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London Spitfire vs Seoul Dynasty: 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.

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.

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.

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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Introduction

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

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

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

We are into Week 4 of Stage 1 with teams closing the gap between them and the top of the table.The last week saw all three Korean teams take a hit and lose a series each. It was a week where the gap between the western and the Korean teams has closed. Languishing at the bottom of the table is Shanghai Dragons. Dallas barely won their first series but are still a long way from the top of the league.  

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018). Dallas Fuel has already announced plans to sign on Akm to their Overwatch League roster. 

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

Format

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

London Spitfire

Roster

  • Birdring
  • Profit
  • Hooreg
  • Rascal
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Fissure
  • Gesture
  • HaGoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

London Spitfire was the first Overwatch League team with a fully Korean roster to suffer a loss in the Overwatch League. Ofcourse Week three proved to be the week where all Korean teams will suffer a loss. Seoul Dynasty, London Spitfire & New York Excelsior all suffered a loss during Week three. While this in no way that a team would have stayed undefeated for the remainder of Season 1, it is no doubt that London Spitfire was generally considered to be much better than their opponents on Boston Uprising. But a change in the Boston Playstyle definitely helped the Boston team to eventually win against London spitfire.

Birdring has been a constant DPS player in the London roster. Birdring has been the core of their DPS lineup, with London seldom switching him off. The London Spitfire team has used a lot of substitutions in their matches, especially in the DPS department. But they have almost always kept Birdring as a constant on the team. Birdring can play a plethora of heroes at a very high level. We have seen his Widowmaker be as effective as the Genji or the Tracer. His perfection on the DPS heroes brings about a confidence in one part of the DPS being consistent in their performance.

Profit Image

Profit and Birdring form a strong DPS Duo for London

Profit has been the other part of the DPS duo for the majority of their matches. Profit’s Tracer is probably not as effective as Birdring on a solo level, but their synergy together with each other is clearly visible both on and off the game. Despite being in two different teams prior to their employment for London Spitfire, the two DPS players have a surprisingly good coordination.

The remaining two DPS players on the team are Rascal and Hooreg. Hooreg is well known for his projectile, more specifically his Pharah. He plays the hero at a high level, but so far in the OWL we have hardly seen him perform on the roster. Rascal is one of the most in-demand player for the Overwatch League. Ofcourse this comes from his bevy of different heroes that he plays. Rascal is well known for his Mei, Sombra, Doomfist playstyle and he is probably one of the only players in OWL to play the heroes at such a high level. He has had limited success in the OWL so far, but we hope to see more of the star DPS player in Stage 2.

Probably the best class of heroes on London Spitfire is their tank lineup. With such a star-studded tank lineup, which is rivaled by none; London Spitfire has a very strong roster. Fissure, Gesture, Fury & Woohyal form the four tank players on the team. Each of these players is worthy of a shot at the starting lineup. They have been using Gesture and Fissure in substitutions and frankly, none has been worse than the other. The competition amongst the core of the G C Busan and the Kongdoo lineup has only resulted in the tank players becoming better with every match.

The London Spitfire team have some really strong matchups in Week 4. We will mostly see their best side as we have seen several Korean players stop streaming in order to focus on improving their gameplay. This match against Seoul Dynasty will be their best game forth and will truly establish the order amongst the Korean teams.

Seoul Dynasty

Seoul Dynasty Roster :

  • Gido
  • Zunba
  • Miro
  • Ryujehong
  • Tobi
  • Fleta
  • Munchkin
  • Zepher
  • Wekeed
  • Bunny
  • Kuki

Seoul Dynasty was removed from their pedestal after a loss to New York Excelsior. The Seoul Franchise is owned by KSV esports and Kevin Chou. He has been very vocal in his support for the Seoul team. He regularly tweets out in support of the players and individual plays by the best players on the team.

Seoul Dynasty, after facing off a loss against one of the Korean teams will be looking to make an impact on the other Korean roster in the Overwatch league. The Overwatch League still has the three Korean rosters at the top of the table and if Seoul wants to reach the top again, defeating London will have to be top of their list. The captain, Ryujehong forms the pillar on the team. It is not only about his excellent skills, which can be judged from the several Twitch Clips circulating on Reddit, but Ryujehong forms the core of the entire Seoul dynasty roster. With the player being aged around 27 years and the amount of experience that he brings along with him, we see the remainder of the team treat him with respect and discipline. In all their matches till today, Seoul Dynasty has always fielded Ryujehong on the team. It is because he is their shot-caller and is very decisive with how he wants to play the round.

Often times we see Seoul Dynasty take 15 – 20 seconds to just judge the oppositions composition, positioning, and intent. They ultimately decide on how to attack and have an alarmingly high win rate on their first point attacks. Subsequent attacks obviously depend heavily on Ultimate charges which can sometimes be extremely difficult to predict. Along with Tobi, the supports of Seoul Dynasty are fixed and the core of the lineup.

Tobi Image with OGN

Tobi has been known for Lucio, will he survive the Mercy meta?

