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Team USA vs Team Canada: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch World Cup Los Angeles Qualifier

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Introduction

The Overwatch World Cup will be the next showcase event for Blizzard and the Overwatch League. The best players from all over the world will compete at this tournament. It is an event which serves as an exhibition of skill and served as a means of luring in investors during the previous editions. This year, there will be new players looking to find a home in the Overwatch League as well as the national pride.

The Overwatch World Cup will take place during Blizzcon  [ 2nd and 3rd November 2018]. However, there are several qualifiers currently underway which will constantly provide some Overwatch content to the fans. After the massively successful Incheon qualifiers, we are not live with the Los Angeles Qualifiers. The best of the North American countries, as well as a few European countries, are battling it out at the Los Angeles qualifiers.

There are six teams participating in the OWWC Los Angeles qualifier. These teams are USA, Brazil, Canada, Norway, Switzerland and Austria. The teams will play several matches against each other. Each match consists of four maps. The top two teams at the end of the qualifier will advance to Blizzcon 2018 for the Overwatch World Cup.

Format

Group Stage: Round Robin

  • All matches are 4 Game Sets.
  • If two teams win the same number of maps, it will be broken by head-to-head results and Tiebreakers are played if necessary.
  • Top 2 advance to Main Event at BlizzCon.

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast

  • Reporter:
    • USA Malik (Malik Forté)

Brazilian Broadcast

  • Host:
    • Brazil Vecet (Arthur Rage Nogueira)
  • Analyst:

Italian Broadcast

Team USA

Team USA Roster:

  • Hydration
  • Sinaatra
  • Zacharee
  • Space
  • Muma
  • Rawkus
  • Moth

Team USA will be the team with a huge fan following at Blizzcon 2018. The team has some big fan favourites on their roster, but they also have allowed space to several ‘lesser known’ players. The committee deciding on the team is a very experienced committee and they have taken into consideration several factors such as team chemistry, their synergy as well as the amount of firepower on this roster.

Hydration and Sinaatra will be the DPS players for Team USA. This dup is an excellent choice for the DPS players on this roster. Hydration is one of the most versatile DPS Players in Overwatch. He has a mean Genji, but he can also pull out heroes such as Sombra, Doomfist etc. These heroes are mostly used to stall the point, but for Hydration, he can use them to the maximum effect. His Doomfist is one of the most feared Doomfists in the League. He has some really adept movement with the hero, living life on the edge with the heroes. As a DPS Player, Hydration is largely and does not rely heavily on the supports for healing.

Sinaatra is a very well known DPS player, mostly known for his Tracer Gameplay. He has the right temperament to play Tracer, almost always taking up risky gameplays. He is often behind the enemy and diving their supports in order to gain the maximum advantage for the team. Sinaatra’s playstyle is defined by his control over the Tracer blinks. He is always playing in such a way that he has a way out of a sticky situation.

The two tanks on this lineup are what make the roster extremely strong. Even in yesterday’s match against Brazil, the two tanks won a team fight almost 2v5. After their supports died in a

2018-01-25 / Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

D’va bomb, it was up to Space and Muma to try to stall the point. Not only did they stall the point, but they actually managed to win. Space was instrumental in blocking out projectiles to keep Muma alive. Later Space was able to get multiple kills to ensure that they were ablet o stay alive on the payload and zone Brazil out.

Muma is a player who regularly takes calculated risks with his Winston. His time on the Houston Outlaws saw him regularly create space for his DPS players. He is very skilled on an individual level, but on this team, he needs to find the coordination with the support players. The player also acts as a leadership role on this roster and that is what makes him invaluable tot he team. He has the experience and the right attitude to make Team USA successful.

Team Canada

Team Canada Roster:

  • Surefour
  • Agilities
  • Mangachu
  • Note
  • XQC
  • Bani
  • Crimzo

Team Canada has some of the players with huge fanbases. The likes of Surefour, XQC, Agilities and Mangachu are very popular amongst Overwatch fans. This year, Team Canada looks very strong, especially when it comes to their potential against Team USA.

