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Runaway vs Element Mystic: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch Contenders Korea 2018 Seaosn 3.

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The Overwatch Contenders scene recently got a revamp when Blizzard announced the addition of three new LAN events for the calendar year. These LAN events will be held during the off-season/break between the Overwatch League matches. This will ensure maximum exposure for the matches. This will indirectly benefit the teams and the players. As we head into Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3, the Korean matchup is in its Grand finals. Element Mystic and Runaway will face off against each other in the Grand finals. For Runaway, this will be a wonderful opportunity to get the silverware. The Korean Overwatch scene is full of competition as most o the top teams are looking to hire talent from the Korean Contenders scene.

Mostly this has to do with their insanely high skill ceiling and their work ethics. The OWL bosses are impressed with their dedication for the game and their regiemen ahead of the Overwatch LEague. There is a reason why the majority of Overwatch League players Korean and that does not seem to be coming to a stop any time soon. The Korean players are always going to be in demand and for many western players; they might just need to learn Korean or allow themselves the liberty to adjust to the Korean player style and practice regimen.

The Korean Finals of the Overwatch Contenders will be a Best of Five match series. Runaway and Element Mystic will play against each other on these maps ensuring that the viewers and the fans get the best possible experience. You can catch all the action live on Twitch.

BroadCast

Korean Broadcast

English Broadcast[edit]

The match will take place at the FreecUP Studio in Seoul. The teams will play in one day and the winner gets the prize money of 30,000. However, it is the recognition and the path to pro coming to an end for these players which is a bigger prize. The teams will need to ensure that they put their best foot forward in this match. It has the potential to make or break their career.

Runaway

Runaway Roster

  • Nam-jin “Gangnamjin” Gang
  • Sung-jun “QoQ” Yu
  • Tae-sung “Mag” Kim
  • Jae-gon “LeeJaeGon” Lee
  • Dong-jae “Schwi” Lee
  • Hee-Su “Heesu” Jeong

The Runaway teams cannot receive a mention without mentioning the team owners and their mentors in Dae-hoon “Runner” Yoon and his wife Flowervin. The two have been pillars for their payers and ensured the best possible contracts and facilities for their players in their capacity. Paying for the players with their own money, in the beginning, the couple had to face hardships and were almost on the verge of going broke for their own personal finances. However, with renewed determination, they decided to make it work and the players themselves helped the couple to live their dreams. In turn, the couple were able to motivate the players with the right mental framework and provide them with a platform to ensure that the players are able to pursue their goal of becoming a professional Overwatch player at the highest level.


Over the years. Runaway has fielded several teams and we have never seen a single negative comment about this owner couple. They form the identity of the Runaway roster and are responsible for the players’ well-being, their mental and physical comforts. They keep the players as their priority and that is why they are highly regarded in the Korean Overwatch community. Being a former player on the team himself, Runaway has experienced what it means to be like when it is regarding treatment from the team owners.


However, the team does have some very talented players on the team. These players are definitely one of the best in the Korean region and that is why we are seeing them in the Grand finals of the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3. They will battle it out against Element Mystic, which is a team that they have managed to win against in the recent past. There is little doubt that Runaway is the favourite to win this match and Contenders 2018 Season 3.


LeeJaeGon’s addition to the team definitely improves their backlines by a tremendous margin. The young Korean player is extremely talented and has great awareness of his position vis-a-vis the opponents DPS position. This new meta is not dangerous for support players and as such, we will see him in action all the time. He has a wide range of heroes that he can play. While his favourite characters include Lucio and Mercy, we have also seen him on the Zenyatta and Ana when required. However, he prefers characters which don’t require the best of aim. His strength lies in his positioning and his call-outs to the rest of the team which can ensure that they take the right decision in the next couple of seconds. With the GOATS meta taking precedence still and looking forth to ensure that this style will continue in the Overwatch League, it is important for the player to have great communication and synergy with the rest of the team. The player has a good view of all that is happening and can make the right calls on the team, even though he is not technically the In-Game leader of the team.

Speaking of the In-Game Leader, we don’t know who the In-Game Leader is on the team. The team has great synergy and the players are all having excellent communication with each other. They have a great understanding of each other positioning.


However for Runaway their performance always boils down to their tanks and their DPS players. The previous editions of Runaway have all fielded world class players on these roles and they have been crucial to the team’s success in Contenders and in other tournaments. For this match; Runaway has Schwi and Heesu on the DPS role. The two players have been with the organisation since October 2018 and have developed great synergy with each other. They can ensure coordinated attacks and choose their target with ease. Their ability to constantly deal immense amounts of damage in coordination with the rest of the team ensures that the teams can put forth a really synergized attack phase.

Runaway is a team that will rely extensively on its coordination and team synergy in order to get a foot ahead in this matchup. It is their advantage, and they would definitely want to use it to their benefit. It will be interesting to see what the map orders are since they can have an adverse impact on the initial matches and ultimately the team’s confidence ahead of the Grand Finals.

