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Natus Vincere vs Astralis: Esports Betting Analysis @ FaceIT London Major

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

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

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

Format

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

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

 

Broadcast Talent

 

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

Observer:

Natus Vincere

Na’Vi roster:

  • S1mple
  • Electronic
  • Edward
  • Flamie
  • Zeus

Natus Vincere is one of the top teams in Counter-Strike. They have a rich history and their potential for the future looks even brighter. With two of the best players in the world, S1mple and Electronic on their active roster this team has a lot of potential on paper. However, they have not been able to convert it into results and that is a sore point in their performance.

S1mple joined Na’Vi after a very controversial past with regards to his attitude within the game. The veterans on the Na’Vi roster were able to mould S1mple into being the team player that he is today. His ability to understand the situation of the round and control his movements across the map is something that was a recent addition to the player’s skill set. S1mple remains a player with a lot of firepower and he can single-handedly turn the outcome of a match. He often plays within the confines of the team’s tactics in order to ensure a better team-play and overall coordination. As we have seen multiple times in the past, we have seen S1mple performing really well on an individual level. However, the team does not always live up to his standards which is why they often fail.

The world’s best player: S1mple

Na’Vi is a team that relies heavily on individual performances while striving towards ensuring better team play and coordination. They added Electronic to their team very recently and that is a smart move. Electronic has shown us glimpses of what he is capable of recently. Regularly posting 30 or more frags in matches, Electronic is able to have a big impact on the team’s performance. Recently, he has been improving his individual performance. Electronic and S1mple form the perfect duo who can help Na’Vi become a top-tier team once again.

However, for Na’Vi the bigger problem lies in their map pool and team synergy. The top teams in Counterstrike Global Offensive [ read Astralis and Faze Clan] have very deep map pools. Ofcourse a lot of it had to do with Valve’s decision to remove Cobblestone from the active duty map pool. But regardless, if Na’Vi is to compete at the top level and remain consistent, they need to be able to start winning on a variety of maps. A match’s result can often be decided in the veto phase itself as some teams are just too good on certain maps. But a team like Astralis will always pose a challenge, no matter which map is selected.

S1mple believes Electronic will be the MVP at FaceIT London Major

Na’Vi won three consecutive tournaments recently, which has sparked hopes that the team can pose a serious threat at the FaceIT London Major. However, two of these tournaments were with relatively weaker teams which definitely puts a marker on this performance. Na’Vi is always the team that can defeat the best teams in the world, but they lack the consistency to do it on a regular basis. It is important for a team to be consistent in order to be considered a top three ranked team.

 

Astralis

Astralis Roster:

  • Device
  • Dupreeh
  • Glaive
  • Xyp9x
  • Magisk

The Danish powerhouse has been the dominant team in CS: GO for some time now. They did not have a good run at the Eleague Boston major. This led to a roster change with Kjaerbye no longer with the team. However, this proved to be a boon for the Astralis roster since they actually improved their results with the new team. Magisk brought on a lot of firepowers, but he also allowed for changes in the roles.

 

Glaive is key to Astralis tactical advantage over other teams

Glaive as the In-game leader is crucial to Astralis’ success as a CS: GO, team. In terms of skill, they are as good as some of the other teams in the scene, however, Glaive’s excellent mid-round calls make up for any potential disadvantage. The core of the roster has been playing together for quite some time. Their level of comfort is unprecedented in esports, so it becomes natural for them to focus on developing the team synergy and coordination. Glaive has excellent control over the team’s game flow and their movement across the map. But what makes the Astralis roster thrive is their ability to change the plan mid-round. It is not always that Astralis gets everything according to plan. So when something goes into in their favour, they take some time to reassess the situation, enemy positions and their strengths. All of this is done within seconds as they have to plan their next attack.

Astralis quickly picked up where they left off with Magisk (credit: StarLadder)

The Astralis roster is possible for its success mainly due to the skill level of Dupreeh and Device. The duo is one of the most talented duos in all of Counter-Strike. Device himself is a challenger for the title of the best player in the world. His consistency over the past few years is exactly what is necessary for a top team like Astralis. He is a dependent player on the team and can often hold back certain sections of the map on his own. He is one of the few AWPers who is as effective with the rifle as he is with the AWP.

