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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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Dallas Fuel 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.

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.

Dallas Fuel vs New York Excelsior

 

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel roster:

  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • Harryhook
  • AKM
  • OGE
  • Unk0e

The Dallas Fuel franchise is owned by Hastro, CEO, and owner of EnVyUs. The organization has a rich history in Overwatch and they have been one of the most successful teams in the scene prior to Overwatch League. So it is not without expectations that they were thought to become the best team in OWL Season 1.

However, things turned out for the worst as the team moved from one controversy to another. The Dallas Fuel roster was unable to picture any good moments in the Overwatch Season 1 up to Stage 4. This is when they made massive changes to their roster, essentially changing the way the roster looks. They lost their star DPS player, Effect but that has only served to make them stronger right now.

The Dallas Fuel lost many players along the way, but the final product looks quite reminiscent of the original EnVyUs roster with their dominating performances nonetheless. Taimou’s resurgence as one of the strongest DPS in the League is just a testimony to his individual skill level as a player. The player has been able to ensure strong performances and is a beast on the Widowmaker right now. While the Dallas Fuel experimented with him being on the tank role for quite some time, he is back on the DPS role.

The biggest revelation for the Fuel has to be the introduction and the consistency of Seagull. The twitch streamer has been included into the active roster and is currently playing regularly for the Fuel. Seagull’s variety of heroes is exactly what this meta demands and as a result, we are witnessing the fuel really bring forth their A game. The Dallas fuel qualifying for Stage playoffs is entirely due to the new found coordination and confidence within the team. They have a sense of direction, something lacking from their earlier coach KyKy.

The Dallas Fuel tank lineup includes OGE and Mickie. OGE has been accused of running a boosting service, however, he is still a great player within the server. OGE’s performance on the main tank role is not something that comes in the highlights, but he remains the lynchpin for the team.

The Dallas Fuel definitely has the potential to win the Stage and ensure a good ending to Season one regular matches. This match against New York Excelsior, however, is going to be a difficult match for them.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the baseball team New York Mets. The team is the most successful team amongst the initial 12 teams in Overwatch league. They have been in the playoffs of each stage of the Overwatch league Season 1 so far.

The New York team functions mostly due to their teamwork, but this teamwork is based on their insane individual skill. Saebyeolbe remains the best DPS player in terms of his movement and target selection. While the earlier stages of OWL saw him focus the opponent DPS, he has also taken up the mantle of going easy on the enemy DPS and instead of trying to focus their supports. Nevertheless, his playstyle is what enables the NYXL roster. He is also their IGL and is responsible for the team’s communications and tactics.

We have already spoken a lot about Pine in previous matchups. The high-risk high reward player remains the best on certain heroes such as Mccree. His playstyle is extremely effective when it comes to certain heroes, but Pine remains situational on the team right now. Libero on the other hand definitely is a more standard player on the team. Libero’s performance has been consistently good and he has been able to supplement Saebyeolbe’s performance.

The tanks on the team are extremely potent, their performance on the team has been consistent and not stand out like the remaining parts of the team. While the DPS and supports have received much of the awareness in recent times, it is the tanks who have been extremely consistent.

The supports include Jjonak and Ark on the roster. JJonak is supplemented by Ark’s support and peeling for him. Indeed, JJonak is so effective that we have heard reports of other Zenyatta players demanding more resources from their own team. The JJonak performance, on the other hand, remains a strong individual skill level of the highest caliber.

Prediction


New York Excelsior has always been one of the better teams when it comes to the Stage playoffs. The New York Excelsior’s performance in the Overwatch League Season 1 is one of the best in the history of Overwatch and rarely can any team match their dominance. The NYXL roster has great synergy with each other and they have adjusted themselves really well with the new meta. We see Saebyeolbe playing Brigitte constantly and we see how his positioning lands him in closed rooms with the opponent Support players.

The Dallas Fuel team has recently risen to prominence. This is their first-ever appearance at the Stage Title matches. While they will definitely want to win the stage, they are facing up against New York Excelsior, one of the best teams in the League. They are definitely capable of winning against the NYXL and if recent performances are any indication, we should see nothing less than a map 5. As such as recommend a low bet on Dallas Fuel 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.

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.

