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.

New York Excelsior won Stage 2 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. They have put forth a really strong showing so far with London Spitfire definitely being their arch nemesis. But the western teams are definitely catching up as we saw Philadelphia Fusion reach the finals of Stage 2. The gap between the western and Korean teams is diminishing with each successive weak. This is what makes the Overwatch League extremely competitive and fun to watch. Shanghai Dragons, on the other hand, will be playing their first match against Los Angeles Valiant.

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage 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
  • Hooreg
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS
  • Tizi

The Stage 1 Champions, London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, Founder, and CEO of Cloud9. The endemic organization has been at the forefront of the Overwatch League. The Cloud9 organization has been upfront about the well-being of their players and have ensured that the players receive the best of the facilities.

London Spitfire’s performance in this stage has been lacking quite a bit of form. The team which reached the playoffs for Stage 1 and 2, has been on almost a losing streak this stage. They have lost most of their matches, while winning their latest match narrowly. The team is definitely suffering from a lack of form, however, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact problem in the roster.

Profit Image

Profit fits the alternate DPS role perfectly for London Spitfire

The DPS duo of Birdring and Profit remain extremely strong. The team is extremely talented individually and we see the two DPS players constantly challenging the best players in the world. More often than not, they win the individual DPS duels which give the London Spitfire a huge advantage. Birdring has a wide variety of heroes that he can play at a high skill level. Birdring is the kind of player who requires very little support from the rest of the team and still manages to come out on top of the game.

Hooreg London Spitfire

Hooreg stepped up in the London Spitfire roster during Birdring’s absence

His partner, Profit is the player who plays all the non-traditional heroes. He is extremely proficient on Tracer but he has also played heroes such as Junkrat in the meta. Profit and Birdring are both equally talented and remain one of the best DPS duo in the Overwatch League.

The best part of the London Spitfire team, however, remains the synergy between the tank and the DPS lineup. The only reason that London Spitfire chose Gesture over Fissure is the cause of his chemistry with the DPS players on the team. Gesture might not be individually as skilled as Fissure, but he performs much better with the rest of the team. Gesture and Fury have great

Gesture of London Spitfire

synergy along with the DPS players. They are able to be one of the most efficient teams to ensure that the opponent Zenyatta player is constantly eliminated from the performance.

The synergy between the tank and the DPS players is evident in their perfection of the Dive meta. The team has been one of the most efficient teams in the dive and has been able to adjust their team composition depending on the enemy hero composition. This basically means that they can play a variety of heroes including Widowmakers, Rein, Zarya, Pharah etc. Ofcourse we have seen the London Spitfire use Hooreg on the active roster recently in lieu of Birdring.

The chances of London Spitfire making it to the playoffs in Stage 3 is slim. However, depending on their opponents, there is a decent chance for the team to qualify for the Stage PLayoffs. They have regularly made it to the Playoffs and they would hope to do the same this Stage. This match against Los Angeles Gladiators is a true test for the Korean roster.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Los Angeles Gladiators is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke of the Kroenke group of brothers. The Group has investments in several esports organizations and is the founders of KSE esports. The Los Angeles Gladiators is one of the two Los Angeles based teams in the first season of the Overwatch League.

Surefour

Surefour’s Widowmaker is nearing the top levels of the League

The Los Angeles Gladiators DPS players have come into a form of their own. The trio of Surefour, Asher and Hydration cover the entire range of DPS characters in the game. Surefour has definitely upped his game. His Widowmaker has become one of the most consistent and skilled Widowmakers in the Overwatch League. His DPS play has definitely come up with a strong showing off late in Stage 2 and 3. Obviously, there is a lot of more going on than just an individual’s performance improvement. The Los Angeles Gladiators team has shown a collective improvement in their performance.

The other DPS player on the roster who has shown huge improvements is Hydration. The talented Projected player is one of the best Pharahs in the league. His ability to hit a high number of direct air shots on the opposing Pharah is what makes him an extremely annoying opponent. He has been able to consistently outplay the enemy Pharahs. His versatility definitely shows when he picks up the Doomfist and plays it at the highest level. He is one of the most talented Doomfists in the Overwatch League and regularly brings it up especially on the defense.

Fissure with the Los Angeles Gladiators

Fissure has opened a lot of space for the Gladiators DPS players

The tank lineup for the Gladiators has seen the most improvements amongst all the other teams in the League. The Los Angeles Gladiators secured Fissure from London Spitfire and the improvement in their performance was immediately noticeable. Fissure’s individual talent is what enables the DPS players on the Gladiators to be able to bring about exceptional plays. The space created for the team is utilizes to its full extent.

The Los Angeles Gladiators might not be as strong as their LA counterparts VAliant in Stage 3, however, they still remain a very strong team. They are currently placed in the middle of the Stage 3 standings and their performance has been decent. Their match against the London Spitfire is not really a difficult one as the team has managed to defeat London in prior engagements.

Prediction:

The two teams have met before in Stage 2 and the Gladiators won that match 3-1. The team has maintained their position and form since then but London Spitfire has definitely seen a dip in their performance.

Coming into this match, London Spitfire is in a very difficult situation. Their chances of making it to the Stage playoffs require them to have a very strong showing in their remaining four matches for Stage 3. They do have Shanghai Dragons as one of their opponents, but they also have San Francisco Shock and Seoul Dynasty as future opponents. The London Spitfire need

Hydration Los Angeles Gladaitors

Hydration has a wide variety of heroes that he can play for the Gladiators

this win in order to be able to qualify for the Stage Playoffs. But they really do not have a chance of making it to the Number one position in the playoffs. Last week we did not see Birdring in the active squad. While the Spitfire roster still won the match, the absence of Birdring was definitely a troubling sight. Without Birdring, the London Spitfire simply don’t look as dominating as we have seen them in previous stages.

The London Spitfire team has their task cut out for them in the current stage. They have to win most of their matches in order to stand a chance for a qualification to the Stage playoffs.

Birdring + Profit London Spitfire

Its still unclear if Birdring will play for the Spitfire in this match

However, their match against Los Angeles Gladiators is definitely not going to be a cakewalk. The Gladiators team has come up with strong and innovative performances. With Surefour’s Widowmaker showing up of late, they definitely have a big advantage over London Spitfire in the Widowmaker battle. We still don’t know if Birdring will be playing for the London Spitfire and his absence from the team will have a direct impact on the final performances of the two teams. Los Angeles Gladiators probably won’t make it to the playoffs, but that does not mean they will stop trying to win. There is always an outside chance for the team to make it to the playoffs, especially with the Stage playoffs now employing 4 slots instead of three as stated previously

We do feel that London Spitfire has an advantage in this match and they should have the upper hand. It might just be much closer than anticipated, so we recommend a medium sized bet on London Spitfire.

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