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Philadelphia Fusion vs New York Excelsior: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

We are now in the Season 1 playoffs for the Overwatch league. There are only six teams remaining and they will compete against each other starting on July 11th. The six teams are Boston Uprising, London Spitfire, New York Excelsior, Philadelphia Fusion, Los angeles Valiant and Los Angeles Gladiators. These six teams will play in several match series. Each series comprises of multiple maps as we decide which team is the best.

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

Prediction

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

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

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

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Shanghai Dragons vs New York Excelsior

Shanghai Dragons 

Shanghai Dragons roster:

  • Diya
  • Xushu
  • MG
  • Roshan
  • Altering
  • Fiveking
  • Freefeel
  • ADO
  • Geguri
  • Fearless
  • Sky
  • Daemin

The Shanghai Dragons are the only Chinese team. It is owned by NetEase one of the franchise owners in the Overwatch League. The Dragons’ have been trying their utmost best to improve their performance and finally result in a win. But the elusive victory has been a distant dream for the team.

The Shanghai Dragons, when looked at individually is a great roster. We have seen the performances by Diya, previously Undead as well as the tank players on the team. Geguri is the best Tank player in the Korean servers and that is definitely a awesome performance. However, as a team, they always seem to be lagging behind the meta. Their coaching staff might be a problem, but the Shanghai Dragons after their miserable start to the League have failed to capitalise on the changes in the meta.

Diya deserves a special mention because his performance on the DPS role has been on par of the best in OWL. He can play the Widowmaker, Tracer as well as the hitscan heroes to a very high skill level. We see intermittently amazing performances by the player, but the results for the Shanghai Dragons are simply non-existent. As we head into this match against NYXL, Diya will be facing off against Saebyeolbe who has proven himself to be adept with the new hero Brigitte. We have seen in the past how Diya struggles as a Tracer against Brigitte. The team just keeps crashing into the Brigitte meta and their inability to counter Brigitte was glaringly obvious in their match against Dallas Fuel.

The other DPS player on the roster is ADO. ADO’s performance has been strong, but there is a desync with the rest of the team. Ado usually plays the projectile heroes, mostly Genji. However, he cannot keep up with the rest of the team. We can see the indecision factor in at times, when he decides whether to go forth or fall back to help his team. The performance of the team depends a lot of on cohesion and synergy, which are the things lacking on the roster.

Two of the most famous tank players in the Overwatch League are Fearless and Geguri. Geuguri’s Zarya is one of the best Zarya in the League and she has proven herself repeatedly on various occasions. However, the inability to play different compositions, especially together as a team means that she has to play D’va. The character is great and she has a very high skill level on the hero. But the occasions for D’va and the weak Dive composition in the current Brigitte meta is a glaring loophole for the team.

 

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team, New York Mets. The New York Excelsior is the best team in the Overwatch League so far. After dominating the group stage in the first two Stages for Season 1, they are already qualified for Season 1 playoffs.

So does that mean that they will take this match less seriously? The truth is, it does not really  matter. The gap in skill between the New York Excelsior and the Shanghai Dragons is just too big. The NYXL’s lineup has found great synergy and top level coordination amongst themselves.

Saebyeolbe is one of the best DPS players in the League, if not the best. However, we have also seen him perform admirably well on the latest hero in OWL, Brigitte. In their match against Seoul Dynasty, the number of times that Saebyeolbe cornered the Seoul supports resulted in the advantage for the NYXL roster. The rest of the team is quick to follow up on any advantage that Saebyeolbe can provide them. We can see how the speed of the team’s gameplay picks up once the get the first pick in a match. The New York Excelsior have perfected their performance and the dive following the first pick is extremely lethal. It does not matter which opponent dies first, they are able to secure their advantage depending on who is eliminated first. Since it is no longer the Mercy meta, we see a lot more efficiency in team fight wins following the first pick for NYXL.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

However, the team is not all about Saebyeolbe. They also have Pine and Libero, the other two DPS players on the team. Pine is one of the strongest Widowmaker/Mccree in the League. His efficiency and aim with the hero is unmatched. There is also the contention that he plays a very aggressive playstyle and requires a lot of resources from the team’s support lineup. However, the risk is often lower than the reward and we see him pulling off amazing Godlike plays on a consistent basis. The casters have rightfully named him ‘Big Boss Pine’.

