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London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Gladiators: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

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

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 Los Angeles Gladiators

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Fury
  • Gesture
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

The London Spitfire is owned by one of the most well-known esports organisations. Owned by Jack Etienne of Cloud9, London Spitfire has a great backend staff working to ensure the best performance by the players.

London Spitfire started the Overwatch league with one of the strongest teams on paper. They had the crux of GC Busan and Kongdoo Panthera, two of the strongest teams in the Korean region. These teams had managed to defeat Korean giants such as Lunatic Hai in the past and were seen as better in form than them. They had 12 players, which is the upper limit for a team at the start. This was in stark contrast to the rest of the teams which had less number of players, some even competing with just 6 players.

The DPS players on the team are Birdring and Profit. These two youngsters dominated the scene for the first two season, especially buoyed by their coordination with Gesture. The two DPS players were able to counter any opponent lineup simply cause of the way they can change heroes. Their wide hero pool definitely helped the team rise to prominence in the early parts. They were strong during Stage 1 playoffs to bring home the victory for the London Spitfire. Quickly ensuing a huge fan base partly because of their ‘cute’ factor, Birdring and Profit were the stars of OWL stage 1.

But their performance cannot be complete without mentioning Gesture. The London Spitfire team had Fissure as the best tank player on the team, however Gesture had a greater coordination with the team. This was the sole reason for Fissure remaining on the bench. Also, the London Spitfire management probably did not want to tinker with a working formula. That being said, the London Spitfire suffered from an inexplicable loss of form as we saw them in the Stage 2 Playoffs. The reasons for this loss of form can be varied, but the loss of their coach and certain players from the team definitely had an impact.

The supports on the team are not really superstar players, but they have been extremely consistent at a very high level. Maintaining one’s performance at such a high level is extremely difficult for any player. The Overwatch league is the pinnacle of the skill cap for the players and Nus and Closer are two of the most consistent players.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Los Angeles Gladiators is owned by Kroenke Brothers. This is probably their first investment into esports, a growing, and rapidly rising industry. The Los Angeles Gladiators team has some really well-known Overwatch stars on their roster. They are one of the two teams based off Los Angeles.

 


Despite having some really strong members on their roster, the Gladiators were not able to rise to the occasion during Stage 1. Fortunately for them, there were teams such as Dallas FUel, Florida Mayhem below them in the rankings. The Gladiators had the individual skill level, but they lacked a good leadership amongst the team.

The biggest change for the team came when Fissure joined the team from London Spitfire. The Spitfire probably viewed the Gladiators as a non-contender and they decided to trade Fissure to the team. However, immediately upon arriving Fissure was quick to take it upon him to reform the team. He spoke to the Gladiators GM and ensured that the team was quick to reform its ways. The results speak for themselves as the Gladiators are one of the strongest teams since then.

The Gladiators always had a strong DPS lineup in Surefour, Asher, and Hydration. The three players represent a different class of DPS and as soon as Fissure joined the team, we also witnessed a big boost in Surefour’s performance. The two factors combined helped the team to rise through the leaderboards. Soon they were challenging and even defeating the best teams in the league.

The tank play for Gladiators includes Fissure and is obviously the backbone of this team. It is not limited to their performance in the server, but Fissure is a great In Game Leader. His mid-round calls to change heroes and certain playstyles have helped the Gladiators to win crucial matches. Ofcourse Fissure is never shy of boasting and taking credit ( and rightfully so).

Shaz was one of the players comparable to JJonak of NYXL cause of his Zenyatta performance. The young player has some really strong right click aim which helped the Gladiators take down one opponent even before the team fight began. Of course, this helped them win team fights, sometimes, even at an ultimate disadvantage.

Prediction

The London Spitfire team has barely made an impact in their last two stages. They finished with just 9 wins over the course of the last two stages, which is the worst when compared to all the rest of the teams. The change in their coaching staff and limited roster for the Season playoffs is going to hurt them the most. They have just six players right now and that is bound to come into effect as we proceed deeper in the playoffs. The first quarterfinal is a BO3 series with each game featuring 5 maximum potential maps. This definitely puts the onus of performing better on the team with the most endurance.

London Spitfire might be a great team when it comes to their individual performance and their team coordination. But they have not really adapted well when it comes to the new meta. With their substitution players removed, it remains highly unlikely that they will be able to win their match against the Gladiators.

The Los Angeles Gladiators is led in team morale and performance by Fissure. Considering the fact that he is playing against his former team, it definitely raises the stakes for the Korea player. He will attempt to win this match against London Spitfire and eliminate them from the 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.

