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Team Liquid vs LDLC: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Team Liquid vs LDLC

Team Liquid

Team Liquid Roster:

  • NAF
  • Elige
  • Twistzz
  • TACO
  • Nitro

Team Liquid is the best hope for North America at IEM Chicago 2018. The team’s performance in this event will be crucial to the hopes for North America in this NA event. However, Team Liquid has not looked at their best during this event. Despite having some really strong individual players, Team Liquid has a good mixture of individuals as well as the strategic advantage of having players like nitro on the team.

The biggest advantage for Team Liquid remains their firepower. Elige has a direct relation to the team’s overall performance at this tournament. When Elige underperforms, the rest of Team Liquid does not look dominant in their games. Elige’s performance is crucial to provide Team Liquid with the frags and the necessary early round advantage. He is most well-known for his T side performance where he can hit insane headshots with the AK. His one-taps can mean the difference between the round win or a round loss.

A Liquified TACO? Sounds gross, but it works! (Credit: Fragbite)

Accompanying him on this roster is Twistzz, supposedly the best player in the North American region. The player has such a huge skill ceiling that it is impossible to judge his best performance at any given point of time. His quick reflexes have provided him with seemingly impossible kills. He can hold down certain sections of the map, especially CT sided maps on his own. His ability to do so is truly inspirational and can result in easy round wins for the team. It is not rare to see Twistzz top the scoreboard regularly.

The team is led by Nitro and behind the team by Zeus. The duo presents the necessary tactics for the roster. So far in the recent months, they look like a formidable team on certain maps, but their smaller map pool might not be the best right now. The team’s performance through this particular tournament has been largely underwhelming. They lost to Fnatic in the Upper Bracket finals. The team did not look extremely strong in their match against Fnatic as they did not have Elige performing to the best of his ability. The team’s performance definitely suffered in that match.

Regardless of their performance in this tournament, Team Liquid still remains the favourite in this matchup. They are definitely the stronger lineup amongst the two and we will see how well Team Liquid plays in this match.

LDLC

LDLC Roster:

  • To1nou
  • Alex
  • logaN
  • AmaNek
  • Devoduvek

The French roster has been the surprise package at this tournament. No one expected them to reach so far into the tournament. Them reaching the playoffs easily makes them as the best French CS: GO team right now. The team is made up of several Tier 2 French players who have struggled through the French CS: GO politics. The reluctance of the French teams to make a big impact on the international stage by adding new talented individuals from the Tier 2 / 3 scene is very telling. As a result, they are ready to suffer losses consistently and yet they will not change their roster by a big amount.

LDLC is a relatively new team when compared to the likes of Team Liquid. The players are somewhat less experienced compared to Team Liquid. Regardless this team has found its groove with the current bunch of players. They have excellent coordination with each other which allows them to make sometimes strange plays as well.

Amanek and Devoduvek have proven themselves on this roster for a long time. Their positioning with the rifle is perfect and they play off each other. This allows them to secure an advantage against better-placed opponents as well. This synergy is due to years of playing together and having excellent communication. This is exactly what the top tier French teams often need, but they don’t have for a multitude of reasons.

Prediction :

Despite the shortcomings for Team liquid at the IEM Chicago 2018, they are still the much better team in this match. Their experience, their talent and their ability to hit insane headshots is just astonishingly high compared to that of Team LDLC> For LDLC, reaching the quarterfinals is a huge achievement. We don’t expect LDLC to proceed further than this and this should be a very easy win for Team Liquid. We recommend a huge bet on Team Liquid for this match.

 

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Astralis vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ IEM Chicago 2018.

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The Counter-Strike scene moves to Chicago for the next few days as we head to IEM Chicago 2018. The tournament will see several teams from all across the globe participating in the event. There are a total of 16 teams at the event competing for a prize pool of $250,000. The event takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The event started on the 6th of November and will continue till the 11th. While Astralis is considered to be the strongest team in the tournament, we have not seen them perform at the same level of dominance since the FaceIT London Major 2018.

The IEM Chicago tournament will be crucial for the teams aiming to prove themselves on the big stage. While the top teams are obviously competing for the title, many smaller teams are also aiming to prove themselves amongst the bigger fish.

The tournament will feature a double elimination format where every team will get a chance to prove themselves. The format allows teams to make mistakes and yet have a chance to qualify for the Playoffs. So far in the tournament, teams like North, MiBr and Natus Vincere have been eliminated from the tournament.