What does vary for the team is their tank and DPS lineup? The DPS lineup includes Fleta, who has been present in every Seoul Dynasty match except that against Shanghai Dragons. Ofcourse we know how that match went, with Shanghai Dragons cutting it extremely close to Seoul Dynasty. Over the course of the past three weeks, we have seen Wekeed, Bunny, and Munchkin being rotated in and out of the team. There have not been any fixed criteria to how these changes have been implemented. But this has been mostly been a synergy that the team has been able to establish amongst the front lines and Ryujehong.

Seoul Dynasty has a tank lineup which includes Miro, Zunba, and Xepher. It’s mostly Miro and Zunba, but we have occasionally seen Xerpher subbing in for the team. The most interesting thing about the tanks is that they rely heavily on their support lineup to keep them alive. With the coordination and the synergy that the team has strongly developed ever since the Lunatic Hai days, we see Miro constantly being alive in the opponents backlines and causing mayhem.

As we come into the end of Stage 1, we will see a clear distinction between the teams’ strengths and prowess. While initially, we thought that Seoul Dynasty was the strongest team in the world, recent results might not have suggested the same. We saw Seoul having close matches against Shanghai Dragons and actually losing a series to New York Excelsior. This week will be a true test for the team.

Prediction

This match is not really an easy prediction. Both the teams have a lot of talent in their lineup, but actual results boil down to the implementation and variation of strategies involved. Seoul Dynasty has been together for a long time back from their days as Lunatic Hai. The synergy is clearly present in the team and with the involvement of Hocury ( Former G C Busan coach ) to their lineup, they have cleaned out a lot of their flaws in the process.

The four maps in the match are Numbani, Temple of Anubis, Ilios, and Dorado.

Numbani Image

Numbani heavily favors London Spitfire

Seoul Dynasty has had lots of practice on Numbani. Indeed the team has played Numbani in 80% of their Overwatch league matchups. With only one draw, the team has looked really strong on Numbani. We saw the 3 DPS – 1 support attack lineup being implemented by Seoul first in the Overwatch league. Ryujehong plays a very good Soldier and it definitely helps them as they try to make a dive on the top right of Point A on Numbani. Ofcourse they do switch up to a more regular 2-2-2 composition for subsequent points, but speed is all that matters for the first point.

London has had a lot of practice on Numbani as well, but their defense has been considerably weaker than that of Seoul. We have seen them concede the opposition to take all three points on multiple occasions during Stage one. Ofcourse it is difficult to analyze why and how a particular map went the way it did; London Spitfire definitely looked significantly weaker than Seoul Dynasty. We expect Seoul to take Map 1 on Numbani.

Temple of Anubis

Will Rascal play for London on Anubis?

Temple of Anubis has shown no significant dominance by either team in their matches. London Spitfire actually lost the map to Boston, but that really has nothing to do with any particular playstyle on part of the teams. Seoul Dynasty does have a slight advantage in the way they are structured and their roster composition. They have Fleta who has been known to be an amazing Widowmaker. However, he will be facing off against Birdring on the map. Birdring definitely is an equal to Fleta on several heroes It is the second DPS player for London who might prove to be the kingmaker. London has shown a proclivity to fielding Rascal. Rascal can be the big difference between the teams on Point B of Anubis defense. His Sombra is also very well known and can be used in the entire London Attack. Granted Seoul might expect something like this, which is off meta; but they have no way of preparing against such an attack. With the equal talent on both the teams, we expect London to have a slight advantage on the map.

Ilios Overview

Can London get over their KOTH dilemma?

Ilios, as a KOTH map, depends heavily on which team gains control of the point first. It is a map which will eventually ensure that the team can snowball into a strong win over their opponents. Considering how much of it depends on the first fight, we recommend London will come out ahead in the first fight. However the fact that Seoul Dynasty does not have a dedicated Mercy player. Now we need to remember that the Stage 1 of OWL will still continue on the same Mercy Patch till the end. So having a good Mercy player ( such as Nus ) helps out the teams immensely. Tobi is most well known for his Lucio as against a Mercy. While He has been doing quite well with the Mercy, it does not have the same impact as his Lucio. Meanwhile, Nus has been very adept at staying alive and having strong Valkyries. Despite London Spitfire having a really bad record on KOTH maps, we feel that the past week would be a lot of time spent on actually improving their KOTH performance.

Dorado Image

Seoul lost Dorado to Shanghai Dragons

The last map for this match would be Dorado. This map has seen both teams suffer a lot in their dominance over other teams. Seoul Dynasty lost this map to Shanghai Dragons. It was an unbelievable result, which ultimately led to a fan buying all of Shanghai’s skins from within the game. But Seoul was not playing with their best lineup and hence that might have had an effect on the final result. We feel that Seoul Dynasty will come out on top in this match, especially with their full lineup. We have seen Fleta being amazing on Widowmaker on Point 2.

Overall, Seoul Dynasty comes out as the stronger team in this match. Despite we having pinned London to win the KOTH map, it is a risk; since nothing about their performance suggests that there will be significant leaps in their performance. We recommend a bet on Seoul Dynasty, but neither team will be able to win this match 4-0.

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