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Dallas Fuel 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.

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.

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 vs New York Excelsior

 

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel roster:

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • Harryhook
  • AKM
  • OGE
  • Unk0e

The Dallas Fuel franchise is owned by Hastro, CEO, and owner of EnVyUs. The organization has a rich history in Overwatch and they have been one of the most successful teams in the scene prior to Overwatch League. So it is not without expectations that they were thought to become the best team in OWL Season 1.

However, things turned out for the worst as the team moved from one controversy to another. The Dallas Fuel roster was unable to picture any good moments in the Overwatch Season 1 up to Stage 4. This is when they made massive changes to their roster, essentially changing the way the roster looks. They lost their star DPS player, Effect but that has only served to make them stronger right now.

The Dallas Fuel lost many players along the way, but the final product looks quite reminiscent of the original EnVyUs roster with their dominating performances nonetheless. Taimou’s resurgence as one of the strongest DPS in the League is just a testimony to his individual skill level as a player. The player has been able to ensure strong performances and is a beast on the Widowmaker right now. While the Dallas Fuel experimented with him being on the tank role for quite some time, he is back on the DPS role.

The biggest revelation for the Fuel has to be the introduction and the consistency of Seagull. The twitch streamer has been included into the active roster and is currently playing regularly for the Fuel. Seagull’s variety of heroes is exactly what this meta demands and as a result, we are witnessing the fuel really bring forth their A game. The Dallas fuel qualifying for Stage playoffs is entirely due to the new found coordination and confidence within the team. They have a sense of direction, something lacking from their earlier coach KyKy.

The Dallas Fuel tank lineup includes OGE and Mickie. OGE has been accused of running a boosting service, however, he is still a great player within the server. OGE’s performance on the main tank role is not something that comes in the highlights, but he remains the lynchpin for the team.

The Dallas Fuel definitely has the potential to win the Stage and ensure a good ending to Season one regular matches. This match against New York Excelsior, however, is going to be a difficult match for them.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team New York Mets. The team is the most successful team amongst the initial 12 teams in Overwatch league. They have been in the playoffs of each stage of the Overwatch league Season 1 so far.

The New York team functions mostly due to their teamwork, but this teamwork is based on their insane individual skill. Saebyeolbe remains the best DPS player in terms of his movement and target selection. While the earlier stages of OWL saw him focus the opponent DPS, he has also taken up the mantle of going easy on the enemy DPS and instead of trying to focus their supports. Nevertheless, his playstyle is what enables the NYXL roster. He is also their IGL and is responsible for the team’s communications and tactics.

We have already spoken a lot about Pine in previous matchups. The high-risk high reward player remains the best on certain heroes such as Mccree. His playstyle is extremely effective when it comes to certain heroes, but Pine remains situational on the team right now. Libero on the other hand definitely is a more standard player on the team. Libero’s performance has been consistently good and he has been able to supplement Saebyeolbe’s performance.

The tanks on the team are extremely potent, their performance on the team has been consistent and not stand out like the remaining parts of the team. While the DPS and supports have received much of the awareness in recent times, it is the tanks who have been extremely consistent.

The supports include Jjonak and Ark on the roster. JJonak is supplemented by Ark’s support and peeling for him. Indeed, JJonak is so effective that we have heard reports of other Zenyatta players demanding more resources from their own team. The JJonak performance, on the other hand, remains a strong individual skill level of the highest caliber.

Prediction


New York Excelsior has always been one of the better teams when it comes to the Stage playoffs. The New York Excelsior’s performance in the Overwatch League Season 1 is one of the best in the history of Overwatch and rarely can any team match their dominance. The NYXL roster has great synergy with each other and they have adjusted themselves really well with the new meta. We see Saebyeolbe playing Brigitte constantly and we see how his positioning lands him in closed rooms with the opponent Support players.

The Dallas Fuel team has recently risen to prominence. This is their first-ever appearance at the Stage Title matches. While they will definitely want to win the stage, they are facing up against New York Excelsior, one of the best teams in the League. They are definitely capable of winning against the NYXL and if recent performances are any indication, we should see nothing less than a map 5. As such as recommend a low bet on Dallas Fuel for this match.

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Los Angeles Valiant vs Los Angeles Gladiators: 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.

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.

Los Angeles Valiant vs Los Angeles Gladiators

 

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant Roster:

  • Agilities
  • Soon
  • Space
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Kariv
  • Verbo
  • Bunny
  • Custa
  • KSF
  • Finnsi
  • Izayaki

The Los Angeles Valiant is owned by Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals brand. The organization has a rich history in esports having owned teams in multiple esport titles. Noah Whinston is considered to be a very young and upcoming businessman in esports.

