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XL2 vs NRG: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch Contenders Season 2

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The Overwatch Contenders is the competition of all teams not in Overwatch league. Since most of the OWL teams have a roster in Contenders, it is also seen as a stepping stone towards OWL. The Overwatch Contenders has two seasons per year and the second season for 2018 just got underway.

The Prize pool of $185,000 is distributed amongst the teams based on their performance, but the real treasure is for players. Players get an opportunity to display their individual skill as well as their ability to get together with the rest of the team. With Overwatch League scouts constantly keeping an eye on Contenders for new talent, this is the stepping stone for young and upcoming players.


Overwatch Contenders features four maps in every match. The maps in order of their type are as follows:

1st Map: Control (Lijiang Tower, Oasis)

2nd Map: Hybrid ( Eichenwald, King’s Row)

3rd Map: Assault (Temple of Anubis, Volskaya Industries)

4th Map: Escort ( Route 66, Watch Point Gibraltar, Rialto

Rialto is the latest map to be added to Competitive Overwatch. It has a very unique design allowing all types of characters to flourish on different parts of the map. With lots of flanking positions and long-range sightlines as well, Rialto has proven to be quite competitive so far.

In case of a Tie, there will be a tie-breaker BO3 Match on Ilios.

Broadcast Talent

  • Host:
    • Mica Burton
  • Commentators:
    • ZP (Andrew Rush)
    • Jamerson (James Lee)

Credit to Liquipedia for the format and broadcast talent.

XL2 vs NRG


XL2 Academy team

XL2 Academy Roster:

  • FL0wer
  • Nenne
  • Mangachu
  • Cloneman16
  • Adam
  • Woohyal
  • Tizi
  • Goliath

XL2 is the Academy team for New York Excelsior. The New York based Overwatch League team has been dominant in the first season of Overwatch League. But XL2 did not manage to win any of the Contenders till now. The team has some really well-known faces as well as new and upcoming talent from the NA region. The biggest star on the team is obviously Fl0wer. The young player, who was not old enough to play for NYXL during Season 1 joined XL2. The talentson the player have a very high peak and at his best, he can overshadow the entirety of the NYXL roster. However, it is also important to note that while his peak is exceptional, the average gameplay is not. The player previously played for Luxury Watch Red. During his time on LW Red and even now on XL2, Fl0wer’s main USP has been his variety of heroes. No matter the meta, Fl0wer can play a hero adapting it and his own personal gameplay to suit that of the team. This is definitely an invaluable asset for any team. However, on an individual level, it does become difficult for him to maintain his performance throughout the season.

XL2 does have many other players on their roster and one name that we all recognize is Mangachu. The Top 100 player has been the co-DPS along with Fl0wer and has a great synergy developed with his Korean counterpart. Mangachu’s personal performance has remained consistent. While he might not have the peak performance levels of Fl0wer his consistency brings him as one of the best DPS players in Contenders.

Two of the latest signings for XL2 Academy team is Woohyal and Tizi. The two South Korean players were a part of London Spitifre’s roster. Although they were on the bench for most of the time, their individual skill level is up there with the very best This also means greater synergy with Fl0wer and possibly a much better performance by the team in Season 2.

NRG

Team NRG Roster:

  • Poise
  • Stratus
  • Swon
  • Smex
  • Robdab
  • Fahzix
  • Rascal

The NRG Squad for the Overwatch Contenders Season 2 is based off Washington D.C. in collaboration with Events.DC. The organization already owns an Overwatch League team in the form of San Francisco Shock. Their Academy squad announcement came this year, and we already have some high profile players in the mix. Rascal, formerly playing for London Spitfire is obviously the name that stands out. The DPS player was released from London Spitfire and subsequently Dallas Fuel. While internal communication problems might have been the reason for his removal from Dallas Fuel, there is little doubt about his personal skill. Rascal plays the DPS role on this team, we have not seen him in action with the rest of the team yet. However, during his time on Dallas fuel, when the team was basically an incoherent roster, we saw Rascal’s effectiveness take a fall.