Prediction:

Astralis is supposed to be the best team in the world. After all, they have been dominating the entire scene for quite some time. The Danish roster has had to fend off challenges from Faze Clan and Na’Vi in the past. But Na’Vi really has only put up strong performances very recently. They won the three tournaments, although, as we said it was against much weaker teams.

But Na’Vi is looking decent so far, although we are not sure if it is enough to defeat a team like Astralis. Astralis has had the dominance and experience to play against the top teams regularly. They are obviously well-versed in Na’Vi’s tactics and strategies which form the core of the team’s success.

We recommend a bet on Astralis for this match. It is because of their past success that we recommend placing a bet on the Danish roster.

 

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Format

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 Seoul Dynasty

 

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

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

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

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

Birdring + Profit Duo

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

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

Hooreg, London Spitfire

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

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

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

Gesture of London Spitfire

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

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

 

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty roster:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction :

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

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

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

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

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

The final week of Stage 2 will see several key players taking the top spots. NYXL sits comfortably at the top with London almost sure to take the Number 2 position. The third place matches will depend heavily on Seoul Dynasty and Los Angeles Gladiators as they head into a perfect finish yet again. Every map matters and it will be interesting to see which team finishes where in the end. The Stage Playoff matches for Stage 2 will be held on a different day at the end of the week.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018). With the Player Transfer window coming to a close, we might see more players being announced very soon. 

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 Dallas Fuel

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

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

London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, founder, and co-owner of Cloud9. The organization is one of the most well-known esports organizations with teams in multiple titles. The London Spitfire team has a full Korean roster. Considered to be one of the most talented and high skilled team in the league they are definitely a team to watch out for. They are your stage 1 winners and despite losing two fantastic players in Rascal and Fissure, the team looks as formidable as ever.

Birdring + Profit

Birdring and Profit are the best DPS duo in the Overwatch League

London Spitfire has a lot of talented players on their bench. Despite this, their starting roster has remained quite stable in the Overwatch League. The two names in the DPS roles that stand out for the team are Birdring and Profit. The two DPS players have developed a great synergy amongst themselves. They are very efficient when it comes to removing the enemy support players. This is one of the key reasons why they were able to defeat Seoul Dynasty with such ease.

Birdring remains one of the best DPS in the League. He can play almost any DPS character at an extremely high skill level. During the two stages of the Overwatch League, we have seen Birdring on heroes such as Genji, Tracer, Junkrat, Widowmaker etc. His ability to stand tall to the best Widowmakers in the league makes him such a valuable asset to the team.

While Birding can play most of the heroes, Profit remains mostly on the Junkrat or the Tracer. He is definitely considered to be a specialist who can make a big impact along with his teammates. Profit might not have the insane peaks of Birdring, but he has been extremely consistent in his performances. Providing constant damage and finishing off low HP opponents, Profit ensures that the team fight goes in London’s favor.

Profit Image

Profit is the perfect DPS partner with Birdring

The tank lineup of London Spitfire, might not be the best on an individual level. But they have great coordination and synergy with the DPS players. The tanks in London have been able to create a lot of space for the DPS players. This is one of the biggest reasons why they are always able to efficiently eliminate the opponents’ DPS lineup. Gesture, Woohyal, and Fury are mostly rotated regularly, but they all have great coordination with each other. Gesture’s ultimate usage has been repeatedly called out on stream for excelling in pushing the support to use their ultimates.

London Spitfire is a very strong team and they are definitely a contender for the Title Stage matches. However, they are still closely contested by LA Gladiators as well as Seoul Dynasty right now. Their fate is in their own hands and if they can manage to win the two matches in week 5, they should make it to the Stage Playoffs.

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel Roster:

  • OGE
  • Rascal
  • AKM
  • Custa
  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • HarryHook

Dallas Fuel is co-owned by Team EnVyUs. They have Hersh Interactive as one of their biggest investors, which helped them secure a spot in the Overwatch League.

