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Fnatic vs Astralis : Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast

  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • 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: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Fnatic vs Astralis

Fnatic

Fnatic Roster:

  • JW
  • Krimz
  • Brollan
  • Xizt
  • Twist

The Fnatic roster has undergone a lot of changes in the recent months. The Swedish team’s performance has improved over time and at a rapid pace at that. Ofcourse the team still requires the individual members to put up some strong numbers when it comes to their firepower. The biggest problem for the team was the lack of performance from several of their ‘famed’ members.

Fnatic included Twist and Brollan on their team in the recent rounds of roster change. The two players were formerly on Red Reserve and have great chemistry with each other. The addition of Brollan ofcourse comes with the recommendation of Twist. He believes in the youngster and feels like Brollan could be a potential star for the Swedish scene in the future. We have not seen Brollan pull off some really strong performances so far. But the rest of the team is definitely stepping it up, giving him the space needed to become more comfortable on the roster.

Fnatic also has Xizt on their roster as the In-Game Leader. For most of his career, he has been associated with NIP. During his time on NIP, he made some questionable decisions when it comes to their map vetoes as well as strategies. However, what did not work with the NIP players might just work with these Fnatic players. For now, Xizt is the key to enabling the strategic advantage for Fnatic. For a long time, the Fnatic players have relied on their firepower and their talent to win matches. So far in 2018, we have seen that having great tactics is probably more important than just raw firepower.

JW proved to be a surprising x-factor versus Liquid (StarLadder)

With JW on the AWP, Fnatic needs the player to put up amazing performances in order to win this match. They are up against the best team in the world and if their main AWper does not have a good performance then Fnatic might just losing the entire match. They need to secure the best possible map veto in order to possibly stand a chance. Their poor map pool is going to hurt them coming into this match. They are up against a team which has one of the best and widest map pools in the entire game.

Astralis

Astralis roster:

  • Glaive
  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

Astralis had a very dominating performance against Mousepsorts yesterday. Their ability to kite the Mousepsorts roster for its inexperience and especially in their predictions on the Mousesports positioning in the map. Speaking of positioning and their ability to outmanoeuvre the Swedish roster, Fnatic will need to understand and thoroughly review Xizt’s, movements through the map in the past. With Zonic and Glaive at the helm, we can be sure of this review.

The Danish roster’s performance in the recent months has been largely due to two people on the team. One is Glaive, their In-Game Leader, the other person is Zonic. The two devise some really cool strategies and they have furnished the excellent mid-round calls by the In-Game Leader. Glaive was brought onto the team after Kjaerye left the team for North. Under this team, he was ablet o manufacture a team full of synergy and excellent playstyle. His mid-round calls are most evident on a map like Nuke. We can see how the team evaluates its positioning in the middle of the map.

At the same time, we also have the likes of Device and Dupreeh who have provided the firepower to make this team as strong as it is. The two players have been the pillars of the Danish top level Counter-Strike for a long time. They are able to make amazing plays in the game. Their adventurous nature when it comes to pushing certain sections of the map makes Astralis such as Dangerous team. We see the team take advantage of the early information that it gains with these pushes. It is not rare to see the team move in cohesion across the map.

Xyp9x is a silent player on the team and he has been consistent with his result. The team’s performance in recent months has been able due to Xyp9x providing the supporting play from behind. He is a rock for the team and he provides much more than just his score on the server. His admittance to guiding the young players and keeping them calm on the roster is so crucial for Astralis’ playstyle. Without him, the whole team falls apart. Overall, Astralis is a well-rounded roster with a lot of potential and firepower. They still require to their current form if they are to compete against the likes of Faze Clan. However, for this match against Team Liquid, Astralis will need to have Dupreeh come out ahead.

Prediction:

Despite Fnatic’s strengths and their potential to come out ahead on open-sided maps, Astralis still remains the stronger team. They have the firepower and the necessary skill and experience to easily overcome Fnatic.

