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Team Gigantti vs British Hurricane: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch Contenders 2018 EU Season 3

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Introduction

The Overwatch Contenders 2018 Season 3: Europe is down to its final few matches. The quarterfinals will see eight teams compete against each other. There is a lot at stake here and it is not limited to just the prize money. This is an opportunity for players to put forth their best performance in the game. There will surely be Overwatch League scouts in the game

The Contenders Season 3 will have a total of ten maps in rotation. The Map rotation will see the teams choose the map of their choice. With no map bans, the number of possible maps is actually quite large.

Broadcast Talent

English Broadcast

Host:

  • South Africa TechGirl (Sam Wright)

Commentators

  • Dezachu (Derry Holt)
  • Tridd (Thomas Underwood)
  • Jaws (Jack Wright)
  • LEGDAY (Harry Pollitt)

British Hurricane

Roster:

  • Hafficool
  • Bock1
  • Nesh
  • Numlocked
  • Jofi
  • Dannedd

The British Hurrican team is owned by London Spitfire [ and Cloud9 as the parent organistion]. The team did not really have a great time in Contenders Season 2. They finished a lowly 9-10th in the Season 2 essentially ruling them as one of the worst teams in the season. As we head into the new year, however, British Hurricane will be looking to turn their fortunes around. Their performance in the Group stage has been average. They placed  3d in their Group losing to Orgless and Hungry and OnePoint. The team did not have a dominating performance in their wins either essentially calling into question their chances in the Playoffs.

They have some well-known players such a Numlocked and Hafficool. These have been Tier one players in the past. Numlocked was a part of the Los Angeles Valiant for Season 1 and helped them reach the semifinals of the Season. However, as fate would have it, he finds himself on the Contenders team for now. He is a great tank and is extremely crucial in providing the cover for the backlines. With the current meta revolving around the GOATS composition, it is essential for Numlcoked to provide the right timing for the season. We will hope that he has excellent synergy with his other teammate and tank Hafficool. Between these two players, British Hurricane presents a lot of experience and coordination. We hope that they can put forth strong individual performances to boost the results of the team. The GOATS composition might not favour British Hurricane all that much and this will essentially pose a problem for the team.

The other members on the team are relatively inexperienced. However, they do have the raw talent in the roster in order to overcome any possible surprises thrown at them. The team has added Daniel “Dannedd” Rosdahl in December in the DPS role. The 22-year-old British player represents the local investment for the team. They hope to develop and nurture local talent in the long run for the success of the franchise. He is a former member of Orgless and Hungry team who is also in the playoffs. He was responsible for many of the strong individual plays by the organisation. He usually plays the Doomfist, Genji or Widowmaker / Hanzo. He is apt at playing such fast-paced heroes and he thrives on any mistakes by the enemy. We don’t know whether he can adapt to the surroundings very well int he current scenario. But if he has the liberty to play his own style and finds some sort of coordination with the rest of the roster, British Hurrican might just have solved their biggest problem.

Team Gigantti.

Roster:

  • Davin
  • Vizility
  • Zappis
  • Mikyman
  • Lilbow
  • Zuppeh

Team Gigantti is a Finnish esports organisation sponsored by Finnish consumer Electronic retailer chain Gigantti. The Overwatch roster for the organisation is completely a new one as was announced by the organisation in November. They have had ample time to practice for Season 3 and we can expect the team to perform well. However, let’s take a look at the individual players and the potential chemistry [ or lack of it] on the team.

 

A good part of this team was part of the Overwatch League. The likes of Zuppeh and Zappis are very well known for their stint in the Florida Mayhem. They have some synergy between them and it will be interesting to see how their synergy rubs off on the rest of the team. Zappis is an excellent and individually skilled player in the off-tank role. He will be responsible to ensure that the team can put forth its best performance. Since he takes on a leadership role in the team, we can expect many youngsters to look up to him for advice. Along with in-game advice, he will influence them in a positive way outside fo the server as well.

The Dutch player Jeffrey “Vizility” de Vries has been a part of both the Dutch Overwatch World Cup squads. He has also been a member of several strong rosters such as Orgless and Hungry, Toronto esports. He has a wide variety of DPS heroes that he can play and they include characters such as Genji, Pharah, Soldier76, Widowmaker and Zarya. The player mostly works on his own with the help of health packs. So his performance will be important to judge the final progress of the team in the Playoffs.

Prediction

Overall, Team Gigantti seems to be the better team in this match. They secured the 3-4th place at the Overwatch Contenders EU 2018 Season 2. The team has provided excellent results. They tend to perform above their level when they are playing on an important level. They have already reached the quarterfinals of the Contenders Season 3 and as such we expect them to put up amazing performances once more. This roster has the coordination which is important for the success of any Overwatch team.