 

London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Gladiators

 

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Fury
  • Gesture
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

The London Spitfire franchise is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. The team is based on the UK and features a fully Korean roster. Now the original roster for the London Spitfire featured 12 players, all Korean. There were a lot of talks and discussion about how the London team truly represents the UK with 12 Korean players. The original roster was the strongest roster on paper, but ultimately the management has made several changes to the roster. They also removed the coach, who was responsible in a big way for the huge success of the London Spitfire in the first half of the Overwatch League.

The DPS players for London Spitfire are obviously the best known in the Overwatch League. Birdring and Profit have amazing chemistry and synergy with each other. Birdring has a wide variety of DPS Characters that he is comfortable playing. He can adjust his play style depending on the opponents. His ability to switch heroes and play to counter the opponent is what makes him such a strong member. Profit is the perfect synergy with Birdring. Profit’s performance has been exceptional, and he plays heroes that are off-meta. So while Junkrat and Doomfist might have been intermittently used in their matches, Profit was a natural on these heroes.

The London Spitfire always focussed on developing their team around their primary DPS players. This was the reason they let go of Fissure and decided to keep Gesture on the roster. This is primarily because he has a greater synergy with the frontline when compared to Fissure. Personal relationships come in hand in such situations, especially as London Spitfire just had too many players to choose from. Admittedly the team has since restricted itself to just seven members, at least until the end of Season 1.

Gesture of London Spitfire

The support players on the roster did have their fair share of glory during Stage 1, but since they have been consistently mediocre. That is not a bad thing necessarily since the support players need to be alive and healing constantly for the team to be able to match up to their opponents. The tanks and the DPS do a good job of ensuring adequate support for the backlines and peeling in order to help their supports survive.

London Spitfire is currently 3-3 in Stage 4, they are not having the best of time. As the stage proceeds, they have to ensure that they reach the requisite 23 wins in order to qualify for the Season Playoffs.

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Los Angeles Gladiators is one of the two Los Angeles based teams in the First season of Overwatch League. The Gladiators started off weak in Stage 1 but have since picked up the pace and have definitely become much better and stronger in their performance. The team is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke, of the Kroenke brothers fame. The parent company is invested into League of Legends as well and there has some experience in esports.

The Gladiators have multiple high profile DPS players. The players in the DPS role include Surefour, Asher, Hydration. The Gladiators has not shied away from using these players and rotating them as needed. The individual performance of the players notwithstanding, the roster has always focussed on improving as a team. The cheerful nature of Surefour helps in developing the team chemistry. His personal skill has peaked during Stage 3 and we saw him perform really well on the Widowmaker. Hydration is mostly played on Projectile heroes, so we see him and Asher selectively depending on the map in question.

The most important part of the Gladiators roster is their tank lineup. The addition of Fissure to the team provided the necessary boost required for the development of the team. The individual skill of the former London Spitfire pro helped in creating the necessary space for the Gladiators DPS. Apart from Fissure, Bisch and iRemix also have a decent performance in their roles. They are not as flashy as Fissure in their individual gameplay, but without the concentrated and steady performance of these players, Fissure would never be able to shine

Overall the Gladiators is a team that is well oiled and requires all the members to function in order to reach their peak. We have seen multiple instances when one part of the Gladiators fails and the rest just follow like a pack of dominos. The team is definitely a strong contender for the Season as well as Stage 4 playoffs.

Prediction:

The two teams present different situations as we look into their match history. London Spitfire started the season with an amazing performance against New York Excelsior. They are the Stage 1 champions and they followed the performance through to the end of Stage 2. However, during Stage 2 Title matches, London Spitfire did not impress at all. This was preceded by a change in their coaching staff and subsequently roster changes as well.

The London Spitfire seems to be at a loss right now in Stage 4. The new meta is not favorable to the UK franchise team at all. They do have some wins under their belt, but they are against much weaker teams ( at least in this meta). They have wins against San Francisco Shock, Boston Uprising, and Seoul Dynasty. Two of these victories were in Map 5 and the outcome was extremely close. Overall, the London Spitfire does not look as strong as their former selves in the Overwatch League right now.

But their opponents for this match, Los Angeles Gladiators, are doing quite well. They are currently third in stage 4 rankings with a 5-1 scoreline. Their only loss came to their local counterparts, Los Angeles Valiant. What is even more surprising is the caliber of teams that they have defeated, which include Houston Outlaws, Dallas Fuel. These two teams are two of the strongest rosters in this Stage. Their win against Dallas Fuel in such a dominating fashion is definitely surprising.

We would recommend a medium to a large bet on Los Angeles Gladiators for their performance. So far, they are dominating Stage 4 and we don’t expect them to lose their form and performance against London Spitfire.

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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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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

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

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage Playoffs. Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior are already confirmed for the playoffs. If Valiant wins one match, they will qualify for the playoffs as well. Seoul Dynasty does not really have a strong chance to qualify for the Playoffs, but every match becomes important as we head to the last Stage of the Season.