NRG does have some talented players such as Smex, Stratus and the supporting duo of Fahzix and robdab. The team recently won the Overwatch Pit Championship with a 3-0 victory over GOATS in the finals. The support lineup for the team has a lot of synergy with each other and they cover for each other. The team peels for its supports a lot which is one of the trademarks of a strong team. NRG’s squad does have great potential but the team is relatively new. They still probably have issues with their coordination and synergy, which is why placing a bet on NRG right now might be a risky business.

Prediction:

Both the teams are very strong on paper, but there are significant differences between the two. XL2 has Fl0wer , Mangachu and the dup from London Spitfire. Tizi and Woohyal have synergy practicing together on the ‘B Squad’ of London Spitfire. They will take time to acknowledge their roles in the team, but their bilateral synergy will be one of the better ones in the Contenders Season. XL2 has a steady team composition with a Korean part and an English speaking part. The inclusion of the Korean members is more to keep Fl0wer more comfortable on the roster than to boost their firepower.

NRG of course also have Rascal on their team. But his performance in OWL so far has been erratic. This has partly been due to his teams not playing him as much. During his time on London Spitfire, he was relegated to the bench while Profit and Birdring took home all the glory. He joined Dallas Fuel hoping to improve the overall team’s performance, but the language and cultural barrier stopped him dead in his tracks. There might also be attitude problems with the player, something that we won’t see on his new team, not yet.

For now we recommend a bet on XL2 for this match. They have experience playing together for along time and the two new factions within the team might just provide the boost that the roster requires.

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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.

The final week of Stage 2 will see several key players taking the top spots. NYXL sits comfortably at the top with London almost sure to take the Number 2 position. The third place matches will depend heavily on Seoul Dynasty and Los Angeles Gladiators as they head into a perfect finish yet again. Every map matters and it will be interesting to see which team finishes where in the end. The Stage Playoff matches for Stage 2 will be held on a different day at the end of the week.

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). With the Player Transfer window coming to a close, we might see more players being announced very soon. 

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 Dallas Fuel

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

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

London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne, founder, and co-owner of Cloud9. The organization is one of the most well-known esports organizations with teams in multiple titles. The London Spitfire team has a full Korean roster. Considered to be one of the most talented and high skilled team in the league they are definitely a team to watch out for. They are your stage 1 winners and despite losing two fantastic players in Rascal and Fissure, the team looks as formidable as ever.

Birdring + Profit

Birdring and Profit are the best DPS duo in the Overwatch League

London Spitfire has a lot of talented players on their bench. Despite this, their starting roster has remained quite stable in the Overwatch League. The two names in the DPS roles that stand out for the team are Birdring and Profit. The two DPS players have developed a great synergy amongst themselves. They are very efficient when it comes to removing the enemy support players. This is one of the key reasons why they were able to defeat Seoul Dynasty with such ease.

Birdring remains one of the best DPS in the League. He can play almost any DPS character at an extremely high skill level. During the two stages of the Overwatch League, we have seen Birdring on heroes such as Genji, Tracer, Junkrat, Widowmaker etc. His ability to stand tall to the best Widowmakers in the league makes him such a valuable asset to the team.

While Birding can play most of the heroes, Profit remains mostly on the Junkrat or the Tracer. He is definitely considered to be a specialist who can make a big impact along with his teammates. Profit might not have the insane peaks of Birdring, but he has been extremely consistent in his performances. Providing constant damage and finishing off low HP opponents, Profit ensures that the team fight goes in London’s favor.