On the other hand we have the British Hurricane, a team which has not really inspired a lot of confidence in the team. They did have a few roster changes of late, which include the addition of Numlocked, Jofi and DaneDD. The new players will definitely provide a lot more insight into the team’s performance as they need to ensure good performances. Being the core of the roster, it is important that the team is able to learn from their scrims and put up decent results. Overall, Team Gigantti seem to be the better team in this match simply cause of their past results and the stability on the roster. We recommend a bet on Team Gigantti for this match.

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Shanghai Dragons vs Florida Mayhem: Esports Betting Analysis @ Overwatch League Season 1

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Introduction

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

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

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

Stage 4 is going to be really interesting with the introduction of Brigitte in the meta. We will not see the new Hanzo in order to maintain balance in the game. However, this stage also is the final stage of Season 1. It will finally decide which teams qualify to the Season 1 playoffs.

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Shanghai Dragons vs Florida Mayhem

Shanghai Dragons

Shanghai Dragons Roster:

  • Diya
  • Xushu
  • MG
  • Roshan
  • Altering
  • Fiveking
  • Freefeel
  • ADO
  • Geguri
  • Fearless
  • Sky
  • Daemin

The Shanghai Dragons are the only Chinese franchise in the first season of Overwatch League. The Dragons are owned by NetEase, which had prior Business relations with Blizzard entertainment. They are the official distributors of Overwatch in China and there were rumors of unethical processes while hiring the initial roster for Shanghai Dragons. The team did not pick the best players from the region and that led to several accusations of corruption against the management.

The Shanghai Dragons have seen some roster movements since the start of the season. Most notably, Undying has been removed from the team while Geguri, ADO, and Fearless have joined the active roster.

Diya is one of the best DPS members in the Overwatch League. He also received the first MVP Award for the last match despite the opponents targeting the player incessantly. The Shanghai Dragons’ have made their case for themselves as they have been able to show massive improvements in their gameplay. The team has been working on their coordination and especially adjusting to the changes in the metagame. Diya’s ability to play a variety of DPS heroes at the highest level is his USP. By now many of the Shanghai Dragons’ opponents realize that targeting Diya is the right choice for them as they can easily control the rest of the team then.

The tank lineup for the team relies on Geguri, MG, and Roshan. The tanks usually don’t have any shortcomings on their list as they are always capable of doing their job. They get their work is done which is very good. As a tank, it is often difficult to make noticeable plays and ensure that the observer can highlight your playstyle. But being consistent is probably more important than ensuring that the caster sees your play. Despite this geguri has been a star performer on the team and has had several highlight-worthy plays.

The Shanghai Dragons’ biggest problem remains their subpar support lineup. The Shanghai Dragons remain a strong DPS and tank lineup, but poor ultimate usage by their supports and the lack of survivability remains a big problem for the team. The Shanghai Dragons have this match as their last chance to potentially win a match. Whether they can do so or not, is a big problem in itself.


Florida Mayhem.

Florida Mayhem Roster:

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

Florida Mayhem is owned by Ben Spoont, owner of Misfits. The original team was one of the best European Overwatch teams in the scenario. Ofcourse being an endemic organization to esports, Misfits has always been a step ahead when it comes to esports management. However, their roster has not really stepped up to their previous glory. They have been hugging the lower section of the Overwatch League standings.

Florida Mayhem has several high-quality DPS players on its roster. The roster has been at the bottom of the table for this season, however. They are currently 0-6 and definitely not a team which looks good. While the 0-6 scoreline is more in line with the new meta it also has to do with the fact that Florida has always been lagging behind the meta. We saw how much time it took for the players to adjust to the Dive and Widowmaker meta in previous stages.

Sayaplayer is the important asset to the team. The player can stand toe to toe with the best widowmakers in the League. His insane accuracy with the Widowmaker has put him up amongst the top players in the League. However, that being said, Sayaplayer has had little to no help from the rest of the team.

The tanks for the team Cwoosh, Manneten are exceptional players in their own right. However, that being said the tank players are not versatile on all the tank heroes. Cwoosh is the main tank role on the team and is most well known for his aggressive positioning on the Reinhardt and sometimes the Orisa. Manneten, however, is probably one of the best Roadhog players in the League. It is either him or Taimou when he plays Roadhog. But due to the meta being as it is, Roadhog is not always the preferred tank of choice. So Florida Mayhem is not allowed to play on their favorite and comfortable heroes. This causes them to be at a slight disadvantage when it comes to any match-up in this Stage 4.

Awesomeguy is the latest Tank addition to the team and he has been a breath of fresh air. Despite being exceptionally individually skilled, he seems to lack the coordination and possibly the communication with the rest of the team. We have seen several times that the Florida Mayhem team is confused as to their callouts and their movement on the map.