The fact that Fnatic did manage to reach the semifinals especially against teams like Mibr, Na’Vi etc is truly surprising. However, against Astralis it would take a heroic effort for the Swedish side to come out ahead.

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MVP.Pk vs MiBr: Esports Betting Analysis @ Zotac Cup masters 2018

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The Zotac Cup Masters is the first tournament to be held since the players’ break started. The tournament does not feature the top Counter-Strike teams, but it does not lack quality or competition. There are several tiers two teams in this tournament that are striving to make an impact. Their performance in this tournament would go a long way in their form for the upcoming season. Many of these teams are not attending the FaceIT London Major. While some of them are Legends for the upcoming Major, they are not really in the best of form right now.

The Zotac Cup Masters is a LAN tournament with a prize pool of. The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center, Wan Chai will be hosting the tournament. It features 8 teams in attendance. Due to the limited time period for the tournament, it is scheduled only for three days, it has a single elimination format. This single elimination format could probably have been improved upon, however, the organisers have at least ensured that each match is a Best of Three series. The fact that every match is a BO3, with the finals being a BO5 is small comfort to the teams.

This tournament has a prize pool of $300,000 with the lion’s share of the prize pool going to the first place. The tournament winner will take home $200,000 as well as the bragging rights.

Format

  • Playoffs are Single Elimination
  • Quarterfinals & Semifinals: BO3
  • Finals: BO5

MVP.Pk

MVP.Pk Roster:

  • Xign
  • Zeff
  • Glow
  • Solo
  • Minixeta

MVP.Pk is a South Korean roster, probably one of the first teams from the region to play as good as they are now. Despite being the ‘esports capital’ of the world by a mile, MVP.Pk is the only team that South Korea has to show for the region. Korea has produced amazing players when it comes to Overwatch and Starcraft, but their penetration in CS:GO has been abysmally low.

The MVP.Pk roster has been dominating the Asian scene. They have lost several qualifiers in the finals, but they almost always have very deep placements. They recently qualified for the IEM Chicago via the Asia qualifiers. For other tournaments such as Star series and IEM Shanghai, they lost out in the last phase of the qualifiers.

Xign has emerged as one of the strongest Asian players due to his insane skill ceiling. Supported by the rest of the team, he can win several aim duels ensuring a great advantage for the team. His personal performance on this roster has helped the team make such deep runs and win matches against top teams. The South Korean team, however, lacks the tactical aspect to their gameplay. They have developed strategies, but they often seem outdated and out of sync with the current meta. This forces the team to often play at a small disadvantage. Regardless of their constant work on their map pool means that they have a decent map pool to work with.

Their win against Virtus Pro is obviously something that should be taken with a pinch of salt. Virtus Pro changed their roster immediately following their loss and now Byali will not be a part of the team. This fundamental change to their roster might be due to their inability to put up strong results. Alternatively, it might also be due to internal conflicts on the roster and that is why MVP.Pk was able to win their match with such ease.

 

MiBr

MiBr roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Stewie2k
  • Tarik

The Made In Brazil roster is one of the strongest teams at the tournament. Consisting of five players, each of whom has won a CS:GO Major in the past this team is as strong as you can get on paper. However, their individual performance and their synergy is definitely lacking. They have been unable to impress anyone with their performance. They recently added a coach to the team after spending almost two years without a coach. This was due to the need felt after poor tactics and repeated mistakes on the team. The performance of the roster can be improved and their skill ceiling is what can make this team extremely strong and a Championship contender.

MiBr’s lineup consists of veteran players such as Fallen, Tarik, Fer, Coldzera. There were rumours of the team breaking apart partly because the Coldzera and Fallen would not agree on the team’s tactics and strategies. This is why they brought in Ynk, a third person with an outside view of their performances. Ynk presents to the team an impartial view of the weaknesses in their tactics. His presence on the team is definite to add the much-needed flair on this roster.