Profit Image

Profit is the perfect DPS partner with Birdring

The tank lineup of London Spitfire, might not be the best on an individual level. But they have great coordination and synergy with the DPS players. The tanks in London have been able to create a lot of space for the DPS players. This is one of the biggest reasons why they are always able to efficiently eliminate the opponents’ DPS lineup. Gesture, Woohyal, and Fury are mostly rotated regularly, but they all have great coordination with each other. Gesture’s ultimate usage has been repeatedly called out on stream for excelling in pushing the support to use their ultimates.

London Spitfire is a very strong team and they are definitely a contender for the Title Stage matches. However, they are still closely contested by LA Gladiators as well as Seoul Dynasty right now. Their fate is in their own hands and if they can manage to win the two matches in week 5, they should make it to the Stage Playoffs.

Dallas Fuel

Dallas Fuel Roster:

  • OGE
  • Rascal
  • AKM
  • Custa
  • Taimou
  • Effect
  • Seagull
  • Mickie
  • Cocco
  • Chipshajen
  • HarryHook

Dallas Fuel is co-owned by Team EnVyUs. They have Hersh Interactive as one of their biggest investors, which helped them secure a spot in the Overwatch League.

Dallas Fuel was considered as one of the favorite teams at the start of the Overwatch league. The team in its previous iteration, Team EnVyUs had a dominant run in Overwatch esports. They were one of the only teams that commanded a respect from the Korean fans. Their innovative strategies involving off-meta hero picks is what makes them an exciting team to watch.

XQC - Image

XQC is no longer a part of Dallas Fuel

However, as we enter the final week of Stage 2, we can clearly see their downfall from their peak. Dallas Fuel has had several problems through their time in the Overwatch League. Their former tank player XQC has had multiple fines and suspensions in the Overwatch League. His attitude and the constant punishments led to his dismissal from the team.

The Dallas Fuel has a plethora of DPS players. They currently have Rascal, AKM, Taimou ( former DPS ), Effect & Seagull all of who are exceptional DPS players. AKM is considered to be the best hitscan player in Overwatch, while Rascal has made a big name for himself in the Korean scene.

However, they have had to make some role changes, where they moved Taimou to play the Main tank role. Taimou has one of the most efficient Roadhog statistics in the Overwatch League. His performance as a tank in the Overwatch League has been good, but Dallas Fuel definitely needs a more dedicated tank player on their roster.

Effect Image

Effect’s individual performance has seen a decline, similar to Dallas fuel

Effect is a great DPS player on the team, but the team cannot just rely on individual performances anymore. Effect’s performance has been slipping through the months and right now he is performing at about 10% of his peak. Effect is a great widowmaker, but with the lack of coordination amongst the team, his individual performance also has become very weak.

The addition of AKM to the roster definitely added a few good match results for the team. However, even in these matches, their strategy was clearly helping AKM to deal damage and hopefully win them the round. There was a definite lack of teamwork and coordination amongst the players. Individual plays can get you to some decent results, but against the best team in the League, they are just not enough.

The Dallas Fuel support players have been very consistent irrespective of the

When Chipsajen talks, you listen

final outcome of the match. Chipshajen has been strong in his Ana or mercy and his positioning has been exceptional. Considered to be one of the best Ana in the League, Chipshajen is also an authority figure on the roster. His comments and feedback are always taken seriously and act as vital inputs to the team’s performance.

Overall Dallas Fuel is a team that needs a lot more time to figure themselves out. There are still a few days left in the Player Trade window and it would not be surprising to see Dallas make further changes. There has been a lot of criticism towards their coaching abilities and playstyle, however, the team seems to be suffering from a collection of problems which add up to result in their poor performances.

Prediction

The match between Dallas Fuel and London Spitfire has just one obvious winner. London Spitfire is currently extremely talented and their individual and team performances severely outweigh that of Dallas fuel. London also needs these victories in order to cement their place as the second position in the Leaderboard for Stage 2.

