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Shanghai Dragons 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.

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

Credit to Liquipedia

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.

Shanghai Dragons vs Florida Mayhem

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons Roster:

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

The Shanghai Dragons are the only Chinese franchise in the first season of Overwatch League. The Dragons are owned by NetEase, which had prior Business relations with Blizzard entertainment. They are the official distributors of Overwatch in China and there were rumors of unethical processes while hiring the initial roster for Shanghai Dragons. The team did not pick the best players from the region and that led to several accusations of corruption against the management.

The Shanghai Dragons have seen some roster movements since the start of the season. Most notably, Undying has been removed from the team while Geguri, ADO, and Fearless have joined the active roster.

Diya is one of the best DPS members in the Overwatch League. He also received the first MVP Award for the last match despite the opponents targeting the player incessantly. The Shanghai Dragons’ have made their case for themselves as they have been able to show massive improvements in their gameplay. The team has been working on their coordination and especially adjusting to the changes in the metagame. Diya’s ability to play a variety of DPS heroes at the highest level is his USP. By now many of the Shanghai Dragons’ opponents realize that targeting Diya is the right choice for them as they can easily control the rest of the team then.

The tank lineup for the team relies on Geguri, MG, and Roshan. The tanks usually don’t have any shortcomings on their list as they are always capable of doing their job. They get their work is done which is very good. As a tank, it is often difficult to make noticeable plays and ensure that the observer can highlight your playstyle. But being consistent is probably more important than ensuring that the caster sees your play. Despite this geguri has been a star performer on the team and has had several highlight-worthy plays.

The Shanghai Dragons’ biggest problem remains their subpar support lineup. The Shanghai Dragons remain a strong DPS and tank lineup, but poor ultimate usage by their supports and the lack of survivability remains a big problem for the team. The Shanghai Dragons have this match as their last chance to potentially win a match. Whether they can do so or not, is a big problem in itself.


Florida Mayhem.

Florida Mayhem Roster:

  • Tviq
  • Manneten
  • Logix
  • Sayaplayer
  • Cwoosh
  • Zebbosai
  • Zuppeh
  • Zappis
  • AweSomeguy

Florida Mayhem is owned by Ben Spoont, owner of Misfits. The original team was one of the best European Overwatch teams in the scenario. Ofcourse being an endemic organization to esports, Misfits has always been a step ahead when it comes to esports management. However, their roster has not really stepped up to their previous glory. They have been hugging the lower section of the Overwatch League standings.

Florida Mayhem has several high-quality DPS players on its roster. The roster has been at the bottom of the table for this season, however. They are currently 0-6 and definitely not a team which looks good. While the 0-6 scoreline is more in line with the new meta it also has to do with the fact that Florida has always been lagging behind the meta. We saw how much time it took for the players to adjust to the Dive and Widowmaker meta in previous stages.

Sayaplayer is the important asset to the team. The player can stand toe to toe with the best widowmakers in the League. His insane accuracy with the Widowmaker has put him up amongst the top players in the League. However, that being said, Sayaplayer has had little to no help from the rest of the team.

The tanks for the team Cwoosh, Manneten are exceptional players in their own right. However, that being said the tank players are not versatile on all the tank heroes. Cwoosh is the main tank role on the team and is most well known for his aggressive positioning on the Reinhardt and sometimes the Orisa. Manneten, however, is probably one of the best Roadhog players in the League. It is either him or Taimou when he plays Roadhog. But due to the meta being as it is, Roadhog is not always the preferred tank of choice. So Florida Mayhem is not allowed to play on their favorite and comfortable heroes. This causes them to be at a slight disadvantage when it comes to any match-up in this Stage 4.

Awesomeguy is the latest Tank addition to the team and he has been a breath of fresh air. Despite being exceptionally individually skilled, he seems to lack the coordination and possibly the communication with the rest of the team. We have seen several times that the Florida Mayhem team is confused as to their callouts and their movement on the map.

Florida Mayhem is still looking forth to achieving their first victory in Stage 4. They want to be able to maintain their positioning above Shanghai Dragons. Of course, it will come down to the final match between Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem in this particular match. It holds the first real opportunity for either team to secure their first victory in Stage 4. 