Florida Mayhem is still looking forth to achieving their first victory in Stage 4. They want to be able to maintain their positioning above Shanghai Dragons. Of course, it will come down to the final match between Shanghai Dragons and Florida Mayhem in this particular match. It holds the first real opportunity for either team to secure their first victory in Stage 4. 

Prediction:

This match will be the last and only possible attempt by Shanghai Dragons to save face. They have lost all their matches so far in Season 1 of Overwatch league and are well en route to securing a 0-40 record. It would be an embarrassing record for a team which has seen significant improvements over the past few months. Shanghai Dragon’s current record is definitely not befitting an Overwatch League team.

The Florida Mayhem, however, is also a team which has been nearing the bottom of the League. As with Shanghai Dragons, the Mayhem showed so much improvement during Stage 3 of OWL. But that improvement was solely due to the addition of new players, mainly Sayaplayer onto the roster. Remove Sayaplayer and the Mayhem team looks in Mayhem right now.

The two teams are pretty evenly matched, although the ultimate psychological impact of the performances will come into play here. Shanghai Dragons might even be the slightly better team, but as we look at their record the lack of confidence and their inability to win does seem very desperate. The weak link on the team is obviously the support lineup, and despite the other members showing their support for the players; they simply lack the adequate skill required.

For this match, it will be a difficult call, but we will like to go with Shanghai Dragons. They might not be the eventual winners, but the odds for this match on Shanghai are too good to ignore. We recommend a low bet on Shanghai Dragons.

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Los Angeles Gladiators vs Florida Mayhem: 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 win one match, they will qualify for the playoffs as well. This match between the Gladiators and Florida can be a deciding factor for the fourth team.

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

Format

Credit to Liquipedia

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

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

Los Angeles Gladiators

Los Angeles Gladiators roster:

  • Surefour
  • Asher
  • Hydration
  • Bischu
  • iRemix
  • Shaz
  • BigGoose
  • Fissure
  • Void
  • Silkthread

The Los Angeles Gladiators are one of the two teams representing Los Angeles, California, USA, in the Overwatch League. The franchise is owned by Stan and Josh Kroenke, owners of several American sports franchises, and founders of KSE Esports. The Gladiators started out as the weaker of the two Los Angeles teams during Stage 1 but have significantly improved their performance in latter Stages.

The Gladiators team is currently positioned 4th in the Stage 3 leaderboards. Since Overwatch League announced changes to the Title Stage Playoff rules. So instead of just three teams qualifying to the Stage Playoffs, there will be an opportunity for four teams to have a chance at the $100,000 prize pool for the Title Stage winners.

The Gladiators’ positioning on the leaderboards makes them most vulnerable to possibly not qualifying for the Title Stage Playoffs. They only have a score of 5-3 and unless they win both their matches for Week 5, their playoff spot is not confirmed. The Los Angeles Gladiators definitely have the team roster required to secure the spot. Let’s have a look the important players on the roster and their performances so far.

We will start with the DPS lineup on the team which consists of three players, Hydration, Surefour, and Asher. Asher is the Tracer player for the team and has been quite strong. But his performance has seen a dip in recent matches. The team has also not been fielding him regularly and prefer to play Hydration and Surefour on several maps. The diversity in the DPS lineup essentially means that the Gladiators can come up with different strategies based on the map pool and the opponents.

Los Angeles Gladiators performance

There is a lot of synergy in the Gladiators playstyle

Surefour has definitely seen big improvements in his performance. The Overwatch veteran has been on the Widowmaker on most of the maps and has been able to easily win important rounds with crucial picks on his Widowmaker. His aim has been on point and he has won several rounds single-handedly for the team. We will talk about what enables his positioning and freedom on the Widowmaker later, but in the end, he has to be able to make those shots possible in order to secure the final kill.

Fissure with LAG

Fissure is going to be important for the match against Florida Mayhem

Hydration is the Projectile player for the Los Angeles Gladiators. The Pharah / Genji player has been able to make crucial teamplay movements where he regularly moves in with his tanks in order to create space for Surefour’s Widowmaker. Hydration has also brought out the Doomfist from time to time and has been quite efficient on the hero.

The Gladiators have two consistent support players in Shaz and BigGoose. While they are not really the same as the other flashy names in Overwatch League. But their consistency has never been in any question. Shaz has had his moments of glory on the Zenyatta when he could be

Shaz LAG

Shaz has been consistent in his performance on the supprot role

able to eliminate opponents with the alternate fire. BigGoose has been able to peel for his fellow support player quite a lot. Ofcourse ultimately, the outcome of the team fights often comes down to which team manages to eliminate the opponent’s support players first. The fact that Biggoose or Shaz remain alive for so much time is a testimony to their playstyle and their peel for each other.