London Spitfire Stage win

London Spitfire seems all set to win this match against Dallas Fuel


Every map matters not just in the Title match playoff standings, but also in the long run. So London Spitfire will be aiming towards nothing short of a 4-0 in this match. Dallas Fuel definitely does seem to have big problems on the team. There seem to be not many efforts to actually help the team improve so far in Stage 2. Maybe in Stage 3, we will see a resurgence on the team and their performances.

London Spitfire will need to get as many map wins in this match as possible. A 4-0 win here would help them in the overall League standings. Of course, already having secured a better map difference than Gladiators and Seoul dynasty, they just have to win their remaining two matches in Stage 2.

We recommend a large bet on London Spitfire. They should be able to convincingly win this match and possibly with a 4-0 scoreline.

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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 2 of Stage 2 with teams closing the gap between them and the top of the table. Stage 1 saw London Spitfire win the Title matches, but NYXL remained on top of the leaderboard. With Stage 2, there are already some roster swaps and changes, which will have an impact on the overall standings for the matches. 

The Overwatch League will also have a Player Transfer Window which commences from the day following the last day of Stage 1 (February 11, 2018) and will close one day before the start of Stage 3 ( April 3, 2018). 

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

London Spitfire vs Florida Mayhem

This match will be held live on the 1st of March, 2018. It will be streamed live on Twitch.

London Spitfire

London Spitfire Roster:

  • Profit
  • Birdring
  • Hooreg
  • Fury
  • Woohyal
  • Gesture
  • HagoPeun
  • Closer
  • Bdosin
  • NUS

London Spitfire is owned by Jack Etienne of the Cloud9 group. They are the only team from the European region in the first season of the Overwatch League. London Spitfire is the current Stage 1 champions after having defeated New York Excelsior in a reverse sweep during Stage 1 Title playoffs.

The London Spitfire team has lost two of it’s most talented players. Being benched for most of Stage 1, these players requested that they be transferred to other teams. Fissure and Rascal have both moved on to other western teams. While Fissure moved to Los Angeles Gladiators, Rascal is now a part of Dallas Fuel as their DPS player.

Profit Image

Profit is the starting DPS player for London Spitfire

The London core roster, however, still remains the same. Profit and Birdring form the starting DPS duo for the team. Birdring is the best DPS player in the league right now with a versatility ranging from the DPS hero pool. He has been able to match the best widowmakers on every map. At the same time, he plays an exceptionally high skilled Tracer, which is the need of the hour right now. Profit complements Birdring’s playstyle very well with some really strong plays including Junkrat. The DPS lineup for London has never been a problem and they have been able to match the best in the league consistently.

The tank lineup for London is more about compatibility with the DPS than

Gesture Overwatch Image

Gesture has good synergy with the London DPS Lineup

individual skill. The only reason that Gesture is a part of the London Spitfire team and not Fissure is due to his compatibility and synergy with the DPS lineup. Having a properly synchronized dive ensures that London is able to eliminate the enemy backline with alarming regularity.

With the post Mercy meta upon us, London Spitfire will see their support lineup undergo slight changes. While NUS was a fabulous Mercy, it is not a necessity right now. So we will see more of Closer and Bdosin as well as a rotation along the support lineup. The deep roster lineup for London Spitfire basically allows them a flexibility unseen in other teams. While most of the teams are now securing a twelve man roster, before the roster lock ( start of Stage 3); London’s exceptional talent across the board puts them in a unique situation.

Stage 2 will be a true test for London Spitfire, especially as they are playing from behind. Despite winning Stage 1 title matches, London Spitfire is behind Houston Outlaws and New York Excelsior in the overall League standings.

Florida Mayhem

Florida Mayhem Roster:

  • Tviq
  • Cwoosh
  • Logix
  • Zuppeh
  • Zebbosai
  • Manneten
  • Awesomeguy
  • Sayaplayer
  • Zappis

Florida Mayhem finished Stage 1 barely above Shanghai Dragons. Their only win in Stage 1 was against Shanghai Dragons. However, as we neared the end of Stage 1; some would believe that Shanghai Dragons were actually a better team than Florida. The six-man roster did not help Florida as they were unable to make substitutions and changes in their playstyle. Florida Mayhem is owned by Ben Spoont, CEO & co-founder of Misfits.