Prediction:

This match will be the last and only possible attempt by Shanghai Dragons to save face. They have lost all their matches so far in Season 1 of Overwatch league and are well en route to securing a 0-40 record. It would be an embarrassing record for a team which has seen significant improvements over the past few months. Shanghai Dragon’s current record is definitely not befitting an Overwatch League team.

The Florida Mayhem, however, is also a team which has been nearing the bottom of the League. As with Shanghai Dragons, the Mayhem showed so much improvement during Stage 3 of OWL. But that improvement was solely due to the addition of new players, mainly Sayaplayer onto the roster. Remove Sayaplayer and the Mayhem team looks in Mayhem right now.

The two teams are pretty evenly matched, although the ultimate psychological impact of the performances will come into play here. Shanghai Dragons might even be the slightly better team, but as we look at their record the lack of confidence and their inability to win does seem very desperate. The weak link on the team is obviously the support lineup, and despite the other members showing their support for the players; they simply lack the adequate skill required.

For this match, it will be a difficult call, but we will like to go with Shanghai Dragons. They might not be the eventual winners, but the odds for this match on Shanghai are too good to ignore. We recommend a low bet on Shanghai Dragons.

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TnC Pro team vs. Team Liquid: Esports Betting Prediction @ Dota 2 China Supermajor 2018

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Tournament Introduction:

The China Dota2 Supermajor is the final Major of the Dota Pro Circuit. The tournament has a prize pool of $1,500,000 USD & 2250 DPC Points up for grabs. 16 of the best teams of the world will come to Shanghai for the final test before The International 2018 from June 2nd to the 10th.

The final two days of the main event, June 9th/10th, will take place in the Yuanshen Gymnasium next to the Yuanshen Sports Centre Stadium in Shanghai, China.

Format

  • Group Stage
    • Four groups of four teams each.
    • Bo3 double-elimination (GSL) bracket.
    • Top two teams from each group advance to the Upper Bracket of Main Event.
    • Bottom two teams from each group advance to the Lower Bracket of Main Event.
  • Main Event
    • The playoffs will be held from June 4th to 10th.
    • Only the final two days will be in front of a live crowd.
    • Double-elimination bracket.
    • All games except Grand Finals are Bo3.
    • Grand Finals is Bo5.

source: liquidpedia.net

TnC Pro Team

  • Philippines Marc “Raven” Fausto
  • Philippines Armel “Armel” Paul Tabios
  • Philippines Sam “Sam_H” Hidalgo
  • Philippines Timothy “Tims” Randrup
  • Philippines Carlo “Kuku” Palad

TnC is putting on a show at the China Supermajor a set of spectacular matches against EG and VG. Their command of Disruptor and Gyro has kept us at the edge of our seats, with some really good teamfights in their respective matches.

Even so, TnC was not undefeated in this Group Stage. TnC had a disappointing match against VP, who managed to close out 2/3 games in 30minutes, defeats that could mostly be attributed to VP being the better and more consistent harasser and TnC’s rather odd drafting picks, such as that Queen of Pain drafting in game 1.

But, as we said in the opening of this team analysis, TnC excelled against both EG and VG. TnC’s heavy reliance on teamfight compositions, while it might leave TnC vulnerable against more aggressive teams, it was just the right tactic against the teams that rely on teamfights to secure the game. TnC, simply put, was better at it than EG or VG. It also helped that EG is quite off-balance after the recent roster change and that VG has show signs of weakening on the pro-track.

TnC shows great promise in this tournament as well as the upcoming TI8, but we are not sure that each and every team will be that clumsy when it comes to teamfighting them. VP should them that their tactics are far from being “bulletproof” and that a change, even in the slightest form, of the way they draft and approach uneven games is needed.

Team Liquid

 

  • Finland Lasse ”MATUMBAMAN” Urpalainen
  • Jordan Amer ”Miracle-” Al-Barkawi
  • Bulgaria Ivan “MinD_ContRoL” Ivanov
  • Lebanon Maroun “GH” Merhej
  • Germany Kuro Salehi “KuroKY” Takhasomi

Liquid came out of Group A seemingly invincible and somewhat lucky, after a few matches that caught our attention.