Houston Outlaws vs NYXL

 

Houston Outlaws

Houston Outlaws Roster:

  • Clockwork
  • Mendokusaii
  • Linkzr
  • Jake
  • Coolmatt
  • Spree
  • Muma
  • Boink
  • Bani
  • Rawkus
  • FCTFCTN
  • ArHan

Houston Outlaws is owned by Hector Rodriguez, owner of Optic Gaming. The organization has a rich history in esports industry. They have multiple teams in several esports titles and many of them are successful.

Houston Outlaws started Stage 1 with a very successful performance. The Houston Outlaws used their niche performances on heroes such as Junkrat to gain a huge advantage over their opponents. However as we moved on to the successive stages, we see how the teams started getting better. The new meta which saw other teams rise to prominence based off strong Tracer players saw Houston left behind.

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

The main DPS players for Houston are Jake and Linkzr. The two players are very individualistic players with little to no coordination. However, with Jake unable to play a good Tracer, it puts them at a big disadvantage especially when it comes to their team composition. They have to make a stop-gap team composition which can be useful for the team to proceed and compete, but not really winning material.

Linkzr is one of the best counter-widowmakers in the League. By Counter-Widowmaker we emphasize his ability to take duels with the enemy widowmaker and engage them. He often comes out superior or simply keeps them busy and forces them to take awkward angles to stop being at a disadvantage. He is proficient on other characters as well, but his Widowmaker has risen to prominence. He has a mean Genji performance and can also play off-tank roles with prominence.

Linkzr’s Widowmaker is going to be lethal on Ilios

The Houston Outlaws has very peculiar tank lineup. Their performance on the tank roles includes players known for select tanks. So while Spree is a great and talented individual, he is best known for his Zarya. Similarly we see other players such as Coolmatt who have played in official competitions on the D’va. So it is easy to try to guess what Houston’s composition will be depending on the lineup that they field. This composition can be either a Dive or a tank heavy lineup. The coaches have tried to change the lineup and give different players different characters than what they are known for. However, the dip in performance definitely does not help.

 

The Houston Outlaws is currently ranked 5th in the lineup and they have a decent shot at becoming a Stage 4 playoff team. However with only two matches remaining, one against Philadelphia and the other against NYXl, their best chance is their match against NYXL.

 

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster:

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

The Excelsiors are one of the best franchises in the first season of Overwatch League. The team is owned by Jeff Wilpon , COO of the Baseball team New York Mets. The team is extremely successful so far in Season 1 of Overwatch League.

The Excelsior roster is comprised of players quite capable and efficient. They are led by Saebyeolbe, one of the strongest DPS players in the League. His positioning on any character that he plays is impeccable and that is more than half the battle won. Saebyeolbe’s performance has been the highlight of the Overwatch League since Stage 1. Initially, it was his performance onTracer but later we have seen him play all characters at a high level of efficiency.

Pine has been impressive with his Mccree on Ilios

The team includes Pine who is one of the flashiest players in the League. His Mccree does require a high amount of resources, but he is also able to constantly get a high number of kills in the team fight. Pine is a very unique player and requires a specific setting, map as well as resources from the team in order to function at a high level.

The NYXL roster, however, is probably strongest because of their support lineup. Ark and Jjonak are two of the flashiest Support players in the team. Jjonak is one of the deadliest support heroes with a huge precision. Indeed he used to play DPS earlier, however joining a team meant that he had to change roles for the benefit of the team. His teammate Ark is also a very effective individual player, but he remains a less flashy player for the team. Ark’s involvement in the team enables the rest of the team to play up to their potential.

Prediction:

While both teams are talented, Houston has a lot riding on this match. Their chances in this match might be minimal especially when we consider the history of the two teams, we realize that New York Excelsior really has not had a worthy competitor. Now one has to realize the fact that this match does not mean anything at all to New York Excelsior. They are guaranteed a slot in Stage 4 playoffs as well as the Season 1 playoffs. The New York Excelsior will be sandbagging this match, in the words of OWL Caster Monte Cristo.

New York Excelsior is currently third in Stage 4 standings. The performance of the New York Excelsior right now, however, seems to be somewhat mediocre. For them, this match is just a routine exercise and one that will boost their statistics. So for now, we recommend a low bet on Houston Outlaws 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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New York Excelsior vs Houston Outlaws: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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.

 

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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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