Dallas Fuel was considered as one of the favorite teams at the start of the Overwatch league. The team in its previous iteration, Team EnVyUs had a dominant run in Overwatch esports. They were one of the only teams that commanded a respect from the Korean fans. Their innovative strategies involving off-meta hero picks is what makes them an exciting team to watch.

XQC - Image

XQC is no longer a part of Dallas Fuel

However, as we enter the final week of Stage 2, we can clearly see their downfall from their peak. Dallas Fuel has had several problems through their time in the Overwatch League. Their former tank player XQC has had multiple fines and suspensions in the Overwatch League. His attitude and the constant punishments led to his dismissal from the team.

The Dallas Fuel has a plethora of DPS players. They currently have Rascal, AKM, Taimou ( former DPS ), Effect & Seagull all of who are exceptional DPS players. AKM is considered to be the best hitscan player in Overwatch, while Rascal has made a big name for himself in the Korean scene.

However, they have had to make some role changes, where they moved Taimou to play the Main tank role. Taimou has one of the most efficient Roadhog statistics in the Overwatch League. His performance as a tank in the Overwatch League has been good, but Dallas Fuel definitely needs a more dedicated tank player on their roster.

Effect Image

Effect’s individual performance has seen a decline, similar to Dallas fuel

Effect is a great DPS player on the team, but the team cannot just rely on individual performances anymore. Effect’s performance has been slipping through the months and right now he is performing at about 10% of his peak. Effect is a great widowmaker, but with the lack of coordination amongst the team, his individual performance also has become very weak.

The addition of AKM to the roster definitely added a few good match results for the team. However, even in these matches, their strategy was clearly helping AKM to deal damage and hopefully win them the round. There was a definite lack of teamwork and coordination amongst the players. Individual plays can get you to some decent results, but against the best team in the League, they are just not enough.

The Dallas Fuel support players have been very consistent irrespective of the

When Chipsajen talks, you listen

final outcome of the match. Chipshajen has been strong in his Ana or mercy and his positioning has been exceptional. Considered to be one of the best Ana in the League, Chipshajen is also an authority figure on the roster. His comments and feedback are always taken seriously and act as vital inputs to the team’s performance.

Overall Dallas Fuel is a team that needs a lot more time to figure themselves out. There are still a few days left in the Player Trade window and it would not be surprising to see Dallas make further changes. There has been a lot of criticism towards their coaching abilities and playstyle, however, the team seems to be suffering from a collection of problems which add up to result in their poor performances.

Prediction

The match between Dallas Fuel and London Spitfire has just one obvious winner. London Spitfire is currently extremely talented and their individual and team performances severely outweigh that of Dallas fuel. London also needs these victories in order to cement their place as the second position in the Leaderboard for Stage 2.

London Spitfire Stage win

London Spitfire seems all set to win this match against Dallas Fuel


Every map matters not just in the Title match playoff standings, but also in the long run. So London Spitfire will be aiming towards nothing short of a 4-0 in this match. Dallas Fuel definitely does seem to have big problems on the team. There seem to be not many efforts to actually help the team improve so far in Stage 2. Maybe in Stage 3, we will see a resurgence on the team and their performances.

London Spitfire will need to get as many map wins in this match as possible. A 4-0 win here would help them in the overall League standings. Of course, already having secured a better map difference than Gladiators and Seoul dynasty, they just have to win their remaining two matches in Stage 2.

We recommend a large bet on London Spitfire. They should be able to convincingly win this match and possibly with a 4-0 scoreline.

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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.

We are into Week 4 of Stage 1 with teams closing the gap between them and the top of the table.The last week saw all three Korean teams take a hit and lose a series each. It was a week where the gap between the western and the Korean teams has closed. Languishing at the bottom of the table is Shanghai Dragons. Dallas barely won their first series but are still a long way from the top of the league.  

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018). Dallas Fuel has already announced plans to sign on Akm to their Overwatch League roster. 

