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Philadelphia Fusion 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.

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.

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Shadowburn
  • Snillo
  • Hotba
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • SADO
  • Boombox
  • Dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast Spectacor, one of the better-known entertainment companies in North America. It is the only team representing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.

A glance at the Philadelphia Fusion roster reveals a wide acceptance of players from all regions and languages. This proved to be a problem for the team during the OWL Preseason, where they could not get all of their players on board and attending. But as the season has rolled on, Fusion looks stronger with each passing week. The Philadelphia Fusion’s performance might not be blazing as the NYXL, but they have been a steady performer.

Fusion was one of the only two teams to manage to defeat NYXL during Stage 1. It was a phenomenal feat at the time, one matched only by London Spitfire, the Stage 1 winners. The Fusion has a large number of DPS players on its roster. The likes of Carpe, Shadowburn, EQO, Snillo have all proven themselves on the big stage. They can stand up to the best in the League ( for the new, young players) while Carpe is one of the best Widowmakers. Being a very good widowmaker has its advantages for Carpe in the current meta. With Tracer no longer as viable as before, a good Widowmaker is a boon.

EQO’s Genji has been the talk of the town ever since he joined the OWL season 1. He charges his ultimate extremely fast, especially on the back of some really good aim with the shuriken toss. The Genji gameplay is not as reliant on the ultimate usage. This means that he cannot always be easily countered by support ultimates. This is a valuable assessment of the EQO play style, which deals consistent damage over time without using an ultimate.

The tanks on the team have a very aggressive stance, one which fetches them a lot of kills. We have seen Poko use his ultimate for multiple kills in the past on a regular basis. However, it is fragi who deserves a special mention. The hyper-aggressive gameplay from the Tank main ensures a very early earthshatter. The high impact ultimate can change the outcome of a team fight, single-handedly.

The fusion has defeated NYXL before and it is not unthinkable for them to do so again.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

 

The New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets. Coming with a rich heritage in traditional sports, it is exciting to see them succeed in the inaugural season of OWL. New York Excelsior has been the undeniable champion of season 1, irrespective of who lifts the trophy.

The Korean roster comprises the core of Luxury Watch Blue. The team was not really expected to be as dominant in Season 1 as they have shown themselves to be. But consistent practice and a great individual performance by stars such as Saebyeolbe made them a household name for every Overwatch fan.

Saebyeolbe is a crucial link on this team. Not only his he the flashy player who gets most of the kills, his impact on the team is much bigger than that. He is the In-game leader for the team within the game but also serves as a leader to the team as they adjust to the western lifestyle. Adjusting to their new life forms a crucial part of the process for the Korean players. Although Los Angeles is probably the best place to be for a Korean player, it is still a big change for them.


Saebyeolbe has shown us great leadership skills in the game. He can make insane individual kills but also show amazing restraint for the better result in the end. Saebyeolbe mostly plays the hitscan heroes and made a name for himself using Tracer. But with the current meta no longer favoring Tracer, Saebyeolbe has been adept at playing other heroes as well.

Libero is the other DPS on the team, while he is not as flashy as Saebyeolbe, he remains a strong contender on the team. He mostly plays the Projectile heroes and has a very high KDA on Genji. The player is one who plays along with the team’s positioning and takes advantage of the mayhem caused by the NYXL tanks. He can adequately take advantage of the space created to ensure a higher efficiency in his DPS role.

It is rare to see a support receiving as much as attention as JJonak does on this team. The star support player has been responsible for some great performances and he has a significantly higher damage output. This also results in a much faster ultimate charging time ensuring NYXL are always ready for the next fight. JJonak is aptly the X Factor on NYXL, without which they would not have been able to reach their current position.

New York will look forth to exert their dominance in the First season. They are matched against Philadelphia Fusion in their semifinal match.

Prediction

The New York Excelsior has been consistently dominant throughout the first season of Overwatch league. No other team has come close to maintaining the same level of consistency throughout the season. While we have seen other team’s defeat New York Excelsior in certain matches, they have always been termed an upset. In Short, NYXL is the favorite to win all of their matches. The New York team’s performance definitely has been under the radar for long.

A big part of their playstyle depends on their DPS players getting individual kills. In the past, we have to see Saebyeolbe carry the baton for the team. But the current meta also favors Pine who can be comfortable on his hitscan heroes. He has a very high-risk high reward type of gameplay, one which can be called dangerous. But the team has learned and adapted to playing alongside him. They compliment him very well, ensuring they can finish off kills and roll forth from there.

Philadelphia Fusion has their DPS players at the forefront of all of their matches. The individual battles between the DPSplayhers of the two teams will be exciting to watch and often dictate the pace of the game.

One of the best battles to watch out for is the Saebyeolbe vs Carpe fight. It is going to be a challenge between two behemoths in the game, each with his own individual style. Carpe is going to look forth to making really aggressive plays but he also has to be wary of Pine who compliments Saebyeolbe really well. It might just prove to be too much for Carpe as he addresses the constant attention from two of NYXL’s best DPS players. For now, we recommend a bet on New York Excelsior.

