Team Liquid vs Astralis: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Team Liquid

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk
  • Glaive


The Danish squad has been at the top of the scene on a consistent basis. They are probably one of the few teams that stand as an obstacle to the mighty Faze Clan. Astralis can consistently best Faze Clan and rightfully so. The Astralis roster has been together for a long time, well at least the team’s core has been. Magisk just joined the roster a few days ago, but his role on the team adjusts to the rest of the roster.

Device, Astralis

The Star performer for Astralis: Device

Device is the best player in the server 9/10 times. His ability to ensure almost impossible frags is one of the linchpins of the Astralis prowess. The entire team has learned to play around Device’s positioning and his AWP. There are very few AWPers who can legitimately defeat Device in a 1v1 situation. Even in those cases, the Nicolai learns to adjust his playstyle according to his opponents.

Astralis has been on a huge winning streak of late. After their loss to Faze Clan at IEM Sydney 2018 finals, the team seems rejuvenated with new excitement and vigor. As we analyze their matches from the past few days,we see how strong the team looks right now. The Danish roster saw a big loss when they lost Kjaerbye to their sister Danish team. But that only meant that they could now acquire Magisk, one of the brightest and strongest upcoming Danish players in the scene.

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

The young player has a 1.2 Rating over the past three months, and he can become a true asset to the team if he integrates well with the roster. Magisk’s performance against strong teams has been on the Astralis level, which in itself is a very high bar. The young player learns every day from his peers not only in the gameplay department but he has also worked hard on being a team player. Dupreeh is the other explosive player on the Danish roster. The veteran entry fragger has donned several roles in the past with varying success. But the Dupreeh Device combination is a legendary combination by now. Dupreeh feeds off the aggressive Astralis gameplay.

Overall the team presents a well-rounded roster filled with insane talent, aggressive gameplay as well as a level-headed leadership. Xyp9x might not be the flashiest player in CS GO, but his stability is exactly the glue that holds Astralis together.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • Nitro
  • Elige
  • TACO
  • Twistzzz
  • NAF

Team Liquid is a championship caliber team but with limited experience. On paper, this team can challenge the very best and come out ahead. But the lack of results and experience on the team is disconcerting. Add to this, the fact that the team recently added TACO to their roster changes the equations.

TACO is a great player, and while he was not doing so well on SK Gaming, there is no doubt that he is one of the best players. His involvement in a new roster is bound to rejuvenate his individual performance. The team has so many players playing on different levels. The addition of NAF to the team provides them not only with great additional firepower but also a tactical mind which is useful against the top teams in the world.

Twistzz has to receive a special mention when we talk about Team Liquid. He is one of the most talented NA players and was called the best NA talent for a long time by multiple sources. His ability to always maintain a positive KDA despite the opponents is exactly what makes him a threat. The ability to take down multiple opponents in a round and the fluid movement across the map enables Twistzz to be a strong presence on the map.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

But when you focus on his positioning and play style, you are bound to be overrun by the rest of the team. The likes of Elige, TACO , NAF are all extremely potent and not something that can be taken lightly.

Prediction

Team Liquid has the talent needed to win this match. They showcased their strong Dust 2 in this series and it would be foolhardy of Astralis to actually challenge them on the map. However, judging from the Astralis permanent veto of Cache against Team Liquid, it does seem that Dust 2 will be one of the maps played in the finals. Liquid has been dominating on the map, including a near perfect score against Mousesports. They were also able to eliminate Na’Vi, although the absence of S1mple from the scoreboard has to be taken into account.

The NA organization is a relatively new team since the addition of TACO. He does know some English, but the communication of the team will suffer a huge setback. For now, they are relying heavily on the increased firepower to enable their victories. But once teams start figuring them out, it is going to be more and more difficult for Liquid to win matches against the top teams.

Speaking of figuring out top teams, Astralis has been near the top for so long. The Danish team has been able to consistently defeat the best in the scene and remain near the top Three since 2016. However, being at the top also means that everyone can prepare against your plastyle. By now, Astralis’ playstyle is definitely well figured out. It remains a mystery however, how to win the aim duels against a team that just looks like wine which ages well.

The Danish experience and their deep map pool is what is going to enable them to crush Team Liquid in the finals. The tournament is held in Dallas, so the local support is always going to be with Team Liquid. However, even the fans acknowledge that Astralis is probably the better team here. The Grand Finals being a BO5 is also a huge factor in favor of Astralis. We recommend a bet on Astralis, they should be winning this series 2-1.

Faze vs Astralis: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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The ESL Pro League ends it’s seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter-Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter-Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Faze Clan can be considered to be the best team in the scene right now. Their win at IEM Sydney definitely makes a strong case for the international team. Surprisingly despite consistently appearing in the finals and semifinals of big-ticket tournaments, Faze only acquired their first win at IEM Sydney. It was on the back of some impressive performances by each player, including Xizt who is the stand-in for the team in place of Olofmeister. Astralis, on the other hand, are the only team with results to show for themselves at the highest stage. The Danish team has been able to best Faze multiple times in the past, but not so much at IEM Sydney 2018. They will be looking forth to seek revenge on the Faze Clan in this semifinal match.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Faze Clan

Faze Clan is the star-studded international team in Counter-Strike. When the team was first formed, there was a lot of apprehension about their performance. Each player was a superstar in his former team, but Counter-Strike is a team game. How the team would perform in a team game was an open question. Surprisingly Faze Clan did perform exceedingly well in the last few months of 2017. But the dip in their form culminated in the Eleague Boston Major where they lost the finals to Cloud9.

Since then there has been a change in the Faze Clan roster. Olofmeister is taking a break temporarily and Xizt ( formerly of NIP) will be standing in for the team. Xizt is already on very good terms with many of the players in the team. His ability to seamlessly integrate into the roster and play the role of Olofmeister with ease is what makes him a valuable asset to the team. We have already seen him in action at IEM Sydney where he was crucial to the Faze Clan’s chances of winning certain maps. Overpass is one such map which definitely comes to mind.

The Faze Clan roster is made up of several superstar players. Between Guardian, Karrigan, Niko, and Rain, this team is the right composition of an aggressive in-game leader as well as great firepower. Anyone of these players has the ability to carry the team on his back at any day. But Faze has been focussing on improving their strategies and their gameplay. The International roster is extremely powerful on maps such as Mirage, Overpass as well as Inferno. We have not seen enough of the team on Dust2 and it is still unsure how the team will behave on the Classic map.

Faze rely on different strategies which ensure that the team can play a very aggressive and high pitch game. They do not want to let their foot off the pedal and constantly keep the pressure on their opponents. Niko is one of the best players in the world and his ability to play at such a high level with such alarming consistency is what makes him the single biggest threat. Of course potential and actual performance do have a lot of differences and that is where Niko can fall off.

Astralis

Astralis is the Danish roster which has been near the top of the scene since almost 2015. The team which was formerly Dignitas was then under the TSM organization. They later decided to form their very own player-owned team. They received investment from RFRSH entertainment later which propelled them into their position as it is today.

The Danish team has a very different style of gameplay. They love their triple fakes as well the aggressive Terrorist side playstyle. Astralis has been able to surprise several opponents with their tactics and mind games. However, they are up against Karrigan, their former In Game Leader in this match.