No mention of the Gladiators can be possible without talking about Fissure on the team. The Gladiators’ performance has seen a huge uptick after the addition of Fissure to the roster. He has been able to create space for the DPS players. It is rare to speak about the ‘individual skill level’ on the main tank hero, but Fissure is one of the best Main tanks in the Overwatch League. His ability to move around his own shield in such an elegant manner allows him to stay alive for much longer than other tank heroes.

The Los Angeles Gladiators will face off against Florida Mayhem and Boston Uprising. Their chances against the Boston uprising remain very slim especially due to the dominant performance of the Boston team in Stage 3. This match, therefore, holds even more important for the Gladiators.

Florida Mayhem

Florida Mayhem Roster:

  • Tviq
  • Logix
  • SayaPlayer
  • CWoosh
  • Zebbosai
  • Zuppeh
  • Zappis
  • AwesomeGuy

The Florida Mayhem is the team representing the state of Florida, USA, and the Cities of Miami and Orlando, in the Overwatch League. The league spot is owned by Ben Spoont, CEO, and Co-Founder of Misfits.

The team was considered the second worst team in the Overwatch league for a long time. Despite their stage entrances being on point, their in-game performances during the initial stage were definitely absent. The team brought on a few new players during the Player Trade window. Players such as Aweseomeguy, Sayaplayer have had a huge impact on the performance of the team since then. They have actually climbed a spot in the standings and are now placed above Dallas Fuel.

Sayaplayer in Florida Mayhem jersey

Sayaplayer has been one of the best Widowmakers in the OWL

The team has several DPS players in the form of Tviq, Logix, and Sayaplayer. Logix has been great for the team during the initial stages, but Sayaplayer adds a totally new level to the team’s performance. He has been able to carry the team on his own accord several times. But the biggest problem for him remains that unless he goes off on his DPS hero, the team seems to be struggling in their attempts.

Tviq has been dabbling on the Genji and Pharah for the team. His versatility as a player definitely provides bonus points for the Florida Mayhem. We have seen him able to pull together great Dragon Blades often times resulting in multiple opponent eliminations. The Florida Mayhem roster might not depend on Tviq to make the insane plays but he often creates so much space on his own accord for the team. Logix comes on occasionally for the team and performs his best. Logix has not really seen a slump in form during Stage 3 so far and has been consistent with his playstyle. His Tracer is still very decent, but he has trouble finishing off low HP heroes.

Manneten Florida Mayhem

Manneten’s (Roadhog) hook accuracy is off the charts

The biggest problem for the Florida Mayhem remains the peeling for their support lineup. Zuppeh and Zebbosai are great players but when the opponent Tracer is on them, the lineup falters massively. They have been falling very fast for supports and without the backline, there is no durability in the lineup. The DPS players can only do so much when it comes to the actual gameplay, but without consistent heals and support lineup they cannot carry the game all the time.

Cwoosh and Manneten have put forth good performances on the tank lineup, but they have been on their best performance only during off-meta picks such as Zarya and Roadhog. Manneten’s hook accuracy on the Roadhog is one of the best in the Overwatch League. Translating the hooks to kills, however, has been a problem for the team as they need to ensure that any small advantage is translated into victory for the team.

The Florida Mayhem has no chances of making it to the Stage playoffs. They are definitely near the bottom of the standings right now and will be playing for the Miami Pride.

Prediction:

The two teams are very opposite when it comes to current form. The Gladiators might not be in their best form, but their current form definitely calls for some really good performances on the part of the LA-based team. With the playoff standings on the line we can be sure that they will put forth their best foot forward. The Los Angeles Gladiators have shown us the perfect combination of a balanced team. While they might not be the best Dive team, they definitely have amazing shots on Surefour’s Widowmaker which grants them huge early advantage in several team fights. With Mercy not a necessity in all team compositions now, a widowmaker pick often results in a lopsided fight in an advantage of the Gladiators.

Tviq Corsair T shirt

Will Tviq be able to carry the team?

The Florida Mayhem is a very high skill ceiling team, but have had poor performances n the roster. The team has not been able to come together and their uncertainty during team fights often leads to fatal mistakes. They have not really put forth strong performances worthy of a top tier team. However, there have been several instances when Sayaplayer or Tviq take matters into their own hands and can eliminate multiple members of the enemy. This performance might lead to the off chance that they secure a map win against the Gladiators, but their likelihood of winning the entire series remains very low.

But since this is a very important match for the Gladiators, they want to win it with a 4-0 scoreline. The Gladiators have a +5 Map differential and a 4-0 win here would put them comfortably at a 9-0 map difference. While this still does not confirm the team’s position in the playoff, it definitely puts them one step closer.

We recommend a big bet on the Los Angeles Gladiators for this match.

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Introduction

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

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

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

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

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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 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

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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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