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Philadelphia Fusion 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.

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.

Philadelphia Fusion vs Boston Uprising

 

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Shadowburn
  • Snillo
  • Hotba
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • Sado
  • Boombox
  • Dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast Spectacor and is the only team representing Philadelphia in the Overwatch League. Comcast Spectacor has hundreds of stadiums all over North America and Europe and is a well-known organization. This is their entry into the world of esports and it seems their investments are already paying dividends.

The Philadelphia Fusion roster has multiple DPS players, each capable of holding his own amongst the more famous stars. Players such as Carpe, Shadowburn dominated the Overwatch League Season 1. Having a Tracer layer who can land really difficult pulse bombs with alarming consistency is a big boost for the team. However, it is the new additions to the DPS role in the form of Snillo and EQO which really strengthened the team’s core. These two new and very young players have a very high skill ceiling. EQO is able to charge his ultimate very fast, much faster than other Genjis in the Overwatch League. This is a testament to the amount of damage he does even without his ultimate. Snillo might not have been the focus of the casters as much, but he has managed to hold his own amongst all the players.

The tank lineup for Philadelphia Fusion is made up of Fragi as their main tank. Fragi is an extremely aggressive tank player, one who is often caught up in wrong positions because of his movement. However, that was also partially due to the meta at the time. The current meta heavily favors his favorite heroes and his playstyle. Fragi has already proven himself repeatedly in the past and there is no doubt that he will come up strong in the playoffs

Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising Roster:

  • Striker
  • Mistakes
  • Note
  • Kalios
  • Gamsu
  • Snow
  • Kellex
  • Neko
  • Avast
  • AimGod

The Boston Uprising owner, Robert Kraft was one of the first names to be associated with the Overwatch league. They quickly hired Huks as their ‘President of Gaming’. He has definitely done a fantastic job of it as the team is now qualified for the playoffs.

It is important to understand that there were no expectations of this team at the start of the Overwatch League. The lack of any big names and absence of results for players on their former teams did not inspire confidence. But the players were able to adapt themselves and under some really great coaching, the Boston Uprising quickly rose to prominence. A big part of this is due to their Korean tank, Gamsu who has been instrumental in helping the team advance and put up great performances.

Despite suffering a setback when Dreamkazper was removed from the team mid-season, the Boston team has stood up to the test of time. More recently they suffered the setback of a huge change in the meta. The Boston Uprising team has Striker, who has remained at the top of the DPS names no matter the meta. His personal performance has seemingly improved, although he is definitely reaching for the very top. Striker has a good sense of his surroundings. While his aim is godlike, his movement and positioning on the map is what enables him to create space for himself. He is a self-sufficient player and can change the outcomes of team fights on his own.

Gamsu cements the team together with his strong yet reliable tank gameplay. Gamsu also has been the player who strings together the various personalities on the team together. In the short period of time during Stage 2, when Gamsu was back in Korea; there were news reports of Boston Uprising potentially splitting up and trading players to other teams. But once Gamsu came back on the roster, the team went back to winning ways and they had great chemistry overall.

Prediction:

The Philadelphia Fusion is slightly better positioned to take this matchup, simply because of the current meta. Fragi might have been a burden for Philadelphia Fusion during the early stages of OWL, however, the current meta heavily favors his playstyle. Along with Fragi, Carpe remains the X Factor on the team and his godlike Hanzo and Widowmaker are what can turn the tides for the teams.

Boston Uprising is synonymous with the Dive meta. With the current meta heavily punishing Dive teams, Boston is going to have a hard time in their matches. We recommend a bet on Philadelphia Fusion for this match.

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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.

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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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

New York Excelsior vs Philadelphia Fusion

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Mano
  • Neko
  • Janus
  • Ark
  • Jjonak
  • Anamo

New York Excelsior is the best team in the Season 1 of Overwatch League. Sitting pretty above the rest of the competition by quite a margin, the New York team has been amazing in their performances. They are able to adapt to their opponents and adjust their game-play accordingly. One of the best examples of such a to and fro adjustment was seen in their match against the Seoul Dynasty. When Fleta would play the widowmaker, the Excelsior would go with their very own WIdowmaker in order to counter him. However, once he switched off the Widowmaker, Saebyeolbe changed their lineup too. Saebyeolbe went on the Brigitte to counter the Seoul composition.

The New York team has a rich history of being really well coordinated in their performance. Saebyeolbe is eaily the best player in the Overwatch League especially on Tracer. His ability to counter the enemy DPS and mostly rendering ihm useless hasbeen his USP Once he wins the DPS battles, he is free to roam around the rest of the opponents without any threat to his own elimination. It is very rare to see Saebyeolbe lose a DPS battle.