The Los Angeles Valiant are currently the leaders in Stage 4 of the Overwatch league. While a big part of this ‘achievement’ is due to the new meta, it is also a testament to their new style of coaching. The team always had amazing players, but the meta and their lack of proper coaching previously led to severe failures for the team.

The Los Angeles DPS roster is one of the most lethal in the Overwatch league. They have Bunny, Agilities and Soon on their roster, each player really skilled on specific types of DPS roles. Bunny formerly of Seoul Dynasty remained on the bench of that team for quite long. However, that was unutilized talent as we have seen him thrive on his new team. The Los Angeles Valiant definitely could have done with Soon playing other roles, the addition of Bunny provided him with the space needed. Bunny is quite different from New York’s Saebyeolbe. He does use a lot of resources from the team and is equally as effective. His precision and aim with the DPS characters he plays are on another level.

Agilities has been in and out of the team. He mostly plays projectile heroes but is also capable of playing other characters. Of course with Soon and Bunny on the team, they don’t really need ‘another character’ from the youngster. Soon has already established himself as a top DPS. While the earlier part of the season saw him playing Tracer all the time, the addition of Bunny freed him for other heroes.

But the biggest change for Valiant also has been the inclusion of Custa along with the addition of Coach Moon to the team. Coach Moon brings a fresh perspective to the team, after studying them from the outside. This gives him an advantage as he can truly understand the flaws on the team. Custa is a capable strategist and we can already see the effect he has on the team’s overall performance.

This team has a lot of potentials and they are definitely a strong contender to win Stage 4. Their performance as a team has come a long way since their initial stages. For now, the focus of this team will be on the DPS and the supports.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Gladiators is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke of the Kroenke brothers fame. The Gladiators are one of the two Los Angeles based teams in the Overwatch League. While the initial roster for the Gladiators looked the second tier at best compared to their counterparts in the Valiant, the team has definitely improved a lot since then.

The Los Angeles Gladiators DPS members comprise the stars of the team. Surefour, Asher, Hydration are some of the best at their roles. Surefour’s performance, in particular, is reminiscent of his previous versions wherein he would dominate the matches. He is able to play a wide variety of heroes to an extremely high level constantly.

Asher and Hydration are seen in rotation on the team and each player brings with him an experience unmatched on that hero. Asher is really strong on Tracer while Hydration exhibits supremacy on Genji. Hydration has a knack for diving deep and constantly being a nuisance for the enemy supports. His ability to stay alive the entire time makes him a very valuable asset. He has some mediocre ultimate usages, but the natural gameplay is what makes the player so strong.

The Gladiators ofcourse has Fissure as the main tank. Apart from being a tank player on the roster, he has also taken up the mantle of being a sort of a mentor on the roster. His experience and leadership have enabled the team to achieve the success they have managed to do so.

Prediction:

This match is a much more close one than it seems visible to the naked eye. The Valiants are looking extremely strong with their only loss in Stage 4 coming to Dallas Fuel. The match was extremely close and a few fights going the other direction would have meant a 10-0 Stage for the Valiant. The Los Angeles Valiant roster is very strong and they ended the season on a 9-1 final score for the Stage. The Valiant rely heavily on individual performance of their DPS in order to gain an advantage in the matches.

This match is very closely matched and either team could gain an advantage. The Gladiators have excellent tank play while the Valiant have some amazing DPS. However,tactically we have to give the Valiant the slight edge over their counterparts. Custa and Coach Moon definitely present a strong case for the Valiant. Their ability to manoeuvre their positioning and callouts based on the practice sessions with the rest of the team looks polished and ironed.

For the Gladiators, it comes down to how Fissure creates space for Surefour and company. Fissure has always managed to do this really efficiently, however, the Valiant will be ready for the same. Their handling of the tank players on Gladiators is what determines the final outcome of this match. For now we recommend a low to medium bet on Los Angeles Valiant.

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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.

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.

Houston Outlaws vs NYXL

 

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

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

Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, owner of Optic Gaming. The organization has a rich history in esports industry. They have multiple teams in several esports titles and many of them are successful.

Houston Outlaws started Stage 1 with a very successful performance. The Houston Outlaws used their niche performances on heroes such as Junkrat to gain a huge advantage over their opponents. However as we moved on to the successive stages, we see how the teams started getting better. The new meta which saw other teams rise to prominence based off strong Tracer players saw Houston left behind.

