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Dallas Fuel vs New York Excelsior: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

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

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.

Dallas Fuel vs New York Excelsior

 

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel roster:

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • Harryhook
  • AKM
  • OGE
  • Unk0e

The Dallas Fuel franchise is owned by Hastro, CEO, and owner of EnVyUs. The organization has a rich history in Overwatch and they have been one of the most successful teams in the scene prior to Overwatch League. So it is not without expectations that they were thought to become the best team in OWL Season 1.

However, things turned out for the worst as the team moved from one controversy to another. The Dallas Fuel roster was unable to picture any good moments in the Overwatch Season 1 up to Stage 4. This is when they made massive changes to their roster, essentially changing the way the roster looks. They lost their star DPS player, Effect but that has only served to make them stronger right now.

The Dallas Fuel lost many players along the way, but the final product looks quite reminiscent of the original EnVyUs roster with their dominating performances nonetheless. Taimou’s resurgence as one of the strongest DPS in the League is just a testimony to his individual skill level as a player. The player has been able to ensure strong performances and is a beast on the Widowmaker right now. While the Dallas Fuel experimented with him being on the tank role for quite some time, he is back on the DPS role.

The biggest revelation for the Fuel has to be the introduction and the consistency of Seagull. The twitch streamer has been included into the active roster and is currently playing regularly for the Fuel. Seagull’s variety of heroes is exactly what this meta demands and as a result, we are witnessing the fuel really bring forth their A game. The Dallas fuel qualifying for Stage playoffs is entirely due to the new found coordination and confidence within the team. They have a sense of direction, something lacking from their earlier coach KyKy.

The Dallas Fuel tank lineup includes OGE and Mickie. OGE has been accused of running a boosting service, however, he is still a great player within the server. OGE’s performance on the main tank role is not something that comes in the highlights, but he remains the lynchpin for the team.

The Dallas Fuel definitely has the potential to win the Stage and ensure a good ending to Season one regular matches. This match against New York Excelsior, however, is going to be a difficult match for them.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team New York Mets. The team is the most successful team amongst the initial 12 teams in Overwatch league. They have been in the playoffs of each stage of the Overwatch league Season 1 so far.

The New York team functions mostly due to their teamwork, but this teamwork is based on their insane individual skill. Saebyeolbe remains the best DPS player in terms of his movement and target selection. While the earlier stages of OWL saw him focus the opponent DPS, he has also taken up the mantle of going easy on the enemy DPS and instead of trying to focus their supports. Nevertheless, his playstyle is what enables the NYXL roster. He is also their IGL and is responsible for the team’s communications and tactics.

We have already spoken a lot about Pine in previous matchups. The high-risk high reward player remains the best on certain heroes such as Mccree. His playstyle is extremely effective when it comes to certain heroes, but Pine remains situational on the team right now. Libero on the other hand definitely is a more standard player on the team. Libero’s performance has been consistently good and he has been able to supplement Saebyeolbe’s performance.

The tanks on the team are extremely potent, their performance on the team has been consistent and not stand out like the remaining parts of the team. While the DPS and supports have received much of the awareness in recent times, it is the tanks who have been extremely consistent.

The supports include Jjonak and Ark on the roster. JJonak is supplemented by Ark’s support and peeling for him. Indeed, JJonak is so effective that we have heard reports of other Zenyatta players demanding more resources from their own team. The JJonak performance, on the other hand, remains a strong individual skill level of the highest caliber.

Prediction


New York Excelsior has always been one of the better teams when it comes to the Stage playoffs. The New York Excelsior’s performance in the Overwatch League Season 1 is one of the best in the history of Overwatch and rarely can any team match their dominance. The NYXL roster has great synergy with each other and they have adjusted themselves really well with the new meta. We see Saebyeolbe playing Brigitte constantly and we see how his positioning lands him in closed rooms with the opponent Support players.