The rest of the team is not made up of superstars. However, each player is a star in their own right. Janus, Mano and Meko are the three tank players on NYXL. The players are not as flashy and flamboyant as a Gesture or a Fissure. But their consistency is what gets them through with the rest of the team. As for the results, they are available for all to see as NYXL eads the OWL by a huge margin.

Prediction:

This match is probably the easiest bet in the Overwatch League. New York Excelsior has proven themselves to be much better than the rest of the League by miles. They can easily defeat most of the other teams due to their insane individual as well as team play. The NYXL team has been practising really well and we have not seen any changes on their roster. This is quite different considering almost all the teams have made changes to their active roster or a change in coaching. The most visible results have to be for London Spitfire and Los Angeles Gladiators’ performance after changes.

The Shanghai Dragons are a decent team, but frankly, their performance does not beget a Overwatch League spot. We recommend a big bet on New York Excelsior for this match.

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Introduction

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

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

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

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.

The Overwatch League Player Transfer window has closed and there will be no more player transfers until the end of the Season. With the new players joining the team, some teams are still looking for their first win of the Season ( Shanghai Dragons). But most of the teams which are in the middle of the pack will be looking towards ensuring a strong showing and appeasing their fans.

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 vs Houston Outlaws

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

New York Excelsior came into the Overwatch league as probably the weakest Korean team on paper. The core formed the former LW Blue roster which had less number of achievements to their name as compared to Lunatic Hai, GC Busan, and Kongdoo Panthera. However, surprisingly the NYXL roster has been the best Overwatch team right now. They have been the top team in Stage 1 and Stage 2. The third stage also looks equally promising for the team.

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team The New York Mets. They have Wizard Hyeong has the Head Coach on the roster as well as Pavane. The organization has made it’s best attempts to provide the players with all the ammunition they need in order to be successful.

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Saebyeolbe has been instrumental to the NYXL performance

The New York Excelsior lineup is made up of some amazing DPS players. Saebyeolbe is one of the best Tracers in the league. His level of gameplay keeps varying and he is always at the top. While he has changed his playstyle from taking individual battles against enemy tracers to diving the backlines, his effectiveness has not waned. Saebyeolbe remains one of the few players who has maintained their top form since the start of the League. He is an inspiration and is constantly updating the team’s morale.

For the most part, Libero is the other DPS on the NYXL roster. Libero is an average DPS who is helped immensely by the NYXL tanks in getting his name on the scoreboard. Along with Saebyeolbe, they form a lethal DPS combination. Pine has mostly been on the bench with his recent problems regarding his depression. Pine is a very high-risk high reward type of player for the NYXL roster. Ofcourse, they are working on integrating him into the roster in the correct manner, but the comfort level of the team is with Saebybeolbe and Libero on their starting roster.

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JJonak is as good as any DPS on the NYXL roster

Ofcourse the biggest part of the New York roster is their insanely talented support lineup. With JJonak and Ark on the support heroes, they do not lack the healing or the Damage required as a team. JJonak’s alternate fire volleys are so lethal that he can win the team fights on his own. Ofcourse being kept alive by Ark’s healing is what enables him to do the insane amount of damage to the opponents. Ark has shown himself to be a wonderful Mercy player but we have also seen his potential and performance on other support heroes. The two make a wonderful support combined with a lot of peeling for each other.

The two groups are joined together by the tank lineup. While not as impressive as that of Seoul Dynasty or London Spitfire, the tanks are functional. They know their role and enable the space created for their supports.