The new additions in the form of Tarik and Stewie2k add the much-needed firepower. They are strong players who were sort of bogged down on their previous roster. While they did win the Boston Major, a lot of things went right for the team at the time. In this new team, they present a very aggressive playstyle on part of the two youngsters which enables them to take the fights. However, Tarik and Stewie2k

Prediction:

There is little doubt that MiBr is the stronger team in this match. The former Major Champions would not even need good tactics and YnK’s influence in order to potentially win this match. As such we recommend a large bet on MiBr for this matchup.

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OpTic Gaming vs. paiN Gaming: Esports Betting Prediction @ DOTA Summit 9

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Tournament Introduction:

The ninth instalment of The Summit is taking place in Los Angeles, where six teams will be testing their strategies and tactics before The International 8 arrives.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Bo2 Round Robin;
    • Top two teams advance to the Upper Bracket of Playoffs;
    • Bottom four teams advance to the Lower Bracket of Playoffs.
  • Playoffs
    • Double Elimination;
    • All games except Grand Finals are Bo3;
    • Grand Finals is Bo5.

source: liquidpedia.net

OpTic Gaming

 

  • Sweden Per “Pajkatt” Olsson Lille
  • USA Quinn “CC&C” Callahan
  • Israel Neta “33” Shapira
  • Sweden Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
  • USA Peter “ppd” Dager

OpTic Gaming’s recent ability to adapt to certain line-ups could prove to a path worth investing in. Also, the team’s coordination in fights is looking better and better after each game, which could lead to OpTic Gaming becoming a favourable contender in the upcoming TI.

33 and zai prove to quite a fearsome combination in the laning phase, as 33’s recent early-game aggression with Necrophos (aided by zai’s Skywrath Mage) really put the heat onto EE and pieliedie for the first ten minutes. 33’s creeping pestilence is what we would’ve like to see going into the mid-game, but with a crippled top and mid lane, the game quickly turned in favour of Fnatic.

OpTic Gaming’s aforementioned adaptability to the opponents draft came into play the second game:  game 1 had Meepo, played by Abed, come in to sweep a fairly unprepared OpTiC, but the second game started with a strong „anti-meepo” and resilient draft coming for the black and green squad.

And it worked, although with some failing here and there, OpTic Gaming managed to withstand most of the early game onslaught (even bringing some fights in the top lane)  and the „crashing tide” that was Meepo in game 1, turned more into a breeze-blown wave by minute 20.
The dramatic shift of pace from one game to another should encourage OpTic to further experiment with counter-draftings that can execute to shut down the star player of a team, although only focusing on these kinds of strats could end up handicapping them. We hope they find the right balance and see even more aces up their sleeves.

paiN Gaming

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

paiN Gaming’s still struggling to turn their early-game advantage into anything meaningful in the later stages of the game. While some players can, individually, push the odds in their favour, it seems that is far from enough for the team to succeed.

The Brazilian squad has a rough time gaining any control of the mid-game, due to a  somewhat unintentional reliance on individual players to succed. In their latest matchups, we saw some moments of greatness coming from paiN, but also a fair amount of mistakes, misplays and bad positioning that closely followed the previous and these hurt the most.

w33’s been a dominating presence in all games, be it in-lane or in teamfights as well as tavo, but it seems that paiN Gaming’s individual prowess doesn’t translate at all into team success. paiN’s chaotic wandering and the sometimes confusing positioning end up rendering all that farm that it’s players gathered pointless, as the enemy team can recover from one or two botched teamfights.

It saddens us to see these kinds of developments, but we are hopeful that paiN Gaming can improve their act before TI.

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London Spitfire vs Philadelphia Fusion: 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 final match between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion will see the two best teams at the time compete against each other. London Spitfire might not have been the strongest team in Stage 3&4. However, they have found renewed vigor and confidence as we head into the finals. The Philadelphia Fusion, on the other hand, are the kings of the current meta. In a way, London might just be the underdogs in the finals, a rare but true thought.

