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Made in Brazil vs Tyloo: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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The FaceIT Major is currently underway with 16 of the top teams in attendance at the New legends stage. Eight of these teams are from the previous major, having secured their Legends status at that Major. The remaining eight fought their way through the New Challengers stage and ensured their place in the top 16. But in order to be truly immortalised in Counter-Strike, the teams need to ensure a place in the New Champions stage. They need to have a good performance in this Major in order to secure the Legends status for themselves.

The FaceIT Major Legends Stage will be held at the Twickenham stadium, the same venue as The New Challengers stage. This stage uses the Swiss format with each team having to win 3 matches in order to proceed to the next stage. At the same time, each team with 3 losses is out of the tournament.

We hope FaceIT has fixed the various PC issues that have plagued the CS:GO teams during the Challengers stage. Valve recently released a hotfix for the ‘footsteps audio’ issue where players would not be able to hear footsteps close to them.

Format

The New Legends Stage: September 12th – 16th, 2018

  • 16 Team Swiss System Format
  • Round 1 to 4 matches are Bo1
  • Round 5 matches are Bo3
  • The Buchholz system is used to seed matches from Rounds 3 to 5
  • Top 8 Teams proceed to The New Champions Stage
  • Bottom 8 Teams are eliminated
  • Click here for a detailed explanation of the Swiss System format

Broadcast Talent

  • Desk Host:
  • Stage Host:
  • Interviewer:
    • Pala (Pala Gilroy Sen)

Observer:

MibR

Made in Brazil roster:

  • Fallen
  • Fer
  • Coldzera
  • Tarik
  • Stewie2k

The Made in Brazil team is one of the best teams on paper. Made up of the members of two Major winning teams in Cloud9 and SK gaming, Mibr’s results are shocking. They have not had any success with this team. Even the matches that they win were supposed to be walkovers for the potential for this team.

MiBr’s Fallen is the Joker on the team. He has changed his roles and the team’s playstyle multiple times in his search for success. Adapting to the meta and the team’s potential make him such a great leader. He is like an elder brother to most of the players on this roster. However, that does not mean that the team is without its disagreements. Coldzera for one has been rumoured to have disagreed with Fallen on several occasions. Most of these disagreements are with regards to their tactics and gameplay.

Can Coldzera get back into form with his new team?

In order to fulfil the gap in their tactics, compared to other teams, MIBR added YNK in August 2018. YNK is a former Counter Strike Global Offensive player, who moved on to the analyst position on the desk. His transition into the analyst position was fairly successful from the weatherman segment early his career to his staple analysis on the desk. He provides deep insight into a team’s performance and is especially useful when dissecting certain plays and why they work. As an outsider, he has a neutral perspective on why certain teams work and some don’t. MiBr’s failures are one such example of a team that surprised everyone with their below par performance. Bringing in YNK is a great way to establish an advantage when it comes to their strategy and tactics.

Tarik has seen an upswing in his performance of late

But he has had very less time with the current roster. Only 1 month into his job, he is expected to deliver results for the team. MiBr needs to be able to advance at least to the Champions stage in order to make themselves ‘successful’. The team did look strong at their last outing, the Dreamhack masters Stockholm, but is it enough to make them an elite level team? Not yet.

YNK will be instrumental in order to help MIbr form good strategies for the major

Tarik has shown an upswing in his personal performance as a player. He has had times of lows and highs, but the current graph definitely shows him moving towards a high. This bodes good news for the team as they look towards success. MiBr will have to face off against the Asian team, Tyloo in their first match of the New Legends stage.

Tyloo

Tyloo Roster:

  • Mo
  • DD
  • Somebody
  • BnTeT
  • Xccurate

Tyloo is easily the best team from Asia in Counter-Strike Global Offensive. Most of their success in the Asian local championships, however, came due to their superior aim and firepower. The same cannot be used against the top teams in the world. Their decision to add BnTeT and xccurate represents an acknowledgement of their problems when it comes to their tactical approach to the game.