New York Excelsior has a comfortable lead at the top of the overall standings. With the way the team is performing right now, we expect them to want to win every match. They should be able to top Stage 3 and it would be a surprise if they did not.

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

  • Clockwork
  • LinkzR
  • Jake
  • Mendokusaii
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Rawkus
  • Bani
  • FCTFCTN
  • Arhan

Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, Owner, and CEO of OpTic Gaming. Coming from an esports background, they have a lot of experience in managing an esports team. Houston Outlaws, till recently was one of the only team with an all western roster. However, when they added Arhan to their roster, they also joined the rest of the teams in having a Korean player on their roster.

Houston Outlaws presents the perfect study of a team whose results reflect the changing meta in different stages. Stage 1 saw them use the overpowered Junkrat to its full effect. Jake, obviously remains one of the best Junkrat till date in the Overwatch League. However, in Stage 2, Jake’s Tracer has been quite ineffective compared to the better teams in the league.

 

Linkzr Image

Linkzr has been a consistent player on the roster

Houston Outlaws’ fate relies heavily on the performance of their DPS players. They have a wide variety of DPS players in the team such as Mendokusaii, Jake, Linkzr, and Clockwork. However, they have mostly been only using Jake and Linkzr on the starting roster. Linkzr is a very effective Genji and a widowmaker and has been able to match the best in the Overwatch League. However, his picks with Widowmaker are not always followed by a team fight win for the roster. That stems from the problems that they face in finishing of kills fast enough in order to not give the opponents a foothold into the round.

Jake is the centerpiece of any conversation revolving around Houston’s performance. His effectiveness and the loss of form have not been replicated by similar success stories on other players. So this puts a lot of pressure on Linkzr to perform, often times with impossible 

Spree Houston Outlaws Image

Spree is one of the best Zarya players, but his D’va might not be the best

statistics. Houston Outlaws need to figure out their DPS combination in order to be totally effective with their lineup.

The tanks on the team are all individually well-known players on certain heroes. So while Spreeis amazing on the Zarya, Coolmatt is known for his D’va. So when we see a particular roster change, it becomes evident to the opponent as to what the starting heroes for the team would be. It is not impossible to correctly guess the hero composition for the Houston Outlaws, simply depending on the players on the roster for the map. Houston has been trying to field and mix and match the tank players on different tank heroes.

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Arhan was recently added to New York Excelsior

Arhan was recently added to the Houston Outlaws roster. His addition comes as the team feels they need to integrate the Korean culture into their roster. With strict practice and good communication, the current Houston Outlaws roster can become a very good team. However, it is still unknown how far they can go based on their past few days of practice.

Houston Outlaws have started off Stage 3 with a 3-2 win over London Spitfire followed by a 0-4 loss to Boston Uprising. The difference in their playstyle in the two matches is quite evident. They are slightly inconsistent right now and it is difficult to judge which Houston team will show up in this match.

Prediction.

The outcome of this match will depend heavily on the performance of Houston Outlaws. As we mentioned previously, Houston Outlaws is a team which has variable performances at this stage itself. Their 0-4 loss to Boston Uprising is definitely surprising for a team which recently won 3-2 against London Spitfire. It does seem that they are very rigid in their performances and once the opponents figure them out, it becomes difficult for the team to adjust.

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Jake is not on the Junkrat anymore and his effectiveness has reduced drastically


Jake will have to carry the weight of the team on its shoulders. The Tracer player is integral to the performance of the team. We are assuming that they will be fielding the same roster as they have in the previous weeks, which right now, seems to be their best roster. However, that does put Houston Outlaws in a precarious situation as the fate of the team’s results depends on him. Houston Outlaws also need better coordination as a team in order to strengthen their attacks. While they are notorious for getting amazing kills with their DPS ultimates, it is based on individual performances. In order to build up to these ultimates, they often rely on several failed attempts.

