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

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Introduction

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

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

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

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.

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Los Angeles Gladiators vs Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators Roster:

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

The Gladiators are owned by the Kroenke family one of the most well-known families involved in regular sports. They also own several sports franchises and have been involved in several other esports ( League of Legends).

The Los Angeles Gladiators; biggest change happened when Fissure joined the roster. The addition of one of the best tanks in the League, if not the best tank has definitely made them extremely strong and efficient in their current form. Fissure remains one of the best tank players in the league. With his ability to stay alive for so long as a tank has enabled the DPS players to create a lot of space for themselves. Fissure’s experience and guidance was the primary reason for the huge uptick in the Gladiators’ performance.

Surefour in Cloud9 Jersey

Surefour has been really impressive with his Widowmaker in the past few weeks

The DPS player list for the Los Angeles Gladiators have been unlocked partly due to Fissure’s playstyle Surefour, Asher and Hydration have all stepped up and improved their performance in the League. Surefour widowmaker has become one of the best Widowmakers in the League currently. The current map pool favors Widowmaker on several maps such as Junkertown, Ilios etc. So when Surefour goes off on his Widowmaker the Gladiators secure a huge advantage for themselves. Over the past few weeks, we have seen Surefour be able to stand up to the best Widowmakers in the Overwatch League.

Hydration presents the opportunity to play a myriad of heroes. He can play the Genji, Doomfist as well as Genji with relative ease. His ability to stall out team fights for really long periods of time via his Doomfist makes him one of the deadliest Doomfist players in the League. Hydration’s Pharah is well known for his direct hits on his opponents. He can eliminate the opposing Pharah or at least keep them constantly engaged in order to reduce their impact on the team fights. The Gladiators have been putting Hydration in the lineup a lot more and their current form shows that it is working as intended.

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant roster:

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

The Los Angeles Valiant is one of the top teams based in Los Angeles. The city is the hub of the overwatch League and has a lot of local fans. It is owned by Noah Whinston, CEO Of Immortals. They have a lot of experience in the esports market having patronized several esports teams in various titles. They regularly release video content as well as updates on social media to keep their fans acquainted with the team.

Coach Moon - LA Valiant

Coach Moon has had a huge impact on the team’s performance

The Los Angeles Valiant might have ended Season 2 on a poor note, but Stage 3 has been nothing short of amazing for the team. They started off with a 12-0 record in Stage 3 until they ultimately lost a map to Dallas Fuel. However, they still managed to win the match against Dallas and are currently at the top of the Stage rankings at 4-0.The biggest change to the Los Angeles Valiant is their new coaching staff led by Coach Moon. The Coach has been able to properly harness the strengths of the roster and utilize them efficiently.

The Los Angeles Valiant team have shifted Kariv back to the support role. While Kariv had an excellent time on the DPS role towards the end of Stage 2, it was a temporary decision meant to fill the time while Coach Moon joins the team. The Coach has reinserted his assertiveness in the Agilities’ skills. But he has also been rotating the DPS Players a lot more, making the LA Valiant starting roster extremely unpredictable. With Bunny available to the Valiant now, he is a stronger contender to start for the team. Bunny received very little playtime on the Seoul Dynasty. In Los Angeles Valiant, Bunny is a much more effective Tracer than he was on Seoul. A lot of the credit has to go to the fact that the team is building itself once more, especially after they almost imploded post Stage 1.

Soon Valiant

Soon can now play a lot more variety of heroes

Along with Soon and Agilities, the two types of forefront for the Valiant have been able to be extremely effective. They do revert back to Agilities from time to time, but the coordination between Bunny and Soon is much better right now. With Bunny on the team, it leaves a lot of room for Soon to play other hitscan heroes. We have seen Soon play Mccree, Widowmaker to a higher level of precision in the past few weeks. We have seen how the Tracer and Widowmaker combination has come in handy for the team on certain maps.