Before we dive deeper into Florida Mayhem it is necessary to understand that they have added three new players to their team. Sayaplayer, awesomeguy and Zappis will be the new additions to the team. While they are welcome additions, they are not immediately available to play. Some of the new members are awaiting legal clearances in order to be able to travel to the United States.

Logix Overwatch Image

Logix has had to play uncomfortable heroes due to the small Florida Roster

Judging the team by its old core roster will require a lot of focus on their previous stage results. The Florida Mayhem DPS looked extremely uncomfortable especially as Logix has had to play heroes that he is not always comfortable with. The discomfort for the star DPS player is evident in his playstyle and also the impact that he has on the team’s performance. Tviq has shown us good flexibility in the roles that he can play, however, there is a limit to his performance. He also has a skill ceiling, which shows itself when Florida is up against stronger opponents.

Manneten image

One of the best Roadhog players in the League

The tank lineup for Florida is very good in their performance. They have some notable names such as Cwoosh and Manneten. However, they are not known for their flexibility along the tank lineup, which is why we see Manneten frequently on the Dva role. Manneten is most well known for his Zarya and Roadhog, however, he has to comply with the meta and play Dva. He remains an exceptional player but at the top level, that is Overwatch League, you need the best player in a particular role. We have seen Florida do exceptionally well on quad tank team compositions where Manneten gets to play Roadhog and Cwoosh goes back to his Reinhardt role.

While new players are being added to the team, it also presents a problem in the short term. The old tank players will be sticking to their roles, which basically means less versatility from the team going forth into Week 2 of the second stage. But with the post Mercy meta, this slightly favours Florida, as any picks result in a significant advantage for the team. The ex-Misfits roster can then capitalise on their advantage and bring home the point.

Florida needs to ensure a good performance in the matches leading up to their new players. They need to maintain themselves at a decent level in the scoreboard to redeem themselves. While the entrances have taken a backseat, we hope to see more and better performances from the team.

Prediction

London Spitfire is undoubtedly one of the best teams in the Overwatch League. Despite their loss last week to Houston Outlaws, they remain a team filled with talent and skill. The team has already shown us their grit and determination in their 14 match day during Title matches for Stage 1.

London Spitfire will be trying out different strategies in this match. We have already seen them use Sombra to a high-level impact in their match against New York Excelsior. London has already faced two tough opponents, and while they did lose against one they remain on a path to secure the important match wins for the points table.

Florida Mayhem entrance

Florida Mayhem have become famous for their entrances

 

London has shown us a versatile in their performances compared to Stage 1. Stage 1 saw a lot of Dive from the team and they were generally at a loss when Dive was not working. However, Stage 2 has seen them use the Junkrat to a larger extent. The Sombra usage has also increased where we see the coordination of the tanks with Sombra. London Spitfire Sombra usually has her ultimate up every team fight which makes it impossible for the opposition to execute their plans.

Florida Mayhem will be hoping to get through crucial map wins in this match. They are not really fair competition to London SPitfire in terms of skill or form. Florida Mayhem is also without some of their members and they will be looking to hold their own in this match. The team has a low chance of potentially winning this match, but if London experiment too much then Florida can come out strong.

London Spitfire, Image courtesy Robert Paul for Blizzard

London Spitfire are looking to improve their map differential

The former Misfits roster needs to be able to play the game at their own pace. If they try to adjust to London Spitfire, they will be hitting against a wall. Determining the pace of the match will help the team in securing crucial objectives. With certain maps favouring the Reinhardt + Zarya combination, Florida has a decent chance on such maps.

However, in the end, London Spitfire should be able to win this match with ease. They have the better team and they will be looking to ensure a good map differential from 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.