New York Excelsior obviously is the best teams in the League. The NYXL roster has developed

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Will Pine return to the starting lineup?

an amazing coordination and synergy as a roster. Peeling for their backline has become second nature to the team, and they are always able to protect JJonak and ARK. Saebyolbe’s different play styles provide adequate protection for the support lineup. Once he is able to take care of the opponent’s Tracer, which he should be able to do with ease in this matchup, he is free to harass and potentially eliminate the enemy support lines.

We recommend a medium sized bet on New York Excelsior based on their performance and previous matchups against Houston Outlaws.

 

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London Spitfire vs New York Excelsior : Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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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

London Spitfire

London Spitfire roster :

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

London Spitfire is currently the best team in the Overwatch League. They defeated Seoul Dynasty 4-0 last week and secured the top spot in the Overwatch league. The London Franchise is owned by Cloud9 and Jack Etienne. Despite being based in London, they have a 12 man Korean roster. The core of the roster consists of players from G C Busan and Kongdoo Panthera, each of whom have been able to be the strongest contender in Korean APEX tournaments.

London and NYXL shaking hands

Image Credit : Robert Paul, Blizzard Entertainment

The London team has twelve talented players on their roster. The Spitfire roster has been mixing their rosters together in order to create a stronger, more flexible team. In the initial weeks, they looked somewhat confused; but it all seems to be coming together of late. Ofcourse the decision by some of their players to stop streaming and focus on their game has seen significant improvements on the team.

The starting DPS Duo of Birdring and Profit has seen a lot of success so far. They have been exceptional in the way they pressure the backlines and have amazing individual talent. They are definitely rated amongst the top DPS players in the league and often outdo a lot of the other players by a large margin.

Recently they have been using Rascal and Hooreg a lot more. Easing them into the team and it’s

Profit Image

Profit and Birdring form a strong DPS Duo for London

playstyle is important for the Team Coach, Bishop. Bishop has had a history with Rascal and Birdring. They played together on a team previously in their amateur days. Rascal has been a bit underwhelming in the Overwatch League. We have not seen flashy plays from the player as we have been used to in the APEX tournaments. While he is most well known for his off-meta hero picks, the current meta has forced him to play other heroes, which are more in meta. Obviously the competitive nature of the league means that London are not taking a lot of risks with their roster and hero composition. The race at the top of the league is very tight and London leads NY by only one map.

As Miro mentioned, London Spitfire have the best tanks in the league. Gesture and Fissure have made their name in the game with some amazing and calculated plays. The tank plays have been overshadowed by the shiny DPS plays. But they have been consistent and at a very high level. Gesture and Fissure are used alternatively and usually subbed in for the other. They work really well with Fury and Woohyal on the off-tanks.

London has an advantage over the other Korean teams in the fact that Nus is actually a very good Mercy player. He knows how to hold onto his ultimate and use them only when required. The Ultimate usage by the London Spitfire supports has been the single most important reason for the team’s success so far. The London Spitfire team has several flashy players, but most of the accolades get reserved for the DPS and tanks. But truly it is the supports who ensure that they always have the advantage going into the matches.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster :

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

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets. NYXL is the first team in the Overwatch League to manage to defeat Seoul Dynasty. They have been at the top of the League standings for a week before London Spitfire managed to defeat Seoul 4-0.

Saebyeolbe

Saebyeolbe will be one of the key players in the NYXL vs London Spitfire match

New York Excelsior have an eight-man roster in the Overwatch League so far. It comprises of the core of the Luxury Watch Blue roster. Their support lineup is fixed with Jjonak and Ark being the only two supports on the roster. Obviously they are exceptionally good with Jjonak being the best Zenyatta in the League so far. His alternate fire kills often lead to several kills before the fight even begins. During a team fight, if Jjonak is unchecked it often leads to him dealing a lot of damage with his Zenyatta. The discord orbs also help in softening the enemy targets which ensures that Saebyeolbe and Libero are able to finish off kills easily. Ark has been a consistent player. While not flashy as Jjonak his consistency is assured.