The Astralis team has been on top of several tournaments in the past. Their roster includes Device, one of the best players on the most consistent basis in Counter-Strike. The team has been able to pull their weight together around Device.

Prediction

Astralis is a very strong team and can definitely hold their own against Faze. However, the team loses a big part of its confidence when it comes to playing around Faze Clan. The big rivalry in this match is obviously the Karrigan vs the rest of the Danish lineup. Karrigan always wants to prove himself against the Danish team and he is willing to take insane risks for the same. Most of the time these risks are very well executed thanks to the insanely high level of individual gameplay on Faze Clan.

Astralis, on the other hand seem to have a negative aspect on their gameplay when it comes to playing against Faze. They simply curl into a ball and are unable to play the best of their game against Faze Clan. In order for Astralis to win this match, they need Device to perform at his best. His individual level has been sort of plateauing of late and that can be a big problem.

The other X factor for Astralis will be Xizt. The Swedish guy has a lot of confidence when it comes to playing against the Danish lineup. He pulls off really strong individual plays against Astralis, which is possible due to his self-belief.

We recommend a Medium sized bet on Faze Clan for this match. Their confidence from winning IEM Sydney 2018 is at an all-time high and that is going to carry them to the title in this match.

Na’Vi vs Team Liquid: CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ ESL Pro League LAN Finals, Dallas

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Introduction

The ESL Pro League ends its seventh season with the LAN finals at Dallas. The League has been going on for quite some time with various teams participating in the online section of the League. The ESL Pro League is one of the marquee events in Counter Strike with several successful seasons.

The current LAN finals are extremely important as they probably put forth the best team forward. We have the London Major in a couple of months and the last few LAN tournaments prior to the Major will be crucial in determining the final standings in Counter Strike. Faze Clan recently won their first LAN event when they won IEM Sydney 2018. Astralis has been at the very top of the scene on a consistent basis.

ESL Pro League started on the 15th of May 2018 and will end with the Grand finals at the Verizon Theatre on 20th of May. The 6300 seater theatre is the perfect culmination for the current season and the massive prize pool of $750,000.

Na’Vi is one of the most interesting teams to watch during the EPL LAN finals. The CIS team which has seen insane performances by its star performer S1mple will be wanting to win a few more trophies. But the difference in performance between the best player and the rest of the team is huge. Liquid, on the other hand, is also another team which did not attend the IEM Sydney 2018. They used the time to get to know each other’s play style and performance and synergize with each other. Taco recently left SK Gaming and joined Team Liquid.

Happy betting from EsportsBet, and let’s get into the esports betting analysis and prediction for this bookie match! Make sure to bet wisely.

Prize Distribution:

1 $250,000

2 $110,000

3-4 $55,000

5-6 $32000

7-8 $24000

9-12 $22000

13-16 $20000

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Backstage Reporter:
  • Analysts:
    • SPUNJ (Chad Burchill)
    • YNk (Janko Paunović)
    • Pimp (Jacob Winneche)

Credit: Liquipedia

Format

  • Group Stage: May 14th – 16th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups
      • Each group will have 8 teams
      • The group stage will be seeded based on Online League Placements
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: May 18th – 20th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarter Finals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Natus Vincere

The CIS team, Natus Vincere has been a long-standing famous team in Counter-Strike. They have fielded several successful rosters over the years, but none of them have won a CS GO Major yet. It remains a gaping hole in the organizations’ portfolio, one that they hope to accomplish with the current roster.

The #4 ranked CS GO roster is definitely one of the best in the current scene. But their inability to win tournaments will need to be fixed soon for the team to perform to the best of their ability. They have a lot of potentials, and nothing exemplifies that better than their star player. S1mple remains the best player in the world and is consistently playing at a high level. But the rest of the team seems to have fallen way behind S1mple as they seem unable to keep up to the player.

We have seen multiple instances of the players having a drastic difference in the scoreboard. However, for this tournament, the rest of the team definitely seems to be performing as well. The likes of Flamie and Electronic have been extremely patient with their gameplay. Electronic’s performance on Mirage was definitely the highlight of the tournament so far.

S1mple is not really that far behind Flamie in this match, but you have to look at the bigger picture. The fact that Na’Vi is not overly dependent on S1mple to perform all the time to win, is good news for Na’Vi fans. Electronic is also one of the hard hitters on the team and it is great to see him come online.

Na’Vi has focussed on making the team whole instead of having S1mple outperform the rest of the players. This has put them as one of the few tactical teams in the Scene. It has proved vastly successful for them as they are now amongst the top five teams in the Counter-Strike scene.

Na’Vi, unfortunately, is not a team with a deep map pool. So far in the tournament, they also ensured a 2-0 victory over Faze Clan in what can rightly be called an upset. The Na’Vi roster does look like it’s improving a lot, but the team needs to be much more consistent in their performance. Their match against Team Liquid will definitely be a good opportunity for them to potentially reach the finals and win the tournament.

Team Liquid

Team Liquid recently took an elongated break as they were unable to attend IEM Sydney 2018. The North American team has brought on Taco on to their roster from SK Gaming. Taco’s inclusion presents a very unique situation for the North American team. They have to ensure that their language barrier does not impose a threat to their team chemistry. This is one of their first tournaments post the roster change and that is why their performance in each match becomes important. As of the group stage, Liquid did not look so impressive. Most of their victories were against weaker teams with their only match against Astralis resulting in a disappointing 2-0 loss.

But as we saw yesterday, Mousesports did not put up a strong fight to Liquid on Dust 2. It is surprising to see Mousesports let go of Dust 2 so meekly. They were considered one of the strongest Dust 2 teams in the old version. But North American teams have always shown a proclivity towards ensuring a strong Dust 2 aim based map. The addition of Dust 2 to their map pool brings them as a huge threat against Na’Vi.

Twistzz and Elige remain the X-factors on the team. Twistzz has been heralded as the best North American rifler in Counter-Strike. His ability to secure frags in sure situations as well as the occasional spike in certain cases is what makes him an extreme threat to their opponent. Russel Van Dulken has spent a year on Team Liquid and is well integrated into the Liquid roster. But with TACO joining the roster, it does see some overlap in roles. How Team Liquid integrates the two players is what will make them a strong team or a bust. We don’t expect Team Liquid to win the tournament, but they do stand a decent chance against Na’Vi ( especially if Na’Vi maintain their inconsistent form)

Prediction.   

There is a vast difference between the two teams in question. While Na’Vi is trying to be stable and they fended off a strong attack by SK Gaming to acquire Simple, the team has been slowly building their capacity. They focus a lot more on team play which is evidenced by their playstyle. Despite S1mple being extremely effective when the whole team supports him( we have seen similar situations in the past on Flipside and even Team Liquid), the Na’Vi roster wants him to be a team player. His ability to allow others to take the lead, to take the spotlight is making him an all-round player.