The Dallas Fuel team has recently risen to prominence. This is their first-ever appearance at the Stage Title matches. While they will definitely want to win the stage, they are facing up against New York Excelsior, one of the best teams in the League. They are definitely capable of winning against the NYXL and if recent performances are any indication, we should see nothing less than a map 5. As such as recommend a low bet on Dallas Fuel for this match.

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Los Angeles Valiant vs Los Angeles Gladiators

 

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

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

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OpTic Gaming vs. Virtus Pro: Esports Betting Prediction @ Dota 2 China Supermajor 2018

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Tournament Introduction:

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

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

Format

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

source: liquidpedia.net

OpTic Gaming

 

  • Sweden Per “Pajkatt” Olsson Lille
  • USA Quinn “CC&C” Callahan
  • Israel Neta “33” Shapira
  • Sweden Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg
  • USA Peter “ppd” Dager

Despite being in the Lower Bracket, OpTic Gaming’s been kicking some serious ass in the past days. Two 2-0 victories has crowned the NA squad the King of Lower Bracket, but now the team will meet it’s first true opponent in the form of Virtus Pro.

Looking back at the game that transpired yesterday, we have to bring up ppd’s fantastic impact in drafting the heroes and captaining them through the match. Although the first game vs. TnC seemed a bit chaotic, it was the drafting that painted a clear picture of its outcome.

Even more in the second game, when the all-magick line-up of TnC was severely flawed, a flaw that OpTic managed to punish through its draft. The Huskar, the Rubick and the terrifying presence of a Lycan + Slardar spelt the doom of an army of „crummy wizards”.

The team executions were still dicey at times, with supports diving in a little too deep and getting piled on by the enemy heroes. It is clear that OpTic needs to exercise a little more caution when going in for a more cheecky kill. Even so, OpTic managed to outweigh its mistakes through good coordination and keeping its draft goal’s in mind: punish, murder, secure objectives.

Virtus Pro

  • Russia Roman “RAMZES666” Kushnarev
  • Ukraine Vladimir “No[o]one” Minenko
  • Russia Pavel “9pasha” Khvastunov
  • Russia Vladimir “RodjER” Nikogosyan
  • Russia Alexei “Solo” Berezin

Virtus Pro finding itself in the Lower Bracket has come to a surprise to many, after the team was considered almost unbeatable, almost.

It seems that PSG.LGD has cracked the code to VP’s highly-aggressive playstyle and that it even managed to punish VP’s eagerness to start a fight. VP did not expect such fierce retaliation from LGD, as many of the foes that end up running from the CIS squad usually end up dead.

VP continues to adhere to its playstyle, as tower-diving skirmishes did happened and the outcome was in favour for VP, but not to the extent that we or they were used to.

LGD’s drafting offered a great amount of survivability through its supports, but also through some of the core heroes, such as Bloodseeker and Brewmaster.  VP underestimated their opponents and the way they played, as the CIS team fell for a masterful „bait and switch” kind of tactic. Ember Spirit added an extra layer to it, being a hero able to relocate with ease.

It is important to take a good look at why VP failed in this last match-up so that we can see what the future may hold for its upcoming opponents. VP’s style is of immense power, in part due to the drafts and it’s players, but VP needs to show a little more restraint when facing opponents who are wise of how they operate so that it can avoid getting lured into some seriously disadvantageous positions and the engagements that come out of them.

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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.

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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San Francisco Shock vs Philadelphia Fusion: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

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

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.

San Francisco Shock vs Philadelphia Fusion

 

San Francisco Shock

San Francisco Shock Roster:

 

  • IDDQD
  • BabyBay
  • Danteh
  • Super
  • Nomy
  • Dhak
  • Sleepy
  • Sinatra
  • Nevix
  • Architect
  • Moth
  • ChoiHyoBin

The San Francisco Shock is owned by Andy Miller, Chairman, and Founder of NRG esports. It is one of the few teams with an endemic esports organization at its helm. Coming from an esports background, SFS has a good headstart when to comes managing and organizing esports players.