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

London Spitfire roster :

  • Birdring
  • Rascal
  • Hooreg
  • Woohyal
  • Profit
  • Fury
  • Fissure
  • Gesture
  • Nus
  • Bdosin
  • HagoPeun
  • Closer

London Spitfire is currently the best team in the Overwatch League. They defeated Seoul Dynasty 4-0 last week and secured the top spot in the Overwatch league. The London Franchise is owned by Cloud9 and Jack Etienne. Despite being based in London, they have a 12 man Korean roster. The core of the roster consists of players from G C Busan and Kongdoo Panthera, each of whom have been able to be the strongest contender in Korean APEX tournaments.

London and NYXL shaking hands

Image Credit : Robert Paul, Blizzard Entertainment

The London team has twelve talented players on their roster. The Spitfire roster has been mixing their rosters together in order to create a stronger, more flexible team. In the initial weeks, they looked somewhat confused; but it all seems to be coming together of late. Ofcourse the decision by some of their players to stop streaming and focus on their game has seen significant improvements on the team.

The starting DPS Duo of Birdring and Profit has seen a lot of success so far. They have been exceptional in the way they pressure the backlines and have amazing individual talent. They are definitely rated amongst the top DPS players in the league and often outdo a lot of the other players by a large margin.

Recently they have been using Rascal and Hooreg a lot more. Easing them into the team and it’s

Profit Image

Profit and Birdring form a strong DPS Duo for London

playstyle is important for the Team Coach, Bishop. Bishop has had a history with Rascal and Birdring. They played together on a team previously in their amateur days. Rascal has been a bit underwhelming in the Overwatch League. We have not seen flashy plays from the player as we have been used to in the APEX tournaments. While he is most well known for his off-meta hero picks, the current meta has forced him to play other heroes, which are more in meta. Obviously the competitive nature of the league means that London are not taking a lot of risks with their roster and hero composition. The race at the top of the league is very tight and London leads NY by only one map.

As Miro mentioned, London Spitfire have the best tanks in the league. Gesture and Fissure have made their name in the game with some amazing and calculated plays. The tank plays have been overshadowed by the shiny DPS plays. But they have been consistent and at a very high level. Gesture and Fissure are used alternatively and usually subbed in for the other. They work really well with Fury and Woohyal on the off-tanks.

London has an advantage over the other Korean teams in the fact that Nus is actually a very good Mercy player. He knows how to hold onto his ultimate and use them only when required. The Ultimate usage by the London Spitfire supports has been the single most important reason for the team’s success so far. The London Spitfire team has several flashy players, but most of the accolades get reserved for the DPS and tanks. But truly it is the supports who ensure that they always have the advantage going into the matches.

New York Excelsior

New York Excelsior Roster :

  • Saebyeolbe
  • Pine
  • Libero
  • Meko
  • Mano
  • Janus
  • Jjonak
  • Ark

New York Excelsior is owned by Jeff Wilpon, COO of the New York Mets. NYXL is the first team in the Overwatch League to manage to defeat Seoul Dynasty. They have been at the top of the League standings for a week before London Spitfire managed to defeat Seoul 4-0.

Saebyeolbe

Saebyeolbe will be one of the key players in the NYXL vs London Spitfire match

New York Excelsior have an eight-man roster in the Overwatch League so far. It comprises of the core of the Luxury Watch Blue roster. Their support lineup is fixed with Jjonak and Ark being the only two supports on the roster. Obviously they are exceptionally good with Jjonak being the best Zenyatta in the League so far. His alternate fire kills often lead to several kills before the fight even begins. During a team fight, if Jjonak is unchecked it often leads to him dealing a lot of damage with his Zenyatta. The discord orbs also help in softening the enemy targets which ensures that Saebyeolbe and Libero are able to finish off kills easily. Ark has been a consistent player. While not flashy as Jjonak his consistency is assured.