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

Roster

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Rascal
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Fissure
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

London Spitfire was the first Overwatch League team with a fully Korean roster to suffer a loss in the Overwatch League. Ofcourse Week three proved to be the week where all Korean teams will suffer a loss. Seoul Dynasty, London Spitfire & New York Excelsior all suffered a loss during Week three. While this in no way that a team would have stayed undefeated for the remainder of Season 1, it is no doubt that London Spitfire was generally considered to be much better than their opponents on Boston Uprising. But a change in the Boston Playstyle definitely helped the Boston team to eventually win against London spitfire.

Birdring has been a constant DPS player in the London roster. Birdring has been the core of their DPS lineup, with London seldom switching him off. The London Spitfire team has used a lot of substitutions in their matches, especially in the DPS department. But they have almost always kept Birdring as a constant on the team. Birdring can play a plethora of heroes at a very high level. We have seen his Widowmaker be as effective as the Genji or the Tracer. His perfection on the DPS heroes brings about a confidence in one part of the DPS being consistent in their performance.

Profit Image

Profit and Birdring form a strong DPS Duo for London

Profit has been the other part of the DPS duo for the majority of their matches. Profit’s Tracer is probably not as effective as Birdring on a solo level, but their synergy together with each other is clearly visible both on and off the game. Despite being in two different teams prior to their employment for London Spitfire, the two DPS players have a surprisingly good coordination.

The remaining two DPS players on the team are Rascal and Hooreg. Hooreg is well known for his projectile, more specifically his Pharah. He plays the hero at a high level, but so far in the OWL we have hardly seen him perform on the roster. Rascal is one of the most in-demand player for the Overwatch League. Ofcourse this comes from his bevy of different heroes that he plays. Rascal is well known for his Mei, Sombra, Doomfist playstyle and he is probably one of the only players in OWL to play the heroes at such a high level. He has had limited success in the OWL so far, but we hope to see more of the star DPS player in Stage 2.

Probably the best class of heroes on London Spitfire is their tank lineup. With such a star-studded tank lineup, which is rivaled by none; London Spitfire has a very strong roster. Fissure, Gesture, Fury & Woohyal form the four tank players on the team. Each of these players is worthy of a shot at the starting lineup. They have been using Gesture and Fissure in substitutions and frankly, none has been worse than the other. The competition amongst the core of the G C Busan and the Kongdoo lineup has only resulted in the tank players becoming better with every match.

The London Spitfire team have some really strong matchups in Week 4. We will mostly see their best side as we have seen several Korean players stop streaming in order to focus on improving their gameplay. This match against Seoul Dynasty will be their best game forth and will truly establish the order amongst the Korean teams.

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty Roster :

  • Gido
  • Zunba
  • Miro
  • Ryujehong
  • Tobi
  • Fleta
  • Munchkin
  • Zepher
  • Wekeed
  • Bunny
  • Kuki

Seoul Dynasty was removed from their pedestal after a loss to New York Excelsior. The Seoul Franchise is owned by KSV esports and Kevin Chou. He has been very vocal in his support for the Seoul team. He regularly tweets out in support of the players and individual plays by the best players on the team.

Seoul Dynasty, after facing off a loss against one of the Korean teams will be looking to make an impact on the other Korean roster in the Overwatch league. The Overwatch League still has the three Korean rosters at the top of the table and if Seoul wants to reach the top again, defeating London will have to be top of their list. The captain, Ryujehong forms the pillar on the team. It is not only about his excellent skills, which can be judged from the several Twitch Clips circulating on Reddit, but Ryujehong forms the core of the entire Seoul dynasty roster. With the player being aged around 27 years and the amount of experience that he brings along with him, we see the remainder of the team treat him with respect and discipline. In all their matches till today, Seoul Dynasty has always fielded Ryujehong on the team. It is because he is their shot-caller and is very decisive with how he wants to play the round.

Often times we see Seoul Dynasty take 15 – 20 seconds to just judge the oppositions composition, positioning, and intent. They ultimately decide on how to attack and have an alarmingly high win rate on their first point attacks. Subsequent attacks obviously depend heavily on Ultimate charges which can sometimes be extremely difficult to predict. Along with Tobi, the supports of Seoul Dynasty are fixed and the core of the lineup.

