Posted 30th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – Dallas Fuel’s current track record in the Overwatch League (OWL) is far from splendid. The team had to endure three stages with low rankings, despite the inclusion of top players Timo “Taimou” Kettunen, Brandon “Seagull” Larned, and Hyeon “Effect” Hwang on their roster. The team surely won’t make it to the playoffs given these circumstances. Regardless, they have assured all spectators that they won’t be going home without a fight.
The OWL’s final stage is now in its second week. Dallas Fuel currently holds a 3-1 record after recently defeating the following teams: Boston Uprising, Philadelphia Fusion, and Shanghai Dragons. It is, by far, the best start for the team in the entire OWL series. Let us dwell on the things that triggered the burning fire Dallas Fuel had been hiding for a long time:
The addition of Brigitte
Stage 4 of the OWL marked the introduction of a new character: Brigitte. She specializes in armory and healing using the following weapons and abilities in her cache: Rocket Flail, Repair Pack, Whip Shot, Barrier Shield, and Rally. Dallas Fuel found their new-found weapon through her, and it has been exceptionally well-fitting for the team’s Flex Pongphop “Mickie” Rattanasangchod.
The addition of new faces
Dallas Fuel placed 10th, 11th, and 11th again last stages. They were at the bottom rank for a long time. This week’s OWL stage 3 surprisingly lifted the team’s spirit with the addition of Benjamin “uNKOE” Chevasson, a former Support from the Los Angeles Valiant, and the hiring of a new coaching staff, Aaron “Aero” Atkins. Dallas Fuel found a new dynamic with the change in players and management, driving them to nail each and every match coming their way.
Unfortunately, Dallas Fuel will not make it to the playoffs due to the team’s bad track record in the entire OWL. Mathematically speaking, they cannot reach the number of possible wins in a single stage to grab a spot in the top 6 teams and to qualify for the playoffs. Dallas has an overall record of 9-25 and with only have 6 games left to play, their losses outrank their wins. It seems like the effort is a little too late. But they are a team that Overwatch fans will look out for in the coming tournaments, that’s for sure.
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When you first start out you’ll be tempted to try to bet as frequently as possible, don’t. Wait for matches with good odds where you or the predictors know the teams. Never force yourself to bet, bet on matches that you are confident in. You may go days or weeks without placing a bet, you’re not in a rush, wait for bets you are comfortable and confident in and profit should follow.
If there’s any uncertainty, don’t place a bet. Save your skins for another day. There will be plenty of other matches that you can bet on.
Betting is always risky, that’s unavoidable. But staying inside a ‘safe zone’ will help cover you off from some really silly bets. When starting out with a low inventory, large bets placed on matches with 80%+ odds aren’t going to return much in general (on lounge, even less due to the inconsistent returns) but you’re still risking a large amount of your inventory for very little.
Equally, odds below 30% sound very, very attractive with huge returns possible. But if you don’t know the teams or all the details, it’s very possible the team doesn’t stand any chance. If you think there might be a chance, reduce the size of the stake or consider an ICB.
Always bet with a percentage of your inventory. Think, what happens if you lose an ‘All in’ bet, do you stop betting for the rest of your life, or just get your wallet out and go again? You may think there’s no risk, however there is always risk. If you’re placing a high bet, stick to an absolute maximum of 20% of your betting inventory.
Always leave enough to bet another day.
If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, your judgement get’s very cloudy. You’ll make a stupid bet and lose. If you just lost a big bet or are on a losing streak, instead of trying to force a bet, you should take a step back, calm down and just take a break, come back refreshed with a fresh mindset.
Betting blind is a purely relying on luck, if the underdog odds are 30%, that definitely doesn’t mean the team has a 30% chance of winning. It just means 30% of the betting community chose that team. A late roster change could mean there’s zero chance for the team to win. Check in with our predictions to help give you some more background on the game.
Use the lounge odds tracker to predict the final odds as the start of the match get’s closer. If the odds are increasing/decreasing for the team you intend to bet on the return may not outweigh the risk anymore. A huge significant switch of odds at the last moment may mean that something shady is going on, mostly in very low tier games, or a sudden announcement, E.g standin may have occurred.
Bookies will put up their odds based on their own expectations, as the bets start coming in they'll tweak the odds to ensure it's still profitable for them. That early stage is key to getting an edge on the bookies.
As soon as you feel like you have to bet again to recoup loses, you’ll feel compelled to make bigger bets with bigger risks. This often starts an endless cycle driving your losses further and further. Instead, after a big loss, take a day off from betting (or a week if was really big). .Keep to the proper bet sizing based on the risk of the match no matter what. You are not in a race to win it back, just take it easy.
Do not blindly follow betting site odds and think that they are correct to the true odds. If a betting site has ‘Team A’ as a heavy favorite, it does not always mean that it’s an easy win for ‘Team A’.
SK beat Na’Vi… Na’Vi beat E-Frag. That means SK can beat E-Frag now, right? No.
There are many factors which contribute to the team winning a match, these factors such as player performance, map selection, strategy and tactics which may not apply to other teams.