Primary Broadcast
  • Stage Host:
    • OJ Borg (Oliver James Borg D’Anastasi)
  • Desk Host:
  • Interviewer:
  • Observers:
    • prius (David “DJ” Kuntz)
    • encg (Efren Chuong)
Secondary Broadcast

Format

  • Group Stage: November 6th – 8th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has eight teams
      • The group stage is seeded using a new “Player-Selected Seeding” [1]
      • Click here for more details on the seeding
    • The initial matches are Bo1
    • All following matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: November 9th – 11th, 2018
    • Single-elimination bracket
    • The Quarterfinals and Semifinals are Bo3
    • The Grand Final is Bo5

Astralis vs Faze Clan

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Dupreeh
  • Device
  • Glaive
  • Magisk
  • Xyp9x

The Astralis roster is one of the strongest teams in the game. Their dominance over their opponents is not only in their skill but also in their understanding of the opponents’ gameplay. They know their limitations on the players and constantly position and ensure playstyles that suit their strengths. This is why, the Astralis team, despite not being the strongest team in the scene is definitely the one with the best performances.

zonic & co. need to find a way to not fall under the pressure (StarLadder)

The Astralis roster consists of an all-Danish team, but the star on the team has to be Zonic, their coach. The former MTW Player has been able to mould astralis in his particular style and that has resulted in Astralis being miles ahead of the competition. While the like of Faze Clan and Na’Vi might theoretically be much stronger on paper, Astralis is able to mask their weaknesses and ensure that their opponents do not take advantage of the same. One characteristic playstyle for the team is their ability to push through one area of the map in pairs. This often gains them valuable information which is then used to act in other areas of the map. If the team pushes through A site on Overpass, and find no one or a minimal number of people, they know the positioning of the remaining members will be nearer to B bomb site. This allows them to reinforce the B Bombsite or play defensively according to their read of the game.

This is why the Astralis roster remains very strong and yet exceptionally skilled. Their individual aim is very high thanks tot he inclusion of Device, a top-tier player on the roster. Device with the AWP is well known to trace his own steps and work on eliminating any gaps in his playstyle. He does not believe himself to be the best AWper in the world, so he works to secure an advantage in the aim duels. This can be through smokes or just a very passive angle for Nicolai.

However, it has to be Glaive who has truly transformed this team. After Kjaerbye’s departure in January, Glaive was able to transform this team into its current position. We can clearly see the effect Glaive has as an In-Game Leader. He is able to put forth strong opinions and amazing mid-round calls. His quick assessment of the situation and his ability to read the opponents positioning correctly is not something that many can emulate.

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Rain
  • Niko
  • Olofmeister
  • Guardian

The Faze Clan roster is comprised of the best players in Counter-Strike. The team’s performance in recent months has been somewhat lukewarm, but there is a tendency to start showing results of late. The team’s performance has slowly increased in performance especially with Guardian also starting to get the AWP kills he is most well-known for.

The Faze Clan roster contains several big names, however, it has not always been a merry journey for them. The team’s performance has slowly improved in results after a slow start to their journey in 2018. For the most part of 2018, the team’s performance has been lacklustre. They played with a stand-in [ or several ] for many months when Olofmeister was taking a break. However, when he did return for the FaceIT London Major, we had only olofmeister as the best performing player. The entire team seemed burnt out and they were unable to make the same impact as they did a few months earlier.

Guardian remains a player who is extremely strong on the AWP. Recently, we have seen Guardian pull out amazing shots with the AWP, often ones that remain the highlights of the game irrespective of the final results. If Guardian starts reaching his peak level, the player can truly become a menace for their opponents. He remains an extremely skilled player with lightning fast reflexes. The player’s ability to read the situation and be intelligent with the AWP performance

NiKo and co. want to avoid another situation similar to the aftermath of the ELEAGUE Major

In addition to Guardian, Olofmeister is also another potent player who has been extremely strong on the lurk role. The player’s performance remains one of the highlights for the team. The team’s performance in the past months has been successful [ of sorts ] only because of Olofmeister’s skill and presence. Faze Clan does not need Olofmeister to constantly put up the big numbers on the server. However, the Swedish player’s mere presence can evoke fear in the opponents.