Na’Vi obviously will have their work cut out, especially cause of the Dust 2 map inclusion. Liquid’s performance on Dust 2 is surely going o get them worried on another level. Previously Na’Vi has been strong on Dust2, but that has been on the back of Guardian’s AWP. Now, Guardian is on Faze Clan and Na’Vi are just about mediocre on Dust 2. Liquid lacks the experience as a team and together as Na’Vi. There are bound to be communication problems on the roster which makes them a liability of sorts. They did win against Mousesports, but apart from Dust 2 , the other map, Mirage could have gone either way. It is safe to assume that Na’Vi is a much better team right now than Mousesports.

As such we recommend a bet on Na’Vi for this Semifinal

Boston Uprising vs Houston Outlaws: 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.

New York Excelsior won Stage 3 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. We saw Boston Uprising end Stage 3 with a perfect 10-0 score. However, they fell in the finals to NYXL, in what is definitely going to be sore thought for the team. As we head into stage 4 we will see the teams slowly develop and the final placements for Season 1 playoffs take shape.

Stage 4 is going to be really interesting with the introduction of Brigitte in the meta. We will not see the new Hanzo in order to maintain balance in the game. However, this stage also is the final stage of Season 1. It will finally decide which teams qualify to the Season 1 playoffs.

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.

Boston Uprising vs Houston Outlaws

Boston Uprising


Boston Uprising Roster:

  • Striker
  • Mistakes
  • Note
  • Kalios
  • Gamsu
  • Snow
  • Kellex
  • Neko
  • Avast
  • AimGod

The Boston Uprising team is one of the first teams to be associated with the Overwatch League. Well, the players were not associated in the beginning, but Robert Kraft’s name has always been floated around in addition to the Overwatch League. The Boston Uprising roster has been built with the help of their President of Gaming, Huks. He has helped transform the team into what it is today from relatively unknown players to the team that was the first to finish a stage undefeated.

Boston Uprising is owned by Robert Kraft who is also otherwise well-known for his investments in New England Patriots as well as various other American sports teams. The Kraft Family has been supportive of the Overwatch League and is one of the founding members of the League.

The team sees their focus being coordination and a great synergy has developed between the Boston Players. The frontline is impressive despite the loss of Dreamkazper who was released of his contract due to some unethical allegations. The frontline for Boston remains Striker who is impressive despite the changes to the meta in Stage 4. In addition to Striker they also have Mistakes who has to show a proclivity to play a variety of different heroes on the roster. He has played Genji, Pharah as well as Sombra and Junkrat for the team. With Striker being permanently on the Tracer or in some cases the Hitscan role on the team, lots fall on Mistakes shoulders who has to ensure the versatility in the roster.

The tank lineup forms the core of the Boston Uprising synergy. Note, Kalios have been intermittently playing on the roster for quite some time. But the only constant in the team and in their practice sessions has been Gamsu. The veteran player has been a constant source of synergy as well as inspiration to the team. We saw a huge dip in their performance mid-Stage 2 when Gamsu was unavailable on the roster. There were also rumors about a potential split in the team and some players being possibly signed on to other teams.

But when Gamsu returned, the Boston Uprising managed an undefeated streak. They are the only team in the Overwatch League to ensure a 10-0 Stage performance. The tanks synergy with the frontline DPS has been the reason why Boston has such a well-coordinated ‘dive’ strategy. While they have since deviated from the Dive meta a bit, it remains their bread and butter when nothing else works.

Boston has Five different support players. While none of them are flashy such as  Jjonak or a Pistol Neptuno Mercy, they are extremely stable and have a steady performance. This is essential to note since many of their performances get drowned in the flashy DPS and tank playstyle. The Boston Uprising roster has all the ingredients necessary for a successful performance. How they develop their tactics and strategy for Stage 4 is yet to be seen.

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

  • Clockwork
  • Linkzr
  • Jake
  • Mendokusaii
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Bani
  • Rawkus
  • FCTFCTN
  • ArHan

The Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, Chairman, and Owner of Optic Gaming. The experience in traditional esports gaming as well as the ability to ensure a strong NA based roster makes Houston one of the fan favorites in the Overwatch league. For the longest period of time, Houston was the only team without a Korean player. However, the past meta favored Tracer immensely which is where Houston was put at a disadvantage. So they brought on Arhan, one of the most famous Korean DPS players onto the roster.

The Houston Outlaws was one of the teams to reach the playoffs in Stage 1 of the Overwatch League. The Houston Outlaws performance has definitely seen drastic changes in the League so far. But as we head into the final stage of the Overwatch LEague, the meta has seen significant changes.

Linkzr’s Widowmaker is going to be lethal on Ilios

Houston has a list of DPS players on their team. In fact, they have a total of five DPS players on the roster. Clockwork, Mendokusaii, Linkzr, Jake as well as Arhan are some of the most flashy names in the League. Linkzr has been the most consistent performers in the Overwatch League so far. His ability to counter enemy Widowmakers makes him a very unique player in the League. He can also play several other heroes such as Tracer, Genji and is one of the few players to boast so many heroes to his name.

The other DPS player on the roster might change due to the new meta. We have traditionally seen Jake on the starting roster, but that has been due to first Junkrat and later Tracer. In the new meta we are seeing a variety of heroes being played. This includes heroes such as Widowmaker, Genji as well as Hitscan heroes at times. The new meta does not favor a dive composition and that was the biggest weakness for Houston.

Mendokusaii , Arhan have not seen much, if any playtime. We might finally see the players in action during Stage 4. Houston Outlaws’ diversity in their DPS lineup is definitely going to give them a big advantage.

The tanks on the lineup used to be a big weakness for the roster since their inability to ensure tank versatility resulted in a good prediction of the Houston roster. But with the new meta favoring Zarya as a tank to a large extent, we will finally be able to see Spree in action. Spree is one of the few strong Zarya players in the League and he can finally showcase his talent on a hero he is comfortable with. They still lack the versatility of changing the composition depending on the enemy lineup, but with time we are seeing significant improvements in the interchangeability of the tanks.

Prediction:

The biggest factor in this match will be the new Stage 4 meta. Dive compositions no longer work with as much effect as they used to. This brings a big advantage for Houston Outlaws as they enter Stage 4. They had a very strong win against London Spitfire, which is no ordinary feat. The new meta allows Houston Outlaws to perform to the best of their ability as well as ensure a variety of tactics. With Widowmaker, as well as Zarya, being strong in the current meta, we will see a lot more of Linkzr and Spree on these heroes.

Boston Uprising, on the other hand, will have the exact opposite effect as a team. They have been relying on the Dive meta for a long time and the absence of the Dive meta will put the team at a disadvantage. Their loss to Philadelphia Fusion today is just a precursor for the poor performance on the team.

Finally, we expect Houston to be extremely strong in this match and potentially get a 4-0 win yet again.

 

Dallas Fuel vs Shanghai Dragons: 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.

New York Excelsior won Stage 3 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. We saw Boston Uprising end Stage 3 with a perfect 10-0 score. However, they fell in the finals to NYXL, in what is definitely going to be sore thought for the team. As we head into stage 4 we will see the teams slowly develop and the final placements for Season 1 playoffs take shape.

Stage 4 is going to be really interesting with the introduction of Brigitte in the meta. We will not see the new Hanzo in order to maintain balance in the game. However, this stage also is the final stage of Season 1. It will finally decide which teams qualify to the Season 1 playoffs.

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.

