Dallas Fuel vs Shanghai Dragons: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

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

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

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.


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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.

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel Roster:

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

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

Effect, Dallas Fuel

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

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

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

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

When Chipsajen talks, you listen

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

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

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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