The support lineup for the team has definitely made several changes to their playstyle. Coupled with the efficient tank players, the supports stay alive for a longer time. Custa has the great leadership qualities necessary to guide the teammates through the fight. He has been able to guide the supports and stay alive just long enough for the team to win the team fight. The supports do eventually fall but the team fight has already been won. The Los Angeles Valiant looks extremely strong right now with their current form.

Fate and Numlocked are the two tank players for the Valiant. They have been able to properly supplement Soonn’s playstyle, but with the DPS being much more potent right now their effectiveness becomes all the more important. The tank players are not really standout players or amazing in their individual performances, but together they are able to consistently maintain their role in the team. The Los Angeles Valiant might not consider the tanks to be superstars on the team, but they are definitely the only reason why the supports and the DPS are able to fulfill their current roles.

Going into Week 3, the Los Angeles Valiant are definitely on the verge of easily making it to the playoffs. Their only contender is the Boston Uprising roster, which currently is sitting at the same match wins in the leaderboards. The Los Angeles Valiant have most of their matches against mid-level teams in the next few weeks. This match against Gladiators will be extremely important to set their record straight and maintain their position near the top of the Stage standings.

Prediction:

This matchup between the two local Los Angeles teams keeps getting interesting every stage. The two teams have their own set of fans and it is interesting to see how the local derby represents the movement of the teams’ performances through the stages.

Stage 1 saw the Valiant dominating the match and winning easily versus the Gladiators. But Stage 2 saw Gladiators make a comeback, especially with the addition of Fissure. It is rare to see individual plays from the main tank player which is highlight worthy. But Fissure constantly keeps using his talent to stay alive for long as well as to ensure he creates the space necessary for his teammates to perform well. Ofcourse, there is always the odd occasion when he has been able to individually win team fights by booping players off or eliminating multiple opponents himself as a Winston. His ‘flanking Reinhardt’s’are extremely effective in disabling multiple opponents and securing a big advantage for the Gladiators in their team fights.

However, his primary role for the team remains the space created on the roster. Fissure has been taking all the glory, but we cannot really ignore Surefour who has been amazing with the Widowmaker. This match will depend heavily on surefour’s performance as the Widowmaker positioning and performance can make a huge impact on the performance of the team. The Soon vs Surefour battle will be important since Surefour will have the help of his tanks. Soon is still a great player, but with the lack of positioning for the player, he is bound to suffer.

The four maps for this match are

  • Temple of Anubis
  • Numbani
  • Ilios
  • Junkertown

We can see the importance of Widowmaker on these maps especially on Ilios and Junkertown. It forms a crucial part of the team’ performance and if Surefour is able to maintain the same level of performance as in the previous weeks, we should see a strong performance by the Gladiators.

Hydration has been showing a lot more versatility in his hero pool. We all know how good his Pharah is, but we are also seeing a lot more of his Doomfist. There are very little direct counters to doomfist in the current meta and Hydations excellence with the hero takes advantage of that fact.

The Valiant however, have been looking extremely good in the past few weeks. Their undefeated map record did not stand the test of time, but it does not really take away anything from their playstyle and form. The Los Angeles Valiant look like a well-oiled machine, especially after the addition of Bunny. With Bunny and Soon, they can punish the minor mistakes on the part the Gladiators. While the tank plays for the team leave a lot to be desired, the DPS players definitely have the potential to carry the team on their back.

Based on their performance so far in this stage, we have to recommend small bet on Los Angeles Valiant. The local derby brings out the best in both the teams and we are hoping the Valiant can continue their performance.

 

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Heroic vs. North CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Heroic

  • JUGi
  • Snappi
  • MODDII
  • es3tag
  • niko
  • peacemaker (coach)

With RUBINO coming in to presumably pick up in place of es3tag, Heroic are currently in the “fight-or-flight” period of this current roster. This time, it’s all loose with a tint of strategy here and there from Snappi and MODDII, while unleashing the likes of a (possibly) departing es3tag, JUGi, and niko.