The NYXL have three tank players on their team. Janus, Meko, and Mano have amazingly good synergy with each other. They seem to understand their positioning and stretch the limits on their tanks. We don’t see them pushing very deep into the enemy lines, they often peel back for their supports and to help Jjonak. So it’s a very good play to counter dive such as the one that Boston is used to playing.

NYXL have three DPS players in Libero, Pine, and Saebyeolbe. The starting duo are almost always Libero and Saebyeolbe. Saebyeolbe is probably the best Tracer in the world right now. His playstyle involves constantly engaging the enemy DPS, which force the DPS to try to duel with him. Many times, Saebyeolbe wins these fights after which he can focus on cleaning up the remainder of the kills. His aggressive playstyle towards the enemy DPS often requires a lot of resources to deal with him. Even if he does not deal a lot of damage, it ensures that the enemy team is distracted enough with him. The remaining of the NYXL team then capitalizes on this and secures their advantage.

Libero has been mostly seen on the Genji and has been really good with it. He is played on most of the maps but is most useful on Payload and Hybrid maps. Having a Genji provides a level of flexibility to the team that cannot be seen in many other team compositions. The initial weeks saw Libero and Saebyeolbe be a duo and consistent DPS pair for the team. Lately, however, NYXL have begun experimenting more with Pine in the mix.

Pine image

How much an impact will Pine have against London?

Pine was limited to KOTH maps, mostly Ilios. His Mccree gained instant fame due to his amazing aim. However, there is lack of movement when playing Mccree and that is why he was only being played on KOTH maps. However as NYXL secured their position in the table and slowly started experimenting with their roster, PIne was seen in many more maps. On the other maps, Pine is usually seen either on Tracer or Widow depending on the map in question. While he does not have the same flashy plays as we have seen on ilios, he remains a player with excellent aim. No team can ignore Pine, because giving him space would mean the end of the team fight in favor of NYXL.

Prediction

 

The outcome of this match will decide which team tops the leaderboards. Both NYXL and London Spitfire are tied with a score of 7-1. But London has one more map win than New York ( 26 vs 25 ) which makes them the Number 1 team right now.

Securing the top spot in the Overwatch League Stage 1 has a lot of benefits. The top team from Stage 1 will receive a direct entry to the Title Match Grand finals. The next two teams in the leaderboards will have to battle it out with each other. The winner of the semifinals will have to win another match against the No.1 team in order to win Stage 1.

The two Korean teams are very evenly matched right now. They have both defeated Seoul Dynasty and have managed to establish themselves as the better Korean roster. This match will be extremely interesting to watch as we will see some amazing individual plays on either roster.

The biggest advantage for London is their huge team composition. There is no way for New York to prepare properly for London. London’s huge roster means that they can mix their teams together and keep shuffling the teams according to the map. Rascal’s presence will be invaluable on a map such as Temple of Anubis, where we can see Sombra or Mei in action. Rascal plays these heroes at a very high professional level, which is kind of unseen in any other team.

London Spitfire entry

London seems to be extremely confident

London can have a big advantage in this matchup if they can choose their targets properly. Jjonak remains the X-factor in this matchup since if left unchecked he will become as potent as a DPS. If London can get Jjonak under control, he has been known to utilize his ultimate with alarming inefficiency. Considering how dependent the current meta is on Support ultimate usage, this presents an opening for London Spitfire.

New York does have a decent chance since London will be sure to mix their rosters in this match. Catching London off guard with a particular roster will be important for New York. Every match has to be viewed as a new match against a relatively new roster. London Spitfire is still adjusting their communications and synergy amongst the twelve man roster. Making sure that they can take advantage of the slight lack of coordination will be helpful for New York.

The winner of this match will go to the Grand finals of the Title matches. It not only assures the team of a $25000 prize pool but also provides them with a chance to win $100,000 by winning the title match. We think London Spitfire with their versatility and the increasing synergy in the roster is better suited to win this match.

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