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel Roster:

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • HarryHook
  • Akm
  • OGE
  • Unk0e

The Dallas Fuel team is owned by EnVyUs and in turn their investor Hersh Interactive. They are one of the few and famous Overwatch League teams in Season 1. While they were considered to be a top contender at the start of the season, their fate has rapidly deteriorated and they rae current sitting near the bottom of the standings. The team has been involved in one controversy after another and they definitely have problems in ensuring a stable roster and roles in the team.

Effect, Dallas Fuel

Effect will be absent for Stage 4 as he is in Korea

The biggest news concerning Dallas Fuel is that their star DPS player, Effect will not be present during this match. Effect has been having problems with his mentality, which even includes suicidal thoughts posted on Twitter. The management has given him time off to recoup his mindset and get into the right frame. However, his absence from the roster definitely weakens their firepower by a considerable amount. He was the one constant performer on the team and constantly trying to uplift his teammates.

This leaves players such as AKM, Seagull and possibly Taimou as the DPS players for the team. Seagull is the only one Genji player from amongst the options. His Genji, however, is not as good as other Genjis in the League. He is an above average DPS player but pales when it comes to comparing him with the best in the League. AKM is a great soldier player, but Soldier does not have a place in the current meta. This is one of the reasons why we saw Dallas Fuel seem extremely uncomfortable with the hero lineups on their roster. The Dallas Fuel team has a plethora of DPS players, but their hero pools overlap a lot. This results in poor team composition for the most part.

The Tank lineup for the team overlaps a lot with the DPS lineup. We have seen players such as Seagull, Taimou play the role of a tank player on the team. The Dallas Fuel coaching has come under a lot of criticism and fire for their decision to swap around the roles incessantly and often without reason. Ofcourse KyKy is not the coach of the team anymore and that should be a sigh of relief for the fans. But it has not really inspired confidence since one situation is followed by another controversy in this team. Ofcourse with OGE on the roster, the Dallas fuel look much stronger in terms of their role selection. Mickie has been on the D’va for a long time, but lately, we did see certain matches where they asked Taimou to be the tank role. Mickie’s D’va is supposedly outdated and that renders him less effective in their matches.

When Chipsajen talks, you listen

The Support lineup for the team is probably the most consistent. Despite the blow to the roster with the loss of Custa, the Dallas Fuel support lineup has been admirable considering their position and results. Unk0e, HarryHook, and Chipshajen are old-timers who have been really strong and consistent in their performances. They might be the flashy Zenyatta such as JJonak or Shaz, but they are put up results on their end.

The team lacks synergy and the constant role swaps definitely do not help matters. The players are confused amongst themselves and their performance takes a big dive as a result. The Dallas Fuel will be struggling hard to maintain their position as the second worst team in the League. It’s not much, but it’s the best that they can come up with. This match against Shanghai Dragons will be the most important match for them in Stage 4.

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons Roster:

  • Diya
  • Xushu
  • MG
  • Roshan
  • Altering
  • Fiveking
  • Freefeel
  • ADO
  • Geguri
  • Fearless
  • Sky
  • Daemin

Shanghai Dragons have had zero success in their roster results. But the team has changed character over the course of the first season. Starting from Stage 1, the all-Chinese roster was visibly out of the league in their performance. But with the new Korean players added to the roster, Shanghai Dragons have seen significant improvement in their performance. While still without a win, the Shanghai Dragons have seen closer matches against some of the biggest teams in the League.

Let’s take a look at the Shanghai Dragons roster. Diya and ADO are the two DPS players for the Shanghai Dragons. Diya has shown himself to be up to par with the best Tracers in the Overwatch league. We have seen him winning the 1v1’s against some of the best Tracers in the League. The problem for the DPS players has always been the fact that the Shanghai Dragons’ support lineup dies very quickly. With the new members of the team, there is increased protection for the support players.

The other DPS player on the team is ADO. ADO comes with a variety of heroes and mainly Genji. But he can also play Reaper, Pharah and other heroes with equal efficiency. The player is known to be extremely strong in the team chemistry and forms a crucial part of the team. Most of the success for the Shanghai Dragons comes from the improvement in their DPS lineup thanks to ADO.

Geguri has looked super strong in her role as the off-tank for Shanghai Dragons. While Stage 3 meta required her to play D’va for a long period of time, Stage 4 will see a lot more Zarya in the maps. Geguri is known for her Zarya and is the top-ranked player on the Korean ladder. When you watch Geguri’s gameplay, you can see the focus on trying to protect the supports from the enemy DPS. But with the Dive meta being out of fashion, it is time for the Shanghai Dragons to shine again. It will be crucial for their performance and their support lineup to stay alive for as long as possible. With Zarya as the potential tank player on the team, it provides a lot more shields and protection for the back lines.

The Shanghai Dragons have their task cut out for them ahead of this match. They have a lot of support live at the Arena. Their performance can mean a lot for the overall standings in the League.

Prediction:

There is little doubt about which team is the favorite in this match. Shanghai Dragons has not won any of their matches and are currently holding the record for the most successive losses in a big title. Shanghai Dragons are currently 0-30 in the Overwatch League and their failure to win a single match definitely haunts them the most. The Shanghai Dragons, however, has a huge fan base mostly due to their underdog status. The roster changes have definitely helped the team to improve its performance. The community will always pick someone out from the team due to their inability to secure wins. However, the Shanghai Dragon looked much better than the Dallas Fuel towards the end of Stage 3.

The Dallas Fuel definitely has a better lineup on paper, but we all know that they are affected by external factors. The team has a history of players being unable to play optimally. First, it was XQC, then Rascal and now Effect who have had problems with the team and their individual mentality. The lack or the inadequacy of the current support staff definitely seems to be hurting the players beyond measure. As such the players are more prone to put forth weird heroes and try out different strategies. These usually result in either an astounding win or a shameful loss.

The odds for this match will be heavily in favor of Dallas Fuel. But in reality, their performance does not deserve the odds. We, therefore, recommend a small bet on Shanghai Dragons, since this is their best opportunity to win a match. The first win for Shanghai Dragons can mean so much for the team as well as the league. With Dallas’ current problems, it is actually coined toss as to which Dallas Fuel roster we will see in play. We recommend a low bet on Shanghai Dragons, possibly winning this match 3-1 or 3-2.

PSG.LGD vs. Team Liquid: Esports Betting Prediction @ Dota 2 EPICENTER XL

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Tournament Introduction:

The third instalment of EPICENTER is a tournament by Epic Esports Events that will be held in Moscow from April 27th to May 6th. The main event will be held at the VTB Ice Palace on May 4–6.

Four direct invites and 8 qualified teams, for a total of 12, will be competing in this epic tournament for the $1,000,000 USD and 1500 Pro Circuit Points prize pool.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Two groups of six teams each[4]
    • Bo3 Round robin
    • Top two of each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the main event
    • 3rd and 4th placed teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the main event
    • Bottom two teams of both groups are eliminated
  • Main event
    • Double elimination
    • First two rounds of the Lower Bracket are Bo1
    • All other games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

source: liquidpedia.net

PSG.LGD

  • China Wang “Ame” Chunyu
  • China Lu “Somnus/Maybe” Yao
  • China Yang “Chalice” Shenyi
  • China Xu “fy” Linsen
  • Malaysia Yap Jian “xNova: Wei

LGD has been steaming through this tournament, through some spectacular player-synergies as well really powerful hero drafts.