Surefour is obviously the player who has renewed his aim and firepower on the roster recently. On his team, Surefour was helped by Fissure as he found his form in order to compete at the highest level in Overwatch. Surefour will also act as the leader on this roster outside of the server. With his experience and calm aptitude, he makes the perfect example of a player who can lighten the mood on the roster. Surefour usually plays the hitscan DPS roles on heroes such as Soldier, Mccree and Widowmaker. His aim has been really good of late, and he has been able to blow off heads on his teams.

Surefour is the primary DPS For Team Canada

Joining him will be Agilities, a player who has been hailed as a very talented player by Coach Moon. Coming from Coach moon, this is definitely a compliment for the young player. However, he needs to work on his positioning and his movement on the map. Agilities is usually a player who has great coordination with his main tank while using his ultimate. The two of them often jump into the backline and this ensures that the mayhem created is the right environment for Agilities.

He can then work on his Genji and ensure that he gets multiple kills and dash resets over the map. Dash resets are important for a Genji player since it allows his Genji to be as effective as he can be. For this, a Genji player often requires that the team helps him in his ultimate. With his former team, Los Angeles valiant, this is exactly what Agilities was provided. We still don’t know how his coordination on Team Canada for this type of play is. There is no doubt that he will have to adjust to the new players and their strategy. But how much of an impact will that have on his personal playstyle and affect the overall match is still up in the air.

XQC returns to top level Overwatch with Team Canada

Team Canada has XQC, Mangachu as well as Note as their tank players. The diversity in their tank plays is characterized by the heroes that these players are most well known for. XQC is obviously a very talented player and he is very adept in the main tank role. It is rare to see a player with such individual skill on the main tank role as XQC. His Winston is well known for staying alive for a long time, despite being under a lot of pressure. His bubble placement is legendary and it often saves multiple teammates, even if it sometimes means he has to waste a lot of positioning and skills in order to have the proper bubble placement.

Mangachu is probably one of the best Roadhog players in the Overwatch League. He has a very high hook accuracy, something that helps him stay a relevant Roadhog. Despite the recent complaints that Roadhog is not in a good place right now, Mangachu can make this work, especially in the right composition. His ability to constantly hook out the enemy D’va and ensure that they can de-mech the character is invaluable in team fights.

Prediction :

Both the teams look very strong in their current form. They have a focus on having good tank players on their roster and it is evident from their lineup. The likes of XQC, Note, Mangachu, Muma and Space are some of the best tank players in the world. The team committees obviously wanted to have a very strong tank lineup which can then be self-reliant up to a point. Obviously, this does not mean that the DPS and the support players are any less. They will have the more important task of ensuring the frags for the team.

This match will be the last match for the tournament and it might very well become a match where the result is redundant. After all, both the teams are very good and they might very well be the teams that have already qualified for Blizzcon. After all, Canada and United States are both 3-0 right now. They both have one match left in the qualifiers. Canada will be playing against Switzerland and USA will play against Norway. We expect both of them to win their respective matches with ease. This makes Canada vs USA game a showmatch of sorts which can only serve to excite fans about the outcome. It will be a true test to show which country is the best in Overwatch right now.

With the heavy focus on the tank lineup, we feel that Canda has a much better chance of winning this match. The likes of XQC have not been seen in the Overwatch League for quite some time. His playstyle is sort of an unknown factor to the rest of the players. And yet with his highly individual skill level, he can wreak havoc on the opponents. So it is imperative that the team is able to find the right balance in order to counter him and his aggressive playstyle.

We recommend a small bet on Team Canada for this match. They simply seem to have the much better firepower on their roster.

 

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Team Atlantic vs Team Pacific: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League All-star Match

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The Overwatch League has come to an end, however, there are still a few matches remaining. These matches are the all-star matches where a mixture of the players will play amongst each other. Unlike the regular season, the All-star match is divided into only two categories, the Atlantic team and the Pacific Team.

The First season of Overwatch League has two divisions, but they were not really a big factor so far. Since all the teams and matches were held at one location, the division of the teams never really accounted for much. The All-star match is a way to engage with fans and keep up content outside of the regular season.

