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Philadelphia Fusion vs Boston Uprising: 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

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 Boston Uprising

 

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

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

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast Spectacor and is the only team representing Philadelphia in the Overwatch League. Comcast Spectacor has hundreds of stadiums all over North America and Europe and is a well-known organization. This is their entry into the world of esports and it seems their investments are already paying dividends.

The Philadelphia Fusion roster has multiple DPS players, each capable of holding his own amongst the more famous stars. Players such as Carpe, Shadowburn dominated the Overwatch League Season 1. Having a Tracer layer who can land really difficult pulse bombs with alarming consistency is a big boost for the team. However, it is the new additions to the DPS role in the form of Snillo and EQO which really strengthened the team’s core. These two new and very young players have a very high skill ceiling. EQO is able to charge his ultimate very fast, much faster than other Genjis in the Overwatch League. This is a testament to the amount of damage he does even without his ultimate. Snillo might not have been the focus of the casters as much, but he has managed to hold his own amongst all the players.

The tank lineup for Philadelphia Fusion is made up of Fragi as their main tank. Fragi is an extremely aggressive tank player, one who is often caught up in wrong positions because of his movement. However, that was also partially due to the meta at the time. The current meta heavily favors his favorite heroes and his playstyle. Fragi has already proven himself repeatedly in the past and there is no doubt that he will come up strong in the playoffs

Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising Roster:

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

The Boston Uprising owner, Robert Kraft was one of the first names to be associated with the Overwatch league. They quickly hired Huks as their ‘President of Gaming’. He has definitely done a fantastic job of it as the team is now qualified for the playoffs.

It is important to understand that there were no expectations of this team at the start of the Overwatch League. The lack of any big names and absence of results for players on their former teams did not inspire confidence. But the players were able to adapt themselves and under some really great coaching, the Boston Uprising quickly rose to prominence. A big part of this is due to their Korean tank, Gamsu who has been instrumental in helping the team advance and put up great performances.

Despite suffering a setback when Dreamkazper was removed from the team mid-season, the Boston team has stood up to the test of time. More recently they suffered the setback of a huge change in the meta. The Boston Uprising team has Striker, who has remained at the top of the DPS names no matter the meta. His personal performance has seemingly improved, although he is definitely reaching for the very top. Striker has a good sense of his surroundings. While his aim is godlike, his movement and positioning on the map is what enables him to create space for himself. He is a self-sufficient player and can change the outcomes of team fights on his own.

Gamsu cements the team together with his strong yet reliable tank gameplay. Gamsu also has been the player who strings together the various personalities on the team together. In the short period of time during Stage 2, when Gamsu was back in Korea; there were news reports of Boston Uprising potentially splitting up and trading players to other teams. But once Gamsu came back on the roster, the team went back to winning ways and they had great chemistry overall.

Prediction:

The Philadelphia Fusion is slightly better positioned to take this matchup, simply because of the current meta. Fragi might have been a burden for Philadelphia Fusion during the early stages of OWL, however, the current meta heavily favors his playstyle. Along with Fragi, Carpe remains the X Factor on the team and his godlike Hanzo and Widowmaker are what can turn the tides for the teams.

Boston Uprising is synonymous with the Dive meta. With the current meta heavily punishing Dive teams, Boston is going to have a hard time in their matches. We recommend a bet on Philadelphia Fusion for this match.

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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.

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

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Gladiators

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

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

The London Spitfire is owned by one of the most well-known esports organisations. Owned by Jack Etienne of Cloud9, London Spitfire has a great backend staff working to ensure the best performance by the players.

London Spitfire started the Overwatch league with one of the strongest teams on paper. They had the crux of GC Busan and Kongdoo Panthera, two of the strongest teams in the Korean region. These teams had managed to defeat Korean giants such as Lunatic Hai in the past and were seen as better in form than them. They had 12 players, which is the upper limit for a team at the start. This was in stark contrast to the rest of the teams which had less number of players, some even competing with just 6 players.

The DPS players on the team are Birdring and Profit. These two youngsters dominated the scene for the first two season, especially buoyed by their coordination with Gesture. The two DPS players were able to counter any opponent lineup simply cause of the way they can change heroes. Their wide hero pool definitely helped the team rise to prominence in the early parts. They were strong during Stage 1 playoffs to bring home the victory for the London Spitfire. Quickly ensuing a huge fan base partly because of their ‘cute’ factor, Birdring and Profit were the stars of OWL stage 1.