The first game against Team Spirit was quite the opening match for Team Liquid, as the CIS squad manage to chase TL around the map and even end the game in half an hour. A strong pick of highly aggressive gankers from Spirit and some confusion in TL’s ranks were the ingredients for Liquid’s defeat. Game 2 was TL’s time to shine as the squad, as if empowered by IceFrog himself, managed to roll over Spirit with ease, in less than 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in their match-up against Newbee, Team Liquid seemed to find itself in the same predicament as before. Game 1 was supposed to belong to Newbee, who had a strong NETworth lead against TL, but due to some poor choices and awful engagements on Newbee’s side, TL managed to retake the reigns and secure the first and, then, the second game, ending the series.

Team Liquid managed to come out on top of their groups, but it seems that the team’s ranks are once more scattered and the players tend to rely more on bad plays from their opponents, than a set of consistently good plays from them.

 

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London Spitfire 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.

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.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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 Boston Uprising

London Spitfire

London Spitfire roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Fury
  • Gesture
  • Closer
  • Nus
  • Bdosin

The London Spitfire is the only European team in Season 1 of Overwatch League. The London Franchise is owned by Jack Etienne of Cloud9. They have a great presence in a variety of esports titles including Dota 2, CSGO and several others. They were ridiculed for having a fully Korean roster, one that did not go down well with the fans.

The London Spitfire roster started off the season on a very strong note with the win during Stage 1 finals. It was truly a great performance as the Stage 1 playoff finals. The London team of Stage 1 was abysmally strong. Their bench would have been fit to form another OWL team as well. However, they did let go of some players such as Rascal, Fissure etc. With Stage 4 start, they also announced more changes and have only 6 members active on their roster for now.

The two DPS players on the team really need no introduction. Birdring and Profit have been the best players in the League early on and their variety of DPS heroes definitely puts them as the hot favorites in the League. Birdring might not be the best DPS in the OWL, but his ability to match the best Widowmakers in the League is what makes him special. He has an uncanny synergy with Gesture and together the two of them are able to perform at a very high level. The team is best suited for the Dive composition and it is evident from the way the team plays around each other. But with the latest meta not suiting dive, we will witness some different playstyle from the London team. Sadly the London team is not suited to changing their playstyle by a lot.

Profit is usually the player who plays the off-meta heroes. So whenever a new hero is introduced we see Profit playing the hero. We have seen him on Sombra, Doomfist, Junkrat and most recently Brigitte. The ability of the player to adapt is unmatched on the roster and he has a lot of fans as well.

In the original London Spitfire roster, Gesture was probably not the best tank player. It was hands down Fissure just based on his experience and his individual skill level. But as London Spitfire decided to trim their roster, it was evident that London Spitfire lost a big part of their team. Gesture is a very strong player in his own individual right. We can see how the tank player synergizes with the rest of the team. For many, Gesture is the crucial link between the tanks and the support players on the roster. However, he also displays a very high level of individual skill and talent. His Winston and Orisa are probably the best amongst all the tank players in the League right now.

Gesture of London Spitfire

The London Spitfire supports are nothing much to speak about. But they can definitely hold their own amongst the top players in the League. Nus and Closer have decent synergy with each other, but we have also seen some lackluster ultimate usage amongst the two of them.

Overall the London Spitfire team is decently structured and have the potential to reach the best team moniker. However, their performance has dwindled ever since there have been changes to their roster.

Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising roster:

  • Striker
  • Mistakes
  • Note
  • Kalios
  • Gamsu
  • Snow
  • Kellex
  • Neko
  • Avast
  • AimGod

The Boston Uprising was one of the first entrants into the Overwatch League. Robert Kraft’s proximity with high personnel in Blizzard entertainment convinced him to invest into esports. Of course the Boston uprising roster is probably not the most famous roster in the League when it was first announced.

The Boston Uprising roster was made up by huge inputs from their ‘President of Gaming’ Huks. He has been around in the scene for a long time and has a very good understanding of the scene. His experience in scouting new talent and getting them to be a part of the team is invaluable.