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

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Regular Season – January 10th – June 16th, 2018

  • Matches in the Atlantic and Pacific Divisions will play out live from the Blizzard Arena each Wednesday through Saturday. Though the season is divided into four stages, wins and losses will count towards teams’ full-season records and all-important seeding for the postseason. On the last Saturday of each stage, the top teams will compete for hefty bonuses and the title of stage winner.
    • Stage 1 – January 10th – February 10th, 2018 [2]
    • Stage 2 – February 21st – March 24th, 2018
    • Stage 3 – April 4th – May 5th, 2018
    • Stage 4 – May 16th – June 16th, 2018
  • All matches in the Regular Season will consist of four-map sets
  • Each Stage of the Regular Season will have its own 8 map pool.
  • The top team in each Division, and the next top 4 finishers from the entire league, advance to the Championship Playoffs in July.

London Spitfire vs Seoul Dynasty

 

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • Nus
  • Tizi

London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, owner, and CEO of Cloud9 organization. The team has been really strong in the initial part of the Overwatch League and are the winners of Stage 1 Title match. They also reached the playoffs in Stage 2 Playoffs, where they faltered to Philadelphia Fusion.

The London Spitfire has had a very disheartening performance in Stage 3. Sitting near the bottom of the rankings, they seem to be really far from their Stage 1 & 2 performances. The London Spitfire still does not have the services of Birdring, the star DPS player on the team. They will be using the remainder of their huge lineup as they attempt to probably save some grace in this match against Seoul Dynasty.

Birdring + Profit Duo

We will not be seeing the Birdring + Profit Duo this match

The London Spitfire roster obviously is much weaker compared to their previous iteration. With no Birdring available for the team, they have to rely on Hooreg to put up strong performances for the team. We are used to seeing the Godlike performances by Birdring regularly on London’s roster. Hooreg is a great player and definitely one worthy of his place in the Overwatch League. However, that being said the player is not the standout performer in the Overwatch league. He mostly plays the Projectile DPS for the team and is most potent on heroes such as Pharah and sometimes Genji. But the versatility available for the team via Birdring is definitely absent. Hooreg will have to pull up his individual performance if London is to regain any of their past form.

Hooreg, London Spitfire

Hooreg will need to step up his game if London are to win this match

A big part of London’s DPS efficiency will fall on Profit. The player who is a strong contender for the cutest player in Overwatch League is lethal in game. His junkrat and Tracer have been extremely deadly as other teams simply seem to find no answer to the player. Profit is well supported by the support lineup on the London Spitfire.

The Supports on the team have been very stable in their performance. They are not similar to a Shaz or a Jjonak, but they do have their occasional bursts of brilliance. Nus and Closer have been brilliant in peeling for each other. Usually one of the two stays alive long enough to be extremely effective in a team fight. Of late, they have had small problems, but that is in line with the decline in performance for the entire team.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is the connection between the DPS and support. As weird as it may sound, the London Spitfire roster comes together due to Gesture’s synergy with the remainder of the team. Despite once containing Fissure on their roster, the London Spitfire decided to retain Gesture on the team. This has ensured that the team prioritizes the team play and chemistry over all other. The main tank player has amazing ultimate usage and often zones out more than half of the opponents on his own. He is most well known for his Winston, but can also play other heroes if required.

The London Spitfire are already out of contention for the Stage Playoffs. They can only hope to gain some pride in this match.

 

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty roster:

  • Zunba
  • Miro
  • Ryujehong
  • Tobi
  • Gido
  • Fleta
  • Munchkin
  • Xepher
  • Wekeed
  • Kuki
  • Gambler

The Seoul Dynasty Franchise is owned by KsV esports, which is based out of Silicon Valley. One of the most hyped rosters coming into the first season of Overwatch league, the Seoul Dynasty has disappointed most of their fans. The biggest reason for the same is the excessively high expectations from the team.

The Seoul Dynasty are currently 4-4 in the stage 3 rankings. They have an outside chance of potentially making it to the Stage playoffs, but that would also depend heavily on other teams’ performances. The Seoul Dynasty on their part has been very mediocre this stage, with hardly any strong performances. Most of their wins have been 3-2 match victories, definitely not an inspiring figure.

The Seoul Dynasty roster ofcourse boasts of some world class DPS players in Fleta, Munchkin, and Wekeed. They also had Bunny on the team, who then transferred to Los Angeles Valiant. Obviously Bunny has helped the Valiant to improve their performance and together with Coach Moon, they are on the verge of qualifying for the Playoffs.

Fleta’s performance has definitely fallen off his peak ( during Stage 1). The player who was called as the one ‘setting the meta’ during Stage 1 no longer has the insane game-changing performances. Ofcourse the ultimate result is a combination of the entire team’s positioning and performance, but even on his trademark Widowmaker we have seen Fleta unable to compete with the best Widowmakers in the Overwatch League.