In the Overwatch League, San Francisco Shock is but a mid-level team. They have had their moments of glory in the League, but they have always been followed by some really shoddy plays. The San Francisco Shock has several new and young players. But the novelty of the addition of these players does pose an integration and synergy problem of the team.

On the DPS front, the Shock has players such as Dante, Sinatra, Babybay, IDDQD on the roster. But these players have been utilized minimally. Sinatra has had a huge impact on the team’s performance, but with the meta changing and no longer favoring a solo Tracer player, his importance on the roster has been reduced. Of course, it will change later depending on several factors. Sinatra’s individual performance remains at a very high skill ceiling.

Babybay set the floor on fire initially in the Overwatch League with his amazing Widowmaker performance. The initial strategy of the team relied on Babybay getting some interesting picks with the Widowmaker, but they have since transitioned into a team that is working on their integration and synergy all the time. Eqo has shown himself to be capable of playing almost all DPS characters at a very high level. His trademark hero remains the Genji and his ability to gather the ultimate percentage on the hero is unmatched in the overwatch league. While his ultimate usage might be lackluster his overall skill with the hero is very high.

Super and Nomy are the two tank players on the San Francisco Shock. The two players are good individually, but as with many of the weaker teams, there seems to be a mismatch when it comes to their performance in conjunction with the team. The tank lineup for San Francisco Shock is often left alone to fend for themselves as the DPS and the supports target someone. Of Course, the high individual skill on the part of the players often results in their survival and advantage for the team. This is a small but significant play which has often resulted in huge advantages for the Shock.

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • Shadowburn
  • EQO
  • Snillo
  • HOTBA
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • SADO
  • BoomBox
  • DayFly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast Spectacor, the Sports, and Entertainment company that owns and manages hundreds of stadiums across North America. The Fusion believe in providing a decent exposure and opportunity to young talent and build their team thence.

The Fusion roster is a very young roster and a plethora of DPS players on their roster. During the start of the Overwatch league, we had Carpe and Shadowburn set the server ablaze with their Tracer, Widowmaker, and Genji. The team was already looking good at the time, but the addition of Snillo and EQO turned the tide for the team. In the current stage, we have seen how EQO and Snillo are integrating into eh roster. Carpe still remains a very high hitscan / range DPS hero. His ability and accuracy with his comfortable heroes just enabled the team to become as strong as they are.

The tank lineup for Philadelphia Fusion includes Fragi. The tank lineup cannot be mentioned without calling out Fragi for his highly skilled and extremely aggressive tank plays. He is most comfortable on Reinhardt and that works especially cause of the fact that Reinhardt has a shield to quickly toggle. His aggressive playstyle with Reinhardt just provides so much space to the rest of the team. Along with Poko, whose useful D’va bombs have fallen through after the initial burst onto the scene the tanks on the roster present a very unique situation for the fans. They can either be extremely effective and at times aggressive, but they lack the consistency required of a top tier team. They are rightfully at the middle of the table.

There has been much talk about the support lineup on Philadelphia Fusion. They have some really high skill support players, yet they refuse to use them to the full extent. This has been talked about by former Dallas Fuel member, XQC on his stream as well. But overall, the Fusion support roster does not seem to be lacking much in their performance.

Prediction:

The two teams are pretty much in the middle of the overall standings for the Overwatch League. However, coming into this stage also there is not much of a difference between the two. The San Francisco roster has played against much stronger teams so far in Stage 4. They have won against teams such as Seoul Dynasty and Houston Outlaws. However, they also lost to relatively weaker in this stage teams such as London Spitfire. The lack of consistency of the team follows the rest of their season performances.

The San Francisco Shock has developed together as a team, but their inability to maintain their form and standing is really worrying. As we look into their chances in this match, they are against a much weaker team in Philadelphia. If we look at Fusion’s past matches, their wins have come against the three ‘winless’ teams. Shanghai Dragons, Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising are the three teams without a win so far in OWL stage 4. Winning against these teams is nothing really to write home about.

So despite their inconsistency, we recommend a medium bet on San Francisco Shock. It is still a relatively risky bet due to their inconsistent performances.

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