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Team Gigantti vs British Hurricane: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch Contenders 2018 EU Season 3

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Introduction

The Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3: Europe is down to its final few matches. The quarterfinals will see eight teams compete against each other. There is a lot at stake here and it is not limited to just the prize money. This is an opportunity for players to put forth their best performance in the game. There will surely be Overwatch League scouts in the game

The Contenders Season 3 will have a total of ten maps in rotation. The Map rotation will see the teams choose the map of their choice. With no map bans, the number of possible maps is actually quite large.

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast

Host:

  • South Africa TechGirl (Sam Wright)

Commentators

  • Dezachu (Derry Holt)
  • Tridd (Thomas Underwood)
  • Jaws (Jack Wright)
  • LEGDAY (Harry Pollitt)

British Hurricane

Roster:

  • Hafficool
  • Bock1
  • Nesh
  • Numlocked
  • Jofi
  • Dannedd

The British Hurrican team is owned by London Spitfire [ and Cloud9 as the parent organistion]. The team did not really have a great time in Contenders Season 2. They finished a lowly 9-10th in the Season 2 essentially ruling them as one of the worst teams in the season. As we head into the new year, however, British Hurricane will be looking to turn their fortunes around. Their performance in the Group stage has been average. They placed  3d in their Group losing to Orgless and Hungry and OnePoint. The team did not have a dominating performance in their wins either essentially calling into question their chances in the Playoffs.

They have some well-known players such a Numlocked and Hafficool. These have been Tier one players in the past. Numlocked was a part of the Los Angeles Valiant for Season 1 and helped them reach the semifinals of the Season. However, as fate would have it, he finds himself on the Contenders team for now. He is a great tank and is extremely crucial in providing the cover for the backlines. With the current meta revolving around the GOATS composition, it is essential for Numlcoked to provide the right timing for the season. We will hope that he has excellent synergy with his other teammate and tank Hafficool. Between these two players, British Hurricane presents a lot of experience and coordination. We hope that they can put forth strong individual performances to boost the results of the team. The GOATS composition might not favour British Hurricane all that much and this will essentially pose a problem for the team.

The other members on the team are relatively inexperienced. However, they do have the raw talent in the roster in order to overcome any possible surprises thrown at them. The team has added Daniel “Dannedd” Rosdahl in December in the DPS role. The 22-year-old British player represents the local investment for the team. They hope to develop and nurture local talent in the long run for the success of the franchise. He is a former member of Orgless and Hungry team who is also in the playoffs. He was responsible for many of the strong individual plays by the organisation. He usually plays the Doomfist, Genji or Widowmaker / Hanzo. He is apt at playing such fast-paced heroes and he thrives on any mistakes by the enemy. We don’t know whether he can adapt to the surroundings very well int he current scenario. But if he has the liberty to play his own style and finds some sort of coordination with the rest of the roster, British Hurrican might just have solved their biggest problem.

Team Gigantti.

Roster:

  • Davin
  • Vizility
  • Zappis
  • Mikyman
  • Lilbow
  • Zuppeh

Team Gigantti is a Finnish esports organisation sponsored by Finnish consumer Electronic retailer chain Gigantti. The Overwatch roster for the organisation is completely a new one as was announced by the organisation in November. They have had ample time to practice for Season 3 and we can expect the team to perform well. However, let’s take a look at the individual players and the potential chemistry [ or lack of it] on the team.

 

A good part of this team was part of the Overwatch League. The likes of Zuppeh and Zappis are very well known for their stint in the Florida Mayhem. They have some synergy between them and it will be interesting to see how their synergy rubs off on the rest of the team. Zappis is an excellent and individually skilled player in the off-tank role. He will be responsible to ensure that the team can put forth its best performance. Since he takes on a leadership role in the team, we can expect many youngsters to look up to him for advice. Along with in-game advice, he will influence them in a positive way outside fo the server as well.

The Dutch player Jeffrey “Vizility” de Vries has been a part of both the Dutch Overwatch World Cup squads. He has also been a member of several strong rosters such as Orgless and Hungry, Toronto esports. He has a wide variety of DPS heroes that he can play and they include characters such as Genji, Pharah, Soldier76, Widowmaker and Zarya. The player mostly works on his own with the help of health packs. So his performance will be important to judge the final progress of the team in the Playoffs.

Prediction

Overall, Team Gigantti seems to be the better team in this match. They secured the 3-4th place at the Overwatch Contenders EU 2018 Season 2. The team has provided excellent results. They tend to perform above their level when they are playing on an important level. They have already reached the quarterfinals of the Contenders Season 3 and as such we expect them to put up amazing performances once more. This roster has the coordination which is important for the success of any Overwatch team.