Chalice and fy have been the bain of mid-players, due to their fantastic stun and CC timings on just the heroes that needed to be held down. Be it a double stun or a mix-up with silences, these two players were a nightmare for each and every player they set their sights on.

Meanwhile, Somnus and Ame were extraordinary in their 1v1 matchups, with Somnus excelling in the mid-lane,  Ame was a dangerous adversary to meet anywhere on the map, but every now and then, Ame would find himself bitting more than he could chew, as the enemy team would cascade upon him,

Last, but not least, we have XNova, who, in our eyes, seemed like that one cog that is needed to make everything tick. xNova’s rotations on Chen or Bounty Hunter were instrumental in the rise to power of his team.

Drafting-wise, PSG.LGD is sporting some serious firepower, aiming for a potent mix to lock-down and harass their opposition, while reaping as much as they can from each objective and each kill.

Team Liquid

 

  • Finland Lasse ”MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
  • Jordan Amer ”Miracle-” Al-Barkawi
  • Bulgaria Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov
  • Lebanon Maroun “GH” Merhej
  • Germany Kuro Salehi “KuroKY” Takhasomi
  • Russia  Airat “Silent” Gaziev
  • Ukraine Bogdan “Iceberg”Vasilenko
  • Russia Alexey “nongrata” Vasilev
  • Russia Aleksander “nofear” Churochkin
  • Ukraine Andrey “ALWAYSWANNAFLY” Bondarenko

“High risk, high reward” seems to be the motto of Team Liquid, as the squad has taken the tournament by force through some impressive and ludicrous moves.

Despite the spectacular results, this newfound mantra has also cost them dearly, as seen in the Winner Finals. Team Liquid continues to find itself punished due to odd positioning and overextending, but no the extent that we are used to.

TL is starting to integrate their flaws into their playstyle, hoping to bate players who want to go for the apparently easy zone and kill. TL seems to able to identify what player is at a risk of getting jumped on and will stay ready to retaliate and counter-gank the aggressor – a manoeuvre that works to some extent.

Player-wise, we grew fond of GH’s more calculated playstyle, looking for safer kills and ganks, rather than risking a dive, as well the more “poke and retreat” style of combat.

 

London Spitfire vs Seoul Dynasty: 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.

New York Excelsior won Stage 2 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. They have put forth a really strong showing so far with London Spitfire definitely being their arch nemesis. But the western teams are definitely catching up as we saw Philadelphia Fusion reach the finals of Stage 2. The gap between the western and Korean teams is diminishing with each successive weak. This is what makes the Overwatch League extremely competitive and fun to watch. Shanghai Dragons, on the other hand, will be playing their first match against Los Angeles Valiant.

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage Playoffs. Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior are already confirmed for the playoffs. If Valiant wins one match, they will qualify for the playoffs as well. Seoul Dynasty does not really have a strong chance to qualify for the Playoffs, but every match becomes important as we head to the last Stage of the Season.

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 vs Seoul Dynasty

 

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • Nus
  • Tizi

London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, owner, and CEO of Cloud9 organization. The team has been really strong in the initial part of the Overwatch League and are the winners of Stage 1 Title match. They also reached the playoffs in Stage 2 Playoffs, where they faltered to Philadelphia Fusion.

The London Spitfire has had a very disheartening performance in Stage 3. Sitting near the bottom of the rankings, they seem to be really far from their Stage 1 & 2 performances. The London Spitfire still does not have the services of Birdring, the star DPS player on the team. They will be using the remainder of their huge lineup as they attempt to probably save some grace in this match against Seoul Dynasty.

Birdring + Profit Duo

We will not be seeing the Birdring + Profit Duo this match

The London Spitfire roster obviously is much weaker compared to their previous iteration. With no Birdring available for the team, they have to rely on Hooreg to put up strong performances for the team. We are used to seeing the Godlike performances by Birdring regularly on London’s roster. Hooreg is a great player and definitely one worthy of his place in the Overwatch League. However, that being said the player is not the standout performer in the Overwatch league. He mostly plays the Projectile DPS for the team and is most potent on heroes such as Pharah and sometimes Genji. But the versatility available for the team via Birdring is definitely absent. Hooreg will have to pull up his individual performance if London is to regain any of their past form.

Hooreg, London Spitfire

Hooreg will need to step up his game if London are to win this match

A big part of London’s DPS efficiency will fall on Profit. The player who is a strong contender for the cutest player in Overwatch League is lethal in game. His junkrat and Tracer have been extremely deadly as other teams simply seem to find no answer to the player. Profit is well supported by the support lineup on the London Spitfire.

The Supports on the team have been very stable in their performance. They are not similar to a Shaz or a Jjonak, but they do have their occasional bursts of brilliance. Nus and Closer have been brilliant in peeling for each other. Usually one of the two stays alive long enough to be extremely effective in a team fight. Of late, they have had small problems, but that is in line with the decline in performance for the entire team.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is the connection between the DPS and support. As weird as it may sound, the London Spitfire roster comes together due to Gesture’s synergy with the remainder of the team. Despite once containing Fissure on their roster, the London Spitfire decided to retain Gesture on the team. This has ensured that the team prioritizes the team play and chemistry over all other. The main tank player has amazing ultimate usage and often zones out more than half of the opponents on his own. He is most well known for his Winston, but can also play other heroes if required.

The London Spitfire are already out of contention for the Stage Playoffs. They can only hope to gain some pride in this match.

 

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty roster:

  • Zunba
  • Miro
  • Ryujehong
  • Tobi
  • Gido
  • Fleta
  • Munchkin
  • Xepher
  • Wekeed
  • Kuki
  • Gambler

The Seoul Dynasty Franchise is owned by KsV esports, which is based out of Silicon Valley. One of the most hyped rosters coming into the first season of Overwatch league, the Seoul Dynasty has disappointed most of their fans. The biggest reason for the same is the excessively high expectations from the team.

The Seoul Dynasty are currently 4-4 in the stage 3 rankings. They have an outside chance of potentially making it to the Stage playoffs, but that would also depend heavily on other teams’ performances. The Seoul Dynasty on their part has been very mediocre this stage, with hardly any strong performances. Most of their wins have been 3-2 match victories, definitely not an inspiring figure.

The Seoul Dynasty roster ofcourse boasts of some world class DPS players in Fleta, Munchkin, and Wekeed. They also had Bunny on the team, who then transferred to Los Angeles Valiant. Obviously Bunny has helped the Valiant to improve their performance and together with Coach Moon, they are on the verge of qualifying for the Playoffs.

Fleta’s performance has definitely fallen off his peak ( during Stage 1). The player who was called as the one ‘setting the meta’ during Stage 1 no longer has the insane game-changing performances. Ofcourse the ultimate result is a combination of the entire team’s positioning and performance, but even on his trademark Widowmaker we have seen Fleta unable to compete with the best Widowmakers in the Overwatch League.