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 London Spitfire

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Snillo
  • Shadowburn
  • HOTBA
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • Sado
  • Boombox
  • dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fuson is owned by Comcast Spectacor, a sports and media company which managed hundreds of stadiums across North America. The team missed out on the Preseason of OWL season 1, which was attended by the remaining 11 teams. The overwatch league probably has no other team with a roster as diverse as Philadelphia Fusion.

Philadelphia Fusion has players from so many nationalities. It failed to secure visas for the players in December 2017 for the pre-season. The Philadelphia’s performance early in Stage 1 was also something that was shaky and extremely lackluster.

But as the season wore on, we saw a more concerted and spirited performance by the team. The team relies heavily on the diversity of it’s DPS Players. While initially, they had only Carpe and Shadowburn, they acquired EQO and Snillo later. The youngsters proved to be a valuable addition to the team which has only served to improve their performance. What we saw during their match against New York Excelsior showed us how strong the coaching and the support staff for the Fusion is.

They played an extremely aggressive and counter-pick style of playstyle. The team was able to understand the way the NYXL plays. They were constantly swapping off heroes and making big changes to the way they approach their enemy. The constant hero swaps made NYXL extremely uncomfortable especially as they could not ensure a stable performance.

Philadelphia Fusion has Carpe as it’s star performer. Back in the Tracer meta, Carpe was able to play the Tracer to a very high efficiency. Right now in the Double sniper meta, he is able to constantly be on top of the enemy Sniper and keep them in check. In addition to Carpe, EQO is usually the other DPS on their active roster. The player usually plays a projectile hero such as Genji and Pharah. Indeed his damage output on Genji ( without the ultimate) is one of the highest in the Overwatch league.

The Philadelphia Fusion of earlier had a tank problem. Fragi is one of the better Reinhardt’s in the Game. He has a very aggressive stance with the hero, one that is not replicated by any other player. His aggressive style is even more effective because no one expects the plays that he makes. However, during the dive meta, he would even be a distraction for his own team. His performance on the team notwithstanding, he was not really being conducive to team play. The addition of Sado to the roster has definitely helped improve the team’s performance by a lot. The Philadelphia Fusion is probably the team that has gained the maximum due to the change in the meta. The change in meta has helped the team to exert its performance and become a strong team.

London Spitfire

London Spitfire roster:

  • Bdosin
  • Profit
  • Birdring
  • Nus
  • Gesture
  • Fury

The London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. Coming from an endemic esports organization, the London Spitfire management has a great understanding of players’ mentality and attitude. They are the only European representatives in Overwatch League Season 1. However, that did not stop them from putting together a strong roster. The roster for the London Spitfire is fully Korean.

The London Spitfire won Stage 1 playoffs and quickly established a big fan base. They were seen as the Kryptonites to New York Excelsior who looked unbeatable at the time. London Spitfire’s grit and determination is what got them through the early stages of the tournament. The London Spitfire comprises of a core roster that has been playing in the Overwatch League with alarming consistency.

The two DPS players for London Spitfire are Birdring and Profit. Birdring has seen a big resurgence to form especially in the playoffs. London Spitfire might have been one of the weakest teams in Stage 3 & 4. However, they are also a team which has seen a significant dip in their DPS players’ performance. As a team, the London Spitfire relies heavily on their DPS players. Birdring has been a consistent DPS player in the early stage of the Overwatch League. But as we saw his performance take a nosedive in Stage 3 and 4, so did London’s results. Birdring has a wide variety of characters that he can play at the top level and that is what makes him one of the better DPS players in the League. However, his performance is not due to individual skill or prowess. He is supplemented to a large extent by his partner DPS player, profit as well as Gesture.