Overall, Faze Clan will have a tough time against Astralis. Thankfully for them, the Faze Clan roster is still in the upper bracket, so even if they lose this match they will have more chances to qualify for the Playoffs.

Prediction:

Despite their recent loss of form, Astralis still remains a very strong team. They have a much better map pool and have a thorough understanding of Faze Clan. For the early part of 2018, the Faze Clan roster was the primary opponent for Glaive. As such he has a very good read on the opponents and positioning. The performance of Astralis in the past few tournaments has been largely underwhelming. This is mostly because teams have begun to spot chinks in their armour. The astralis roster is no longer unbeatable and that is partly due to the loss in form for the players.

Faze Clan will look towards ensuring that they can play a very strong, pug style play. They will need to ensure strong pushes on their T side to cripple the opponents’ performance. The Faze Clan has better aim, however, they also need a much better strategic gameplay against Astralis. We have seen Faze Clan put up big numbers before, but with Niko on their leadership role right now, we have seen the team falter when it comes to their tactics and strategy.

For now, we recommend a bet on Astralis for this match.

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Natus Vincere vs Faze Clan: Esports Betting Analysis @ EPICENTER 2018

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Epic Esports Events returns with yet another version of EPICENTER. The tournament has made a name for itself with its excellent production and unique presentation. The tournament constantly sees many of the top teams in attendance and this makes the event all the more exciting. For this version of the tournament, we will see several top teams in attendance. However, Astralis and Mousesports pulled out of the event due to different reasons. Their departure, while it will definitely affect the overall quality of the tournament allows other teams to come forth and possibly win some silverware.

EPICENTER 2018 takes place at the Park of Legends Ice Palace in Moscow. It will take place from 23rd October to 28th October 2018. With a prize pool of $295,000, this tournament is considered to be a top-tier tournament outside of the Major.

The tournament relies on the tried and tested Double elimination GSL Format. However, in an attempt to minimise the flaws of the format, all the group stage matches will also be Best of Three. This ensures that the chances of an upset happening will not be as high as if it would have been a Best of One Group stage match.  

Broadcast

  • Host:

Format.

  • Group Stage: October 23th – 25th, 2018
    • Two double-elimination format (GSL) Groups:
      • Each group has four teams
      • All matches are Bo3
    • The top three teams from each group advance to the Playoffs:
      • Group stage winners advance to the Semifinals
      • Group stage runners-up advance to the Quarterfinals as the High Seeds
      • Group stage 3rd place teams advance to the Quarterfinals as the Low Seeds
  • Playoffs: October 27th – 28th, 2018
    • Single-Elimination bracket
    • All matches are Bo3

The winner of the tournament will take home $150,000 with the second placed team winning $75,000. Unfortunately for us, this tournament will only see a total of eight teams. However, the robust tournament format should be able to eliminate any potential thoughts of the team’s being unable to put forth a good show.

Faze Clan vs Natus Vincere

Faze Clan

Faze Clan Roster:

  • Karrigan
  • Olofmeister
  • Niko
  • Guardian
  • Rain

Faze Clan’s performance has been very dominant in their map against Natus Vincere. The Faze Clan roster is made up of several star players on the team. The team includes the likes of Olofmeister, Karrigan and Niko. Each player is a world class player who can be the reason for a strong team.

Together, the team does look very strong as it is, however it still lacks a lot of functionality. The team recently made changes to their roles in-game. As a result, we now see Niko leading the team in place of Karrigan. This does put into question, Karrigan’s role on the roster. Can he really improve in his individual skill level? Or will Niko be able to keep performing well individual despite being the In-Game Leader?

GuardiaN has performed when FaZe needed it most (StarLadder)

Guardian has been performing really at the top of his game at EPICENTER. A lot of his plays stem from confidence plays which comes via the strong AWP skills. He keeps taking aggressive peaks and winning most of the duels. He is not afraid to go for repeeks even if he sees multiple opponents in front of him. This aggressive gameplay is exactly what had made him a fearsome AWPer when he was on Na’Vi. For Guardian, this will be a bittersweet moment. He will face off against his former team and compatriots. They are a strong roster in themselves, but there is always something about facing off against your former team. We should expect Guardian to have a very aggressive style of play in order to win this match.

