Posted 5th May 2018 By: Derpina
Esports News – The Overwatch League is far from over. There are more surprises waiting for players and viewers as the tournament progresses. Although most people know that the dominating teams are mostly comprised of South Korean rosters, it looks like there was an upset to the natural order since London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty have gone down the rankings in Stage 3. There are new teams vying for top positions and playoff spots now. Who are they?
North American team Boston Uprising is the leading team of OWL Stage 3 after defeating London Spitfire and Seoul Dynasty in one-map wins. They are currently the sole owner of the first place standing, boasting off their OWL-high ninth and 10th wins this season. In Season 2, one might remember that the highest ranking Boston has ever come close to was the fifth place.
Los Angeles Valiant is one of the two teams representing California, USA in OWL. Many already predicted that the team will dominate the tournament since their spot is owned by Noah Whinston, CEO of League of Legends team Immortals. With Henry “Cuddles” Coxall as their new head coach, the team successfully dominated the rankings. Los Angeles Valiant won a close 3-2 match against London Spitfire this week. They now hold a 5-1 record in Stage 3. According to the team, they will avoid, at all costs, their previous performance in Stage 2 where they started strong but only to finish the stage in 0-4. Having a solid performance in the latest stage also served as a gap on Seoul Dynasty, Los Angeles Valiant now possesses a better map differential and the best teamfight win percentage (60.4%).
Valiant’s neighboring team, San Francisco Shock is also one of the new face dominating OWL Stage 3. After a series of dull performances, it seems like the team finally found their momentum. They have won against Dallas Fuel and Philadelphia Fusion—a first 2-0 week and team-best three-match win streak for them. San Francisco Shock now sits comfortably in the 4th place and are now qualified for the stage playoffs under the newly updated qualifying process. Exciting matches against the New York Excelsior and London Spitfire in Week 4 are what the team is currently preparing for.
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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.