The All-star match [ Weekend] starts on August 25th. It will be a Best of Five series with the maps pre-decided. The Maps for the All-star match will be as follows:

  • King’s Row
  • Rialto
  • Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Route 66
  • Ilios

The Atlantic Division

The Atlantic Division Roster:

  • JJonak
  • Ark
  • Bdosin
  • Gamsu
  • Meko
  • Poko
  • Saebyeolbe
  • Carpe
  • Profit
  • Libero
  • Muma
  • Sayaplayer
  • Pine
  • Gesture
  • Fury
  • Mano
  • Neko
  • Striker

The Pacific Division

  • Fissure
  • Fleta
  • Architect
  • Fate
  • OGE
  • Space
  • Custa
  • Ryujehong
  • Agilities
  • Bischu
  • Sleepy
  • Surefour
  • Geguri
  • Kariv
  • BigGoose
  • Mickie
  • SoOn
  • Zunba

While these are the total rosters, the actual starting six for the All-star Game section of the All-star match is as follows.

The Atlantic Division

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Carpe
  • Pine
  • Gesture
  • JJonak
  • Ark

The Atlantic Division is filled with players from the New York Excelsior. Despite not winning the Overwatch League Season 1, the NYXL roster was by far the most dominant of the entire season. They also have Gesture ( from London Spitfire) and Carpe ( From Philadelphia Fusion ) on their team. The all-Korean team will definitely not have communication problems.

Saebyeolbe is in great form and he is personally responsible for the amazing performance by NYXL during Season 1. He has the ability to choose his targets and keep them engaged or win the aim-duel battle. When Tracer was in the meta, Saebyeolbe was responsible for engaging the supports and often ensuring multiple kills on his own. His speed and dexterity on the hero made it almost impossible for the opponents to latch on to him. If there was an enemy Tracer, Saebyeolbe would often try to duel him in a 1v1 situation. He would often win these duels, but even if he did not win them it was to his team’s advantage. Keeping the enemy occupied, often multiple enemy heroes at once, Saebyeolbe’s impact on the match cannot be judged from his statistics alone.

Carpe is the other DPS player on the roster and he has some really good aim. In the current meta where Widowmaker still stands tall as a hero, Carpe’s ability to one-shot enemy supports r DPS will come in Handy. His flick shots are really effective and he can ensure key target based kills in the game. He has already shown his efficiency during his time on the Fusion. Along with the other DOPS players on the team, Carpe was responsible for the way the team functioned and how their movement across the map was in synergy to his own. Ofcourse being on an all-star match these factors will not be as effective, but Carpe’s individual skill is near the top of the league.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is the only tank on this roster. His presence on the London Spitfire and ultimately the decision to keep him and not Fissure on that roster was primarily because of his synergy and coordination with the London DPS players. However, we will not be seeing Profit and Birdring play in the All-star match. So will Gesture be as effective as during the season? It doesn’t really matter. This is an All-star match and while everyone wants to win it, it is not something that is based out of team practice and chemistry. The players are all individually talented and they have reached the pinnacle of Overwatch professionally due to their individual skill. We don’t expect Gesture to falter off and continue with his performance as during the season and the finals.

The Support duo in JJonak and Ark are great simply because we have seen time and again the level of their synergy and chemistry. Ark peels for JJonak consistently and also damage boosts Jjonak. This is what allows JJonak to get key frags often before the start of a team fight. Their positioning and movement is related to each other so that they can peel for themselves whenever required.

The Pacific Division

  • Fleta
  • Geguri
  • Fissure
  • Custa
  • Ryujehong
  • Kariv

The Pacific Division starting lineup has two tank players on the team. They have Kariv and Fleta as the potential DPS players. While traditionally Kariv is used to playing the support role, we saw the Los Angeles Valiant use him as a DPS later in the season. His ability to do consistent damage and his insane aim are what makes him a viable choice for the team.

Fleta has shown us a wide variety of DPS heroes that he can play on a regular basis. The DPS player from Seoul Dynasty started off the catchphrase Fleta is meta since everyone was copying him and his playstyle. Ofcourse being an innovative player as he is, he constantly evolved his playstyle making it difficult for his opponents to understand his positioning and movement.

