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

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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.

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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