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London Spitfire vs Philadelphia Fusion: 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 final match between London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fusion will see the two best teams at the time compete against each other. London Spitfire might not have been the strongest team in Stage 3&4. However, they have found renewed vigor and confidence as we head into the finals. The Philadelphia Fusion, on the other hand, are the kings of the current meta. In a way, London might just be the underdogs in the finals, a rare but true thought.

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Philadelphia Fusion vs London Spitfire

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion roster:

  • Carpe
  • EQO
  • Snillo
  • Shadowburn
  • HOTBA
  • Poko
  • Fragi
  • Sado
  • Boombox
  • dayfly
  • Joemeister
  • Neptuno

Philadelphia Fuson is owned by Comcast Spectacor, a sports and media company which managed hundreds of stadiums across North America. The team missed out on the Preseason of OWL season 1, which was attended by the remaining 11 teams. The overwatch league probably has no other team with a roster as diverse as Philadelphia Fusion.

Philadelphia Fusion has players from so many nationalities. It failed to secure visas for the players in December 2017 for the pre-season. The Philadelphia’s performance early in Stage 1 was also something that was shaky and extremely lackluster.

But as the season wore on, we saw a more concerted and spirited performance by the team. The team relies heavily on the diversity of it’s DPS Players. While initially, they had only Carpe and Shadowburn, they acquired EQO and Snillo later. The youngsters proved to be a valuable addition to the team which has only served to improve their performance. What we saw during their match against New York Excelsior showed us how strong the coaching and the support staff for the Fusion is.

They played an extremely aggressive and counter-pick style of playstyle. The team was able to understand the way the NYXL plays. They were constantly swapping off heroes and making big changes to the way they approach their enemy. The constant hero swaps made NYXL extremely uncomfortable especially as they could not ensure a stable performance.

Philadelphia Fusion has Carpe as it’s star performer. Back in the Tracer meta, Carpe was able to play the Tracer to a very high efficiency. Right now in the Double sniper meta, he is able to constantly be on top of the enemy Sniper and keep them in check. In addition to Carpe, EQO is usually the other DPS on their active roster. The player usually plays a projectile hero such as Genji and Pharah. Indeed his damage output on Genji ( without the ultimate) is one of the highest in the Overwatch league.

The Philadelphia Fusion of earlier had a tank problem. Fragi is one of the better Reinhardt’s in the Game. He has a very aggressive stance with the hero, one that is not replicated by any other player. His aggressive style is even more effective because no one expects the plays that he makes. However, during the dive meta, he would even be a distraction for his own team. His performance on the team notwithstanding, he was not really being conducive to team play. The addition of Sado to the roster has definitely helped improve the team’s performance by a lot. The Philadelphia Fusion is probably the team that has gained the maximum due to the change in the meta. The change in meta has helped the team to exert its performance and become a strong team.

London Spitfire

London Spitfire roster:

  • Bdosin
  • Profit
  • Birdring
  • Nus
  • Gesture
  • Fury

The London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. Coming from an endemic esports organization, the London Spitfire management has a great understanding of players’ mentality and attitude. They are the only European representatives in Overwatch League Season 1. However, that did not stop them from putting together a strong roster. The roster for the London Spitfire is fully Korean.

The London Spitfire won Stage 1 playoffs and quickly established a big fan base. They were seen as the Kryptonites to New York Excelsior who looked unbeatable at the time. London Spitfire’s grit and determination is what got them through the early stages of the tournament. The London Spitfire comprises of a core roster that has been playing in the Overwatch League with alarming consistency.

The two DPS players for London Spitfire are Birdring and Profit. Birdring has seen a big resurgence to form especially in the playoffs. London Spitfire might have been one of the weakest teams in Stage 3 & 4. However, they are also a team which has seen a significant dip in their DPS players’ performance. As a team, the London Spitfire relies heavily on their DPS players. Birdring has been a consistent DPS player in the early stage of the Overwatch League. But as we saw his performance take a nosedive in Stage 3 and 4, so did London’s results. Birdring has a wide variety of characters that he can play at the top level and that is what makes him one of the better DPS players in the League. However, his performance is not due to individual skill or prowess. He is supplemented to a large extent by his partner DPS player, profit as well as Gesture.