Element Mystic

Element Mystic Roster:

  • Yeong-han “Sp9rk1e” Kim
  • Ki-hyo “Xzi” Jung
  • Jae-hyeon “Alpha” Sin
  • Han-been “Hanbin” Choi
  • Young-hyun “Takoyaki” Lee
  • Dong-hyun “Unique” Yoo
  • Hwan “Fixme” Lim
  • Dong-ha “Doha” Kim

Element Mystic is a team that has always been a strong component of the Korean Overwatch scene. They have always been in the Top Four of the previous editions of the Overwatch Contenders. They reached the semifinals in Overwatch Contenders Korea 2018 Season 2.

The team had a nearly flawless Group stage, only losing to Meta Athena in the Groups, Even this loss, was a very close loss with a 2-3 scoreline. The team mostly dominated the Overwatch Contenders Korean scene with 4-0 wins over their opponents in the Group stage. Apart from their loss to Meta Athena and the one map loss [ they won the series 3-1 ] to StormQuake, there has been little opposition to this team in their run to the finals.

They cruised through the quarterfinals and the semifinals 3-0 over Geekstar and StormQuake with ease. The team has displayed excellent coordination and synergy to reach their high-points in the series till now. The team’s performance over the course of the past few months has only seen their individual and team performance increase to the optimal level. Right now, Element Mystic is one of the stronger teams in the Korean region.l There is a lot at stake in this match which will put their players firmly in the eyes of the Overwatch League scouts. It is important for the players and the team owners to ensure that their players receive maximum visibility in this match. They need to win this match and secure themselves as the champions of the Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3.

Each one of their former players has moved to the Overwatch League, and just like Runaway; this is also a team well-known for their nurturing of young players. However, it does not have a family look like Runaway does, instead, it is a corporate look; sometimes that is exactly what layers need to push them over to the next level.

Sp9rk1e and Xzi are the primary DPS on the roster. The team has added Doha very recently, but we don’t know what combination of the players they will be fielding. This will be an interesting challenge for Runaway who don’t really have any substitutes on their team. It brings ahead a huge advantage for Element NMystiuc as they could have focussed much of the past week in trying out new combinations in an attempt to surprise Runaway. After all, with their limited roster, Runaway cannot really hope to field different combinations and surprise their opponents in this match.

The tank lineup for the team will have importance in the current meta of the GOATS meta. They need to ensure that the time of their focussed dive is important and they are not caught out of position. After all, for most, the GOATS is just a more focussed dive meta. The team’s decision making and how they handle the versatile Runaway roster will be important ahead of their matches.

The two teams are very evenly matched and it will be interesting to see how they come out ahead of this match. They have had one week to counter-strategize their opponents. With Runaway’s limited roster and Element Mystic’s relatively younger team; this match is going to be a roller-coaster ride for both.

Prediction:

The two teams have met each other in the very recent past. The series between Element Mystic and Runaway saw Runaway take home the series with a 3-1 victory. While one match is not an indication of the teams’ performance, it definitely gives us a hint towards their current standings in the overwatch scene. The 2018 Contenders Season 3 will be an important measure for the two teams to put forth their best foot forward. They want to ensure maximum visibility for their players and th organisation as well. Winning the Contenders is the best way to do this, and possibly be scouted by the Overwatch League talents who will be present at the venue.

Since Korea is the hotspot for new talent into the Overwatch League, the Overwatch League teams will be looking to making new signings. There might be drastic changes mid-season as we saw during the last year. For now, Runaway does look to be the better team. Coming off a slightly better roster; they also have the likes of Runner and Flowervin supporting them through every stage of their journey. They are veterans in the Korean Overwatch industry now and have helped several amateur players come up with amazing performances in the past. The likes of LeeJaeGon are definitely going to make an impact in this match. We recommend a bet on Runaway for this match.

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Team Atlantic vs Team Pacific: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League All-star Match

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The Overwatch League has come to an end, however, there are still a few matches remaining. These matches are the all-star matches where a mixture of the players will play amongst each other. Unlike the regular season, the All-star match is divided into only two categories, the Atlantic team and the Pacific Team.

The First season of Overwatch League has two divisions, but they were not really a big factor so far. Since all the teams and matches were held at one location, the division of the teams never really accounted for much. The All-star match is a way to engage with fans and keep up content outside of the regular season.

The All-star match [ Weekend] starts on August 25th. It will be a Best of Five series with the maps pre-decided. The Maps for the All-star match will be as follows:

  • King’s Row
  • Rialto
  • Horizon Lunar Colony
  • Route 66
  • Ilios

The Atlantic Division

The Atlantic Division Roster:

  • JJonak
  • Ark
  • Bdosin
  • Gamsu
  • Meko
  • Poko
  • Saebyeolbe
  • Carpe
  • Profit
  • Libero
  • Muma
  • Sayaplayer
  • Pine
  • Gesture
  • Fury
  • Mano
  • Neko
  • Striker

The Pacific Division

  • Fissure
  • Fleta
  • Architect
  • Fate
  • OGE
  • Space
  • Custa
  • Ryujehong
  • Agilities
  • Bischu
  • Sleepy
  • Surefour
  • Geguri
  • Kariv
  • BigGoose
  • Mickie
  • SoOn
  • Zunba

While these are the total rosters, the actual starting six for the All-star Game section of the All-star match is as follows.