Alongside him, Munchkin and Wekeed are definitely not doing too great. The Seoul Dynasty had a great player in Bunny, but the new roster simply has not clicked together as a team. The management is extremely opaque and provides no insight into the team’s rotation policy. It does seem baffling at times which is highlighted considering their poor performance recently.

Seoul Dynasty has one of the best Winstons in the overwatch league. Miro, who is well respected by the entire Korean community and even players such as Fissure and Gesture is definitely off his peak performance. But he has the potential and the synergy with his teammates to be a top Overwatch League player. His performance is crucial as it would provide the necessary space for the rest of the team. Along with Zunba and Xepher, Miro needs to step up their dive coordination on the opponents’ support lineup. Unless they manage to eliminate the enemy supports in quick time, their survivability becomes a serious issue.

Gambler has been disappointing with his Valkyrie usage on the Mercy. Maybe the player does not have enough experience on playing Mercy, especially on the big stage. But some of his ultimate usages have been downright questionable. Gido, Tobi and Ryujehong are all great names when it comes to their support lineup, but the synergy on the roster seems to be lacking. There is definitely something missing and not just a lack of firepower on the team.

This match is crucial for their chances to stay alive in the Overwatch League stage 3 Playoff contention.

Prediction :

The two teams have been in a huge slump in their recent weeks. While Seoul Dynasty can be said to have been quite consistent but mediocre since the Stage 1, London Spitfire’s form has taken a huge hit in Stage 3. They are barely above Florida Mayhem and have not really been inspiring in their matches. While a big part of their losses has been 2-3 losses, albeit very close they still have the problems on KOTH maps. But their weakness on other types of maps is showing in Stage 3.

London Spitfire will rely heavily on Profit and his individual performance in order to be able to put up a fight. They have no chance of qualifying for the Stage 3 playoffs, but they can definitely save some face here. Their biggest worry in this match would have to be against Fleta’s widowmaker which does not have a sizeable counter on the London Squad. While Birdring used to provide the adequate balance between a Dive DPS and Widowmaker, Hooreg does not provide the same level of proficiency with his hero pool.

Seoul Dynasty is currently 4-4 with a map score of -2. If they win this match 4-0, it puts them at 5-4 with a map score of +2. Their possibility of entering into the PLayoffs depends on Gladiators and/or Valiant losing their matches with a margin. But for this match, they should be trying their best. Fleta’s positioning and performance are crucial to Seoul Dynasty’s performance in this match. They have to retain their number one position in their division of the Overwatch League.

They did have a 3-2 win over Philadelphia Fusion last week which highlighted their performance as a team. The new roster is slowly coming together with great synergy and team coordination.

We recommend a small bet on Seoul Dynasty for this match especially due to London’s poor record on KOTH maps.

Los Angeles Gladiators vs Florida Mayhem: 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.

New York Excelsior won Stage 2 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. They have put forth a really strong showing so far with London Spitfire definitely being their arch nemesis. But the western teams are definitely catching up as we saw Philadelphia Fusion reach the finals of Stage 2. The gap between the western and Korean teams is diminishing with each successive weak. This is what makes the Overwatch League extremely competitive and fun to watch. Shanghai Dragons, on the other hand, will be playing their first match against Los Angeles Valiant.

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage Playoffs. Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior are already confirmed for the playoffs. If Valiant win one match, they will qualify for the playoffs as well. This match between the Gladiators and Florida can be a deciding factor for the fourth team.

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.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators roster:

  • Surefour
  • Asher
  • Hydration
  • Bischu
  • iRemix
  • Shaz
  • BigGoose
  • Fissure
  • Void
  • Silkthread

The Los Angeles Gladiators are one of the two teams representing Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Overwatch League. The franchise is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke, owners of several American sports franchises, and founders of KSE Esports. The Gladiators started out as the weaker of the two Los Angeles teams during Stage 1 but have significantly improved their performance in latter Stages.

The Gladiators team is currently positioned 4th in the Stage 3 leaderboards. Since Overwatch League announced changes to the Title Stage Playoff rules. So instead of just three teams qualifying to the Stage Playoffs, there will be an opportunity for four teams to have a chance at the $100,000 prize pool for the Title Stage winners.

The Gladiators’ positioning on the leaderboards makes them most vulnerable to possibly not qualifying for the Title Stage Playoffs. They only have a score of 5-3 and unless they win both their matches for Week 5, their playoff spot is not confirmed. The Los Angeles Gladiators definitely have the team roster required to secure the spot. Let’s have a look the important players on the roster and their performances so far.

We will start with the DPS lineup on the team which consists of three players, Hydration, Surefour, and Asher. Asher is the Tracer player for the team and has been quite strong. But his performance has seen a dip in recent matches. The team has also not been fielding him regularly and prefer to play Hydration and Surefour on several maps. The diversity in the DPS lineup essentially means that the Gladiators can come up with different strategies based on the map pool and the opponents.

Los Angeles Gladiators performance

There is a lot of synergy in the Gladiators playstyle

Surefour has definitely seen big improvements in his performance. The Overwatch veteran has been on the Widowmaker on most of the maps and has been able to easily win important rounds with crucial picks on his Widowmaker. His aim has been on point and he has won several rounds single-handedly for the team. We will talk about what enables his positioning and freedom on the Widowmaker later, but in the end, he has to be able to make those shots possible in order to secure the final kill.

Fissure with LAG

Fissure is going to be important for the match against Florida Mayhem

Hydration is the Projectile player for the Los Angeles Gladiators. The Pharah / Genji player has been able to make crucial teamplay movements where he regularly moves in with his tanks in order to create space for Surefour’s Widowmaker. Hydration has also brought out the Doomfist from time to time and has been quite efficient on the hero.

The Gladiators have two consistent support players in Shaz and BigGoose. While they are not really the same as the other flashy names in Overwatch League. But their consistency has never been in any question. Shaz has had his moments of glory on the Zenyatta when he could be

Shaz LAG

Shaz has been consistent in his performance on the supprot role

able to eliminate opponents with the alternate fire. BigGoose has been able to peel for his fellow support player quite a lot. Ofcourse ultimately, the outcome of the team fights often comes down to which team manages to eliminate the opponent’s support players first. The fact that Biggoose or Shaz remain alive for so much time is a testimony to their playstyle and their peel for each other.

No mention of the Gladiators can be possible without talking about Fissure on the team. The Gladiators’ performance has seen a huge uptick after the addition of Fissure to the roster. He has been able to create space for the DPS players. It is rare to speak about the ‘individual skill level’ on the main tank hero, but Fissure is one of the best Main tanks in the Overwatch League. His ability to move around his own shield in such an elegant manner allows him to stay alive for much longer than other tank heroes.

The Los Angeles Gladiators will face off against Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising. Their chances against the Boston uprising remain very slim especially due to the dominant performance of the Boston team in Stage 3. This match, therefore, holds even more important for the Gladiators.

Florida Mayhem

Florida Mayhem Roster:

  • Tviq
  • Logix
  • SayaPlayer
  • CWoosh
  • Zebbosai
  • Zuppeh
  • Zappis
  • AwesomeGuy

The Florida Mayhem is the team representing the state of Florida, USA, and the Cities of Miami and Orlando, in the Overwatch League. The league spot is owned by Ben Spoont, CEO, and Co-Founder of Misfits.