The Tank lineup on this team forms the crux of their roster. Fissure and Geguri have both displayed really high levels of skill. Fissure is by far the best individual tank player in the overwatch League. While he has had rapid roster changes, his impact on any new team is only positive. In the Pacific Division, Fissure has two of his new teammates on the roster. Ryujehong and Fleta will be playing with him. This will ensure better camaraderie amongst the team for their future.

Fissure’s USP lies in the way he can utilise the smallest of advantages to his benefit. He is constantly in the enemy’s face and that provides his teammates with space to ensure they can get frags. His impact during his time on the Los Angeles Gladiators was well documented with how Surefour and Asher performed post his arrival. Fissure brings stability and calmness to the team. His decision-making process is clearly visible in how he selects to position himself and where to target as the main tank.

As the supports, Ryujehong and Custa present the leadership on this team. Both the players are really well known for their ability to lead the team. While as a team this does not require as much time together, the influence of these veteran players will definitely be a good start.

Prediction :

Overall the two teams are a mixture of players from various teams put together. As such one of the fundamental problems for either team will be to manage their synergy and the coordination in their movements. After all, Overwatch is a team game and it becomes crucial that the teams can move together.

The Atlantic Division obviously has more players from a single team. Being from NYXL, we have all witnessed their coordination and the intense performance by the players. So when we look at their team, it does seem to be extremely strong. They also have no language barriers, since all the players are from Korea, unlike the Atlantic Division roster. As such we expect this team to be well-polished in their movements and coordination.

The Pacific division players will be relying heavily on their tanks to make the plays for them. Fissure knows how to make the maximum use of the resources at his disposal. As such it will be imperative for him to ensure that they are able to shut down the DPS players on the enemy team.

For now, we recommend a bet on the Atlantic Division team. They have the synergy and the players to put up a strong performance.

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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 final match between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion will see the two best teams at the time compete against each other. London Spitfire might not have been the strongest team in Stage 3&4. However, they have found renewed vigor and confidence as we head into the finals. The Philadelphia Fusion, on the other hand, are the kings of the current meta. In a way, London might just be the underdogs in the finals, a rare but true thought.

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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 London Spitfire

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Snillo
  • Shadowburn
  • HOTBA
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • Sado
  • Boombox
  • dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fuson is owned by Comcast Spectacor, a sports and media company which managed hundreds of stadiums across North America. The team missed out on the Preseason of OWL season 1, which was attended by the remaining 11 teams. The overwatch league probably has no other team with a roster as diverse as Philadelphia Fusion.

Philadelphia Fusion has players from so many nationalities. It failed to secure visas for the players in December 2017 for the pre-season. The Philadelphia’s performance early in Stage 1 was also something that was shaky and extremely lackluster.

But as the season wore on, we saw a more concerted and spirited performance by the team. The team relies heavily on the diversity of it’s DPS Players. While initially, they had only Carpe and Shadowburn, they acquired EQO and Snillo later. The youngsters proved to be a valuable addition to the team which has only served to improve their performance. What we saw during their match against New York Excelsior showed us how strong the coaching and the support staff for the Fusion is.

They played an extremely aggressive and counter-pick style of playstyle. The team was able to understand the way the NYXL plays. They were constantly swapping off heroes and making big changes to the way they approach their enemy. The constant hero swaps made NYXL extremely uncomfortable especially as they could not ensure a stable performance.

Philadelphia Fusion has Carpe as it’s star performer. Back in the Tracer meta, Carpe was able to play the Tracer to a very high efficiency. Right now in the Double sniper meta, he is able to constantly be on top of the enemy Sniper and keep them in check. In addition to Carpe, EQO is usually the other DPS on their active roster. The player usually plays a projectile hero such as Genji and Pharah. Indeed his damage output on Genji ( without the ultimate) is one of the highest in the Overwatch league.

The Philadelphia Fusion of earlier had a tank problem. Fragi is one of the better Reinhardt’s in the Game. He has a very aggressive stance with the hero, one that is not replicated by any other player. His aggressive style is even more effective because no one expects the plays that he makes. However, during the dive meta, he would even be a distraction for his own team. His performance on the team notwithstanding, he was not really being conducive to team play. The addition of Sado to the roster has definitely helped improve the team’s performance by a lot. The Philadelphia Fusion is probably the team that has gained the maximum due to the change in the meta. The change in meta has helped the team to exert its performance and become a strong team.