Helping him on the team are Pine and LIbero. Mostly it is just Libero who make san appearance, but Pine is also increasingly been seen in more maps than just Ilios. Pine’s gameplay is probably the most flashiest in the entire league. He has a very high risk, very high reward type of gameplay. Often times he is at the winning end of these gameplays and as a result, has been given the nomenclature of ‘Big Boss Pine’ by the talent desk and casters. His ability to single handedly wipe an entire enemy team has been on display multiple times in Season 1.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

Liberi is the more consistent PDS on the team. He usually plays the projectie hero and can make himself really potent . He works in great conjunction with the tank lineup, something that the other DPS members do not do. He forms the link between the tank and the support lineup and the playstyle for nYL is quite different when he is on the starting roster than the other DPS members. Pine on the other hand requires a lot more of resources when playing which includes babysitting him on this trademark hitscan heroes.

The support lineup for New York Excelsior include Ark and Jjonak. Each player is a superstar in his own right, but they truly show their magic when they work together. Ark peels for Jjonak really well and even when the rest of the team does not require healing, we see Ark damage boosting jjonak on his Zenyatta. This is one of the reasons why Jjonak is able to have such a huge impact on his Zenyatta. Even though he is probably the prime focus of many opponent DPS, it is extremely difficult to eliminate him due to all the peeling provided to him. Ark and Jjonak are probably the best Support combination in the entire Overwatch League. The impact they have on their team’s performance is beyond words.

New York Excelsior has already qualified for the Season 1 playoffs. They will be still playing for the Stage 4 glory and in order to keep up with the current meta.

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Snillo
  • Shadowburn
  • Hotba
  • Fragi
  • Poko
  • Sado
  • Boombox
  • Dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fusion is owned by Comcast spectacor, an American sports, and Entertainment company. This is their foray into esports via the Philadelphia Fusion and the Overwatch league. The organization manages several physical stadiums in North America and that is going to be a big advantage for the Philadelphia Fusion in subsequent seasons.

Philadelphia Fusion is one of the most difficult teams to read in the overwatch League. The team has so much talent, but despite that, they are not the best team in the League. This has to do in part with their inconsistent performances despite having a very high skill ceiling.

The Philadelphia Fusion has four players in each category. Their DPS lineup consists of Carpe, EQO, Shadowburn and Snillo. Each of these players has already proved their worth on the big stage. Carpe has great individual perofrmancrs on his Trcefr, but with the current meta not favoring Tracer we will probably not be seeing much of the Korean player. SEQO on the other hand has such as wide variety of heroes that the can play. His most respected hero is the Genji Which sees him building up the ultimate amazingly fast. His right click shots are extremely accurate which often result in his ultimate being built faster than a Junkrat or Zenyatta on the enemy team. Ofcourse this means that the ultimates are out of sync with each other which generally favors the Genji player, in this case, EQO.

Shadowburn is the other projectile Genji specialist on the team. Shadowburn’s play style is very different from that of EQO in the current roster. He generally requires a lot less from the team and is more effective, however, Shadowburn is a very one dimensional style of player. He requires the opposition support ultimate to be down and can hold on to his ultimate for elongated periods of time. It can sometimes range to several team fights as well. Since EQO Charges his ultimate so fast, it often sees him at a huge advantage when it comes to the duel between the Genji and Zenyatta ultimates.

The tank lineup on Philadelphia Fusion is mostly made up of Fragi on the main tank role. Fragi has a very aggressive gameplay style. The aggressive Reinhardt is usually very good for the player as he can quickly toggle his shield. That being said, the player will be on his most comfortable hero right now as Reinhardt is definitely a part of the current meta. Slight changes in certain heroes can dramatically change the meta and we see how Brigitte has affected the dive composition. Surprisingly that bodes well for the Fusion.

Sado and Hotba are the other tank players on the team accompanying Poko. Poko rose to prominence cause of his well-placed D’va ultimates in Stage 1, but teams have been better used to avoiding his Dva ultimates since then. The Philadelphia Fusion tank lineup has a great chemistry with each other and that is mostly due to Fragi’s energetic demeanour.

If the Philadelphia Fusion are able to play to their best potential, they are a definite contender for Stage 4 playoffs.

Prediction:

Philadelphia Fusion is looking very strong right now. They have a 3-1 record with their only loss coming to Dallas Fuel in Week 2. Their dominating performance against Boston Uprising, Shanghai Dragons definitely puts them on focus for the rest of the season. However, in this game, they are up against New York Excelsior.

There is nothing to suggest that the NYXL roster is doing bad and they are an easy bet for this match. It might go to Game 5, but NYXL has been known to perform better under pressure. The maps for this particular match are Blizzard World, Hanamura, Oasis and Dorado. We can expect a lot more of Carpe on certain maps which favor a faster playstyle.

But overall, the NYXL seem to be the dominating team in this matchup. They have looked extremely strong irrespective of their opponents and they should be able to win this match as well.

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