Tobi Image with OGN

Tobi has been known for Lucio, will he survive the Mercy meta?

What does vary for the team is their tank and DPS lineup? The DPS lineup includes Fleta, who has been present in every Seoul Dynasty match except that against Shanghai Dragons. Ofcourse we know how that match went, with Shanghai Dragons cutting it extremely close to Seoul Dynasty. Over the course of the past three weeks, we have seen Wekeed, Bunny, and Munchkin being rotated in and out of the team. There have not been any fixed criteria to how these changes have been implemented. But this has been mostly been a synergy that the team has been able to establish amongst the front lines and Ryujehong.

Seoul Dynasty has a tank lineup which includes Miro, Zunba, and Xepher. It’s mostly Miro and Zunba, but we have occasionally seen Xerpher subbing in for the team. The most interesting thing about the tanks is that they rely heavily on their support lineup to keep them alive. With the coordination and the synergy that the team has strongly developed ever since the Lunatic Hai days, we see Miro constantly being alive in the opponents backlines and causing mayhem.

As we come into the end of Stage 1, we will see a clear distinction between the teams’ strengths and prowess. While initially, we thought that Seoul Dynasty was the strongest team in the world, recent results might not have suggested the same. We saw Seoul having close matches against Shanghai Dragons and actually losing a series to New York Excelsior. This week will be a true test for the team.

Prediction

This match is not really an easy prediction. Both the teams have a lot of talent in their lineup, but actual results boil down to the implementation and variation of strategies involved. Seoul Dynasty has been together for a long time back from their days as Lunatic Hai. The synergy is clearly present in the team and with the involvement of Hocury ( Former G C Busan coach ) to their lineup, they have cleaned out a lot of their flaws in the process.

The four maps in the match are Numbani, Temple of Anubis, Ilios, and Dorado.

Numbani Image

Numbani heavily favors London Spitfire

Seoul Dynasty has had lots of practice on Numbani. Indeed the team has played Numbani in 80% of their Overwatch league matchups. With only one draw, the team has looked really strong on Numbani. We saw the 3 DPS – 1 support attack lineup being implemented by Seoul first in the Overwatch league. Ryujehong plays a very good Soldier and it definitely helps them as they try to make a dive on the top right of Point A on Numbani. Ofcourse they do switch up to a more regular 2-2-2 composition for subsequent points, but speed is all that matters for the first point.

London has had a lot of practice on Numbani as well, but their defense has been considerably weaker than that of Seoul. We have seen them concede the opposition to take all three points on multiple occasions during Stage one. Ofcourse it is difficult to analyze why and how a particular map went the way it did; London Spitfire definitely looked significantly weaker than Seoul Dynasty. We expect Seoul to take Map 1 on Numbani.

Temple of Anubis

Will Rascal play for London on Anubis?

Temple of Anubis has shown no significant dominance by either team in their matches. London Spitfire actually lost the map to Boston, but that really has nothing to do with any particular playstyle on part of the teams. Seoul Dynasty does have a slight advantage in the way they are structured and their roster composition. They have Fleta who has been known to be an amazing Widowmaker. However, he will be facing off against Birdring on the map. Birdring definitely is an equal to Fleta on several heroes It is the second DPS player for London who might prove to be the kingmaker. London has shown a proclivity to fielding Rascal. Rascal can be the big difference between the teams on Point B of Anubis defense. His Sombra is also very well known and can be used in the entire London Attack. Granted Seoul might expect something like this, which is off meta; but they have no way of preparing against such an attack. With the equal talent on both the teams, we expect London to have a slight advantage on the map.

Ilios Overview

Can London get over their KOTH dilemma?

Ilios, as a KOTH map, depends heavily on which team gains control of the point first. It is a map which will eventually ensure that the team can snowball into a strong win over their opponents. Considering how much of it depends on the first fight, we recommend London will come out ahead in the first fight. However the fact that Seoul Dynasty does not have a dedicated Mercy player. Now we need to remember that the Stage 1 of OWL will still continue on the same Mercy Patch till the end. So having a good Mercy player ( such as Nus ) helps out the teams immensely. Tobi is most well known for his Lucio as against a Mercy. While He has been doing quite well with the Mercy, it does not have the same impact as his Lucio. Meanwhile, Nus has been very adept at staying alive and having strong Valkyries. Despite London Spitfire having a really bad record on KOTH maps, we feel that the past week would be a lot of time spent on actually improving their KOTH performance.

