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London Spitfire vs Seoul Dynasty: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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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.

Stage 3 looks much closer than the previous stages with London Spitfire and NYXL no longer as dominant as they were previously. This stage also will have four teams in the playoffs, so we should expect more western teams in the Stage Playoffs. Boston Uprising and New York Excelsior are already confirmed for the playoffs. If Valiant wins one match, they will qualify for the playoffs as well. Seoul Dynasty does not really have a strong chance to qualify for the Playoffs, but every match becomes important as we head to the last Stage of the Season.

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


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

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

London Spitfire vs Seoul Dynasty


London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • Nus
  • Tizi

London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, owner, and CEO of Cloud9 organization. The team has been really strong in the initial part of the Overwatch League and are the winners of Stage 1 Title match. They also reached the playoffs in Stage 2 Playoffs, where they faltered to Philadelphia Fusion.

The London Spitfire has had a very disheartening performance in Stage 3. Sitting near the bottom of the rankings, they seem to be really far from their Stage 1 & 2 performances. The London Spitfire still does not have the services of Birdring, the star DPS player on the team. They will be using the remainder of their huge lineup as they attempt to probably save some grace in this match against Seoul Dynasty.

Birdring + Profit Duo

We will not be seeing the Birdring + Profit Duo this match

The London Spitfire roster obviously is much weaker compared to their previous iteration. With no Birdring available for the team, they have to rely on Hooreg to put up strong performances for the team. We are used to seeing the Godlike performances by Birdring regularly on London’s roster. Hooreg is a great player and definitely one worthy of his place in the Overwatch League. However, that being said the player is not the standout performer in the Overwatch league. He mostly plays the Projectile DPS for the team and is most potent on heroes such as Pharah and sometimes Genji. But the versatility available for the team via Birdring is definitely absent. Hooreg will have to pull up his individual performance if London is to regain any of their past form.

Hooreg, London Spitfire

Hooreg will need to step up his game if London are to win this match

A big part of London’s DPS efficiency will fall on Profit. The player who is a strong contender for the cutest player in Overwatch League is lethal in game. His junkrat and Tracer have been extremely deadly as other teams simply seem to find no answer to the player. Profit is well supported by the support lineup on the London Spitfire.

The Supports on the team have been very stable in their performance. They are not similar to a Shaz or a Jjonak, but they do have their occasional bursts of brilliance. Nus and Closer have been brilliant in peeling for each other. Usually one of the two stays alive long enough to be extremely effective in a team fight. Of late, they have had small problems, but that is in line with the decline in performance for the entire team.

Gesture of London Spitfire

Gesture is the connection between the DPS and support. As weird as it may sound, the London Spitfire roster comes together due to Gesture’s synergy with the remainder of the team. Despite once containing Fissure on their roster, the London Spitfire decided to retain Gesture on the team. This has ensured that the team prioritizes the team play and chemistry over all other. The main tank player has amazing ultimate usage and often zones out more than half of the opponents on his own. He is most well known for his Winston, but can also play other heroes if required.

The London Spitfire are already out of contention for the Stage Playoffs. They can only hope to gain some pride in this match.


Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty roster:

  • Zunba
  • Miro
  • Ryujehong
  • Tobi
  • Gido
  • Fleta
  • Munchkin
  • Xepher
  • Wekeed
  • Kuki
  • Gambler

The Seoul Dynasty Franchise is owned by KsV esports, which is based out of Silicon Valley. One of the most hyped rosters coming into the first season of Overwatch league, the Seoul Dynasty has disappointed most of their fans. The biggest reason for the same is the excessively high expectations from the team.

The Seoul Dynasty are currently 4-4 in the stage 3 rankings. They have an outside chance of potentially making it to the Stage playoffs, but that would also depend heavily on other teams’ performances. The Seoul Dynasty on their part has been very mediocre this stage, with hardly any strong performances. Most of their wins have been 3-2 match victories, definitely not an inspiring figure.

The Seoul Dynasty roster ofcourse boasts of some world class DPS players in Fleta, Munchkin, and Wekeed. They also had Bunny on the team, who then transferred to Los Angeles Valiant. Obviously Bunny has helped the Valiant to improve their performance and together with Coach Moon, they are on the verge of qualifying for the Playoffs.

Fleta’s performance has definitely fallen off his peak ( during Stage 1). The player who was called as the one ‘setting the meta’ during Stage 1 no longer has the insane game-changing performances. Ofcourse the ultimate result is a combination of the entire team’s positioning and performance, but even on his trademark Widowmaker we have seen Fleta unable to compete with the best Widowmakers in the Overwatch League.

Alongside him, Munchkin and Wekeed are definitely not doing too great. The Seoul Dynasty had a great player in Bunny, but the new roster simply has not clicked together as a team. The management is extremely opaque and provides no insight into the team’s rotation policy. It does seem baffling at times which is highlighted considering their poor performance recently.

Seoul Dynasty has one of the best Winstons in the overwatch league. Miro, who is well respected by the entire Korean community and even players such as Fissure and Gesture is definitely off his peak performance. But he has the potential and the synergy with his teammates to be a top Overwatch League player. His performance is crucial as it would provide the necessary space for the rest of the team. Along with Zunba and Xepher, Miro needs to step up their dive coordination on the opponents’ support lineup. Unless they manage to eliminate the enemy supports in quick time, their survivability becomes a serious issue.

Gambler has been disappointing with his Valkyrie usage on the Mercy. Maybe the player does not have enough experience on playing Mercy, especially on the big stage. But some of his ultimate usages have been downright questionable. Gido, Tobi and Ryujehong are all great names when it comes to their support lineup, but the synergy on the roster seems to be lacking. There is definitely something missing and not just a lack of firepower on the team.

This match is crucial for their chances to stay alive in the Overwatch League stage 3 Playoff contention.

Prediction :

The two teams have been in a huge slump in their recent weeks. While Seoul Dynasty can be said to have been quite consistent but mediocre since the Stage 1, London Spitfire’s form has taken a huge hit in Stage 3. They are barely above Florida Mayhem and have not really been inspiring in their matches. While a big part of their losses has been 2-3 losses, albeit very close they still have the problems on KOTH maps. But their weakness on other types of maps is showing in Stage 3.

London Spitfire will rely heavily on Profit and his individual performance in order to be able to put up a fight. They have no chance of qualifying for the Stage 3 playoffs, but they can definitely save some face here. Their biggest worry in this match would have to be against Fleta’s widowmaker which does not have a sizeable counter on the London Squad. While Birdring used to provide the adequate balance between a Dive DPS and Widowmaker, Hooreg does not provide the same level of proficiency with his hero pool.

Seoul Dynasty is currently 4-4 with a map score of -2. If they win this match 4-0, it puts them at 5-4 with a map score of +2. Their possibility of entering into the PLayoffs depends on Gladiators and/or Valiant losing their matches with a margin. But for this match, they should be trying their best. Fleta’s positioning and performance are crucial to Seoul Dynasty’s performance in this match. They have to retain their number one position in their division of the Overwatch League.

They did have a 3-2 win over Philadelphia Fusion last week which highlighted their performance as a team. The new roster is slowly coming together with great synergy and team coordination.

We recommend a small bet on Seoul Dynasty for this match especially due to London’s poor record on KOTH maps.

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