However, Faze Clan also has one more member who is performing really well. Olofmeister might have taken a break in the middle part of 2018, however, he has become a very strong player ever since he returned from the break. Olofmeister’s performance puts forth a strong base for Faze Clan. They have Guardian and Niko looking for entry frags, and Olofmeister who has mastered the role of a lurk player. Once considered to be the best player in the world, Olofmeister still retains a lot of experience and skill on an individual level.

Faze Clan’s performance will depend heavily on the map in question. They are still in a transition from Karrigan to Niko and that is never easy. For Niko, he has donned the role of the In-Game leader on previous teams like ination. However, his attempt to fulfil two roles at the same time is always going to be a tough task,

Faze Clan has already suffered defeat at the hands of Natus Vincere. How can they keep up with the same level of performance?

Natus Vincere

Natus Vincere Roster:

  • Flamie
  • Edward
  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Zeus

Na’Vi is a very player dominated team. They have S1mple and Electronic who regularly put up strong performances on this roster. However, it is the experience of players like Zeus which keeps this roster going forth.

Zeus has taken over the leadership role on this team. And we can definitely see the impact of the player’s leadership style. After leading Gambit to a victory at the previous Major, Zeus has been able to muster the respect and awe of the players. We can see how Zeus was able to help the team continuously force-buy and still win almost impossible rounds. This obviously stems from the fact that Na’Vi has a very high skill ceiling.

S1mple’s performance is crucial to the team’s results. He has been able to put forth really strong results so far at EPICENTER 2018. However, when we see S1mple’s performance in isolation, we realise that the Na’Vi team seems to be depending heavily on the player. However, recently we have also seen Electronic put up really amazing performances. Between the two of them, they seem to be able to turn the game on its head. They are adept with inferior weapons as well and they can win rounds despite having just a few pistols.

Prediction :

Na’Vi is looking much calmer and composed when it comes to this match. They have the experience and have already pulled forth strong wins against Faze Clan in the past. The Na’Vi roster will need to be very composed when playing this series, mostly because they have a worse map pool.

Faze Clan’s potential is very high, but they rarely play at their full potential. For Faze Clan, Guardian will be key as his performance or lack thereof can directly impact the round and the outcome of the series.

For now, we recommend a small bet on Na’Vi for this match.

 

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Los Angeles Valiant vs London Spitfire: 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

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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.

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant roster:

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

The Los Angeles Valiant is one of the two teams based off Los Angeles for the first season of Overwatch league. The Valiant remains a strong team and has been near the top for quite some time. The Los Angeles valiant is owned by Noah Whinston, owner of Immortals. Noah Whinston has been at the forefront of ensuring a strong booming industry in esports and has been responsible for much progress in the scene.

They are amongst the top teams for Season 1 of OWL regular season and that earned them a spot in the semifinals directly. The Overwatch league has pitted some of the top teams against each other and it is difficult to stay on top. Considering the quality of the players at the Overwatch league it is indeed a great achievement to see Valiant qualify directly for the

Soon is critical to LA Valiant’s chances during their match

semifinals. However, they haven’t always been at the top, regularly playing against the strongest teams in the League. They have had their ups and downs but subsequent evolving metagames basically ensured that the team just got stronger with time.

Agilities and Soon are extremely strong DPS players. Soon has been in the limelight since Stage 1 of the Overwatch league. His back-cap on Numbani against Dallas Fuel remains one of the highlighted moments in Overwatch league Season 1. He has an amazing aim as a player, but his individual performance has not been the reason for the team winning its matches.

Coach Moon’s addition to the team a few stages ago is the reason why Los Angeles Valiant remains as strong as it is today. He has put the team together and after having studied the team from outside, he was able to correctly identify the problems within the team. The team even removed Agilities from the roster for some time, just to ensure he has the right temperament for the overwatch league.

Agilities is a very young player and temperament is a big problem for young players. His performance as a Genji Main on the team has been exceptionally strong. He waits for the right moment to use his ultimate and that just increases his efficiency manifold. His Genji ultimates have been really effective often resulting in multiple kills in the team fight. Of late, we have seen him on other hitscan heroes as well and to a very high efficiency. The Overwatch League has been the right place for him to showcase his skills.

Bunny has been the latest addition to the team. His position on Seoul Dynasty was vastly underutilized as he was not on the starting roster for the Seoul Dynasty. The Seoul Dynasty DPS player has come along really well on the Los Angeles Valiant team. He is usually the starting roster on the team and has been extremely effective, especially in the recent meta. He is really strong on hitscan heroes which essentially make him a strong bet n the current scene.