The current Tyloo roster looks more balanced and much better than the previous iteration. This is mainly due to their focus on having a better team play and better tactics for the team. Xccurate presents a very aggressive and often borderline stubborn approach to the game. However, this is exactly what throws off the enemy and they often run into a wall on the Tyloo defence. The Tyloo team has played Inferno quite a lot during the FaceIT London Major and we have seen how averse they are to last-minute rotations. Rather than make two bomb sites weak via rotations in the last few seconds, Tyloo believe in reinforcing one bomb site. Then depending on how good or bad the opponent’s entry on the other bomb site is, they can take a decision to either go for the retake or save their weapons.

BnTet along with Xccurate provide the tactical advantage that the Chinese teams need in CSGO

Somebody has to receive a special mention, because of his aggressive playstyle. At the top level in Counter-Strike Globa Offensive, you do not often expect players to push through smoke in order to gain the peek advantage. But that is exactly what Somebody does and to a very high effectiveness. The players’ ability to hit these shots despite taking a very big risk is what makes him a terror for the opponent. He is responsible for any playstyle changes in the enemy because they always have to watch out for his aggressive playstyle. However what makes his playstyle most effective is the fact that the rest of the team is in a very defensive position.

This ensures a good contrast between aggressive and defensive positions for Tyloo. It is almost impossible for their opponents to gain a huge advantage just by eliminating Somebody. Xccurate is their primary AWPer on the team. However, we have seen Somebody pick up the secondary AWP with regularity and be extremely effective on it.

The daredevil: Somebody keep pushing through smokes, making aggressive plays and they often work

For all the praise on Tyloo regarding their CT Sides, their T sides on Inferno seemed woefully underprepared. The team did not have any strategy on how to crack the opponents CT defence and that can be a big problem on other maps. It is obvious that Tyloo has had good preparation on Inferno. However, if they cannot play a good Terrorist side on a map that they favour, it calls into question their performance on other maps. But for now, Tyloo only have to play Best of Ones and that gives them control over the map pool to a large extent.

Tyloo does look strong so far in the tournament and there is a decent chance that they can make it to the Champions stage. However, they need to win 3 matches in order do so and the first match will be against MiBR.

Prediction

This match will be extremely close as both the teams are on a fairly equal pedestal. MiBr is the better team on paper, but they are playing far below their potential right now. The Made in Brazil roster, however, has seen significant improvements with Ynk coaching them into a world-class roster. They need Tarik and stewie2k to step up with their individual performances if they are to have a chance at making it into the New Champions stage.Currently Mibr is not that far ahead of Tyloo and that is indeed a worrisome sign for Made in Brazil fans.

Tyloo has had amazing individual and team plays, but they are no longer the new kid on the block. The 2-day break between the Challenger stage and the Champions stage is sure to have provided teams with adequate time to review their opponents. By now, MiBr has a fair understanding of Tyloo’s playstyle and how they refuse to budge at the last second. This can be used by Mibr to their advantage. They could set up elaborate fakes which would work simply because they trust in Tyloo’s judgement and have studied their playstyle.

For now, we recommend a very low bet on MiBr. This match is very risky since we have seen MiBr be as dominant as their potential allows.

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London Spitfire vs Philadelphia Fusion: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

The 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.

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.

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

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

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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 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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London Spitfire vs Boston Uprising: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

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

New York Excelsior won Stage 3 Playoffs and are comfortably leading the overall leaderboards for the League. We saw Boston Uprising end Stage 3 with a perfect 10-0 score. However, they fell in the finals to NYXL, in what is definitely going to be sore thought for the team. As we head into stage 4 we will see the teams slowly develop and the final placements for Season 1 playoffs take shape.

Stage 4 is going to be really interesting with the introduction of Brigitte in the meta. We will not see the new Hanzo in order to maintain balance in the game. However, this stage also is the final stage of Season 1. It will finally decide which teams qualify to the Season 1 playoffs.

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

Format

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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 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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