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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