The NYXL have three tank players on their team. Janus, Meko, and Mano have amazingly good synergy with each other. They seem to understand their positioning and stretch the limits on their tanks. We don’t see them pushing very deep into the enemy lines, they often peel back for their supports and to help Jjonak. So it’s a very good play to counter dive such as the one that Boston is used to playing.

NYXL have three DPS players in Libero, Pine, and Saebyeolbe. The starting duo are almost always Libero and Saebyeolbe. Saebyeolbe is probably the best Tracer in the world right now. His playstyle involves constantly engaging the enemy DPS, which force the DPS to try to duel with him. Many times, Saebyeolbe wins these fights after which he can focus on cleaning up the remainder of the kills. His aggressive playstyle towards the enemy DPS often requires a lot of resources to deal with him. Even if he does not deal a lot of damage, it ensures that the enemy team is distracted enough with him. The remaining of the NYXL team then capitalizes on this and secures their advantage.

Libero has been mostly seen on the Genji and has been really good with it. He is played on most of the maps but is most useful on Payload and Hybrid maps. Having a Genji provides a level of flexibility to the team that cannot be seen in many other team compositions. The initial weeks saw Libero and Saebyeolbe be a duo and consistent DPS pair for the team. Lately, however, NYXL have begun experimenting more with Pine in the mix.

Pine image

How much an impact will Pine have against London?

Pine was limited to KOTH maps, mostly Ilios. His Mccree gained instant fame due to his amazing aim. However, there is lack of movement when playing Mccree and that is why he was only being played on KOTH maps. However as NYXL secured their position in the table and slowly started experimenting with their roster, PIne was seen in many more maps. On the other maps, Pine is usually seen either on Tracer or Widow depending on the map in question. While he does not have the same flashy plays as we have seen on ilios, he remains a player with excellent aim. No team can ignore Pine, because giving him space would mean the end of the team fight in favor of NYXL.

Prediction

 

The outcome of this match will decide which team tops the leaderboards. Both NYXL and London Spitfire are tied with a score of 7-1. But London has one more map win than New York ( 26 vs 25 ) which makes them the Number 1 team right now.

Securing the top spot in the Overwatch League Stage 1 has a lot of benefits. The top team from Stage 1 will receive a direct entry to the Title Match Grand finals. The next two teams in the leaderboards will have to battle it out with each other. The winner of the semifinals will have to win another match against the No.1 team in order to win Stage 1.

The two Korean teams are very evenly matched right now. They have both defeated Seoul Dynasty and have managed to establish themselves as the better Korean roster. This match will be extremely interesting to watch as we will see some amazing individual plays on either roster.

The biggest advantage for London is their huge team composition. There is no way for New York to prepare properly for London. London’s huge roster means that they can mix their teams together and keep shuffling the teams according to the map. Rascal’s presence will be invaluable on a map such as Temple of Anubis, where we can see Sombra or Mei in action. Rascal plays these heroes at a very high professional level, which is kind of unseen in any other team.

London Spitfire entry

London seems to be extremely confident

London can have a big advantage in this matchup if they can choose their targets properly. Jjonak remains the X-factor in this matchup since if left unchecked he will become as potent as a DPS. If London can get Jjonak under control, he has been known to utilize his ultimate with alarming inefficiency. Considering how dependent the current meta is on Support ultimate usage, this presents an opening for London Spitfire.

New York does have a decent chance since London will be sure to mix their rosters in this match. Catching London off guard with a particular roster will be important for New York. Every match has to be viewed as a new match against a relatively new roster. London Spitfire is still adjusting their communications and synergy amongst the twelve man roster. Making sure that they can take advantage of the slight lack of coordination will be helpful for New York.

The winner of this match will go to the Grand finals of the Title matches. It not only assures the team of a $25000 prize pool but also provides them with a chance to win $100,000 by winning the title match. We think London Spitfire with their versatility and the increasing synergy in the roster is better suited to win this match.

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