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

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

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

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.

 

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