London Spitfire

London Spitfire roster:

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

The London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. Coming from an endemic esports organization, the London Spitfire management has a great understanding of players’ mentality and attitude. They are the only European representatives in Overwatch League Season 1. However, that did not stop them from putting together a strong roster. The roster for the London Spitfire is fully Korean.

The London Spitfire won Stage 1 playoffs and quickly established a big fan base. They were seen as the Kryptonites to New York Excelsior who looked unbeatable at the time. London Spitfire’s grit and determination is what got them through the early stages of the tournament. The London Spitfire comprises of a core roster that has been playing in the Overwatch League with alarming consistency.

The two DPS players for London Spitfire are Birdring and Profit. Birdring has seen a big resurgence to form especially in the playoffs. London Spitfire might have been one of the weakest teams in Stage 3 & 4. However, they are also a team which has seen a significant dip in their DPS players’ performance. As a team, the London Spitfire relies heavily on their DPS players. Birdring has been a consistent DPS player in the early stage of the Overwatch League. But as we saw his performance take a nosedive in Stage 3 and 4, so did London’s results. Birdring has a wide variety of characters that he can play at the top level and that is what makes him one of the better DPS players in the League. However, his performance is not due to individual skill or prowess. He is supplemented to a large extent by his partner DPS player, profit as well as Gesture.

Profit has a knack for playing different heroes, heroes that are not always in the meta. This does not mean that he cannot play the regular heroes, but he is the one who changes his role depending on the team’s requirements. As we look at his roles in the stages of Overwatch League, we realize that Profit is the go-to guy for Junkrat, Doomfist, Sombra etc. His performance in the Grand finals will be crucial for the final outcome.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is also another player mentioned while talking about London Spitfire. Gesture primarily was the lesser of the tanks in the team. But his coordination with the DPS players is definitely something special. His performance in the team alongside profit is what made the famed London Dive so efficient. London Spitfire had one of the highest rates for eliminating the opponent Support players. With the playoffs, his performance looks on a rebound right now.

The Support players on the London Spitfire might not always be the flashiest, but the team has had two of the most consistent players in Nus and Bdosin. However, that does not imply that the team cannot have some really fast and early kills by Bdosin. In their match against Valiant, we saw how Bdosin often got the opening kills against the Valiant. The performance of the team relies on the consistency of the support players, but there is also a big chance that the supports can ensure an opening which the team capitalizes on.

Considering how important the stakes on this match are, a slight mistake can lead to a lost map. It can alter the hero ultimate economy which is so important in Overwatch. London Spitfire, however,ise up against one of the stronger teams in the Overwatch league right now. Their opponents Philadelphia Fusion are called the ‘king of the meta’ and not without reason.

Prediction:

The Overwatch League Playoff Finals is one of the most important matches for both these teams. They started off differently, London Spitfire started strong while Philadelphia Fusion is not as strong. The two teams were the only ones to be able to defeat NYXL in Stage 1.

The battle between the two teams is as much as a battle between individual sections of the teams. The DPS players in Birdring and Carpe are definitely going to be under a microscope as they play in this match. These are the players who have the most impact on a match and usually are the title holders for the most eliminations. However, that being said the two remaining DPS players in EQO and Profit are going to be the X-factor in this game. The two players are the ones who usually switch characters in order to ensure a better performance for their team. Seeing how successful Philadelphia’s hero swaps were in their match against NYXL, this would be crucial to their result against London Spitfire.

This match should go to Map 5, irrespective of who comes out on top. The Philadelphia Fusion might have been the better team in the last two stages, but the London Spitfire has made a resurgence of late. The London Spitfire’s performance of late, however, is reminiscent of their performance in the first two stages.

We recommend a bet on London Spitfire for this match, but it will probably go all the way to Map 5.

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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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Los Angeles Valiant 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

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.