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Jake is not on the Junkrat anymore and his effectiveness has reduced drastically

The main DPS players for Houston are Jake and Linkzr. The two players are very individualistic players with little to no coordination. However, with Jake unable to play a good Tracer, it puts them at a big disadvantage especially when it comes to their team composition. They have to make a stop-gap team composition which can be useful for the team to proceed and compete, but not really winning material.

Linkzr is one of the best counter-widowmakers in the League. By Counter-Widowmaker we emphasize his ability to take duels with the enemy widowmaker and engage them. He often comes out superior or simply keeps them busy and forces them to take awkward angles to stop being at a disadvantage. He is proficient on other characters as well, but his Widowmaker has risen to prominence. He has a mean Genji performance and can also play off-tank roles with prominence.

Linkzr’s Widowmaker is going to be lethal on Ilios

The Houston Outlaws has very peculiar tank lineup. Their performance on the tank roles includes players known for select tanks. So while Spree is a great and talented individual, he is best known for his Zarya. Similarly we see other players such as Coolmatt who have played in official competitions on the D’va. So it is easy to try to guess what Houston’s composition will be depending on the lineup that they field. This composition can be either a Dive or a tank heavy lineup. The coaches have tried to change the lineup and give different players different characters than what they are known for. However, the dip in performance definitely does not help.

 

The Houston Outlaws is currently ranked 5th in the lineup and they have a decent shot at becoming a Stage 4 playoff team. However with only two matches remaining, one against Philadelphia and the other against NYXl, their best chance is their match against NYXL.

 

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

The Excelsiors are one of the best franchises in the first season of Overwatch League. The team is owned by Jeff Wilpon , COO of the Baseball team New York Mets. The team is extremely successful so far in Season 1 of Overwatch League.

The Excelsior roster is comprised of players quite capable and efficient. They are led by Saebyeolbe, one of the strongest DPS players in the League. His positioning on any character that he plays is impeccable and that is more than half the battle won. Saebyeolbe’s performance has been the highlight of the Overwatch League since Stage 1. Initially, it was his performance onTracer but later we have seen him play all characters at a high level of efficiency.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

The team includes Pine who is one of the flashiest players in the League. His Mccree does require a high amount of resources, but he is also able to constantly get a high number of kills in the team fight. Pine is a very unique player and requires a specific setting, map as well as resources from the team in order to function at a high level.

The NYXL roster, however, is probably strongest because of their support lineup. Ark and Jjonak are two of the flashiest Support players in the team. Jjonak is one of the deadliest support heroes with a huge precision. Indeed he used to play DPS earlier, however joining a team meant that he had to change roles for the benefit of the team. His teammate Ark is also a very effective individual player, but he remains a less flashy player for the team. Ark’s involvement in the team enables the rest of the team to play up to their potential.

Prediction:

While both teams are talented, Houston has a lot riding on this match. Their chances in this match might be minimal especially when we consider the history of the two teams, we realize that New York Excelsior really has not had a worthy competitor. Now one has to realize the fact that this match does not mean anything at all to New York Excelsior. They are guaranteed a slot in Stage 4 playoffs as well as the Season 1 playoffs. The New York Excelsior will be sandbagging this match, in the words of OWL Caster Monte Cristo.

New York Excelsior is currently third in Stage 4 standings. The performance of the New York Excelsior right now, however, seems to be somewhat mediocre. For them, this match is just a routine exercise and one that will boost their statistics. So for now, we recommend a low bet on Houston Outlaws for this match.

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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.

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.

Seoul Dynasty vs Dallas Fuel

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty Roster

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

Seoul Dynasty is owned by GenG esports, formerly KSV esports. The Seoul Dynasty roster was one of the best rosters in Overwatch prior to the start of Overwatch League. They were known as Lunatic Hai and definitely were the best team by a large margin. However, towards the beginning of OWL, Seoul Dynasty had tapered off into a substandard team. There were other Korean teams in the region which were able to defeat Seoul in Apex matches.

Seoul’s initial roster remained the same as with their OGN days, however, the team has definitely evolved in their gameplay and performance. The Seoul roster has Fleta as the main DPS on the team. He is one of the better DPS players in the League and his ability to adjust his playstyle and even take on the enemy DPS in a one on one battle is what makes him such a strong player. Fleta remains a strong player on the team, but Seoul Dynasty has problems on the other aspects of the team which make them relatively weak.