Custa is the leader on the team. His previous roster, the Dallas Fuel did not utilize the player to his full potential. But as we can see from the Valiant results, Custa is a very strong addition to the team. His mentality ensures that the team can become extremely strong with his guidance. The Valiant might not have had such a dominant season as New York Excelsior, but the team definitely has a few tricks up its sleeve. However, before they reach the finals they need to ensure a victory over yet another strong team, the London Spitfire.

The London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

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

London Spitfire team is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. The organization is one of the most well-known organizations in esports and has a rich history in the NA region. But their participation in the Overwatch league is related to the London Franchise.

London Spitfire started the Overwatch League Season 1 with a bang. The team was one of the strongest in the scene just behind New York Excelsior. The London Spitfire managed a strong run in the Stage 1 playoffs to win against New York Excelsior for the Stage 1.

The Original London Spitfire roster comprised of two of the strongest teams in the Korean scene at the time. Featuring Kongdoo Panthera and G C Busan, the London Spitfire roster was definitely the one with the most potential. Both these teams had managed to defeat the behemoths in the Seoul Dynasty in the few months leading up to the Overwatch League.

Birdring and Profit are the two DPS players who have been amongst the best in the League. Indeed when the recent all-star team was announced and it did not feature Profit on the team there were quite a few surprised faces. The two players have been exceptionally talented and constantly near the top o the scene. Birdring usually plays the projectile heroes and his ability to play the game at the high level consistently is. The player has had some amazing ultimate usage which leads a huge advantage to the London team. Birdring, however, is not the only DPS player on the team. He is supplemented by his teammate Profit on the roster.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Profit can very well be called as the Joker on the roster. The young player, who has a huge fan following cause he is considered to be cute by his fans plays all types of heroes on the team. He is usually the player to play hero such as Junkrat. Doomfist and Sombra. His RIP tires and Doomfist ultimates have been some of the strongest in the Overwatch League.

However, it is their synergy with their tank lineup which makes the London Spitfire as strong as they are. They had Fissure, arguably the best tank player in the Overwatch league. But they chose to remain with Gesture simply because their DPS players are more comfortable with Gesture on the team. They have some really good coordination with Gesture and that gives them the necessary boost they need.

Prediction:

This is a knockout match between London Spitfire and Los Angeles Valiant. The two teams have had their moments of glory and downfalls in the past. While Valiant has seen a constant rise since Coach Moon joined their team, the path for London Spitfire has not been so smooth. What started off as a strong season for London ended up with two extremely poor Stages towards the end. Their dominance in the early part of the Season was enough to ensure a qualification for the Season playoffs.

The biggest problem for London Spitfire remains the form of heir DPS players. If Birring and Profit manage to step up to the occasion ( as they did against Los Angeles Gladiators) the London Spitfire roster will be really difficult to defeat. Defeating Gladiators 6-0 in maps on the 2nd day of quarterfinal matches was largely unexpected by many analysts and personnel.

The Valiant, ofcourse, have the upper hand when it comes to recent performances. They have everything working for them, which is a great sig. But in terms of potential, the skill ceiling for the London Spitfire is much higher than that of the Valiant. The Valiant rely heavily on the entirety of their team to perform together. While the Los Angeles Valiant remains strong on paper as a team, the skill ceiling for London ensures that if they peak, they will win this match.

We recommend a low bet on London Spitfire simply because they seem to have found some new energy and determination to win the playoffs. Either way, this is going to be a match to remember. You can catch the action on ESPN and DisneyXD as well.

 

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Seoul Dynasty vs Dallas Fuel: 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.

Seoul Dynasty vs Dallas Fuel

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty Roster

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

Seoul Dynasty is owned by GenG esports, formerly KSV esports. The Seoul Dynasty roster was one of the best rosters in Overwatch prior to the start of Overwatch League. They were known as Lunatic Hai and definitely were the best team by a large margin. However, towards the beginning of OWL, Seoul Dynasty had tapered off into a substandard team. There were other Korean teams in the region which were able to defeat Seoul in Apex matches.

Seoul’s initial roster remained the same as with their OGN days, however, the team has definitely evolved in their gameplay and performance. The Seoul roster has Fleta as the main DPS on the team. He is one of the better DPS players in the League and his ability to adjust his playstyle and even take on the enemy DPS in a one on one battle is what makes him such a strong player. Fleta remains a strong player on the team, but Seoul Dynasty has problems on the other aspects of the team which make them relatively weak.