The team was considered the second worst team in the Overwatch league for a long time. Despite their stage entrances being on point, their in-game performances during the initial stage were definitely absent. The team brought on a few new players during the Player Trade window. Players such as Aweseomeguy, Sayaplayer have had a huge impact on the performance of the team since then. They have actually climbed a spot in the standings and are now placed above Dallas Fuel.

Sayaplayer in Florida Mayhem jersey

Sayaplayer has been one of the best Widowmakers in the OWL

The team has several DPS players in the form of Tviq, Logix, and Sayaplayer. Logix has been great for the team during the initial stages, but Sayaplayer adds a totally new level to the team’s performance. He has been able to carry the team on his own accord several times. But the biggest problem for him remains that unless he goes off on his DPS hero, the team seems to be struggling in their attempts.

Tviq has been dabbling on the Genji and Pharah for the team. His versatility as a player definitely provides bonus points for the Florida Mayhem. We have seen him able to pull together great Dragon Blades often times resulting in multiple opponent eliminations. The Florida Mayhem roster might not depend on Tviq to make the insane plays but he often creates so much space on his own accord for the team. Logix comes on occasionally for the team and performs his best. Logix has not really seen a slump in form during Stage 3 so far and has been consistent with his playstyle. His Tracer is still very decent, but he has trouble finishing off low HP heroes.

Manneten Florida Mayhem

Manneten’s (Roadhog) hook accuracy is off the charts

The biggest problem for the Florida Mayhem remains the peeling for their support lineup. Zuppeh and Zebbosai are great players but when the opponent Tracer is on them, the lineup falters massively. They have been falling very fast for supports and without the backline, there is no durability in the lineup. The DPS players can only do so much when it comes to the actual gameplay, but without consistent heals and support lineup they cannot carry the game all the time.

Cwoosh and Manneten have put forth good performances on the tank lineup, but they have been on their best performance only during off-meta picks such as Zarya and Roadhog. Manneten’s hook accuracy on the Roadhog is one of the best in the Overwatch League. Translating the hooks to kills, however, has been a problem for the team as they need to ensure that any small advantage is translated into victory for the team.

The Florida Mayhem has no chances of making it to the Stage playoffs. They are definitely near the bottom of the standings right now and will be playing for the Miami Pride.

Prediction:

The two teams are very opposite when it comes to current form. The Gladiators might not be in their best form, but their current form definitely calls for some really good performances on the part of the LA-based team. With the playoff standings on the line we can be sure that they will put forth their best foot forward. The Los Angeles Gladiators have shown us the perfect combination of a balanced team. While they might not be the best Dive team, they definitely have amazing shots on Surefour’s Widowmaker which grants them huge early advantage in several team fights. With Mercy not a necessity in all team compositions now, a widowmaker pick often results in a lopsided fight in an advantage of the Gladiators.

Tviq Corsair T shirt

Will Tviq be able to carry the team?

The Florida Mayhem is a very high skill ceiling team, but have had poor performances n the roster. The team has not been able to come together and their uncertainty during team fights often leads to fatal mistakes. They have not really put forth strong performances worthy of a top tier team. However, there have been several instances when Sayaplayer or Tviq take matters into their own hands and can eliminate multiple members of the enemy. This performance might lead to the off chance that they secure a map win against the Gladiators, but their likelihood of winning the entire series remains very low.

But since this is a very important match for the Gladiators, they want to win it with a 4-0 scoreline. The Gladiators have a +5 Map differential and a 4-0 win here would put them comfortably at a 9-0 map difference. While this still does not confirm the team’s position in the playoff, it definitely puts them one step closer.

We recommend a big bet on the Los Angeles Gladiators for this match.

Natus Vincere vs. paiN Gaming: Esports Betting Prediction @ Dota 2 EPICENTER XL

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Tournament Introduction:

The third instalment of EPICENTER is a tournament by Epic Esports Events that will be held in Moscow from April 27th to May 6th. The main event will be held at the VTB Ice Palace on May 4–6.

Four direct invites and 8 qualified teams, for a total of 12, will be competing in this epic tournament for the $1,000,000 USD and 1500 Pro Circuit Points prize pool.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Two groups of six teams each[4]
    • Bo3 Round robin
    • Top two of each group advance to the Upper Bracket of the main event
    • 3rd and 4th placed teams advance to the Lower Bracket of the main event
    • Bottom two teams of both groups are eliminated
  • Main event
    • Double elimination
    • First two rounds of the Lower Bracket are Bo1
    • All other games are Bo3
    • Bo5 Grand Finals

source: liquidpedia.net

Natus Vincere

  • Ukraine Vladislav “Crystallize” Krystanek
  • Ukraine Danil “Dendi” Ishutin
  • Ukraine Victor “GeneraL” Nigrini
  • Ukraine Ilya “Lil” Ilyuk
  • Serbia Nikola “LeBronDota” Popovic

Na’Vi’s been throwing some punches in this tournament after winning their match-ups against Team Secret and Virtus.Pro.

Their playstyle is quite a messy act, with players winding up in way too many perilous places while engagements are mostly governed by pure chaos, rather than a cohesive strategy.
Even son, Na’Vi are real fighters and the individual skill of players such as GeneraL, LeBronDota and Dendi has saved the team on more occasions than we can count.

Out of the four matches in this competition, two games were also lost against the teams: Newbee and OG. Taking a look at these match-ups and why they turned out sour for Na’Vi, we can observe Na’Vi inability to break well-organised teams, like the former or hold the fort down enough against more aggressive and coordinated teams, such as OG.

The road ahead for Na’Vi their placing in the Group Stage seems set, if not for one outcome. Only one specific result can push Na’Vi on the brink of elimination, but can they avoid it?

 

paiN Gaming

 

  • Brazil William “hFn” Medeiros
  • Romania Aliwi “w33” omar
  • Brazil Otavio “tavo” Gabriel
  • Brazil Danylo “Kingrd” Nascimento
  • Brazil Heitor “Duster” Pereira

paiN Gaming is quite in a tough spot. The South-American squad has only one shot at even starting to survive the Group Stage, but judging by their past performance.. it’s gonna be tough.

paiN Gaming had a rough start in this tournament, after adding Aliwi Omar to their roster, only two weeks before the event. While for many other teams this would be such a major issue, the roster change has put pressure in a team that already feels a bit overwhelmed in the higher ranks.
The SA squad is quite a chaotic lot, but one that still has a long road ahead of itself, if it wants to compete alongside the more prestigious teams.

In the EPICENTER XL Group Stage continuously struggled to take even one game away from their opponents, the one exception being Virtus.Pro (1-2). The SA team, at this moment, at the bottom of their Group and on the very edge of being eliminated.

It’s tough being a paiN fan at this point, but maybe the team can pull out one last Hail Mary before the curtain drops on their act. Let’s see in the match-up discussion and prediction below.

 

Philadelphia Fusion vs Shanghai Dragons: 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.