Los Angeles Valiant vs Los Angeles Gladiators

 

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant Roster:

  • Agilities
  • Soon
  • Space
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Kariv
  • Verbo
  • Bunny
  • Custa
  • KSF
  • Finnsi
  • Izayaki

The Los Angeles Valiant is owned by Noah Whinston, CEO of Immortals brand. The organization has a rich history in esports having owned teams in multiple esport titles. Noah Whinston is considered to be a very young and upcoming businessman in esports.

The Los Angeles Valiant are currently the leaders in Stage 4 of the Overwatch league. While a big part of this ‘achievement’ is due to the new meta, it is also a testament to their new style of coaching. The team always had amazing players, but the meta and their lack of proper coaching previously led to severe failures for the team.

The Los Angeles DPS roster is one of the most lethal in the Overwatch league. They have Bunny, Agilities and Soon on their roster, each player really skilled on specific types of DPS roles. Bunny formerly of Seoul Dynasty remained on the bench of that team for quite long. However, that was unutilized talent as we have seen him thrive on his new team. The Los Angeles Valiant definitely could have done with Soon playing other roles, the addition of Bunny provided him with the space needed. Bunny is quite different from New York’s Saebyeolbe. He does use a lot of resources from the team and is equally as effective. His precision and aim with the DPS characters he plays are on another level.

Agilities has been in and out of the team. He mostly plays projectile heroes but is also capable of playing other characters. Of course with Soon and Bunny on the team, they don’t really need ‘another character’ from the youngster. Soon has already established himself as a top DPS. While the earlier part of the season saw him playing Tracer all the time, the addition of Bunny freed him for other heroes.

But the biggest change for Valiant also has been the inclusion of Custa along with the addition of Coach Moon to the team. Coach Moon brings a fresh perspective to the team, after studying them from the outside. This gives him an advantage as he can truly understand the flaws on the team. Custa is a capable strategist and we can already see the effect he has on the team’s overall performance.

This team has a lot of potentials and they are definitely a strong contender to win Stage 4. Their performance as a team has come a long way since their initial stages. For now, the focus of this team will be on the DPS and the supports.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Gladiators is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke of the Kroenke brothers fame. The Gladiators are one of the two Los Angeles based teams in the Overwatch League. While the initial roster for the Gladiators looked the second tier at best compared to their counterparts in the Valiant, the team has definitely improved a lot since then.

The Los Angeles Gladiators DPS members comprise the stars of the team. Surefour, Asher, Hydration are some of the best at their roles. Surefour’s performance, in particular, is reminiscent of his previous versions wherein he would dominate the matches. He is able to play a wide variety of heroes to an extremely high level constantly.

Asher and Hydration are seen in rotation on the team and each player brings with him an experience unmatched on that hero. Asher is really strong on Tracer while Hydration exhibits supremacy on Genji. Hydration has a knack for diving deep and constantly being a nuisance for the enemy supports. His ability to stay alive the entire time makes him a very valuable asset. He has some mediocre ultimate usages, but the natural gameplay is what makes the player so strong.

The Gladiators ofcourse has Fissure as the main tank. Apart from being a tank player on the roster, he has also taken up the mantle of being a sort of a mentor on the roster. His experience and leadership have enabled the team to achieve the success they have managed to do so.

Prediction:

This match is a much more close one than it seems visible to the naked eye. The Valiants are looking extremely strong with their only loss in Stage 4 coming to Dallas Fuel. The match was extremely close and a few fights going the other direction would have meant a 10-0 Stage for the Valiant. The Los Angeles Valiant roster is very strong and they ended the season on a 9-1 final score for the Stage. The Valiant rely heavily on individual performance of their DPS in order to gain an advantage in the matches.

This match is very closely matched and either team could gain an advantage. The Gladiators have excellent tank play while the Valiant have some amazing DPS. However,tactically we have to give the Valiant the slight edge over their counterparts. Custa and Coach Moon definitely present a strong case for the Valiant. Their ability to manoeuvre their positioning and callouts based on the practice sessions with the rest of the team looks polished and ironed.

For the Gladiators, it comes down to how Fissure creates space for Surefour and company. Fissure has always managed to do this really efficiently, however, the Valiant will be ready for the same. Their handling of the tank players on Gladiators is what determines the final outcome of this match. For now we recommend a low to medium bet on Los Angeles Valiant.

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