Los Angeles Gladiators vs Florida Mayhem: 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. Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior are already confirmed for the playoffs. If Valiant win one match, they will qualify for the playoffs as well. This match between the Gladiators and Florida can be a deciding factor for the fourth team.

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.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators roster:

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

The Los Angeles Gladiators are one of the two teams representing Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Overwatch League. The franchise is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke, owners of several American sports franchises, and founders of KSE Esports. The Gladiators started out as the weaker of the two Los Angeles teams during Stage 1 but have significantly improved their performance in latter Stages.

The Gladiators team is currently positioned 4th in the Stage 3 leaderboards. Since Overwatch League announced changes to the Title Stage Playoff rules. So instead of just three teams qualifying to the Stage Playoffs, there will be an opportunity for four teams to have a chance at the $100,000 prize pool for the Title Stage winners.

The Gladiators’ positioning on the leaderboards makes them most vulnerable to possibly not qualifying for the Title Stage Playoffs. They only have a score of 5-3 and unless they win both their matches for Week 5, their playoff spot is not confirmed. The Los Angeles Gladiators definitely have the team roster required to secure the spot. Let’s have a look the important players on the roster and their performances so far.

We will start with the DPS lineup on the team which consists of three players, Hydration, Surefour, and Asher. Asher is the Tracer player for the team and has been quite strong. But his performance has seen a dip in recent matches. The team has also not been fielding him regularly and prefer to play Hydration and Surefour on several maps. The diversity in the DPS lineup essentially means that the Gladiators can come up with different strategies based on the map pool and the opponents.

Los Angeles Gladiators performance

There is a lot of synergy in the Gladiators playstyle

Surefour has definitely seen big improvements in his performance. The Overwatch veteran has been on the Widowmaker on most of the maps and has been able to easily win important rounds with crucial picks on his Widowmaker. His aim has been on point and he has won several rounds single-handedly for the team. We will talk about what enables his positioning and freedom on the Widowmaker later, but in the end, he has to be able to make those shots possible in order to secure the final kill.

Fissure with LAG

Fissure is going to be important for the match against Florida Mayhem

Hydration is the Projectile player for the Los Angeles Gladiators. The Pharah / Genji player has been able to make crucial teamplay movements where he regularly moves in with his tanks in order to create space for Surefour’s Widowmaker. Hydration has also brought out the Doomfist from time to time and has been quite efficient on the hero.

The Gladiators have two consistent support players in Shaz and BigGoose. While they are not really the same as the other flashy names in Overwatch League. But their consistency has never been in any question. Shaz has had his moments of glory on the Zenyatta when he could be

Shaz LAG

Shaz has been consistent in his performance on the supprot role

able to eliminate opponents with the alternate fire. BigGoose has been able to peel for his fellow support player quite a lot. Ofcourse ultimately, the outcome of the team fights often comes down to which team manages to eliminate the opponent’s support players first. The fact that Biggoose or Shaz remain alive for so much time is a testimony to their playstyle and their peel for each other.

No mention of the Gladiators can be possible without talking about Fissure on the team. The Gladiators’ performance has seen a huge uptick after the addition of Fissure to the roster. He has been able to create space for the DPS players. It is rare to speak about the ‘individual skill level’ on the main tank hero, but Fissure is one of the best Main tanks in the Overwatch League. His ability to move around his own shield in such an elegant manner allows him to stay alive for much longer than other tank heroes.

The Los Angeles Gladiators will face off against Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising. Their chances against the Boston uprising remain very slim especially due to the dominant performance of the Boston team in Stage 3. This match, therefore, holds even more important for the Gladiators.

Florida Mayhem

Florida Mayhem Roster:

  • Tviq
  • Logix
  • SayaPlayer
  • CWoosh
  • Zebbosai
  • Zuppeh
  • Zappis
  • AwesomeGuy

The Florida Mayhem is the team representing the state of Florida, USA, and the Cities of Miami and Orlando, in the Overwatch League. The league spot is owned by Ben Spoont, CEO, and Co-Founder of Misfits.

The team was considered the second worst team in the Overwatch league for a long time. Despite their stage entrances being on point, their in-game performances during the initial stage were definitely absent. The team brought on a few new players during the Player Trade window. Players such as Aweseomeguy, Sayaplayer have had a huge impact on the performance of the team since then. They have actually climbed a spot in the standings and are now placed above Dallas Fuel.

Sayaplayer in Florida Mayhem jersey

Sayaplayer has been one of the best Widowmakers in the OWL

The team has several DPS players in the form of Tviq, Logix, and Sayaplayer. Logix has been great for the team during the initial stages, but Sayaplayer adds a totally new level to the team’s performance. He has been able to carry the team on his own accord several times. But the biggest problem for him remains that unless he goes off on his DPS hero, the team seems to be struggling in their attempts.

Tviq has been dabbling on the Genji and Pharah for the team. His versatility as a player definitely provides bonus points for the Florida Mayhem. We have seen him able to pull together great Dragon Blades often times resulting in multiple opponent eliminations. The Florida Mayhem roster might not depend on Tviq to make the insane plays but he often creates so much space on his own accord for the team. Logix comes on occasionally for the team and performs his best. Logix has not really seen a slump in form during Stage 3 so far and has been consistent with his playstyle. His Tracer is still very decent, but he has trouble finishing off low HP heroes.

Manneten Florida Mayhem

Manneten’s (Roadhog) hook accuracy is off the charts

The biggest problem for the Florida Mayhem remains the peeling for their support lineup. Zuppeh and Zebbosai are great players but when the opponent Tracer is on them, the lineup falters massively. They have been falling very fast for supports and without the backline, there is no durability in the lineup. The DPS players can only do so much when it comes to the actual gameplay, but without consistent heals and support lineup they cannot carry the game all the time.

Cwoosh and Manneten have put forth good performances on the tank lineup, but they have been on their best performance only during off-meta picks such as Zarya and Roadhog. Manneten’s hook accuracy on the Roadhog is one of the best in the Overwatch League. Translating the hooks to kills, however, has been a problem for the team as they need to ensure that any small advantage is translated into victory for the team.

The Florida Mayhem has no chances of making it to the Stage playoffs. They are definitely near the bottom of the standings right now and will be playing for the Miami Pride.

Prediction:

The two teams are very opposite when it comes to current form. The Gladiators might not be in their best form, but their current form definitely calls for some really good performances on the part of the LA-based team. With the playoff standings on the line we can be sure that they will put forth their best foot forward. The Los Angeles Gladiators have shown us the perfect combination of a balanced team. While they might not be the best Dive team, they definitely have amazing shots on Surefour’s Widowmaker which grants them huge early advantage in several team fights. With Mercy not a necessity in all team compositions now, a widowmaker pick often results in a lopsided fight in an advantage of the Gladiators.

Tviq Corsair T shirt

Will Tviq be able to carry the team?

The Florida Mayhem is a very high skill ceiling team, but have had poor performances n the roster. The team has not been able to come together and their uncertainty during team fights often leads to fatal mistakes. They have not really put forth strong performances worthy of a top tier team. However, there have been several instances when Sayaplayer or Tviq take matters into their own hands and can eliminate multiple members of the enemy. This performance might lead to the off chance that they secure a map win against the Gladiators, but their likelihood of winning the entire series remains very low.

But since this is a very important match for the Gladiators, they want to win it with a 4-0 scoreline. The Gladiators have a +5 Map differential and a 4-0 win here would put them comfortably at a 9-0 map difference. While this still does not confirm the team’s position in the playoff, it definitely puts them one step closer.

We recommend a big bet on the Los Angeles Gladiators for this match.

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