Striker has been the most important part of the team as he single handedly enabled the 10-0 move for Boston Uprising during Stage 3. The DPS player has been able to play amazingly well with the tank lineup including Gamsu on the team. The coordination between the main tank and the DPS player is what holds the team together. They have been exceptionally well playing the Dive meta in the first half of the OWL Season 1. However, in Stage 4, they look extremely weak. The Boston uprising practiced dive meta in order to ensure great team coordination. At that time, Dive meta was the most effective type of gameplay. However, with Brigitte in the new meta, Boston Uprising simply have not had the same effect.

Gamsu forms the most crucial aspect of the team. His role on the roster is not limited to just that of the Main tank role. He also puts together some really impressive and coordinated strategies for the team. We all saw how Boston Uprising looked woefully inadequate when Gamsu was in Korea and not playing on the roster. There were even rumors of players leaving the team during this period.

There is still time in Stage 4 and Boston Uprising needs to figure out their best playstyle. The dive meta simply does not work anymore and they have to adjust to the new meta.

Prediction:

This match is going to be extremely close as both the teams have fallen off their best form. London Spitfire was definitely the best team in the League for quite some time. However, the loss of their coach definitely affected their gameplay and their coordination. With the recent roster changes making several of their players inactive, the London Spitfire Roster is very limited right now. The lack of substitutes and potential new strategies is definitely going to affect London Spitfire. Their current performance in Stage 4 is really bad and they barely managed to scrape past SF Shock.

The London Spitfire roster has looked extremely weak since the start of Stage 3. We don’t know what has affected the team in such a manner, but the latest Stage 4 meta definitely has not helped matters either. The London Spitfire team remains a high skill ceiling and high potential team. But as we look at the team and their results, they are disappointing to say the least. We recommend a low bet on Boston Uprising for this match.

 

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New York Excelsior vs Philadelphia Fusion: 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 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.

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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.

New York Excelsior vs Philadelphia Fusion

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Mano
  • Neko
  • Janus
  • Ark
  • Jjonak
  • Anamo

New York Excelsior is the best team in the Season 1 of Overwatch League. Sitting pretty above the rest of the competition by quite a margin, the New York team has been amazing in their performances. They are able to adapt to their opponents and adjust their game-play accordingly. One of the best examples of such a to and fro adjustment was seen in their match against the Seoul Dynasty. When Fleta would play the widowmaker, the Excelsior would go with their very own WIdowmaker in order to counter him. However, once he switched off the Widowmaker, Saebyeolbe changed their lineup too. Saebyeolbe went on the Brigitte to counter the Seoul composition.

The New York team has a rich history of being really well coordinated in their performance. Saebyeolbe is eaily the best player in the Overwatch League especially on Tracer. His ability to counter the enemy DPS and mostly rendering ihm useless hasbeen his USP Once he wins the DPS battles, he is free to roam around the rest of the opponents without any threat to his own elimination. It is very rare to see Saebyeolbe lose a DPS battle.

Helping him on the team are Pine and LIbero. Mostly it is just Libero who make san appearance, but Pine is also increasingly been seen in more maps than just Ilios. Pine’s gameplay is probably the most flashiest in the entire league. He has a very high risk, very high reward type of gameplay. Often times he is at the winning end of these gameplays and as a result, has been given the nomenclature of ‘Big Boss Pine’ by the talent desk and casters. His ability to single handedly wipe an entire enemy team has been on display multiple times in Season 1.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

Liberi is the more consistent PDS on the team. He usually plays the projectie hero and can make himself really potent . He works in great conjunction with the tank lineup, something that the other DPS members do not do. He forms the link between the tank and the support lineup and the playstyle for nYL is quite different when he is on the starting roster than the other DPS members. Pine on the other hand requires a lot more of resources when playing which includes babysitting him on this trademark hitscan heroes.

The support lineup for New York Excelsior include Ark and Jjonak. Each player is a superstar in his own right, but they truly show their magic when they work together. Ark peels for Jjonak really well and even when the rest of the team does not require healing, we see Ark damage boosting jjonak on his Zenyatta. This is one of the reasons why Jjonak is able to have such a huge impact on his Zenyatta. Even though he is probably the prime focus of many opponent DPS, it is extremely difficult to eliminate him due to all the peeling provided to him. Ark and Jjonak are probably the best Support combination in the entire Overwatch League. The impact they have on their team’s performance is beyond words.