Miro might have had his time in the limelight in previous versions of the team. However, his current performance is definitely lacking and he needs better individual performances. He is often seen way out of way and out of sync with the rest of the team. But it is not really only his fault as much as the entire team’s lack of coordination. As the main tank player, Miro excessively depends on the supports and the DPS players. Without the coordination required at the highest levels, Miro often performs poorly.

The Supports on the roster are quite decent. They are not as flashy as let’s say the support players from other teams such as JJonak of NYXL. Gambler used to have problems playing the previous meta’s mercy. However, he has definitely improved his positioning and performance.

Overall the Seoul Dynasty is a decent team. They are out of contention of Stage 4 playoffs and hence their intent might be under question. But the team is still in contention for the more important Season Playoffs.

Dallas Fuel


Dallas Fuel Roster:

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • Harryhook
  • Unk0e
  • OGE
  • aKm

The Dallas Fuel franchise is owned by Hastro of EnVyUs fame. The EnVyUs organization has a rich and famous history in esports. They own multiple rosters through various titles and were extremely famous in Overwatch prior to the introduction of the Overwatch League.

The Dallas Fuel team was considered a really strong team before the start of the Overwatch League. But the team has been unable to adapt to the ‘Dive Meta’ and has not had the best results in the first half of OWL. They subsequently rose to prominence only in Stage 4, when the meta no longer favored the ‘Dive meta’.

The Dallas roster has great individual talent and lots of skill potential. With Taimou playing some of the best Overwatch in recent times, his ability to stay on top of the enemy DPS constantly without losing the battle is what provides so much distraction and space for the rest of the Dallas Fuel team. Taimou has been one of the strongest DPS rising members in the Overwatch League and has been doing phenomenally well right now.

The Dallas Fuel roster has a huge amount of talent, however, the team has not been able to make big impacts in the first season. The biggest impact for Dallas Fuel, however, is obviously the absence of Effect on the roster. Due to the troubles of the Dallas Fuel, Effect has been severely affected and had to take a prolonged break from the team. So right now, Seagull and Taimou play the DPS role on the team. Seagull who was severely underutilized in the first half of Season 1 can now display his skills via characters such as Hanzo. He has been a big streamer and is able to play these heroes to their maximum efficiency.

The Dallas Fuel roster, however, includes OGE who is one of the better players on the roster. OGE who has come under a lot of criticism for boosting in the past is an active member on the Dallas Fuel roster. Surprisingly Blizzard’s approach to Boosting has varied and is quite inconsistent. How they approach uniformity in their decisions still remains to be seen. OGE within the game, however, is a great player and has a very high skill cap. He is almost comparable to the flashy plays of Gesture and Fissure, the best Main tanks in OWL Season 1.

Accompanying him is Mickie who is no longer on the D’va, since the meta demands more Zarya play from the young Indonesian. He is a very apt Zarya and has maintained a decently high amount of charge (damage) on the off-tank role. His bubble usage could do with some practice, but overall there has been little to complain about. The Dallas Fuel team, however, seems much better right now. The various roster changes and the removal of their former coach KyKy definitely has paid dividends. They are currently fourth in the Stage 4 rankings and 1 or 2 more wins should help them in earning a Stage Playoff spot.

Prediction:

These two teams were the favorites coming into the first season of Overwatch League. Both the teams have fallen in their performance, one more than the other. But as of Stage 4, we are seeing a resurgence in the team’s performances.

Seoul Dynasty is obviously well known for its tactics and target calling. But the players seem to taper off when it comes to individual performances. The Seoul Dynasty roster has only won two matches in this stage, despite being relatively better than their previous self. The Korean team won against Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem. The two teams are undoubtedly the weakest in the list and not really the best in terms of skill. It is safe to say that Seoul’s wins were more due to mechanical superiority than a tactical advantage.

The Dallas Fuel roster has seen significant improvements after the multitude of roster changes and coaching position changes. After KyKy was removed, the team had a clear direction of their approach to the game. Without all the drama that has become synonymous with Dallas since Stage 1, the team actually looks quite well-rounded.

We recommend a bet on Dallas Fuel for their match against Seoul Dynasty.The Dallas Fuel has taken a liking to the current meta and indefinitely strong on it.

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London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Gladiators: 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.

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.