Alongside him, Munchkin and Wekeed are definitely not doing too great. The Seoul Dynasty had a great player in Bunny, but the new roster simply has not clicked together as a team. The management is extremely opaque and provides no insight into the team’s rotation policy. It does seem baffling at times which is highlighted considering their poor performance recently.

Seoul Dynasty has one of the best Winstons in the overwatch league. Miro, who is well respected by the entire Korean community and even players such as Fissure and Gesture is definitely off his peak performance. But he has the potential and the synergy with his teammates to be a top Overwatch League player. His performance is crucial as it would provide the necessary space for the rest of the team. Along with Zunba and Xepher, Miro needs to step up their dive coordination on the opponents’ support lineup. Unless they manage to eliminate the enemy supports in quick time, their survivability becomes a serious issue.

Gambler has been disappointing with his Valkyrie usage on the Mercy. Maybe the player does not have enough experience on playing Mercy, especially on the big stage. But some of his ultimate usages have been downright questionable. Gido, Tobi and Ryujehong are all great names when it comes to their support lineup, but the synergy on the roster seems to be lacking. There is definitely something missing and not just a lack of firepower on the team.

This match is crucial for their chances to stay alive in the Overwatch League stage 3 Playoff contention.

Prediction :

The two teams have been in a huge slump in their recent weeks. While Seoul Dynasty can be said to have been quite consistent but mediocre since the Stage 1, London Spitfire’s form has taken a huge hit in Stage 3. They are barely above Florida Mayhem and have not really been inspiring in their matches. While a big part of their losses has been 2-3 losses, albeit very close they still have the problems on KOTH maps. But their weakness on other types of maps is showing in Stage 3.

London Spitfire will rely heavily on Profit and his individual performance in order to be able to put up a fight. They have no chance of qualifying for the Stage 3 playoffs, but they can definitely save some face here. Their biggest worry in this match would have to be against Fleta’s widowmaker which does not have a sizeable counter on the London Squad. While Birdring used to provide the adequate balance between a Dive DPS and Widowmaker, Hooreg does not provide the same level of proficiency with his hero pool.

Seoul Dynasty is currently 4-4 with a map score of -2. If they win this match 4-0, it puts them at 5-4 with a map score of +2. Their possibility of entering into the PLayoffs depends on Gladiators and/or Valiant losing their matches with a margin. But for this match, they should be trying their best. Fleta’s positioning and performance are crucial to Seoul Dynasty’s performance in this match. They have to retain their number one position in their division of the Overwatch League.

They did have a 3-2 win over Philadelphia Fusion last week which highlighted their performance as a team. The new roster is slowly coming together with great synergy and team coordination.

We recommend a small bet on Seoul Dynasty for this match especially due to London’s poor record on KOTH maps.

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Introduction

The Overwatch league is a push into establishing a structured esports league for Overwatch. Blizzard first announced the Overwatch League at Blizzcon 2016 and followed it up with almost a year of planning. The gap left in Overwatch esports during this time left a lot of dismayed fans. But the community’s response to the Opening day of Overwatch League has been nothing short of impressive. With over 400,000 fans tuning into Twitch for the first day, one can definitely call the League a success.

The Overwatch League consists of twelve teams in its first season. Slated for expansion in subsequent seasons, the League bears a strong tilt towards North American teams. There are nine teams from North America, One from Europe, One from South Korea and finally a Chinese team from Shanghai to finish the lineup. Each team is allowed a maximum of twelve players, with teams being allowed to substitute players after each map. The Overwatch League has seen investments from several non-endemic to esports investors such as the Kroenke family, Robert Kraft, Hersh Interactive amongst others. At the same time, we have some well-known esports organizations involved in the regular handling of the teams. EnVyUs, Misfits, Immortals, and Cloud9 are some of the most well-known esports organizations with rosters in multiple titles.

The Overwatch League started on January 10th, 2018 and will continue through August 2018. The league comprises four stages, each stage having five weeks of matches. The top three of each stage will receive prize money, along with show matches on the last Saturday of each stage. These so-called ‘title matches’ will be held on the last Saturday of each stage and feature the best players fighting for a prize money.

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

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage Playoffs.

You can check out more information on the official website at Overwatchleague.com.

Format

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 Los Angeles Gladiators

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS
  • Tizi

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

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

Profit Image

Profit fits the alternate DPS role perfectly for London Spitfire

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

Hooreg London Spitfire

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

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

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

Gesture of London Spitfire

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

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

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

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

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

Surefour

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

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

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

Fissure with the Los Angeles Gladiators

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

Hydration Los Angeles Gladaitors

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

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

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

Birdring + Profit London Spitfire

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

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

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

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