But their performance cannot be complete without mentioning Gesture. The London Spitfire team had Fissure as the best tank player on the team, however Gesture had a greater coordination with the team. This was the sole reason for Fissure remaining on the bench. Also, the London Spitfire management probably did not want to tinker with a working formula. That being said, the London Spitfire suffered from an inexplicable loss of form as we saw them in the Stage 2 Playoffs. The reasons for this loss of form can be varied, but the loss of their coach and certain players from the team definitely had an impact.

The supports on the team are not really superstar players, but they have been extremely consistent at a very high level. Maintaining one’s performance at such a high level is extremely difficult for any player. The Overwatch league is the pinnacle of the skill cap for the players and Nus and Closer are two of the most consistent players.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Los Angeles Gladiators is owned by Kroenke Brothers. This is probably their first investment into esports, a growing, and rapidly rising industry. The Los Angeles Gladiators team has some really well-known Overwatch stars on their roster. They are one of the two teams based off Los Angeles.

 


Despite having some really strong members on their roster, the Gladiators were not able to rise to the occasion during Stage 1. Fortunately for them, there were teams such as Dallas FUel, Florida Mayhem below them in the rankings. The Gladiators had the individual skill level, but they lacked a good leadership amongst the team.

The biggest change for the team came when Fissure joined the team from London Spitfire. The Spitfire probably viewed the Gladiators as a non-contender and they decided to trade Fissure to the team. However, immediately upon arriving Fissure was quick to take it upon him to reform the team. He spoke to the Gladiators GM and ensured that the team was quick to reform its ways. The results speak for themselves as the Gladiators are one of the strongest teams since then.

The Gladiators always had a strong DPS lineup in Surefour, Asher, and Hydration. The three players represent a different class of DPS and as soon as Fissure joined the team, we also witnessed a big boost in Surefour’s performance. The two factors combined helped the team to rise through the leaderboards. Soon they were challenging and even defeating the best teams in the league.

The tank play for Gladiators includes Fissure and is obviously the backbone of this team. It is not limited to their performance in the server, but Fissure is a great In Game Leader. His mid-round calls to change heroes and certain playstyles have helped the Gladiators to win crucial matches. Ofcourse Fissure is never shy of boasting and taking credit ( and rightfully so).

Shaz was one of the players comparable to JJonak of NYXL cause of his Zenyatta performance. The young player has some really strong right click aim which helped the Gladiators take down one opponent even before the team fight began. Of course, this helped them win team fights, sometimes, even at an ultimate disadvantage.

Prediction

The London Spitfire team has barely made an impact in their last two stages. They finished with just 9 wins over the course of the last two stages, which is the worst when compared to all the rest of the teams. The change in their coaching staff and limited roster for the Season playoffs is going to hurt them the most. They have just six players right now and that is bound to come into effect as we proceed deeper in the playoffs. The first quarterfinal is a BO3 series with each game featuring 5 maximum potential maps. This definitely puts the onus of performing better on the team with the most endurance.

London Spitfire might be a great team when it comes to their individual performance and their team coordination. But they have not really adapted well when it comes to the new meta. With their substitution players removed, it remains highly unlikely that they will be able to win their match against the Gladiators.

The Los Angeles Gladiators is led in team morale and performance by Fissure. Considering the fact that he is playing against his former team, it definitely raises the stakes for the Korea player. He will attempt to win this match against London Spitfire and eliminate them from the Season 1.

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XL2 vs NRG: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch Contenders Season 2

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The Overwatch Contenders is the competition of all teams not in Overwatch league. Since most of the OWL teams have a roster in Contenders, it is also seen as a stepping stone towards OWL. The Overwatch Contenders has two seasons per year and the second season for 2018 just got underway.

The Prize pool of $185,000 is distributed amongst the teams based on their performance, but the real treasure is for players. Players get an opportunity to display their individual skill as well as their ability to get together with the rest of the team. With Overwatch League scouts constantly keeping an eye on Contenders for new talent, this is the stepping stone for young and upcoming players.


Overwatch Contenders features four maps in every match. The maps in order of their type are as follows:

1st Map: Control (Lijiang Tower, Oasis)

2nd Map: Hybrid ( Eichenwald, King’s Row)

3rd Map: Assault (Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries)

4th Map: Escort ( Route 66, Watch Point Gibraltar, Rialto

Rialto is the latest map to be added to Competitive Overwatch. It has a very unique design allowing all types of characters to flourish on different parts of the map. With lots of flanking positions and long-range sightlines as well, Rialto has proven to be quite competitive so far.