On the other hand we have the British Hurricane, a team which has not really inspired a lot of confidence in the team. They did have a few roster changes of late, which include the addition of Numlocked, Jofi and DaneDD. The new players will definitely provide a lot more insight into the team’s performance as they need to ensure good performances. Being the core of the roster, it is important that the team is able to learn from their scrims and put up decent results. Overall, Team Gigantti seem to be the better team in this match simply cause of their past results and the stability on the roster. We recommend a bet on Team Gigantti for this match.

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Los Angeles Valiant vs London Spitfire: 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.

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant roster:

  • Agilities
  • Soon
  • Space
  • Bunny
  • Fate
  • Numlocked
  • KariV
  • Verbo
  • Custa
  • KSF
  • Finnsi
  • Izayaki

The Los Angeles Valiant is one of the two teams based off Los Angeles for the first season of Overwatch league. The Valiant remains a strong team and has been near the top for quite some time. The Los Angeles valiant is owned by Noah Whinston, owner of Immortals. Noah Whinston has been at the forefront of ensuring a strong booming industry in esports and has been responsible for much progress in the scene.

They are amongst the top teams for Season 1 of OWL regular season and that earned them a spot in the semifinals directly. The Overwatch league has pitted some of the top teams against each other and it is difficult to stay on top. Considering the quality of the players at the Overwatch league it is indeed a great achievement to see Valiant qualify directly for the

Soon is critical to LA Valiant’s chances during their match

semifinals. However, they haven’t always been at the top, regularly playing against the strongest teams in the League. They have had their ups and downs but subsequent evolving metagames basically ensured that the team just got stronger with time.

Agilities and Soon are extremely strong DPS players. Soon has been in the limelight since Stage 1 of the Overwatch league. His back-cap on Numbani against Dallas Fuel remains one of the highlighted moments in Overwatch league Season 1. He has an amazing aim as a player, but his individual performance has not been the reason for the team winning its matches.

Coach Moon’s addition to the team a few stages ago is the reason why Los Angeles Valiant remains as strong as it is today. He has put the team together and after having studied the team from outside, he was able to correctly identify the problems within the team. The team even removed Agilities from the roster for some time, just to ensure he has the right temperament for the overwatch league.

Agilities is a very young player and temperament is a big problem for young players. His performance as a Genji Main on the team has been exceptionally strong. He waits for the right moment to use his ultimate and that just increases his efficiency manifold. His Genji ultimates have been really effective often resulting in multiple kills in the team fight. Of late, we have seen him on other hitscan heroes as well and to a very high efficiency. The Overwatch League has been the right place for him to showcase his skills.

Bunny has been the latest addition to the team. His position on Seoul Dynasty was vastly underutilized as he was not on the starting roster for the Seoul Dynasty. The Seoul Dynasty DPS player has come along really well on the Los Angeles Valiant team. He is usually the starting roster on the team and has been extremely effective, especially in the recent meta. He is really strong on hitscan heroes which essentially make him a strong bet n the current scene.

Custa is the leader on the team. His previous roster, the Dallas Fuel did not utilize the player to his full potential. But as we can see from the Valiant results, Custa is a very strong addition to the team. His mentality ensures that the team can become extremely strong with his guidance. The Valiant might not have had such a dominant season as New York Excelsior, but the team definitely has a few tricks up its sleeve. However, before they reach the finals they need to ensure a victory over yet another strong team, the London Spitfire.

The London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Fury
  • Gesture
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

London Spitfire team is owned by Jack Etienne, owner of Cloud9. The organization is one of the most well-known organizations in esports and has a rich history in the NA region. But their participation in the Overwatch league is related to the London Franchise.

London Spitfire started the Overwatch League Season 1 with a bang. The team was one of the strongest in the scene just behind New York Excelsior. The London Spitfire managed a strong run in the Stage 1 playoffs to win against New York Excelsior for the Stage 1.

The Original London Spitfire roster comprised of two of the strongest teams in the Korean scene at the time. Featuring Kongdoo Panthera and G C Busan, the London Spitfire roster was definitely the one with the most potential. Both these teams had managed to defeat the behemoths in the Seoul Dynasty in the few months leading up to the Overwatch League.