New York Excelsior won Stage 2 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. They have put forth a really strong showing so far with London Spitfire definitely being their arch nemesis. But the western teams are definitely catching up as we saw Philadelphia Fusion reach the finals of Stage 2. The gap between the western and Korean teams is diminishing with each successive weak. This is what makes the Overwatch League extremely competitive and fun to watch. Shanghai Dragons, on the other hand, will be playing their first match against Los Angeles Valiant.

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage Playoffs.

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.

Philadelphia Fusion vs Shanghai Dragons

The two teams have a very different path in this match. Philadelphia Fusion is not really a team which can top the table, but the team does have a slight outside chance of making it to the stage playoffs. The fact that there are four teams in the Stage Playoffs definitely plays into the team’s favor. Shanghai Dragons on the other hand are still in search of their first victory.

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Shadowburn
  • Snillo
  • HOTBA
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • Boombox
  • DayFly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is the Overwatch league team owned by Comcast Spectacor as they enter the esports scene. The company manages hundreds of stadiums in Europe and North America. Going into the latter seasons of the Overwatch League, their expertise will definitely come in handy for the franchise.

Philadelphia Fusion has been a very weird team in their matches. They have wins over London Spitfire at this stage, but they are also poor at finishing matches against other teams. They have had 3 matches go to Map 5 in this Stage. The fact that they have won two of these matches against Houston Outlaws and London Spitfire definitely speaks volumes about their performance. But they keep surprising us by losing to relatively weaker teams in the subsequent week. The uncertainty and inconsistent nature of their performance have definitely created big problems for the team. They have a plethora of DPS players which include players such as Snillo, Eqo, Shadowburn, and Carpe. It does seem that the coach is confused which players to put in for which match. We have seen them try out the various combination of these DPS players.

Carpe

Carpe is the obvious and the regular in the lineup. His skill ceiling is extremely high and that is one of the biggest reasons for his regular appearance on the team despite the presence of so many DPS players on the roster. Carpe can also play the Widowmaker with great accuracy and is often single handedly responsible for won team fights. Ofcourse, Widowmaker is a very elusive ans map specific hero so we see the hero brought out on maps such as Ilios, temple of Anubis etc. Sometimes we also see Widowmaker being brought out on Blizzard World, but that practice has been slowly deteriorating.

EQO Philadelphia Fusion

EQO

The remaining three players present a steady mix of Experience as well as skill. Earlier in the Season, we would see Shadowburn being regularly on the team. But once Snillo and EQO became of age, we are seeing the young guns being used a lot of ore on the roster. Eqo has a wide variety of heroes that he can play and the flexibility of the player definitely does come in handy for the management while making a decision. However, the DPS players seem to lack the synergy with the tank lineup where the flaws can definitely be seen

Despite being off to a great start in the Season with his insane D’va bombs, Poko’s performance has fallen off in the last few weeks. While his D’va bombs are not as effective, we are slowly

Poko Photo

Poko’s ultimate usage is way above other D’vas in the OWL

seeing the attention turn to other aspects of his D’va. And somehow it is not doing that well with the rest of the team.

Ofcourse the main tank role on the team remains a big problem with Fragi’s unique playstyle not suitable for all types of players. Fragi has a very aggressive main tank role with his Reinhardt or Winston. Often times, this leads to big problems on the team as Fragi is alone and behind enemy lines without support from his DPS lineup or the support staff. If the team figures out how to figure Fragi in their lineup prominently, they can become a very strong team. But Fragi often dies alone and this leaves the team without a main tank. They intake a lot more damage than they normally would which puts them at a big disadvantage.

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons Roster:

  • Diya
  • Xushu
  • MG
  • Roshan
  • Altering
  • Fiveking
  • Freefeel
  • ADO
  • Geguri
  • Fearless
  • Sky
  • Daemin

 

Shanghai Dragons are one of the two Asian teams in the Overwatch League. The team representing China in the first season of the Overwatch League was involved in controversies right from the start. It is owned by NetEase, a company which has business ties with Blizzard.

Post the commencement of the league, the focus turned on their extremely poor performance. The Shanghai Dragons’ record so far in the season is 0-26, a definite shame considering they are way behind the rest of the teams. They have made significant roster changes to the team with the addition of several Korean members. However, the elusive victory is not yet in sight.

Geguri Photo

Geguri is the first female player in the OWL

Shanghai Dragons’ biggest improvement has come in their tank lineup. Geguri along with Fearless have been eally strong on the roster. Geguri’s attention towards her supports definitely presents itself in her playstyle. The Chinese support players are able to stay alive a lot more with Geguri on the team. This results in more durability for the team. However, this is just the individual performance by the first female OWL player. Coming into the Overwatch League, it will be interesting to see how the team adapts to the new players. From what we heard, communication is still a slight problem on the team.

There are two different groups who speak different languages. Ofcourse Chinese and Korean are nowhere similar and we wonder how the team would be if they could manage to speak freely. It will take time for the Shanghai Dragons, but we don’t believe that they don’t lack the skills yet. They are a team with amazing individual skill but with almost no coordination amongst the various parts of the lineup. Each week is seeing big improvements on the team, but we should not expect a lot from the Chinese roster.

Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The DPS players on the team are extremely talented. Diya is constantly able to stand up to the best DPS players in the League and can often 1v1 enemy Tracers successfully. His individual performance on the Widowmaker has also impressed the talent and casters. Ado is the Projectile player for the team and his individual performance has been great. The Korean player has taken his own time to adjust to the Shanghai Dragons playstyle, but this opportunity is not lost on him. We see him trying to poke the enemy Zenyatta constantly. And oftentimes, he forces out the opposing ultimates. However, at times he holds out on his Dragonblade far too long for it to be effective at all.

Shanghai Dragons should hope to take this to Map 5, where Philadelphia Fusion has shown itself to be extremely inconsistent. If it does go to Map 5, Shanghai might have a decent chance at winning this map.

Prediction:

Fragi Philadelphia Fusion

Fragi needs to fill integrate himself with the rest of the team

The Shanghai Dragons obviously are still in search of their first win of the Season. Their current record looks extremely unimpressive, but if you have been watching their matches closely you will see the vast improvements in the team’s playstyle. The addition of new players to the team has enabled the support lineup which has been able to stay alive for a much longer time. In terms of the skill, we have seen the Shanghai Dragons DPS players stand up to the best players in the League.

The big question remains whether they can make an impact in this match. Philadelphia Fusion is a middling team and has shown glimpses of amazing performance. But their lack of consistency on the roster definitely affects their performance. Fragi is an extremely aggressive tank and it is a highly risky playstyle. It can either give the Fusion a high reward with an extremely fast ‘Earthshatter’. But it could also backfire if the opponents can read into Fragi’s playstyle. They can take advantage of the lack of support for Fragi, which can then give them a huge advantage in terms of the bodies present on the point.

Diya, Shanghai Dragons

Skillwise, Diya is as good as any other DPS player in the League

Shanghai Dragons still need some time to become a top tier team. Their last match was against Florida Mayhem, albeit an extremely weak team. But the fact that they could not defeat the Mayhem shows that there are definite cracks in the Shanghai armor. We do not expect the Dragons to be able to pull off a win in this match. Their current form is improving but it is not enough for a win against the Philadelphia Fusion.

We recommend a medium sized bet on Philadelphia Fusion for this match.