Miro might have had his time in the limelight in previous versions of the team. However, his current performance is definitely lacking and he needs better individual performances. He is often seen way out of way and out of sync with the rest of the team. But it is not really only his fault as much as the entire team’s lack of coordination. As the main tank player, Miro excessively depends on the supports and the DPS players. Without the coordination required at the highest levels, Miro often performs poorly.

The Supports on the roster are quite decent. They are not as flashy as let’s say the support players from other teams such as JJonak of NYXL. Gambler used to have problems playing the previous meta’s mercy. However, he has definitely improved his positioning and performance.

Overall the Seoul Dynasty is a decent team. They are out of contention of Stage 4 playoffs and hence their intent might be under question. But the team is still in contention for the more important Season Playoffs.

Dallas Fuel


Dallas Fuel Roster:

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

The Dallas Fuel franchise is owned by Hastro of EnVyUs fame. The EnVyUs organization has a rich and famous history in esports. They own multiple rosters through various titles and were extremely famous in Overwatch prior to the introduction of the Overwatch League.

The Dallas Fuel team was considered a really strong team before the start of the Overwatch League. But the team has been unable to adapt to the ‘Dive Meta’ and has not had the best results in the first half of OWL. They subsequently rose to prominence only in Stage 4, when the meta no longer favored the ‘Dive meta’.

The Dallas roster has great individual talent and lots of skill potential. With Taimou playing some of the best Overwatch in recent times, his ability to stay on top of the enemy DPS constantly without losing the battle is what provides so much distraction and space for the rest of the Dallas Fuel team. Taimou has been one of the strongest DPS rising members in the Overwatch League and has been doing phenomenally well right now.

The Dallas Fuel roster has a huge amount of talent, however, the team has not been able to make big impacts in the first season. The biggest impact for Dallas Fuel, however, is obviously the absence of Effect on the roster. Due to the troubles of the Dallas Fuel, Effect has been severely affected and had to take a prolonged break from the team. So right now, Seagull and Taimou play the DPS role on the team. Seagull who was severely underutilized in the first half of Season 1 can now display his skills via characters such as Hanzo. He has been a big streamer and is able to play these heroes to their maximum efficiency.

The Dallas Fuel roster, however, includes OGE who is one of the better players on the roster. OGE who has come under a lot of criticism for boosting in the past is an active member on the Dallas Fuel roster. Surprisingly Blizzard’s approach to Boosting has varied and is quite inconsistent. How they approach uniformity in their decisions still remains to be seen. OGE within the game, however, is a great player and has a very high skill cap. He is almost comparable to the flashy plays of Gesture and Fissure, the best Main tanks in OWL Season 1.

Accompanying him is Mickie who is no longer on the D’va, since the meta demands more Zarya play from the young Indonesian. He is a very apt Zarya and has maintained a decently high amount of charge (damage) on the off-tank role. His bubble usage could do with some practice, but overall there has been little to complain about. The Dallas Fuel team, however, seems much better right now. The various roster changes and the removal of their former coach KyKy definitely has paid dividends. They are currently fourth in the Stage 4 rankings and 1 or 2 more wins should help them in earning a Stage Playoff spot.

Prediction:

These two teams were the favorites coming into the first season of Overwatch League. Both the teams have fallen in their performance, one more than the other. But as of Stage 4, we are seeing a resurgence in the team’s performances.

Seoul Dynasty is obviously well known for its tactics and target calling. But the players seem to taper off when it comes to individual performances. The Seoul Dynasty roster has only won two matches in this stage, despite being relatively better than their previous self. The Korean team won against Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem. The two teams are undoubtedly the weakest in the list and not really the best in terms of skill. It is safe to say that Seoul’s wins were more due to mechanical superiority than a tactical advantage.

The Dallas Fuel roster has seen significant improvements after the multitude of roster changes and coaching position changes. After KyKy was removed, the team had a clear direction of their approach to the game. Without all the drama that has become synonymous with Dallas since Stage 1, the team actually looks quite well-rounded.

We recommend a bet on Dallas Fuel for their match against Seoul Dynasty.The Dallas Fuel has taken a liking to the current meta and indefinitely strong on it.

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