 

London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Gladiators

 

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Fury
  • Gesture
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

The London Spitfire franchise is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. The team is based on the UK and features a fully Korean roster. Now the original roster for the London Spitfire featured 12 players, all Korean. There were a lot of talks and discussion about how the London team truly represents the UK with 12 Korean players. The original roster was the strongest roster on paper, but ultimately the management has made several changes to the roster. They also removed the coach, who was responsible in a big way for the huge success of the London Spitfire in the first half of the Overwatch League.

The DPS players for London Spitfire are obviously the best known in the Overwatch League. Birdring and Profit have amazing chemistry and synergy with each other. Birdring has a wide variety of DPS Characters that he is comfortable playing. He can adjust his play style depending on the opponents. His ability to switch heroes and play to counter the opponent is what makes him such a strong member. Profit is the perfect synergy with Birdring. Profit’s performance has been exceptional, and he plays heroes that are off-meta. So while Junkrat and Doomfist might have been intermittently used in their matches, Profit was a natural on these heroes.

The London Spitfire always focussed on developing their team around their primary DPS players. This was the reason they let go of Fissure and decided to keep Gesture on the roster. This is primarily because he has a greater synergy with the frontline when compared to Fissure. Personal relationships come in hand in such situations, especially as London Spitfire just had too many players to choose from. Admittedly the team has since restricted itself to just seven members, at least until the end of Season 1.

Gesture of London Spitfire

The support players on the roster did have their fair share of glory during Stage 1, but since they have been consistently mediocre. That is not a bad thing necessarily since the support players need to be alive and healing constantly for the team to be able to match up to their opponents. The tanks and the DPS do a good job of ensuring adequate support for the backlines and peeling in order to help their supports survive.

London Spitfire is currently 3-3 in Stage 4, they are not having the best of time. As the stage proceeds, they have to ensure that they reach the requisite 23 wins in order to qualify for the Season Playoffs.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Los Angeles Gladiators is one of the two Los Angeles based teams in the First season of Overwatch League. The Gladiators started off weak in Stage 1 but have since picked up the pace and have definitely become much better and stronger in their performance. The team is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke, of the Kroenke brothers fame. The parent company is invested into League of Legends as well and there has some experience in esports.

The Gladiators have multiple high profile DPS players. The players in the DPS role include Surefour, Asher, Hydration. The Gladiators has not shied away from using these players and rotating them as needed. The individual performance of the players notwithstanding, the roster has always focussed on improving as a team. The cheerful nature of Surefour helps in developing the team chemistry. His personal skill has peaked during Stage 3 and we saw him perform really well on the Widowmaker. Hydration is mostly played on Projectile heroes, so we see him and Asher selectively depending on the map in question.

The most important part of the Gladiators roster is their tank lineup. The addition of Fissure to the team provided the necessary boost required for the development of the team. The individual skill of the former London Spitfire pro helped in creating the necessary space for the Gladiators DPS. Apart from Fissure, Bisch and iRemix also have a decent performance in their roles. They are not as flashy as Fissure in their individual gameplay, but without the concentrated and steady performance of these players, Fissure would never be able to shine

Overall the Gladiators is a team that is well oiled and requires all the members to function in order to reach their peak. We have seen multiple instances when one part of the Gladiators fails and the rest just follow like a pack of dominos. The team is definitely a strong contender for the Season as well as Stage 4 playoffs.

Prediction:

The two teams present different situations as we look into their match history. London Spitfire started the season with an amazing performance against New York Excelsior. They are the Stage 1 champions and they followed the performance through to the end of Stage 2. However, during Stage 2 Title matches, London Spitfire did not impress at all. This was preceded by a change in their coaching staff and subsequently roster changes as well.

The London Spitfire seems to be at a loss right now in Stage 4. The new meta is not favorable to the UK franchise team at all. They do have some wins under their belt, but they are against much weaker teams ( at least in this meta). They have wins against San Francisco Shock, Boston Uprising, and Seoul Dynasty. Two of these victories were in Map 5 and the outcome was extremely close. Overall, the London Spitfire does not look as strong as their former selves in the Overwatch League right now.

But their opponents for this match, Los Angeles Gladiators, are doing quite well. They are currently third in stage 4 rankings with a 5-1 scoreline. Their only loss came to their local counterparts, Los Angeles Valiant. What is even more surprising is the caliber of teams that they have defeated, which include Houston Outlaws, Dallas Fuel. These two teams are two of the strongest rosters in this Stage. Their win against Dallas Fuel in such a dominating fashion is definitely surprising.

We would recommend a medium to a large bet on Los Angeles Gladiators for their performance. So far, they are dominating Stage 4 and we don’t expect them to lose their form and performance against London Spitfire.

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