Dorado Image

Seoul lost Dorado to Shanghai Dragons

The last map for this match would be Dorado. This map has seen both teams suffer a lot in their dominance over other teams. Seoul Dynasty lost this map to Shanghai Dragons. It was an unbelievable result, which ultimately led to a fan buying all of Shanghai’s skins from within the game. But Seoul was not playing with their best lineup and hence that might have had an effect on the final result. We feel that Seoul Dynasty will come out on top in this match, especially with their full lineup. We have seen Fleta being amazing on Widowmaker on Point 2.

Overall, Seoul Dynasty comes out as the stronger team in this match. Despite we having pinned London to win the KOTH map, it is a risk; since nothing about their performance suggests that there will be significant leaps in their performance. We recommend a bet on Seoul Dynasty, but neither team will be able to win this match 4-0.

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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.

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018).

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

Player Roster :

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Rascal
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Fissure
  • Gesture
  • HagoPeun
  • Closure
  • Bdosin
  • Nus

London Spitfire are one of the strongest teams in the Overwatch League. Their roster is made up of two of the strongest Korean rosters. After Lunatic Hai was picked up by Seoul Dynasty, Cloud9 ( London Spitfire ) were quick to pick up the second and the third best team in the Overwatch League. Performance matters a lot during Season 1 and the possibility of winning the league stands high amongst their priorities for season 1.

London Spitfire consist of the Kongdoo Panthera as well the GC Busan roster. During preseason, their intention was always to field the two teams separately since they did not have enough time together to probably mix the players together. But after the disastrous performance by G C Busan during the first matches, they were quick to mix up the rosters in a way which would be advantageous to the team.

Gesture of London Spitfire

London Spitfire’s first week has looked extremely strong with the team being able to make strong inroads on their attack. The DPS duo of Birdring and Profit have been extremely effective together and have looked unstoppable. However it is their DPS on the bench which evokes a lot of interest and excitement about the team. They Rascal on the bench, who has not played a single map so far in the Overwatch League regular season. The DPS player who plays at a very high skill level and is extremely flexible has been known to pull out different heroes such as Mei, Sombra etc.

Bdosin and Nus have been exceptional on their support performance. It is rare to see Supports being called out for their performance, but Bdosin has been really strong with his showing on Zenyatta.Overall London Spitfire is a very well rounded team with a strong bench. They have not used their bench to the full capacity and that presents a threat to their opponents regularly. If they can practice and prepare for one type of roster from London, it is the other roster that might be subbed in and that just changes the entire gameplay.

Los Angeles Valiant

  • Grimreality
  • Soon
  • Agilities
  • Silkthread
  • EnVy
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Unkoe
  • Verbo
  • Kariv

Los Angeles Valiant came out as one of the strongest teams during Week 1 of the Overwatch League. They were extremely dominant in their matches and despite the strong pushback from the Dallas Fuels in the initial games of the series, LA Valiant were able to win the series with relative ease in the end.

Los Angeles Valiant is owned by Immortals and Noah Whinston, who are one of the earliest investors into the Overwatch League. Believing in the Overwatch League format, Noah Whinston has regularly been a strong proponent for the League and it’s business model to be a success.

The Los Angeles Valiant roster has a lot of DPS Players. The roster consists of two specialist players in Soon and Agilities. While they can play other heroes as well, these two players have been most well known for their Tracer and Genji respectively. Their efficiency on these two heroes is what sets them apart from the remaining players in the Overwatch League. Soon has also had some cheeky plays to his name during Week 1, Stage 1 of the Overwatch League. His capture of Point 2 on Numbani against Dallas Fuel definitely was the highlight of Week 1.

Agilities’ Genji is very aggressive and creates opportunities for the team

Their other two DPS players are Grimreality and Silkthread. These two players mostly play the remaining of the DPS heroes in the game. They have been played in the Overwatch league minimally, often being substituted in and out of the team depending on the map.