The Atlantic Division

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Carpe
  • Pine
  • Gesture
  • JJonak
  • Ark

The Atlantic Division is filled with players from the New York Excelsior. Despite not winning the Overwatch League Season 1, the NYXL roster was by far the most dominant of the entire season. They also have Gesture ( from London Spitfire) and Carpe ( From Philadelphia Fusion ) on their team. The all-Korean team will definitely not have communication problems.

Saebyeolbe is in great form and he is personally responsible for the amazing performance by NYXL during Season 1. He has the ability to choose his targets and keep them engaged or win the aim-duel battle. When Tracer was in the meta, Saebyeolbe was responsible for engaging the supports and often ensuring multiple kills on his own. His speed and dexterity on the hero made it almost impossible for the opponents to latch on to him. If there was an enemy Tracer, Saebyeolbe would often try to duel him in a 1v1 situation. He would often win these duels, but even if he did not win them it was to his team’s advantage. Keeping the enemy occupied, often multiple enemy heroes at once, Saebyeolbe’s impact on the match cannot be judged from his statistics alone.

Carpe is the other DPS player on the roster and he has some really good aim. In the current meta where Widowmaker still stands tall as a hero, Carpe’s ability to one-shot enemy supports r DPS will come in Handy. His flick shots are really effective and he can ensure key target based kills in the game. He has already shown his efficiency during his time on the Fusion. Along with the other DOPS players on the team, Carpe was responsible for the way the team functioned and how their movement across the map was in synergy to his own. Ofcourse being on an all-star match these factors will not be as effective, but Carpe’s individual skill is near the top of the league.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is the only tank on this roster. His presence on the London Spitfire and ultimately the decision to keep him and not Fissure on that roster was primarily because of his synergy and coordination with the London DPS players. However, we will not be seeing Profit and Birdring play in the All-star match. So will Gesture be as effective as during the season? It doesn’t really matter. This is an All-star match and while everyone wants to win it, it is not something that is based out of team practice and chemistry. The players are all individually talented and they have reached the pinnacle of Overwatch professionally due to their individual skill. We don’t expect Gesture to falter off and continue with his performance as during the season and the finals.

The Support duo in JJonak and Ark are great simply because we have seen time and again the level of their synergy and chemistry. Ark peels for JJonak consistently and also damage boosts Jjonak. This is what allows JJonak to get key frags often before the start of a team fight. Their positioning and movement is related to each other so that they can peel for themselves whenever required.

The Pacific Division

  • Fleta
  • Geguri
  • Fissure
  • Custa
  • Ryujehong
  • Kariv

The Pacific Division starting lineup has two tank players on the team. They have Kariv and Fleta as the potential DPS players. While traditionally Kariv is used to playing the support role, we saw the Los Angeles Valiant use him as a DPS later in the season. His ability to do consistent damage and his insane aim are what makes him a viable choice for the team.

Fleta has shown us a wide variety of DPS heroes that he can play on a regular basis. The DPS player from Seoul Dynasty started off the catchphrase Fleta is meta since everyone was copying him and his playstyle. Ofcourse being an innovative player as he is, he constantly evolved his playstyle making it difficult for his opponents to understand his positioning and movement.

The Tank lineup on this team forms the crux of their roster. Fissure and Geguri have both displayed really high levels of skill. Fissure is by far the best individual tank player in the overwatch League. While he has had rapid roster changes, his impact on any new team is only positive. In the Pacific Division, Fissure has two of his new teammates on the roster. Ryujehong and Fleta will be playing with him. This will ensure better camaraderie amongst the team for their future.

Fissure’s USP lies in the way he can utilise the smallest of advantages to his benefit. He is constantly in the enemy’s face and that provides his teammates with space to ensure they can get frags. His impact during his time on the Los Angeles Gladiators was well documented with how Surefour and Asher performed post his arrival. Fissure brings stability and calmness to the team. His decision-making process is clearly visible in how he selects to position himself and where to target as the main tank.

As the supports, Ryujehong and Custa present the leadership on this team. Both the players are really well known for their ability to lead the team. While as a team this does not require as much time together, the influence of these veteran players will definitely be a good start.

Prediction :

Overall the two teams are a mixture of players from various teams put together. As such one of the fundamental problems for either team will be to manage their synergy and the coordination in their movements. After all, Overwatch is a team game and it becomes crucial that the teams can move together.

The Atlantic Division obviously has more players from a single team. Being from NYXL, we have all witnessed their coordination and the intense performance by the players. So when we look at their team, it does seem to be extremely strong. They also have no language barriers, since all the players are from Korea, unlike the Atlantic Division roster. As such we expect this team to be well-polished in their movements and coordination.

The Pacific division players will be relying heavily on their tanks to make the plays for them. Fissure knows how to make the maximum use of the resources at his disposal. As such it will be imperative for him to ensure that they are able to shut down the DPS players on the enemy team.

For now, we recommend a bet on the Atlantic Division team. They have the synergy and the players to put up a strong performance.

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

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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 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.

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.

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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