Profit has a knack for playing different heroes, heroes that are not always in the meta. This does not mean that he cannot play the regular heroes, but he is the one who changes his role depending on the team’s requirements. As we look at his roles in the stages of Overwatch League, we realize that Profit is the go-to guy for Junkrat, Doomfist, Sombra etc. His performance in the Grand finals will be crucial for the final outcome.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is also another player mentioned while talking about London Spitfire. Gesture primarily was the lesser of the tanks in the team. But his coordination with the DPS players is definitely something special. His performance in the team alongside profit is what made the famed London Dive so efficient. London Spitfire had one of the highest rates for eliminating the opponent Support players. With the playoffs, his performance looks on a rebound right now.

The Support players on the London Spitfire might not always be the flashiest, but the team has had two of the most consistent players in Nus and Bdosin. However, that does not imply that the team cannot have some really fast and early kills by Bdosin. In their match against Valiant, we saw how Bdosin often got the opening kills against the Valiant. The performance of the team relies on the consistency of the support players, but there is also a big chance that the supports can ensure an opening which the team capitalizes on.

Considering how important the stakes on this match are, a slight mistake can lead to a lost map. It can alter the hero ultimate economy which is so important in Overwatch. London Spitfire, however,ise up against one of the stronger teams in the Overwatch league right now. Their opponents Philadelphia Fusion are called the ‘king of the meta’ and not without reason.

Prediction:

The Overwatch League Playoff Finals is one of the most important matches for both these teams. They started off differently, London Spitfire started strong while Philadelphia Fusion is not as strong. The two teams were the only ones to be able to defeat NYXL in Stage 1.

The battle between the two teams is as much as a battle between individual sections of the teams. The DPS players in Birdring and Carpe are definitely going to be under a microscope as they play in this match. These are the players who have the most impact on a match and usually are the title holders for the most eliminations. However, that being said the two remaining DPS players in EQO and Profit are going to be the X-factor in this game. The two players are the ones who usually switch characters in order to ensure a better performance for their team. Seeing how successful Philadelphia’s hero swaps were in their match against NYXL, this would be crucial to their result against London Spitfire.

This match should go to Map 5, irrespective of who comes out on top. The Philadelphia Fusion might have been the better team in the last two stages, but the London Spitfire has made a resurgence of late. The London Spitfire’s performance of late, however, is reminiscent of their performance in the first two stages.

We recommend a bet on London Spitfire for this match, but it will probably go all the way to Map 5.

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Philadelphia Fusion vs New York Excelsior: 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.

We are now in the Season 1 playoffs for the Overwatch league. There are only six teams remaining and they will compete against each other starting on July 11th. The six teams are Boston Uprising, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Los angeles Valiant and Los Angeles Gladiators. These six teams will play in several match series. Each series comprises of multiple maps as we decide which team is the best.

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.

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Shadowburn
  • Snillo
  • Hotba
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • SADO
  • Boombox
  • Dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast Spectacor, one of the better-known entertainment companies in North America. It is the only team representing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

A glance at the Philadelphia Fusion roster reveals a wide acceptance of players from all regions and languages. This proved to be a problem for the team during the OWL Preseason, where they could not get all of their players on board and attending. But as the season has rolled on, Fusion looks stronger with each passing week. The Philadelphia Fusion’s performance might not be blazing as the NYXL, but they have been a steady performer.

Fusion was one of the only two teams to manage to defeat NYXL during Stage 1. It was a phenomenal feat at the time, one matched only by London Spitfire, the Stage 1 winners. The Fusion has a large number of DPS players on its roster. The likes of Carpe, Shadowburn, EQO, Snillo have all proven themselves on the big stage. They can stand up to the best in the League ( for the new, young players) while Carpe is one of the best Widowmakers. Being a very good widowmaker has its advantages for Carpe in the current meta. With Tracer no longer as viable as before, a good Widowmaker is a boon.