In case of a Tie, there will be a tie-breaker BO3 Match on Ilios.

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
    • Mica Burton
  • Commentators:
    • ZP (Andrew Rush)
    • Jamerson (James Lee)

Credit to Liquipedia for the format and broadcast talent.

XL2 vs NRG


XL2 Academy team

XL2 Academy Roster:

  • FL0wer
  • Nenne
  • Mangachu
  • Cloneman16
  • Adam
  • Woohyal
  • Tizi
  • Goliath

XL2 is the Academy team for New York Excelsior. The New York based Overwatch League team has been dominant in the first season of Overwatch League. But XL2 did not manage to win any of the Contenders till now. The team has some really well-known faces as well as new and upcoming talent from the NA region. The biggest star on the team is obviously Fl0wer. The young player, who was not old enough to play for NYXL during Season 1 joined XL2. The talentson the player have a very high peak and at his best, he can overshadow the entirety of the NYXL roster. However, it is also important to note that while his peak is exceptional, the average gameplay is not. The player previously played for Luxury Watch Red. During his time on LW Red and even now on XL2, Fl0wer’s main USP has been his variety of heroes. No matter the meta, Fl0wer can play a hero adapting it and his own personal gameplay to suit that of the team. This is definitely an invaluable asset for any team. However, on an individual level, it does become difficult for him to maintain his performance throughout the season.

XL2 does have many other players on their roster and one name that we all recognize is Mangachu. The Top 100 player has been the co-DPS along with Fl0wer and has a great synergy developed with his Korean counterpart. Mangachu’s personal performance has remained consistent. While he might not have the peak performance levels of Fl0wer his consistency brings him as one of the best DPS players in Contenders.

Two of the latest signings for XL2 Academy team is Woohyal and Tizi. The two South Korean players were a part of London Spitifre’s roster. Although they were on the bench for most of the time, their individual skill level is up there with the very best This also means greater synergy with Fl0wer and possibly a much better performance by the team in Season 2.

NRG

Team NRG Roster:

  • Poise
  • Stratus
  • Swon
  • Smex
  • Robdab
  • Fahzix
  • Rascal

The NRG Squad for the Overwatch Contenders Season 2 is based off Washington D.C. in collaboration with Events.DC. The organization already owns an Overwatch League team in the form of San Francisco Shock. Their Academy squad announcement came this year, and we already have some high profile players in the mix. Rascal, formerly playing for London Spitfire is obviously the name that stands out. The DPS player was released from London Spitfire and subsequently Dallas Fuel. While internal communication problems might have been the reason for his removal from Dallas Fuel, there is little doubt about his personal skill. Rascal plays the DPS role on this team, we have not seen him in action with the rest of the team yet. However, during his time on Dallas fuel, when the team was basically an incoherent roster, we saw Rascal’s effectiveness take a fall.

NRG does have some talented players such as Smex, Stratus and the supporting duo of Fahzix and robdab. The team recently won the Overwatch Pit Championship with a 3-0 victory over GOATS in the finals. The support lineup for the team has a lot of synergy with each other and they cover for each other. The team peels for its supports a lot which is one of the trademarks of a strong team. NRG’s squad does have great potential but the team is relatively new. They still probably have issues with their coordination and synergy, which is why placing a bet on NRG right now might be a risky business.

Prediction:

Both the teams are very strong on paper, but there are significant differences between the two. XL2 has Fl0wer , Mangachu and the dup from London Spitfire. Tizi and Woohyal have synergy practicing together on the ‘B Squad’ of London Spitfire. They will take time to acknowledge their roles in the team, but their bilateral synergy will be one of the better ones in the Contenders Season. XL2 has a steady team composition with a Korean part and an English speaking part. The inclusion of the Korean members is more to keep Fl0wer more comfortable on the roster than to boost their firepower.

NRG of course also have Rascal on their team. But his performance in OWL so far has been erratic. This has partly been due to his teams not playing him as much. During his time on London Spitfire, he was relegated to the bench while Profit and Birdring took home all the glory. He joined Dallas Fuel hoping to improve the overall team’s performance, but the language and cultural barrier stopped him dead in his tracks. There might also be attitude problems with the player, something that we won’t see on his new team, not yet.

For now we recommend a bet on XL2 for this match. They have experience playing together for along time and the two new factions within the team might just provide the boost that the roster requires.

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