New York Excelsior has already qualified for the Season 1 playoffs. They will be still playing for the Stage 4 glory and in order to keep up with the current meta.

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Snillo
  • Shadowburn
  • Hotba
  • Fragi
  • Poko
  • Sado
  • Boombox
  • Dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast spectacor, an American sports, and Entertainment company. This is their foray into esports via the Philadelphia Fusion and the Overwatch league. The organization manages several physical stadiums in North America and that is going to be a big advantage for the Philadelphia Fusion in subsequent seasons.

Philadelphia Fusion is one of the most difficult teams to read in the overwatch League. The team has so much talent, but despite that, they are not the best team in the League. This has to do in part with their inconsistent performances despite having a very high skill ceiling.

The Philadelphia Fusion has four players in each category. Their DPS lineup consists of Carpe, EQO, Shadowburn and Snillo. Each of these players has already proved their worth on the big stage. Carpe has great individual perofrmancrs on his Trcefr, but with the current meta not favoring Tracer we will probably not be seeing much of the Korean player. SEQO on the other hand has such as wide variety of heroes that the can play. His most respected hero is the Genji Which sees him building up the ultimate amazingly fast. His right click shots are extremely accurate which often result in his ultimate being built faster than a Junkrat or Zenyatta on the enemy team. Ofcourse this means that the ultimates are out of sync with each other which generally favors the Genji player, in this case, EQO.

Shadowburn is the other projectile Genji specialist on the team. Shadowburn’s play style is very different from that of EQO in the current roster. He generally requires a lot less from the team and is more effective, however, Shadowburn is a very one dimensional style of player. He requires the opposition support ultimate to be down and can hold on to his ultimate for elongated periods of time. It can sometimes range to several team fights as well. Since EQO Charges his ultimate so fast, it often sees him at a huge advantage when it comes to the duel between the Genji and Zenyatta ultimates.

The tank lineup on Philadelphia Fusion is mostly made up of Fragi on the main tank role. Fragi has a very aggressive gameplay style. The aggressive Reinhardt is usually very good for the player as he can quickly toggle his shield. That being said, the player will be on his most comfortable hero right now as Reinhardt is definitely a part of the current meta. Slight changes in certain heroes can dramatically change the meta and we see how Brigitte has affected the dive composition. Surprisingly that bodes well for the Fusion.

Sado and Hotba are the other tank players on the team accompanying Poko. Poko rose to prominence cause of his well-placed D’va ultimates in Stage 1, but teams have been better used to avoiding his Dva ultimates since then. The Philadelphia Fusion tank lineup has a great chemistry with each other and that is mostly due to Fragi’s energetic demeanour.

If the Philadelphia Fusion are able to play to their best potential, they are a definite contender for Stage 4 playoffs.

Prediction:

Philadelphia Fusion is looking very strong right now. They have a 3-1 record with their only loss coming to Dallas Fuel in Week 2. Their dominating performance against Boston Uprising, Shanghai Dragons definitely puts them on focus for the rest of the season. However, in this game, they are up against New York Excelsior.

There is nothing to suggest that the NYXL roster is doing bad and they are an easy bet for this match. It might go to Game 5, but NYXL has been known to perform better under pressure. The maps for this particular match are Blizzard World, Hanamura, Oasis and Dorado. We can expect a lot more of Carpe on certain maps which favor a faster playstyle.

But overall, the NYXL seem to be the dominating team in this matchup. They have looked extremely strong irrespective of their opponents and they should be able to win this match as well.

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Shanghai Dragons vs New York Excelsior: 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 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.

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.

Shanghai Dragons vs New York Excelsior

Shanghai Dragons 

Shanghai Dragons roster:

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

The Shanghai Dragons are the only Chinese team. It is owned by NetEase one of the franchise owners in the Overwatch League. The Dragons’ have been trying their utmost best to improve their performance and finally result in a win. But the elusive victory has been a distant dream for the team.