EQO’s Genji has been the talk of the town ever since he joined the OWL season 1. He charges his ultimate extremely fast, especially on the back of some really good aim with the shuriken toss. The Genji gameplay is not as reliant on the ultimate usage. This means that he cannot always be easily countered by support ultimates. This is a valuable assessment of the EQO play style, which deals consistent damage over time without using an ultimate.

The tanks on the team have a very aggressive stance, one which fetches them a lot of kills. We have seen Poko use his ultimate for multiple kills in the past on a regular basis. However, it is fragi who deserves a special mention. The hyper-aggressive gameplay from the Tank main ensures a very early earthshatter. The high impact ultimate can change the outcome of a team fight, single-handedly.

The fusion has defeated NYXL before and it is not unthinkable for them to do so again.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Meko
  • Janus
  • Meko
  • JJonak
  • Ark
  • Anamo

 

The New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets. Coming with a rich heritage in traditional sports, it is exciting to see them succeed in the inaugural season of OWL. New York Excelsior has been the undeniable champion of season 1, irrespective of who lifts the trophy.

The Korean roster comprises the core of Luxury Watch Blue. The team was not really expected to be as dominant in Season 1 as they have shown themselves to be. But consistent practice and a great individual performance by stars such as Saebyeolbe made them a household name for every Overwatch fan.

Saebyeolbe is a crucial link on this team. Not only his he the flashy player who gets most of the kills, his impact on the team is much bigger than that. He is the In-game leader for the team within the game but also serves as a leader to the team as they adjust to the western lifestyle. Adjusting to their new life forms a crucial part of the process for the Korean players. Although Los Angeles is probably the best place to be for a Korean player, it is still a big change for them.


Saebyeolbe has shown us great leadership skills in the game. He can make insane individual kills but also show amazing restraint for the better result in the end. Saebyeolbe mostly plays the hitscan heroes and made a name for himself using Tracer. But with the current meta no longer favoring Tracer, Saebyeolbe has been adept at playing other heroes as well.

Libero is the other DPS on the team, while he is not as flashy as Saebyeolbe, he remains a strong contender on the team. He mostly plays the Projectile heroes and has a very high KDA on Genji. The player is one who plays along with the team’s positioning and takes advantage of the mayhem caused by the NYXL tanks. He can adequately take advantage of the space created to ensure a higher efficiency in his DPS role.

It is rare to see a support receiving as much as attention as JJonak does on this team. The star support player has been responsible for some great performances and he has a significantly higher damage output. This also results in a much faster ultimate charging time ensuring NYXL are always ready for the next fight. JJonak is aptly the X Factor on NYXL, without which they would not have been able to reach their current position.

New York will look forth to exert their dominance in the First season. They are matched against Philadelphia Fusion in their semifinal match.

Prediction

The New York Excelsior has been consistently dominant throughout the first season of Overwatch league. No other team has come close to maintaining the same level of consistency throughout the season. While we have seen other team’s defeat New York Excelsior in certain matches, they have always been termed an upset. In Short, NYXL is the favorite to win all of their matches. The New York team’s performance definitely has been under the radar for long.

A big part of their playstyle depends on their DPS players getting individual kills. In the past, we have to see Saebyeolbe carry the baton for the team. But the current meta also favors Pine who can be comfortable on his hitscan heroes. He has a very high-risk high reward type of gameplay, one which can be called dangerous. But the team has learned and adapted to playing alongside him. They compliment him very well, ensuring they can finish off kills and roll forth from there.

Philadelphia Fusion has their DPS players at the forefront of all of their matches. The individual battles between the DPSplayhers of the two teams will be exciting to watch and often dictate the pace of the game.

One of the best battles to watch out for is the Saebyeolbe vs Carpe fight. It is going to be a challenge between two behemoths in the game, each with his own individual style. Carpe is going to look forth to making really aggressive plays but he also has to be wary of Pine who compliments Saebyeolbe really well. It might just prove to be too much for Carpe as he addresses the constant attention from two of NYXL’s best DPS players. For now, we recommend a bet on New York Excelsior.

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