Birdring and Profit are the two DPS players who have been amongst the best in the League. Indeed when the recent all-star team was announced and it did not feature Profit on the team there were quite a few surprised faces. The two players have been exceptionally talented and constantly near the top o the scene. Birdring usually plays the projectile heroes and his ability to play the game at the high level consistently is. The player has had some amazing ultimate usage which leads a huge advantage to the London team. Birdring, however, is not the only DPS player on the team. He is supplemented by his teammate Profit on the roster.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Profit can very well be called as the Joker on the roster. The young player, who has a huge fan following cause he is considered to be cute by his fans plays all types of heroes on the team. He is usually the player to play hero such as Junkrat. Doomfist and Sombra. His RIP tires and Doomfist ultimates have been some of the strongest in the Overwatch League.

However, it is their synergy with their tank lineup which makes the London Spitfire as strong as they are. They had Fissure, arguably the best tank player in the Overwatch league. But they chose to remain with Gesture simply because their DPS players are more comfortable with Gesture on the team. They have some really good coordination with Gesture and that gives them the necessary boost they need.

Prediction:

This is a knockout match between London Spitfire and Los Angeles Valiant. The two teams have had their moments of glory and downfalls in the past. While Valiant has seen a constant rise since Coach Moon joined their team, the path for London Spitfire has not been so smooth. What started off as a strong season for London ended up with two extremely poor Stages towards the end. Their dominance in the early part of the Season was enough to ensure a qualification for the Season playoffs.

The biggest problem for London Spitfire remains the form of heir DPS players. If Birring and Profit manage to step up to the occasion ( as they did against Los Angeles Gladiators) the London Spitfire roster will be really difficult to defeat. Defeating Gladiators 6-0 in maps on the 2nd day of quarterfinal matches was largely unexpected by many analysts and personnel.

The Valiant, ofcourse, have the upper hand when it comes to recent performances. They have everything working for them, which is a great sig. But in terms of potential, the skill ceiling for the London Spitfire is much higher than that of the Valiant. The Valiant rely heavily on the entirety of their team to perform together. While the Los Angeles Valiant remains strong on paper as a team, the skill ceiling for London ensures that if they peak, they will win this match.

We recommend a low bet on London Spitfire simply because they seem to have found some new energy and determination to win the playoffs. Either way, this is going to be a match to remember. You can catch the action on ESPN and DisneyXD as well.

 

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Shanghai Dragons 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.

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). 

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 Los Angeles Valiant

This match will be held on February 24th, 1700 PST. It will be streamed on Twitch.

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons Roster :

  • Undead
  • MG
  • Freefeel
  • Fiveking
  • Altering
  • Diya
  • Roshan
  • Xushu

The Shanghai Dragons are the only Overwatch league team to be owned by a non-US organization. The team representing China, however, has not had success so far in the Overwatch League.

Their current record is 0-10 in the first stage of the Overwatch League. However, we have seen glimpses of improvement from the Shanghai roster towards the end of the season. The biggest disadvantage for them seems to be adjusting to the different culture and timezone in Los Angeles. It is not, however, a valid excuse to go 0-10 in the League so far.

Shanghai Dragons Roster Image

Shanghai Dragons Stage 1 roster

Shanghai Dragons have an eight-man roster. Their DPS is definitely the stars on the team as has been the case in many of the Overwatch leagues. According to some analysts, Shanghai Dragon DPS are actually amongst the Top 5 in the world. Diya was the star on the team during the preseason with his wonderful skill on Widowmaker. However, as we entered the regular season it seemed that Undead would be taking on the role of the Widowmaker wherever needed. Diya was relegated to the Tracer and has been doing decently with it. The Shanghai Dragons DPS do not seem to be the problem on their team as they have shown themselves to be on par with the best in the world.

Photo: Robert Paul for Blizzard Entertainment

The other components on Shanghai Dragons, however, are not working. The Shanghai Dragons Tank lineup comprises of three players in MG, Roshan, and Xushu. MG and Roshan have been fielded more often on the team during Stage 1. Both the teams seem to lack synergy with the rest of the team from what we saw in their games. Either not having a coordination in their dives or lack of healing from their supports; the tanks are almost the first to die in any fight. This removes the big buffer of HP that the tanks provide and the rest of the team usually crumbles just after.

Geguri Photo

Geguri’s addition to Shanghai Dragons raises hopes, but she wont arrive until mid Stage 2.

Individually Roshan and MG are doing decent, however, there is a lack of coordination and probably some problems in the team communication. Team Synergy does take time to evolve and the last 6 – 7 weeks should be enough time for a team to establish themselves as not being the rollover team in Overwatch League. The integration of the tanks in the Shanghai Dragons strategy will truly determine how well the Shanghai Dragons will perform during Stage 2 and further.