But the biggest change for the team has been the improvement in their tank lineup. We have seen huge improvements from Envy from the pre-season. He has put in the long hours and has definitely been impressive with his performance so far in the regular season. They also have Fate and Numlocked as the other tanks, who have been really patient and have done a good job of alternating between being aggressive as well as peeling for their own backlines.

Los Angeles Valiant are probably amongst the top four teams so far in the Overwatch League. Their performance in week one puts them well above Dallas Fuels as the only western player roster team which can provide a decent competition to the Korean teams in the Overwatch League. Subsequent weeks will provide us with more data to work with for this roster, but for now they do look extremely strong, well coordinated and dominant as a team.

This is their second match for this week and they already up against a tough task in London Spitfire.The biggest problem for Los Angeles Valiant will be deciding which lineup London will be fielding during week 2.

Prediction

London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Valiant is probably going to be the most exciting match in the first Stage of Overwatch league. WIth both teams firmly contesting for the No. 2 spot in the Overwatch league, we will have some insane matchups amongst the players on the teams.

The two teams are very close in terms of their skill level. But London Spitfire pull out ahead with their flexibility and the threat of the big hero pool that Rascal brings out. They have had nothing but a dominant performance in Week 1 of the Overwatch League so far.

Birdring vs Soon

This is the matchup that we will be most excited to see in London Spitfire vs Los Angeles Valiant. The two teams have exceptional Tracer players, and with Tracer being as strong as it is in the current meta it is not surprising to see these players shine. Soon is a very good DPS hitscan player, but is most well known for his Tracer plays. He has been known to be extremely aggressive with his Tracer and also present a strong threat to the backlines of the enemy. However he also receives a lot of support from his tanks and support lineup.

Birding on the other hand is a player who has a relatively solo performance to a large extent. His independence from his teammates is what makes the rest of the team extremely strong in their overall performance. Birdring also receives a lot more help from his other DPS in Profit and this enables them to finish off kills with efficiency and a speed which is relatively unmatched in the Overwatch league right now.

Unkoe vs Bdosin

The Support matchup between the two Zenyatta players will be interesting for the two teams. Unkoe has been a consistent player for Los Angeles Valiant team, providing a steady callout of healing and damage to the team. However he is not known for his aggressive plays on the team either, but the fact that he remains alive for enough time is more than important for the LA Valiant to win the team fight.

Bdosin has seen a much more aggressive performance as Zenyatta. This maximises the potential of the Zenyatta and how much of an impact the Zen player has on the match. Dealing lots of damage as a Zen player, while also healing your teammates with the Harmony Orb on a consistent basis is what sets apart the Good Zen players from the average ones. Bdosin might not be a Jjonak, but he definitely has been putting up strong performances as a player. It’s difficult to compare the two Zenyatta’s 1v1 especially since a lot of their survivability depends on their team movement to protect them. A Zenyatta players performance in a match is generally directly related to their teams performance as a single unit.

Rascal

Rascal is the X factor on London Spitfire team


Rascal has to be given a special shoutout as the player is one of the Trump cards on the London Spitfire team. The highly energetic and flexible DPS player for London Spitfire has not been seen in a single game in the first week of OWL. While we do not know the exact reason why they have not used him so far in OWL, the fans are definitely excited to hopefully see him in the next week. His hero pool is very deep with the Meis and the Sombras regularly put on display. It is very unusual to see a player play these heroes at the highest level on a consistent basis. However Rascal makes it work and it shows that the team has also put in efforts along with Rascal to ensure the success of these abnormal strategies.

Overall Los Angeles Valiant are a decent team and can definitely contest with London till the end, but it is difficult for them to practice against the entire London Spitfire lineup. With many players on London still not being played in the OWL so far, it will be difficult for them to assess their strengths, weaknesses and strategies. London Spitfire has a slight advantage over LA Valiant and it might go to the final and fifth map to decide the ultimate winner amongst the two teams. We think London Spitfire will come out ahead in this matchup between the two teams.

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