JUGi, Denmark’s next rising AWP, is clearly at the top of the cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

JUGi, time and time again, has proven to be the star of this Heroic squad. Their bo3 upset against Ninjas in Pyjamas and their qualifying run for IEM Katowice is all thanks to his cerebral AWP play. In just the past few weeks, they’ve defeated North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas. Even against Cloud9, when Heroic were at their wits’ end, JUGi’s flashy AWP plays and clutches is what kept them in the game. His performance determines how competitive Heroic are coming into every match, and it showed yet again as he led the fragging board against NInjas in Pyjamas. Even in the past two weeks, he’s helped Heroic defeat North, Gambit, BIG, and Ninjas in Pyjamas.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that the other members of the team should be downplayed, as all the others have their plays of brilliance. But, inconsistency and poor performance is the bane of this lineup, primarily for niko and es3tag. Both of them have great potential, but can’t transfer that into the biggest matches of their careers. But, with the experience of Snappi and MODDII, and bringing in a strict and experienced coach of peacemaker, they may be able to flap their wings and shine once again–maybe except for the potentially leaving es3tag.

 

North

  • MSL
  • aizy
  • mertz
  • valde
  • Kjaerbye
  • ave (coach)

For EsportsBet’s original preview of North, click here.

While some’s expectations (including mine) were downplaying North, the roar of the North can be heard loud and clear. Exploding straight out of the gates, they have provided one of the most tense and exciting bo3s in this tournament.

valde-mort was a tough villain for SK Gaming to overcome (Beyond the Summit)

Against SK Gaming, you’d expect North to have been completely blown out of the waters. Of course, completely demolishing Vega Squadron is no small feat, but defeating SK Gaming may have been too tall of a tasks for the lions of Denmark. That wasn’t the case, as valde powered SK to the brink of defeat, but the efforts of his teammates couldn’t recuperate a win for North. Even then, the map scorelines (13-16, 20-22) tell that North may be looking a lot better from the shuffle than we truly think.

valde is starting to shine as a star on this team, and mertz’ unaccounted aggression makes it hard for teams to truly shut North down. One can tell that the synergy for North at this LAN is way better than the dead-eyed North at the ELEAGUE Major, and that a new breath of life has touched this new lineup. Kjaerbye entrying and clutching, valde’s lurk working to perfection, and MSL’s leadership have all been gathering the pieces together for North. What remains to be a mystery is aizy, whose consistency has risen, but his true place in the team remains to be one in question. Regardless, his ability to support his teammates and frag when needed is something that MSL sees as very important to the core function of North.

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Cloud9 (C9) vs. SK Gaming (SK) CS:GO Esports Betting Analysis @ cs_summit 2

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Introduction

Beyond the Summit returns with its second event of CS:GO’s “cs_summit” tournament. Featuring a relaxing environment and top level competition, the 2nd cs_summit succeeds the major, which saw cs_summit participants Cloud9 win the grand finals after beating the top 4 teams of CS:GO on their way through.

Located in Los Angeles with a $150,000 USD prize pool, the event features an interesting mix of rosters in the foray. While featuring returning teams Ninjas in Pyjamas, Cloud9, and SK Gaming, and Team Liquid, some of these teams make their first appearance as a team or with a new roster.

Liquid themselves have since bolstered with the additions of steel and returning member NAF. Vega Squadron come to the cs_summit as a team that made many eyes turn at the first and second stages of the major, defeating many teams. North completely shuffled their roster, losing the majority of the core lineup and retooling with Kjaerbye from Astralis and mertz from the Academy squad. On the minor side of things, Ninjas in Pyjamas replaced THREAT with pita as the coach. One of the oddities of the event is Torqued, who replace OpTic. Featuring ex-iBP players and Pollo and koosta, they are surely a surprise team to look out for.

With new lineups on display, a relaxing environment to chill to, cs_summit looks to bring back to the nostalgic LAN environment of many gamers watching from home!

Format

credit to Liquipedia

  • Double Elimination Bracket
  • Playoffs only, bo3 matches only
  • Grand Finals will be played with bo5, where upper bracket finalist has 1 map advantage

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Cloud9

  • Stewie2k
  • autimatic
  • tarik
  • RUSH
  • Skadoodle
  • valens (coach)

For a preview of Cloud9 before this event, you can read EsportsBet’s preview here.