The biggest problem on the Chinese roster, however, seems to be their support players. They are probably really good players on the Chinese server. But the isolation of the Chinese server from the remaining regions means that the Chinese players are not usually subject to the variations in the meta in other regions. The Support player ultimate usage on the team has been questionable at best and this has caused tremendous problems for the team as a whole. The current meta requires the proper ultimate usage from supports and a well-timed ultimate can single-handedly win you the fight. Ofcourse the Mercy meta meant that many players had to play on heroes that they were not entirely comfortable with.

But the projected improvement in the Supports of the Chinese roster will also be accompanied by better support players on other teams. This does not really help Shanghai Dragons close the gap between them and other teams.

The team is definitely looking to add more Korean players to their roster, which should help them improve tremendously. WIth Geguri touted as a possible addition to the team, we will expect the Shanghai Dragons to have a much-improved performance in Stage 2.

Los Angeles Valiant

Los Angeles Valiant roster :

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

Noah Whinston’s Los Angeles Valiant spent the last day of Stage 1 watching their fate being decided by other teams. They will not want that to happen again in Stage 2, as we will see the crowd favorites launch their Stage 2 matches with this match against Shanghai Dragons.

Los Ang les has an ample number of players in each role. They have 4 DPS, 3 support, and 3 tank/flex players. With some well-known names such as Soon, Agilities on their roster they are definitely a team to be taken seriously irrespective of their form in the Overwatch League.

They obviously have  very different styles of playing on each of the DPS players and that might be a reason for worry. Soon plays Tracer and he is a very objective focussed DPS. He will not go for the obvious kill or pulse bomb, but will only attempt it if he thinks his team can gain an advantage.back cap backcap against Dallas Fuel in Stage 1 is infamous by now.

Agilities Photo

Agilities performance is possible due to synergy with his tanks

Agilities and Silkthread have been interchanged multiple times on the roster. Agilities is mostly played on the Genji or the Pharah. His efficiency on these heroes is very high, but whenever the team needs a more versatile and flexible player they turn to Silkthread. Silkthread’s Genji might not be at the same level as Agilities, but his ability to play hitscan heroes at a high level makes him an asset. But the entire team has to adjust to these substitutions. Silkthread is known for a passive Genji after he gains is ultimate. His Genji uses his ultimate very late into team fights, by which time sometimes it might be too late. Agilities, on the other hand, plays his Genji very aggressive and relies on the entire team to make space for him. Fortunately for him, his synergy with the team has been developed closely over the past few months.

The Los Angeles Valiant have a very stable Support duo, possibly the best support duo in the entire league. Kariv and Unkoe, who are mostly the supports on the team have been very consistent with their performance. With the upcoming meta change, players will be able to play heroes that they are comfortable with.

Prediction :

This match is fairly easy to predict if we go by the teams’ performance from Stage 1. However, note how we did mention that there was a trend to the teams’ performance during the later stages of Stage 1. Shanghai Dragons had a notable improvement in their performance, with some really close losses to teams such as Dallas, Seoul, Gladiators.

Los Angeles Valiant, on the other hand, have had very inconsistent performances. While they did win their matches convincingly against Seoul Dynasty and Shanghai Dragons, they also had

Soon is critical to LA Valiant’s chances during their match

a 0-4 loss to Boston Uprising. Eventually, their fate was in the hands of other teams mainly due to their poorer map difference. The matches that they win are not always convincing, while they have a 0-4 loss to show for themselves. This match in particular definitely turned the tides for the Valiant as they were unable to secure a position in the playoffs.

This match will depend heavily on how well Shanghai Dragons can synergize together. The Shanghai Dragons roster has undergone some changes with the addition of Geguri, Fearless and ADO. The team has correctly identified its problems which lie mostly in the tank and support department. With the addition of these new Korean players, Shanghai Dragons have a renewed look to their team. The team still needs to perfect their plays around their supports. The new meta will not forgive mistakes on any part. With Shanghai Dragons DPS almost as good as the Valiant DPS, we will see the team trying to get their act together around the tank and support lineup.

However, the new members for Shanghai Dragons will only be arriving around mid-Stage 2 of the Overwatch League. We don’t think the Shanghai Dragons roster as it is will be able to defeat Los Angeles Valiant. While it will not be a 4-0 win for Valiant, it should be a win nevertheless. Stage 1 showed Valiant how important map differentials can be in the later part of the stages. They will look to get a good map differential from the get-go. We recommend a bet on Los Angeles Valiant for this match.

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