Profit has a knack for playing different heroes, heroes that are not always in the meta. This does not mean that he cannot play the regular heroes, but he is the one who changes his role depending on the team’s requirements. As we look at his roles in the stages of Overwatch League, we realize that Profit is the go-to guy for Junkrat, Doomfist, Sombra etc. His performance in the Grand finals will be crucial for the final outcome.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is also another player mentioned while talking about London Spitfire. Gesture primarily was the lesser of the tanks in the team. But his coordination with the DPS players is definitely something special. His performance in the team alongside profit is what made the famed London Dive so efficient. London Spitfire had one of the highest rates for eliminating the opponent Support players. With the playoffs, his performance looks on a rebound right now.

The Support players on the London Spitfire might not always be the flashiest, but the team has had two of the most consistent players in Nus and Bdosin. However, that does not imply that the team cannot have some really fast and early kills by Bdosin. In their match against Valiant, we saw how Bdosin often got the opening kills against the Valiant. The performance of the team relies on the consistency of the support players, but there is also a big chance that the supports can ensure an opening which the team capitalizes on.

Considering how important the stakes on this match are, a slight mistake can lead to a lost map. It can alter the hero ultimate economy which is so important in Overwatch. London Spitfire, however,ise up against one of the stronger teams in the Overwatch league right now. Their opponents Philadelphia Fusion are called the ‘king of the meta’ and not without reason.

Prediction:

The Overwatch League Playoff Finals is one of the most important matches for both these teams. They started off differently, London Spitfire started strong while Philadelphia Fusion is not as strong. The two teams were the only ones to be able to defeat NYXL in Stage 1.

The battle between the two teams is as much as a battle between individual sections of the teams. The DPS players in Birdring and Carpe are definitely going to be under a microscope as they play in this match. These are the players who have the most impact on a match and usually are the title holders for the most eliminations. However, that being said the two remaining DPS players in EQO and Profit are going to be the X-factor in this game. The two players are the ones who usually switch characters in order to ensure a better performance for their team. Seeing how successful Philadelphia’s hero swaps were in their match against NYXL, this would be crucial to their result against London Spitfire.

This match should go to Map 5, irrespective of who comes out on top. The Philadelphia Fusion might have been the better team in the last two stages, but the London Spitfire has made a resurgence of late. The London Spitfire’s performance of late, however, is reminiscent of their performance in the first two stages.

We recommend a bet on London Spitfire for this match, but it will probably go all the way to Map 5.

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Philadelphia Fusion vs Boston Uprising

 

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

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

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

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

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

Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

New York Excelsior vs Philadelphia Fusion

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster

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

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

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

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

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

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

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

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

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Roster:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prediction:

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

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

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

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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

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion

Philadelphia Fusion Logo

Philadelphia Fusion Roster :

  • Carpe
  • Eqo
  • Shadowburn
  • Fragi
  • Poko
  • Boombox
  • Dayfly
  • Neptuno
  • Joemeister

Philadelphia Fusion is the team owned by Comcast Spectacor in the Overwatch League. This is one of the marquee investments in the Overwatch League. Comcast Spectacor is an entertainment company which manages hundred of stadiums in North America and Singapore.

Shadowburn Photo

Shadowburn has always been on the starting roster for Philadelphia

Philadelphia Fusion has one of the most diverse rosters in the entire League. Featuring ten players from eight countries, the team still has a lot of ways to go in establishing decent communications. However, the skill ceiling on the team is extremely high. They do have some star players, but these plays would never be possible if the rest of the team was not on board with the playstyle.

Carpe and Shadowburn at the front lines of the team. The Genji and the Tracer player have been having star performances in the League so far. Shadowburn has been extremely conservative with his ultimate usage. He waits till the enemy Zenyatta has used the ultimate. This also enables him to regularly secure 3-4 kills per Dragonblade. His best kill streak reached 15 on Temple of Anubis at a point. Shadowburn has been known for his Genji, but he has also pulled out the Junkrat at times. He has been one of the most effective Genji players in the entire league.

Carpe’s Tracer is very self-sufficient in the way he plays with his team. He has constant pressure on the enemy backlines. It really divides the attention of the backlines as they have to constantly deal with Carpe’s Tracer. He has had some amazingly flashy plays which have individually turned the outcome of a fight. A decent ultimate usage kills, Carpe has a big effect on Philadelphia Fusion’s results.

Poko is undoubtedly the best D’va in the entire league. While he might not constantly peel for

Poko Photo

Poko did not play in their latest matches, will we see him during Week 5?

the backline in the way that some other D’vas do, his performance on the backline is decent. However, he has made a name for himself with his ultimate usage. The D’va bomb is not really an ultimate which is game-changing, especially since it’s very easy to dodge the ultimate. That being said, Poko constantly is able to get 2-3 kills per ultimate. These kills often change the outcome of a fight or force the enemy Valkyrie usage. It provides a big advantage to Philadelphia who can then use their Valkyrie according to their own terms.