Cloud9 at the cs_summit LAN have had two convincing best of 3s against Team Liquid and Heroic. While they are not necessarily at the caliber of Cloud9 yet, these wins solidify C9’s ranking at this event and from the previous major.

During the bo3s, Cloud9 played with no absolute care in the world. What’s more important is that even though Cloud9 lost most pistol rounds, they converted the majority of their force buys and clutch rounds, which is the reason they were able to defeat Heroic and Team Liquid so handily. Breaking the opponent’s economy and morale are very important psychological factors to winning, as this can demoralize an unprepared team very easily.

tarik and co. manhandled their opponents with relative ease at cs_summit (Beyond the Summit)

The question will be against SK Gaming, who they’ve had mixed results with when playing against SK at full strength. Generally, SK Gaming are the favorites here, but recent events may just turn the tide for Cloud9 against SK Gaming. Of course, most people still remember the shroud and n0thing C9 who defeated this SK Gaming lineup (w/o boltz) and the ESL Pro League Finals, but that is from a time that has long passed.

 

SK Gaming

  • FalleN
  • TACO
  • coldzera
  • fer
  • boltz
  • dead (coach)

SK Gaming were marred by the roster lock troubles at the major, but were able to secure a semifinalist finishing with the help of ex-member felps. Before, they were practicing with boltz, and ended up continuing their dynasty under a newly reformed roster.  Considering recent form with boltz and their win against FaZe in the latest ESL Pro League Finals, there’s no doubting that with this lineup, SK Gaming are the best in the world (currently). Cloud9 are on the rise, but an asterisk remains, for they have yet to face a strengthened SK Gaming.

The Librarian almost had his library disrupted by the roar of the North (Beyond the Summit)

SK’s cs_summit 2 run has very little to say apart from their bo3 against North. Against North, it was an uphill struggle, as a massive performance by valde kept both maps close. In the end, it was SK Gaming taking it 2-0 on de_inferno and de_cobblestone 22-20 and 16-13. Of course, this can be attributed to SK Gaming shaking off the rust and FalleN having the inability to read into this newly formed North lineup. Yet, they might want to stop having to rely on FalleN’s clutch entries and openings with the AWP if they want to beat Cloud9 handily.

SK, as usual, prefer to rely on fer’s relentless and hard-to-counter aggression, whereas TACO generally plays bait and opens up avenues for boltz/FalleN/coldzera to trade. In reality, apart from boltz’ lurking, each SK player “share” all other roles in retrospect, and this makes them a very dangerous team. Their chemistry and synergy together is on another level, and it’s what makes them one of the hardest teams to beat. A team can predict their plays, their strats, and each player’s tendencies, but their skill and teamwork together is unparalleled to many others. That is why SK Gaming is one of the best teams in the world.

 

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

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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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

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

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

New York Excelsior

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Meko
  • Janus
  • Mano
  • Jjonak
  • Ark

New York Excelsior

The New York Excelsior are a fully Korean roster team in the Overwatch League. While questions may have arisen about the identity of the team with it’s Korea roster, there is no doubt that this team is one of the strongest teams in the league right now. Going by the trend of Korean roster teams being extremely dominant in the Overwatch League, New York have won both their matches 3-1 in the first week of the Overwatch League.

However, it is to be remembered that they did face one relatively weak team in the Boston Uprising. Despite having received recommendations from various players and teams, Boston have not looked dominant at all in their first week. New York excelsior’s lineup consists of the ex-LW Blue roster, a roster admittedly weaker than that of the London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty. This roster, however, has a lot of potential as we have seen the team being insanely dominant.

