuel; few would expect them to perform so poorly.
However, the Dallas Fuel issues are multi-fold with issues ranging from poor individual performances as well as lack of coordination amongst the team. The constant change in the playing roster also does not help the team cement its grounds with a stable roster. We have had several weeks where XQC has not been a part of the team. There have been cases where Effect has had to go back to Korea to deal with personal issues. When AKM an Rascal were included, we saw Taimou move from the DPS role to the Tank role.
Let’s take a look at their roster and some individual players on the team. We have to talk about the new additions to the team and how they perform as a team. Akm and Rascal were signed amidst much fanfare to the team, but only one player has seen a lot of playtime on the roster. Akm has been on the starting roster with regularity, but that has not helped improve the results for Dallas Fuel. Their other player, Rascal has been brought in only from time to time and has been unable to replicate the same level of success as we have seen from him in the past on Korean teams.
Akm’s addition to the team really has not helped solve the Dallas Fuel problems. We saw AKm trying to use the Genji in their matches against Boston Uprising. But AkM is a well known Hitscan player. He can play one of the best Soldiers in the world as well as a decent Pharah. The casters rightfully pointed out that Akm’s Genji was on the ground a whole lot more than Dreamkazper’s during their match. The lack of vertical movement on a Genji basically makes him a sitting duck for the opponent players.
The bigger question for the team has to be, why are they not fielding Rascal regularly on the team. This probably has to do more with the language barrier in order to effectively streamline the communications. Rascal is still learning English and his current position on the linguistic front will be an impediment to the entire team. However, that being said Dallas Fuel have had communication issues regularly on the team.
Speaking of communication issues, the two tanks on Dallas fuel lack the coordination and synergy. Taimou on the role of the main tank has been having a lackluster week. It’s probably time to cut him some slack, since he has changed his main role for the purpose of the team. However, along with Mickie on his D’va the team needs to learn to coordinate their synergy properly. Taimou is one of the most experienced players on Dallas fuel and he has to lead the team forward. His input on the team’s performance plays a crucial role in how they perform in the weeks to come.
The supports on Dallas Fuel have been doing really well considering the poor performance of the team.Custa, Chipshajen, and Harryhook have been the pillars and the consistent performers on the team. They have a high skill level with Chipshajen definitely considered as one of the best Ana players in the world. We see the team running a lot more Ana than other teams and that is playing to their strengths.
Dallas Fuel have no chance of making it to the playoffs of Stage 2. However, they have to win as many matches as they can in order to redeem themselves in terms of results as well as self-confidence.
Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast Spectacor, a sports and entertainment company that manages hundreds of stadiums in North America and Singapore.
Philadelphia Fusion includes 11 players from various nationalities. The team had its own set of problems in ensuring that they could attend the pre-season in December 2017. But as the season started, Philadelphia Fusion has only improved so far.
The DPS of Philadelphia Fusion form their strongest part of the team. Carpe and Shadowburn are the starting roster for Philadelphia Fusions. The two players have a very coordinated style of playing the Tracer and the Genji. Shadowburn usually applies a lot of pressure on the enemy Zenyatta and forces them to use the Transcendence. That being said, his ultimate gets a lot more kills mainly due to the absence of Zenyatta ultimate. This is a coordinated strategy by the whole team and Carpe is also helping Shadowburn in the process.
Carpe’s individual performance has been on the same level as players such as Striker, Saebyeolbe etc. He has shown himself to be extremely capable of single-handedly win team fights for the team. Along with Shadowburn, the team has a very capable front line.
The Philadelphia Team tank lineup has a very interesting feel to it. Most notably Fragi has a significantly different playstyle to that of Poko. While Fragi is definitely one of the best Reinhardts in the game, the same cannot be said about his Winston gameplay. He tends to be overly aggressive with the Winston, something which cannot be immediately corrected. On Reinhardt favored maps, Fragi has shown himself to be an asset with generating the ultimate within seconds. His Rreinhardt play is very strong and he remains an integral part to the Philadelphia roster.
Dallas Fuel definitely have a lot to prove in this particular match. Their team has been in disarray due to various problems, sometimes out of their control. While on an individual level the team seems to have dropped in performance; the coach really cannot do anything due to the various problems plaguing Dallas Fuel.
Stage 1 saw the team being really poor in their results after their initial
strong showing in the Season opener against Seoul Dynasty. The Dallas Fuel have seen themselves plummet into one problem after another since then. It started with the XQC suspension which lasted till the remainder of Stage 1. We saw Effect going back to Korea in order to spend time with his family.
KyKy, their coach never really had the time with the players on their roles in order to formulate a good working strategy around the team. Dallas Fuel have great individual players, some of whom are capable of playing on the best teams in the League. But they definitely lack coordination and synergy together which causes them to continuously feed themselves to the opponents. The synergy on the team definitely is lacking which is why Effect mentioned that Mickie’s Dva needs to peel more for the backlines than he normally does. His interview with Invenglobal is a definite eye-opener into the various problems on Dallas Fuel right now.
Philadelphia Fusion had a rough time last week. However, they were up against two of the strongest teams in the league in the form of New York Excelsior and Seoul Dynasty. Despite the obvious shortcoming, Philadelphia still managed to win one map and lose 1-3 in both the matches. Philadelphia Fusion have a very aggressive style of tank play, which often leads them to have a Earthshatter within a few seconds. Ofcourse their actual usage of the earthshatter and subsequent follow-up might not be the best in the league. When compared to the Korean teams; the aggressive stance by Fragi often ends up being punished. But against a much weaker team with less synergy such as Dallas Fuel; Fragi can be extremely strong and an asset for the team.
Philadelphia Fusion DPS players have an abundance in the form of Shadowburn, Carpe, EQO and Stillo. The starting roster players such as Shadowburn and Carpe have definitely shown a very aggressive and strong performance. Carpe’s Tracer is an aggressive and ‘in-your-face’ type of player who is regularly pressurizing the support players on the opponents. Considering the fact that Mickie’s D’va is not really peeling well enough for the team, this can prove problematic for the Dallas fuel.
We recommend a bet on Philadelphia Fusion for this match. They have a better coordination and have proven to be the team with better results in the last few matches.