The Shanghai Dragons, when looked at individually is a great roster. We have seen the performances by Diya, previously Undead as well as the tank players on the team. Geguri is the best Tank player in the Korean servers and that is definitely a awesome performance. However, as a team, they always seem to be lagging behind the meta. Their coaching staff might be a problem, but the Shanghai Dragons after their miserable start to the League have failed to capitalise on the changes in the meta.

Diya deserves a special mention because his performance on the DPS role has been on par of the best in OWL. He can play the Widowmaker, Tracer as well as the hitscan heroes to a very high skill level. We see intermittently amazing performances by the player, but the results for the Shanghai Dragons are simply non-existent. As we head into this match against NYXL, Diya will be facing off against Saebyeolbe who has proven himself to be adept with the new hero Brigitte. We have seen in the past how Diya struggles as a Tracer against Brigitte. The team just keeps crashing into the Brigitte meta and their inability to counter Brigitte was glaringly obvious in their match against Dallas Fuel.

The other DPS player on the roster is ADO. ADO’s performance has been strong, but there is a desync with the rest of the team. Ado usually plays the projectile heroes, mostly Genji. However, he cannot keep up with the rest of the team. We can see the indecision factor in at times, when he decides whether to go forth or fall back to help his team. The performance of the team depends a lot of on cohesion and synergy, which are the things lacking on the roster.

Two of the most famous tank players in the Overwatch League are Fearless and Geguri. Geuguri’s Zarya is one of the best Zarya in the League and she has proven herself repeatedly on various occasions. However, the inability to play different compositions, especially together as a team means that she has to play D’va. The character is great and she has a very high skill level on the hero. But the occasions for D’va and the weak Dive composition in the current Brigitte meta is a glaring loophole for the team.

 

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Mano
  • Janus
  • Meko
  • Libero
  • Ark
  • Anamo
  • JJonak

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team, New York Mets. The New York Excelsior is the best team in the Overwatch League so far. After dominating the group stage in the first two Stages for Season 1, they are already qualified for Season 1 playoffs.

So does that mean that they will take this match less seriously? The truth is, it does not really  matter. The gap in skill between the New York Excelsior and the Shanghai Dragons is just too big. The NYXL’s lineup has found great synergy and top level coordination amongst themselves.

Saebyeolbe is one of the best DPS players in the League, if not the best. However, we have also seen him perform admirably well on the latest hero in OWL, Brigitte. In their match against Seoul Dynasty, the number of times that Saebyeolbe cornered the Seoul supports resulted in the advantage for the NYXL roster. The rest of the team is quick to follow up on any advantage that Saebyeolbe can provide them. We can see how the speed of the team’s gameplay picks up once the get the first pick in a match. The New York Excelsior have perfected their performance and the dive following the first pick is extremely lethal. It does not matter which opponent dies first, they are able to secure their advantage depending on who is eliminated first. Since it is no longer the Mercy meta, we see a lot more efficiency in team fight wins following the first pick for NYXL.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

However, the team is not all about Saebyeolbe. They also have Pine and Libero, the other two DPS players on the team. Pine is one of the strongest Widowmaker/Mccree in the League. His efficiency and aim with the hero is unmatched. There is also the contention that he plays a very aggressive playstyle and requires a lot of resources from the team’s support lineup. However, the risk is often lower than the reward and we see him pulling off amazing Godlike plays on a consistent basis. The casters have rightfully named him ‘Big Boss Pine’.

The rest of the team is not made up of superstars. However, each player is a star in their own right. Janus, Mano and Meko are the three tank players on NYXL. The players are not as flashy and flamboyant as a Gesture or a Fissure. But their consistency is what gets them through with the rest of the team. As for the results, they are available for all to see as NYXL eads the OWL by a huge margin.

Prediction:

This match is probably the easiest bet in the Overwatch League. New York Excelsior has proven themselves to be much better than the rest of the League by miles. They can easily defeat most of the other teams due to their insane individual as well as team play. The NYXL team has been practising really well and we have not seen any changes on their roster. This is quite different considering almost all the teams have made changes to their active roster or a change in coaching. The most visible results have to be for London Spitfire and Los Angeles Gladiators’ performance after changes.

The Shanghai Dragons are a decent team, but frankly, their performance does not beget a Overwatch League spot. We recommend a big bet on New York Excelsior for this match.

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