Saebyeolbe’s Tracer and hitscan has been on point in the Overwatch League so far

Their DPS lineup consists of three players in Saebyeolbe, Pine, and Libero. Saebyeolbe and Libero are the two principal DPS players on the team, with Pine making an appearance only on two maps so far; both the times on Ilios. Ofcourse his performance on these two times has been worthy of highlights and made him the superstar of Week 1. However, he is limited so far to the Mccree / Widowmaker and that limits the flexibility of the team. For now, Pine remains the X-factor on this team, a player that opponents simply have been unable to figure out so far. We will hopefully see more of him in this match and hope he can keep up the same level of performance during week 2.

The tank lineup for New York Excelsior has some big names in Janus and Mano. These players were amongst the top Korean players in the tank role and that was largely facilitated by their insane support lineup. Jjonak’s statistics might fool you into believing that you are watching a DPS’ statistics. However Jjonak’s Zenyatta has been unstoppable so far in the Overwatch League maintaining a clear and distinct gap between him and the second Zenyatta in the league in Shaz.

New York Excelsior skills will be put to test during Week 2 as they will face off against Los Angeles Valiant and then London Spitfire. These are two teams considered to be contenders for the title during Week 1, and if New York can potentially upset one of them; we will see them in a new light.

Los Angeles Valiant

Player Roster :

  • Grimreality
  • Agilities
  • So0n
  • Silkthread
  • Envy
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • Unk0e
  • 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.

Soon is critical to LA Valiant’s chances of winning this match

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.

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.

Prediction

New York Excelsior and Los Angeles Valiant are two teams that are generally considered to equally matched. New York do have the help of some really amazing players in the form of Libero and Saebyeolbe, but it does feel like Pine will not have as much of an impact during Week Two as he had during Week 1. Teams will be much more conscious about giving him as much space on Mccree as he received during Week 1. Without the adequate backup and Space on Mccree, we will see Pine not be able to pull off the same level of plays.

A lot rests of Saebyeolbe and Libero for the team, but the Ark remains their weakest link so far in the team. While Jjonak does extremely well on the Zenyatta with his aggressive plays and damage, it does mean there are few characters left to peel for the Mercy player on the team. If teams can figure out how to deal with the backlines of New York Excelsior; we might see the New York team being dismantled.

Los Angeles Valiant actually have had a lot of mid-round decisions which showed their insane performance in the first week. The Los Angeles Valiant team has a lot of options on the table mainly in the DPS Section. With each DPS player having earned a name for himself on specific heroes, we will see the team using a lot of substitutes based on the map.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

Soon and Agilities are extremely aggressive and form the perfect coordination with their tank lineup as they dive into the backlines. While we have also seen Silkthread play the Genji on many occasions, his Genji is not the same type as Agilities. He prefers a very passive gameplay style, one which is not always in sync with their tank lineup.

Los Angeles Valiant and New York Excelsior are both 2-0 on the scoreboard so far, this match will decide which team takes their first loss in the Overwatch League. The maps for this match are Junkertown, Horizon Lunar Colony, Oasis, and Numbani. Both the teams have played these set of maps in Week 1 and we saw all four maps being extremely high scores. LA Valiant had a 8-7 win on Junkertown against Dallas Fuel, a match which was exciting for both the teams. Their subsequent match on Horizon also was a tied match with a 5-5 scoreline.

New York on the other hand actually lost Horizon to Boston Uprising. It does seem to be their weaker map coming into the matchup. Being matched against a weaker team in the form of Boston Uprising,

The KOTH Map in Oasis, will be the map to watch out for as we will most probably see Pine on this map. New York have shown an inclination to use Pine only on KOTH Maps so far and it has worked out wonders for them. This map type remains their strongest advantage coming into this matchup.

Numbani as a map will be the most even match in this lineup. But New York have shown a problem in getting to finish the map on previous occasions. Their hero pool and especially the long walk back from Point B spawn attack to the payload can prove to be a problem for the attacking team. Los Angeles Valiant have shown a tendency to have a coordinated push. With their team having a specialist Genji in the form of Agilities, it provides them with a slight advantage coming into the Point A push.

We think LA Valiant should be able to win this match, probably with a scoreline of 3-1 or 3-2. They are the slightly better team over New York and their dominance on non – KOTH maps is what will see them through this particular matchup.

 

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