Philadelphia is a well-rounded team with a strong DPS and tank lineup. Their supports are reliable and have rarely had bad performances. Overall Philadelphia remains a strong and balanced team, but slightly below their peak performances.

Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising Logo

Boston Uprising Logo

Boston Uprising Roster :

  • Dreamkazper
  • Striker
  • Gamsu
  • Mistakes
  • Note
  • Snow
  • Kellex
  • Neko
  • Avast

Boston Uprising is owned by Robert Kraft, CEO, and Chairman of New England Patriots. One of the earliest candidates to enter the Overwatch League, Boston Uprising raised a lot of eyebrows when they announced their Overwatch roster.

Boston Uprising entry

Boston Uprising are the Dark horse going into Week 5

The ‘President of Gaming’ Huks carefully scouted and selected players from various Tier 2 and 3 teams. Dreamkazper and Striker were ‘no names’ before the start of the Overwatch League. But they have gained a lot of fans from their performances so far in Stage 1 of Overwatch League.

Dreamkazper has been the revelation of Overwatch league. Few DPS players in the Overwatch League were unknown before the start of the League. Dreamkazper was part of a Tier 3 team named Tempo Storm. They had no good results as a team and were hardly noticeable by anyone, other than Huks. So far in the Overwatch League, Dreamkazper has been carrying the team along with Striker. Hsi variety of heroes means that he can play several roles on the DPS side of the team. He is adept at playing Genji, Pharah, Tracer, Mccree, Soldier as well as Doomfist. He played ten heroes in their last match for Philadelphia Fusion. The efficiency with which he plays these characters remains at a high professional level.

Dreamkazper is accompanied by Striker. Another no name before the start of the League, Strike has been constantly helping out Dreamkazper finish off kills. Boston is known for their dive style gameplay and they are well known to cut off the support from their DPS. So when an opponent team attacks, Boston take the fight on their own terms.

Dreamkazper on Grass

An unknown player from a Tier 2 team, Dreamkapzer is the true success story of Overwatch League


Gamsu has been a very efficient tank in the way he uses his jumps and ultimates. He knows his role is to create space between the enemy lines. Once he jumps into the backlines, you can see how the supports are clamoring to peel for each other. However, that means there is no help to the enemy front lines and the team crumbles with two different attacks happening at the same time.

 

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Striker, Boston Uprising

Boston Uprising has been strong in their dives and they know how to make it work on different maps according to their composition. The team has a very coordinated dive and having a successful dive even in this meta, speaks volumes about their communication and coordination. The current meta does not favor a dive meta since Junkrat is a very capable hero at destroying dives. The tanks know when to fall back after an unsuccessful attempt, review what went wrong and repeat the attempt.

Currently, Boston is ranked 4th in the Atlantic division. They have a very good chance at making the playoffs if they have a good performance during Week 5.

Prediction :

Philadelphia has the higher skill ceiling. They have a big roster of varied hero pools. The Philadelphia roster, however, has not been performing at the same level as they were a few weeks ago. Last week we saw Philadelphia lose to Los Angeles Valiant 0-4. They then proceeded to win against Dallas Fuel 4-0, but that is little comfort considering the Dallas Fuel form right now. Philadelphia Fusion barely won their match against Shanghai Dragons with a 3-2 victory over the Dragons. The final map was on Lijiang which Philadelphia managed to win.

A lot depends on individual performances for Philadelphia. Their form seems to be deteriorating over the course of the League. They started out really strong, but have barely made a significant impact in the last few weeks. Shadowburn will be a crucial element to their success.

Boston Uprising has shown us how they are capable of handling star players on the team. They

Philadelphia Fusion entry

Philadelphia Fusion led by Poko

targeted the support lineup of Valiant exceptionally well which forced Valiant to play the game on Boston’s terms. This was a huge advantage for Boston, one which definitely helped the team win 4-0.

 

Boston’s biggest advantage lies in their team chemistry and coordination. While they still have talented players in Shadowburn and Striker, the synergy between the tanks and the DPS says it all. Dreamkazper flexibility with his hero pool always keeps the opponents guessing as to which hero he will be out. His performance has remained at a high level no matter what hero he plays.

We recommend that Boston Uprising will win this match, most probably a 3-1 victory over Philadelphia Fusion.

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